Wed, Sep 7, 2011 

 

Energy program can help reduce your bills

Homeowners in Whatcom County can take advantage of a program to reduce energy use, save money, improve comfort, increase home value and protect our environment.

Tour Whatcom County farms on Saturday

Connect food to farm by touring Whatcom County farms during the fourth annual Whatcom County Farm Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

How green are your tomatoes?

They’re green, they’re hard and they’re stuck to the vine. It might sound like a joke, but if you’re one of the many gardeners whose tomatoes won’t ripen, I’m sure you don’t think it’s funny at all.

Wed, Aug 31, 2011 

 

H Street improvements irk one Blaine couple

The recently completed H Street project may have smoothed the stretch just east of the Cost Cutter shopping center and added a center turn lane, but the upgrades have also ruffled the feathers of one Blaine couple.

New H Street sees increased speeding

Blaine police have seen an increase in resident complaints about vehicles speeding on H Street and are stepping up patrols in the area to try to combat the problem.

Trillium Corp. defaults on handful of Semiahmoo-area properties

Bellingham-based Trillium Corp. will hand over control of a handful of properties in west Blaine after defaulting on a multimillion dollar loan.

State test scores show improvement across levels at most Blaine schools

Recently released state test scores paint a generally positive picture of Blaine’s schools, though the Blaine school district as a whole failed to meet federal standards in reading established by the No Child Left Behind Act.

CJ’s Beach House to close September 10

The management of CJ’s Beach House in Birch Bay have announced the restaurant will be closing its doors effective September 10.

Young at Heart: Senior center moves into fall

Here we are, September once again. What a refreshing summer we had at our Blaine Senor Community Center with the Peace Arch and Hovander parks and Blaine center picnics and those very interesting tours of our Blaine community.

A day at the farm

Photographer David Riffle writes: “Our grandsons (Aidan & Kian) were visiting us this weekend from Coquitlam, B.C., and we took them to meet Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett at their home.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for August 12 through August 25

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 

 

County will not stop development at Cherry Point site

The Whatcom County planning department has announced it will not impose a six-year development moratorium against the owners of a site south of Birch Bay for which a multi-million-dollar shipping terminal has been proposed.

School board passes 2011-2012 budget

Capping months of public deliberation and state funding uncertainties, the Blaine school board unanimously approved the budget for the 2011/2012 school year at its monthly meeting August 22.

Federal mandate forces North Whatcom fire district to replace radios

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) officials could end up spending up to $250,000 to comply with federal regulations forcing them to use specific technology in their emergency response radios.

Complaints at Blaine and other schools spark statewide Title IX compliance review

A complaint against the Blaine school district alleging it does not provide the same opportunities for girls competing in high school sports compared to boys has been closed in favor of a statewide review of districts that have had similar complaints filed against them.

Fugitive caught at border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended a Tacoma man on Wednesday, August 17, who was wanted in Pierce County for alleged failure to appear for a child molestation sexual assault charge.

City explores purchase of Banner Bank building

A little more than a month into the agreement that gives the city of Blaine six months to consider the purchase of the Banner Bank building, city officials are in the process of determining what changes would be necessary to make the building fit the city’s needs.

Alleged sexual assault leads to two arrests

A Blaine man was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of intimidating and harassing a friend of two witnesses to an alleged sexual assault that occurred earlier in the week in Blaine.

Birch Bay, Blaine voters preferred Taylor to Harris in county sheriff’s race

Though he did not make it to the November general election, Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy Bob Taylor drummed up enough support in the voting precincts that comprise Blaine and Birch Bay to place ahead of sheriff’s deputy Steve Harris.

Semi truck driver accused of drunk driving after Blaine crash

An Everett man driving a semi truck in east Blaine was booked into Whatcom County jail last Thursday night after driving his rig into a ditch while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Your child’s learning disability may be a vision problem

Researchers estimate that one out of four children have an undiagnosed vision problem that interferes with their ability to read and learn. Many of these children pass their vision screening because they have 20/20 eyesight, leaving parents and educators searching for answers to the child’s learning difficulties. Since 80 percent of learning is dependent upon vision, it is critical that parents and educators understand the signs and symptoms of vision problems that affect performance in school.

Develop healthy eating habits for children now

Not too long ago I received an email from a worried mom that read: “My 4-year-old ate everything in sight until she was two, then she became unbelievably picky. I am really concerned that she will never eat anything healthy again.

Plant bulbs soon for spring color

They’ve done it again. Deer, squirrels, mice or rabbits – it doesn’t matter. This past winter, critters have chewed through 75 percent of the tulip bulbs planted in my little cottage garden. And, quite frankly, I can’t afford to indulge their expensive appetites.

Thu, Aug 18, 2011 

 

Latest election results: Ericksen will face Louws in county executive race

Former Lynden mayor Jack Louws will compete against state senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) to be the next Whatcom County Executive after the latest primary election results widened Louws' lead against his closest competitor, former county planning director David Stalheim.

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 

 

Sheriff Elfo, senator Ericksen still lead; Stalheim gains on Louws

Incumbent Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo will most likely face county sheriff's detective Steve Harris in the November general elections while state senator Doug Ericksen's opponent for the county executive race remains to be decided.

Sheriff Elfo, Ericksen lead in respective races

Incumbent Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo will move on to the November general elections in a veritable landslide while state senator Doug Ericksen appears to be advancing also, but with a narrower margin of victory.

Golay sentenced to three years in prison

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) treasurer who stole $469,000 from the district has been sentenced to three years in prison.


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