Published on Thu, Oct 2, 2008 by The Northern Light staff

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By The Northern Light staff

Register now for youth basketball

The Blaine Boys & Girls Club has scheduled youth basketball sign-ups from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from October 6 to October 24. Cost is $55 plus a current club membership of $25. Sign up at the Blaine Boys & Girls Club at 635 8th Street. For more information, call 332-3008.

As economy worsens, clothing, food banks in need

St. Martin’s Clothing Bank in Blaine needs more volunteers.   The clothing bank has been open Friday mornings to serve clients, but as the economy has worsened, community needs have risen. 

Clothing bank officials would like to open their doors on Tuesday to serve those clients from the food bank who come that day.  They are looking for more volunteers who are willing to come in for three hours one or more days a month.  

Those interested in volunteering should call Ann Spooner, coordinator, at 425/681-3736 or July Ayers, 371-3146.  St. Martin’s Clothing Bank, located at 500 C St., next to the Blaine Food Bank. 

Voter registration deadline
Saturday, October 4

Registration forms must be postmarked or dropped off at the auditor’s office no later than Saturday, October 4, in order to qualify to vote in the 2008 general election. The auditor’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 to assist voters.

A voter may submit a change of address online at or may call 676-6742 by Saturday, October 4, to transfer their voter registration to their new address within Whatcom County. Citizens registering to vote for the first time in the state of Washington will need to do so in person at the Whatcom County auditor’s office no later than Monday, October 20 to qualify to vote in the general election.

For more information, call the Election Department at 676-6742.

Donate coats to keep families warm this winter

Blaine’s local churches through the Peach Arch Ministerial Association and Whatcom County’s Interfaith Coalition are collecting winter coats to distribute to families needing winter clothing.  

Donations may be taken to local Blaine churches at the beginning of their Sunday services until Sunday, October 12.  The coats will be distributed from the Blaine Food Bank 9 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, October 14 and Friday, October 17. The Blaine Food Bank is located at 500 C Street.  

Building Industry Associations found in violation of
campaign finance laws

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has alleged several Washington Building Industry Association groups performed multpile violations of Washington State’s campaign finance laws.

The commission believes that the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA-KSC) operated as a political action committee when it solicited and received contributions that were mostly used to fund numerous negative ads against Christine Gregoire. 

The PDC investigation found that since January 2006, MBA-KSC has received and expended $411,670 on political contributions, polls and other campaign-related research without disclosing the source of the money. 

The PDC investigation also found that the Building Industry Association of Washington’s Member Services Corporation (BIAW-MSC) solicited and received contributions to be used by BIAW’s political committee (ChangePAC) in the 2008 governor’s election.  In 2007, BIAW-MSC’s officers asked local building associations to contribute a portion of their workers compensation insurance premium refunds to ChangePAC. 

Eleven local building associations agreed to contribute and BIAW-MSC retained $584,528 for ChangePAC without disclosing the receipt of those contributions.  The commission said the BIAW-MSC operated as a political committee and failed to register and report in accordance with state law.

Blaine grad earns doctorate

Blaine graduate Crystal Marie Glahn received a doctorate in physical therapy from Touro College School of Health Sciences in Manhattan, New York. She graduated on September 17 and received special recognition: Research Achievement Award, Academic Excellence & Outstanding Clinical Achievement.