Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Mar 1, 2007
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Northwest parks board seeks input
Northwest Park and Recreation District (NWPRD) has scheduled four public meetings during March to gather public input for the future look of the Birch Bay and Blaine area.

The first two meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday March 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Blaine Library at 610 3rd Street.
Two other meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, at 7039 Jackson Road. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The district’s goal has been to ensure recreational opportunities and maintain sites that enhance quality of life in Whatcom County. Individuals who cannot attend are invited to send their comments in written form to P.O. Box 68, Blaine, 98231 or via e-mail at

Whatcom County Parks seeks to award grants
The Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Foundation is seeking to award one or more grants totaling $2,000 to organizations with projects that will improve parks, recreation, trails, and natural areas in Whatcom County.

Projects could include improving or repairing existing park facilities, restoring vegetation or habitat in and around parks, conducting educational events related to park facilities, expanding recreation programs and events to increase appreciation for parks and natural areas, building and maintaining trails, or enhancing natural park ecosystems.

Applications are due by April 20. For more information, call 392-6028 or email

WWU hosts lecture on border
University of Washington’s Anne Goodchild, an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, will speak March 7 at Western Washington University in a lecture titled “The Cost and Consequences of Border Crossing Time Variability on Pacific Northwest Supply Chains.”

The lecture is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in room 410 of the Environmental Sciences building.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 650-2642. For parking information, call 650-3000.

Big Brothers organization uses eBay to raise funds
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington association (BBBSNW) is trying a new way to raise money for their organization – by using online auctioning.

The BBBSNW’s “Make a Big Deal” project is using eBay to auction good- to high-quality donated items. All of the proceeds from the eBay auctions go toward the organization’s mentoring program, which matches at-risk children with adult for friendship, support and guidance. Donations are tax deductible and benefit children in Whatcom and Skagit counties.

Individuals may also donate professional services such as a manicure or cleaning services.

The BBBSNW is now accepting donations from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at their offices at 1609 Broadway, Ste. 203, Bellingham.For more information, call 360/671-6400 ext.109.

Two Blaine men injured in crash

A 25-year-old Blaine man was seriously injured after the vehicle he was driving left a road near Blaine and rolled over.

Aleksandr Lebedev was driving northbound on Harborview Road just after 2 a.m. Sunday when he failed to negotiate a turn to the right and crossed the southbound lane, leaving the roadway and rolling over, according to a report by the Washington State Patrol.

His passenger, Aleksey Solovey, 27, of Blaine, was also injured in the crash. Both men were transported to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham and were listed in satisfactory condition on Monday, hospital officials said.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and Lebedev is facing charges of two counts of vehicular assault, according to the press release.

Study finds $4.4 million in savings for Lighthouse plant
A value engineering study conducted for the city of Blaine’s planned Lighthouse Point wastewater treatment facility could save city ratepayers more than $4.4 million over the long term.

In a regular meeting of Blaine City Council Monday, Blaine public works director Steve Banham presented the council with cost-saving measures as estimated by third party engineers.

Banham said the original estimate of the treatment facility was slated between $20 and $25 million but with increases in construction material costs in 2005, that number is now more than $30 million.

The study recommends reducing overall square footage and height, as well as changes in the level of automation of equipment and deferring some of the construction until a later time.

The changes would be necessary to prevent increases in the current rate schedule, he said.

“The plant is designed to accommodate the 20-year plan for the city,” he said. “However, we can hold off on some of the purchases until later.”

He added that although the study had identified additional cost savings, public works had chosen not to proceed with them because of concerns for odor control expressed by citizens.

“What we’ve consistently heard is that odor control was a big concern for residents,” he said.

The plant is scheduled to be completed by 2010.

-By Tara Nelson