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Published on Wed, Jun 10, 2009
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City offers walk-in passport appointments

The City of Blaine accepts walk-in appointments for U.S. passports and passport cards from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Appointments can also be made Monday through Wednesday. Standard execution and processing fees apply. Passport staff, however, will not be available for three days this month: June 19, 25 and 26. Passport forms are also available by visiting For more information, call 332-8311.

Voluntary watering begins June 15

The city of Blaine and Birch Bay Water & Sewer District are bringing back their voluntary annual watering schedule effective June 15 through September 15. Residents with odd numbered street addresses are asked to water only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Residents with even numbered street addresses are asked to water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Mondays are non-watering days to allow the city’s reservoirs to recharge after the weekend. For more information, visit or call 332-8311.

Luke announces run for county council

Lummi Island resident Michelle Luke has announced she will run against incumbent Carl Weimer for his District 3 seat on the Whatcom County Council, an area that encompasses Blaine and Birch Bay.
Luke has lived in Whatcom County for 35 years and owns L-Inc., a sales and marketing company in the home furnishings industry, along with her husband Steve. They have been in business together since 1983. She can be reached by calling 389-6262 or by emailing

Candidates file for Blaine City Council

John George, a Blaine business owner, and David Gallion, a Blaine planning commissioner, have announced their bids to run against incumbent Charlie Hawkins for his ward 2, position 4 seat on Blaine City Counil.
Blaine resident Dave White has filed a bid to run against Bonnie Onyon for her ward 1, position 2 seat on Blaine City Council.

Need help? Hire a football player

Blaine high school football coach Jay Dodd wants to find summer work for team members to support their attending a football camp in Ferndale later this summer. “Expenses are increasing for players and if anyone could hire some of them for anything you might need doing, that would really help,” said Dodd. To hire a football player (as many as you need) and support the team, call Dodd at 509/438-3567.

Officers arrest murder suspect at border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers took into custody a man wanted in Miami for attempted murder, armed assault and burglary after he was turned over to them by officers of the Canada Border Services Agency at the Pacific Highway port of entry on June 2. CBP officers arrested Ediel Duarte-Rabelo, 24, a citizen of Cuba, when a name check revealed that he was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) felony warrant.  Initially his true identity was uncertain due to the fact that he was not in possession of a passport or other proper border crossing identification.

After the outstanding warrant for arrest was verified with Miami Dade Police officials and Duarte-Rabel’s identity was confirmed, he was transported to the Whatcom County Jail by a trooper of the Washington State Patrol to await extradition back to Miami.

Pancake breakfast scheduled June 20

The Blaine Senior and Community Center has scheduled their pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20, at 763 G Street in Blaine. The breakfast features Pancakes, waffles or biscuits & gravy and scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children. For more information, call 332-8040.

Boys & Girls Club seeks auction items

The Pastime Bar is hosting a procurement party on Friday, June 19  from 5 to 8 p.m. to support the Blaine Boys & Girls Club. Come enjoy live music by Double Trouble.

Participants bringing a completed donation form or an item for the Boys & Girls Club upcoming July 18 auction will receive one dollar off any drink during the happy hour.  There is no cover charge. Donation/procurement forms are available at the Boys & Girls Club and online under the Blaine Club link at For more information, call 332-3008 or email