Thu, Apr 9, 2009 

 

Young At Heart-

Our Blaine Senior Center community welcomes spring, with its planting flowers, and gardens, bright green lawns which are great for bocce ball, trips, and other outdoor activities, and that lovely warm sunshine which is good for the most of us.

Mahogany whale tail one of several new exhibits at Peace Arch Park

Last week, the Charlottesville, Va., resident chose to endure the 3,000 mile trek from Charlottesville, Va. to Blaine in cramped quarters, with a 17-foot-long wooden whale tail in tow and his wife and two children packed in the family minivan.

Thu, Apr 2, 2009 

 

County relaxes shoreline development rules

After hearing from several waterfront property owners in a packed hearing last fall that shoreline development regulations were too restrictive, the Whatcom County Council unanimously adopted changes to the Shoreline Management Program last week that relax some, but not all, of the regulations.

Legislation would delay ID requirements until 2010

As the deadline for tighter border ID requirements nears, some lawmakers say they are worried U.S. ports of entry won't be able to keep pace with an increase in traffic, especially during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Airport deal sinks under economy

Plans to redevelop the former Blaine airport fell victim to the global economic slowdown on Tuesday, March 31 after the developers informed Blaine city officials they were letting their purchase agreement lapse. In doing so, Dr. Patrick Rooney and Tom Hayes forfeited $125,000 in deposit money they had given the city to seal the purchase agreement.

Wings Over Water festival to host stellar line-up

Three outstanding speakers and a return appearance by the popular “Hunters of the Sky” program from Sardis Raptor Center as well as a host of activities geared for kids highlight this year’s Wings Over Water festival on April 18.

Slugs are gross, pesky part of Northwest gardening

A story I tell that always gets a groan is about when I was a camp counselor on Lopez Island and was putting on my shoes for the weekly dance. The shoes sat under my bed for six days, and on the seventh I slid one on and felt something soft and moist with my toes.

Volunteers needed for math championship event

Volunteers needed for math championship event

Northwest Parks and Recreation to help fund sailing school

It’s full sails ahead for a new salt water recreation program at Drayton Harbor. Northwest Parks and Recreation District 2 and Drayton Harbor Maritime are co-sponsoring a community sailing school to begin in early June.

NW Projections film festival April 17 through 19

NW Projections, an annual juried festival showcasing the work of Washington State filmmakers, returns to downtown Bellingham on April 17 through 19. Festival-goers can get a taste of homegrown cinematic talent and vote on their favorites for the Audience Choice Award, which will be presented at a Sunday night awards ceremony along with the coveted Golden Hamster “Best of Fest” trophy.

County provides emergency training

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office division of emergency management, the Whatcom County citizen corps council, and the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) are collaborating to offer community emergency response team (CERT) training to those interested in becoming better prepared if and when a major disaster occurs. The next nine-week class will held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning on April 14.

Thu, Mar 26, 2009 

 

Council, DHM at odds over Plover ferry rates

The decision on whether to charge mandatory fares for Blaine’s Plover ferry is in question, as is the funding that pays for the popular tourist attraction.

City council grants $5,000 to rebuild skate park

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Blaine earns distinction for PE class

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recently selected Blaine elementary school as a recipient of their STARS program that recognizes a school’s total physical education offerings.

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Rustic buildings, beautiful landscapes at Selene Homestead

Rolling hills, picturesque wetlands and rustic buildings frame Whatcom County’s newest outdoor wedding venue.

Bioplex Nutrition opens new plant in Blaine

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Scott Ellis hired as high school principal

After reviewing six candidates in an hour-long executive session Monday night, the Blaine school board hired acting principal Scott Ellis to replace Dan Newell as principal at Blaine high school Monday night. The appointment is effective immediately.

Birch Bay works to clean up litter

Despite the loss of county funding and support, community members felt Birch Bay was still in need of a little TLC – Trash and Litter Crew, that is.

Blaine student gets political experience

Sophia Sennett, a sophomore at Blaine high school, spent a week in Olympia working as a page for the Washington State Senate.

ACE Hardware plans grand opening for Blaine store

Blaine and Birch Bay residents now have more shopping choices when it comes to hardware, houseware, garden and do-it-yourself home improvement items.

Outdoor living areas add to space, quality of life

House too small? With modern outdoor furniture and appliances you can spend a lot more time outdoors than you may think, all year, rain or shine. Picture yourself sitting on an Adirondack chair next to a gas fired barbecue or perhaps inside a screened room avoiding bugs.

Little Red Caboose has new owners, southern flair

Blaine’s historic Little Red Caboose has new owners and a new menu. Indica Mitchell, her husband, Damien, and their sons Dedrick, 7, Damek, 10, and Dajayln, 12, have re-opened the Little Red Caboose on Peace Portal Drive, offering breakfast items, espresso, soups, salads and sandwiches.

WCC offers short-term job training

Whatcom Community College’s Community Education program is offering non-credit, short-term classes in core skills necessary to finding a job in a down economy.

Looming school cuts outlined at community forum

Cautioning that the final picture won’t be clear until the Washington state legislature actually passes a budget, Blaine superintendent of schools Ron Spanjer gave more shape to impending school cuts at a community forum last week at the performing arts center.

Thu, Mar 19, 2009 

 

Council approves trail improvement plan 5-0

Blaine residents can anticipate improvements to trails, bikeways, and open spaces such as parks and shoreline access areas throughout the community after the city approved a comprehensive plan amendment last week.

Border construction won’t slow Olympic travelers

Following published reports in Seattle media regarding construction delays at the Peace Arch border crossing, the federal agency in charge of construction says it plans to keep the community better informed if any more bumps in the road arise.


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