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Letters to the Editor: December 22 - December 28, 2011

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Quick work by police results in a happier holiday

One family has the Blaine police and the Border Patrol to thank this holiday season.

Polar Bear Plunge set for January 1

Join hundreds of other local residents on New Year’s Day for a refreshing dip in Birch Bay during the annual Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Polar Bear Plunge, co-sponsored by Birch Bay Waterslides.

North Whatcom fire chief to retire

On January 1, 2012, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue fire chief Tom Fields will end a 36-year career in fire service that’s taken him from Seattle to Camano Island and finally to Whatcom County.

Light up New Year’s Eve at Ring of Fire and Hope

Birch Bay will be ringed with fire on New Year’s Eve as local residents light their way into the new year during the annual Ring of Fire and Hope, sponsored by the Birch Bay Waterslides.

Lane shift for NEXUS users at truck crossing

All NEXUS users heading northbound into Canada via the truck crossing will be relocated to a new lane on the west side of the port of entry effective Friday, December 23 at 7 a.m.

Deputy county administrator retires

After serving for 12 years under outgoing Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen, deputy county administrator Dewey Desler has announced his retirement.

Birch Bay man arrested after allegedly threatening to blow up train

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Birch Bay man after he allegedly called 911 saying he was going to blow up a train that had delayed his drive home.

Crystal Tricycle celebrates 45 years

It’s 1966, and the British rock ‘n roll invasion is in full swing. While Simon and Garfunkle are listening to the Sounds of Silence and the Mamas and the Papas are dreaming about California, a lot more people are listening to the likes of Englishmen Eric Clapton and John Mayall, and to British bands like Cream and, of course, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

U.S./Canada border agreement could improve Amtrak inspection times

Inspections of southbound Amtrak trains on the tracks in Blaine could soon be a thing of the past now that a cross-border security screening agreement has been finalized.

Blaine City Council OKs 2012 BTAC-recommended projects

Funding for eight Blaine tourism-related projects or programs for 2012 has been approved, but five will get less than they had requested.

Christmas shopping rush equals border crush

The strength of the Canadian dollar and bargains south of the border have brought thousands of shoppers to the U.S. and consequently have created lengthy border lineups such as the one here on Monday night.

H Street revitalization designs almost done

Construction crews could start improving the sidewalks along the downtown portion of H Street as soon as next July if the remaining design and bidding process goes according to plan.

High school tech group plans cancer fundraiser

Blaine High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) today announced plans for its seventh annual American Cancer Society fundraiser the week of January 3 to January 6, 2012.

New technology helps city council member

Something remarkable happened at Clark Cotner’s first Blaine City Council meeting as a council member.

NWFR commissioners OK 2012 budget

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is expected to receive approximately $5.3 million in property taxes for 2012, a decrease of about $300,000 from last year.

obituaries

Raymond Walter Judy: March 28, 1928 – December 6, 2011

police

Police Reports: December 13 - December 21, 2011

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

slideshows

Blaine Middle School wraps up food drive

More than 3,000 food items were collected by Blaine Middle School students for the Blaine Food Bank. An Attitude of Gratitude assembly focused on world hunger capped off the event. All photos by Jeremy Schwartz

sports

Girls head to break with win streak

After soundly defeating Sedro-Woolley 59-25 on Tuesday, December 20, Blaine’s girls’ basketball team now enter the holiday break on a three-game win streak.

Borderites run out of steam in the fourth

Late-game fatigue struck Blaine’s boys’ basketball team at home on Tuesday, December 20, against Sedro-Woolley, contributing to the 59-51 Borderite loss.

the-lighthouse-blog

Massive cylinder successfully recovered from waters off Cherry Point

Crews spent the better part of the afternoon on Wednesday, December 21, hauling a multi-hundred-ton cylinder from the sea floor off the waters of Cherry Point, south of Birch Bay.

 

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