Wed, May 23, 2012 

 

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.

Birch Bay gains at least eight voting precincts

A population increase close to 70 percent since the 2000 census means Birch Bay will now have 10 voting precincts. Previously, Birch Bay had precincts 102, 109 and a portion of 103.

Next CBP citizens academy full; future classes being planned

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials are planning subsequent citizens academies after the first one quickly filled up.

Birds in the Surf

Large flocks of western sandpipers have been feeding and resting along the shores of Drayton Harbor. Least sandpiper, dunlin, black-bellied plover, dowitcher and sanderling have also been observed recently.

DOE requests U.S. Army Corps study combined impacts of coal terminal proposals

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the combined effects of several coal terminals proposed for the Washington and Oregon coasts.

$10,000 lottery ticket remains unclaimed in Blaine

After a record-breaking state lottery jackpot was awarded last month, a lower-tier winning ticket still remains unclaimed in Blaine.

Hitting the Waves

The Sinoma, moored in Blaine, motors past the ketch Cutty Sark, left, and the Blaine ferry Plover after the opening day of yachting season on Saturday, May 5.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for April 27 through May 2

Wed, May 2, 2012 

 

Birch Bay shoreline project funds dependent on DOE

Whatcom County officials are seeking funding from a number of sources for major Birch Bay shoreline enhancements, but money from the most promising source will be dependent upon a decision from the state Department of Ecology (DOE).


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