Wed, Nov 16, 2011 

 

Silver Reef announces smoke-free additions

The Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa has added a new space for nonsmoking guests to its gaming area.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for October 31 to November 5

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 

 

Washington state to get out of liquor business; Louws leads for county executive

Washington state voters have made their wishes clear: state government has no business selling liquor.

City wants input on bike lane upgrades

A number of streets in Blaine could be made friendlier to bicyclists, and Blaine public works staff are receptive to public comment on where bike lanes or shared roadways need to be added most.

Blaine distribution setup a model for others

Every client who walks through the door of the Blaine Food Bank is greeted by longtime volunteer Evelyn Bonallo at the sign-in desk, offering a smile and sometimes a treat for families with children. Bonallo is the food bank’s longest-standing volunteer, having worked with the organization since 1972.

A Salute to Veterans

What does Veterans Day mean to you? The Northern Light asked Blaine and Birch Bay residents for their thoughts on the day of remembrance. Here’s what they had to say.

Donations brighten the holidays for those in need

Two generous donations to the Blaine Food Bank will make the weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas extra-special for the food bank’s patrons.

Schools seek community musicians

The Blaine school district’s music department will present two holiday concerts in December to showcase student performers, but there is also some space in the program for community musicians or groups.

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.


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