News News RSS Feed BP Heron Center ready for grand opening After nine months of construction and thousands of volunteer hours, the BP Heron Center for Environmental Education is ready for its grand opening at Birch Bay State Park. George Raft Race, tall ships coming to Drayton Harbor Days Drayton Harbor Days, one of Blaine's most entertaining annual events, is coming to Blaine Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3. Birch Bay-Lynden Road construction to finish after brief delay Construction at the Birch Bay-Lynden Road railroad crossing has experienced a slight delay. City unveils new zoning guidelines In an effort to simplify zoning requirements and promote a more aesthetically pleasing downtown area, city planners have drafted new architectural guidelines for downtown Blaine. Fresh, local and delicious: The restaurants of Semiahmoo Resort The sun sets over Drayton Harbor, casting its brilliant orange hues in blinding arcs across the water. Veterans and descendents live with effects of chemical warfare Forty years after American military personnel were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, veterans and their offspring are still experiencing medical conditions that studies have increasingly linked to the toxic herbicide. Red Cross looking for everyday heroes for awards Every day, people across Whatcom County save lives and improve our communities, but never receive any recognition. Birch Bay Discovery Days Birch Bay Discovery Days photos Blaine Insurance expands, Little Red Caboose changes owners Blaine Insurance purchases Locker & Ebert Insurance Three music festivals coming to county The weekend of August 1-3 is a great time to be a music lover in Whatcom County, with not one but three music festivals catering to fans of every genre. 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.