Wed, May 2, 2012 

 

City planners give Marine Park shoreline a facelift

City planning staff worked most of Friday afternoon last week positioning felled trees to improve a section of beach in Marine Park.

Whatcom Democrats chair to run for 42nd district representative seat

Bellingham resident Natalie McClendon will seek the 42nd legislative district state representative position currently held by Blaine resident Jason Overstreet.

Blaine artists’ studio tour set for Mother’s Day weekend

Artists from Blaine, Birch Bay and the Custer area will open their studios to the public this Mother’s Day weekend for the seventh annual art studio tour.

Annual Blessing of the Fleet to honor fallen fishermen

If you have been down to Blaine Harbor, you will have seen that the commercial fishing fleet is not too busy right now. The local crab season is finished until next fall for commercial non-tribal fishers, and the local salmon season will not begin until probably late July or August. The large draggers and crab boats are out fishing in Alaska or off the Pacific coast.

Yard of the Week competition begins its sixth season

The Blaine is Beautiful Committee will soon begin its sixth season recognizing the beautiful yards and gardens with a Yard of the Week award. All yards and gardens within the city limits of Blaine including Semiahmoo are considered for the weekly award from May 17 to September 20.

Public outreach plan in progress to improve Birch Bay water quality

Conservation officials are in the middle of a public outreach campaign they hope will improve water quality in the Terrell Creek and Cottonwood Beach areas of Birch Bay.

Mountain Runners docudrama to premiere during Ski to Sea weekend

Like the original Mt. Baker Marathon runners they’re seeking to portray, the crew behind the docudrama “The Mountain Runners” has had to battle the mountain’s weather to tell the true story of the country’s first major endurance race, the Mt. Baker Marathons of 1911-1913.

Health and Wellness Special Section: NWPRD2 hosts open house on Saturday

Northwest Park & Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2) is presenting The Picnic at the Playground and Open House on Saturday, May 5, at Bay Horizon Park at the Birch Bay Activity Center. The event, which encourages residents to “step out for the summer,” will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Pet expo features fun, photo contest and more

The third annual Pet Spring Fling Expo will be held Saturday, May 12, at the Grandview Business Center in Ferndale. The all-day pet party will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature fun activities for everyone.

Countywide arts and culture guide published

A countywide organization promoting the arts has released a second annual guide to arts and culture in Whatcom County.

(Re) Open for Business

The Blaine Liquor Outlet reopened last week in the space next to the Black Forest Steakhouse.

Watching and Waiting

This bald eagle was spotted over the weekend along Birch Bay Drive.

Call for junior banner girls and boys

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry is seeking teenagers to participate as banner carriers in the annual Junior Ski to Sea Parade on May 18, as well as the Ski to Sea Grand Parade on May 26.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for April 18 through April 25

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 

 

Birch Bay pedestrian facility moves forward

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce members received a nice surprise at their monthly meeting last week. Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws told them that county public works staff have started seeking funding sources for long-awaited pedestrian and shoreline improvements along Birch Bay Drive.

City reinstituting water, sewer connection fees

Citing slow economic growth, Blaine City Council has voted to re-establish water and sewer hook-up fees for new development in the city.

Immigrant rights group claims CBP racially profiles along northern border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents engage in racial profiling when dealing with Latinos along the northern border, instilling a climate of fear within immigrant communities.

Home & Garden Special Section: A bamboo oasis in a Blaine backyard

In the corner of the yard, a rare black bamboo plant is flowering. Tom Burton planted it 31 years ago, after receiving it as a housewarming gift when he and his wife finished building their Blaine Avenue home. Bamboo flowers infrequently, and afterward the plant dies. However, Burton is hopeful. His black bamboo plant is the only one around, so he’s going to leave it be and hope that since it can’t cross-pollenate with any other plants, it’ll survive.

Whatcom County man accused of running puppy mill

A Whatcom County man has been accused of animal cruelty after Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) officers seized nearly 50 dogs from his property.

County council votes to approve voting precinct changes

Most registered Whatcom County voters are in new voting precincts following a Whatcom County Council vote on Tuesday.

County executive pledges portable restrooms for Birch Bay this summer

The Birch Bay waterfront will once again be equipped with portable restrooms for the summer thanks to Whatcom County executive Jack Louws.

City council approves Peace Portal trail bid

An improved pedestrian and bike trail will be completed just in time for summer, according to Blaine Public Works staff.

Birch Bay businesses sought for coupon book

The group charged with developing ways to promote off-season tourism in Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills area has come up with a nifty idea: a coupon book filled with offers good from Labor Day until Thanksgiving 2012. Organizers are hoping that Birch Bay businesses will want to be included in the promotional vehicle.

Hanging basket sales fund girls’ scholarships

The Blaine chapter of the international women’s group Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) is once again selling hanging baskets to raise money for local girls’ scholarships.

Home & Garden Special Section: Get your house ready to sell

If you’re putting your house on the market, you can help ensure the fastest selling time and highest price by making sure it’s as clean and neat as possible.

Home & Garden Special Section: Wood refinishing business opens Blaine branch

The owner of a nationwide wood refinishing chain has opened an office in Blaine to serve northwest Washington.

A Visitor to Birch Bay

This Bonaparte’s gull was wading in the shallows during low tide in Birch Bay on Tuesday, likely on its way to Canada or Alaska to breed.


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