Thu, Mar 26, 2009 

 

Scott Ellis hired as high school principal

After reviewing six candidates in an hour-long executive session Monday night, the Blaine school board hired acting principal Scott Ellis to replace Dan Newell as principal at Blaine high school Monday night. The appointment is effective immediately.

Birch Bay works to clean up litter

Despite the loss of county funding and support, community members felt Birch Bay was still in need of a little TLC – Trash and Litter Crew, that is.

Blaine student gets political experience

Sophia Sennett, a sophomore at Blaine high school, spent a week in Olympia working as a page for the Washington State Senate.

ACE Hardware plans grand opening for Blaine store

Blaine and Birch Bay residents now have more shopping choices when it comes to hardware, houseware, garden and do-it-yourself home improvement items.

Outdoor living areas add to space, quality of life

House too small? With modern outdoor furniture and appliances you can spend a lot more time outdoors than you may think, all year, rain or shine. Picture yourself sitting on an Adirondack chair next to a gas fired barbecue or perhaps inside a screened room avoiding bugs.

Little Red Caboose has new owners, southern flair

Blaine’s historic Little Red Caboose has new owners and a new menu. Indica Mitchell, her husband, Damien, and their sons Dedrick, 7, Damek, 10, and Dajayln, 12, have re-opened the Little Red Caboose on Peace Portal Drive, offering breakfast items, espresso, soups, salads and sandwiches.

WCC offers short-term job training

Whatcom Community College’s Community Education program is offering non-credit, short-term classes in core skills necessary to finding a job in a down economy.

Looming school cuts outlined at community forum

Cautioning that the final picture won’t be clear until the Washington state legislature actually passes a budget, Blaine superintendent of schools Ron Spanjer gave more shape to impending school cuts at a community forum last week at the performing arts center.

Thu, Mar 19, 2009 

 

Council approves trail improvement plan 5-0

Blaine residents can anticipate improvements to trails, bikeways, and open spaces such as parks and shoreline access areas throughout the community after the city approved a comprehensive plan amendment last week.

Border construction won’t slow Olympic travelers

Following published reports in Seattle media regarding construction delays at the Peace Arch border crossing, the federal agency in charge of construction says it plans to keep the community better informed if any more bumps in the road arise.

Jelaca-Jovanovic piano concert Saturday

While our nation drifts into a serious recession, opportunities must be created to meet human needs.

Blaine man, 52, killed in trailer fire

The body of a 52-year-old Blaine resident was found after the trailer he was sleeping in burned last week at the Birch Bay RV Resort.

Around the City

Learn about orca communication; Airline offers low fares between Bellingham and Los Angeles; Blaine students make dean’s list

Blaine chiropractor’s license suspended

The state Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission has suspended the credential of Nicolas Jean Constantin for unprofessional conduct in an order dated January 15. The suspension means Constantin cannot practice as a chiropractor in Washington pending a hearing.

City council appoints new planning commissioner

In their regular meeting Monday, February 9, Blaine City Council unanimously voted to appoint Blaine resident Craig Johnson to a two-year vacancy on the city’s planning commission.

Local author, 74, at the helm of her life

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Blaine freshman is Whatcom County Youth of the Year

Cherish Morrison, a freshman at Blaine high school, has been named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. Cherish was honored at the annual awards dinner for Boys & Girls clubs of Whatcom County on January 26 at Northwood Hall in Bellingham.

Peter and Gordon to rock Silver Reef

Peter and Gordon, a British Invasion-era duo who rocketed to fame with such hits as “A World Without Love” and “Lady Godiva,” will be appearing at the Silver Reef Casino Saturday, February 28.

Airport sale agreement appears uncertain

Facing a state requirement to pay back grants due on the closure of the municipal airport, the city of Blaine is facing the quandary of how to repay nearly $400,000 to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s aviation division (DOT).

Peace Arch State Park removed from ‘mothball’ list

The gates of Peace Arch State Park will remain open despite a potential $22.9 million budget cut to Washington State Parks. The announcement came just several days after the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission released a list of 40 state parks endanger of a July 1, 2009 closure.

Meeting to focus on Birch Bay UGA

New estimates from the Whatcom County planning department suggest the county can expect as many as 44,000 to 68,000 more residents and as many as 37,000 new jobs during the next two decades. Where all that growth is going to go and how development will be planned, however, is the topic of discussion during a series of upcoming meetings beginning next week.

Habitat for Humanity group seeks volunteers

A local outreach group formed by the Whatcom County Habitat For Humanity organization is looking for members to help nominate eligible Blaine and Birch Bay families for home ownership.

Crafts fair features Blaine artists

The 23rd Annual Spring Craft & Antique Show, scheduled for March 19, 20 and 21 at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, will feature Blaine crafters.

American Life Poetry

To have a helpful companion as you travel through life is a marvelous gift. This poem by Gerald Fleming, a long-time teacher in the San Francisco public schools, celebrates just such a relationship.

As economy weakens, credit card fraud on the rise

Reports of credit card fraud to the Blaine Police have tripled over the past couple of months but so far investigators have not connected it to any specific local business or criminal source.

From separate to social: Rethinking kitchen design

Have you ever had company for dinner, and had them all gather in the kitchen? To Bellingham architect Marshall Dobry that reflects one of the basic flaws in the ways that kitchens have been traditionally built.

Children safe after border run

Two women were booked into Whatcom County Jail after stealing a vehicle containing two children and leading Bellingham police, Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies, Washington State Patrol and Blaine police on an erratic chase from Bellingham to the Peace Arch border crossing.


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