Wed, May 9, 2012 

 

Birch Bay gains at least eight voting precincts

A population increase close to 70 percent since the 2000 census means Birch Bay will now have 10 voting precincts. Previously, Birch Bay had precincts 102, 109 and a portion of 103.

Next CBP citizens academy full; future classes being planned

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are planning subsequent citizens academies after the first one quickly filled up.

Birds in the Surf

Large flocks of western sandpipers have been feeding and resting along the shores of Drayton Harbor. Least sandpiper, dunlin, black-bellied plover, dowitcher and sanderling have also been observed recently.

DOE requests U.S. Army Corps study combined impacts of coal terminal proposals

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the combined effects of several coal terminals proposed for the Washington and Oregon coasts.

$10,000 lottery ticket remains unclaimed in Blaine

After a record-breaking state lottery jackpot was awarded last month, a lower-tier winning ticket still remains unclaimed in Blaine.

Hitting the Waves

The Sinoma, moored in Blaine, motors past the ketch Cutty Sark, left, and the Blaine ferry Plover after the opening day of yachting season on Saturday, May 5.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for April 27 through May 2

Wed, May 2, 2012 

 

Birch Bay shoreline project funds dependent on DOE

Whatcom County officials are seeking funding from a number of sources for major Birch Bay shoreline enhancements, but money from the most promising source will be dependent upon a decision from the state Department of Ecology (DOE).

City planners give Marine Park shoreline a facelift

City planning staff worked most of Friday afternoon last week positioning felled trees to improve a section of beach in Marine Park.

Whatcom Democrats chair to run for 42nd district representative seat

Bellingham resident Natalie McClendon will seek the 42nd legislative district state representative position currently held by Blaine resident Jason Overstreet.

Blaine artists’ studio tour set for Mother’s Day weekend

Artists from Blaine, Birch Bay and the Custer area will open their studios to the public this Mother’s Day weekend for the seventh annual art studio tour.

Annual Blessing of the Fleet to honor fallen fishermen

If you have been down to Blaine Harbor, you will have seen that the commercial fishing fleet is not too busy right now. The local crab season is finished until next fall for commercial non-tribal fishers, and the local salmon season will not begin until probably late July or August. The large draggers and crab boats are out fishing in Alaska or off the Pacific coast.

Yard of the Week competition begins its sixth season

The Blaine is Beautiful Committee will soon begin its sixth season recognizing the beautiful yards and gardens with a Yard of the Week award. All yards and gardens within the city limits of Blaine including Semiahmoo are considered for the weekly award from May 17 to September 20.

Public outreach plan in progress to improve Birch Bay water quality

Conservation officials are in the middle of a public outreach campaign they hope will improve water quality in the Terrell Creek and Cottonwood Beach areas of Birch Bay.

Mountain Runners docudrama to premiere during Ski to Sea weekend

Like the original Mt. Baker Marathon runners they’re seeking to portray, the crew behind the docudrama “The Mountain Runners” has had to battle the mountain’s weather to tell the true story of the country’s first major endurance race, the Mt. Baker Marathons of 1911-1913.

Health and Wellness Special Section: NWPRD2 hosts open house on Saturday

Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2) is presenting The Picnic at the Playground and Open House on Saturday, May 5, at Bay Horizon Park at the Birch Bay Activity Center. The event, which encourages residents to “step out for the summer,” will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Pet expo features fun, photo contest and more

The third annual Pet Spring Fling Expo will be held Saturday, May 12, at the Grandview Business Center in Ferndale. The all-day pet party will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature fun activities for everyone.

Countywide arts and culture guide published

A countywide organization promoting the arts has released a second annual guide to arts and culture in Whatcom County.

(Re) Open for Business

The Blaine Liquor Outlet reopened last week in the space next to the Black Forest Steakhouse.

Watching and Waiting

This bald eagle was spotted over the weekend along Birch Bay Drive.

Call for junior banner girls and boys

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seeking teenagers to participate as banner carriers in the annual Junior Ski to Sea Parade on May 18, as well as the Ski to Sea Grand Parade on May 26.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for April 18 through April 25

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 

 

Birch Bay pedestrian facility moves forward

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce members received a nice surprise at their monthly meeting last week. Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws told them that county public works staff have started seeking funding sources for long-awaited pedestrian and shoreline improvements along Birch Bay Drive.

City reinstituting water, sewer connection fees

Citing slow economic growth, Blaine City Council has voted to re-establish water and sewer hook-up fees for new development in the city.

Immigrant rights group claims CBP racially profiles along northern border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents engage in racial profiling when dealing with Latinos along the northern border, instilling a climate of fear within immigrant communities.

Home & Garden Special Section: A bamboo oasis in a Blaine backyard

In the corner of the yard, a rare black bamboo plant is flowering. Tom Burton planted it 31 years ago, after receiving it as a housewarming gift when he and his wife finished building their Blaine Avenue home. Bamboo flowers infrequently, and afterward the plant dies. However, Burton is hopeful. His black bamboo plant is the only one around, so he’s going to leave it be and hope that since it can’t cross-pollenate with any other plants, it’ll survive.

Whatcom County man accused of running puppy mill

A Whatcom County man has been accused of animal cruelty after Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) officers seized nearly 50 dogs from his property.


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