Published on Thu, Jun 5, 2008
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Blaine woman, 55, earns degree

Blaine resident Sue Richmond, 55, will earn her bachelor of arts degree in psychology this month from Trinity Western University from Langley, B.C. She plans to return in the fall to earn her master of arts degree in counseling.

Meeting to discuss concurrency

The Whatcom County Planning Commission will hold a work session on transportation levels of service, impact fees and concurrency at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at their Northwest Annex Conference Room at 5280 Northwest Drive in Bellingham. The commission will also discuss a proposed zoning amendment to prevent garage-dominated streetscapes. For more information, please call Gary Davis at 676-6907.

Bellingham man to challenge Doug Ericksen

Mark Flanders, of Bellingham, is challenging the Republican incumbent Doug Ericksen in the 42nd District.

A long time political activist, printer and musician, Mark was involved in the Kerry campaign and an early and active supporter of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

Flanders said if elected, he plans to work to develop “policies that protects small towns, farmlands and businesses, public education, the rights of working people, local commerce, racial justice, and the environment, as well as promoting alternative transportation and energy.” His website is and he can be reached by email at

Free small farm workshop

The Whatcom Conservation District has scheduled an openhouse workshop for livestock owners and managers of small farms. The workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Blaine fire hall at 9408 Odell Street. Light refreshments and resource materials will be provided. For more information, call 354-2035, ext. 3.

Blood drive is June 16

The Birch Bay Lions Club has scheduled a blood drive for noon Monday, June 16 at the fire station parking lot at 4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Road in Birch Bay.

There is no upper age limit to donating blood and people with diabetes can donate if their condition is under control by diet, exercise or insulin.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 371-0171 or email Kathy Berg at

BP donates $50,000 to NSEA

During the first five months of 2008, BP contributed $50,000 to the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) to help fund their streamside science education program. The grant was one of several that was donated to various local non-profits ranging in size from $250 to $75,000. Other recipients included Bellingham Technical College, the Whatcom County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Whatcom Hispanic Organization and the Whatcom Literacy Council.

By Tara Nelson