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Articles published Wed, Nov 30, 2011

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Letters to the Editor: December 1 - December 7, 2011


Councilman Black instrumental in Banner Bank purchase

At Blaine City Council member Alan Black’s last meeting, council voted unanimously to purchase the Banner Bank building for use as the Blaine’s new city hall.

City votes to buy Banner Bank Building

Blaine City Hall could move into two floors of the Banner Bank building as early as next June.

School district presses ahead with levy plan

Blaine school district voters will be asked to approve two tax measures on the special February 14 school election. In a quick 35-second vote, school board directors unanimously approved adding a $3 million capital projects bond initiative alongside the regular maintenance and operations (M&O) levy. The action took place at the board’s regular meeting November 28.

Local state parks feeling the impact of declining state revenue

The Washington State Parks Commission backed the four-month-old pay-for-access passes in the face of the state legislature drastically reducing the parks commission’s share of state general fund revenue over the past few years.

Blaine icon receives Blaine Builder Award

It was only fitting that John Liebert receive a Blaine Builder Award on Youth in Government Day, a program that he established in 1996. Liebert, a Blaine City Council member since 2000, will be retiring at the end of 2011 after serving as both a city council member and mayor of Blaine.

Input sought on Roger’s Slough drainage upgrades

Whatcom County public works wants to upgrade Roger’s Slough in Birch Point, and staff are holding a December 1 public meeting to gather local input on the improvements.

Santa arrives on Saturday

Blaine’s annual Holiday Harbor Lights celebration takes place Saturday, December 3, and a whole boatload of events are planned, not the least of which is Santa arriving by fire truck.

New UCC pastor opening doors

Marsha Williams is a self-described “big-city girl.” So even she seems a little surprised that she has landed in Blaine.

Young at Heart: Senior Center events for December

Welcome to December, the month of wonderful wintry holidays.

New tutoring business goes home

Students struggling in school – or those who just want to get a leg up for college – have an option for learning without ever having to leave home.

Student aid information night set for Wednesday

Parents of seniors are invited to the Blaine High School’s annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid information night on Wednesday, December 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school library.

Two Birch Bay area committees have vacancies

Whatcom County officials have released a list of countywide committee and board vacancies, and it includes two committees specific to the Birch Bay area.

Giving Thanks

Community Assistance Program director Jerry Williams and volunteers Ann Spooner and Phyllis Williams prepare for distribution Wednesday, November 23, in Blaine.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for November 14 through November 20

RV fire on I-5 snarls northbound traffic

An RV that caught fire backed up traffic on northbound I-5 for at least an hour just south of Blaine Wednesday morning.


Police Reports: November 22 - 30, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for November 22 - 30, 2011


Height, defense key to Borderite win over Nooksack Valley

The Blaine boys’ basketball team hosted Nooksack Valley on Tuesday, November 29, in a season-opener that saw the Borderites limit the Pioneers to just 28 points in Blaine’s 50-28 victory.

Blaine girls' basketball bests Nooksack Valley in close matchup

The Blaine girls’ basketball team defeated Nooksack Valley on Tuesday night, winning a much closer affair 68-55.


BBWARM will not be source of funding for Birch Bay public restrooms

The advisory committee of the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management (BBWARM) district has announced it will not be providing funding for public restrooms in the Birch Bay area.

RV fire on I-5 snarls northbound traffic

An RV that caught fire backed up traffic on northbound I-5 for at least an hour just south of Blaine Wednesday morning.


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