Wed, Jan 4, 2012 

 

Blaine schools stay on track in 2011

The 2011 calendar year has been a very exciting and productive one for the students and staff of the Blaine school district.

City sees hardship and success in 2011

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. That’s how best to describe this past year in Blaine city government. Like many of our citizens, the city struggled financially.

2011 brought consolidation for NWFR

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) responded to 2,459 calls through November 2011. Almost 77 percent of those calls were for emergency medical assistance; 5.5 percent of the calls were for fires. The remaining 17.5 percent of calls were for false alarms, public assists and hazardous conditions.

Pacific Arts brought the jazz

Last year was highlighted by the Tenth Annual Jazz Camp and Festival. In every way it exceeded expectations. The reviews by students, faculty, and audience members were more enthusiastic than ever before.

The Best of the 2011 Blaine Police Reports: Part 1

A mishandled Volkswagen convertible and a number of local residents intoxicated to varying degrees were just some of the most memorable subjects of the 2011 Blaine Police Reports

Health and Wellness Special Section: Three ways to a sustainably healthy New Year

New Year’s Day has spurred many of us to resolve to follow healthier lifestyles in 2012, but how many will carry through with their pledges? The journey to better health is not as daunting as it may seem. Slight adjustments to your eating, sleeping and exercise habits can have a dramatic impact on your overall health. Focus on these three aspects, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you.

New county auditor explains election, ballot procedures

We just completed the general election and witnessed four very close races that drew out the final decision longer than we normally see. Many have wondered why the ballots can’t be counted more quickly than they are.

Blaine Drama Club presents ice-aged musical fantasy

The 40-member Blaine High School Drama Club has scheduled four performances of the musical fantasy, “Umik!”

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 

 

Quick work by police results in a happier holiday

One family has the Blaine police and the Border Patrol to thank this holiday season.

Polar Bear Plunge set for January 1

Join hundreds of other local residents on New Year’s Day for a refreshing dip in Birch Bay during the annual Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Polar Bear Plunge, co-sponsored by Birch Bay Waterslides.

North Whatcom fire chief to retire

On January 1, 2012, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue fire chief Tom Fields will end a 36-year career in fire service that’s taken him from Seattle to Camano Island and finally to Whatcom County.

Light up New Year’s Eve at Ring of Fire and Hope

Birch Bay will be ringed with fire on New Year’s Eve as local residents light their way into the new year during the annual Ring of Fire and Hope, sponsored by the Birch Bay Waterslides.

Lane shift for NEXUS users at truck crossing

All NEXUS users heading northbound into Canada via the truck crossing will be relocated to a new lane on the west side of the port of entry effective Friday, December 23 at 7 a.m.

Deputy county administrator retires

After serving for 12 years under outgoing Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen, deputy county administrator Dewey Desler has announced his retirement.

Birch Bay man arrested after allegedly threatening to blow up train

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Birch Bay man after he allegedly called 911 saying he was going to blow up a train that had delayed his drive home.

Crystal Tricycle celebrates 45 years

It’s 1966, and the British rock ‘n roll invasion is in full swing. While Simon and Garfunkle are listening to the Sounds of Silence and the Mamas and the Papas are dreaming about California, a lot more people are listening to the likes of Englishmen Eric Clapton and John Mayall, and to British bands like Cream and, of course, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

U.S./Canada border agreement could improve Amtrak inspection times

Inspections of southbound Amtrak trains on the tracks in Blaine could soon be a thing of the past now that a cross-border security screening agreement has been finalized.

Blaine City Council OKs 2012 BTAC-recommended projects

Funding for eight Blaine tourism-related projects or programs for 2012 has been approved, but five will get less than they had requested.

Christmas shopping rush equals border crush

The strength of the Canadian dollar and bargains south of the border have brought thousands of shoppers to the U.S. and consequently have created lengthy border lineups such as the one here on Monday night.

H Street revitalization designs almost done

Construction crews could start improving the sidewalks along the downtown portion of H Street as soon as next July if the remaining design and bidding process goes according to plan.

High school tech group plans cancer fundraiser

Blaine High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) today announced plans for its seventh annual American Cancer Society fundraiser the week of January 3 to January 6, 2012.

New technology helps city council member

Something remarkable happened at Clark Cotner’s first Blaine City Council meeting as a council member.

NWFR commissioners OK 2012 budget

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is expected to receive approximately $5.3 million in property taxes for 2012, a decrease of about $300,000 from last year.

Thu, Dec 15, 2011 

 

Celebrating the Season

Blaine's Polka Pirates band, also known as the Marketeers, will perform at noon on Tuesday, December 20 at the Blaine Senior Center and at 1:45 p.m. at Good Samaritan-Stafholt.

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 

 

City council tables vote on Martin property condemnation

After initially approving condemnation proceedings on property in east Blaine in October, Blaine City Council has decided to take more time to study the issue after being required to authorize condemnation a second time.

RE Sources sues SSA Marine for Clean Water Act violations

A Bellingham-based environmental group that has been one of the most vocal opponents of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal has filed suit against the company seeking to build the project.

Domestic violence rates higher in Blaine than county

Over the past six years, domestic violence criminal offenses have been more common in Blaine than in Whatcom County or across the state, according to a recent report.


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