Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Oct 25, 2007
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School levy story clarification
In a story last issue regarding the Blaine school district special election in March 2008, it was not clear that voters will be asked to approve two separate funding commitments.

The first, a $40 million capital projects bond, will allow the improvement and new construction of district facilities. The most substantial project in the bond will be the expansion and enhancement of the high school but will also allow for the acquisition of land for a future Birch Bay elementary school.

Also on the ballot is the district’s maintenance and operations levy.

This is a separate levy replacing the current expiring levy.

The M&O levy is a four-year measure that will bring in $4.7 million, $4.8 million, $5.1 million and $5.4 million, respectively, beginning in 2009.

The figures are based on projected mill rates provided by the county. Thus, property owners will pay $1.19 per $1,000 assessed valuation in 2009, increasing to $1.23, $1.25 and $1.30 in following years.

Blaine teenager injured in crash

Blaine teenager Kyle Allen Quist lay in serious condition Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a single-car accident on Sunday night.

Quist, 18, was found unconscious and trapped inside his 1984 Lincoln Town Car in a ditch in the 3500 block of Bay Road in Custer.

According to the State Patrol, rescuers had to cut away the car to free the man before he was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for initial treatment. He was later transferred to the Seattle trauma center for further care.

NSEA work parties this month

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) has scheduled ongoing weekly work parties to help restore streamside habitat for salmon from 9 a.m. to noon in various Whatcom County locations.

The next scheduled work party is October 27 at Terrell Creek in Birch Bay as part of national “Make A Difference Day”. Crews along with the Chums of Terrell Creek will plant native plants and remove non-native vegetation along the creek.

Tools and gloves will be supplied along with refreshments provided by The Bagelry, Starbucks Coffee, Tony’s Coffee, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, and the Community Food Co-Op. Sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended.

The work party meets the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Road. Directions: From I-5 north, heading toward Blaine, take the Grandview Road exit and head west.

At the stop sign turn right onto Jackson Road. The Chums of Terrell Creek will sponsor a barbeque lunch after the work party. In the event of rain, organizers will barbeque in the church basement.

For more information, contact Elie Friedlob at 371-3441 or Lindsay Taylor at NSEA, 715-0283.

Youth group to collect food donations Saturday

St. Anne’s middle school youth group will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Blaine food bank on October 27 as part of a nationwide effort.

Students will be collecting canned or boxed items from 10 a.m. to noon and will also have a table for donations at local Cost Cutter stores.For more information, call 332-2081.

AP Scholar Awards

Twenty-one Blaine high school 2007 graduates have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the college board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.

The program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.

Three qualified for the AP Scholar with distinction award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken. They are Lauren Hyman, Eli Kramme and William Nichols.

Two qualified for the AP Scholar with honor award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all exams taken. These students are Melody Freeman and Kieran Lyons

Sixteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with grades of three or higher. They are Valarie Binder, Christjiana Brashear, Nicholas Chrisman, Belinda Crowson, Nathaniel Dodgson, David Emerick, Melissa Galbraith, Nicole Matichuk, Julianna Meaker, Jacqueline Rafferty, Steinun Sigfusson, Jordan Steelquist, Jackson Struthers, Brandon Utter, Jessica Welter, and Tori Westman.

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Blaine high school senior, Kieran Lyons, was named as a semi-finalists in the 2008 National Merit scholarship program.

More than 1.4 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2008 National Merit Program by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.