News in Brief
Point Roberts town hall meeting
A town hall meeting to discuss solutions to the problem of drugs and the recent pot smuggling case will be held at the Point Roberts community center Thursday, March 4. The meeting was organized by parents after a 16-year-old girl was arrested after she attempted to take eight pounds of B.C. pot from Point Roberts to Blaine on the school bus. Representatives of the school district, sheriff�s office and the prosecutor�s office will be in attendance.
Are we calm now?
Blaine public works crews are removing the stop signs from traffic circle intersections in central Blaine, hoping local drivers have gotten the hang of it.
When traffic circles were added as traffic calming devices in the Salishan neighborhood under the residential street program public works, police decided four way stops were still needed until drivers learned to yield to traffic already in the circle and always move around the circle to the right. This week the signs are coming down at all intersections with traffic circles except the intersection of Cherry and Harrison streets.
Blaine police are reminding the public that it is illegal to turn left in front of a traffic circle. Drivers turning left should drive to the right around the circle until they get to the street they want to drive on, remembering to yield to cars already in the circle and cars to their right.
Organizers of the ninth annual Blaine Community Talent Show, the primary fundraiser for the Close-Up trip to Washington D.C. for high school juniors, is putting out the call for local talent. The May 1 show is a chance for any performer to share their talents with the community. Organizer Dave Fakkema said they wanted to emphasize this was not just a school production, but a chance to celebrate Blaine and Birch Bay across the generations. To sign up or for more information contact Fakkema at 332-6045 or 332-2071
Art sponsors wanted
The United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association is looking for sponsors to support art in downtown Blaine. For $250 local businesses and individuals can help pay to add a sculpture to the six-month International Sculpture Exhibition. Sponsors will be recognized by a plaque on the artwork and in the listing in the exhibition brochure. For information contact the association at 332-7165.
Adelia Commons approved
The Blaine Planning Commission has granted preliminary approval to the Adelia Commons development, which would build ten fourplex units at the east end of Adelia Street. At their February 24 meeting commissioners voted unanimously to approve the proposal despite the silent disapproval of a dozen neighbors who have opposed the project. At the end of the meeting city planner Russell Nelson said commissioners had opened the floor to discussion. �I hope we�re able to explain the constraints the planning commission was under,� Nelson said. He encouraged any community members concerned about multi-family development in their neighborhood to participate in the rewrite of Blaine�s comprehensive plan this year which can lead to rezoning certain parts of the city.