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Articles published Wed, May 9, 2012

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Letters to the Editor: May 10 - May 16, 2012


Governor makes emergency funds available to combat pertussis epidemic

Governor Chris Gregoire has released state emergency funds meant to prevent more cases of pertussis, also called whooping cough, in Washington state.

Canadian man facing 14th deportation

A Canadian citizen with 13 deportations to his name has once again been charged with illegally re-entering the U.S. after being apprehended in Blaine last month.

Seismic research reveals active faults in Birch Bay area

Recently released geologic research into the Birch Bay area has uncovered previously unknown seismic faults, but the geologists behind the study say the findings are not cause for alarm.

Birch Bay man sentenced after pleading guilty to child rape

A 26-year-old man will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a child at his home in Birch Bay.

Overstreet announces bid for re-election as state representative

Blaine resident Jason Overstreet has announced his re-election bid for the 42nd legislative district representative seat he currently holds.

Birch Bay gains at least eight voting precincts

A population increase close to 70 percent since the 2000 census means Birch Bay will now have 10 voting precincts. Previously, Birch Bay had precincts 102, 109 and a portion of 103.

Next CBP citizens academy full; future classes being planned

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are planning subsequent citizens academies after the first one quickly filled up.

Birds in the Surf

Large flocks of western sandpipers have been feeding and resting along the shores of Drayton Harbor. Least sandpiper, dunlin, black-bellied plover, dowitcher and sanderling have also been observed recently.

DOE requests U.S. Army Corps study combined impacts of coal terminal proposals

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the combined effects of several coal terminals proposed for the Washington and Oregon coasts.

$10,000 lottery ticket remains unclaimed in Blaine

After a record-breaking state lottery jackpot was awarded last month, a lower-tier winning ticket still remains unclaimed in Blaine.

Hitting the Waves

The Sinoma, moored in Blaine, motors past the ketch Cutty Sark, left, and the Blaine ferry Plover after the opening day of yachting season on Saturday, May 5.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for April 27 through May 2


Iona Conyac: April 25, 1916 – April 29, 2012

Iona Conyac entered into rest on April 29, 2012 in Lynden, Washington.

Kathryn “Roberta” Sherman: May 25, 1938 – May 4, 2012

Kathryn “Roberta” Sherman was born May 25, 1938, in Everett to Ellsworth and Kathryn Mygatt Jennings. She grew up in Marysville with brothers Richard (“Dick”) and Ralph. Roberta graduated from Marysville High School in 1957.


Picnic at the Park

Blaine and Birch Bay residents turned out for Northwest Park and Recreation District 2's Picnic at the Playground, held Saturday, May 5, at Bay Horizon Park.


Blaine golfer leading Northwest Conference

When he traveled to Burlington to compete in the Egbers Invitational on May 4, Blaine junior golfer Ryan Wallen had no reason to think he wouldn’t finish high in the standings.

Blaine High School loses second basketball coach in two months

Just a few weeks after the Blaine girls’ high school basketball coach resigned, the boys’ coach announced he also was stepping down.


Birch Bay beaches closed to all recreational shellfish harvesting

The Washington State Department of Health has announced all beaches north of Sandy Point, including Birch Bay, are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting.


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