Wed, Nov 16, 2011 

 

City council approves major changes to landscaping regulations

Potential developers in Blaine have a new set of landscaping regulations to follow after a Blaine City Council vote Monday night.

Custer art glass studio is one of a kind

Artist Jenny Reich started working with stained glass decades ago. Then, some six or seven years back, she switched to a “warm” medium – fused glass. She’s never looked back, and in fact, she’s still looking forward.

Blaine, Birch Bay supported Ericksen, Larson over Louws, Kremen

State Senator Dough Ericksen may have conceded the Whatcom County Executive race to former Lynden mayor Jack Louws, but voting precinct numbers show Ericksen would have won if the election had been limited to Blaine and Birch Bay.

Send in your designs for Let’s Move! Blaine! logos

In September, the Blaine City Council unanimously passed a referendum supporting the national initiative Let’s Move! by declaring Blaine a Let’s Move! city.

Observing wildlife in its natural habitat

All manner of creatures inhabit the forests and fields of northwest Washington, and late fall/early winter is a good time to catch a glimpse of the state’s wildlife.

Cherry Point emergency drill set for Friday

BP will conduct an emergency response drill from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 18, at the Cherry Point Refinery.

Habitat for Humanity plans benefit concert in Blaine

The Whatcom County branch of Habitat for Humanity will hold its Love in Action benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the Blaine Performing Arts Center.

Bellingham construction company lauded for BP Cherry Point facility

Dawson Construction was presented with a 2011 Distinguished Project Award by the Northwest Construction Consumer Council (NWCCC) on November 2, in the private projects over $10 million category, for its work on the BP Cherry Point maintenance facility relocation in Blaine.

Sights of Fall

Fall colors and a seabird diving for food off of Semiahmoo last week

Silver Reef announces smoke-free additions

The Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa has added a new space for nonsmoking guests to its gaming area.

U.S. Border Patrol Report

The U.S. Border Patrol Report for October 31 to November 5

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 

 

Washington state to get out of liquor business; Louws leads for county executive

Washington state voters have made their wishes clear: state government has no business selling liquor.

City wants input on bike lane upgrades

A number of streets in Blaine could be made friendlier to bicyclists, and Blaine public works staff are receptive to public comment on where bike lanes or shared roadways need to be added most.

Blaine distribution setup a model for others

Every client who walks through the door of the Blaine Food Bank is greeted by longtime volunteer Evelyn Bonallo at the sign-in desk, offering a smile and sometimes a treat for families with children. Bonallo is the food bank’s longest-standing volunteer, having worked with the organization since 1972.

A Salute to Veterans

What does Veterans Day mean to you? The Northern Light asked Blaine and Birch Bay residents for their thoughts on the day of remembrance. Here’s what they had to say.

Donations brighten the holidays for those in need

Two generous donations to the Blaine Food Bank will make the weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas extra-special for the food bank’s patrons.

Schools seek community musicians

The Blaine school district’s music department will present two holiday concerts in December to showcase student performers, but there is also some space in the program for community musicians or groups.

Sweets for soliders

Blaine Elementary physical education teacher Dan Persse once again challenged students to beat his weight in Halloween candy, and they topped it again – by half a pound! If they accomplished the goal, Persse promised to dress up as the tooth fairy.

Preparing to vote

Whatcom County Auditor Shirley Forslof demonstrates how to mark a ballot during a presentation Friday, November 4, at the Good Samaritan Stafholt center in Blaine.

Running for Pumpkins

Blaine Elementary School students held their Annual Pumpkin Run on Wednesday, October 26. A boy and girl from each grade won a pumpkin if they came closest to their predicted mile time.

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 

 

BBWSD may increase water, sewer rates

Declining revenue for the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) will most likely mean water and sewer rate increases, but district officials have yet to determine how much of an increase will be needed.

Snow on Mt. Baker heralds return of winter ride program

Mt. Baker Ski Area’s Winter Ride program is gearing up for the season, and an informational meeting will be held next Wednesday for Blaine students and parents.

BBWSD officials discuss fate of archeological material

Twenty boxes of archeological material sit with a private archeologist hired by the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) as district officials decide what to do with them.

Local programs offer Thanksgiving options

The options for local families in need of a Thanksgiving dinner have dwindled to two.

Former city council member remembered

Former Blaine city council member David White died October 15 after a brief illness. He was 64 years old.

Church presents class on preventing child sexual abuse

Gail Tierney, from Bellingham’s Brigid Collins Family Support Center, will speak at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, at the Free Church Unitarian, 1218 Harrison Avenue in Blaine, about the center’s Stewards of Children/Darkness to Light class.

Blaine planning commission delays zoning change recommendation

Blaine planning staff are recommending zoning changes to the land between D Street and the truck route, and the city’s planning commission is giving the public more time to comment on the issue.


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