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Articles published Wed, Jul 22, 2009

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Letters to the Editor July 23-29, 2009


Vigilance urged following string of burglaries

Law enforcement agencies are seeking a person of interest in a string of burglaries believed to be responsible for more than $50,000 in losses.

Meeting to determine future of Bay Horizon Park

Those wanting a say in the re-development of Bay Horizon Park in Birch Bay will want to attend a planning meeting next Tuesday hosted by The Lions Camp Horizon Foundation, Friends of Bay Horizon Park and Whatcom County Parks and Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2).

Commission rejects garbage rate hike

Garbage collection rates will stay the same at least through September for Blaine and Birch Bay after the Washington State Utilities and Transportation commission (WUTC) rejected a rate increase requested earlier this month by Sanitary Service Company (SSC), the service provider for most of Blaine and Birch Bay.

News in Brief

Local music artist to play Wood’s Coffee; Junk cars benefit Habitat For Humanity; Blaine woman hired at Langabeer & Tull; CBP officers seize $4 million in cocaine

Bark On The Beach festival goes to the dogs

Even the most hair-ridden dogs can have their moment in the sun this weekend as pet owners vie to see whose pet sheds the most in five minutes.

Semiahmoo marina to host Sail-a-Bration Saturday

A sailboat regatta, kayak races, live music and lots of good food highlight this Saturday’s first-ever Sail-a-Bration at the Semiahmoo marina.

Center for Economic Vitality hires new staff

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Center for Economic Vitality (CEV) has added Nicole Hagerman to its staff of research analysts and has promoted Jennifer Hill and Jenny Kern to senior research analysts.

Border policy institute to study border truck usage

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is conducting research this summer on the truck usage of the FAST lanes at Whatcom County’s border crossings to find why the percentage of trucks using these lanes is dramatically lower here than at border crossings at Detroit, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Prestigious George Raft race highlight of Plover Days

This year’s eighth annual prestigious George Raft race, a paddling competition using rafts made from anything that floats, will be held this year on Saturday of the Plover Days weekend, August 1 and 2.

Blaine couple to serve two-year mission in Russia

A 10-year dream will come to fruition for a local couple next month.

Hostels: Not just for youth anymore

Elderhostel is one of the most popular programs available for retired people. Appealing especially for those interested in life-long learning opportunities, their programs combine educational excellence, comfortable accommodations, good food and travel opportunities with other people of the same age.

For a day trip, try the edible Skagit Valley

Retirement, for many, is the opportunity to get out and explore and the nearby Skagit Valley offers a fresh look at the local food movement right next door.


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