News http://thenorthernlight.com/news News RSS Feed Marine Park playground postponed until spring http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_marine_park_playground_postponed_until_spring Despite the contributions of some generous local donors, construction of the Marine Park playground project has been put off until next spring. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_marine_park_playground_postponed_until_spring School board approves $45 million bond election http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_school_board_approves__45_million_bond_election A $45 million bond to fund capital improvements at the Blaine School District is headed to voters after the school board unanimously approved the final version at their regular meeting August 25. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_school_board_approves__45_million_bond_election Shellfish harvesting ban lifted on north Whatcom County beaches http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_shellfish_harvesting_ban_lifted_on_north_whatcom_county_beaches On August 22, The Whatcom County Health Department announced that biotoxin levels in northern Whatcom County had decreased, allowing some beaches to open for molluscan shellfish harvesting. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_shellfish_harvesting_ban_lifted_on_north_whatcom_county_beaches Library seminar teaches businesses to read census data http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_library_seminar_teaches_businesses_to_read_census_data For business owners, analyzing demographic data can often be a real challenge. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_library_seminar_teaches_businesses_to_read_census_data New faces at Blaine School District http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_new_faces_at_blaine_school_district Blaine schools welcome new staff http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_new_faces_at_blaine_school_district Business roundup: Caroline's Closet http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_business_roundup__caroline_s_closet Caroline and Dave Winfrey have been making embroidered goods for sale out of their home in Birch Bay for going on three years now. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_business_roundup__caroline_s_closet Gardening tips: Growing and storing spectacular dahlias http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_gardening_tips__growing_and_storing_spectacular_dahlias_ Dahlias are a signature flower here in the Northwest. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_gardening_tips__growing_and_storing_spectacular_dahlias_ How to make your yard more environmentally friendly http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_how_to_make_your_yard_more_environmentally_friendly_ It's easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_how_to_make_your_yard_more_environmentally_friendly_ Blaine residents to open Bellingham performing arts school http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_blaine_residents_to_open__bellingham_performing_arts_school_ Until recently, Whatcom County dancers and musicians seeking a world-class performing arts school would have to commute to Seattle or Vancouver. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_blaine_residents_to_open__bellingham_performing_arts_school_ Locals raise money to prevent park delay http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_locals_raise_money_to_prevent_park_delay Residents are attempting to raise $50,000 in two weeks to make the Marine Park playground a reality for autumn. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_locals_raise_money_to_prevent_park_delay Campfires now allowed in Western Washington http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_campfires_now_allowed_in_western_washington The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced August 15 that it is adjusting the statewide burn ban initiated on August 11. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_campfires_now_allowed_in_western_washington County and city police officers step up DUI patrols http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_county_and_city_police_officers_step_up_dui_patrols Police forces throughout Whatcom and San Juan counties are intent on stopping and discouraging driving under the influence. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_county_and_city_police_officers_step_up_dui_patrols Driver crashes into library wall http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_driver_crashes_into_library_wall An errant driver put a hole in the wall of the Blaine Public Library on August 13. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_driver_crashes_into_library_wall Boys & Girls Club switching to fall hours http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_boys___girls_club_switching_to_fall_hours The Blaine branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County will be changing its schedule in response to the upcoming start of the school year. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_boys___girls_club_switching_to_fall_hours Shellfish harvesters: know before you dig http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_shellfish_harvesters__know_before_you_dig Joshua Leinbach, an environmental health specialist with the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD), knows why itâs critical that recreational shellfish harvesters are aware that a beach has been closed to harvesting. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_shellfish_harvesters__know_before_you_dig Fire district, county to distribute tsunami flyers in Birch Bay and Blaine http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_fire_district__county_to_distribute_tsunami_flyers_in_birch_bay_and_blaine In response to concerns from local citizens, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) has begun distributing flyers with information on tsunami readiness to Birch Bay and Blaine. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_fire_district__county_to_distribute_tsunami_flyers_in_birch_bay_and_blaine The 2014 Northwest Washington Fair, August 11-16 http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_the_2014_northwest_washington_fair__august_11_16 http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_the_2014_northwest_washington_fair__august_11_16 Blaine Church finds new pastor http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_blaine_church_finds_new_pastor After a long stretch without a permanent pastor, Blaine's United Church of Christ (UCC) has finally found someone to fill the position. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_blaine_church_finds_new_pastor Chums of Terrell Creek offer workshop http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_chums_of_terrell_creek_offer_workshop A free workshop for Whatcom County residents interested in helping clean up the Terrell Creek watershed will be held at the new Birch Bay Bible Community Church on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-20_chums_of_terrell_creek_offer_workshop Blaine teen sells samosas for charity http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-13_blaine_teen_sells_samosas_for_charity Blaine High School senior Serena Sall spent her summer working on her senior project, and wound up raising funds to help over a dozen needy families. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-13_blaine_teen_sells_samosas_for_charity