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Published on Wed, Aug 5, 2009
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Cluck, cluck, cluck

Those wanting the freshest eggs possible may now be able to make one less trip to the grocery store by just heading out to the back 40.

Blaine City Council unanimously decided last week that Blaine residents can now raise up to six chickens within city limits.

The ordinance allows residents in single-family neighborhoods to raise up to six chickens and was introduced after a number of individuals complained about the city’s current restrictions.  City planner Alex Wenger said the rule is also a response to an increasing demand by consumers to have better access to locally-grown food both for reasons of health and to bypass long-distance shipping and methods of industrial agriculture. “We have received multiple requests and phone calls asking about the regulations for keeping chickens within the city,” he said.

Some restrictions apply. The new ordinance does not allow roosters.

Chickens were previously allowed only in east Blaine because the density there allows it, Wenger said.

Just Steaming...

This weekend come down to Blaine Harbor to see 27 steam launches, including two sternwheelers up close. The boats can be viewed both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 2 p.m. the boats will steam alongside the visitors dock and across to the Semiahmoo resort. There will be vintage cars parked in the marina parking lot both days and Blaine local Don Stagg will play the calliope.