Wed, Feb 29, 2012 

 

BP releases preliminary cause of refinery fire

A crude vacuum unit failure at the BP Cherry Point Refinery caused a petroleum byproduct to catch fire, sending the entire unit up in flames, a spokesman for the refinery has announced.

Blaine city council OKs additional $42K for wastewater project

The city of Blaine will shell out about $42,000 more for work on a project that has encountered a number of delays since late 2011.

Local author shares Potter publisher

For the first five weeks of his life, Gregory Leigh Lyons lived a predictable American lifestyle in Glendale, California. Then his parents took him to Venezuela and his world became one of contrasts, risks and unparalleled adventures.

County sets tentative date for Cherry Point terminal meeting

Whatcom County planning officials have tentatively scheduled a March 20 meeting to explain to the public how the scoping process for an environmental impact statement (EIS) works.

Park district commissioners approve 2012 budget

In the face of a second failed levy attempt, park district commissioners have passed a 2012 budget that sustains existing programs but has little money for grants and construction projects.

Blaine kindergarten registration set for March 15

The 2012/2013 school year is still months away, but Blaine and Birch Bay parents can register their young children for Blaine Primary School kindergarten in two weeks.

School board gets earful at monthly meeting

In a standing-room-only meeting, the Blaine school board was confronted Monday night at its monthly meeting by a crowd of parents and students unhappy about a middle school teacher who had been recently suspended for six weeks.

Funeral service aims to offer complete care, fair prices

When Scott Meaker first started in the funeral business as a college student, he was a bit taken aback at the tactics some funeral homes used to sell services to clients.

Celebrating a milestone

Norma Kruse celebrated her 105th birthday party at the Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt Assisted Living on Thursday, February 16.

Local community members come together to help trapped fawn

Birch Bay residents came to the aid of this fawn February 20 when they noticed it on the beach near the Thousand Trails Golf Course.

Out and About

A taste of everyday life in the local community

Gas prices skyrocket as oil market heaves

From the Strait of Hormuz to the BP refinery at Cherry Point, the oil market is experiencing an upheaval the likes of which haven’t been seen since 2008.

Local, sustainable focus for 2012 home and garden show

More than 200 exhibitors are gearing up for the 33rd annual Whatcom County Home and Garden Show this weekend.

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 

 

Voters give school bond thumbs-up

Updated vote counts from the February 14 special schools election provided good news for the Blaine school district administration.

Investigators scrutinizing BP Cherry Point refinery fire

State investigators have begun looking into the fire that shut down the BP Cherry Point refinery last week, with final conclusions expected in six months.

New Blaine public works director hired

City of Blaine officials have sifted through a total of 29 applicants and appointed a new public works director.

School district to host parent training classes

The Blaine school district is hosting a series of classes designed to help parents of students with special needs in the Blaine and Birch Bay communities.

Border patrol agents seize $218K north of Lynden

Border Patrol agents arrested four individuals last week suspected of illegally crossing the U.S. border north of Lynden and found one to be carrying about $218,000 in U.S. currency.

Local Republican caucuses set for March 3

Members of the Republican party from Blaine and Birch Bay will soon join counterparts across Whatcom County for the Republican caucuses.

Need for local safety net programs increases

The number of individuals using the Birch Bay Food Pantry has increased 71 percent since 2010, according to recently released statistics.

Home and Garden Special Section: Start planning and researching now to create a perfect outdoor living space

Beat the winter blues by taking the first steps to create a summer backyard oasis. By preparing now, you’ll be ready to install – and enjoy – a dream deck once warmer weather arrives.

Home and Garden Special Section: Easy steps to jump-start spring cleaning

Make outdoor spring cleaning a breeze with these four simple tips to ensure that you’re ready for warm weather fun:

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for February 9 through February 14.

Thu, Feb 16, 2012 

 

School district's $3 million bond solidly approved after recent bump in 'yes' votes

Students at Blaine High School will most likely have new science labs to look forward to after the most recent ballot totals showed solid approval for the $3 million capital projects bond.

Latest election numbers still show voters supporting school district bond

Blaine school district’s replacement maintenance and operations levy passed handily in Tuesday’s special election but the $3 million capital improvement bond remains a nail biter.

Wed, Feb 15, 2012 

 

School district bond measure inches toward approval

The Blaine school district's $3 million capital projects bond inched closer toward approval after the latest ballot count numbers were released Wednesday evening.

Voters approve Blaine school levy; super-majority for bond approval still uncertain

Blaine school district’s replacement maintenance and operations levy passed handily in Tuesday’s special election but the $3 million capital improvement bond remains a nail biter.


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