Wed, Mar 21, 2012 

 

NWFR fire chief field narrowed to three

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) commissioner Bill Salter is confident the fire district will choose a new fire chief within the next few weeks.

Program to increase off-season Birch Bay business explained

Business owners interested in increasing their off-season revenue should plan to attend an informational meeting that will discuss a new promotional program. The program is intended to help businesses in Birch Bay and the Mt. Baker foothills capture more tourist dollars in the off-season.

State finds no issues in BBWSD audit

A state audit of the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) has found no issues or deficiencies with the district’s financial control procedures.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report from March 9 to March 13

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 

 

A Big Day at the Reef

The Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa marked groundbreaking on its Phase IV expansion on Friday, March 16, with a ceremony at the site.

Fri, Mar 16, 2012 

 

Blaine man dies after single-car accident just north of Bellingham

A Blaine man has died from injuries sustained in a car accident Thursday evening just north of Bellingham.

Wed, Mar 14, 2012 

 

Marin condos at Semiahmoo attract potential buyer

The long-stalled Marin condominium project may soon realize a recovery as an attractive listing price has enticed a potential buyer.

Birders gather in Blaine this weekend

Local seabirds won’t be the only ones flocking to Blaine this weekend as the 10th annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival brings hundreds of birders from across Whatcom County.

Blaine schools waiting for specifics on new faculty evaluation rules

Governor Chris Gregoire has signed into law new evaluation procedures for Washington teachers and principals, but school districts are still waiting on direction from the state school superintendent on how the rules should be implemented.

City officially owns Banner Bank building

With the necessary real estate paperwork out of the way, city of Blaine officials are now planning the hands-on work to make the Banner Bank building their own.

BBWSD warns against official-looking flyers

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District staff are cautioning customers against official-looking flyers being mailed out advertising water line insurance.

City clerk explains public records request process

In honor of Sunshine Week, a nationwide recognition of public records laws, The Northern Light spoke with Sheri Sanchez, Blaine public records officer, about the city’s experience with the state Open Public Records law.

BBWSD strikes aged public hearings policy

In an ongoing review of district polices, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District commissioners have eliminated a public hearings conduct policy they feel is unnecessary.

Birch Bay State Park Interpretive Center closes in on final necessary permits

A long-awaited interpretive center in Birch Bay State Park is inching toward reality, with only three county permits needed before construction can begin.

County sets date for GPT pre-scoping meeting

Local government officials have announced the date and time for a public meeting aimed at explaining the environmental review process for the proposed Cherry Point terminal.

Whatcom sailing team headed to Australia regatta

Sailboat racers from across Whatcom County will be competing in a sailing regatta that starts next Monday in Australia.

Car Care Special Section: High gas prices don’t mean driving less

Just because gas prices are rising, doesn’t mean you have to drive less. While you can’t control the price of gas, you can control how it is used by following some simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance.

Car Care Special Section: Keep these essential items in your car

When you think of car safety, you probably think of airbags and seatbelts. We often overlook the smaller items that can go a long way to keeping things under control in an emergency situation.

Women’s group offers educational scholarships

Whatcom Women in Business (WWIB) has announced it will be awarding up $18,000 in scholarships to women who are furthering their education.

CSAs available for local businesses

Sustainable Connections is having a luncheon in early April to connect businesses with local farmers offering community supported agriculture (CSA) shares.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for March 2 to March 6

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 

 

Wings Over Water Festival features field trips to Semiahmoo

The 10th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival (WOW) on Saturday, March 17, will feature two field trips to Semiahmoo Spit narrated by Jim Jorgensen.

Surrey City Council supports Blaine train stop

The city council of Surrey, B.C., has thrown its support behind a train stop in Blaine as a Seattle-based transportation advocacy group continues work studying the feasibility of such a project.

Birch Bay boat launch opens for use

Both Birch Bay tourists and residents now have a new place to set sail that won’t require a drive to Blaine or Bellingham.

Two local business owners sue city of Blaine

Two Blaine business owners have filed suit against the city, alleging city staff improperly handled a public records request and cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees.

County engineers unveil plans for new traffic light

Whatcom County engineers hope to start construction on a traffic light at a busy intersection east of Birch Bay by next May but are still looking for funds to complete the railroad crossing improvements associated with the project.

Birch Bay State Park takes on new ranger in response to budget cuts

Budget cuts have forced a shuffling of staff at Birch Bay State Park, with three employees getting laid off or shifted elsewhere and the park taking on a new full-time ranger.


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