Wed, Apr 18, 2012 

 

Marine Drive improvements get thumbs-up

Improvements to Marine Drive near the railroad tracks will move ahead with minor changes after a Blaine Planning Commission vote last week.

County seeks first round of comments on Cherry Point terminal project

County residents now have their first opportunity to officially weigh in on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal.

Blaine Planning Commission approves proposed Chada Thai expansion

The owners of the Chada Thai restaurant on Peace Portal Drive will be allowed to expand their kitchen and build a basement after getting the necessary permissions from the Blaine Planning Commission.

Volunteers sought for state middle school math championships

The Blaine school district will once again be host to the Washington State Middle School Math Championships this year, and organizers are looking for volunteers to help run the competition.

Green Living Special Section: Hit the road on two wheels

Blaine resident Ken Knutson, 81, loves to ride his bike. He generally goes on two trips daily, adhering to a similar route each time. He starts at the senior center, and from there he travels to city hall for a cup of coffee. Then he rides home, unless he wants to stop at the store or visit friends a bit further south.

Green Living Special Section: Sustainable Connections conference slated for April 26, 27 in Bellingham

Sustainable Connections’ Future of Business Conference kicks off this year with what organizers call a “localicious opening reception.” Attendees to the conference will be able to register and then join a “meet, greet, and eat” session being held at the Whatcom Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Green Living Special Section: Take advantage of the Community Energy

As a homeowner, how would you like to reduce energy use, save money, improve comfort and increase your home value – all while protecting our environment?

Green Living Special Section: Rain barrel workshops scheduled

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) is planning two workshops this spring to teach Blaine and Birch Bay residents the basics of rainwater collection.

Green Living Special Section: Free spark plugs, filters for Earth Day

An outdoor power equipment dealer in Ferndale is marking Earth Day by offering free spark plugs and air filters for lawnmowers.

On the Water Special Boating Section: Coast Guard Auxiliary offers education, fun

Would you be interested in being a photographer for a polar expedition? Would you like to be a chef coordinating thousands of dinners? Or do you just want to know how to send out a Mayday when a day out on the water takes a bad turn? The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary could be how you get there.

On the Water Special Boating Section: Fishermen’s Memorial Committee to launch scholarship

A $500 scholarship to aid a Blaine High School senior whose family is involved in the fishing industry will be offered for the first time this spring.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for March 29 through April 9

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 

 

Blaine educator dies after three-year battle with cancer

In the three years since she was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Deb Cummings continually defied the odds.

Comment period begins on cleanup of Blaine Harbor site

Local residents have until May 9 to comment on a draft agreement that outlines bulkhead repair requirements for property on the western end of Blaine Harbor.

Stormwater permit petition could hurt wallets

A Bellingham-based environmental group has begun a campaign to force Blaine and Birch Bay to be included in a national stormwater permit, a decision that could have substantial financial impacts on the city and Birch Bay.

Blaine High School students shine at state student technology competition

Blaine High School has continued its stellar performance in state Technology Student Association (TSA) competition this year, sending five students to the national championships in Nashville, Tennessee.

Blaine’s attorney responds to suit against city

The ball is back in the plaintiff’s court after the city attorney for Blaine filed a response to a lawsuit filed in February against the city. The suit alleges city staff improperly handled a public records request submitted by the plaintiffs.

Birch Bay Shellfish Protection District board to meet April 18

The Birch Bay Shellfish Protection District committee will meet next Wednesday, April 18, at Fire Station 62, 9001 Semiahmoo Parkway in Blaine. The members will meet from 6 to 8 p.m.

On the Water Special Boating Section: Blaine West Marine manager named winner of national chain’s annual award

Every year the West Marine retail boat store chain gathers up its thousand or so store managers from across North America to give them a combination pep talk and training on new marine products. The meeting is known as West Marine University.

State now requires rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats

The Washington State Department of Health is now requiring all dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies, though risk of being infected in the state is low.

Area Democratic caucuses set for April 15

Registered Democrats in Blaine and Birch Bay will join their counterparts across Whatcom County this Sunday to hold precinct caucuses.

Senior Center rummage sale set for Saturday

The Blaine Senior Center is hosting a rummage sale this weekend with all proceeds supporting activities at the center.

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 

 

Canadian lane changes cause delays on U.S. side

Border crossing improvements on the Canadian side have frazzled more than a few nerves south of the border as Canadian drivers heading home cause backups on the truck route.

Former wine shop, deli in Birch Bay has new owners

The space that once held CJ Wijns in Birch Bay has new owners who are on the hunt for new tenants.

Port of Bellingham director resigns over internal disagreements

Port of Bellingham commissioners have accepted the resignation of port director Charlie Sheldon after months of internal bickering.

Lodging tax revenue could help promote Birch Bay

The money is there, and all the business owners in Birch Bay need is a plan.That was the message Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce (MBFCC) president Carole MacDonald sought to convey to Birch Bay business owners and residents at a meeting at the Birch Bay Waterslides the evening of March 29.

Whatcom County officials: Cherry Point permit paperwork now complete

Whatcom County’s planning supervisor has declared the permit applications for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project complete, starting the clock for an extensive environmental review process that will begin this summer.


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