News http://thenorthernlight.com/news News RSS Feed Name change committees appointed http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_name_change_committees_appointed The opposing camps have been chosen, and the decision to change the name of Blaine (or not) may depend on how persuasive the two groups can be. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_name_change_committees_appointed Blaine partners with NSEA to study local watersheds http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_blaine_partners_with_nsea_to_study_local_watersheds Blaine City Council has approved a multi-year contract with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) to study and improve water quality in Drayton Harbor and the surrounding watersheds. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_blaine_partners_with_nsea_to_study_local_watersheds Capstone Physical Therapy opens in Blaine http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_capstone_physical_therapy_opens_in_blaine In less than two years, Capstone Physical Therapy has grown from a husband-and-wife startup with one therapist and one support staff member to a company with four locations and 16 employees. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_capstone_physical_therapy_opens_in_blaine Playground, pavilion projects make strides http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_playground__pavilion_projects_make_strides After initial plans came in at a higher cost than expected, city planners working with Cascade Design Group have come up with an alternative plan for a playground at Marine Park. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_playground__pavilion_projects_make_strides Lizzie's Cafe still serving up the classics http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_lizzie_s_cafe_still_serving_up_the_classics With a new sign in place, Nicki's Diner is now officially Lizzie's Cafe, and if the new sign confuses regulars, they will be pleasantly surprised to find the old classics are still on the menu - along with a few new items in the making. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_lizzie_s_cafe_still_serving_up_the_classics Music fest - a swingin' good time http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_music_fest___a_swingin__good_time Musicians play for a dancing crowd at the Big Band Benefit concert at Semiahmoo Resort July 10. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_music_fest___a_swingin__good_time Hot weather causes burn bans statewide http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_hot_weather_causes_burn_bans_statewide With a heat wave rapidly increasing fire danger throughout the state, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded the burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of the Cascades. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-16_hot_weather_causes_burn_bans_statewide I-5 detours around Nooksack bridge in effect http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_i_5_detours_around_nooksack_bridge_in_effect_ Construction crews began detouring nighttime traffic around the Nooksack River bridge on I-5 on July 7. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_i_5_detours_around_nooksack_bridge_in_effect_ Permits filed for new luxury spa at Semiahmoo http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_permits_filed_for_new_luxury_spa_at_semiahmoo_ Speaking at a meeting of the Blaine Chamber of Commerce on July 2, community development director Michael Jones confirmed rumors that permits to construct a new destination spa on Semiahmoo spit have been filed at the city planning department. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_permits_filed_for_new_luxury_spa_at_semiahmoo_ Increased train traffic creates troubles for first responders http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_increased_train_traffic_creates_troubles_for_first_responders_ With flashing lights and blaring sirens, emergency vehicles can bypass traffic, run stoplights and exceed speed limits in order to save lives, but even emergency vehicles have to wait for trains at rail crossings. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_increased_train_traffic_creates_troubles_for_first_responders_ Whatcom County updates EMS services http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_whatcom_county_updates_ems_services_ Whatcom County and the city of Bellingham have instituted changes to emergency medical response resources that will affect services in the city and the county. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_whatcom_county_updates_ems_services_ Border agents arrest suspected child rapist http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_border_agents_arrest_suspected_child_rapist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Ferndale man suspected of child rape. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_border_agents_arrest_suspected_child_rapist Insurance now required on larger and older boats http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_insurance_now_required_on_larger_and_older_boats To combat environmental problems created by sunken boats, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has spearheaded new laws for older and larger vessels. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_insurance_now_required_on_larger_and_older_boats Big changes coming to Discovery Days festival http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_big_changes_coming__to_discovery_days_festival The 35th annual Birch Bay Discovery Days festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, will be mixing things up this year, with some new locations and new events to complement the parade and arts and crafts festival. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_big_changes_coming__to_discovery_days_festival Former Blaine student finds career geocaching http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_former_blaine_student_finds_career_geocaching Alexandra Dolk first discovered geocaching by mistake, when she was still in middle school. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_former_blaine_student_finds_career_geocaching Blaine's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_blaine_s_old_fashioned_fourth_of_july http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_blaine_s_old_fashioned_fourth_of_july Northwest Ballet is coming to Blaine http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_northwest_ballet_is_coming_to_blaine The Northwest Ballet Theater (NBT) will perform a new ballet adaptation of Snow White, the old Brothers Grimm fairy tale, at the Performing Arts Center in Blaine on August 2. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_northwest_ballet_is_coming_to_blaine Drayton Harbor Music Festival keeping jazz alive http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_drayton_harbor_music_festival_keeping_jazz_alive Nick Biello, Ed Donohue and David Marriott, Jr. play a noon show in G Street Plaza. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_drayton_harbor_music_festival_keeping_jazz_alive The city is inviting residents to view the city's new architectural guidelines for downtown Blaine http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_the_city_is_inviting_residents_to_view_the_city_s_new_architectural_guidelines_for_downtown_blaine City invites public to view new design standards http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_the_city_is_inviting_residents_to_view_the_city_s_new_architectural_guidelines_for_downtown_blaine Haynie Opry plans George Jones tribute concert http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_haynie_opry_plans_george_jones_tribute_concert The Haynie Opry is planning a tribute to late country legend George Jones. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-07-09_haynie_opry_plans_george_jones_tribute_concert