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Letters to the Editor: December 8 - December 14, 2011


City council OKs property tax increase

Beginning next year, the owner of a $200,000 home in Blaine will pay about $12 more in property taxes to the city, breaking a three-year stretch of no property tax increases.

Suspect in December 4 Odell Road shooting taken into custody

Blaine police have arrested a 20-year-old Bellingham man in connection with a shooting that occurred Sunday evening in the Golden Nut Company parking lot on Odell Road.

Blaine man honored as ‘real hero’ at Red Cross event

Daniel DeBruin was on his way home from work as a police officer in Sumas when he heard a call come over the scanner for an unresponsive person.

Birch Bay to benefit from county’s $153,000 for tourism promotions

Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills area will receive $153,000 in lodging tax funds after a unanimous Whatcom County Council vote on Tuesday, December 6, to approve a contract with the Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

Honoring fallen heroes on attack’s anniversary

December 7, 2011 was the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated that this date will remain in “infamy” to all U.S. citizens. The Japanese ambassador to the U.S. was found to be deceitful about Japanese/American relations.

Residents offer input on Roger’s Slough drainage issues

Roger’s Slough on Birch Point should be filled in if it keeps on clogging and causing neighboring properties to flood.

Developer responsible for large-scale projects in Birch Bay dies at 69

Bill Grant, a Canadian developer who built many of the large-scale resort projects in Birch Bay, has died at the age of 69.

Eight-hour standoff in Birch Bay ends in arrest

A Birch Bay resident who allegedly threatened his stepfather with a shotgun was arrested Sunday night after an eight-hour standoff with Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies.

Winter Ride looking to fill second bus

For the first time, the Blaine Winter Ride program is looking for enough students to fill a second bus for eight weekly trips to the Mt. Baker Ski Area.

BBWARM will not be providing funds for permanent Birch Bay restrooms

Birch Bay residents will have to find another avenue for funding public restrooms after the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management (BBWARM) district advisory committee made clear funding will not be coming from the district.

New Birch Bay Waterslides owners buy 231 acres in Birch Point area

The new owners of the Birch Bay Waterslides property have closed a multi-million-dollar deal on 231 undeveloped acres in Birch Bay.


MARGARET BEATON CAIRNEY: October 26, 1928 – December 5, 2011


Police Reports: November 30 - December 7, 2011

Police reports from the Blaine Police Department for November 30 - December 7, 2011


Blaine Harbor Holiday Lights 2011

Despite the rain drizzling from the sky, this year's Blaine Holiday Harbor Lights celebration still enjoyed a respectable turnout.


Borderite boys enter losing streak

After losing a 53-51 nail-biter to Meridian High School on Tuesday, December 6, Blaine’s boys’ basketball team has entered an early-season losing streak. Tuesday’s two-point defeat marks the third consecutive loss by 4 points or fewer for the Borderites.

Borderite girls nab win over La Conner

The Blaine girls’ basketball team defeated La Conner High School in a close matchup that saw La Conner pull within two points in the fourth quarter, but ultimately come up short against the Borderites. The final score was 42-37.

Whatcom Rebels dominating the competition

There’s a new basketball club in town that has been dismantling other teams by as many as 44 points. They execute overwhelming half-court traps and drain three-pointers whenever they are left open. And none of them have entered middle school yet.


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