Wed, Feb 1, 2012 

 

Still no decision on NWFR administrative offices move

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) commissioners want to take a closer look at renovating fire station 63 before deciding to move the fire district’s main offices.

City officials unveil plan for Blaine community center pavilion

A number of local community groups are banding together to raise funds to build a new pavilion to be attached to the Blaine community center.

Blaine Studio Tour puts out final call for artists

Blaine’s annual Art Studio Tour is still months away, but tour organizers have announced their final call for artists who want to participate in the event.

Ballots mailed out last week

The Whatcom County Auditor has mailed ballots for the February 14 election and they are expected to be in all registered voters’ mail boxes by the end of this week.

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 

 

Program encourages energy-efficient home improvements

Blaine and Birch Bay residents can take part in a countywide energy efficiency program that has helped county residents save hundreds of dollars per year on energy bills.

Arts and Jazz auction set for Saturday

The Blaine Fine Arts Association will be hosting its 15th annual Arts and Jazz auction and dance to raise money for music, art and drama education in the Blaine school district.

Homestead Northwest files for bankruptcy

After encountering deep financial trouble over the past few years, Lynden-based real estate developer Homestead Northwest has declared bankruptcy.

Blaine City Council OKs Martin properties survey contract

The city of Blaine could end up spending more than $70,000 to find out if running a proposed utility corridor through two parcels of private property in east Blaine is the most feasible route.

Blaine man arrested on drug charges

A Blaine resident was arrested in Ferndale last week on suspicion of possessing approximately 27 pounds of cocaine.

BBWSD manager calls for local solution to tribal water rights issue

With two local native tribes seeking a federal determination on possession of local water rights, the general manager of the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) is calling for a solution from within Whatcom County.

Durable, bright and easy to get started: Blaine artist offers classes in feltmaking

A high-tech Bernina sewing machine sits in the corner of fiber artist Donna Hunter’s cozy studio, tucked away in the woods just east of Blaine, next to the log house she built with her husband Graham 28 years ago.

School board reacts to new graduation requirements

Washington state might be getting tighter with its education funding, but that hasn’t stopped state officials from dictating changes at local school districts across the state. The Washington state board of education has approved revised high school graduation requirements effective for the class of 2016.

Opportunity Council extends energy assistance scheduling hours

Due to overwhelming demand for appointments, the Opportunity Council is expanding its energy assistance hotline hours to this Saturday.

City council schedules public hearing for D Street rezone

Blaine city officials will hold another public hearing on a rezone slated for the area just east of the truck route, between 14th and D streets.

WUEM wants damage reports from county residents

If the recent ice and snowstorms caused any property damage in Whatcom County, Whatcom Unified Emergency Management (WUEM) officials want to know about it.

Health and Wellness Special Section: Stretch it out during and after exercising

Stretching, or flexibility exercises, can give you more freedom of movement for everyday activities – bending over to tie your shoes, getting dressed, reaching for items on a shelf or looking over your shoulder as you back up your car.

Essence Salon and Spa opens in Birch Bay

Essence, a new Aveda salon and spa located in the heart of Birch Bay, is opening its doors for business.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for January 2 through January 16

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 

 

Redistricting shifts most of county to first congressional district

Blaine and Birch Bay residents will share a Congressional representative with parts of Seattle and Everett now that the state redistricting commission has finalized new district lines.

Locals seek support to save Blaine depot

The historic Blaine train depot could be placed on a statewide list of endangered historic properties as discussions continue over establishing a commuter rail stop in Blaine.

Changes coming for Birch Bay, Peace Arch parks

Cuts to the Washington State Parks Commission budget have forced Birch Bay and Peace Arch state parks to shuffle employees, but park rangers say the difference will be unnoticeable to the average park visitor.

Birch Bay Steering Committee strives for more public facilities

A group of Birch Bay residents have renewed the call for public facilities, including restrooms, in their community by implementing a new working group attached to the Birch Bay Steering Committee.

Home sale prices increase in Blaine

Blaine is one of the few places in Whatcom County where average home sale prices increased from 2010 to 2011, but the amount of high-price homes within city limits most likely skewed these numbers.

Discover Pass expansion gets senate committee nod

The Washington State Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee on January 9 voted unanimously to refer a bill to the Ways and Means Committee that would make the Discover Pass transferable between two vehicles.

Birch Bay Bible Community Church planning grand opening celebration

Birch Bay Bible Community Church staff are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new church building at the intersection of Blaine and Bay roads.

Coaches vs. Cancer game set for January 26

The Blaine girls’ basketball home game against the Bellingham Red Raiders next Thursday will also feature an annual event designed to raise money for cancer research.

Author to speak at Village Books

Author Naomi Benaron will speak at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 at Village Books in Bellingham. Benaron is the author of "Running the Rift," a novel following a young Rwandan runner during the height of Hutu/Tutsi tensions.


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