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Articles published Wed, Apr 18, 2012

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


Effects of stormwater permit on Birch Bay uncertain

Whatcom County stormwater planners are taking a “wait and see” approach in response to a local environmental group’s petition to have Birch Bay included in a national stormwater monitoring permit that would place more onerous demands on local stormwater management practices.

Marine Drive improvements get thumbs-up

Improvements to Marine Drive near the railroad tracks will move ahead with minor changes after a Blaine Planning Commission vote last week.

County seeks first round of comments on Cherry Point terminal project

County residents now have their first opportunity to officially weigh in on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal.

Blaine Planning Commission approves proposed Chada Thai expansion

The owners of the Chada Thai restaurant on Peace Portal Drive will be allowed to expand their kitchen and build a basement after getting the necessary permissions from the Blaine Planning Commission.

Volunteers sought for state middle school math championships

The Blaine school district will once again be host to the Washington State Middle School Math Championships this year, and organizers are looking for volunteers to help run the competition.

Green Living Special Section: Hit the road on two wheels

Blaine resident Ken Knutson, 81, loves to ride his bike. He generally goes on two trips daily, adhering to a similar route each time. He starts at the senior center, and from there he travels to city hall for a cup of coffee. Then he rides home, unless he wants to stop at the store or visit friends a bit further south.

Green Living Special Section: Sustainable Connections conference slated for April 26, 27 in Bellingham

Sustainable Connections’ Future of Business Conference kicks off this year with what organizers call a “localicious opening reception.” Attendees to the conference will be able to register and then join a “meet, greet, and eat” session being held at the Whatcom Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Green Living Special Section: Take advantage of the Community Energy

As a homeowner, how would you like to reduce energy use, save money, improve comfort and increase your home value – all while protecting our environment?

Green Living Special Section: Rain barrel workshops scheduled

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) is planning two workshops this spring to teach Blaine and Birch Bay residents the basics of rainwater collection.

Green Living Special Section: Free spark plugs, filters for Earth Day

An outdoor power equipment dealer in Ferndale is marking Earth Day by offering free spark plugs and air filters for lawnmowers.

On the Water Special Boating Section: Coast Guard Auxiliary offers education, fun

Would you be interested in being a photographer for a polar expedition? Would you like to be a chef coordinating thousands of dinners? Or do you just want to know how to send out a Mayday when a day out on the water takes a bad turn? The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary could be how you get there.

On the Water Special Boating Section: Fishermen’s Memorial Committee to launch scholarship

A $500 scholarship to aid a Blaine High School senior whose family is involved in the fishing industry will be offered for the first time this spring.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for March 29 through April 9


County Executive Jack Louws pledges portable restrooms for Birch Bay this summer

The Birch Bay community will once again be equipped with portable restrooms for the summer thanks to Whatcom County executive Jack Louws.


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