Published on Thu, Apr 10, 2008
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WSDOT crews to close truck route

Beginning Tuesday, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews will close two lanes of SR 543, Blaine’s truck route, for paving near the duty free stores.

Crews will close the lanes from April 15 through 17 to grind and repave the roadway, the surface of which is rutted from years of truck traffic. Access to businesses will not be restricted.

BCT schedules six performances of “The Gift”

Blaine Community Theater has scheduled six performances of “The Gift,” a story of Marco Polo’s return to Venice after a 25-year absence, to his childhood friends Maria and Antonio, featuring swords, a drunken sot, an old fisherman and arguing brothers. The play was written and directed by local playwright LeRoy Smith and performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 in the Blaine middle school cafeteria. 

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and students. For more information, call 392-0582.

Plant a tree, save a salmon

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association has scheduled a series of county-wide work parties to help restore streamside habitats.

Their next work party is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at Terrell Creek. Individuals as well as members of the Chums of Terrell Creek will plant native trees and remove non-native vegetation. Tools and gloves will be provided along with snacks and refreshments from the Balgelry, Starbuck’s Coffee, Tony’s Coffee, Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods, Rocket Donuts and the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham. Sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothes are recommended.

From I-5 north, take the Grandview Road exit and head west. Turn right at the stop sign at Jackson Road. Park at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church. For more information, call 715-0283 or visit

Local eateries win “Silver Platter” award

Blaine’s Wheel House Tavern and Birch Bay’s Camp Horizon, a summer camp experience for people with disabilities, were two of 35 Whatcom County restaurants and eating establishments that earned a special award from the Whatcom County Health Department last month. The establishments were recipients of the department’s “Silver Platter” award, which recognizes food establishments that earned a near-perfect score on routine inspections in 2007. Camp Horizon is organized by the Lions Clubs of District H in the U.S. and Canada and is located at Bay Horizon Park, the former Blaine Air Force base, in Birch Bay.

Coastal conservancy group opens new Whatcom chapter

The new Whatcom County chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association – Pacific Northwest (CCA-PNW) has scheduled its second meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Muljat Group Realtors office at 510 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham.

The group will elect officers and begin working on an agenda and fund raising for the upcoming year.

CCA is a grass roots, non-profit organization comprised of 200 chapters in 17 coastal states spanning the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The CCA-PNW is a regional advocacy group for salmon, steelhead, and other Northwest fish and fisheries.
For more information, call 360/927-4700.

By Tara Nelson