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Blaine silk painter named ‘Artist of the Week’, page 5

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s The Blaine Fine Arts Association hosted the 21st annual Arts and Jazz at Blaine middle school on February 3. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the association, which provides scholarships for students who are interested in studying art in the Blaine school district. From l.: Liam Lyons, Tim Schrader and Elijah Yost. More photos, page 10. Photo by Shawn Robins

Video game store opens in downtown Blaine By Oliver Lazenby Ryan Robinson always wanted to be his own boss, and he wanted to do it by selling something he loves – video games. Ryan and his brother David Robinson opened Blaine’s Games, a video game store at 477 Peace Portal Drive in Blaine last week. They sell, buy and trade video games with

display racks lining the walls and a mural left over from a previous tenant. But the inventory covers much of gaming history. “We have pretty much any kind of video games: new and used games from new systems all the way back to the original Nintendo,” Ryan said. Ryan, 27, started playing video games in the 1990s on an original Nintendo and never stopped. About 75 percent of the

Property tax rates for 2018 released – prepare to pay more B y P at G r u bb Whatcom County Assessor Keith Willnauer was bang on when he recently advised that county taxpayers could expect a hefty increase in this year’s property taxes. The bad news is written all over the 2018 tax rates that have been sent to the county treasurer’s office to use in issuing individual tax bills. Property owners in Birch Bay, Blaine and Point Roberts can expect percentage in-

creases of 11.8, 12 and 13, respectively, in their property tax bills. For example, the average house value of $276,900 in Birch Bay would see property taxes of $3,118 in 2018, up $329 from 2017. The mill rate (tax per $1,000 valuation) has increased from $10.07 to $11.26. In Blaine, the average house value of $264,800 would generate property taxes of $2,997 in 2018, versus $2,672 in 2017. The mill rate is $11.32 in 2018, up from $10.09 in 2017. In Point Roberts, the aver-

age house value of $239,600 would generate property taxes of $2,736 in 2018, versus $2,418 in 2017. The mill rate is $11.42 in 2018, up from $10.09 in 2017. Most of the increase in taxes comes from the hike in state education taxes which have increased 96 cents per $1,000 valuation (from $2.23 to $3.20). This follows the state legislature’s decision to hike the state education levy to comply with Wash(See Tax, page 5)

used games at the store are from his personal collection and the rest he purchased recently. It includes some hard-to-find games for prices approaching $100. Classic game systems have a cult following, Ryan said, and last year Nintendo released new versions of its original Nintendo and Super Nintendo game consoles. (See Games, page 3)


If you’re planning on attending this year’s Bite of Blaine, make sure you come with an empty stomach because there will be plenty of good food to try. The 18th annual event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, February 19 in the ballroom at Semiahmoo Resort. Sponsored by the Blaine Chamber of Commerce, the event features an array of food samples from local restaurants and food purveyors as well as live and silent auctions – it is the chamber’s largest annual fundraiser to pay for Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. At 6 p.m., guests can purchase drinks from a no-host bar and bid on silent auction items. Thirty minutes later, guests can taste food prepared by 17 area restaurants including: Big Al’s Diner, Birch Bay Café, Black Forest Steak House, Blaine Senior Center, CJ’s Beach House, Cost Cutter, Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, Edaleen Dairy, Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, Lizzie’s Café, Paso del Norte, Pizza Factory, The Railway Café, Semiahmoo Resort, Semiahmoo Marina Cafe, Subway and The Vault Wine Bar. Blaine chamber treasurer Kim Shea said they’ve already received more than 40 items for the live and silent auctions and are awaiting more from local businesses and other private donors. A dozen bottles of Atwood Ales beer, five $100 gas gift cards from Blaine’s Hills Chevron and a four-hour wine tour from Smuggler’s Inn are among the items up for bid. Shea said, Friday, February 9 is the final day to donate an auction item for inclusion in the event program. Last year, the Bite of Blaine raised over $9,000 for the Fourth of July celebration, she said. Fireworks for the annual event usually cost around $20,000, while other costs such

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as advertising, music and supplies are an additional $15,000. Bite of Blaine is the only fundraiser for the annual Fourth of July celebration and the rest is made up from local donors and Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee funds, she said. Bite of Blaine sells out each year; tickets cost $30 per person and can only be purchased in advance at Pacific Building Center, 2677 Bell Road, or the Blaine Visitor Information Center, 728 Peace Portal. Semiahmoo Resort is offering 15 percent off the best available hotel rate Sunday through Mon-

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Next month, Whatcom Conservation District will hold an election for a seat serving a three-year term on its board of supervisors. The five-member board of supervisors oversees the district, which is chartered to develop and implement programs that protect and conserve soil, water, farmland, rangeland, woodland, wildlife, energy and other natural resources in Whatcom County. Currently, the board is made-up of Heather Christianson, Theresa Sygitowicz, Joe Heller, Larry Davis and Larry Helm. Helm’s seat is up for election; Alan Chapman, David Kroontje and Helm are vying for it. Election day is Tuesday, March 13, but don’t expect a ballot in the mail unless you put in a special request for an absentee ballot earlier this month. The election will be conducted at the polls, which will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the district’s office, located at 6975 Hannegan Road in Lynden. Only a simple majority is required for a candidate to win the seat, said district representative Dawn Bekenyi. Hear from the candidates: Alan Chapman: “My objective for seeking this position is to assist the district in their support of a viable agricultural community that contributes to the economic and

environmental health of the county.” Elected experience: None. Professional experience: biologist at Internation- s Alan Chapman. al Pacific Salmon Fisheries Commission; senior scientist fisheries at United States Agency for International Development and United Nations Development Programme; chief marine resources at Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; director at Palau Maritime Authority; fisheries officer at South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency; fisheries manager at Nooksack Indian Tribe and fisheries management biologist at Lummi Natural Resources. David Kroontje: “Maintaining a vigorous forestry and agricultural economy provides access to fiber, healthy food, and recreation – great blessings to us all. I believe that my lifetime of local perspective, and my varied experis David Kroontje. ence, educa(Continued on next page)

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At Blaine Games, the display case for classic games is the most popular so far. “People are just as interested in that stuff nowadays as other systems,” Robinson said. Blaine’s Games will also stock new releases. Ryan, originally from South Carolina, moved to Whatcom County a couple of years ago. He was planning to open

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tion, and interests would be useful to the WCD in helping landowners responsibly maintain the economic viability of their farms and forest.” Elected experience: None. Professional experience: Manufacturing Engineer at Zodiac Aerospace; airline pilot at Empire Airlines; freelance flight instructor; business founder and master electrician at Crown Five Corporation; retail salesman/buyer and department head at Bellingham Sash & Door; real estate broker at Cloverleaf Realty; farm laborer, crew supervisor and machinery operator at Boerhave Farms. Larry Helm: “We need to focus on our goals. If a farm is not polluting [or] producing clean water downstream, then govern- s Larry Helm. ment should minimize their impact to that farm operation. Without a healthy profit margin our farms will slowly disappear.” Elected experience: Conservation district supervisor chair; Washington Association of Conservation Districts NW Chair; Precinct Committee Officer #164; Whatcom County State Committee man GOP; State Executive Committee GOP; Overseer Rome Grange; and Chair WRIA Water Association Caucus. Professional experience: Peace Officer Standards Training; Fire Ecology at the University of California; Program Management Certificate; and Cross Connection Control Certificate. E MUSIC: Learn more about the elecElectric tion by visiting, l Society board-elections.

a game store in Bellingham but a recent move to Blaine changed his plans. “People say it’s quiet here but I like that,” he said. “I’ve already talked to people who walk down the street to get here and don’t want to drive to Bellingham to get games.” Blaine’s Games is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s still in a soft-opening phase, with more games to come. Right now the business only takes cash but Ryan hopes to accept credit cards within a week.

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Birch Bay 2017 2018 Washington State 2.2335 3.2004 Whatcom County 1.0819 1.0414 County Road 1.4799 1.4636 Flood Control 0.129 0.1659 Conservation Futures 0.04 0.0385 Fire District 21 1.4761 1.4459 Rural Library 0.4873 0.4728 B/BB Parks & Rec 0.0884 0.1 Port of Bellingham 0.2646 0.2504 Blaine School District 2.496 2.8025 WC EMS 0.295 0.2785 Total Mill Rate $10.072 $11.260 Point Roberts 2017 2018 Washington State 2.2335 3.2004 Whatcom County 1.0819 1.0414 County Road 1.4799 1.4636 Flood Control 0.129 0.1659 PR Hospital 0.4397 0.4394 Cemetery #8 0.0106 0.0105 Conservation Futures 0.04 0.0385 Fire District 5 0.9895 0.9888 Rural Library 0.4873 0.4728 PR Parks & Rec 0.1452 0.2733 Port of Bellingham 0.2646 0.2504 Blaine School District 2.496 2.8025 WC EMS 0.295 0.2785 Total Mill Rate $10.092 $11.426 Note: 2018 property tax assessments have been posted to the assessor’s office website. Go to, click on Real Property Search, and enter your property info. 


NW Washington Fairgrounds • Lynden Doors open at 8AM Auction starts at 10AM NO BUYERS FEES Preview & Test Drive Friday 9AM-5PM COMPLETE AUCTION INFO s Silk paintings by Kay Dee Powell. This week, Whatcom Art Market, a co-op gallery made up of nearly 50 artists, named Blaine resident Kay Dee Powell Artist of the Week. Powell is a mixed-media artist and used silk to create her latest work. For years, Powell has been a member of the Whatcom Art Guild, a nonprofit that oversees the Whatcom Art Market, located at 1103 11th Street in Bellingham. The market is operated by volunteers and features paintings, art prints, jewelry, photography, textiles, sculpture and more. This is the second time Powell has received the Artist of the Week distinction. She described her silk art as “a labor of love,” and “like watercolor on steroids.” The raw silk she uses – whether it’s for a scarf or a painting – is special ordered from California. Each piece needs to be stretched before it’s painted with French dyes, steamed and placed in two baths. When the painted silk is set on canvas, she said, it feels like tissue paper. The public will have the chance to see how Powell’s work is created at a free demonstration from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 at Whatcom Art Market. Her work is also on display at the gallery in Fairhaven. To learn more about Whatcom Art Market, visit


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By Oliver Lazenby Blaine wrestling head coach Colt Warren hoped 10 of his Borderites would qualify for the regional tournament and give them a fighting chance at winning a regional title. That’s exactly how many qualified last weekend at the 2A sub-regionals at Burlington-Edison. Though Blaine came in just behind Burlington-Edison in team scoring, no school had more champions at the sub-regional tournament than Blaine. Ten Borderites placed, seven made finals and six walked away as champions of their weight class. “For how few guys we brought we did incredibly well,” Warren said. “I think our core guys are of the highest quality in the region.” Blaine didn’t have wrestlers in any of the three lowest weight classes. The number of wrestlers a school brings to a tournament matters because only wrestlers

who place in the top four score points for the team. As the competition gets stiffer and it becomes harder to make the podium, numbers matter less. That could work in Blaine’s favor at regionals. “Numbers matter, make no mistake about that, but quality matters more,” Warren said. Warren is still hopeful the Borderites will have a shot at a regional title, but they’ll have to beat Burlington-Edison as well as Olympic High School from Bremerton, which Blaine has faced at three different tournaments this year. Fourteen wrestlers from Olympic High School qualified for regionals. The six Borderites who won individual titles last weekend are: Caleb Bullard at 138 pounds, Aidan Button (152), Chase DuBois (160), Jacob Westfall (182), Porter Schmidt (195) and Saul Magallon (220). Other Borderites to earn spots

at regionals are Alex Hall, second at 126 pounds; George Cheatham, fourth at (132); Ethan Deming, third at (145), and Tristan Alanis, fourth at (285). Schmidt, winning at 195 pounds and “looking the best he’s looked all year,” was a tournament highlight, Warren said, and so was Cheatham placing in a tournament for his first time. Aside from that, Warren said everyone who went to finals performed really well. The 2A regional tournament starts at noon on Saturday, February 10 at North Mason High School in Belfair, Washington.

at Liberty High School in Renton. Blaine finished the regular season with a 6–14 overall record. Liberty has an 11–9 overall record in the KingCo conference. Blaine beat Bellingham 48–43 on February 5 to end the regular season. Bellingham led in the fourth quarter, but Alexis

Hallberg hit a three-pointer to take the lead and give Blaine the momentum it needed to hang on to the win, head coach Ryan Pike said. “I told her if she missed that shot we probably would have lost,” Pike said. “That was a big moment.”

class at the girls sub-regional wrestling tournament at Bellingham High School on February 3. She earned a spot to the 2A Regional Championships at 10 a.m. on Saturday,

February 10, at Sedro-Woolley High School. “She took third in a really tough weight and she’s definitely vying for a spot at state,” head coach Colt Warren said. “She has really stepped it up in the last few weeks.” Boys basketball Blaine boys varsity basketball lost 87–50 on February 1 at Sedro-Woolley, with Zane Rector scoring a team-high 14 points. The team ended its season on February 6 with a 74–41 loss at home against Bellingham. Blaine came up short of a playoff spot with a 2–18 overall record.

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Active S eniors

Caregivers need support, too At some point in a son or daughter’s life, the shift to becoming a caregiver may occur. Adult caregivers typically want to provide care for their aging loved ones but sometimes find that the demands of medical and emotional support can dominate their lives – so much so that their own children and other household responsibilities are neglected. It’s natural to feel sad, alone, frustrated and even angry when serving as a caregiver to an elderly parent. It’s also important to recognize the signs that the burden has become too much and to look for ways to lighten the workload, according to the Mayo Clinic. Everyone can get caregiver stress, but the National Alliance for Caregiving says women are more susceptible than men. These responsibilities can affect the quality of caregivers’ sleep and impede their ability to relax and unwind. Those who are responsible for helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a debilitating illness are at a high risk of developing their own medical issues. Finding relief from caregiver stress can involve a few different strategies:

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Talk it out – work with a licensed therapist to find other coping strategies for dealing with the mounting pressure of being a caregiver. Talk therapy and relaxation techniques can help curb stress. Being a caregiver is a rewarding but demanding responsibility. Utilizing all possible resources can make the job easier.

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It’s February! This time of year, I think about lovers, both young and old, strolling in the park by the marina. The eagles are looking to nest and I don’t know about you but I love to see all the new eaglets. It’s also planning time – if you’re a homeowner, now’s a good time to plant your garden or courtyard. Now’s also a good time to start planning a vacation or weekend day trips. Take a look at the schedule at the Blaine Senior Center. Kathy Sitker, our director, has been planning some fantastic trips with Bellaire Travel and Adventure. On February 18, we will attend a Chinese New Year Celebration in Vancouver, B.C. The trip costs $84 per person and reservations need to be made by February 14 – don’t forget your passports. Sitker is currently checking on charters for Mariners games as well. Oh, and don’t forget to join us on February 19 at the Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa for the annual Bite of Blaine. It is a fundraiser for Blaine’s Old Fashion Fourth of July celebration. This year marks the Blaine Senior Center’s 51st anniversary. Plans are being made for a great celebration in August and we are busy sprucing the place up. Currently, the gym is receiving new paint and carpet and we’re moving the fitness machines to make it more comfortable and less crowded. The rest of the rooms will get a new coat of paint and spiffing up, too. We look forward to showing it off. Being proud of our center does not just stop at the way it looks as we are very proud of our activities and programs. The Blaine Senior Center offers a variety of educational programs and classes as well as entertainment and community events. Our Bingo games are open to the public and everyone has a lot of fun. We offer classes in combination with the BlaineBirch Bay Park and Recreation District 2. To obtain a schedule, call the Blaine Senior Center or Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2. Our Volunteer Member of the Month is Tom Dorsey. He arrived in Blaine from California on his boat in 2000 and has become a very important person at the center. He is here every day and has become instrumental in getting the food recycling program here at the Blaine Senior Center. He volunteers at events and programs throughout the community and is the recipient of a Blaine Builder Award. At the Blaine Senior Center,



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Arts and Jazz was a hit, organizers say

s Madison Senger performs at Arts and Jazz.

The Blaine Fine Arts Association (BFAA) hosted its biggest fundraising event of the year, Arts and Jazz, on February 3 and it was a big hit, organizers say. Guests viewed student music performances and donated money to the live and silent auctions. This year, 12th grader Emma Welter received the ‘Artist of Note’ distinction for her out-

standing achievement in art. At press time, BFFA representative Dorita Gray said organizers had yet to determine how much money was raised at the event this year. Last year, BFAA raised more than $9,000, provided $3,000 in scholarships and contributed $3,500 to art, band, choir and drama departments.

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Highlights from Olympia: How did your elected representatives vote?

Rep. Vincent Buys (R-Lynden) Rep. Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden)

A project of the Washington Policy Center, issues a periodic report of recent votes cast by state lawmakers in Olympia. Take a look at a select list of votes cast by district 42 representatives Vincent Buys (R-Lynden) and Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden) and state senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) in January.


House Bill 1080: Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts. Passed the House on January 18 by a vote of 94-2 with two members excused.


House Bill 1506: Regulating workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity. Passed the House on January 17 by a vote of 69-28 with one member excused.


Senate Bill 6090: 2017-19 Capital Budget. Passed the House on January 18 by a vote of 95-1 with two members excused.


Senate Bill 6091: Ensuring that water is available to support development. Passed the House on January 18 by a vote of 66-30 with two members excused.


House Bill 2419: Regarding beer, wine, cider and mead at farmers markets. Passed the House on January 29 by a vote of 78-17 with three members excused.


House Bill 1060: Concerning the administration of marijuana to students for medical purposes. Passed the House on January 31 by a vote of 67-27 with four members excused.


House Bill 1188: Concerning the use of child passenger restraint systems. Passed the House on January 31 by a vote of 64-30 with four members excused.


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House Bill 1169: Enacting the student opportunity, assistance and relief act. Passed the House on January 31 by a vote of 79-15 with four members excused.


House Bill 1523: Requiring health plans to cover, with no cost sharing, the same preventive services required by federal law as of December 2016. Passed the House on January 31 by a vote of 56-38 with four members excused.


House Bill 2311: Reducing barriers to student participation in extracurricular activities. Passed the House on January 31 by a vote of 62-32 with four members excused.


House Bill 2384: Concerning consumer reporting agency security freeze fees. Passed the House on January 31 by a vote of 81-13 with four members excused.



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Senate Bill 6021: Extending the period for voter registration. Passed the Senate on January 17 by a vote of 29-20.


House Bill 1080: Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts. Passed the Senate on January 18 by a vote of 47-2.


Senate Bill 6090: 2017-19 Capital Budget. Passed the Senate on January 18 by a vote of 49-0.


Senate Bill 5722: Restricting the practice of conversion therapy. Passed the Senate on January 19 by a vote of 32-16 with one member excused.


Senate Bill 5766: Preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying in public schools. Passed the Senate on January 19 by a vote of 30-18 with one member excused.


Senate Bill 6002: Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2018. Passed the Senate on January 19 by a vote of 29-19 with one member excused.


Senate Bill 5074: Aligning eligibility for the college bound scholarship program with the state need grant program. Passed the Senate on January 24 by a vote of 38-11.


Senate Bill 5992: Concerning bump-fire gun stocks. Passed the Senate on January 25 by a vote of 29-20.


Senate Bill 6219: Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care. Passed the Senate on January 31 by a vote of 26-22 with one member excused.

Visit for more information about each bill.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s reports: January 22-February 3 January 22, 9:06 a.m.: Welfare

January 22, 5:03 p.m.: Verbal do-

January 23, 12:53 a.m.: Suspicious

check on Boundary Lane.

mestic on Holeman Avenue.

vehicle on Surf Place.

January 22, 9:52 a.m.: Vandalism

January 22, 5:48 p.m.: Verbal do-

January 23, 3:01 p.m.: Missing per-

cold call on Sole Drive.

mestic on Helweg Lane.

son cold call on H Street.

January 22, 11:09 a.m.: Motor ve-

January 22, 5:54 p.m.: Physical do-


hicle accident, injury, on Birch Bay

mestic on Helweg Lane.

alarm on Blaine Road.


January 22, 8:05 p.m.: Civil prob-

January 24, 5:47 a.m.: Disorderly

January 22, 12:54 p.m.: Theft on

lem cold call on Hayley Lane.

conduct on Grandview Road.

Birch Bay Square Street.

January 22, 9:42 p.m.: Welfare

January 24, 9:25 a.m.: Traffic haz-

January 22, 2:00 p.m.: Warrant

check on Harborview Road.

ard on Lincoln Road.

served on Birch Bay Square Street.

January 23, 2:56 a.m.: Suspicious

January 24, 1:26 p.m.: Trespass on

January 22, 2:39 p.m.: Theft cold

circumstances cold call on Birch Bay

call on Beachcomber Drive.





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check on Camas Drive.

person on Drayton Harbor Road.

January 28, 8:56 p.m.: Verbal do-

February 1, 6:52 a.m.: Theft cold

mestic on Hayley Lane.

call on Hall Road.

January 29, 11:31 a.m.: Physical

February 1, 10:45 a.m.: Theft

Anderson Road.

domestic cold call on Castlerock

cold call on Blaine Road.

January 24, 2:13 p.m.: Death inves-


February 1, 10:57 a.m.: Landlord

tigation on Giles Road.

January 29, 12:24 p.m.: Mental on

tenant dispute cold call.

January 24, 3:48 p.m.: Theft cold

Bay Road.

February 1, 1:35 p.m.: Suspicious

call on Sweet Road.

January 29, 1:35 p.m.: Suicidal sub-

circumstances cold call on Terrill

January 25, 7:48 p.m.: Harassment

ject on Forsberg Road.


cold call on Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

January 29, 1:39 p.m.: Harassment

February 1, 5:22 p.m.: Traffics

January 26, 9:55 a.m.: Civil prob-

cold call on Leeside Drive.

top on East Street.

lem cold call on Birch Bay Drive.

January 29, 1:08 p.m.: 911 hang up

February 1, 5:23 p.m.: Suspicious

January 26, 9:57 a.m.: Theft cold

on H Street Road.

vehicle on Loft Lane.

call on Harbor Drive.

January 29, 7:40 p.m.: Drugs on

February 1, 7:04 p.m.: Mental on

January 26, 6:09 p.m.: Panic alarm

Meridian Street.

Lighthouse Drive.

on Charel Drive.


January 27, 7:53 a.m.: Physical do-

prowl cold call on Bay Road.

call on Lincoln Road.

mestic on Birch Bay Drive.

January 30, 10:46 a.m.: Traffic stop

February 2, 11:33 a.m.: Traffic

January 27, 8:04 a.m.: Shots on

on Blaine Road.

stop on Blaine Road.

Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

January 30, 11:00 a.m.: Papers

February 2, 1:27 p.m.: Suspicious

January 27, 10:02 a.m.: Vehicle re-

served on Harbor Place.

vehicle on California Trail.

covery on Holeman Avenue.

January 30, 11:38 a.m.: Traffic stop

February 2, 2:14 p.m.: Drugs

January 27, 2:19 p.m.: Suspicious

on Lighthouse Drive and Jackson

cold call on California Trail.

vehicle on Blaine Road.


February 2, 2:23 p.m.: Burglary

January 27, 3:53 p.m.: Civil prob-

January 30, 2:22 p.m.: Neighbor-

on West Badger Road.

lem cold call on South Golf Course

hood dispute cold call on Alder

February 2, 2:32 p.m.: Runaway



cold call on Sole Drive.

January 27, 4:56 p.m.: Security

January 30, 6:52 p.m.: Physical do-

February 2, 3:56 p.m.: Suspicious

check on Harbor Drive.

mestic cold call on Birch Bay-Lynden

person on Fern Street.

January 27, 10:50 p.m.: Welfare


February 2, 6:10 p.m.: Hit and

check on Beachcomber Drive.

January 30, 7:22 p.m.: Warrant

run on Birch Bay-Lynden Road

January 27, 11:55 p.m.: Traffic stop

served on Second Street.

and Portal Way.

on Beachcomber Drive.

January 30, 9:46 p.m.: Burglary

February 2, 6:42 p.m.: Welfare

January 28, 2:05 p.m.: Traffic stop

cold call on Alder Street.

check on Clamdigger Drive.

on Custer Road.

January 31, 11:38 a.m.: Landlord

February 2, 7:41 p.m.: Citizen

January 28, 2:25 p.m.: Warrant

tenant dispute cold call on Birch Bay

assist cold call on Alderson Road.

served on Custer Road.


February 3, 4:20 a.m.: Motor

January 28, 2:44 p.m.: Suspicious

January 31, 3:30 p.m.: Traffic prob-

vehicle accident, non-injury on

person on Blaine Road.

lem cold call on Birch Bay Drive.

Grandview Road.

January 28, 3:26 p.m.: Welfare

January 31, 6:45 p.m.: Private im-

February 3, 5:28 a.m.: Disorderly

check on Hall Road.

pound cold call on Bayshore Drive.

conduct on Birch Bay Drive.

January 28, 4:14 p.m.: Music on Ter-

January 31, 7:46 p.m.: Private im-

February 3, 10:51 a.m.: Civil

rill Drive.

pound on Moonlight Way.

standby cold call on Birch Bay

January 28, 5:31 p.m.: Welfare

January 31, 8:58 p.m.: Suspicious


29, 8:23

p.m.: Vehicle



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Coming up Furniture Sale: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday for coming weeks, 2–6 p.m., American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive. Purchase good quality, good priced furniture donated by a local hotel chain. Fundraiser for American Legion. Info: 360/371-7311. Buff Puff Volleyball Game: Friday, February 9, 5-7 p.m., Ken Waters Gym at Blaine High School, 1055 H Street. Parents and students are welcome to watch the boys take over for the girls at this volleyball game. Attendees encouraged to wear black and orange for school spirit. Cold Weather Outdoor Planter Class: Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m., VW’s Home and Garden, 8210 Portal Way. Bring your outdoor pots in and get them looking fabulous for February. Our design team will give you great inspirations to create a cold weather outdoor stunner! Free soil will be provided and plenty of plant options for purchase. Info: Winter Gardening: Saturday, February 10,10 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Discover what can be “wintered over” in your garden and how to get a jump on the growing season with passive protection. Info: 360/332-7435 The Great Love A-Fair: Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay. A vendor, artisan and craft event. Travel to Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls with Lawrence Pang: Saturday, February 10, 1-3 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Local resident and world traveler Lawrence Pang will take you on a virtual tour using video clips and photos of his visit to these and other South American locations. Info: 360/305-3637. Live Music at The Vault: Saturday, February 10, 7–9 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Featuring singer and guitarist Alex Ashley. Electric Soul Society: Saturday, February 10, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Silver Reed Casino, Haxton Way at Slater Road, Ferndale. Electric Soul Society plays in the lounge. No cover. Backstage at the Border presents The Sweet Goodbyes: Saturday, February 10, 7-9 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 382 Boblett Street. Indie folk duo based in Bellingham to perform. Proceeds after expenses benefit Loads of Love ministry. Requested $7 donation at the door. Haynie Grange Breakfast: Sunday, February 11, 8 a.m.–noon, Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road. Visit for pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, eggs to order, ham and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for kids 5-12 and free for children under 5 years. 50th Birch Bay Marathon & Half Marathon: Sunday, February 11, 9 a.m., Birch Bay State Park, 5105 Helweg Road. Registration is $50 for marathon and half marathon. Sign up online before February 6. Info: Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 “Turkish”: Sunday, February 11, 3 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham. Arnaud Sussmann performs. Info: 360/734-6080. Let’s Make Valentines: Wednesday, February 14, 3:15-4:15 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Make one-of-a-kind Valentines for family and friends. All materials provided. For grades K-5. Info: 360/305-3637. Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Meeting: Thursday, February 15, noon, Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street. Learn what a community coalition is and meet the Healthy Youth Coalition board, plus Blaine School District superintendent Ron Spanjer and Jamie Shannon of Social Media Mindfulness. Kids Mini Soccer Clinic: Thursdays, February 15 to March 8, 3:304:20 pm. Birch Bay Activity Center, Cost $10. Learn soccer basic skills while having fun! Ages 4-10. Register today at Blaine Community Blood Drive: Friday, February 16, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; noon-2:30 p.m., Bloodmobile in Cost Cutter Parking Lot, 1733 H Street. Bring photo ID, eat a hearty meal three hours before donating and come well-hydrated. Appointments accepted and walk-ins welcome. Info:, sponsor code 1632. Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, February 17, 8–11 a.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and OJ. Adults $6, children under 6 $4. Succulent Planting Workshop and Kids Miniature Garden Class: Saturday, February 17, VW’s Home and Garden, 8210 Portal Way. Grownups come in anytime to repot, repurpose or start a new succulent piece. Our team will help make your vision a reality. Kids Miniature Garden Class at 10 a.m. $25. Info: “An Afternoon of Favorites”: Sunday, February 18, 2 p.m., Blaine United Church of Christ, 885 4th Street. Award-winning artist Gary Giles performs the music of Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Barry White, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Temptations and Nat King Cole. $20 suggested donation with portion of proceeds benefitting the Blaine Community Assistance Program. Bite of Blaine: Monday, February 19, 6 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway. No-host social begins at 6 p.m., tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. Sample food from local restaurants plus silent and live auctions. Tickets $30 available at Pacific Building Center and the Blaine Visitor Center. Proceeds benefit Blaine’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Explore from Peking to the Gobi Desert: Wednesday, February 21, 12:45 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Join us for a fun trip through ancient Peking and ancient China as we follow Roy Chapman Andrews into the Gobi Desert. Presented by Peter Gray.

Submissions to Coming Up should be sent to no later than noon on Monday.

February 8 - 14, 2018 •


Carbon tax plan advances in the state senate B y J o s h K e l e t y , W NPA O ly mp i a N e ws B u r e a u A tax on carbon emissions proposed by governor Jay Inslee has taken a big step forward. On February 1, the state Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee passed a revised version of the governor’s carbon tax plan with a 6-4 vote. In early January, Inslee proposed a $20 per ton of emitted carbon tax, with exemptions for certain manufacturers, agricultural industries and airplane jet fuel. His plan would have funneled the revenues into clean energy infrastructure projects, forestry and assistance for low-income families dealing with increased energy costs and those displaced from jobs as a result of the tax. Inslee has pushed a carbon tax several times in recent years with no success. However, with Democrats now in control of the state Senate, the legislative branch is more open to Inslee’s most recent proposal. The amended substitute version of the governor’s bill, Senate Bill 6203, brings down Inslee’s proposed tax rate to $10 per ton starting in July 2019, and increases annually by $2 per ton starting in 2021 until it reaches a cap of $30 per ton. In 2030, the state department of commerce will make recommendations to the legislature on the bill’s impact on carbon reductions and whether to reduce or raise the tax rate. The original proposal had no cap and an annual 3 percent increase plus adjustments for inflation.

“This is a much more modest proposal,” said senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee and primary sponsor of the bill. Some of the bill’s proponents were ecstatic with its passage out of committee. “We have never been at this phase, even getting it out of the policy committee,” said senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island), a co-sponsor of the legislation. “This is a monumental step for us to take serious climate action in a thoughtful way that respects and appreciates Washington businesses and Washington jobs.” In addition to the lowered rate, the substitute version also creates a rural economic development account, which will take in 15 percent of the annual tax revenues, and prohibits local governments from passing their own taxes on carbon emissions. Another change in the new bill will reduce state car tab fees for vehicle owners whose income is 200 percent under the federal poverty level. During the meeting, the committee passed several amendments, including an exemption for aluminum refineries and aluminum producers, which was sponsored by Carlyle. The package still faces obstacles: senate and house Democratic leadership, while publicly open to the concept of a carbon tax, have not named it as a priority piece of legislation they want to pass during this session. However, senate majority leader Sharon Nelson (D-Mau-

ry Island), said at a January 30 press conference that the carbon tax proposal has “gained a lot of steam since we got into session.” During the February 1 committee meeting, senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) voted against the proposal, arguing that it amounted to a “pretty sizable gas tax increase,” and that the bill doesn’t invest enough in transportation infrastructure. On the other side of the aisle, house and senate Republican leadership has been largely opposed to the tax. Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), who voted against the bill in committee, slammed the bill as a job killer that would drive manufacturers out of the state and condemned the variety of exemptions written into the legislation as “shocking” and “appalling.” “What you’re doing is exempt-

ing the companies that have the ing carbon emission reduction most lobbyists,” he said. targets passed by the Legislature Ericksen had offered an in 2008. amendment to strip the bill of “It has been almost a decade all its exempsince this legtions, which was islature promvoted down by ised people they the committee. would take care of their clean air Meanwhile, and lungs, and environmental they haven’t done advocacy groups it,” he said. “It is are threatening time for the legto put a carbon islature to do this tax initiative bejob. And I expect fore voters on the them to do it.” 2018 fall ballot if the legislature The bill now goes to the senate fails to pass their Ways and Means own proposal. Committee for In 2016, voters – State senator Doug further considturned down a Ericksen (R-Ferndale) eration. Carbon carbon tax ballot tax proponents initiative with in the House are waiting for the about 40 percent in favor. At a January 30 press confer- bill to pass the Senate before adence, Inslee called upon law- vancing any legislation in their makers to pass a carbon tax, cit- own chamber.

“What you’re doing is exempting the companies that have the most lobbyists.”

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The 18th Annual

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Mon., Feb. 19 • Semiahmoo Resort

Winemaker’s Dinner with

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Sunday, February 25 • 5-8 pm

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No Host Social & Silent Auction 6 p.m. • Food Tasting 6:30 p.m. Fundraising Live Auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Come sample the finest cuisine that Blaine has to offer! Taste food from these 17 different area businesses and enjoy an evening of great tastes and good company while supporting Blaine’s Fourth of July Fireworks!

• Big Al’s Diner • Birch Bay Café • Black Forest Steak House • Blaine Senior Center • CJ’s Beach House • Cost Cutter • Drayton Harbor Oyster Co. • Edaleen Dairy • Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt Since 1891

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• Lizzie’s Café • Paso del Norte • Pizza Factory • Railway Café • Semiahmoo Resort • Semiahmoo Marina Café • Subway • The Vault Wine Bar

Tickets are $30 per person and are available at Pacific Building Center and Blaine Visitor Center. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Visit or call 360-332-6484.

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