Wed, Nov 9, 2011 

 

Sweets for soliders

Blaine Elementary physical education teacher Dan Persse once again challenged students to beat his weight in Halloween candy, and they topped it again – by half a pound! If they accomplished the goal, Persse promised to dress up as the tooth fairy.

Preparing to vote

Whatcom County Auditor Shirley Forslof demonstrates how to mark a ballot during a presentation Friday, November 4, at the Good Samaritan Stafholt center in Blaine.

Running for Pumpkins

Blaine Elementary School students held their Annual Pumpkin Run on Wednesday, October 26. A boy and girl from each grade won a pumpkin if they came closest to their predicted mile time.

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 

 

BBWSD may increase water, sewer rates

Declining revenue for the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) will most likely mean water and sewer rate increases, but district officials have yet to determine how much of an increase will be needed.

Snow on Mt. Baker heralds return of winter ride program

Mt. Baker Ski Area’s Winter Ride program is gearing up for the season, and an informational meeting will be held next Wednesday for Blaine students and parents.

BBWSD officials discuss fate of archeological material

Twenty boxes of archeological material sit with a private archeologist hired by the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) as district officials decide what to do with them.

Local programs offer Thanksgiving options

The options for local families in need of a Thanksgiving dinner have dwindled to two.

Former city council member remembered

Former Blaine city council member David White died October 15 after a brief illness. He was 64 years old.

Church presents class on preventing child sexual abuse

Gail Tierney, from Bellingham’s Brigid Collins Family Support Center, will speak at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, at the Free Church Unitarian, 1218 Harrison Avenue in Blaine, about the center’s Stewards of Children/Darkness to Light class.

Blaine planning commission delays zoning change recommendation

Blaine planning staff are recommending zoning changes to the land between D Street and the truck route, and the city’s planning commission is giving the public more time to comment on the issue.

‘Rousing the Spirit ... With Marches and More’

The North Cascades Concert Band will play a rousing concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, in Blaine High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Wed, Oct 26, 2011 

 

Residents have their say on liquor sales

Initiative 1183, set to appear on the November 8 ballot, would close state-run liquor stores and license private companies to sell and distribute hard liquor. Currently, the Washington State Liquor Control Board operates state liquor stores and sets prices, while private companies can only sell and distribute wine and beer.

Blaine public works director leaving for Lynden

City of Blaine officials will start the search for a new public works director after Steve Banham leaves for a job in Lynden.

Blaine train depot demolition will go through SEPA process

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway will have to prepare detailed information on the Blaine train depot and the land it sits on if the railroad wants to move forward with plans to demolish it.

Installation of Birch Bay boat launch begins

Birch Bay tourists and residents will have a new place to set sail once the improved boat launch at the south end of Birch Bay State Park is completed.

NWPRD2 hires new activity center manager

Rachel Ely found her perfect match. The energetic fitness enthusiast was recently named activity center manager for Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2).

County council OKs 2012 road construction program

The Whatcom County Council has approved the county’s 2012 road construction program, and four projects in the Birch Bay area have topped the list.

Mature Living Special Section: Tips for preventing dehydration

Drinking lots of fresh water may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but as you age, the thirst urge diminishes.

Park district wins Blaine Builder Award

The district’s commissioners and staff were recognized for the improvements the district has made to recreational facilities throughout Blaine.

Fire board faults decision to move administration

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) officials want to move the fire district’s administrative offices closer to Bellingham after a service consolidation with Fire District 4, but NWFR’s fire commissioners have issues with the plan.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for October 13 through October 15

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 

 

State voters will decide on privatization of liquor stores

Election season is approaching once again, and once again Washington state voters will decide whether or not the state’s liquor stores will be privatized.

Blaine, Birch Bay residents prepare to cast their votes

The Northern Light asked every candidate in a contested Whatcom County race appearing on Blaine and Birch Bay voters’ ballots, “How will you best represent Blaine and Birch Bay in county government?”

Birch Bay veterinarian helps bring lost cat home after 13 months

Ken Welke was in line at a hardware store when he got a call from a Birch Bay veterinary office that made his day.

New owner will keep farmers market open year-round

The Birch Bay Farmers Market on Birch Bay-Lynden Road has been open for about six years now, but owner Keith Bowen has a whole new set of plans for the roadside grocery.

Ballot drop boxes will be available next week

County voters will no longer need to wait until election day to drop their ballots of at a county-maintained drop box.

Mature Living Special Section: Safety proof your home to prevent falls

One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year, and nearly a third of them will live with discomfort from the fall for the rest of their lives.


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