News in Briefby Tara Nelson

Published on Thu, Apr 23, 2009
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News in Brief
by Tara Nelson

Volunteers sought to help trees grow

The Chums of Terrell Creek are looking for volunteers to help nurture tree seedlings that were planted last month.

The Chums planted 890 Sitka spruce and Western Red cedar seedlings in March. Those interested in volunteering can attend a work party from 10 a.m. to noon at A Lot of Trees at 7568 Birch Bay Drive, on Saturday, April 25. Work gloves and tools such as a hoe or shovel are recommended. The Lot of Trees project provides neighbors and friends with an opportunity to work together in their own backyard to create a successful and educational streamside habitat restoration project. For more information, call 371-5312.

Meeting to hear concerns on speed limits

Whatcom County Council has scheduled a public hearing April 28 to discuss a possible ordinance that would reduce the speed limits in Birch Bay.

This ordinance is in response to a request by the Birch Bay Steering Committee to change speed limits in Birch Bay and would reduce the speed limit on Birch Bay Drive, from the intersection of Holman Avenue to the intersection with Harborview Road to 25 mph year round; and on Birch Bay Drive from the intersection of Harborview Road north to Birch Point Road to 25 mph from May 15 to September 15, and 35 mph the rest of the year; and on Harborview Road south of Forsberg Road the speed limit will be 25 mph year round.

Public documents are available for review in the council office, 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham. Meetings are in the council chambers, same address, at 7 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

Volunteers needed for oyster seeding

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help seed oysters at Birch Bay State Park as part of their Intertidal Shellfish Project. A work party is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26 at the park’s middle beach parking lot near the restrooms. Volunteers will help spread 800 bags of Pacific oyster seed. Boots, work gloves and appropriate clothing are recommended. For more information, call 425/775-1311, ext. 107 or email

Walker announces reelection bid for port

Bellingham resident Scott Walker announced last week he would seek another term on the Port of Bellingham board of commissioners, which oversees the development of essential transportation and economic development needs of the region. Walker, who has served on the Port Commission’s district 1 seat since 1991, said his platforms are to continue the development of Bellingham and Blaine waterfronts as well as assist the private sector in expansion and viability in growing the economy of Whatcom County.

He is a retired environmental engineer and community affairs manager for the BP Cherry Point Refinery.

Blaine high schedules slapstick comedy

The Blaine high school theater and drama department has scheduled two performances of “An Experiment in Comedy” for 3:30 and 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the PAC. Performances will include “Do Us Part” by Cory Reed and “The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter” by Carolyn Lane. Blaine teacher Mike Coffey is the director. Admission is free. 

Workshop aims to help small businesses

Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality (CEV) and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce are partnering to provide a workshop designed to help businesses navigate the present economic challenges.

The workshop is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, in the Blaine school district boardroom at 765 H Street. A light dinner will be served.

Tom Dorr, director of CEV, will present The Business Wellness Check, which focuses on tracking the health of your business, identifying early warning signs so you can make course corrections, and learning things your banker wished you knew. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Carroll Solomon by noon on Monday, April 27 at 332-6484 or emailing her at info@

For more information visit their website at

Birch Bay beach clean-up this Sunday

A group of Birch Bay residents have scheduled a spring beach clean up for 9 a.m. Sunday, April 26.

Interested individuals can meet at the C Shop for coffee, cocoa, area assignments and litterbags. SSC has provided trash disposal at no cost to the community. The Friends of Birch Bay State Park and other local donors will provide a hot dog roast immediately following the event at the park. The annual Fourth of July fireworks cleanup is scheduled for July 5 and the fall cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, September 13.

SSC Transfer Station on Birch Bay-Lynden Road is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for disposal of trash, junk and proper disposal of used motor oil for a modest fee.  Call 332-5443 or 734-3490 for more information. 

Marine mammal stranding class scheduled

The National Marine Fisheries Service has scheduled a marine mammal stranding network training seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the WSU Extension office at 1000 N. Forest Street in Bellingham.

Volunteers are trained to respond to marine mammal strandings through volunteer stranding networks that have been established in all coastal states and are authorized through Letters of Authority from the NMFS regional offices.

For more information, visit