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Published on Thu, May 21, 2009
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Point Whitehorn grand opening Monday

The Whatcom Land Trust has scheduled a grand opening event for its 9,734-acre Point Whitehorn Park for 11 a.m. Monday, May 25. The event will begin with a brief presentation by Whatcom County Land Trust’s Rand Jack. Visitors can then enjoy a short, guided hike with information on sea-life and wooded wetlands provided by Washington State University Beach Watchers. The trail is .75 miles and features scenic overlooks. Take Grandview Road west past the BP Cherry Point refinery and follow until Grandview becomes Koehn Road. Follow Koehn Road about .75 miles. The park entrance is on the left. For more information about the event, call 360/650-9470.

Birch Bay Fiber Fest this weekend

Beach Basket Yarns and Gifts has scheduled its 3rd Annual Fiber Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 at 7620 Birch Bay Drive. The event will include storewide discounts, Linda Bylsma’s alpacas of Lost River Alpacas, spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations with Joanne Ellis, and handmade wooden puzzles and hot dogs by Mac Muncy. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shop, 7620 Birch Bay Drive. For more information, call 371-0332.

Explore the shorelines with naturalists

The Beach Naturalists of RE Sources and WSU Beach Watchers have scheduled a shoreline tour. The event is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23 at the Point Whitehorn county park and gives individuals a chance to search for treasures and learn about biological wonders during low tide. Doug Stark, coordinator of RE Sources’ Beach Naturalist program will lead the tour, embarking from the wildlife theater at Birch Bay State Park. On-the-beach tours are scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 as well as Sunday, June 7 and Saturday, June 20 (also at Semiahmoo County Park), with volunteer Beach Naturalists continuing explorations until 1p.m. For more information, visit or call 733-8307.

Candidate filing week begins June 1

A candidate filing for several Whatcom County offices including Port of Bellingham, the Whatcom County Council and the Blaine City Council begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 1 and closes at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 5. Whatcom County school districts, fire, water and cemetery districts as well as parks and hospital districts are also included in that filing period. Filings received in the Auditor’s Office after the close of filing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, are invalid and will be returned to the applicant, irrespective of postmark. Declarations of Candidacy forms are available at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office.  For information about filing for office, you may call the elections division at 360/676-6742. A list of offices up for election and a declaration of candidacy form is available at

Most liquor stores open Memorial Day

Most state-run liquor stores will be open on Memorial Day, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Store schedules and phone numbers are available on the Washington State Liquor Control Board web site at Contract liquor stores such as the Blaine Liquor Outlet will be closed but the Birch Bay Liquor Store at 7832 Birch Bay Dr. will be open. They can be reached at 371-7018.

Hybrid sales tax exemption to end Aug. 1

Purchasers of new hybrid vehicles will need to take possession by July 31 to receive the exemption as the sales tax exemption for certain hybrid vehicles ends August 1. The exemption for vehicles with an EPA highway mileage of at least 40 miles per gallon took effect January 1, but was repealed by the legislature as part of engrossed substitute senate bill 6170, which revised several environmental tax incentives. Hybrid vehicles will still be exempt from the 0.3 percent motor vehicle sales tax, and purchases of new vehicles powered by clean alternative fuels such as natural gas, propane, hydrogen or electricity will continue to be exempt from all sales taxes through December 31. Lease payments on previously qualifying hybrids will become subject to sales tax after July 31.

Border agencies apprehend B.C. woman

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended a Vancouver, British Columbia woman on May 7 who was wanted in Tacoma, Washington allegedly for forgery, taking a motor vehicle without permission and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

Officers arrested Constance Stuberg, 44, upon her arrival to the United States at the Pacific Highway port of entry aboard a Greyhound bus when a name check revealed that she was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) felony warrant. 

After verification of the warrant for arrest with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Stuberg was immediately taken into custody by CBP officers and turned over to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for extradition to Tacoma.

-Tara Nelson