Tue, Jul 26, 2011 


County planning commission will consider land rezone near Drayton Harbor

At its Thursday, July 28, meeting, the Whatcom County Planning Commission will consider whether to recommend a request to rezone about 472 acres south of Drayton Harbor to the county council. County council member Sam Crawford put in the request to change the land's current zoning, which allows one dwelling unit per 10 acres (R10) to zoning that would allow one unit per five acres (R5). The land was originally zoned for four units per acre (UR4) but was downzoned in November 2009 when it was removed from Blaine's urban growth area (UGA).

Mon, Jul 25, 2011 


Blaine school board to re-examine capital projects bond

In addition to a presentation of next school year's budget, tonight's (July 25) Blaine school board meeting will include a discussion of a possible reduced bond initiative to take care of some of the district's most vital construction needs. As I'm sure most of your remember, the district's $32 million bond failed to pass by 0.8 percent in April, delaying improvements to most of Blaine High School's buildings.

Blaine school district to unveil budget tonight

Part of tonight's (July 25) Blaine school board meeting will include a presentation by business manager Amber Porter on the district's proposed 2011/2012 budget. The school board will also hold a public hearing at which you can express your opinion on the budget and have any questions you might have answered. The school board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Blaine school district offices, just across Mitchell Avenue from Blaine High School.

Sun, Jul 24, 2011 


New Birch Bay deputy will take over for Langley July 31

Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo has announced Zac Reimer will take over as Birch Bay's neighborhood deputy after Cliff Langely retires at the end of July. Langley went on an extended leave of absence in the beginning of June, citing undisclosed health issues.

Fri, Jul 22, 2011 


NWFR commissioners discuss overtime pay, EMS planning

The North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) Board of Fire Commissioners monthly meeting was last night (July 21), at the Blaine fire station on Odell Road. The commissioners' meeting is the third Thursday of every month. Last night's meeting covered a range of topics, so forgive the long and somewhat disjointed nature of this post. I predict at least one full story for next week's issue will find its way out the notes I took on this meeting.

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