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Articles published Wed, Sep 21, 2011

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Letters to the Editor: September 22 - 28, 2011


CBP officer separates from agency after harassment plea

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent based in Blaine is no longer with the agency after pleading guilty to felony harassment charges in August.

5 arrested in connection with burglary ring

Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies have arrested five suspects, three from Blaine, who were allegedly involved in a countywide stolen property trafficking ring.

Birch Bay official criticizes county’s water planning

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) officials are worried an updated water strategy for the lower Nooksack River basin will cut smaller cities and water districts, like Birch Bay’s, out of the water rights conversation.

County may rezone more land in Birch Bay

Nearly 500 acres of land in Birch Bay could be rezoned to allow more homes per acre if the Whatcom County Council approves the changes.

City to hold public hearing on planned land acquisition

Officials with the city of Blaine want to extend utilities to housing developments in east Blaine by acquiring land via condemnation, and they want the public’s input on the matter.

Birch Bay Water Slides has new owner

The watersides in Birch Bay have a new owner after financially beleaguered Lynden-based real estate development company Homestead Northwest sold the property to a Canadian firm.

Alaska Packers Association museum wraps up 2011 season

Blaine’s Alaska Packers Association museum, located in a former APA cannery bunk house at Semiahmoo Park, will be closing for the season at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Group tours may be arranged by calling 360/371-3558.

Blaine tai chi team takes second place at international tournament

Against teams from all over the world, a group of Blaine residents took second place in an international tai chi competition.

Dodd brothers recognized for work with Blaine schools

Mike and Steve Dodd were honored with awards from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District #1 at the district’s fall forum Wednesday, September 21, in Mount Vernon.

Touring Blaine Harbor

Port of Bellingham commissioners, officials and city of Blaine staff take a tour of the Blaine harbor on Tuesday, September 20.

Ferndale woman involved in one-car accident on Blaine Road

A Ferndale woman was forced into a roadside ditch off of Blaine Road after she swerved to avoid a car veering into her lane.

Mount Baker Theatre features its first local production

Blaine’s own Quinn Wiebe has been cast in the Mount Baker Theatre Repertory’s first locally produced production, “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim.

Have your say on parks and rec direction

In advance of the Northwest Park and Recreation District 2 levy that will be on this fall’s ballot, the district is holding two community meetings to gather input from the public on recreational opportunities.

Scarecrow competition starting soon

It’s almost time for the fifth annual scarecrow competition, and Blaine businesses and residents are invited to make Blaine beautiful for the fall season by decorating their windows or storefronts with scarecrows from October 7 through Halloween.

Special Home Improvement Section: Finding the right contractor can be easy

When you’re building or remodeling a house, choosing the right contractor is as important as settling on the right construction plan. To have the work done correctly, for lasting value and enjoyment, it’s important to find someone you’re comfortable with who has a good reputation, good references and – for your protection – is licensed and bonded.

Lending a helping hand

Members of the Blaine Ward from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently participated in a churchwide “Day of Service” at Lincoln Park in Blaine.

County approves money for designing Dakota Creek bridge seismic upgrades

Whatcom County Public Works now has the go-ahead to pay for the design of seismic improvements to a bridge spanning Dakota Creek just south of Blaine after a Whatcom County Council vote last Tuesday.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for September 6 through September 12


Police Reports: September 13 - 21, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for September 13 - 21, 2011


Lynden bullies Borderites for huge win

It was the marquee game on the schedule and, for Blaine, an opportunity to shake off years of frustrating losses to 2A rival Lynden. The Borderites seemed poised to do it with their prodigious rushing attack having already compiled 525 yards and 10 touchdowns for tailback Mario Gobbato in the season’s first two games.

Border sports in brief

Brief rundown of the week's Borderite cross country, girls' soccer and volleyball performances


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