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Articles published Wed, Aug 15, 2012

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Letters to the Editor: August 16 - August 22, 2012


State bureau ups Blaine’s fire safety rating

Blaine residents and business owners could see a decrease in their fire insurance premiums after North Whatcom Fire and Rescue officials (NWFR) reported improvements in the city’s fire rating.

After long wait, crabbers hit the water in Blaine, Birch Bay

At long last, the waters off Blaine and Birch Bay will be open to recreational crabbing starting Thursday.

Blaine, Birch Bay voters mostly follow county, state

Voters in Blaine and Birch Bay mostly agreed with voters across Whatcom County and the state in the August 7 primary’s major races – except the Washington governor’s contest.

BBWARM plans community meeting for Cottonwood Beach neighborhood

Whatcom County staff have planned a community meeting for August 21 to inform residents of the Cottonwood Beach neighborhood about stormwater issues and projects focused on the area.

One Blaine, five Birch Bay residents apprehended in countywide arrest operation

One Blaine and five Birch Bay residents were arrested last week on various charges that included possession of drugs and stolen property.

BBWSD seeks to fix loophole in leak credit policy

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) commissioners have approved policy changes that should prevent people from making false claims when seeking credit for leaks.

Salishan walking tour: Blaine then and now

As August’s summer sun beats down on Blaine, The Northern Light followed Kathleen Capson, one of Blaine’s most knowledgeable historians, on a present-day look into Blaine’s history.

Birch Bay golf camp welcomes area youth

The Birch Bay Village Golf Course will once again host Blaine and Birch Bay youth between the ages of 8 and 16 who want to learn the basics of golf this summer.

Planning commission gives OK to changes to Blaine’s lot coverage rules

Blaine’s lot coverage regulations are different from most other cities in Whatcom County, and Blaine planning commissioners are on board with changing that.

Blaine student earns $12,000 scholarship

Katharine Sell of Birch Bay, daughter of Kerry and Shirley Sell, was recently awarded the Dean’s Scholarship to attend Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. The $12,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the top academic incoming transfer students.

Storming the lanes

Alejandro Moser-Hernandez, 6, holds a plaque and certificate he earned in the Washington State Pepsi Championship Bowling Tournament.

Grace Lutheran ready for period of transition

With the retirement of veteran pastor Dennis Wildermuth, Blaine’s Grace Lutheran Church has an opening in the top spot for the first time in 35 years. The transition is a chance for the church to redefine the congregation’s direction and role within its community.

Celebrating Samoan culture at the park

Members of the Kalevaria Samoan United Methodist Church Youth Group perform during the Peace Arch International Concert series at Peace Arch State Park on Sunday, August 12.

Young at Heart

The Blaine Senior/Activity Center folks are enjoying a warm August, after a cooler than usual summer. What a privilege to live in such a scenic setting as ours in such a supportive community.


James R. Fetridge, Jr.: July 2, 1940 - August 12, 2012

Jim passed away this week after an eight year battle with Parkinsons/Multiple Systems Atrophy. He is survived by his wife, Susan O’Malley, his two daughters, Rebecca and Erin Fetridge, his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Pam MacFetridge and their two sons, Aidan and Campbell.


Police Reports: August 8 - August 14, 2012

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for August 8 through August 14, 2012


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