Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Nov 8, 2007
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Volunteers needed to spy on salmon

The Chums of Terrell Creek is looking for volunteers to observe returning spawning salmon in Terrell Creek.

The group planted nearly 50,000 chum salmon eggs nearly three years ago and organizers are hopeful to see returns from that year, as well as subsequent incubators.

Volunteers are needed to observe returning salmon in the early morning for one half hour between 7 and 9 a.m. daily from November 12 through the end of December. 

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will provide forms for volunteers and training. For more information, call 360/371-3441.

Cost Cutter raises money for hungry residents

Blaine’s Cost Cutter store will join other Brown and Cole stores during the next few months to raise money for the Food For All, a nonprofit anti-hunger organization.

Beginning November 11 and running through January 5, customers and employees will have the opportunity to help feed the hungry in our communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at the checkstand.

Proceeds will benefit local charities such as the Nooksack Valley Food Bank, as well as Bellingham and Blaine food banks.

County seeks public input on comp plan

Whatcom County will review portions of the Comprehensive Plan in 2008 and anticipates planning commission meetings in the period between approximately May and August 2008 to consider changes to the plan.

Public input is encouraged at these meetings. It is anticipated that the council will make the final decision to adopt the plan in the fall of 2008.

Forms can be obtained at the Whatcom County Planning & Development Services office at 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham.

For more information, call 360/676-6907.

Free tax workshop for small business

The Bellingham office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, at the Labor and Industries/DSHS Building at 1720 Ellis Street, First Floor conference room A, in Bellingham.

Presenters will discuss Washington excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection, and record-keeping requirements.

All receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to Department of Revenue rules and regulations. To register, visit the Department of Revenue’s web site at or call 360/676-2114.

City seeks donations for community Christmas tree

Downtown merchants are spearheading a fundraiser to buy a large 17-foot artificial Christmas tree for Blaine. They’re asking businesses and residents for donations. The city donated $2,000 and will erect and store the tree. Donations can be made to the city with Christmas tree fund specified.