Published on Thu, Jan 17, 2008
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WTA adds new bus routes to Blaine'

The Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) will introduce an additional trip on Route 55 to Blaine and Birch Bay beginning January 21 as well as an additional evening departure of Route 70X from Bellingham to Blaine. 

The additional trip on Route 55 will depart from Blaine City Hall at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at Bellingham’s Cordata Station (near Whatcom Community College) at 12:22 pm. The return trip departs Cordata Station at 12:30 p.m. and arrives at Blaine City Hall at 1:34 p.m.  From Cordata Station, riders can transfer to multiple routes serving Bellingham and Whatcom County.

The additional evening departure of Route 70X departs Bellingham’s Downtown Station at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 360/676-7433 or visit

Birch Bay transportation meeting rescheduled

The Birch Bay Steering Committee’s transportation subcommittee has rescheduled their January 17 meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road. Fire district 21 chief Tom Fields will present an update on changes the district has faced over the past year. He will also discuss the 2008 budget, staffing, strategic planning, and provide an update on concurrency issues.

For more information, visit

Expert to discuss toxic
contamination at Cherry Point

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will host a presentation about toxic contaminants in Puget Sound, focusing on toxics found in fish in Whatcom County waters including Cherry Point.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, February 7 on the second floor conference room of the Whatcom County Civic Center, 322 N. Commercial Street, in Bellingham and will feature a presentation by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife scientist Jim West. West will speak about contamination in various fish species, including coho and chinook salmon, English sole, and others, throughout Puget Sound. He will also cover the current science on toxics in Bellingham Bay and Cherry Point, as well as how toxics enter and accumulate in the food chain.

For more information, contact Mark Herrenkohl at 319-0721 or Whatcom County Public Works at 715-7450.

BCT to schedule auditions

Blaine Community Theater has scheduled two auditions for their upcoming spring production of The Gift, a historically based imaginative tale of the life and times of Marco Polo.

Organizers are looking for three children (one girl and two boys) ages 8 to 12; three teenagers (one girl, two boys) ages 12 to 20; and seven adults (five men and two women) of any adult age. The group is also looking for volunteers who are willing to help with costuming, lighting, stage setup and other tasks.

Auditions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, January 20 and Monday January 21 at the Birch Bay Leisure Park at 7704 Birch Bay Drive. For more information, call Mel Finnson at 392-0582 or visit

Math forum boasts a quantum turnout

Nearly 650 students, parents and community members turned out for the first Blaine Community Math Night at the PAC on January 14.
The featured speaker, Ruth Parker, Ph.D. created a dynamic and interactive experience for the all ages audience.

Blaine superintendent Ron Spanjer called the turn out “tremendous.” “It’s representative of the extent to which our parents and patrons reach out to support our children,” he said.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 20.

Citizen’s academy now accepting applications

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s office is accepting applications for its upcoming spring 2008 citizen’s academy.

The free program is designed to foster better understanding between citizens and the sheriff’s office. Participants are expected to share the realistic view of the criminal justice system as well to help improve efficiency of law enforcement in the community.

Classes may include criminal investigation, patrol, K-9, emergency management, use of force, crime scene management, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, court systems, juvenile services and other related topics.

The next series of classes is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays March 19 through May 28.

Applications can be obtained by visiting the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department at 311 Grand Ave. in Bellingham or by visiting and are due by March 3. For more information, call 676-6650.

By Tara Nelson