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Articles published Wed, Aug 17, 2011

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Letters to the Editor: August 18 - August 24, 2011


Sheriff Elfo, senator Ericksen still lead; Stalheim gains on Louws

Incumbent Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo will most likely face county sheriff's detective Steve Harris in the November general elections while state senator Doug Ericksen's opponent for the county executive race remains to be decided.

Sheriff Elfo, Ericksen lead in respective races

Incumbent Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo will move on to the November general elections in a veritable landslide while state senator Doug Ericksen appears to be advancing also, but with a narrower margin of victory.

Golay sentenced to three years in prison

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) treasurer who stole $469,000 from the district has been sentenced to three years in prison.

DNR faults SSA Marine for Cherry Point work

Seattle-base shipping terminal company SSA Marine has received more criticism from a state environmental agency after doing unpermitted work at the proposed site for a multi-million dollar shipping terminal.

City of Blaine well has high bacteria level

Recent tests of water quality at one of the city of Blaine’s wells revealed higher than allowed levels of coliform bacteria.

Countywide gleaning program offers alternative for excess produce

Summer is finally here (just in time for school to start), and produce is rapidly ripening on the vine, branch or bush.

Birch Bay resident recognized for lifelong efforts for marine health

The RE Sources for Sustainable Communities 2011 environmental heroes have been announced, and Birch Bay’s Jerry Larson will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the September 17 ceremony.

County wants to rezone land in east Birch Bay

A portion of land in east Birch Bay will be rezoned for the third time in two years if zoning changes the Whatcom County planning department is proposing go through.

H Road reconstruction overrun costs approved

They say when it rains, it pours. When it comes to road projects, when it pours, it brings cost overruns as well. Case in point? The H Street road reconstruction project.

New housing development proposed for east Birch Bay

A California-based land development company has submitted permits to Whatcom County with the intent to build a 97-lot housing development in east Birch Bay.

A Rare Catch

Photographer David Riffle called this shot “quite a catch.” After some research, he identified it as a marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa), which breeds in the center of the continent and winters along the coasts.

Cherry Point terminal opponents make their case to Birch Bay

Concerns over the adverse health effects of more trains carrying coal through Whatcom County dominated the discourse at a Birch Bay forum focused on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal.

CBP agent pleads guilty to harassment

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent based in Blaine has pleaded guilty to felony harassment charges stemming from an altercation with a man from British Columbia.

County releases list of board and committee vacancies

Whatcom County staff have released a list of vacancies on the county’s various boards and committees that provide advice on specialized topics to the Whatcom County Council.

Mood swings may be caused by low blood sugar

Is your mood caused by irritability, anxiety, brain fog, a meltdown, attention deficit – or low blood sugar?

Make it an Endless Summer!

U.S. Border Patrl Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for July 29 through August 7


Police Reports: August 10 - August 17, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for August 10 through August 17, 2011


Art at Birch Bay Square 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 20

Enjoy the work of Pacific Coast artists from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Art at Birch Bay Square event.


North Whatcom board of fire commissioners will discuss increased overtime costs

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue officials will present an update on the fire district's recent increase in overtime pay outs at the district's board of fire commissioners meeting tomorrow, August 18.


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