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Letters to the Editor: March 8 - March 15, 2012


Wings Over Water Festival features field trips to Semiahmoo

The 10th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival (WOW) on Saturday, March 17, will feature two field trips to Semiahmoo Spit narrated by Jim Jorgensen.

Surrey City Council supports Blaine train stop

The city council of Surrey, B.C., has thrown its support behind a train stop in Blaine as a Seattle-based transportation advocacy group continues work studying the feasibility of such a project.

Birch Bay boat launch opens for use

Both Birch Bay tourists and residents now have a new place to set sail that won’t require a drive to Blaine or Bellingham.

Two local business owners sue city of Blaine

Two Blaine business owners have filed suit against the city, alleging city staff improperly handled a public records request and cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees.

County engineers unveil plans for new traffic light

Whatcom County engineers hope to start construction on a traffic light at a busy intersection east of Birch Bay by next May but are still looking for funds to complete the railroad crossing improvements associated with the project.

Birch Bay State Park takes on new ranger in response to budget cuts

Budget cuts have forced a shuffling of staff at Birch Bay State Park, with three employees getting laid off or shifted elsewhere and the park taking on a new full-time ranger.

Historic Plover ferry complies with new Coast Guard regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard has had to alter its passenger weight regulations due to the increasing waistline of the average American.

Blaine High School chess team competes in state tournament

The Blaine High School chess team qualified for and competed in the state high school team championship tournament held in Issaquah on February 17-18.

Romney wins state straw poll; Santorum carries county

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has prevailed in the Washington state Republican straw poll, but the former Massachusetts governor came in third in Whatcom County results.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

Lauryn King, a student in Terre Shapiro’s first-grade class at Blaine Primary School, wore her crazy hat and tested green eggs and ham Friday, March 2, while celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

City a few signatures away from owning Banner Bank building

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic has but to sign a collection of documents and the Banner Bank building will be the property of the city of Blaine.

Young at Heart: Upcoming events and celebrations

The Blaine Senior Activity Center is celebrating some very special March events. Don’t miss out on the many opportunities for fellowship, food and fun. Join the crowd for lunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tax time is the perfect time to plan for retirement

Every year, tax time serves as a reminder of financial progress. Before the big April deadline rolls around, most of us spend time gathering documents, reviewing accounts and meeting with financial advisers. All of this effort is centered around getting a firm grasp on what you earn, save and invest.

Local law enforcement plans crackdown on DUIs

Local law enforcement agencies will be taking part in increased patrols to ferret out drunk drivers starting March 8 and ending just after St. Patrick’s Day.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for February 16 to February 26


Ruby Nari Mayo: June 28, 1935 – February 18, 2012

Memorial service to be held Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Bobby’s Dry Dock Restaurant, 7876 Birch Bay Dr., Blaine.

Barbara Ann Baker: April 16, 1932 – March 4, 2012

Barbara Ann Baker, age 79, born April 16,1932 in Mexico, MO, and died March 4, 2012 in Birch Bay. She was preceded in death by her husband Martin Freeman Baker in 1993.


Police Reports: February 29 - March 7, 2012

Police reports for the Blaine Police Department for February 29 through March 7, 2012


Borderites down and out after losses to White River, W.F. West

The Borderites lost to W.F. West High School 47-38 on Friday, March 2, at the Yakima SunDome in what proved to be a career-ending defeat for several Blaine girls.


County, state agencies announce official time for public pre-scoping meeting

Whatcom County and state officials have announced the official time for a meeting aimed at explaining the environmental review process to the public.


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