Wed, Mar 7, 2012 

 

Surrey City Council supports Blaine train stop

The city council of Surrey, B.C., has thrown its support behind a train stop in Blaine as a Seattle-based transportation advocacy group continues work studying the feasibility of such a project.

Birch Bay boat launch opens for use

Both Birch Bay tourists and residents now have a new place to set sail that won’t require a drive to Blaine or Bellingham.

Two local business owners sue city of Blaine

Two Blaine business owners have filed suit against the city, alleging city staff improperly handled a public records request and cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees.

County engineers unveil plans for new traffic light

Whatcom County engineers hope to start construction on a traffic light at a busy intersection east of Birch Bay by next May but are still looking for funds to complete the railroad crossing improvements associated with the project.

Birch Bay State Park takes on new ranger in response to budget cuts

Budget cuts have forced a shuffling of staff at Birch Bay State Park, with three employees getting laid off or shifted elsewhere and the park taking on a new full-time ranger.

Historic Plover ferry complies with new Coast Guard regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard has had to alter its passenger weight regulations due to the increasing waistline of the average American.

Blaine High School chess team competes in state tournament

The Blaine High School chess team qualified for and competed in the state high school team championship tournament held in Issaquah on February 17-18.

Romney wins state straw poll; Santorum carries county

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has prevailed in the Washington state Republican straw poll, but the former Massachusetts governor came in third in Whatcom County results.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

Lauryn King, a student in Terre Shapiro’s first-grade class at Blaine Primary School, wore her crazy hat and tested green eggs and ham Friday, March 2, while celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

City a few signatures away from owning Banner Bank building

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic has but to sign a collection of documents and the Banner Bank building will be the property of the city of Blaine.

Young at Heart: Upcoming events and celebrations

The Blaine Senior Activity Center is celebrating some very special March events. Don’t miss out on the many opportunities for fellowship, food and fun. Join the crowd for lunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tax time is the perfect time to plan for retirement

Every year, tax time serves as a reminder of financial progress. Before the big April deadline rolls around, most of us spend time gathering documents, reviewing accounts and meeting with financial advisers. All of this effort is centered around getting a firm grasp on what you earn, save and invest.

Local law enforcement plans crackdown on DUIs

Local law enforcement agencies will be taking part in increased patrols to ferret out drunk drivers starting March 8 and ending just after St. Patrick’s Day.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for February 16 to February 26

Wed, Feb 29, 2012 

 

Speed limit on Drayton Harbor Road will not increase

Residents living along the stretch of Drayton Harbor Road just west of Harborview have spoken – 25 mph is fast enough.

BP releases preliminary cause of refinery fire

A crude vacuum unit failure at the BP Cherry Point Refinery caused a petroleum byproduct to catch fire, sending the entire unit up in flames, a spokesman for the refinery has announced.

Blaine city council OKs additional $42K for wastewater project

The city of Blaine will shell out about $42,000 more for work on a project that has encountered a number of delays since late 2011.

Local author shares Potter publisher

For the first five weeks of his life, Gregory Leigh Lyons lived a predictable American lifestyle in Glendale, California. Then his parents took him to Venezuela and his world became one of contrasts, risks and unparalleled adventures.

County sets tentative date for Cherry Point terminal meeting

Whatcom County planning officials have tentatively scheduled a March 20 meeting to explain to the public how the scoping process for an environmental impact statement (EIS) works.

Park district commissioners approve 2012 budget

In the face of a second failed levy attempt, park district commissioners have passed a 2012 budget that sustains existing programs but has little money for grants and construction projects.

Blaine kindergarten registration set for March 15

The 2012/2013 school year is still months away, but Blaine and Birch Bay parents can register their young children for Blaine Primary School kindergarten in two weeks.

School board gets earful at monthly meeting

In a standing-room-only meeting, the Blaine school board was confronted Monday night at its monthly meeting by a crowd of parents and students unhappy about a middle school teacher who had been recently suspended for six weeks.

Funeral service aims to offer complete care, fair prices

When Scott Meaker first started in the funeral business as a college student, he was a bit taken aback at the tactics some funeral homes used to sell services to clients.

Celebrating a milestone

Norma Kruse celebrated her 105th birthday party at the Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt Assisted Living on Thursday, February 16.

Local community members come together to help trapped fawn

Birch Bay residents came to the aid of this fawn February 20 when they noticed it on the beach near the Thousand Trails Golf Course.

Out and About

A taste of everyday life in the local community

Gas prices skyrocket as oil market heaves

From the Strait of Hormuz to the BP refinery at Cherry Point, the oil market is experiencing an upheaval the likes of which haven’t been seen since 2008.


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