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Articles published Wed, Aug 24, 2011

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Letters to the Editor: August 25 - August 31, 2011


County will not stop development at Cherry Point site

The Whatcom County planning department has announced it will not impose a six-year development moratorium against the owners of a site south of Birch Bay for which a multi-million-dollar shipping terminal has been proposed.

School board passes 2011-2012 budget

Capping months of public deliberation and state funding uncertainties, the Blaine school board unanimously approved the budget for the 2011/2012 school year at its monthly meeting August 22.

Federal mandate forces North Whatcom fire district to replace radios

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) officials could end up spending up to $250,000 to comply with federal regulations forcing them to use specific technology in their emergency response radios.

Complaints at Blaine and other schools spark statewide Title IX compliance review

A complaint against the Blaine school district alleging it does not provide the same opportunities for girls competing in high school sports compared to boys has been closed in favor of a statewide review of districts that have had similar complaints filed against them.

Fugitive caught at border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended a Tacoma man on Wednesday, August 17, who was wanted in Pierce County for alleged failure to appear for a child molestation sexual assault charge.

City explores purchase of Banner Bank building

A little more than a month into the agreement that gives the city of Blaine six months to consider the purchase of the Banner Bank building, city officials are in the process of determining what changes would be necessary to make the building fit the city’s needs.

Alleged sexual assault leads to two arrests

A Blaine man was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of intimidating and harassing a friend of two witnesses to an alleged sexual assault that occurred earlier in the week in Blaine.

Birch Bay, Blaine voters preferred Taylor to Harris in county sheriff’s race

Though he did not make it to the November general election, Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy Bob Taylor drummed up enough support in the voting precincts that comprise Blaine and Birch Bay to place ahead of sheriff’s deputy Steve Harris.

Semi truck driver accused of drunk driving after Blaine crash

An Everett man driving a semi truck in east Blaine was booked into Whatcom County jail last Thursday night after driving his rig into a ditch while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Your child’s learning disability may be a vision problem

Researchers estimate that one out of four children have an undiagnosed vision problem that interferes with their ability to read and learn. Many of these children pass their vision screening because they have 20/20 eyesight, leaving parents and educators searching for answers to the child’s learning difficulties. Since 80 percent of learning is dependent upon vision, it is critical that parents and educators understand the signs and symptoms of vision problems that affect performance in school.

Develop healthy eating habits for children now

Not too long ago I received an email from a worried mom that read: “My 4-year-old ate everything in sight until she was two, then she became unbelievably picky. I am really concerned that she will never eat anything healthy again.

Plant bulbs soon for spring color

They’ve done it again. Deer, squirrels, mice or rabbits – it doesn’t matter. This past winter, critters have chewed through 75 percent of the tulip bulbs planted in my little cottage garden. And, quite frankly, I can’t afford to indulge their expensive appetites.


Lila Jane Pearson Forsythe: January 18, 1926 – August 17, 2011


Police Reports: August 17 - August 23, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for August 17 through August 23, 2011


Art at Birch Bay Square

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


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