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s Blaine’s Colton Economy, r., wrestles Alec Acfalle from Olympic High School in the second match of the Class 2A regional tournament last weekend at Blaine High School. Economy, r., took first place in the 132 lb. weight class and was one of three Blaine wrestlers to win Photo by Jasmine Frisch their class. Read more on page 7.

Protesters bring “No Ban, No Wall” message to Peace Arch Park B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Canadian demonstrators converged at Peace Arch Park last weekend in response to President Donald Trump’s recent crackdown on immigration. The protest, titled “No Ban, No Wall – Vancouver” on a Facebook event page, featured a lineup of speakers and performers and drew a crowd of about 150 people to Peace Arch Park on February 12. Organizers based in Canada began planning the protest two weeks ago in

response to an executive order signed by Trump in late January. The order called for a ban on all refugee admission into the U.S. for 120 days, an indefinite ban on admission of Syrian refugees and the prohibition of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries – including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the US for 90 days. Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a decision by a federal judge in Seattle to halt enforcement nationwide and is now tasked with

Sales tax measure set for inclusion on April ballot Will Blaine be the next city in Washington to fund transportation projects for streets, sidewalks and trails with a sales tax? That’s up to voters to decide. During a special meeting on February 13, Blaine City Council voted to place a sales tax measure on the April 2017 special election ballot. If approved by a simple majority of voters, the city would see a .2 percent hike in the sales tax to generate an estimated $200,000 for transportation projects over the next 10 years. The funding employs a Transportation Benefit District (TBD), which the council

voted to form on January 23. The district can generate funding through a number of means, such as a sales tax or vehicle licensing fee. Neighboring Bellingham, Lynden and Ferndale already leverage funding through a TBD using a sales tax. Staff with the city of Blaine recommended raising the funds through a sales tax because it doesn’t solely place the burden on Blaine residents. An estimated 50 percent of sales tax funds generated in the city come directly from tourists, while another 35 percent is received from mail order retail sales, said public works director

Ravyn Whitewolf back in December. In 1996, Blaine voters approved a 10-year property tax levy for street maintenance and improvement. Shortly after it expired, the city issued a $6.8 million 10-year bond that will be paid off in December 2017. If voters approve to hike the sales tax from 8.5 percent to 8.7 in April, the funding would be used to obtain additional grant funding, Whitewolf said. The cost to the city to place a measure on the special election ballot is an estimated $25,000. According to a staff report, the city allocated $20,000 in the 2017 budget.

considering if a larger panel of judges should review requests to allow the ban. On February 13, U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled the lawsuit lodged by Washington and Minnesota would proceed, according to reports from The Associated Press. Nineteen-year-old Golsa Golestaneh led in organizing the “No Ban, No Wall – Vancouver” protest. The event was originally slated to take place on February 5, but was rescheduled due to weather. (See Protest, page 15)


Sundance Yachts is one step closer to building a $9 million boat storage facility on Marine Drive after Blaine City Council voted to amend the Wharf District Master Plan (WDMP). The city of Blaine and the Port of Bellingham adopted the plan in 2007. The council cast the vote during its February 13 regular meeting following a lengthy public hearing and discussion with city staff. The amendment deals with height and use limitations in an area called Mariner Village in the WDMP. The amendment’s genesis dates back to June 2016, when the Port of Bellingham approached the city to request changes to the plan to accommodate one of the Port’s tenants. The matter was referred to the Blaine Planning Commission for consideration. The proposal generated some feedback from the public in December when it was presented to the Blaine Planning Commission. Opponents were unhappy with what they saw as a downgrade from the original vision contained in the WDMP. The WDMP governs the zoning in the harbor area allowing a mix of commercial, marine, industrial and recreational uses. Originally, Mariner Village – located between the Blaine Harbor Office and the railroad tracks – was zoned for mixed-use commercial, retail and service use on the ground level with office, residential and lodging above. Marine-related activities were not allowable uses in this area. The Port of Bellingham asked for the WDMP to be changed to allow marine-related use in Mariner Village and increase building height limits from 45 to 55 feet in one sub-area and 35 to 45 feet in another, both east of Milhollin Drive. After deliberation, the planning commission voted to allow non-industrial marine-related use east of Milhollin Drive and increase allowable heights in part of the village. On February 13, city council opted

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s The Blaine Chamber of Commerce was honored with a Blaine Builder Award on February 13. Mayor Harry Robinson presented the award to the chamber board, which now boasts a membership of more than 100 area business professionals. The organization has served Blaine for more than 125 years. Photo by Debbie Harger


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The Editor: I am a full-time resident of the Semiahmoo community in Blaine, Washington. Like most cities, Blaine struggles to fund all the services local residents want. Transportation projects have been particularly difficult since state and federal funding has dried up. That’s why I was pleased to see the Blaine City Council form a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) and plan to ask voters to fund it with a modest sales tax increase of .2 percent. Semiahmoo has walking paths and trails that Blaine maintains, which would benefit from a TBD. A sales tax is a fair way to collect revenue for streets and trails because it includes everyone who uses these services – not just taxing local property owners. This would raise $200,000 a year for street maintenance and improvements as well as provide matching funds for competitive grant applications. This winter has been a great example of why road maintenance is so important. A TBD funded by a small sales tax increase will ensure our streets will be safe in good weather or bad. Ted Metz Blaine The Editor: “You’re Fired” – These are the words

that state senator Doug Ericksen needs to hear now that he has accepted a full-time job working in Washington, D.C. as part of Trump’s newest reality TV show. Since starting his new gig with the Trump transition team, Ericksen has missed 75 percent of the meetings and hearings in the state senate, but has cashed 100 percent of his paychecks, funded by state taxpayers to the tune of more than $45,000 per year. Senator Ericksen chairs the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee but is not present to run the meetings. On Tuesday, January 24, the senate held a hearing for a bill sponsored by Ericksen (and no one else), but Ericksen missed the meeting because he was in the other Washington. Fifty-one people spoke in opposition to the bill, exceeding the capacity of the room – too bad Ericksen wasn’t there to hear the people of his district speak. How long can we allow this to go on? The ethical thing for Ericksen to do is to resign his state senate seat now. But ethics don’t appear to be high on his radar. Instead of resigning, Ericksen is doubling down on his double duty, and has said that he does not intend to resign his state senate seat, but will rack up frequent flier miles going back and forth between the two Washingtons. Based on his poor attendance record in state government ac-

tivities, it doesn’t appear he is racking up too many miles yet. At his current pace, he won’t even have enough frequent flier miles to fly from Seattle to Spokane when all of this is over. So, in the words of a famous so-called celebrity, the people of Washington state and the 42nd district say to Mr. Ericksen, “You’re Fired!” With gratitude and hope for keeping our elected (and paid) representatives accountable. Suzanne Munson Bellingham The Editor: I would like to remind county residents, especially those in the 42nd legislative district, that in addition to paying the absentee senator Ericksen’s salary, taxpayers are still on the hook for the security expenses for the Lynden Trump rally that senator Ericksen facilitated. That tab is estimated to be around $130,000, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department. Dig deep, people; senator Ericksen is an expensive public servant. Mike Sennett Bellingham Please send letters to no later than noon on Monday.

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Washington’s basic driver’s license fails federal REAL ID requirements B y T i m G r u v e r , WN PA O ly m p i a N e ws B u r e a u Your driver’s license might not fly with airport security in less than a year if the state continues to fail to meet federal identification and travel laws. Enacted by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum-security standards for Homeland Security to apply when examining state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards to prevent their use by terrorists. The law requires travelers to provide proof of legal residency with documents such as a passport or enhanced driver’s license. Non-compliant states without deadline extensions have until January 22, 2018 to meet national standards. Washington, which was granted its final extension in 2015, is one of two dozen states yet to comply with the REAL ID Act. HB 1041, sponsored by Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island) and SB 5008 sponsored by senator Curtis King (R-Yakima) would satisfy the 41 requirements included in the federal REAL ID Act. The bills are based on a measure developed by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) in cooperation with Governor Jay Inslee. Conforming to the act will cost travelers. It costs $54 to renew a basic driver’s license for six years, and $108 for an enhanced driver’s license. SB 5008 would lower the enhanced license cost to $90 for the next four years. DOL policy and legislative director Tony Sermonti said the department intends to keep enhanced driver’s licenses affordable. “This bill does not remove the ability for people to obtain an enhanced driver’s license. We want to help avoid real disruptions for the traveling public,” he said.

While the state would continue to issue basic driver’s licenses, the federal government no longer would recognize it for boarding a plane or entering federal facilities such as military bases. King believes that the state’s compliance with the act should move forward as soon as possible. “It’s ridiculous that we’re here in 2017, when the REAL ID Act passed in 2005,” King said. “We need to get this done this year.” A lack of clarity from the federal government on enforcement, deadlines and cost of implementing the act were among the factors complicating the state’s compliance. Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation and Camp Murray army base still accept basic driver’s licenses. Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island do not accept basic driver’s licenses for entry. Immigration advocacy groups are concerned that compliance with the REAL ID Act could draw disproportionate attention to undocumented immigrants, who are more likely to hold basic driver’s licenses and be identified as non-residents. While the REAL ID Act sets national standards for personal identification, the act does not store driver’s license information in any national database. Undocumented drivers applying for basic licenses in the near future could be at risk for discrimination should their non-residency status prompt questions by law enforcement. Concerns stem from President Trump’s campaign pledges last year to crack down on immigration and his promises to involve local authorities in immigration enforcement. For One America Advocacy Director Toby Guevin, compliance with the REAL ID Act may not just

be a matter of inconvenience, it could undermine Americans’ civil liberties, especially for people of color whom authorities may perceive as foreign. “A marked driver’s license will expose immigrants, refugees and communities of color to discrimination and racial profiling, while complying with a de facto national identification card could undermine the privacy of all Washington residents,” Guevin said. Guevin said the state should instead retain its existing licensing system and comply with the REAL ID Act. While undocumented immigrants could still obtain basic driver’s licenses, they would no longer be able to fly or enter federal facilities such as military bases. “The state should continue with its existing system of licensing, which has worked well, and launch a robust public awareness campaign to familiarize all residents with the new federal requirements and encourage eligible residents to obtain a REAL ID-compliant U.S. passport or enhanced driver’s license,” Guevin said. Public testimony on HB 1041 was heard in the Transportation Committee January 19; it has not advanced further. SB 5008 awaits Senate floor consideration having been placed on second reading by the Rules Committee. It passed the Senate Committee on Transportation January 24 with a 12-2 bi-partisan vote. In opposing SB 5008, Sen. Rebecca Saldana (D-Seattle), said, “We already have other options for compliance, including enhanced drivers’ licenses. Marking standard licenses so citizenship is unclear leads to a number of issues, including the possibility people will simply drive without licenses or without insurance.” Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Se-

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or not the charges warrant a recall. Advocates for the action will have six months to pull to-

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The City of Blaine Water Division started flushing the City's water distribution system. This is accomplished by opening hydrants along the system (starting at the well fields) to move fresh water throughout the distribution system. The purpose of flushing the system is to remove any grit and debris in order to improve water quality through the distribution system. During the city flushing program city water customers may experience a temporary low water pressure and/or cloudiness when flushing is going on. The cloudiness condition (caused by air) should be only temporary, and can be cleared by running a cold water tap for a few minutes to clean and flush your service line. If the condition continues for an extended period of time please contact the Blaine Public Works. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, feel free to call Public Works at 332-8820. Leroy Dougall, Blaine Public Works.

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The Northern Light • February 16-22, 2017

Sports Basketball season comes to a close By Oliver Lazenby Blaine boys’ varsity basketball team lost to Archbishop Murphy 74–60 in the first round of the 2A Northwest District Tournament on February 10. The loss ends the Borderites

season with a 5–14 overall record. The girls’ varsity basketball team ended its season with a 46– 44 loss to Bellingham at home on February 10. The girls were just short of the playoffs with a 4–15 record overall.

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days during currently scheduled teacher workdays. The district would have to negotiate that particular option with the teacher’s union. “When we make the days up is still to be determined,” said Tina Padilla, district assistant to the superintendent. “There’s a whole bunch of other options.” It will take some time to sort the issue out. Before the OSPI can decide on a waiver application, the school’s board of directors must first review and then approve an application. That won’t happen before February 27, the board’s next meeting. The district is committed to

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Kindergarten registration day is March 9 By Oliver Lazenby Blaine Primary School is holding a kindergarten registration day on Thursday, March 9 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Blaine

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Blaine comes out on top at wrestling regional, 8 going to state By Oliver Lazenby Blaine earned the highest team score at the 2A regionals last weekend in Blaine, and will send eight wrestlers and three alternates to the state championship this weekend in Tacoma. Blaine scored 173 points, the best out of 17 teams from the Northwest, King County, and Olympic conferences. Olympic High School in Bremerton placed

second with 166.5 points, and Sedro-Woolley came in third with 124. In all, 13 Blaine wrestlers placed in the tournament, and the Borderites were a few close matches away from sending even more wrestlers to state, head coach Colt Warren said. “All the real close ones didn’t go our way,” he said. “We were close to taking 10 or 11 guys, but eight is pretty solid. We definitely

have good numbers.” Colton Economy (132 pounds), Riley Fritsch (170), and Saul Magallon (220) all took first in their weight classes. Economy beat Liberty’s Jacob Holm with a 15–9 decision. Fritsch beat Austin Budd of Sequim with a 9–0 major decision, and Magallon won by injury default to Michael Haynes of Sedro-Woolley, who he beat the weekend before in districts.

Blaine’s other state qualifiers are: Matt Macauley, who placed second at 145; Aidan Button, third at 145; Porter Schmidt, third at 220; Derreck Camba, fourth at 138; and Julian Gonzalez, 4th at 182. “Julian Gonzalez, it’s his first year wrestling and he made it to state. That’s unprecedented at that weight,” Warren said. “Matt Macauley took second and he’s been out for a month and a half.

That’s huge.” Alex Hall (113), Eric Davis (152), Jacob Westfall (160), Kevin Nolasco (170) and Tristan Alanis (195) also placed in the tournament. Hall, Westfall and Alanis will travel to the state match as alternates. The state wrestling championship, the Mat Classic, is this Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at the Tacoma Dome.

s Blaine’s Derrick Camba (right) wrestling Ben Basden of Port Angeles. Camba placed 4th in his weight class. Photos by Jasmine Frisch

s Borderites wrestlers relaxing at regionals. Top row, from left: Porter Schmidt, Matt Macauley, Riley Fritsch. Bottom row: Saul Magallon, Chase DuBois, Colton Economy.

s Porter Schmidt wrestling Bailey White of Port Angeles in the third-place match. Schmidt won in an 11–5 decision.

Cherry Point terminal applicant withdraws By Oliver Lazenby Pacific International Terminals, the applicant for the proposed Gateway Pacific coal export terminal at Cherry Point, withdrew its application last week for what would have been the country’s largest coal export terminal. Last May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ruled that the project would impact the Lummi Nation’s treaty-protected fishing rights, and denied a needed permit. Now, with its application withdrawn, Pacific International Terminals is no longer pursuing a project of that scale. In a letter to Whatcom County officials, the company said it is considering alternatives including challenges to the corps decision or modifying the pro-

posal to reduce its environmental impacts. “In the meantime, we do not wish to continue processing an environmental impact statement for the applications listed above, since elements of the project may change,” said the letter, signed by Skip Sahlin, vice president of project development for SSA Marine, a subsidiary to Pacific International Terminals. The company’s withdrawal clears up any questions of what effect the president’s pick for interior secretary, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, would have on the proposal. Zinke supports the Cherry Point coal terminal. He blamed the Corps’ permit rejection last May on “political pressure and environmental special interests.”

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The Northern Light • February 16-22, 2017

Locals remember the legacy of Murray Goff By Jack Kintner Murray Goff, local retailer and lifelong Blaine resident, died last week at the age of 91 following a short illness at the Good Samaritan Center-Stafholt. Goff operated the century-old family business, Goff’s Department Store for over 56 years in downtown Blaine. He succeeded his father, C. T. Goff, who bought the dry goods business in 1915. The store closed on Goff’s retirement in 2009. Murray and his wife, Kathryn Spearin, were married for over 71 years in a union that produced four children, 13 grandchildren

and, so far, 17 great-grandchildren. A fifth child taken into their home, Theresa Corona, became their adopted daughter. Exemplary members of what newsman Tom Brokaw calls “The Greatest Generation,” people who provided the backbone of those who fought and won WWII, Murray and Kathryn Goff were known for their gracious hospitality both in their Bayview Avenue home and their store. With their collection of old Blaine newspapers and other antiques alongside an impressively contemporary stock of clothing and accessories, it was a place that treated everyone well,

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strangers and old friends alike. “I learned everything I know about retail from Murray,” said grandson Colin Hawkins, owner and operator of the popular Border Brew on H Street. “He treated even his bad customers well, and he had a few doozies! But mostly people came by to shop in a relaxed place where they could also, if they wished, sit down for a game of cribbage or just a long quiet talk about the old days. It was a special place you only find in small towns like Blaine.” The Goffs’ home on Bayview Avenue was also a center of constant activity for family and friends. Summers saw their gently sloping lawn turned into a water slide for neighborhood kids, and there were always games to play and puzzles to solve. Their generosity extended well beyond simple entertainment at times when there were children who needed some stability in their lives. “Murray and Kathryn were happy to provide that. It seemed like there were always a few extras here and there at large family gatherings,” Hawkins said. Murray and his son, Greg, who passed away in 2014, were skilled tailors as well as salesmen and astute business managers. Following service as an aerial photographer during WWII, Goff enrolled in a class paid for by the GI Bill at Bochnaks Men’s Store in Bellingham. The class covered most aspects of operating a retail clothing store, from business management to window dressing and tailoring, and it paid off. Over its 110-year

s Murray Goff hard at work. For more than 56 years, Goff operated Goff’s Department Store in Blaine. Courtesy photo history Goff’s store was always in the black, with records kept by hand and sales rung up on a 1909 National Cash Register that Goff’s father acquired when he bought the place. “My tailoring instructor was Abraham Cohen, a small Jewish man from eastern Europe,” Goff said in one interview, “and even though we had a table to work on he’d sit on top of the table with his legs crossed and work the material on, his lap. Old habits die hard, I guess,” he laughed. The store, unchanged since the early ’60s, fairly dripped with history, with a large collection of old Blaine newspapers dating back to the early years of the Woodrow Wilson adminis-

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WTA route changes slated to take effect this March B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e After wrapping up efforts on its strategic plan last year, the Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is slated to implement new routes and schedules on Sunday, March 19. The plan was passed by the board of directors in October 2016 and features a series of updates and additions to bus routes throughout the county. Close to home, the plan calls for an increase of service on weekdays through a new route 75 Blaine/Birch Bay – Bellingham. The route will replace the now eliminated 55 Blaine/Birch Bay – Cordata and the 70X Blaine – Bellingham/WWU routes. Route 75 will offer service Monday through Saturday, with increased service on weekdays, from Birch Bay Square and the Ferndale Station to the Bellingham Station. WTA will no longer provide service from Blaine

and Birch Bay to Grandview Industrial Park, Custer or Western Washington University. Connections to the Cordata Station will be available on route 27 at the Ferndale Station, which connects to route 75. In Custer, service has been eliminated in Portal Way, between Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Grandview Road. The strategic plan pulls from hundreds of public comments gathered at community meetings, online surveys and more. Bus riders in Blaine and Birch Bay asked for routes into Semiahmoo, increased frequency of service and continued transport to Western Washington University, according to a report released by WTA. In all, the strategic plan added four new routes to its regular operation and made either route or scheduling changes, or both, to 22 existing routes. To take a look at the full list of approved route and scheduling changes, visit

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Young at Heart: February 2017 B y L o r r i e C o n ya c Have you noticed all the birds flocking on Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay? I love this time of year and the lead up to Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival in March. After last week it’s hard to believe, but we are on our way to longer, warmer days and spring blossoms everywhere. While we’re waiting, the Blaine Senior Center has some fun things to get you in shape to enjoy the coming spring and summer. Have you tried Zumba, line dancing, yoga or ballroom dancing? Between classes in the new pavilion and at the senior center, you can stay busy every day if you want to. Then when you’ve danced yourself to a frazzle, stay to play single deck pinochle on Mondays, cribbage on Tuesdays, pinochle or bunco on Wednesdays, bridge or mahjongg during the day on

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January 21, 1926 – February 8, 2017 Murray Clark Goff, born January 21, 1926 in Bellingham, WA, died peacefully with members of his family around him in the Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt nursing care center in Blaine, WA. He was 91. He is survived by his wife of 71½ years Kathryn (Spearin), daughter- in-law Jo Goff, daughter Marsha (Charles Hawkins), son Rodney (Catherine), daughter Rachel (Ken Ely), adopted daughter Theresa (Corona) and brother Tom Goff. He was preceded in death by his son Gregory, his brother William, and his sister Lois. At family gatherings, Murray liked to quip to Kathryn, “this is all your fault!” for their union produced 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren – plus the spouses. Murray and Kathryn were married while Murray was still in the US Army Air Corps. He served as an aerial photographer, flying in B-29s for 2 years until the end of WWII. After he returned to civilian life, Murray held several jobs, most of them in the haberdasher line, and eventually started a men’s department in one corner of C. T. Goff Dry Goods, his father’s store in Blaine. Later purchasing the entire business, Murray operated it for 56½ years, from 1953 – 2009, and closed the store when he retired. It was a retail establishment that townspeople still miss, for Murray and his staff offered friendly, personal service with their own style of banter. He loved telling people about the store’s antique cash register, however, he was never one to elaborate on any point and was naturally witty and succinct in his speech. Murray was adventurous. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing badminton, morel mushroom picking, and water skiing. He and Kathryn learned to sail after purchasing the first of 2 sailboats. The boats took them on many voyages around the San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands. Family favorite “regattas” to Sucia were held on Memorial Day weekends. Games were a big part of Murray’s life. The kitchen table was good for bridge and dominoes and the little table in front of the fire was nice for cribbage. In the summer, the lawn became a croquet pitch and the hillside behind the house a waterslide for the grandkids. Murray served on the Blaine School Board for 8 years and attended the Congregational Church for a great many more. Recently, he was a member of Blaine Christian Fellowship. His faith was a powerful and abiding force in his life. From first to last, Murray Goff was the best a man could be as a gentleman, a husband, a father, and a friend. Memorial donations may be sent to: The Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt 456 C Street, Blaine WA 98230 or: Whatcom Hospice Foundation 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham WA 98225-1851 Services to be announced.

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May 12, 1922 – February 8, 2017 Nelta “June” Walsh, age 94, of Sedro-Woolley, passed away Wednesday, February 8 at St. Francis of Bellingham, in Bellingham, WA. June was born May 12, 1922 in Bellingham to Earl and Olive (Smith) Daws. She was raised on the family farm in Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School. June married Kenneth Walsh in 1941, and they made their first home in Ferndale, WA. A year later they moved to Custer, WA and in 1944 moved to Blaine, where they lived the next 61 years. In 2006 June and Ken moved to Sedro-Woolley, WA to be near to daughter Betty and husband Bob Deere. June worked at the Home Café in Blaine, at Art’s bakery in Blaine, and retired after working several years at Wolten & Montfort’s in Blaine. June and Ken enjoyed RV camping and traveling throughout the western United States and also spent many months camped on Semiahmoo Spit while Ken was still working for Alaska Packers. After husband Ken’s retirement, June and Ken would spend winters at their property in Yuma, AZ. When Ken’s eyesight declined, June became the driver of their motorhome and they continued to travel for several years. June is survived by her 3 daughters, Karen Reid (Randy) of Blaine, Judy Brown of Ferndale and Betty Kaye Deere (Bob) of Sedro-Woolley; her brother Armand Daws, of Marysville, WA, 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. June was preceded in death by her brother Bill Daws and her husband Ken. Arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. A memorial will be held at a later date. Share your memories of June and sign the online guest register at

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Police Reports February 10, 9:21 a.m.: A man called to report a strong smell of gasoline on the roadway near the Semiahmoo spit. An officer checked the area and found that there was gasoline on the road from Shintaffer Road all the way to the spit. The officer was not able to locate the source of the fuel. February 10, 11:51 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 3800 block of H Street to direct traffic around a fallen tree blocking half of the roadway. Puget Sound Energy responded and safely removed the tree from their main power line. The officer and Blaine Public Works employees then removed the tree from the roadway. February 10, 11:54 a.m.: A person called 911 to report that there were two dogs running loose (a German Shepard and Rottweiler) in the 900 block of E Street. The dogs were located at a residence that had a broken fence. Since the owner could not be contacted and the dogs could not be secured at their home, Animal Control caught the dogs and impounded them. A message was left with the home owner about his jailed hounds. February 10, 8:15 p.m.: Police responded to the 200 block of 9th Street at the request of a parent who was having a difficult time with a foster child.

Officers responded and helped explain the legal parameters surrounding the complex child and foster parent relationship. No criminal actions were observed during the officers’ time with the family. February 10, 11:10 p.m.: Employees from a business in the 400 block of Peace Portal Drive called police to request an escort to their vehicles at closing time after a man was seen loitering near the back door. An officer escorted the employees to their cars, and then searched the area. The unidentified man was not located. February 11, 4:54 p.m.: A man called police to report witnessing two people walking on the railroad tracks. Police checked the area but were unable to locate the temerarious trespassers. February 12, 12:13 p.m.: A man called police after finding his storage unit had been broken into. Sometime between Sunday, February 5 and 12, burglar(s) had broken into his storage unit and stolen several items including a Honda generator, sanders and sanding paper, and a motorcycle jacket. The victim’s loss is currently estimated to be around $1,800. February 13, 8:55 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to check the welfare of a person in the 300 block of Alder Street af-


ACROSS 1. Jail, slangily 4. Concrete section 8. Chap 12. 1/500 of the Indianapolis 500 13. Au ___ 14. Met expectations? 16. Doing nothing 17. Halo, e.g. 18. Romance, e.g. 19. Demands 21. Medical advice, often 23. Copper 24. Arid 25. Kind of column (2 wds) 27. “Dig in!” 29. Drudgery 30. Carry on 31. Favorite 34. A structure devoted to something holy 37. Exclusive 38. Egg cells 39. Grimace 40. Slang term for AI 41. Cut short 42. Aged

43. Bed board 45. Wastes time 47. “Fancy that!” 48. Best seller 49. Can of worms? 50. Barbie’s beau 51. When repeated, like some shows 52. Handful 55. Asian tongue 58. Boris Godunov, for one 60. Safari sight 62. When Harry met _____ 64. “Mi chiamano Mimi,” e.g. 66. A chorus line 67. Inclined 68. Gulf war missile 69. Bondman 70. Makeup, e.g. 71. Jerk 72. Be nosy

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5. Any tree of the genus Laurus 6. Broadcast 7. Bikini parts 8. Joke 9. At attention 10. Opening time, maybe 11. Mountain pool 12. Attention 15. Undertake, with “out” 20. Sometime today, say 22. Be a snitch 26. Pandowdy, e.g. 28. Affirmative vote 29. 20-20, e.g. 30. Ale holder 31. A vote 32. Axis of ___ 33. A little night music 34. E.P.A. concern 35. Burrow 36. “How ___!” 37. Boozehound 40. Dracula, at times 41. Mouse catcher 43. “Ain’t ___ Sweet” 44. Fluff 45. Convened 46. Ticket info, maybe 49. Whitish, metallic element 50. Ovens to bake pottery 51. Tough, durable wood 52. Secretary, at times 53. Admittance 54. Kennel sound 55. Cooking meas. 56. “B.C.” cartoonist 57. ___ vera 59. Back talk 61. Door fastener 63. “Are we there ___?” 65. “Much ___ About Nothing”


ter he expressed an intention to harm himself during a conversation with a social worker. Upon arrival, officers located a man who was obviously upset, but who claimed he did not actually intend to harm himself. Officers cleared after determining the man was without the means or intention of placing himself in harm’s way. February 13, 3 p.m.: Officers responded to a residence where a young man with a history of mental health problems was out of control. Officers arrived and contacted the upset individual. After talking with officers at some length, the man agreed to speak with a mental health provider. An officer provided him a ride to St. Joseph’s Hospital, so he could do just that. February 13, 5:35 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a woman standing in the street, motionless, for a prolonged period of time. An officer arrived and spoke with the woman, who appeared to be suffering from mental health problems. As the officer was talking with the woman a member of her family arrived and took custody of her. This report is provided by the Blaine police department. A full listing of the week’s police report can be found at thenorthern

Tides February 17–February 23 at Blaine. Not for navigation. 49° 0’ 0”N - 122° 46’ 0”W

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Weather Precipitation: During the period of February 7 to February 13, .40 inches of precipitation were recorded. The 2017 year-to-date precipitation is 2.98 inches. Temperature: High for the past week was 55.5°F on January 31 with a low of 21.8°F on February 6. Average high was 45.9°F and average low was 30.3°F. Courtesy Birch Bay Water & Sewer Dist.

Blaine Youth Baseball and Fastpitch Registration: Through February 28. Blaine School District families with children ages 5 to 12 can pick up registration forms and get more information at Pacific Building Center, 2677 Bell Road or call 332-5335. Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots: Through May 28, Lightcatcher building, 250 Flora Street, Bellingham. Exploring the development of Chicana/o art, from its beginnings through its relevance today. Info: Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Thursday, February 16, Bob’s Burgers & Brew, 8120 Birch Bay Square Street. Topic: Whatcom County real estate market. Info: Pasture Management: Thursday, February 16. For dairy farmers, noon– 1:30 p.m., Ten Mile Grange, 6985 Hannegan Road Lynden. Speaker: Shabtai Bittman, Research Scientist, Agriculture Canada. For non-dairy farmers, 6–7:30 p.m., Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. Speakers: Tipton Hudson, associate professor, rangeland and livestock management, WSU extension and Karen Pickering, publisher of NW Horse Source. Community Hymn Sing: Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m., First Christian Reformed Church, 1010 Front Street, Lynden. Dessert social to follow. Free will offering. Books and Bites: Friday, February 17, 1–2:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Bring a lunch and join the lively conversation. Discussing Whatcom READS selection Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. Pick up your copy at the library today. Info: 305-3637. Senior Center Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, February 18, 8–11 a.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Pancakes, waffles or biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and OJ. Adults $6, children (under 6) $4. Info: 332-8040. Yo-Yo Fun: Saturday, February 18, 1–2:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn yo-yo tricks like Gravity Pull and Rock the Baby with Tucker Jensen. Yo-yos available. For all ages. Info: 305-3637. English Conversation Class: Saturday, February 18, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. All levels, beginners are welcome! No sign-up needed. Free! Info: 305-3637. Bride Villa Spring Bridal Festival: Sunday, February 19, noon–3:30 p.m., Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham. Free. An intimate spring bridal show with Marvin J on piano. Meet amazing wedding vendors while walking the grounds of The Lairmont Manor and enjoy some delicious bites by A Taste of Elegance. Hosted by Added Details Event Planning. Info: 305-8583. Bite of Blaine: Monday, February 20, Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway. No-host social at 6 p.m., food tasting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy food from local restaurants with silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July. Tickets $30 available at Pacific Building Center and Blaine Visitor Information Center. Info: Teen Tuesdays - Crafts and Arts: Tuesday, February 21, 3–4:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Join your friends and try a new craft project each month. All materials are supplied - just bring your imagination. Grades 6-12. Info: 305-3637. Learn to Play Chess: Tuesday, February 21, 6:30–8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Chess has been proven to enhance creativity, problem solving, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, self-esteem, and many other abilities. And it’s fun! Weekly. For ages K–12, and parents too! Info: 305-3637. Garden Design: Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Become your own landscape designer by learning about sunlight, air flow, microclimates and soil types as they relate to determining the best places to plant your trees, bushes, and vines. Program will be repeated Saturday, February 25, at 10 a.m. Presented by Blaine CORE. Info: 332-7435. Bellingham National 2017 Juried Art Exhibition Deadline: Friday, February 24, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham. The Whatcom Museum is seeking submissions by artists for whom drawing is an important aspect of their work. Awards: 1st $2,000; 2nd $1,000; 3rd $500; Popular Award $500. Exhibition Title and Theme: Drawing Practice. Entry Fee: $35. Info: Recreation Northwest Expo: Saturday, February 25, 1–6 p.m., Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. Come together with 70 exhibitors and 700 people to explore Washington’s outdoor recreation opportunities and find new ways to get outside and play. Demos and prizes. Info: Raising Pigs: Saturday, February 25, 1:30–3 p.m., Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Have you been wondering what it takes to raise a few pigs in the backyard? Interested in adding pastured pork to your farm or homestead? This workshop will give you the overview you need to get started. Info: Saturday Night Rhythm & Brews: Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Blaine Community and Senior Center, 763 G Street. Dance to music by Blaine’s own DJs D-Square and Grandpa G. Cost $10 at the door. Must be 21+. Proceeds benefit Drayton Harbor Music Camp. Info: Current Refugee Resettlement Status: Sunday, February 26, 2–4 p.m., Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive. Learn about the current status of refugee resettlement services and ways to support resettlement programs here and elsewhere. Fat Tuesday Luncheon: Tuesday, February 28, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. $6 for under 60 and by donation for 60+. Mask contest. Info: 332-8040. Blaine Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Wednesday, March 1, noon, Pastime Bar & Eatery, 658 Peace Portal Drive. Topic: City of Blaine transportation initiative.

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Nearly 5,000 people expressed interest in going to the original event online. Golestaneh is a permanent resident of Canada and arrived in the country as a refugee from Iran. For her, the protest was a way to support people like herself on both sides of the border during a time of uncertainty. “I’m scared,” she said when asked about her thoughts on traveling across the border into the U.S. “At the same time, I’m really appreciative of the people who are supporting people like me.” The demonstration lasted for most of the day and featured a slew of speakers and performers, including Canadian musician Desirée Dawson and Jenny Kwan, a member of Parliament. “The U.S. can no longer be deemed as a safe haven for refugees,” said Kwan after calling President Trump’s recent order “discriminatory” and “racist.” Kwan called on the Canadian government to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S., which only allows individuals to claim refugee status in the country in which they arrive. According to recent news reports, Canada is experiencing an uptick in illegal border traffic as refugees attempt to bypass the law and seek assistance from immigration officers across the border. “No one is free when others are oppressed,” Kwan said While most of the speakers took on a serious tone, others offered words of hope. With her mother at her side, 8-year-old Aryana Sequeira read a poem and performed an Indian dance. “I wish for the world love, kindness and peace,” she said. “If we dance together, we can live peacefully together.”

s Protesters carrying signs during a protest on February 12.

s Jenny Kwan spoke to protesters at Peace Arch Park.

s Aryana Sequeira performs an Indian dance during the “No Ban-No Wall” protest.

WDFW rolls out new rules, calls on public for comment B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Changes to daily limits, special permit levels and hunting area descriptions are among the several rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the 2017-18 hunting season. Hunters from throughout the state are invited to send written comments about the proposed changes to the WDFW through February 22 or present their opinion during a public meeting March 17–18 in Olympia. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which determines policy for the agency, is expected to vote on the new rules during a regular meeting April

14–15 in Spokane. “We encourage everyone interested in the upcoming hunting seasons to check the proposed changes and send us your comments,” said WDFW game manager Anis Aoude in a statement. The large sum of proposed rule changes come from the state’s three-year hunting plan approved by the commission in 2015. One rule in particular would “significantly increase” the daily limit of white-fronted geese and white geese due to the species growing population. A detailed list of proposals and comment forms are available at regulations/seasonsetting.

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