Wed, Jun 27, 2012 

 

Weakened pipe caused February refinery fire

BP Cherry Point refinery officials say a crack in a pipe feeding a crude oil refining unit ignited the petroleum running through and it was likely the cause of the February 17 fire at the refinery that forced the evacuation of the entire facility and shut down operations for months.

Controlling the color of hydrangea blooms in your garden this summer

Many people grow hydrangeas to enjoy the long-lasting flowers in their landscape. As an added bonus, the blooms of these lovely plants can be easily dried for year-round enjoyment, and unlike most other plants, the color of some hydrangea blossoms can be controlled or changed by gardeners.

Home and Garden Special Section: Summer: The perfect time for outdoor improvements to your home

For Bob Christianson, owner of Pacific Building Center and True Value Hardware, this time of year means paint and plants.

Acupuncture business offers services in Blaine for first time

In February, Gentle Acupuncture opened on Marine Drive inside BearHug Massage, marking itself as the only acupuncture practice in Blaine. Acupuncturist Gayla Woodenlegs said she wanted to provide the service to an area that didn’t have acupuncture available.

Second annual Kid’s Day fundraiser coming up

Creating Hope Today’s second annual Kid’s Day, garage sale, and BBQ fundraiser will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Semiahmoo Kids Kamp. The garage sale, with items sold by donation, will continue through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wed, Jun 20, 2012 

 

Florida development company buys Marin condos

Late last week, Patten Sales and Marketing, a land sales and development company based in Florida, became the new owner of the Marin condominium buildings A and B.

Businesses encouraged to accept Canadian debit cards

Thousands of Canadian dollars flow into Whatcom County every day, and the county’s chamber of commerce wants local businesses to take greater advantage of this source of business.

CBP agents nab car murder suspect

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Lynden have arrested a Canadian man wanted in connection with an armored-car robbery that left three security guards dead and another critically wounded.

More than 200 attend family health night at Blaine Elementary

The first major event under the Let’s Move! Blaine! banner attracted more than 200 elementary students and parents to the Blaine Elementary School, with organizers promising more events to come.

City approves bid for Marine Drive work

Colacurcio Brothers, Inc., will begin work on improvements to Marine Drive after July 4, following a June 11 Blaine City Council vote.

Birch Point resident accused of assaulting Whatcom County Assessor: “There’ll be ramifications”

An affidavit issued by the county prosecutor in the case of a Whatcom County man accused of assaulting the county assessor has outlined the reasons for the alleged assailant’s arrest.

County council votes to lower speed limit at Portal Way/Birch Bay-Lynden Road intersection

Following a public hearing Tuesday night, Whatcom County Councouncil members voted to decrease the speed limit near the Portal Way/Birch Bay-Lynden Road intersection. There was no input from the public.

County approves bid for Bay Road culvert project

A Blaine construction company has won a contract to replace a fish culvert in Birch Bay.

City to outlaw street parking near H Street Burger King, Shell Station

Citing complaints from local business owners, the city of Blaine will install “no parking” signs along short stretches of G and 14th streets just east of the truck route.

New regulations restrict fireworks sale, use in Blaine

New city fireworks ordinances mean residents will have fewer days to light fireworks within Blaine city limits.

Local pastor retires after 35 years of service in Blaine

Blaine resident Dennis Wildermuth, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, will retire next week after 35 years of ministry at the church.

Living Green Special Section: Sustainable Connections to host green living expo

The 10th annual Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour and Expo hosted by Sustainable Connections takes place Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.

Semiahmoo Golf Course using reclaimed water

Semiahmoo Resort will partially switch to reclaimed water for its golf course this summer.

Living Green Special Section: Live green by re-using and recycling

One sure way to be green is to re-use and recycle things. Here are some tips about how to update your old household items and find gently used objects to personalize.

Living Green Special Section: Eating locally during berry season

With more than 50 farms,Whatcom County is a great place to eat locally. Sustainable Connection’s Food and Farm Finder is a comprehensive guide to local farms and vendors and is available online.

Volunteers, donations sought for annual Fourth of July festivities

The city of Blaine is looking for volunteers for the annual Fourth of July festivities.

Boating season is here: Remember your lifejacket

The traditional boating season has arrived and, judging by the amount of activity, it’s shaping up as a memorable boating summer. Before you head for the launch ramp or untie from the dock it’s always a good idea to check your boating safety equipment, including life jackets.

Local real estate agents enhance Bay Horizon park

Close to 90 Windermere real estate agents from across Whatcom County gathered at Bay Horizon Park in Birch Bay on June 15 for the company’s annual community service day. Agents volunteered for four hours on the sunny Friday morning to spruce up the Lions Camp Horizon grounds.

Dream Big!

Birch Equipment drivers Don Holt and Bruce Miner paid a visit to the Blaine Library on Tuesday, June 19, with a small excavator as part of the library’s “Dream Big, READ!” summer program.

Wed, Jun 13, 2012 

 

Wastewater project crew uncovers human remains

The discovery of Native American remains has necessitated another contract amendment for the Semiahmoo wastewater project.

County, Bellingham agree on framework for EMS system

Nearly two years after Whatcom County moved to dissolve the existing countywide emergency medical services (EMS) system, county and city of Bellingham officials have agreed on the framework for a new one.

Birch Bay man arrested on suspicion of arson

A Birch Bay woman is without a home after a man allegedly doused her travel trailer in gasoline and set it on fire.


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