Wed, Jul 22, 2009 

 

Commission rejects garbage rate hike

Garbage collection rates will stay the same at least through September for Blaine and Birch Bay after the Washington State Utilities and Transportation commission (WUTC) rejected a rate increase requested earlier this month by Sanitary Service Company (SSC), the service provider for most of Blaine and Birch Bay.

News in Brief

Local music artist to play Wood’s Coffee; Junk cars benefit Habitat For Humanity; Blaine woman hired at Langabeer & Tull; CBP officers seize $4 million in cocaine

Bark On The Beach festival goes to the dogs

Even the most hair-ridden dogs can have their moment in the sun this weekend as pet owners vie to see whose pet sheds the most in five minutes.

Semiahmoo marina to host Sail-a-Bration Saturday

A sailboat regatta, kayak races, live music and lots of good food highlight this Saturday’s first-ever Sail-a-Bration at the Semiahmoo marina.

Center for Economic Vitality hires new staff

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Center for Economic Vitality (CEV) has added Nicole Hagerman to its staff of research analysts and has promoted Jennifer Hill and Jenny Kern to senior research analysts.

Border policy institute to study border truck usage

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is conducting research this summer on the truck usage of the FAST lanes at Whatcom County’s border crossings to find why the percentage of trucks using these lanes is dramatically lower here than at border crossings at Detroit, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Prestigious George Raft race highlight of Plover Days

This year’s eighth annual prestigious George Raft race, a paddling competition using rafts made from anything that floats, will be held this year on Saturday of the Plover Days weekend, August 1 and 2.

Blaine couple to serve two-year mission in Russia

A 10-year dream will come to fruition for a local couple next month.

Hostels: Not just for youth anymore

Elderhostel is one of the most popular programs available for retired people. Appealing especially for those interested in life-long learning opportunities, their programs combine educational excellence, comfortable accommodations, good food and travel opportunities with other people of the same age.

For a day trip, try the edible Skagit Valley

Retirement, for many, is the opportunity to get out and explore and the nearby Skagit Valley offers a fresh look at the local food movement right next door.

Wed, Jul 15, 2009 

 

The Market to host BBQ cookoff

Blaine and Birch Bay residents can get a taste of smoky ribs or spicy pulled pork this weekend as The Market at Birch Bay Square hosts its first BBQ On The Border barbecue tasting and cookoff.

News in Brief

Semiahmoo Biodiversity Walk • Rental assistance available for recently unemployed households • Authorities recover body from boat on Boundary Bay • Annual Blaine Icelandic Picnic

Discovery Days parade and festival this weekend

Visitors and residents looking for something to do this weekend will want to check out the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Discovery Days Arts, Crafts & Family Fun Festival this weekend.

CBP lightens restrictions for NEXUS cards

Those who have tried to get a NEXUS card for faster cross-border travel but have been denied or had it taken away may want to re-apply.

City council postpones CAO vote

Despite mounting public pressure to make a final decision on the city’s critical areas ordinance, Blaine City Council voted unanimously Monday to postpone a decision until their next meeting July 27.

Skywater Tennis Tournament Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club, June, 2009

$4.6 million grant to help Puget Sound

The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation (NSMC) Initiative has been awarded $4.6 million in economic stimulus funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to pull derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound.

Jazz fest continues with art, music

American Life Poetry

Blaine Border Patrol sector hires new deputy chief

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent (DCPA) Henry Rolon was sworn-in as the new second-in-command of the Blaine Border Patrol sector.

Asian dance series returns to Peace Arch Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Folk Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to attend its second series of afternoon Asian cultural performances at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine in August.

Blaine author Ken Ely publishes second book

Local author and chiropractor Ken Ely, whose young adult novel “The Sons of the Waves” came out late last year, has put out another book.

Safety inspection program can help saves lives

In January 2008, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) implemented its new life safety inspection program. This program consists of the professional inspection of businesses by trained fire district personnel for hazards that may lead to fire or otherwise pose a threat to the business, employees and patrons.

Retired and looking fabulous

It happens every time you go to a reunion of some kind, the sort of event that peppers a retired person’s schedule with gatherings of people you knew way back when. Some of the people you meet seem to have aged unbelievably while others are so fit they seem years younger.

Lady Washington returns to Blaine

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain have scheduled a return visit to Blaine the afternoon of Tuesday, July 28. The ships will offer public tours and four public sailings during their seven-day stay.

Wed, Jul 8, 2009 

 

Blaine Fourth of July 2009 celebration slideshow

New CBP director known for his extra efforts

Greg Alvarez, Blaine Port Director for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), likes to get involved. Shortly after moving to his new post in April, an SUV was stopped at the border and inspectors discovered a hidden compartment that contained a load of ecstasy-like BZP pills.


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