Published on Thu, Apr 3, 2008
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Boating courses scheduled in April

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services unit will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters. This eight-hour course will provide boaters the basics of safe boating that all recreational boaters should know.

The course is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 and Saturday, April 26 at the Marietta Fire Station training room at 752 Marine Drive in Bellingham.

Class size is limited and participants should pre-register by calling Deputy Smith at 360/676-6650 or emailing The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating manual and exam will be provided at the class for a $10 fee.

Beginning January 1, boat operators ages 12 to 20 years old will be required to carry a boater education card when operating a boat on Washington’s waterways. The law applies to operators of motorboats of 15 horsepower or greater.

The card requirement will be phased in through 2014, when all boaters born on or after January 1, 1955, will be required to have the card. Boaters born before January 1, 1955, are exempt from this law. Cards are $10 and are good for a lifetime. For more information about the class, visit online at

Event explores triple bottom line

Focus Northwest, a networking group of sustainable local businesses, has scheduled a free workshop for business professionals who want to achieve balance and a triple bottom line with regards to economic, environmental and socially responsible business practices.

The workshop is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at the Squalicum Boathouse in Bellingham. Guest speakers include leadership coach Henry Beeland, chiropractic doctor Kelly Arnold, realtor Gary Gallant, massage therapist Becci Camp and mortgage planner Susan Templeton.

Seating is limited and hearty hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 360/647-8822 or by emailing
For more information, visit

Nominations sought for youth services award

Northwest Youth Services, a non-profit youth advocacy group, is seeking nominations from communities across Whatcom County for individuals, professionals, groups, foster parents, church volunteers or staff, service clubs, businesses or business persons who have exhibited noteworthy dedication to children and youth in their work, vocation or volunteerism.

Nomination forms may be obtained on the agency’s web site at, at the NYS office at 1020 N. State Street or by calling 734-9862 extension 104.

Flood district board seeks Birch Bay applicants

The Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District board of supervisors is looking for individuals from the Birch Bay area to apply for the five vacancies on their Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management advisory committee.

The committee will assist the residents of the area and the board of supervisors with the implementation of the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management district. Members of the committee will be geographically representative of a broad spectrum of stakeholders from within the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management District boundaries.

Initial membership appointments will have staggered terms so that two members are appointed for two years, two members appointed for three years and one member will be appointed for four years. All members may be appointed to a second four-year term.

All applicants must be registered voters, residents of Whatcom County and, if applicable, reside in the area they represent. Members serve without compensation unless otherwise noted.

Applications must be received by April 24 and are available in the Council Office, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 105, Bellingham. Applications can be requested by calling 360/676-6690 or by visiting

By Tara Nelson