Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Apr 12, 2007
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Walks explore county’s diversity

A series of interpretive walks hosted by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation will showcase the diverse landscapes of Whatcom County from saltwater shores to the slopes of Mount Baker.

Saturday, April 14: A three-mile round-trip hike through the old-growth forest of the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve on Lake Louise Road beginning at 10 a.m. Fee is $2. Pre-registration required.

All walks are moderately paced on well-maintained trails and are guided by interpreter David Bean.

All ages are welcome, although children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Raingear and appropriate footwear are recommended. For more information, call 733-2900.

Blaine to receive funding for wharf district plan

The city of Blaine will receive $15,000 from the Port of Bellingham to help proceed with a comprehensive plan update for the city’s wharf district, port commissioners agreed last week.

The money will be used to for projects identified in the Blaine Wharf Master Plan, which includes upgrades to Blaine’s harbor district.

Planning officials from the city and the port said they are working together on the Blaine Wharf District Master Plan to keep the developments and surroundings of the waterfront authentic as well as to improve the connection both physically and visually between downtown and the harbor. 

Applications were distributed to rural Whatcom County cities in February and the Small City Partnership made recommendations about the requests in March. The cities of Sumas and Ferndale will also receive matching funds for their projects.

U.S. Coast Guard offers boating safety class in Blaine

Blaine’s U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 19 is offering a one-day boating course on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Blaine Harbor, gate 2, conference room at 235 Marine Drive.

The fee is $40 and the cost for each additional family member is $25 with a shared book.

The course is for both novice and experienced boaters. The class consists of important safety and operational instructions to handle boats in most general conditions.

Graduates satisfy the Washington state requirements for a boating license which will be mandatory by January 1, 2008. All boaters, 20 years and under, operating any powerboat 15 hp or more will need to have a Washington State Boater Education card.
For more information, call 360/371-8096.

WTA holds public hearing on Blaine bus service

The Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) will host a public comment regarding a proposed service expansion at a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the Whatcom County Courthouse council chambers at 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham.

The proposed service expansion includes an additional mid-day trip between Birch Bay and Bellingham.

For more information, call 738-4584 or visit Those who are unable to attend the meeting can comment by calling 715-4500.

Organization offers educational scholarships for women

Whatcom Women in Business is offering scholarships to women furthering their education. Scholarships will be awarded this year after an application and panel interview process and will be carried over by the educational institution for a full academic calendar year.

The application form can be found on their website, The deadline for submitting the application is April 30. The address can be found on the application.

Whatcom Women in Business is a nonprofit organization consisting of business owners, managers and professionals who provide a positive role model for the community through leadership and professional mentoring.

Tour features remodeled, sustainably-built homes

Individuals who plan to remodel their homes may be interested in the Building Industry Association’s tour of remodeled Whatcom County homes.

The event is a rare opportunity to view remodeling projects at local private homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and 15.

Tickets are $12 and are available at Westside Building Supply Center in Lynden, Lynden Sheet Metal, Aqui Esta Tile & Stone, Hardware Sales and the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County office on Northwest Avenue or the day of the tour at each home. For more information, call 671-4247.

By Tara Nelson