Newsin Brief

Published on Thu, Jul 22, 2004
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Want to run for office?
Candidate filing week begins Monday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. at the Whatcom County auditor’s office and closes Friday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m. for the following offices:
42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 1 and 2
Whatcom County Superior Court Judge, Position 1, 2 and 3
Public Utility District No. 1, Commissioner District No. 3
Charter Review Commissioners
Precinct Committee Officers
For information about filing for office, call the auditor’s election staff at 676-6742.

No fires, no more
All open burning in Whatcom County was forbidden starting on July 20 by order of Whatcom County fire marshal, Warner Webb. The suspension is due to dry weather conditions and is in effect until further notice.
For current ban information, please call 676-6934.
Recreational and campfires no larger than two feet in diameter in an approved enclosure will be allowed provided water (a charged garden hose or buckets of water) is available to extinguish the fire and burning done only when calm or light winds do not exceed 7 m.p.h. Approved enclosures for campfires may consist of cement block, stones or #10 gauge steel, a minimum of 16" high and open on one side. Material being burned must be lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure. A substitute enclosure for beach fires may be an eight inch deep pit, surrounded by four inch high stone walls. The fire enclosure must be at least 20 feet from combustible materials.

Police request help
Blaine police are asking for help after an older white man frightened four girls aged 10 to 13 by trying to talk them into his car on July 16. The girls were sitting on the grass at the corner of G and 8th streets when the man pulled up in an older white four door passenger car with Washington plates.
The man opened his door and got out, pointing back into his front seat and asked the girls to come over and help him “find his chicken,” that had gotten under the seat of his car. The girls ran into the nearby Boys and Girls Club to find a staff member. The man was last seen driving west on G Street. Police searched for the car but were unsuccessful. They describe the man as older (possibly in his ’60s) with gray hair, wrinkled face, protruding eyes and unshaven. He was shorter and overweight, wearing a lighter color polo shirt and tan pants.
Police ask those with knowledge of the event or man to call them at 332-6769.