Wed, Feb 8, 2012 

 

Birch Bay low-impact development plan moves on to county council

Whatcom County Council will soon decide the fate of a plan designed to encourage environmentally friendly development in the Birch Bay area, in the face of continuing opposition from local environmental groups.

Local photographer discusses life, photography in Blaine

Local photographer David Riffle has been a consistent provider of wildlife and landscape photography for The Northern Light for these past few years, but has recently left this area to travel Europe with his wife.

Active Seniors Special Section: Volunteers needed at Stafholt center

Blaine’s Good Samaritan Society - Stafholt is looking for volunteers to spend time with residents.

Young at Heart: February 2012

February may be short in days, but it is long in greatness of heart and rich in the many occasions for celebrations.

Two firefighters injured in ambulance accident in south Birch Bay

An accident in south Birch Bay last week sent three people, two of them from Blaine, to the hospital and totaled a North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) ambulance.

U. S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol report for January 23 through January 27

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 

 

City officials narrow down candidates for Blaine public works director

After months of reviewing applications and preliminary interviews, Blaine city staff have narrowed the field of potential public works directors down to four.

City lauded for work against domestic violence

The city of Blaine has been recognized as one of the first cities in Whatcom County to implement language specifically addressing domestic violence into its employee policies.

Troubled Birch Bay properties piquing developers’ interest

Many large-scale properties in the Birch Bay area have been sold at a relative steal after Bellingham-based Trillium Corporation defaulted on numerous land development loans.

BBWSD makes district code accessible online

Pages upon pages of Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) code are now available online on a searchable website similar to Wikipedia.

Still no decision on NWFR administrative offices move

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) commissioners want to take a closer look at renovating fire station 63 before deciding to move the fire district’s main offices.

City officials unveil plan for Blaine community center pavilion

A number of local community groups are banding together to raise funds to build a new pavilion to be attached to the Blaine community center.

Blaine Studio Tour puts out final call for artists

Blaine’s annual Art Studio Tour is still months away, but tour organizers have announced their final call for artists who want to participate in the event.

Ballots mailed out last week

The Whatcom County Auditor has mailed ballots for the February 14 election and they are expected to be in all registered voters’ mail boxes by the end of this week.

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 

 

Program encourages energy-efficient home improvements

Blaine and Birch Bay residents can take part in a countywide energy efficiency program that has helped county residents save hundreds of dollars per year on energy bills.

Arts and Jazz auction set for Saturday

The Blaine Fine Arts Association will be hosting its 15th annual Arts and Jazz auction and dance to raise money for music, art and drama education in the Blaine school district.

Homestead Northwest files for bankruptcy

After encountering deep financial trouble over the past few years, Lynden-based real estate developer Homestead Northwest has declared bankruptcy.

Blaine City Council OKs Martin properties survey contract

The city of Blaine could end up spending more than $70,000 to find out if running a proposed utility corridor through two parcels of private property in east Blaine is the most feasible route.

Blaine man arrested on drug charges

A Blaine resident was arrested in Ferndale last week on suspicion of possessing approximately 27 pounds of cocaine.

BBWSD manager calls for local solution to tribal water rights issue

With two local native tribes seeking a federal determination on possession of local water rights, the general manager of the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) is calling for a solution from within Whatcom County.

Durable, bright and easy to get started: Blaine artist offers classes in feltmaking

A high-tech Bernina sewing machine sits in the corner of fiber artist Donna Hunter’s cozy studio, tucked away in the woods just east of Blaine, next to the log house she built with her husband Graham 28 years ago.

School board reacts to new graduation requirements

Washington state might be getting tighter with its education funding, but that hasn’t stopped state officials from dictating changes at local school districts across the state. The Washington state board of education has approved revised high school graduation requirements effective for the class of 2016.

Opportunity Council extends energy assistance scheduling hours

Due to overwhelming demand for appointments, the Opportunity Council is expanding its energy assistance hotline hours to this Saturday.

City council schedules public hearing for D Street rezone

Blaine city officials will hold another public hearing on a rezone slated for the area just east of the truck route, between 14th and D streets.

WUEM wants damage reports from county residents

If the recent ice and snowstorms caused any property damage in Whatcom County, Whatcom Unified Emergency Management (WUEM) officials want to know about it.

Health and Wellness Special Section: Stretch it out during and after exercising

Stretching, or flexibility exercises, can give you more freedom of movement for everyday activities – bending over to tie your shoes, getting dressed, reaching for items on a shelf or looking over your shoulder as you back up your car.

Essence Salon and Spa opens in Birch Bay

Essence, a new Aveda salon and spa located in the heart of Birch Bay, is opening its doors for business.


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