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Articles published Wed, Feb 15, 2012

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Letters to the Editor: February 16 - February 22, 2012


School district bond measure inches toward approval

The Blaine school district's $3 million capital projects bond inched closer toward approval after the latest ballot count numbers were released Wednesday evening.

Voters approve Blaine school levy; super-majority for bond approval still uncertain

Blaine school district’s replacement maintenance and operations levy passed handily in Tuesday’s special election but the $3 million capital improvement bond remains a nail biter.

Petition to increase speed limit on Drayton Harbor Road moves forward

The issue of increasing the speed limit on a part of Drayton Harbor Road has re-emerged as Whatcom County Council voted to introduce the change at a future council meeting.

City council votes to approve rezone for residential areas near D and 14th streets

Blaine planning staff hope zoning northeast of the truck route will serve the area’s residential interests better after a Blaine City Council vote on Monday.

City council votes to make east Blaine developers pay their own way

If developers in east Blaine want full-fledged utility service, they’re going to have to pay for it themselves.

$120,000 change order for sewer conveyance work comes down the pipe

A broken sewer pipe under Drayton Harbor will cost taxpayers another $120,000, according to Blaine public works officials.

Volunteers sought to monitor salmon eggs in Terrell Creek

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) is looking for volunteers to monitor thousands of salmon eggs in an incubator along Terrell Creek in Birch Bay.

New Blaine salon offers upscale options

Swank, a new beauty salon offering upscale options at reasonable prices, is holding an open house on March 3.

Runners, take your marks: Birch Bay Marathon hits the streets Sunday

Runners of all shapes and sizes will once again be traversing the roads surrounding Birch Bay State Park during the 44th annual Birch Bay Marathon on Sunday.

Active Seniors Special Section: Exercise tips for all ability levels

When it comes to fighting arthritis, there’s no arguing with the axiom “move it or lose it.” Movement and physical activity have been proven effective in relieving arthritis pain and, in some cases, delaying the onset of symptoms.

Local sailing school wins national award

The organization that governs professional sailing across the U.S. has recognized a local sailing school for its creativity and innovation in teaching the sport.

Blaine High School recognized with 2011 Washington Achievement Award

Due to high achievement numbers over the past two years, Blaine High School has received a 2011 award recognizing excellence in Washington state schools.

Desler returns for stint at county executive’s office

The Whatcom County executive’s office will welcome a familiar face, albeit on a temporary basis, come April 1.

Whatcom Learning Lab fights illiteracy locally, globally

Zhenghong Wan wanted to improve her English reading skills while on an extended vacation in the U.S., so she turned to the Whatcom Learning Lab.

Whatcom READS! author heads to Blaine

Readers throughout Whatcom County are engrossed in this year’s Whatcom READS! book selection, “In the Presence of the Enemy” by Elizabeth George.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for January 31 through February 6


Patricia “Patty” Lorna Bays November 28, 1934 – January 27, 2012

Patricia Bays, age 77, of Bothell, WA, passed away from complications due to lung cancer.

William Joseph "Bill" Riggle June 24, 1930 - February 10, 2012

William Joseph "Bill" Riggle (age 81) entered into rest on February 10, 2012 in Blaine, surrounded by his family.


Police Reports: February 9 - February 14, 2012

Police reports for the Blaine Police Department for February 9 through February 14, 2012


Borderites head to first state tournament in eight years

The Blaine girls’ basketball team has clinched a spot in the class 2A state tournament for the first time since 2004.

Blaine sends eight wrestlers to state tourney

After a strong finish at regional competition in Bellingham, the Blaine wrestling team will send six wrestlers and two alternates to the state wrestling tournament in Tacoma.


Whatcom County releases names of bidders for Cherry Point terminal environmental review

Seven consulting firms have submitted bids to complete the environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, according to Whatcom County planning officials.


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