Published on Thu, Feb 21, 2008
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Birch Bay meetings

Four special guests will address the Birch Bay Steering Committee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road.

Those speakers will include Whatcom County special projects director Roland Middleton, new assistant director of Whatcom County Public Works, Jon Hutchings, who will discuss the comprehensive water resources integration project and it’s potential to effect the Birch Bay watershed; BP Cherry Point’s Mike Abendhoff, director of public affairs, will discuss BP’s plan for the property acquired from Trillium called West Cherry Point; and David Roberts, of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will discuss the management plan for the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.

Also, meetings of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force along with the Birch Bay Steering Committee’s transportation. Public safety and school implementation subcommittee have been cancelled for this month. 

For more information about the Birch Bay Steering Committee and its various subcommittees, visit

Meeting to discuss concurrency

The Whatcom County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing to review its open space taxation policies as well as a work session to hear a staff presentation regarding transportation concurrency. Concurrency issues deal with improving or maintaining transportation and other public services in pace with an area’s growth so as to not shift the additional costs onto long-time residents of those areas, as mandated by the Washington State Growth Management Act. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 28 at 5280 Northwest Drive in Bellingham. For more information, call Becky Boxx at 676-6907 or 380-8100.

Professor to study transborder disaster management

A Western Washington University professor will study emergency management strategies on the northern border.

WWU assistant professor Jason Levy received a $11,790 emergency preparedness grant from the North American Research Linkages Program to investigate emergency management strategies for coping with disasters that cross political and geographical borders.

Levy, a faculty member of the Huxley College of the Environment’s Institute for Global and Community Resilience and director of the Transborder Disaster Group, said he will use the grant to lead a team of students to study disaster management in the U.S.-Canada border region near Vancouver, B.C. as well as the U.S-Mexico border near San Diego, California. The students will evaluate practices for transboundary disaster risk reduction and emergency management.
For more information, contact

U.S. Coast Guard to offer boater’s education course
U.S. Coast Guard Boater Education Course: March 8, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 5 the Blaine Harbor Boating Center, in the conference room. The center is located at 235 Marine Drive in Blaine. Cost is $40 and $25 for each additional family member.

Graduates from the course will satisfy future Washington state requirements for all boat operators having this proof of completion.
For more information, contact Drew West at 360/303-8047 for information and registration or email:

Blaine’s Larson Gross moves
to Birch Bay Square

Larson Gross will be moving its Blaine operations into the newly constructed Windermere Plaza Building at the south end of the Birch Bay Square Shopping Center in early February. The new office is located at 8105 Birch Bay Square Street, just west of I-5 off the Lynden Birch Bay Road exit.
The new office opened for business on Monday, February 11. The office team is comprised of Gail Kruk, Kevin Stickle, Wendy Chambers, Kristen Visser, and Kay Oltman. All can be reached at 360/734-4280. For more information on Larson Gross visit or call 800/447-0177.
By Tara Nelson