Wed, Aug 27, 2014 

 

Marine Park playground postponed until spring

Despite the contributions of some generous local donors, construction of the Marine Park playground project has been put off until next spring.

School board approves $45 million bond election

A $45 million bond to fund capital improvements at the Blaine School District is headed to voters after the school board unanimously approved the final version at their regular meeting August 25.

Shellfish harvesting ban lifted on north Whatcom County beaches

On August 22, The Whatcom County Health Department announced that biotoxin levels in northern Whatcom County had decreased, allowing some beaches to open for molluscan shellfish harvesting.

Library seminar teaches businesses to read census data

For business owners, analyzing demographic data can often be a real challenge.

New faces at Blaine School District

Blaine schools welcome new staff

Business roundup: Caroline's Closet

Caroline and Dave Winfrey have been making embroidered goods for sale out of their home in Birch Bay for going on three years now.

Gardening tips: Growing and storing spectacular dahlias

Dahlias are a signature flower here in the Northwest.

How to make your yard more environmentally friendly

It's easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start.

Wed, Aug 20, 2014 

 

Blaine residents to open Bellingham performing arts school

Until recently, Whatcom County dancers and musicians seeking a world-class performing arts school would have to commute to Seattle or Vancouver.

Locals raise money to prevent park delay

Residents are attempting to raise $50,000 in two weeks to make the Marine Park playground a reality for autumn.

Campfires now allowed in Western Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced August 15 that it is adjusting the statewide burn ban initiated on August 11.

County and city police officers step up DUI patrols

Police forces throughout Whatcom and San Juan counties are intent on stopping and discouraging driving under the influence.

Driver crashes into library wall

An errant driver put a hole in the wall of the Blaine Public Library on August 13.

Boys & Girls Club switching to fall hours

The Blaine branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County will be changing its schedule in response to the upcoming start of the school year.

Shellfish harvesters: know before you dig

Joshua Leinbach, an environmental health specialist with the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD), knows why it√Ęs critical that recreational shellfish harvesters are aware that a beach has been closed to harvesting.

Fire district, county to distribute tsunami flyers in Birch Bay and Blaine

In response to concerns from local citizens, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) has begun distributing flyers with information on tsunami readiness to Birch Bay and Blaine.

The 2014 Northwest Washington Fair, August 11-16

Blaine Church finds new pastor

After a long stretch without a permanent pastor, Blaine's United Church of Christ (UCC) has finally found someone to fill the position.

Chums of Terrell Creek offer workshop

A free workshop for Whatcom County residents interested in helping clean up the Terrell Creek watershed will be held at the new Birch Bay Bible Community Church on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Wed, Aug 13, 2014 

 

Blaine teen sells samosas for charity

Blaine High School senior Serena Sall spent her summer working on her senior project, and wound up raising funds to help over a dozen needy families.

City council decides how to use unexpected budget surplus

Thanks to increased tax revenue from retail sales and an unanticipated amount of courthouse income, the city of Blaine has a $625,000 surplus in its general fund for the second quarter of the fiscal year.

Fire warnings issued for Whatcom County

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal's office has issued a fire weather warning for parts of western Whatcom County, and a red flag warning for inland areas.

Ferndale businesses approved for marijuana licenses

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has approved two new grower-processor licenses for Whatcom County marijuana businesses.

Birch Bay park on Vogt property moves forward

Birch Bay residents are a giant leap closer to getting a beachside county park after the property owner and Whatcom County signed a purchase and sale agreement on a 4-acre property at 7954 Birch Bay Drive.

WSDOT installing three new roundabouts at Slater Road interchange

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has approved a plan to install three compact roundabouts near I-5 on Slater Road.

Missing pets blamed on coyotes

Reports of missing and injured cats and dogs in Birch Bay and Semiahmoo have been on the rise this summer, and at least some of the incidents can be blamed on coyotes.

"Biking is an attitude:" Keep positive, keep pedalling

When Janet Burke was 20 years old, she suffered a broken leg that would prove to be a turning point in her life.


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