News News RSS Feed 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. 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 itâs 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. 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.