Wed, Sep 9, 2009 

 

Blaine city council candidate files for bankruptcy

Blaine city council candidate John George filed for bankruptcy last month after falling more than $600,000 in debt to about 140 different creditors.

Violent crime, burglary up in 2008

BP to host open house Sept. 18

News in brief

Get a library card, win an iPod Shuffle • Rummage sale to benefit senior center • Rural element meeting September 10 • Fall clean-up scheduled September 13 • Two committee meetings September 16 • Noted sitar master to perform in Blaine

Port approves of train depot project

Blaine man recalls decades spent under the sea

Every once in a while a book about the sea comes out that’s so captivating it almost smells like salt water. The Patrick O’Brian stories are like that and so is part-time Blaine resident Cal Smith’s “When Devil Fish Come Out to Play.” It’s a memoir of his years spent harvesting shellfish in the years when “skin diving” was in its infancy, and is so steeped in marine experience and opinion it ought to come with its own towel.

CBP testing high-speed interceptors

The bad guys on local waters already face a fleet of fast, technically sophisticated watercraft. A new addition to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s marine division literally leaves them all behind.

Take advantage of wet fall weather

Autumn in the Pacific Northwest is a great time to get busy in the yard and the city of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District are encouraging customers to take advantage of it.

Obama offers homeowners new green incentives

Since Obama took office, have any new incentives been put in place for homeowners looking to increase energy efficiency and reduce the overall environmental footprints of their homes?

Young At Heart: September activities at the Blaine senior and activity center

Photos around the town

Wed, Sep 2, 2009 

 

SLIDESHOW - Loomis Hall artist lofts and gallery opening night

Young At Heart

Find out what's happening at the Blaine Senior Center

Blaine extends sewer to some outside city limits

Some property owners outside city limits but within the Blaine urban growth area (UGA) may be able to connect to the city’s sewer system, Blaine City Council decided last week.

Developers discuss their plans for downtown Blaine

Blaine City Council’s recent action excusing water and sewer hookup fees has given new life to a 58-room three story hotel project, according to developer Fred Pakzak. The $3.3 million project is planned for the corner of Fourth and D streets, and Pakzak said he hopes to have it open and working by the Olympics next February.

Septic tank class offered this month

Homeowners wanting to perform their own septic system inspections will need to attend one of two classes offered by Whatcom County Health Department during the next two months.

What the Sam Hill?

Blaine’s annual Peace Arch Dedication Days at the Peace Arch State Park has been cancelled

B-17 takes a little flight down memory B-17 takes a little flight down memory lane

When Birch Bay realtor Mike Kent was a child, growing up in Oregon he played on an old bomber mounted atop a local gas station in Milwaukee, Oregon. Last month he got to play on some of the same parts, except this time the bomber actually flew.

Newspaper veteran Ron Miller speaks at Semiahmoo

Ron Miller met just about every famous TV and movie actor in his 22-year career as a syndicated columnist for the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain. Personal stories about people who have been household names for decades fall out of him like beans from a slit coffee bag.

Reverse mortgages an important financial tool

There are many factors in today’s society that have made reverse mortgages more popular – and more necessary. People are living longer than ever before and spending more time in retirement. At the same time, they tend to underestimate their retirement savings needs.

Simple, low-cost improvements for the home

According to consumer advocate Remar Sutton, there are many ways to save energy and other resources around the home without spending a lot of money. And taking action sooner rather than later will lead to ongoing savings on utility bills, so a little cash outlay now will more than pay for itself in the long run.

Home Depot teams up to help Blaine family

Home Depot and the Whatcom Volunteer Center have joined forces to help the Ness family of Blaine. In early 2009, the Ness family lost their father in a mobile home fire. The grieving family moved into a different mobile home they had purchased for very little money, but it was substandard housing.

1959 Blaine high school 50th reunion

Wed, Aug 26, 2009 

 

Blaine Back To School Special

School calendar, bus schedules, messages from the principals and so much more

Kremen proposal would cut west Blaine UGA

When Dar Kruse bought several acres of land in the west Blaine urban growth area (UGA) more than 20 years ago, he had envisioned eventually platting and selling his land to recoup their investment and create future financial security for his family

City axes fees for water and sewer connections

Hope proves dead end for Jenkins

The cross-border manhunt for former Point Roberts resident Ryan Jenkins ended Sunday with the discovery of his body in the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, B.C. Jenkins had been sought by police from California to Canada after his ex-wife’s defaced body was discovered Saturday, August 15 in a Los Angeles dumpster.


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