Fri, Jul 31, 2009 

 

Full sails ahead for Drayton Harbor Days this weekend

Good weather, tall ships, sailboat races and steamboat parades with a calliope playing music that can be heard from Ferndale to Spuzzum (or Tsawwassen). A hilarious amateur raft race through the marina. Games and treasure hunts for the kids. A costume contest and an arts fair.

State cuts funding for Peace Arch park exhibit

Blaine boasts several not-to-be-missed attractions for tourists. Sweeping waterfront views, a historical and quaint downtown, and Peace Arch State Park are on top of the list.

DHS secretary Napolitano tours Blaine border

Following a visit to the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano said she felt confident the border will function smoothly during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. even if construction of the new port of entry facility won’t be completed in time.

Council OKs critical areas ordinance

After a long-standing debate over property rights and environmental protections, Blaine City Council approved a revised version of the critical areas ordinance (CAO) that increases protections for wetlands, as required under the state growth management act (GMA).

Briefs

Northbound I-5 lanes to open Aug. 27 | Dan Newell moves to new position | State enforces rules for CDL holders | Cash for Clunkers offers federal rebate | Marine mammal network needs help

School board OKs $21 million budget

The Blaine school board passed a $21 million budget Monday night that avoids dramatic staff cuts by reducing expenditures in many areas, but unless revenues increase the future may require such cuts to balance the books.

Fab four girls help win cup

Goal keeper Anna Hewitt, defender Elizabeth Berry, mid Nicole Statham and forward Hope Wilkett, four Blaine girls who will play on the varsity soccer team this fall as freshmen, just helped the Whatcom Football Club (WFC) Rangers win a closely fought tournament at Beaverton, Oregon, last week.

Whatcom health officials urge caution in hot weather

Hot weather expected this week with near or record breaking temperatures in Western Washington that include Whatcom County.

10 steps to sound financial planning

Like everyone, you hope for a comfortable retirement. That’s why you should put money away in your 401(k), IRA and any other retirement plan available to you. But once you reach retirement, which financial and investment strategies should you follow to help yourself enjoy the lifestyle you’ve envisioned?

Wed, Jul 22, 2009 

 

Vigilance urged following string of burglaries

Law enforcement agencies are seeking a person of interest in a string of burglaries believed to be responsible for more than $50,000 in losses.

Meeting to determine future of Bay Horizon Park

Those wanting a say in the re-development of Bay Horizon Park in Birch Bay will want to attend a planning meeting next Tuesday hosted by The Lions Camp Horizon Foundation, Friends of Bay Horizon Park and Whatcom County Parks and Recreation District 2 (NWPRD2).

Commission rejects garbage rate hike

Garbage collection rates will stay the same at least through September for Blaine and Birch Bay after the Washington State Utilities and Transportation commission (WUTC) rejected a rate increase requested earlier this month by Sanitary Service Company (SSC), the service provider for most of Blaine and Birch Bay.

News in Brief

Local music artist to play Wood’s Coffee; Junk cars benefit Habitat For Humanity; Blaine woman hired at Langabeer & Tull; CBP officers seize $4 million in cocaine

Bark On The Beach festival goes to the dogs

Even the most hair-ridden dogs can have their moment in the sun this weekend as pet owners vie to see whose pet sheds the most in five minutes.

Semiahmoo marina to host Sail-a-Bration Saturday

A sailboat regatta, kayak races, live music and lots of good food highlight this Saturday’s first-ever Sail-a-Bration at the Semiahmoo marina.

Center for Economic Vitality hires new staff

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Center for Economic Vitality (CEV) has added Nicole Hagerman to its staff of research analysts and has promoted Jennifer Hill and Jenny Kern to senior research analysts.

Border policy institute to study border truck usage

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is conducting research this summer on the truck usage of the FAST lanes at Whatcom County’s border crossings to find why the percentage of trucks using these lanes is dramatically lower here than at border crossings at Detroit, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y.

Prestigious George Raft race highlight of Plover Days

This year’s eighth annual prestigious George Raft race, a paddling competition using rafts made from anything that floats, will be held this year on Saturday of the Plover Days weekend, August 1 and 2.

Blaine couple to serve two-year mission in Russia

A 10-year dream will come to fruition for a local couple next month.

Hostels: Not just for youth anymore

Elderhostel is one of the most popular programs available for retired people. Appealing especially for those interested in life-long learning opportunities, their programs combine educational excellence, comfortable accommodations, good food and travel opportunities with other people of the same age.

For a day trip, try the edible Skagit Valley

Retirement, for many, is the opportunity to get out and explore and the nearby Skagit Valley offers a fresh look at the local food movement right next door.

Wed, Jul 15, 2009 

 

The Market to host BBQ cookoff

Blaine and Birch Bay residents can get a taste of smoky ribs or spicy pulled pork this weekend as The Market at Birch Bay Square hosts its first BBQ On The Border barbecue tasting and cookoff.

News in Brief

Semiahmoo Biodiversity Walk • Rental assistance available for recently unemployed households • Authorities recover body from boat on Boundary Bay • Annual Blaine Icelandic Picnic

Discovery Days parade and festival this weekend

Visitors and residents looking for something to do this weekend will want to check out the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Discovery Days Arts, Crafts & Family Fun Festival this weekend.

CBP lightens restrictions for NEXUS cards

Those who have tried to get a NEXUS card for faster cross-border travel but have been denied or had it taken away may want to re-apply.

City council postpones CAO vote

Despite mounting public pressure to make a final decision on the city’s critical areas ordinance, Blaine City Council voted unanimously Monday to postpone a decision until their next meeting July 27.

Skywater Tennis Tournament Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club, June, 2009


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