Published on Wed, Jun 24, 2009
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Border bust reveals nearly 70 pounds of marijuana

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Newcastle man last weekend suspected of possessing more than 64 pounds of marijuana.

Kit Van Wong, of Newcastle, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession with intent to distribute after border officials reportedly observed several people run between a Toyota pick-up along a wooded area near H Street and Flambeau Road on June 20.

The vehicle fled the scene when agents approached. The driver, vehicle and drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Seattle. The marijuana was estimated to be worth $324,000.

Pastime hosts Blaine reunion

The Pastime bar will host an all-Blaine high school reunion performance featuring Mark Keown, a 1983 graduate of Blaine high school and Western Washington University graduate. Keown will be playing as part of his Seattle-based rock band, Cyanide Blue, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 27. The concert will feature classic rock covers and original material. Admission is free and open to all Blaine high school alumni and friends.

The Pastime is located at 658 Peace Portal Drive and can be reached by calling 332-6623.

New Edge Hair Design hosts “cut-a-thon” to help food bank

Hair stylists at New Edge Hair Design will host a cut-a-thon on Saturday, July 4 outside their salon at  264 H Street in Blaine.

The public is invited to get a great hair cut free with a cash or food donation to the Blaine Food Bank. For more intormation on the cut-a-thon, call New Edge Hair Design at 332-7626.

Birch Bay Meditation Center hosts nature art festival

The SK Birch Bay Meditation Center has scheduled their first-ever nature art festival for children from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Activities include music, games, arts, crafts, storytelling and nature walks. Lunch will be provided. Admission is free. Those interested should RSVP by June 30. For more information, call 360/371-5560 or email

Blaine Chamber Choir raises money for Carnegie Hall trip

The Blaine Chamber Choir has scheduled a carwash and bake sale during Blaine’s Fourth of July event to raise money for their trip to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall next year. The students will be located on the corner of H Street and Mitchell Avenue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be selling cold water from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blaine high school earns top spot in Newsweek Magazine

For the third consecutive year, Blaine high school was cited by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top high schools in the country.

Blaine ranked 942 nationally this year, compared with 749 last year and 761 two years ago, and 16 among the 31 schools in Washington.

The only other county high school to make the list, Bellingham high school, finished 1,133 nationally and 23 in the state.