Wed, Mar 14, 2012 

 

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.

Historic Plover ferry complies with new Coast Guard regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard has had to alter its passenger weight regulations due to the increasing waistline of the average American.

Blaine High School chess team competes in state tournament

The Blaine High School chess team qualified for and competed in the state high school team championship tournament held in Issaquah on February 17-18.

Romney wins state straw poll; Santorum carries county

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has prevailed in the Washington state Republican straw poll, but the former Massachusetts governor came in third in Whatcom County results.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

Lauryn King, a student in Terre Shapiro’s first-grade class at Blaine Primary School, wore her crazy hat and tested green eggs and ham Friday, March 2, while celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

City a few signatures away from owning Banner Bank building

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic has but to sign a collection of documents and the Banner Bank building will be the property of the city of Blaine.

Young at Heart: Upcoming events and celebrations

The Blaine Senior Activity Center is celebrating some very special March events. Don’t miss out on the many opportunities for fellowship, food and fun. Join the crowd for lunch, served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tax time is the perfect time to plan for retirement

Every year, tax time serves as a reminder of financial progress. Before the big April deadline rolls around, most of us spend time gathering documents, reviewing accounts and meeting with financial advisers. All of this effort is centered around getting a firm grasp on what you earn, save and invest.

Local law enforcement plans crackdown on DUIs

Local law enforcement agencies will be taking part in increased patrols to ferret out drunk drivers starting March 8 and ending just after St. Patrick’s Day.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for February 16 to February 26

Wed, Feb 29, 2012 

 

Speed limit on Drayton Harbor Road will not increase

Residents living along the stretch of Drayton Harbor Road just west of Harborview have spoken – 25 mph is fast enough.


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