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Articles published Wed, Jan 18, 2012

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Letters to the Editor: January 19 - January 25, 2012


Redistricting shifts most of county to first congressional district

Blaine and Birch Bay residents will share a Congressional representative with parts of Seattle and Everett now that the state redistricting commission has finalized new district lines.

Locals seek support to save Blaine depot

The historic Blaine train depot could be placed on a statewide list of endangered historic properties as discussions continue over establishing a commuter rail stop in Blaine.

Changes coming for Birch Bay, Peace Arch parks

Cuts to the Washington State Parks Commission budget have forced Birch Bay and Peace Arch state parks to shuffle employees, but park rangers say the difference will be unnoticeable to the average park visitor.

Birch Bay Steering Committee strives for more public facilities

A group of Birch Bay residents have renewed the call for public facilities, including restrooms, in their community by implementing a new working group attached to the Birch Bay Steering Committee.

Home sale prices increase in Blaine

Blaine is one of the few places in Whatcom County where average home sale prices increased from 2010 to 2011, but the amount of high-price homes within city limits most likely skewed these numbers.

Discover Pass expansion gets senate committee nod

The Washington State Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee on January 9 voted unanimously to refer a bill to the Ways and Means Committee that would make the Discover Pass transferable between two vehicles.

Birch Bay Bible Community Church planning grand opening celebration

Birch Bay Bible Community Church staff are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new church building at the intersection of Blaine and Bay roads.

Coaches vs. Cancer game set for January 26

The Blaine girls’ basketball home game against the Bellingham Red Raiders next Thursday will also feature an annual event designed to raise money for cancer research.

Author to speak at Village Books

Author Naomi Benaron will speak at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at Village Books in Bellingham. Benaron is the author of "Running the Rift," a novel following a young Rwandan runner during the height of Hutu/Tutsi tensions.

Birch Bay Marathon organizers need volunteers

The 44th annual Birch Bay International Marathon will be held February 19, and the race’s organizers are in need of volunteers.

Electric vehicle charging stations approved countywide

Electric car charging stations could become a common sight across Whatcom County after a county council vote last week.

Blaine superintendent outlines schools’ needs

The Northern Light sat down with Blaine school district superintendent to talk about the upcoming bond and levy measures appearing on the February 14 ballot and what the district's budget situation is.

Health and Wellness Special Section: NWPRD2 to host open house

Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2) will be hosting an open house on Saturday, January 28, to promote activities within Blaine and Birch Bay.

Health and Wellness Special Section: Stroke and osteoporosis screenings coming to Blaine

Blaine and Birch Bay residents have an opportunity to be screened to determine stroke or osteoporosis risk on February 1.


Mark Dean Sanders: January 31, 1956 – January 12, 2012

Following a 32 year battle with multiple sclerosis, Mark Dean Sanders is at peace.

Larry Croft: September 4, 1951 - January 10, 2012

Larry Croft passed away suddenly on January 10, 2012, while on the stupid boat (you all know what we mean) in Blaine Harbor.


Police Reports: January 11 - January 17, 2012

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for January 11 - January 17, 2012


Let it snow, let it snow!

Snowfall and frigid temperatures may have created dicey road conditions in Blaine and Birch Bay, but made for snowy fun and lovely winter scenes for many locals.


Borderites take third at NWC Championships

Fresh off the heels of a 60-12 victory over Nooksack Valley on January 18, the Borderites headed to Bellingham to participate in the annual Northwest Conference Championships at Sehome High School on Saturday, January 11.

Girls’ basketball team maintains NWC dominance

The Blaine girls’ basketball team continued their winning ways on January 12, defeating Anacortes 54-42 to improve their Northwest Conference (NWC) record to 5-1, 10-3 overall. For those paying attention, that is a mirror image of the boys’ less-fortunate standing.

Boys come up short against Anacortes

Blaine boys’ basketball lost a close one to Anacortes on January 13, falling 65-60 in a matchup that remained tied until the final minute.


North Whatcom Fire and Rescue reschedules board meeting

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) officials have delayed the regular board of fire commissioners meeting one week due to weather.


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