Wed, Nov 2, 2011 

 

‘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.

Fire board faults decision to move administration

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) officials want to move the fire district’s administrative offices closer to Bellingham after a service consolidation with Fire District 4, but NWFR’s fire commissioners have issues with the plan.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for October 13 through October 15

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 

 

State voters will decide on privatization of liquor stores

Election season is approaching once again, and once again Washington state voters will decide whether or not the state’s liquor stores will be privatized.

Blaine, Birch Bay residents prepare to cast their votes

The Northern Light asked every candidate in a contested Whatcom County race appearing on Blaine and Birch Bay voters’ ballots, “How will you best represent Blaine and Birch Bay in county government?”

Birch Bay veterinarian helps bring lost cat home after 13 months

Ken Welke was in line at a hardware store when he got a call from a Birch Bay veterinary office that made his day.

New owner will keep farmers market open year-round

The Birch Bay Farmers Market on Birch Bay-Lynden Road has been open for about six years now, but owner Keith Bowen has a whole new set of plans for the roadside grocery.

Ballot drop boxes will be available next week

County voters will no longer need to wait until election day to drop their ballots of at a county-maintained drop box.

Mature Living Special Section: Safety proof your home to prevent falls

One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year, and nearly a third of them will live with discomfort from the fall for the rest of their lives.

Fall Car Care Special Section: Maintain proper tire pressure to help prevent accidents

Don’t wait until there’s nothing left between you and the rain-slick pavement to check your tires. The likelihood of accidents skyrockets when you combine wet, seasonal weather and poor tire maintenance.

Fall Car Care Special Section: Little changes can add up at the gas station

With gas prices hovering right around $4 a gallon, drivers need to take advantage of as many gas-saving maintenance and driving tips as they can.

Eyes on Wildlife

A brief glimpse of some of the area's local wildlife

Silver Reef readies expansion

Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa has begun the next phase of its expansion, which will include a new event center, theater and Mexican restaurant.

Working together for a good cause

Cooking for a good cause at the Blackberry House

Behind the image

Blaine photographer David Riffle captured this photo of an aging boat resting outside the old cannery building on Semiahmoo Spit earlier this week. He said he’s taken this same photo dozens of times, and always comes up with something different.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for October 7 and 8, 2011

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 

 

Council asks for delay of depot demolition

Blaine city officials want Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway to wait on the planned demolition of the Blaine train depot until the future of rail service in Blaine is clearer.

City council OKs acquisition of east Blaine property

The city of Blaine is one step closer to extending utilities to east Blaine after a city council vote Monday night gave the go ahead to acquire two parcels of private property.

County council gives thumbs-up to two Birch Bay rezones

A total of 568 acres in the Birch Bay area have new zoning designations after a Whatcom County Council vote Tuesday evening.


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