Town hall meeting

Published on Thu, Apr 16, 2009
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U.S. Representative Rick Larsen will speak in Blaine Saturday about his plans for comprehensive energy reform and economic recovery during the April district work period.

A series of countywide library meetings will give residents a say in what programs and services are most important to the community. Whatcom County Library System officials say their budget can’t continue to support all of the services and staffing that are currently provided and that the meetings are an opportunity to understand the financial challenges facing the library district and to learn what various programs, initiatives and services cost. 

Residents looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, are invited to join Whatcom County Beach Naturalists, the Birch Bay Steering Committee and others for an Armchair Tideflat Tour, the first event in a series of tours sponsored by the Marine Resources Committee (MRC) of Whatcom County.

The event is part of the regularly scheduled Birch Bay Steering Committee meeting and will feature a slideshow to map out well-known riches as well as buried treasures of local coastline. Presenters will offer entertaining stories of mysterious humming fish, amorous crabs and elusive geoducks.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m., with the Beach Naturalist presentation starting at 7:30 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7309 Jackson Road in Birch Bay. Following the slideshow, interested community members can stay for a mini-workshop to explore how the community can help beach visitors preserve local waters and beaches.

Participants will also be invited to assist with on-the-beach explorations coming up in May and June at Birch Bay State Park and Semiahmoo Park.

Canadian citizens living in the United States can attend a free passport workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2 at Western Washington University’s Canada House.

Starting June 1, Canadians will be required to present a passport or other secure document denoting citizenship to enter the United States by water or land.

Whatcom County planning and development is accepting public comments regarding a 144 condominium unit project (revised from 244 units) called Birch Bay Resort.

The project is planned for 7878 Birch Bay Drive and will include 35 duplexes and eight multi-unit buildings.