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Council approves trail improvement plan 5-0

Blaine residents can anticipate improvements to trails, bikeways, and open spaces such as parks and shoreline access areas throughout the community after the city approved a comprehensive plan amendment last week.

Border construction won’t slow Olympic travelers

Following published reports in Seattle media regarding construction delays at the Peace Arch border crossing, the federal agency in charge of construction says it plans to keep the community better informed if any more bumps in the road arise.

Jelaca-Jovanovic piano concert Saturday

While our nation drifts into a serious recession, opportunities must be created to meet human needs.

Blaine man, 52, killed in trailer fire

The body of a 52-year-old Blaine resident was found after the trailer he was sleeping in burned last week at the Birch Bay RV Resort.

Around the City

Learn about orca communication; Airline offers low fares between Bellingham and Los Angeles; Blaine students make dean’s list

Blaine chiropractor’s license suspended

The state Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission has suspended the credential of Nicolas Jean Constantin for unprofessional conduct in an order dated January 15. The suspension means Constantin cannot practice as a chiropractor in Washington pending a hearing.

City council appoints new planning commissioner

In their regular meeting Monday, February 9, Blaine City Council unanimously voted to appoint Blaine resident Craig Johnson to a two-year vacancy on the city’s planning commission.

Local author, 74, at the helm of her life


Blaine freshman is Whatcom County Youth of the Year

Cherish Morrison, a freshman at Blaine high school, has been named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. Cherish was honored at the annual awards dinner for Boys & Girls clubs of Whatcom County on January 26 at Northwood Hall in Bellingham.

Peter and Gordon to rock Silver Reef

Peter and Gordon, a British Invasion-era duo who rocketed to fame with such hits as “A World Without Love” and “Lady Godiva,” will be appearing at the Silver Reef Casino Saturday, February 28.

Airport sale agreement appears uncertain

Facing a state requirement to pay back grants due on the closure of the municipal airport, the city of Blaine is facing the quandary of how to repay nearly $400,000 to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s aviation division (DOT).

Peace Arch State Park removed from ‘mothball’ list

The gates of Peace Arch State Park will remain open despite a potential $22.9 million budget cut to Washington State Parks. The announcement came just several days after the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission released a list of 40 state parks endanger of a July 1, 2009 closure.

Meeting to focus on Birch Bay UGA

New estimates from the Whatcom County planning department suggest the county can expect as many as 44,000 to 68,000 more residents and as many as 37,000 new jobs during the next two decades. Where all that growth is going to go and how development will be planned, however, is the topic of discussion during a series of upcoming meetings beginning next week.

Habitat for Humanity group seeks volunteers

A local outreach group formed by the Whatcom County Habitat For Humanity organization is looking for members to help nominate eligible Blaine and Birch Bay families for home ownership.

Crafts fair features Blaine artists

The 23rd Annual Spring Craft & Antique Show, scheduled for March 19, 20 and 21 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, will feature Blaine crafters.

American Life Poetry

To have a helpful companion as you travel through life is a marvelous gift. This poem by Gerald Fleming, a long-time teacher in the San Francisco public schools, celebrates just such a relationship.

As economy weakens, credit card fraud on the rise

Reports of credit card fraud to the Blaine Police have tripled over the past couple of months but so far investigators have not connected it to any specific local business or criminal source.

From separate to social: Rethinking kitchen design

Have you ever had company for dinner, and had them all gather in the kitchen? To Bellingham architect Marshall Dobry that reflects one of the basic flaws in the ways that kitchens have been traditionally built.

Children safe after border run

Two women were booked into Whatcom County Jail after stealing a vehicle containing two children and leading Bellingham police, Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies, Washington State Patrol and Blaine police on an erratic chase from Bellingham to the Peace Arch border crossing.

County to demolish park buildings

Whatcom County Council has given the go-ahead to the parks department to demolish 11 buildings at Bay Horizon Park in Birch Bay. Bids for the demolition are expected to go out in March or early April.

Train depot preservation group to meet March 25

“Our immediate goal is to save the Blaine train depot by working with both the city of Blaine and the Port of Bellingham to move the building to Plover Park where it will become the Waterfront Station, a multi-purpose community venue,” said Janet Pickard, president of the newly formed non-profit Blaine Coalition for Historic Preservation.


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