Thu, Apr 23, 2009 

 

Blaine community sailing school schedules first mini regatta

Blaine’s sailing season gets underway this weekend, April 25 and 26, with up to a hundred sailboats filling the bay for the annual Semiahmoo Regatta...

News in Briefby Tara Nelson

Volunteers sought to help trees grow

Input sought for Birch Bay Square

What kind of businesses would you like to see in Birch Bay Square?Birch Bay Square owners are seeking comments on what kinds of stores local residents ...

Feds: long border waits anticipated this summer

Long border waits are likely in store this summer as crews continue construction at the Peace Arch border crossing but travelers can minimize delays by...

Semiahmoo Bay to fill with sails this weekend

Blaine’s unofficial beginning of the sailing season happens this weekend with the eleventh annual running of the Semiahmoo Regatta, sponsored by ...

Thu, Apr 16, 2009 

 

CEV and Blaine chamber of commerce offer free business class

Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce (BCC) are partnering to provide a workshop designed to help businesses navigate the present economic challenges.

County organizations to host Earth Day recycling events

Individuals looking to get rid of old electronics, appliances and other junk can do so at little or no charge this weekend.

Town hall meeting

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.

Meetings to discuss roundabouts

A series of meetings this month hosted by the Washington State Department of Transportation will help provide answers to questions regarding two planned roundabouts near the I-5 and D Street overpass.

Birch Bay residents differ over speed limits

Disagreements about what kind of speed limits should be applied on which sections of Birch Bay Drive surfaced in a polite but determined debate in front of a Whatcom County Council work session Tuesday afternoon.

Expert birders speak at festival Saturday

Wildlife photographer Paul Bannick, just back from a birding excursion to Puerto Rico, will deliver the keynote presentation at the end of the Wings Over Water (WOW) celebration this Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in the Blaine school district’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 975 H Street.

Thu, Apr 9, 2009 

 

Wings Over Water to feature local science expert

Local science teacher Jim Jorgensen will lead one of his popular and entertaining geology field trips as a part of Blaine’s seventh annual Wings over Water (WOW) on April 18.

Border reconstruction project gets $30 million boost

Renovations at the Peace Arch border crossing have received a $30 million push in federal economic recovery funds that will hopefully prevent further delays in finishing the project.

Study identifies pollutants in harbor

Drayton Harbor is widely contaminated with human, bovine and avian fecal coliform, according to a pilot study recently completed by the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.

Hall of fame!

Local artist, 77, inducted to Surfer’s Walk of Fame

Garden

Deer populations in neighborhoods have increased rapidly due to abandoned farms, hunting restrictions and suburban sprawl. And they are dining on expensive suburban landscapes.

Small business 101

Business owners who would like to learn about marketing their businesses can attend a free workshop next week hosted by the Center for Economic Vitality, formerly the Small Business Development Center of Western Washington University.

Briefs

Library Link

”The day I discovered that one could go to the public library and take out books was one of the happiest of my life.” Columnist Liz Smith.

Young At Heart-

Our Blaine Senior Center community welcomes spring, with its planting flowers, and gardens, bright green lawns which are great for bocce ball, trips, and other outdoor activities, and that lovely warm sunshine which is good for the most of us.

Mahogany whale tail one of several new exhibits at Peace Arch Park

Last week, the Charlottesville, Va., resident chose to endure the 3,000 mile trek from Charlottesville, Va. to Blaine in cramped quarters, with a 17-foot-long wooden whale tail in tow and his wife and two children packed in the family minivan.

Thu, Apr 2, 2009 

 

County relaxes shoreline development rules

After hearing from several waterfront property owners in a packed hearing last fall that shoreline development regulations were too restrictive, the Whatcom County Council unanimously adopted changes to the Shoreline Management Program last week that relax some, but not all, of the regulations.

Legislation would delay ID requirements until 2010

As the deadline for tighter border ID requirements nears, some lawmakers say they are worried U.S. ports of entry won't be able to keep pace with an increase in traffic, especially during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Airport deal sinks under economy

Plans to redevelop the former Blaine airport fell victim to the global economic slowdown on Tuesday, March 31 after the developers informed Blaine city officials they were letting their purchase agreement lapse. In doing so, Dr. Patrick Rooney and Tom Hayes forfeited $125,000 in deposit money they had given the city to seal the purchase agreement.

Wings Over Water festival to host stellar line-up

Three outstanding speakers and a return appearance by the popular “Hunters of the Sky” program from Sardis Raptor Center as well as a host of activities geared for kids highlight this year’s Wings Over Water festival on April 18.

Slugs are gross, pesky part of Northwest gardening

A story I tell that always gets a groan is about when I was a camp counselor on Lopez Island and was putting on my shoes for the weekly dance. The shoes sat under my bed for six days, and on the seventh I slid one on and felt something soft and moist with my toes.

Volunteers needed for math championship event

Volunteers needed for math championship event


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