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Articles published Wed, Aug 3, 2011

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Letters to the Editor: August 4 - August 10, 2011


County orders preliminary Cherry Point work stopped

Whatcom County planning officials have ordered dirt-road grading and clearing work be stopped at the Cherry Point site after a county council member raised questions about SSA Marine’s permissions to do the work.

Celebrate Blaine’s Drayton Harbor Days

What’s a pirate’s favorite small-town celebration? Drayton Harrrgghhbor Days, of course.

Grandview Road near Kickerville to close for 18 days

In two weeks, The Washington State Department of Transportation plans to close a portion of Grandview Road in order to install an improved fish culvert.

Voters must choose top two county executive, sheriff candidates

Ballots have gone out, and voters must now choose their top two candidates in two countywide races. The positions of county executive and sheriff are both up for grabs.

School district may seek smaller bond in February

Voters in the Blaine school district could see a $3 million bond measure on their February ballot if the Blaine school board agrees to ask for a shorter list of capital improvements.

SnipFest promises doggone good time

Tammy Pearce is dedicated to helping “unwanted, unloved and abused” animals.

County executive candidates weigh in on Birch Bay issues at public forum

All four candidates for Whatcom County executive promised to work with the Birch Bay community to streamline permanent public restrooms and help the residents through the incorporation process, if that’s what the community wants.

Planning commission recommends upzoning 472 acres in Birch Bay

A 472-acre portion of land just south of Drayton Harbor is one step closer to a rezone that would allow more homes after a Whatcom County Planning Commission vote last week.

High tide reveals needed dredging

An excavator contracted by the Port of Bellingham dredges a small portion of Blaine Marina near Gate 1 on Thursday, July 28.

Stranded baby Dall’s porpoise escorted from Semiahmoo Marina

While walking on Semiahmoo Spit last Saturday evening, Blaine resident and photographer David Riffle and his wife Christine came across a rescue in progress.

Local author seeks to bring joy of gardening to children

Blaine resident Wendy Kunst Massey has a passion for gardens and all things growing she wants to share with children across the country.

Young at Heart: Senior center heats up August

Blaine Senior Center folks are enjoying an awesome August, a pleasant time of year here in the great Northwest, especially after a cooler than usual summer. What a privilege it is to live in such a scenic setting as ours with such great activities and fellowship.


Carolyn A. Kenny: August 9, 1941 – July 14, 2011

Carolyn A. Kenny: August 9, 1941 – July 14, 2011


Police Reports: July 27 - August 3, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for July 27 through August 3, 2011


County fines SSA Marine for unpermitted Cherry Point site work

Whatcom County Planning and Development Services (PDS) officials have fined SSA Marine $2,000 for doing tree-clearing and road-grading work at the proposed site of the Gateway Pacific Terminal south of Birch Bay without acquiring the proper permits. The notices of permit violation released by the county say the work damaged wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas at the site.

SSA Marine: "Mistakes were made and we will correct them"

SSA Marine, the Seattle-based company seeking to build the $600 million Gateway Pacific Terminal near the BP Cherry Point refinery, has admitted mistakes were made going ahead with tree-clearing and dirt-road grading at the Cherry Point site where the terminal is planned. This update, via press release this morning (August 3), comes after Whatcom County planning officials told SSA Marine to stop the work altogether.


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