Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Nov 22, 2007
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City of Blaine hires planning director

The Blaine Community Development department has hired a new senior planner.

Michael Jones, a former senior planner with the city of Ferndale, was hired as the new senior planner for Blaine with an annual salary of about $60,000.

He will take office on November 26, replacing Tom Black, also a former senior planner with the city of Ferndale, who resigned earlier this month, citing personal, family reasons.

No chocolate for Santa this year

Jeff Robinson, president of Totally Chocolate on Sweet Road, announced that the factory will not be having an outlet sale this year, normally one of the bigger pre-Christmas events in Blaine.

“The reason is that we just haven’t generated enough overstock to make a sale worthwhile for people to attend,” Robinson said.

Windermere’s Hoving moves to new Birch Bay location

Lorraine Hoving recently joined Windermere Real Estate’s new location in Birch Bay.

She will be moving to the new Windermere building located at Birch Bay Square at exit #270.

Hoving was formerly affiliated with Windermere at their Fairhaven office and is bringing her 4 years of service to Birch Bay, where she has resided for the past six years.

Lorraine invites clients, neighbors, and friends to visit the new office and receive a complimentary coffee gift card to the new Starbucks at Birch Bay Square.

Bellingham Tech student arrested with ecstasy

A Delta, B.C. resident attending Bellingham Technical College had an abrupt transfer to the school of hard knocks when he was discovered to be transporting 93,000 Ecstasy pills in the gas tank of his vehicle.
Tavinder Randhawa, 28, was arrested Thursday, November 15 after he attempted to smuggle the drug through the Peace Arch border crossing using the NEXUS lane for trusted travelers.

The drugs were discovered after Randhawa was selected for secondary inspection on his daily commute to school.

The vehicle and drugs were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. Randhawa made an initial appearance in Seattle federal court the same day. His NEXUS card was also seized, CBP officials said.

Child rapist arrested at
Peace Arch border crossing

Continuing their winning streak, CBP officers apprehended Arlington resident Anderson Jack, 46, at the Peace Arch crossing Sunday evening, November 18.

A computer name query revealed that Jack was wanted on an outstanding Snohomish County felony warrant for 3rd degree child rape.

The charge is a class C felony and is applied when a person has sexual intercourse with another who is at least 14 years old but less than 16 years old and not married to the perpetrator and the perpetrator is at least 48 months older than the victim.

Jack was stopped shortly before midnight when he arrived at the border from B.C. accompanied by his mother.

He was turned over to the Whatcom County sheriff’s department to be held pending return to Snohomish County.