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Published on Wed, Jul 1, 2009
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Birch Bay beach clean-up July 5

A group of Birch Bay residents have scheduled the annual Birch Bay fireworks beach clean-up for 9 a.m. Sunday, July 5. Those interested in volunteering can meet at the C Shop and will be given bags, coffee and area assignments.

CJ’s hosts wine pairing night July 11

Those wishing to explore the world of wine and food may want to check out Wine and Food Fest by the Bay, a half-day wine and food tasting hosted by CJ Wijns. The event is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at CJ Wijns at 7714 Birch Bay Drive and will include more than 60 wines and food from at least 20 restaurants. Local wine purveyors include Legoe Bay Winery, Dakota Creek Winery and Mount Baker Vineyards. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and include admission, unlimited sampling of food and 10 wine tastes. For more information, call 371-2658.

Church has new Birch Bay location

North Bay Christ the King Community Church (NBCTK) staff said they will move their operations from their current location at Blaine primary school to the Sea Connection building in Birch Bay and begin services their 9:30 and 11 a.m. services starting July 5. Starting out at the Birch Bay Square, North Bay relocated to the Blaine primary school where it has been meeting on Sundays for the past two years. NBCTK will be able to use the old Sea Connection Building across the street from the waterslides for the next two years.

Two paddling events scheduled in July

Blaine’s newest outdoor recreational company, Paddle and Pedal Adventures, has scheduled two evening paddles during the month of July. The first is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4 and will include an hour paddle and upfront view of Blaine’s fireworks show from Drayton Harbor. The second, a full moon paddle, is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 7 and includes a beach fire and marshmallow roast afterwards. Cost for each trip is $20 per person and alcohol is not allowed. To reserve a space, call 360/224-0707.

Border agents nab $1 million in ecstasy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Pacific Highway port of entry arrested a 23-year-old North Vancouver, British Columbia, woman on June 26 for allegedly attempting to smuggle into the United States 107,734 tablets of BZP, worth more than one million dollars. It is the second major ecstasy seizure at the Pacific Highway Port of Entry this month.

Krysta Edwards was entering Washington State Friday morning when 60 pounds of BZP was discovered hidden in a secret compartment of her sports utility vehicle. The compartment was built into the cargo area of her vehicle and opened by a hidden electrical switch.

Edwards was taken into custody by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation and prosecution.

Boys & Girls Club auction July 18

The Boys and Girls Club of Blaine has scheduled their All Hands on Deck! annual fundraiser dinner and auction for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Semiahoo spit. The event is catered by The Big Fat Fish Company and will feature a nautical theme. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Blaine.  
Tickets are $65 each and include appetizers, beverages by Boundary Bay Brewery and Dakota Creek Winery during the silent auction, catered dinner by The Big Fat Fish Company, table wine and live music by Double Trouble. For more information contact branch director Karin Schulhauser at 332-3008 or

Health officials urge dead bird reporting

The Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) would like to remind residents to report dead birds in a timely manner. Reporting dead birds is essential to West Nile Virus (WNV) monitoring efforts. As mosquito season begins, the risk of WNV transmission increases. Local dead bird monitoring indicates the Corvidae family of birds (crows, jays, ravens and magpies) and raptor species, are very susceptible to the virus and experience high mortality rates. Timely dead bird testing and reporting increases the probability of detecting WNV activity in Whatcom County. Birds to be tested must be dead less than 24 hours with carcass intact. If the carcass has an odor, is soft and mushy, has skin discoloration, feathers or skin that easily rubs off, or has maggots present, it is too decomposed for testing. 

For dead bird reporting, call 360/676-6724 or report online at