Wed, Sep 16, 2009 

 

City considers nixing impact fees

Those wishing to have a say in Blaine City Council’s proposal to remove development impact fees in the city of Blaine will want to attend a public hearing on Monday, September 28.

News in Brief

Paso del Norte seeks photo submissions • Border agents nab 37 pounds of ecstacy • Candidate’s forum scheduled Wednesday • Walk to school day is October 14 • Murder suspect apprehended in Blaine 

Olympics response center opens

The first operational test of the combined 2010 Olympics Coordination Center (OCC) in Bellingham has been pronounced a success by officials at the local, state and federal levels.

As Yard of Week season ends, Blaine is still beautiful

Amazing yards, amazing people, and an amazing community, sum up the 2009 Yard of the Week season. The Blaine is Beautiful committee presented its final award for the year and would like to thank all of the award winners as well as everyone who participated in Blaine to make their yards and gardens so incredible this year.

Now is the time to start winterizing your home

Green is the new trend in home decor

As Americans spend more time at home, it’s no surprise homeowners are looking for ways to enhance their at-home surroundings. This season, there is an array of new trends in home decor to help on that quest.

Construction begins on new $3.9 million PSE substation

Puget Sound Energy customers in the Blaine and Birch Bay areas of Whatcom County will soon benefit from an upgraded electric system as the utility this week begins constructing a new $3.9 million substation at 4390 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Blaine.

Wed, Sep 9, 2009 

 

Public can comment on UGA cuts Sept. 17

Those wishing to comment on Whatcom County’s proposal to eliminate large swaths of land from the Blaine and Birch Bay urban growth areas (UGA) will want to attend a joint hearing of the Whatcom County planning commission and county council next week.

Blaine city council candidate files for bankruptcy

Blaine city council candidate John George filed for bankruptcy last month after falling more than $600,000 in debt to about 140 different creditors.

Violent crime, burglary up in 2008

BP to host open house Sept. 18

News in brief

Get a library card, win an iPod Shuffle • Rummage sale to benefit senior center • Rural element meeting September 10 • Fall clean-up scheduled September 13 • Two committee meetings September 16 • Noted sitar master to perform in Blaine

Port approves of train depot project

Blaine man recalls decades spent under the sea

Every once in a while a book about the sea comes out that’s so captivating it almost smells like salt water. The Patrick O’Brian stories are like that and so is part-time Blaine resident Cal Smith’s “When Devil Fish Come Out to Play.” It’s a memoir of his years spent harvesting shellfish in the years when “skin diving” was in its infancy, and is so steeped in marine experience and opinion it ought to come with its own towel.

CBP testing high-speed interceptors

The bad guys on local waters already face a fleet of fast, technically sophisticated watercraft. A new addition to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s marine division literally leaves them all behind.

Take advantage of wet fall weather

Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is a great time to get busy in the yard and the city of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District are encouraging customers to take advantage of it.

Obama offers homeowners new green incentives

Since Obama took office, have any new incentives been put in place for homeowners looking to increase energy efficiency and reduce the overall environmental footprints of their homes?

Young At Heart: September activities at the Blaine senior and activity center

Photos around the town

Wed, Sep 2, 2009 

 

SLIDESHOW - Loomis Hall artist lofts and gallery opening night

Young At Heart

Find out what's happening at the Blaine Senior Center

Blaine extends sewer to some outside city limits

Some property owners outside city limits but within the Blaine urban growth area (UGA) may be able to connect to the city’s sewer system, Blaine City Council decided last week.

Developers discuss their plans for downtown Blaine

Blaine City Council’s recent action excusing water and sewer hookup fees has given new life to a 58-room three story hotel project, according to developer Fred Pakzak. The $3.3 million project is planned for the corner of Fourth and D streets, and Pakzak said he hopes to have it open and working by the Olympics next February.

Septic tank class offered this month

Homeowners wanting to perform their own septic system inspections will need to attend one of two classes offered by Whatcom County Health Department during the next two months.

What the Sam Hill?

Blaine’s annual Peace Arch Dedication Days at the Peace Arch State Park has been cancelled

B-17 takes a little flight down memory B-17 takes a little flight down memory lane

When Birch Bay realtor Mike Kent was a child, growing up in Oregon he played on an old bomber mounted atop a local gas station in Milwaukee, Oregon. Last month he got to play on some of the same parts, except this time the bomber actually flew.

Newspaper veteran Ron Miller speaks at Semiahmoo

Ron Miller met just about every famous TV and movie actor in his 22-year career as a syndicated columnist for the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain. Personal stories about people who have been household names for decades fall out of him like beans from a slit coffee bag.


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