Published on Thu, Sep 27, 2007
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Max Shelton withdraws from council race

Max Shelton has withdrawn from the race for the Blaine city council, saying that his employer, Smith Barney, asked him not to run due to possible conflicts of interest. Smith Barney sometimes deals in municipal bonds.

Shelton’s name will still appear on the ballot, but he said that it was simply too late to get it off. “It came down to feeding my family or running for office, and that’s not a hard decision,” said Shelton, who was up against Blaine planning commission veteran Harry Robinson for the Ward 2 seat that Bruce Wolf resigned last August.

Meeting to discuss sea level rises in Whatcom County

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) will host a public presentation of the potential hazards of sea level rise caused by climate change at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11 at the Senior Center at 315 Halleck Street in Bellingham.

The presentation will focus on the local shorelines of Whatcom County and will identify possible hazard areas. Speakers include Jim Johannessen, a coastal geologist specializing in beach processes, coastal erosion mitigation and restoration, and applied coastal management will provide the basic science of the causes of sea level rise, information on how the local marine shorelines may respond, and information on options to manage the shorelines for the anticipated hazards.

John Rybczyk is a professor and estuarine ecologist in the Department of Environmental Science, Huxley College, at Western Washington University. Rybczyk had been studying the impacts of sea level rise on the marine habitat in Padilla Bay and will give a brief presentation on his research and the implications to Whatcom County shorelines.

Blaine alpaca farm to host free tours, activities

The public is invited to take a tour of Wildwood Dream Alpacas and learn more about the curious creatures, as Wildwood participates in the first ever “National Alpaca Farm Day” on September 29 and 30, along with alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada.

Wildwood will welcome guests from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provide activities including spinning and weaving demonstrations, alpaca petting, and new baby viewing, and coloring contests with prizes.
Wildwood Dream Alpacas is located at 3750 Sweet Rd, Blaine.

Follow Sweet Rd going East. Wildwood is the third driveway on the left past Stadvolt Road. Look for balloons and alpacas.

For more information, call Kelly Wood at 360/332-4733.