News News RSS Feed 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Music fest - a swingin' good time Musicians play for a dancing crowd at the Big Band Benefit concert at Semiahmoo Resort July 10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Border agents arrest suspected child rapist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Ferndale man suspected of child rape. 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. 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. Former Blaine student finds career geocaching Alexandra Dolk first discovered geocaching by mistake, when she was still in middle school. Blaine's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July 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. Drayton Harbor Music Festival keeping jazz alive Nick Biello, Ed Donohue and David Marriott, Jr. play a noon show in G Street Plaza. The city is inviting residents to view the city's new architectural guidelines for downtown Blaine City invites public to view new design standards Haynie Opry plans George Jones tribute concert The Haynie Opry is planning a tribute to late country legend George Jones.