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Published on Thu, May 7, 2009
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By Tara Nelson

Marine mammal stranding class May 16

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 or call Bob Ryerson at 306-1568 or 758-4124.

Public sought for for NWPRD2 master plan

Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2 has scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at the Blaine Library. Commissioners invite the public to attend and comment on the completed draft of the district’s master plan, which will be reviewed in preparation for approval. A copy of the plan is also available on the NWPRD2 website: For more information, call 656-6416.

Recycle junk cars for local Habitat chapter

The Whatcom County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is seeking donations of junk cars to recycle.

Individuals who donate their junk cars can help the save energy and natural resources with the benefit of supporting their local chapter of Habitat, which works to eliminate poverty housing and homeless in the community. Donations are tax-deductible.

Donate vehicles online at or call 877/277-HFHI (4344) toll-free to help Habitat recycle a junk car, truck, boat, motorcycle or RV into decent, affordable housing.

Bay Horizon Park meeting Saturday

Local residents are invited to share their input on possible uses for the Lions Bay Horizon Park in Birch Bay from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 9 in the gym.

The Whatcom County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2, and the Lions Camp Horizon Foundation are seeking public comment on new possibilities for the redevelopment of the 68-acre park and former U.S. Air Force base located off Alderson Road between Birch Bay Drive and Blaine Road.

Bay Horizon is currently operated by the Lions Camp Horizon Foundation and is the home of Camp Horizon, the Lions' summer camp experience for disabled persons. For more information email Alan Friedlob at

Weimer announces bid for county council

Carl Weimer today announced his intention to run for a second term for the 3rd district Whatcom County Council seat.

Weimer, 55, has lived in Whatcom County for 25 years. During his first term on the County Council he served two years as Council Chairman. He has also served on the Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Marine Resource Committee, the Developmental Disabilities Board, the Flood Control Zone Committee, the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Investment Board, the EMS Advisory Board, and the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee.

He is also the Executive Director of the national Pipeline Safety Trust, which came into being after the June 1999 pipeline tragedy in Bellingham. Both Governor Gregoire and Governor Locke have appointed him to terms on the Washington State Citizen Committee on Pipeline Safety. He has also been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the national Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee. Previously, Weimer was the Executive Director of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities where he started the RE Stores in Bellingham and Seattle. He has a degrees from the University of Michigan in Natural Resources, and from Peninsula College in Industrial Electronics Technology.