Wed, Aug 24, 2011 

 

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.

DNR faults SSA Marine for Cherry Point work

Seattle-base shipping terminal company SSA Marine has received more criticism from a state environmental agency after doing unpermitted work at the proposed site for a multi-million dollar shipping terminal.

City of Blaine well has high bacteria level

Recent tests of water quality at one of the city of Blaine’s wells revealed higher than allowed levels of coliform bacteria.

Countywide gleaning program offers alternative for excess produce

Summer is finally here (just in time for school to start), and produce is rapidly ripening on the vine, branch or bush.

Birch Bay resident recognized for lifelong efforts for marine health

The RE Sources for Sustainable Communities 2011 environmental heroes have been announced, and Birch Bay’s Jerry Larson will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the September 17 ceremony.

County wants to rezone land in east Birch Bay

A portion of land in east Birch Bay will be rezoned for the third time in two years if zoning changes the Whatcom County planning department is proposing go through.

H Road reconstruction overrun costs approved

They say when it rains, it pours. When it comes to road projects, when it pours, it brings cost overruns as well. Case in point? The H Street road reconstruction project.

New housing development proposed for east Birch Bay

A California-based land development company has submitted permits to Whatcom County with the intent to build a 97-lot housing development in east Birch Bay.

A Rare Catch

Photographer David Riffle called this shot “quite a catch.” After some research, he identified it as a marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa), which breeds in the center of the continent and winters along the coasts.

Cherry Point terminal opponents make their case to Birch Bay

Concerns over the adverse health effects of more trains carrying coal through Whatcom County dominated the discourse at a Birch Bay forum focused on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal.

CBP agent pleads guilty to harassment

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent based in Blaine has pleaded guilty to felony harassment charges stemming from an altercation with a man from British Columbia.

County releases list of board and committee vacancies

Whatcom County staff have released a list of vacancies on the county’s various boards and committees that provide advice on specialized topics to the Whatcom County Council.

Mood swings may be caused by low blood sugar

Is your mood caused by irritability, anxiety, brain fog, a meltdown, attention deficit – or low blood sugar?

Make it an Endless Summer!

U.S. Border Patrl Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for July 29 through August 7


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