Tue, Nov 22, 2011 

 

Wintry weather is on its way: Tips to stay safe

The National Weather Service has issued several weather-related advisories and warnings for Whatcom County. Over the next few days, a considerable amount of rain and strong winds are predicted.

Local residents say ‘thank you!’

In the spirit of the holiday, The Northern Light asked Blaine and Birch Bay residents what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Christmas giving trees offer Blaine families a holiday hand

The deadlines are approaching to receive gifts as part of Blaine and Birch Bay’s two annual giving trees.

Colorful plants for the winter garden

The bones of my garden are visible now. The leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees and shrubs. Some perennials, if left for the birds, are spindly sticks topped by seed heads. Leaves have been raked and beds have been mulched. And now the broadleaf evergreens are in their prime.

City of Blaine to pay for migratory bird study

A project to convey wastewater from Semiahmoo to the Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility might end up affecting migratory birds, and the City of Blaine is going to spend more than $20,000 to figure out how.

RED loans offer a financing option for small businesses

Many small businesses in Blaine are facing tough financial times, and the city’s Rural Economic Development (RED) loans offer small businesses a low-cost way to expand.

WSDOT ready for winter snows

Just call her La Niña’s twin sister. Weather experts say heavy snowfall is on the way for the Northwest with another La Niña system moving in.

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 

 

Crawford, Kremen win county council seats, parks levy fails despite majority yes vote

Outgoing Whatcom County executive Pete Kremen appears to have won the Whatcom County Council race against incumbent Tony Larson, as has county council member Sam Crawford against opponent Christina Maginnis.

Data: Blaine supported parks levy more than Birch Bay

Signs advertising the Northwest Park and Recreation District #2 levy can still be seen in some places throughout Blaine and Birch Bay, standing on a yard sign or hanging crookedly from a chain-link fence.

City council approves major changes to landscaping regulations

Potential developers in Blaine have a new set of landscaping regulations to follow after a Blaine City Council vote Monday night.

Custer art glass studio is one of a kind

Artist Jenny Reich started working with stained glass decades ago. Then, some six or seven years back, she switched to a “warm” medium – fused glass. She’s never looked back, and in fact, she’s still looking forward.

Blaine, Birch Bay supported Ericksen, Larson over Louws, Kremen

State Senator Dough Ericksen may have conceded the Whatcom County Executive race to former Lynden mayor Jack Louws, but voting precinct numbers show Ericksen would have won if the election had been limited to Blaine and Birch Bay.

Send in your designs for Let’s Move! Blaine! logos

In September, the Blaine City Council unanimously passed a referendum supporting the national initiative Let’s Move! by declaring Blaine a Let’s Move! city.

Observing wildlife in its natural habitat

All manner of creatures inhabit the forests and fields of northwest Washington, and late fall/early winter is a good time to catch a glimpse of the state’s wildlife.

Cherry Point emergency drill set for Friday

BP will conduct an emergency response drill from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18, at the Cherry Point Refinery.

Habitat for Humanity plans benefit concert in Blaine

The Whatcom County branch of Habitat for Humanity will hold its Love in Action benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the Blaine Performing Arts Center.

Bellingham construction company lauded for BP Cherry Point facility

Dawson Construction was presented with a 2011 Distinguished Project Award by the Northwest Construction Consumer Council (NWCCC) on November 2, in the private projects over $10 million category, for its work on the BP Cherry Point maintenance facility relocation in Blaine.

Sights of Fall

Fall colors and a seabird diving for food off of Semiahmoo last week

Silver Reef announces smoke-free additions

The Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa has added a new space for nonsmoking guests to its gaming area.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for October 31 to November 5

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 

 

Washington state to get out of liquor business; Louws leads for county executive

Washington state voters have made their wishes clear: state government has no business selling liquor.

City wants input on bike lane upgrades

A number of streets in Blaine could be made friendlier to bicyclists, and Blaine public works staff are receptive to public comment on where bike lanes or shared roadways need to be added most.

Blaine distribution setup a model for others

Every client who walks through the door of the Blaine Food Bank is greeted by longtime volunteer Evelyn Bonallo at the sign-in desk, offering a smile and sometimes a treat for families with children. Bonallo is the food bank’s longest-standing volunteer, having worked with the organization since 1972.

A Salute to Veterans

What does Veterans Day mean to you? The Northern Light asked Blaine and Birch Bay residents for their thoughts on the day of remembrance. Here’s what they had to say.

Donations brighten the holidays for those in need

Two generous donations to the Blaine Food Bank will make the weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas extra-special for the food bank’s patrons.

Schools seek community musicians

The Blaine school district’s music department will present two holiday concerts in December to showcase student performers, but there is also some space in the program for community musicians or groups.

Sweets for soliders

Blaine Elementary physical education teacher Dan Persse once again challenged students to beat his weight in Halloween candy, and they topped it again – by half a pound! If they accomplished the goal, Persse promised to dress up as the tooth fairy.


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