Wed, May 23, 2012 

 

Birch Bay Waterslides reopens for season

With new owners fully on board, Birch Bay Waterslides manager Iain Buchanan said he’s ready to focus on helping to promote the Birch Bay community through the water park.

Blaine train depot makes state endangered properties list

A Washington historical preservation organization has chosen the Blaine train depot as one of their most endangered historical properties for 2012.

NEXUS expansion, extended hours coming to northern border crossings

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have announced two NEXUS-related improvements for the Pacific Highway and Sumas border crossings.

Start-up launches local rental website for Whatcom County

One visit to Evergreen List (evergreenlist.com) provides access to recreational equipment, household items, construction tools and more, all available within Whatcom County. The website launched on Earth Day, April 22, and offers local person-to-person rentals.

County council clarifies commenting rules on Cherry Point terminal

Members of the public with opinions on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal should avoid commenting at Whatcom County Council meeting open sessions, the council’s attorney has advised.

Active Seniors Special Section: Senior center honored with food safety award

The Blaine Senior Center kitchen is one of 36 food-serving establishments countywide to receive the Whatcom County health department’s Silver Platter Award.

Active Seniors Special Section: Ten steps to conquering heart disease

You may already know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, and that factors like obesity increase the risk of developing it. But of all the shocking things you know – or believe you know – about heart disease, here’s the statistic that you might find the most eye-opening: 80 percent of all heart disease is preventable.

Get on your bike and ride

The Blaine school district hosted a Celebration Station during Bike to Work and School Day last week

Multi-car pileup on I-5 results in no serious injuries

No one was seriously injured in a three-car accident on I-5 just south of Birch Bay-Lynden Road last week.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for May 3 through May 14

Wed, May 16, 2012 

 

Marin condominiums edge toward sale

Five years after all work stopped on the unfinished Marin condominiums, a potential buyer may be less than two weeks away from owning the multimillion dollar project.

Ocean Bay restaurant opens with new owners

After years in the Seattle area as part of families in the restaurant business, Kevin He and April Ma wanted to slow things down a bit.

State OKs funding for Birch Bay shoreline work

The State Department of Ecology (DOE) has given its blessing to shoreline improvements for Birch Bay, making Whatcom County eligible for $7 million in state funding.

City completes majority of tree removal in Lincoln Park

After two weeks of work slowed by a wetter-than-average May, the city of Blaine has completed the lion’s share of tree removal at both the north and south sides of Lincoln Park.

Taking a stand against coal

Members of British Columbians for Climate Action (BCCA), a B.C.-based anti-coal group, protested the use of coal as an energy source by blocking coal trains from passing White Rock, B.C., on Saturday, May 5.

Birch Bay beaches closed to shellfish harvesting

The Washington State Department of Health has announced all beaches north of Sandy Point, including Birch Bay, are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting.

PSE raises residential electric rates statewide

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers will see an increase in their energy bills next month after the Washington state utilities commission approved a rate increase effective May 14.

State audit finds minor issue with BSD’s absent student procedures

A state audit of the Blaine school district has found that school staff mistakenly reported 628 excused absences at the Blaine elementary and primary schools during the 2010/2011 school year.

Active Seniors Special Section: 9 ways for seniors to avoid scams

Identity theft among Americans 50 and older is rising, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. In 2010, more than 3.5 million households headed by people 50 and older experienced identity theft, according to bureau figures.

Active Senior Special Section: Young at Heart: May happenings abound

At the Blaine Senior Center, we’re enjoying every minute of May. It is special, each day is special, so remember to celebrate each and every day in May. We started the month with a tremendous rummage sale that was enjoyed by crowds of people.

Active Seniors Special Section: Exercise for healthy aging

Sixty-year-old Ester Kurz does a lot of things, but taking prescribed medicine isn’t one of them. While most people her age take a pill for one thing or another, Kurz self-prescribes exercise for healthy aging.

County sends Bay Road culvert replacement project out for bid

Whatcom County Public Works officials are seeking bids for a project slated to improve a fish passage running underneath a road in Birch Bay.

Wed, May 9, 2012 

 

Governor makes emergency funds available to combat pertussis epidemic

Governor Chris Gregoire has released state emergency funds meant to prevent more cases of pertussis, also called whooping cough, in Washington state.

Canadian man facing 14th deportation

A Canadian citizen with 13 deportations to his name has once again been charged with illegally re-entering the U.S. after being apprehended in Blaine last month.

Seismic research reveals active faults in Birch Bay area

Recently released geologic research into the Birch Bay area has uncovered previously unknown seismic faults, but the geologists behind the study say the findings are not cause for alarm.

Birch Bay man sentenced after pleading guilty to child rape

A 26-year-old man will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a child at his home in Birch Bay.

Overstreet announces bid for re-election as state representative

Blaine resident Jason Overstreet has announced his re-election bid for the 42nd legislative district representative seat he currently holds.


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