Wed, Sep 2, 2009 

 

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.

News in Brief

Dedication Days set for September 5 • Free sailing Sunday in Drayton Harbor • BP to host open house September 18 • Car wash to fund choir trip to New York • Artists sought for site-specific work

Council gives nod to train depot relocation

Blaine City Council gave a nod of approval Monday night for a local group called the Coalition for Historic Preservation to pursue moving and renovating Blaine’s century-old train station.

Blaine man seeks help for injured dog

A Blaine man is asking for help with nearly $4,000 in vet bills. His toy poodle service dog was attacked and injured by a dog owned by a Canadian man.

Despite economy, Blaine businesses expand

Though it appears the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, most would say we have yet to completely emerge from the economic crisis gloom.

Blaine hires new assistant principal, releases WASL test results

Blaine school district students turned in a creditable performance in a report on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test results, according to the district’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment Deb Cummings.

‘Pet Types’ book signing Saturday to benefit local dog

Ever wonder why your Golden Retriever only likes to go for walks in the rain? Or if your Siamese can tell the difference between the name brand cat food and generic?

Fri, Aug 21, 2009 

 

Hope proves dead end for murder suspect

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.

Wed, Aug 19, 2009 

 

Art At The Winery event this weekend

Once again it’s time for one of the premier gathering of artists and vendors in northwest Whatcom County as the second annual Art at the Winery art fair takes place this Saturday, August 22.

DOT: Roundabout project is “golden opportunity”

Plans for a $13 million roundabout project could improve traffic flow downtown and beautify the entrance to the United States, Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials said last week.

Hawkins ahead in primary results

Blaine incumbent Charlie Hawkins will face off against political newcomer John George in a race for Blaine City Council ward 2, position 4.

News in Brief

Amtrak offers second train to Vancouver • Volunteers needed to nurture trees • Event offers glimpse of live birds of prey • Blaine high school seeks C volleyball coach

City welcomes new assistant public works director

Bill Bullock has been appointed the new Assistant Public Works Director for the City of Blaine, officials announced. Bullock took over the position August 1 after Dave Bren left in June to pursue a teaching career at Bellingham Technical College.

School board continues collective bargaining process

The Blaine school district and the Blaine Education Association (BEA) remain involved in negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, officials said Monday.


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