News http://thenorthernlight.com/news News RSS Feed BP Heron Center ready for grand opening http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_bp_heron_center_ready_for_grand_opening After nine months of construction and thousands of volunteer hours, the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education is ready for its grand opening at Birch Bay State Park. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_bp_heron_center_ready_for_grand_opening George Raft Race, tall ships coming to Drayton Harbor Days http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_george_raft_race__tall_ships_coming_to_drayton_harbor_days_ Drayton Harbor Days, one of Blaine's most entertaining annual events, is coming to Blaine Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_george_raft_race__tall_ships_coming_to_drayton_harbor_days_ Birch Bay-Lynden Road construction to finish after brief delay http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_birch_bay_lynden_road_construction_to_finish_after_brief_delay_ Construction at the Birch Bay-Lynden Road railroad crossing has experienced a slight delay. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_birch_bay_lynden_road_construction_to_finish_after_brief_delay_ City unveils new zoning guidelines http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_city_unveils_new_zoning_guidelines In an effort to simplify zoning requirements and promote a more aesthetically pleasing downtown area, city planners have drafted new architectural guidelines for downtown Blaine. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_city_unveils_new_zoning_guidelines Fresh, local and delicious: The restaurants of Semiahmoo Resort http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_fresh__local_and_delicious__the_restaurants_of_semiahmoo_resort The sun sets over Drayton Harbor, casting its brilliant orange hues in blinding arcs across the water. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_fresh__local_and_delicious__the_restaurants_of_semiahmoo_resort Veterans and descendents live with effects of chemical warfare http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_veterans_and_descendents_live_with_effects_of_chemical_warfare Forty years after American military personnel were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, veterans and their offspring are still experiencing medical conditions that studies have increasingly linked to the toxic herbicide. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_veterans_and_descendents_live_with_effects_of_chemical_warfare Red Cross looking for everyday heroes for awards http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_red_cross_looking_for_everyday_heroes_for_awards__ Every day, people across Whatcom County save lives and improve our communities, but never receive any recognition. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_red_cross_looking_for_everyday_heroes_for_awards__ Birch Bay Discovery Days http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_birch_bay_discovery_days Birch Bay Discovery Days photos http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_birch_bay_discovery_days Blaine Insurance expands, Little Red Caboose changes owners http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_blaine_insurance_expands__little_red_caboose_changes_owners Blaine Insurance purchases Locker & Ebert Insurance http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_blaine_insurance_expands__little_red_caboose_changes_owners Three music festivals coming to county http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_three_music_festivals_coming_to_county The weekend of August 1-3 is a great time to be a music lover in Whatcom County, with not one but three music festivals catering to fans of every genre. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-23_three_music_festivals_coming_to_county Name change committees appointed http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_name_change_committees_appointed The opposing camps have been chosen, and the decision to change the name of Blaine (or not) may depend on how persuasive the two groups can be. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_name_change_committees_appointed Blaine partners with NSEA to study local watersheds http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_blaine_partners_with_nsea_to_study_local_watersheds Blaine City Council has approved a multi-year contract with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) to study and improve water quality in Drayton Harbor and the surrounding watersheds. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_blaine_partners_with_nsea_to_study_local_watersheds Capstone Physical Therapy opens in Blaine http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_capstone_physical_therapy_opens_in_blaine In less than two years, Capstone Physical Therapy has grown from a husband-and-wife startup with one therapist and one support staff member to a company with four locations and 16 employees. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_capstone_physical_therapy_opens_in_blaine Playground, pavilion projects make strides http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_playground__pavilion_projects_make_strides After initial plans came in at a higher cost than expected, city planners working with Cascade Design Group have come up with an alternative plan for a playground at Marine Park. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_playground__pavilion_projects_make_strides Lizzie's Cafe still serving up the classics http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_lizzie_s_cafe_still_serving_up_the_classics With a new sign in place, Nicki's Diner is now officially Lizzie's Cafe, and if the new sign confuses regulars, they will be pleasantly surprised to find the old classics are still on the menu - along with a few new items in the making. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_lizzie_s_cafe_still_serving_up_the_classics Music fest - a swingin' good time http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_music_fest___a_swingin__good_time Musicians play for a dancing crowd at the Big Band Benefit concert at Semiahmoo Resort July 10. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_music_fest___a_swingin__good_time Hot weather causes burn bans statewide http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_hot_weather_causes_burn_bans_statewide With a heat wave rapidly increasing fire danger throughout the state, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded the burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_hot_weather_causes_burn_bans_statewide I-5 detours around Nooksack bridge in effect http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_i_5_detours_around_nooksack_bridge_in_effect_ Construction crews began detouring nighttime traffic around the Nooksack River bridge on I-5 on July 7. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_i_5_detours_around_nooksack_bridge_in_effect_ Permits filed for new luxury spa at Semiahmoo http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_permits_filed_for_new_luxury_spa_at_semiahmoo_ Speaking at a meeting of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce on July 2, community development director Michael Jones confirmed rumors that permits to construct a new destination spa on Semiahmoo spit have been filed at the city planning department. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_permits_filed_for_new_luxury_spa_at_semiahmoo_ Increased train traffic creates troubles for first responders http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_increased_train_traffic_creates_troubles_for_first_responders_ With flashing lights and blaring sirens, emergency vehicles can bypass traffic, run stoplights and exceed speed limits in order to save lives, but even emergency vehicles have to wait for trains at rail crossings. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_increased_train_traffic_creates_troubles_for_first_responders_