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Articles published Wed, Mar 21, 2012

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Letters to the Editor: March 22 - March 28, 2012


Aged Peace Portal building to be torn down

A former grocery store and tavern that has stood vacant for years now faces destruction after renovation efforts revealed serious structural deficiencies.

Blaine officials to hold open house, public hearing on Marine Drive improvements

The Blaine public works department is gearing up to complete the last stage of the Marine Drive makeover this spring. The project will widen Marine Drive to 28 feet and add 6-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road from the Peace Portal Drive roundabout to just west of the railroad tracks.

Campaign on to collect used cell phones for domestic violence victims

The Bellingham Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence is teaming up with Verizon Wireless and the county sheriff and police chief association to put cell phones in the hands of domestic violence victims.

Car Care Special Section: Keep lights and wipers working properly

Even though the days are getting longer, it’s still a bright idea to make sure your vehicle’s lights and wipers are working properly so you can see and be seen.

Extra refinery workers a boon for Birch Bay economy

Scheduled maintenance on the oil refineries south of Birch Bay will add thousands of workers to the local population and prove a much appreciated economic boost in the slow winter months.

Fire commissioners vote to repair damaged ambulance

A North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) ambulance involved in an accident last month will be repaired, saving the fire district almost $50,000.

New Blaine yoga studio turns up the heat

After moving from Vancouver, B.C., to Blaine about nine months ago, Janet Englehart was disheartened by the options available to pursue her yogic passion.

NWFR fire chief field narrowed to three

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) commissioner Bill Salter is confident the fire district will choose a new fire chief within the next few weeks.

Program to increase off-season Birch Bay business explained

Business owners interested in increasing their off-season revenue should plan to attend an informational meeting that will discuss a new promotional program. The program is intended to help businesses in Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills capture more tourist dollars in the off-season.

State finds no issues in BBWSD audit

A state audit of the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) has found no issues or deficiencies with the district’s financial control procedures.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report from March 9 to March 13


Anne V. Vogt: February 1, 1916 – March 18, 2012

Anne was born to George and Sophie Peterson, attended Pleasant Valley School, and graduated in 1934 in Blaine. After graduation, she worked at Birch Bay Golf Course as a cute waitress for five years, then later married the love of her life Robert C. Vogt on January 1, 1942.


Police Reports: March 14 - 21, 2012

Police reports for the Blaine Police Department for March 14 through March 21, 2012


Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival

The Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival, held Saturday, March 17, in Blaine Middle School and other locations around town, drew bird enthusiasts from across the region.


Sports Briefs

A roundup of Borderite sports action from the last week


SSA Marine submits completed permit applications for Cherry Point terminal

The Seattle-based shipping terminal company seeking to build a $600 terminal just south of Birch Bay has submitted the completed project permit applications to Whatcom County officials.


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