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Published on Wed, Jun 17, 2009
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Semiahmoo beach tour this Saturday

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation has scheduled a series of interpretive nature walks this month with two events this Saturday.

The first, Tideflat Treasures and Tribulations, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 and will be led by naturalists Doug Stark and Keats Garman during an exceptionally low tide. Participants will have a chance to explore the shore for buried treasures and other biological wonders from Semiahmoo Park to the shores of Drayton Harbor. The second is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. and will include a guided, one-mile walk through diverse plant habitats of Semiahmoo park with volunteer naturalists Luanne Williams and Sandy Bowens. Both events are free and no registration is required. For more information, call 733-2900.

Meeting to hear concerns over roundabouts

Blaine City Council has scheduled a work session with representatives of the Washington state Department of Transportation to discuss two roundabouts proposed for Peace Portal Drive and D Streets near the 276 off-ramp. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 22.

Semiahmoo Park dedication Friday

The city of Blaine and Whatcom County parks and recreation department have scheduled a dedication of Semiahmoo Park and Semiahmoo Parkway improvement projects. The event is 1 p.m. Friday, June, 19 at the Cannery Lodge at 9261 Semiahmoo Parkway. For more information, call 332-8311.

Bay Cafe now offering scooter rentals

Bay Cafe in Birch Bay owners Tammy Pearce and Dave Bucknell said they are now offering scooter rentals at their location at 608 Birch Bay Drive at Alderson (towards the state park). To qualify to rent a scooter for four hours or two scooters for two hours, individuals must have a valid driver’s license and credit card. Cost is $25 for one hour or $20 for multiple hours. For more information, call 360/371-5409.

Woman wanted by feds arrested at border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers apprehended a Vancouver, British Columbia woman on June 11 who was wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles allegedly for telemarketing against the elderly, mail and wire fraud

Officers arrested Mary Soussan, 68, upon her arrival to the United States at the Peace Arch port of entry when a name check revealed that she was the subject of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) felony warrant. Soussan was immediately taken into custody by CBP officers and turned over to agents for transportation to Los Angeles.

Former NFL player arrested at border

U.S. Border agents arrested former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf, Wednesday, at the Peace Arch port of entry on burglary and drug charges. Leaf, 33, was a former Washington State University Cougars quarterback, who led the team to a Rose Bowl appearance. He also played for the San Diego Chargers, Texas A&M University and the Dallas Cowboys.

Leaf was wanted on a burglary charge and several controlled substance charges in Randall County, Texas, and was suspected of breaking into a Canyon, Texas, apartment to steal the pain killer Hydrocodone. He was en route back into the United States from Canada and was arrested about 9 a.m., said chief U.S. Customs and Border protection officer Thomas Schreiber. News reports said that Leaf had been undergoing treatment in Canada. He has been sent to Whatcom County Jail.

Vandals cause $2,000 damage to park

Blaine city officials say vandals caused at least $2,000 in damage to Marine Park this weekend. Several wooden benches in the parks amplitheater were damaged or ripped from the ground. Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic said crews will repair most of the damage in time for an event in conjunction with the Blaine Jazz Festival in July. Anyone with information should contact Blaine police at 332-6769.