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Articles published Wed, Apr 25, 2012

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Letters to the Editor: April 26 - May 2, 2012


Birch Bay pedestrian facility moves forward

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce members received a nice surprise at their monthly meeting last week. Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws told them that county public works staff have started seeking funding sources for long-awaited pedestrian and shoreline improvements along Birch Bay Drive.

City reinstituting water, sewer connection fees

Citing slow economic growth, Blaine City Council has voted to re-establish water and sewer hook-up fees for new development in the city.

Immigrant rights group claims CBP racially profiles along northern border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents engage in racial profiling when dealing with Latinos along the northern border, instilling a climate of fear within immigrant communities.

Home & Garden Special Section: A bamboo oasis in a Blaine backyard

In the corner of the yard, a rare black bamboo plant is flowering. Tom Burton planted it 31 years ago, after receiving it as a housewarming gift when he and his wife finished building their Blaine Avenue home. Bamboo flowers infrequently, and afterward the plant dies. However, Burton is hopeful. His black bamboo plant is the only one around, so he’s going to leave it be and hope that since it can’t cross-pollenate with any other plants, it’ll survive.

Whatcom County man accused of running puppy mill

A Whatcom County man has been accused of animal cruelty after Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) officers seized nearly 50 dogs from his property.

County council votes to approve voting precinct changes

Most registered Whatcom County voters are in new voting precincts following a Whatcom County Council vote on Tuesday.

County executive pledges portable restrooms for Birch Bay this summer

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

City council approves Peace Portal trail bid

An improved pedestrian and bike trail will be completed just in time for summer, according to Blaine Public Works staff.

Birch Bay businesses sought for coupon book

The group charged with developing ways to promote off-season tourism in Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills area has come up with a nifty idea: a coupon book filled with offers good from Labor Day until Thanksgiving 2012. Organizers are hoping that Birch Bay businesses will want to be included in the promotional vehicle.

Hanging basket sales fund girls’ scholarships

The Blaine chapter of the international women’s group Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) is once again selling hanging baskets to raise money for local girls’ scholarships.

Home & Garden Special Section: Get your house ready to sell

If you’re putting your house on the market, you can help ensure the fastest selling time and highest price by making sure it’s as clean and neat as possible.

Home & Garden Special Section: Wood refinishing business opens Blaine branch

The owner of a nationwide wood refinishing chain has opened an office in Blaine to serve northwest Washington.

A Visitor to Birch Bay

This Bonaparte’s gull was wading in the shallows during low tide in Birch Bay on Tuesday, likely on its way to Canada or Alaska to breed.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for April 13 through April 18


Police Reports: April 19 - April 25, 2012

Police reports for the Blaine Police Department for April 19 through April 25, 2012


Blaine basketball coach retires

After a 18-8 season culminating in a 5th-place state finish, the Blaine girls’ basketball team is losing someone special.

Injuries sideline Borderites in key track events

A leg injury kept one of Blaine’s fastest female runners from a competing in a key event at the Northwest Conference (NWC) track championships last Friday, though the girls’ team still finished strong with a fifth place finish and a personal best for another one of its star runners.


Mystery solved: Antique-looking trolley on its way to new owner in Canada

After a bit of Internet research and a few phone calls, the identity of the antique-looking trolley siting outside a gas station in Blaine has been revealed.


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