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Articles published Tue, Nov 22, 2011

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Letters to the Editor: November 24 - November 30, 2011


North Whatcom fire district set to OK 2012 budget

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue commissioners are one meeting away from approving the fire district’s budget but must wait until property values from the Whatcom County Assessor come in to move forward.

City council considering increase in sewer rates

Blaine residents could face a 10 percent increase in sewer rates as discussions over the city’s 2012 draft budget among city officials continue.

Fire destroys two-story home in Blaine early Sunday morning

Fire ripped through a two-story home just northeast of the Blaine downtown area early Sunday morning, sending one resident to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

BBWSD will raise rates for 2012

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District customers will see an 8 percent increase in their water and sewer bills after district commissioners approved the change in the face of declining district revenue.

Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights celebration set for December 3

This year’s Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights celebration is set for Saturday, December 3, and events are planned for the whole day.

Extra DUI patrols hit the streets

Law enforcement throughout Whatcom County will be on the streets from November 24 through January 2 in search of impaired drivers.

Make Blaine shine for the holidays

Downtown businesses are invited to participate in the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday decorating contest.

Celebrate Buy Local Week by buying locally

Not only is this Friday “Black Friday,” the day when beleaguered retail employees fend off frenzied bargain shoppers bent on getting the best deals, it’s also the first day of the ninth annual Buy Local Week in Whatcom County.

Wintry weather is on its way: Tips to stay safe

The National Weather Service has issued several weather-related advisories and warnings for Whatcom County. Over the next few days, a considerable amount of rain and strong winds are predicted.

Local residents say ‘thank you!’

In the spirit of the holiday, The Northern Light asked Blaine and Birch Bay residents what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Christmas giving trees offer Blaine families a holiday hand

The deadlines are approaching to receive gifts as part of Blaine and Birch Bay’s two annual giving trees.

Colorful plants for the winter garden

The bones of my garden are visible now. The leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees and shrubs. Some perennials, if left for the birds, are spindly sticks topped by seed heads. Leaves have been raked and beds have been mulched. And now the broadleaf evergreens are in their prime.

City of Blaine to pay for migratory bird study

A project to convey wastewater from Semiahmoo to the Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility might end up affecting migratory birds, and the City of Blaine is going to spend more than $20,000 to figure out how.

RED loans offer a financing option for small businesses

Many small businesses in Blaine are facing tough financial times, and the city’s Rural Economic Development (RED) loans offer small businesses a low-cost way to expand.

WSDOT ready for winter snows

Just call her La Niña’s twin sister. Weather experts say heavy snowfall is on the way for the Northwest with another La Niña system moving in.


Lisa Martha Zuzarte - November 21, 1968 - November 20, 2011

George Buckner December 1, 1925 – November 20, 2011


Police Reports: November 15 - 22, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for November 15 - 22, 2011


Basketball team looks to improve in 2011-12

Blaine boys’ basketball began practice last week on Tuesday, November 14, for the 2011-2012 season. After finishing last in the Northwest Conference last year, the Borderites have high hopes with nothing to lose. Head coach Dougal Thomas, now in his second year at the helm, said he is pleased about his team’s performance so far this season.


The Lighthouse Blog is off until Monday; Happy Thanksgiving!

The Lighthouse Blog will be quiet until Monday, November 28, for Thanksgiving vacation. I will be leaving tomorrow for my girlfriend's place in Kirkland and will be back on Sunday.


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