News in Brief
Time to get going
Returning from a fact-finding trip to Salt Lake City with other Whatcom County mayors, Blaine mayor Dieter Schugt said if the city wants to cash in on the Vancouver 2010 Olympics the time to start planning is now. “They started six years ahead and they were running,” he said of Salt Lake area chambers of commerce planning for the 2002 winter Olympics. Schugt said he had heard some surprising figures, especially that only 20 percent of those attending the games came from out of state - 80 percent were people who could drive to see an event. “We’re going to have a lot of people driving through Whatcom County,” he said. One offshoot is that the U.S. Department of Transportation, which organized the junket, is putting extra resources into county road projects, like the truck route upgrade and the Guide. “They’re very interested in pulling those up,” he said. Schugt also said small cities outside Salt Lake City had attracted thousand of visitors with one-day special events. “The idea is capturing the Olympic spirit and using that to draw people to our community,” he said.
Blaine high school senior Nick Ryser is using his passion for motorcycles to lend support to the Blaine skatepark slowly taking form behind city hall. For his senior project Ryseer has restored a 1971 Honda CB90 motorcycle donated by the Foreign Auto Clinic on Peace Portal Drive and is raffling it off to raise funds for ramps at the park. Second prize in the raffle is a Tony Hawk skateboard with Aback 7 bearings, Destructo trucks and spitfire wheels, donated by local dentist Dr. Patrick Rooney. Third prize is a weekend kayak rental for two donated by Ocean Kayak.
Ryser said the plan is to sell 2,000 tickets for $1 each before the March 20 draw date. Winners will be drawn at another fundraising event for the skate park – a car wash in the middle school gym parking lot. Raffle tickets are now on sale at Foreign Auto Clinic, Steamers, Corkscrew Willow and at the high school.
Sterling Savings Bank has started another fundraising effort for the skate park project by donating $1,500 to the project and challenging other local banks to do the same.