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Blaine students plan ‘March For Our Lives’ event, page 3

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Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival set for March 16-18 Legislative session bodes well for Blaine State lawmakers adjourned the 60-day session on March 8. Several bills, budgets await the signature of Governor Inslee B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e

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s The Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, March 16 to 18. Learn about the many migratory birds that pass over Blaine and Birch Bay at the 16th annual Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival held Friday through Sunday, March 16 to 18. The event begins in Delta, B.C. on Friday with a field trip to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary; for just $42 a person, visitors will have the chance to view a variety of rare birds, such as Sandhill Cranes. Later that day, the public is

invited to the Wings Over Water opening and featured artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. A birding expo opens on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street. It’s free to the public and will feature live presentations, wildlife exhibitions, arts and crafts vendors and activities for kids. Guests can also participate in a photography workshop. That evening, Dr. Robert DeCandido

School district publishes memo on emergency planning By Oliver Lazenby The Blaine school district addressed safety concerns and emergency-crisis planning in a letter posted on the district’s website on March 1. District superintendent Ron Spanjer wrote the letter in response to recent school-related tragedies and a misdirected email threat that the district received on February 22 that originated in Blaine, Minnesota. According to the letter, the district looks

at safety planning through four lenses: prevention and mitigation, preparation, incident response and incident recovery. Prevention In addition to social/emotional support, the district has the following in place to prevent safety threats: – Automated and non-automated procedures for campus wide lockdown announcement – Cell phone and two-way radio communication between buildings and to Blaine Police Department

– An anonymous tip reporting system – New door locking mechanisms, with more on the way in the high school remodel Video surveillance The district is also retrofitting interior doors to be lockable from inside. Staff can electronically lock new exterior doors at Blaine Primary School in an emergency, and the new high school will have the same features once complete, Spanjer said. (See Safety, page 3)

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will speak about his research of migratory birds at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street. Expert photographers and local birders Chuck Kinzer and Wayne Diaz will lead a walk to take photos around Birch Bay State Park at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. At 2 p.m., Ken Salzman will lead another photography workshop at the state park. To learn more, visit


Staff with the city of Blaine are anxiously waiting for Governor Jay Inslee to sign a bill and budget into law that will allocate a combined $1.75 million to two large infrastructure projects in Blaine. More than 300 bills were passed by state lawmakers during the 60-day legislative session in addition to supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets, which were passed just days prior to the session adjourning on March 8. The highlights for Blaine include the allocation of $1.2 million to extend utility infrastructure to east Blaine and $550,000 to update an Interchange Justification Report (IJR) for a project to add a new southbound off-ramp on I-5 at exit 274. “I believe the work done by our lobbyists as well as going to Olympia for faceto-face contact with key legislators made a tremendous difference in our success,” said mayor Bonnie Onyon in an email to city staff. Prior to the session beginning, the city contracted two consultants from Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs for lobbying services. I-5/Exit 274 The city came close to receiving funding for the I-5/Exit 274 interchange project during the 2016 and 2017 legislative sessions. In 2016, Senator Doug Ericksen removed the project from the transportation budget last-minute in favor of Ferndale and

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Funding ... From page 1

Lynden-based projects. In 2017, Inslee vetoed the project from the transportation budget, citing lack of information about its cost and scope; that year, the House and Senate approved $12.1 million for the 2023-2025 fiscal biennium. During a regular city council meeting on March 12, city manager Dave Wilbrecht said he didn’t expect Inslee to make any last-minute changes like last year. He said the funding will make a big difference to the city and noted the need to leverage additional funding down the road. District 42 representative Vincent Buys (R-Lynden) echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “Once

the study is complete, we look forward to working with the House Transportation Committee to find matching state dollars to fix the perennial issue our community members have had with that intersection and provide a better off ramp for both northand south-bound traffic.” Representative and House Transportation Committee member Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden) said, “The $550,000 for the IJR for I-5/exit 274 is a good start and necessary for federal funding in the future. It also keeps this project in the queue for future state transportation budgets.” The funding allocated to the I-5/Exit 274 interchange project in the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) transportation budget will be

used to update the city’s IJR, which was completed in 2009. Staff with the Washington State Department of Transportation will update the report, which determines the financial feasibility of the project plan. In 2016, the I-5/Exit 274 interchange project yielded a costly $45 million price tag. The next year, the city formed a new, more cost-effective plan and during the 2018 session, requested $25 million for phase two of the project, plus $550,000 for the IJR update. This session, Ericksen introduced Senate Bill 6440, which didn’t pass, but would have allocated $12.1 million toward the project. “I’m disappointed we weren’t able to restore the money,” Ericksen said.

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“Considering this was a supCity staff were grateful to be plemental budget we were fortuable to update the IJR. “While we hoped to fund exit nate to receive $1.2 million for 274 in its entirety, we didn’t the east Blaine utility infrastrucget our hopes up that in a sup- ture project.” Van Werven said. plemental budget year that “Blaine is on the verge of expanwould indeed transpire,” said sion and the mixed-use housing Blaine public works director project of Grandis Pond is key to Ravyn Whitewolf. “We are ex- that growth.” In 2017, the city paid for a tremely pleased with the out1,450-foot extension of sewer come of both requests.” line through LinEast Blaine coln Park and along State lawmakers D Street, but could included a project not afford the cost that will extend utilof extending utiliities infrastructure ties further east. In to east Blaine in the all, extending utilsupplemental capiities will cost $6.2 tal budget, approved million; already, a this month. private developer The city requested has committed $3 $3.25 million, but million in matching was allocated $1.2 funds, according to million instead. The the city’s legislative project is expected funding request. to spur long-awaited By the end of the residential develop– Ravyn Whitewolf year, Whitewolf ment in east Blaine. public works director said she is hopeful “[This is] a big the city can use the win,” Ericksen said. money to extend “It will reduce water and sewer rates for everyone in utilities up to the site of the East Maple Ridge development, which Blaine.” Currently, three medi- is located near Lincoln Park. “It was a large ask in a suppleum-to-large development projects – Bridges Plat, East Maple mental year when most districts Ridge and Grandis Pond – await were given only a few hundred proper utility infrastructure, thousand dollars in project fundsuch as connection to sewer and ing,” Buys said. “We should be power. Combined, the projects able to find funding for the recontain more than 1,400 lots and mainder of the project when we each has received approval to create a new, biennial capital budget next session.” build from the city.

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Preparation The district prepares for emergencies through lockdown drills and other training. The Blaine Police Department participates in those lockdown drills. Additionally, city, county and federal law enforcement conduct drills in school district buildings, and all levels of law enforcement and responders have electronic maps of all district buildings.

To communicate with the community during an incident, the district uses a telephone alert system and is working on a new website format to allow faster updates during a crisis. Incident response No two incidents are the same, Spanjer said, but in a crisis the district’s first priority is to “get students and staff secured so that law enforcement and emergency responders can carry out their responsibilities,” the letter read. Incident recovery The fourth pillar of the school’s emergency plan is in-

cident recovery and accounting for all students after an incident. Currently, the district plans to “reunify” students and staff on campus. The district is networking with other districts and analyzing other plans. The letter also outlines the district’s plans for the future, which include more hours for a school resource officer, continuing to improve door locking systems and more staff training. Currently, a half-time Blaine police officer is contracted with the district to be present on arrival, dismissal and lunchtime, but is on campus for most of the

Students take a stand against gun violence, organize march

rest of the school day, Spanjer said in a phone interview. The district has had a halftime student resource officer for roughly five years, Spanjer said. Before that, Blaine officers frequented campus but didn’t have an obligation to. “The objective is to have as much of that time as possible to interact with students during more informal periods of the day and to be visible during the larger-scale transition times,” Spanjer said. For more information, see Spanjer’s complete letter at



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B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e Inspired by young gun control advocates across the nation, two Blaine High School students are organizing ‘March For Our Lives’ as part of a worldwide protest of mass shootings at U.S. schools. “We want to take a stand against senseless gun violence,” said Aurora Edwards, 15. “Children should be able to come to school and feel safe,” added Emma Breedlove, 16. Edwards and Breedlove are 10th graders at Blaine High School who are leading the March For Our Lives event, which will begin at noon on Saturday, March 24 at H Street and Mitchell Avenue.

Students across the country created March For Our Lives and are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that aims to protect children from gun violence. Kids and families will take to the streets in more than 700 locations for March For Our Lives on March 24. In addition to the march this month, March For Our Lives encourages people to sign a petition that calls on lawmakers to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and to tighten background check laws – as of March 14, more than 221,000 people had signed it. Edwards said she was encouraged to organize the march by her guidance counselor, Rick Vander

s A ‘March For Our Lives’ sign outside of the Blaine school district.

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Yacht. He said he was inspired after “hundreds” of students at the Blaine school district walked out of class for 17 minutes last month in remembrance of the 17 individuals that were fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14. “I think it’s really cool when students have an opinion and lend their voice,” Vander Yacht said. “It was very powerful to see a couple hundred students in silence for the victims.” During the brief vigil, he said he was particularly inspired by Edwards because he could see her passion. Edwards and Breedlove said they’ve received a lot of support from their peers at school and from the administration and staff. Edwards said her grandpa, Jeff Schamel, made homemade signs for the march, which can be seen throughout town. The city has also granted a permit for the event. The route will start at the parking lot located at the corner of H Street and Mitchell Avenue. Marchers will proceed to downtown and end up at Peace Arch Park, where Edwards and her dad, Robert Edwards, will lead separate speeches. After, guests will have the chance to speak. “As a guidance counselor and as a teacher, it’s so neat to see students get their voice heard,” Vander Yacht said. “You can’t argue with school safety.” To learn more about March For Our Lives, visit

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The Northern L ght The Northern Light is published weekly by Point Roberts Press Inc. Locally owned and managed, the company also publishes the All Point Bulletin, covering Point Roberts, Mount Baker Experience, covering the Mt. Baker foothills area, and the summer recreation guide Waterside as well as maps and other publications. Point Roberts Press Inc. is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Chambers of Commerce of Bellingham/ Whatcom County, Birch Bay, Blaine and Point Roberts and the Bellingham/Whatcom County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors. Letters Policy The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor. Please include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters are limited to 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank-you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Consumer complaints should be submitted directly to the business in question or the local chamber of commerce. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published. Email letters to Publisher & Managing Editor Patrick Grubb Co-publisher & Advertising Director Louise Mugar Editor Stefanie Donahue Copy Editor Kara Spencer Reporter Oliver Lazenby Creative Services Ruth Lauman, Doug De Visser Office Manager Jeanie Luna Advertising Sales Molly Ernst, Janet McCall Catherine Darkenwald General Editorial Inquiries The Northern Light 225 Marine Drive, Suite 200 Blaine, WA 98230 Tel: 360/332-1777 Vol XXIII, No 38 Circulation: 10,500 copies

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Letters The Editor: Marie Odell [in response to a letter in the March 8 edition of The Northern Light] displays a misconception of what a disc golf course looks like. Rather than her description of “a beautiful grassy park,” a really top-notch disc golf course could best be described as a pristine natural setting with well-maintained trails – exactly like Lincoln Park. However, I have reservations about putting a disc golf course in an off-leash dog park. Aside from the risk of stepping in or, even worse, landing a disc in dog poop, there is the fact that dogs love to chase flying discs and are notorious for not playing by the rules. I have had more than one disc stolen by happy, playful dogs that just did not understand they were supposed to give them back without a fun chase. As a long-time disc golf enthusiast and a dog lover, I can assure you that disc golf and unleashed dogs are not a good combination (unless you are a dog – dogs love disc golf!) Now, if you just want to play catch with a disc (or a dog) that beautiful grassy park Marie mentioned would be perfect! Jeff Sterling Birch Bay

The Editor: [In response to multiple letters from the March 1 edition of The Northern Light]. Machine guns have been heavily restricted since 1934; you have to pass a special background check and the limited number of automatic rifles available sell for upwards of $15,000. Machine guns are not used in mass shootings. Suicides make up 60 percent of the 32,000 annually reported gun deaths; gang related shootings make up 70 percent of homicides. That means that justifiable homicide, accidents and non-gang murders make up around 2,400 a year, a figure which has also been dropping steadily for years in spite of a dramatic increase in the number of available guns. Since suicides are as high or higher in other countries with strict gun control, there is no reason to think that this would decrease much with more gun control. That the choice is facing an AR-15 or a single shot rifle is ludicrous. The vast majority of firearms made in the past 75 years are semi-automatic, just like the AR. The only difference between those and the AR is the accessories that decorate it, none of which increase its accuracy or lethality. Magazine fed, semi-automatic rifles have

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been commonly available since the 1920s and the AR-15 has been available since the 1970s. They are not machine guns. “Washington, like Florida, allows 18-year-olds to purchase an assault weapon with no background check”. False. All firearms purchased in this state require a background check and all firearms purchased from a dealer in all states require a background check by federal law. AR-15s are not weapons of war. They are a semi-automatic rifle in a small caliber, much like millions of other rifles such as the Ruger 10-22, perfect for hunting small game or self defense. The AR-15 is the civilian version of the M-16, an actual weapon of war. School shootings are not increasing, they are exceedingly rare, and the overall firearm homicide rate, as well as the violent crime rates, have shown downward trends for thirty years. And while we all discuss how to stop them, we could stop telling untruths about the guns that are used. Calvin Armerding Blaine Please send letters to no later than noon on Monday.

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Community Food Co-Op makes donating to Let’s Move! Blaine easy B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e This month, local shoppers can donate to Let’s Move! Blaine at the Community Food Co-op. A health-centric nonprofit geared toward local students, Let’s Move! Blaine, was chosen out of more than 60 applicants to participate in the SEED Program. Each month honors one local organization; during that time,

its eligible to receive 2 percent of the total sales during a designated ‘Community Shopping Day’ and all register donations given during that month. “This is such a great program in that the Co-op usually ends up donating between $1,500 and $2,000 to the participating organization,” said Let’s Move! Blaine board member, Kelle Rankin-Sunter. “At no cost to

the organization or the community – just go shopping like you normally would.” Let’s Move! Blaine’s ‘Community Shopping Day’ takes place Saturday, March 17 at the co-op. “We encourage all Whatcom County residents to shop on March 17,” Rankin-Sunter said. “Two major goals for the money received on our ‘Community Shopping Day’ will be to install water

bottle filling stations throughout the Blaine school campus and supporting the Grow For It! program.” Aside from Let’s Move! Blaine, the following organizations were also nominated for the SEED Program: Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, Growing Alliances, Communities in Schools of Whatcom County, ReUse Works, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

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The Northern Light • March 15 - 21, 2018

Sports By Oliver Lazenby

First-game jitters contribute to softball team’s loss to Lynden A lot about the Blaine girls’ varsity softball team is new. The team’s top pitcher has little experience in the position, a few key players are playing new positions and there’s a new head coach. “There’s going to be some moving parts in places and kids are going to have to step up for us,” said new head coach Nancy Williams. Williams has a simple goal in mind for the team: win the games they’re “supposed to win” and be competitive against tougher teams. At its season opener against Lynden – one of the conference’s biggest competitors – Blaine gave up 10 runs in the first inning and couldn’t recover as Lynden cruised to a 14–2 victory. Lynden placed second in the 2A Northwest Conference last season with a 10–3 record (Blaine’s record was 4–9). But aside from the first inning, Blaine did play competitively, Williams said, attributing the poor inning to first-game jitters. Blaine scored on hits by Karin Wildermuth and Sonya Reyes. “The defense started to come around and make plays and we got out of a couple innings,” she said. “That is what we are going to have to do more consistently if we plan to win games.” The game was Taylor Miller’s

first as a pitcher for Blaine’s varsity team. Miller is also a centerfielder, Blaine’s leadoff hitter, and an all-around team leader, Williams said. Miller hadn’t pitched before, but the team had few options. “She’s going to have to be on the mound for us most of the time. She’s willing to step up for the team and do that,” Williams said. “It’s a huge commitment. I have a lot of respect for her for stepping up as a teammate in that way.” Caitie Butters will also lead the team, Williams said. Miller and Butters, along with Mikayla Johnson are Blaine’s players to watch at bat. The team made changes around the infield, with some returning varsity players taking on new positions to fill gaps. Being the new head coach hasn’t been tough, Williams said. She coached the JV team for the past three years and she’s coached other sports at Blaine middle and high schools for the past six years. She’s also a P.E. teacher in the district. “It doesn’t seem to have been a difficult adjustment,” she said. “The kids know my coaching style, they know my personality, so there’s no surprises.” Blaine plays next at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Mount Baker High School.

s Coach Nancy Williams talks with Blaine infielders at Blaine’s season opener on March 12 at Pipeline Fields.

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Last year, the Blaine boys varsity soccer slipped into the postseason for the first time since becoming a 2A school, and that created excitement that is still palpable, head coach Gio Quesada said. “You can tell how the kids feel,” he said. “These kids are dreaming again of the postseason.” Before falling to Cedarcrest 3–0 in a loser-out playoff game, last year’s Borderites earned a 5–10 overall record. This year’s team has a lot of experience – about 80 percent played varsity last year. Senior team captains Ethan Wilkett, Alieu Diaw and Nicholas Wheaton all have multiple years of varsity experience. Senior goalkeeper Anthony Persse will also be a key player, Quesada said. “The keeper is one position you absolutely need,” he said. “The team feels they can do their job because Anthony does

his job.” Still, Quesada said others in the league have more players on club teams; although Blaine’s team might have less experience, Quesada continues to teach a tactical approach that involves players staying in formation on the field, a uniform style of attacking and defending and guidelines for which defender should attack the ball and where to channel the offense. It’s a technique used by more advanced teams and it requires discipline, something Quesada said this team has over last year’s team. To make it back to the playoffs, they’ll need to exercise that discipline and play like a team, Quesada said. “Last year the team made it to the postseason because they worked together,” he said. “I think this year the team has the potential to do that again.”

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the first game of the season. The Borderites play next at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Lynden Christian. The team’s next home game starts at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19 against Sehome.

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2018-19 Kindergarten Registration, 10 am-7 pm Student Late Arrival, 10:20 am M.S. Academic Assembly, 1 pm M.S. Drama Performance, 7 pm State Math Champs Asahikawa Band Community Concert, 7 pm School Board Meeting at Pt. Roberts P.S., 7 pm

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Spring Break M.S. PTSO Meeting, 7 pm P.S. PTO Meeting, 6 pm Student Late Arrival, 10:20 am E.S. PTO Meeting, 6 pm H.S. Student Conferences (11:50 am Release) P.S. Class Picture Day M.S. Spelling Bee, 2 pm Whatcom County Math Champs School Board Meeting, 7 pm H.S. Concert, 7 pm Teacher Workday (No School)

Capital Projects Update Phase 2 of Blaine High School’s construction project is proceeding on schedule with windows installed and the roof nearly finished. Throughout the spring, work will primarily be focused on the interior’s 19 classrooms. Tiger Construction has been awarded the contract for this summer’s remodel of Blaine Elementary School, as well as the seismic improvements to the Ken Waters and Middle School gyms. We continue to be thankful to voters for their support of these improvements on our campus.

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College Credit Earning Options at Blaine High School

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There are a variety of options for juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit for their classes. In addition to the traditional option of attending a Running Start program in Bellingham, students can also earn college credit right here on our Blaine campus. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) courses may earn college credit if they achieve a qualifying score on their final AP exams in May. This year, Blaine High School has significantly expanded College in the Classroom (CIC) options to a total of seven courses. Juniors and seniors who earn a C grade or higher in a CIC course will receive college-level credit for that course on a transcript through either Everett Community College or Central Washington University. Further details about Blaine High School’s College in the Classroom options can be linked from the District’s website under “School Highlights”.

School Calendar Due to schools being closed on Friday, February 23rd, the last day of the 201718 school year will now be on Friday, June 15. An updated school calendar can be found on the District's website, as well as a draft of the 2018-19 base school calendar which the Board will consider for adoption at their March 27 meeting in Point Roberts. Late Start dates will be added to the 2018-19 calendar prior to March 27 Board action.

Special Election on April 24, 2018

Following a review of facility and technology needs, specific to the next 5 years, Blaine School District is asking voters to consider a Technology & Capital Projects Levy in the April 24 Special Election. If approved, the Technology & Capital Projects Levy would collect $2 million per year for six years. The goals of this initiative include district-wide capital improvements, property acquisition for a future school site, and technology needs. While many school districts currently have a technology levy in place to ensure that students and staff have access to up-to-date resources, Blaine School District does not currently have a revenue source that is exclusively dedicated to this 21st century need. Our voters are encouraged to visit the District’s website ( for detailed information about our technology vision and goals, as well as the anticipated capital improvements that are targeted for the proposed Technology & Capital Projects Levy. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the District Office at 360-332-5881.

2018-19 Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year begins on March 15th. Your child is eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year if he/she is turning five years old on or before August 31, 2018. A copy of the child's birth certificate and updated immunization records are required for registration. Families with new kindergarteners are encouraged to enroll their child at Blaine Primary School as soon as possible for the next school year. The earlier that we can get the process underway, the smoother the transition will be for students, families, and staff in September. We look forward to meeting our new fall kindergarten families. If you have any questions or concerns about kindergarten registration, please call the Blaine Primary School office at 360-332-1300.

Education Support Professionals Week During Education Support Professionals Week, March 12-16, Blaine School District is pleased to recognize the diligent efforts of our classified staff. We are privileged to have a skilled and dedicated group of classified employees working each and every day of the program year to assure for the overall success of students. Over 130 classified employees arrive at work each day and demonstrate a tireless commitment to supporting the educational program in Blaine. We value the superior work done by our classified staff, and our accomplishments as a school system are dependent upon each and every one of them!

School Retirees Appreciation Week Education professionals don't stop caring about kids after retirement. Many school retirees continue to support education in a variety of ways. Retired educators in the Blaine School District continue to fill many critical roles in our school system from substitute assignments at both the certificated and classified levels, to volunteer work, to service on the Board of Directors. School Retirees Appreciation Week, March 19-25, is a time for us to recognize the continuing contributions that school retirees make in support of our youth.

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State lawmakers pass last-minute budget deal and property tax cut B y J os h K e l e t y , W N PA O ly m p i a N e ws B u r e a u On the final day of the legislative session, lawmakers approved a last-minute supplemental budget deal that funnels roughly $1 billion to K-12 public education and a $400 million one-time reduction in state property taxes. For the entire 60-day legislative session, lawmakers had two issues looming over them. Issues stemmed from the over $7 billion K-12 education funding reform package they passed last summer to meet the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary ruling that the state fully fund Washington’s public school system. The first issue was a November 2017 follow-up mandate from the court that lawmakers speed up funding for public school staff salaries – to the tune of $1 billion – and the second was constituent backlash to the statewide property tax increase they passed last year. Last month, state economists forecasted over 1 billion in additional unforeseen revenue would flow into government coffers over the next four years, and lawmakers began angling for using the money to both meet the most recent court ruling and cut taxes. The budget, which was unveiled on March 7 by House and Senate Democrats, includes not only the $1 billion to K-12 public education for school staff salaries, but also $306 million for mental health and $116 million to help low-income students pay for college tuition. Additionally, the budget agreement sets aside close to $150 million for in-contempt-of-court fines

lawmakers incurred by both the state Supreme Court following the McCleary ruling and a federal court after a 2015 mandate that the state improve mental health services, known as the Trueblood case. “We comply with our court obligation, we fully fund our K-12 responsibilities … we invest a lot more money in mental health in general,” said Senator Christine Rolfes (D– Bainbridge Island), who also acts as the Senate Democratic budget writer, at a March 7 press conference. Additionally, Democrats are rallying around the Senate’s proposal for reducing property taxes. Their plan, Senate Bill 6614, would lower state property taxes one-time from $2.70 per $1,000 in assessed value to $2.40 in 2019. The reduction would be funded by redirecting excess tax revenue that would otherwise flow into the state’s Budget Stabilization Account or “rainy day fund,” which is intended to buffer the state in economic downturns. Two weeks prior, House and Senate Democrats unveiled conflicting budget proposals: the Senate wanted to meet the most recent McCleary mandate while using the excess tax revenue to reduce property taxes, while House budget writers effectively ignored the court mandate and wanted to pass a capital gains tax to pay for future property tax cuts. However, House Democrats have since reversed their position. “Everything that is in this proposal is agreed to,” said House Appropriations Committee chair representative Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane) at the March 8 press conference.

Ormsby said that House Democrats dropped the push for a capital gains tax because it would have been “a difficult path,” he said. “Our number one priority was to get done on time,” Ormsby added. While Democrats may be in agreement, Republicans were salty about both the budget proposal and the proposed property tax reduction. At the March 7 press conference, Senate Republican budget-lead Senator John Braun (R–Centralia) said that the Democrats’ budget features a “tremendous amount of spending” and that “it could have been more disciplined.” At the March 8 floor vote on the budget, Republicans were unanimous in their opposition to the budget proposal. “This budget relies on a diversionary raid on the rainy day fund,” said Senator Sharon Brown (R–Kennewick). Senator Doug Ericksen (R–Ferndale) said that the legislature has to recommit itself to “fiscal sanity.” Democrats argued that the budget is balanced and will clear the legislature of its legal obligations. Senator David Frockt (D–Seattle) said at the March 8 floor vote that the fact that the budget meets the most recent McCleary mandate and pays the Trueblood court fines is enough to call it “terrific,” adding that those cases have been “roiling this body” for the past few years. The budget passed the House 54-44 and along party lines in the Senate 25-24. As for the Democrats’ proposed property tax reduction, Republicans are also largely uniformly opposed. Senate Republicans argued that the plan will drain state reserves and

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is a way for Democrats to get around rule in the state constitution that withdrawals from the rainy day fund require a 60-percent majority vote in the legislature, rather than a simple majority. Braun called the maneuver an accounting “gimmick.” “Fundamentally, this is a constitutional issue,” he said on the Senate floor on March 7. “I think that this will ultimately be seen as a unconscionable breach of the public trust.” Republicans also pointed to a March 7 statement from state treasurer Duane Davidson who said that the Senate’s attempt to divert funds from the rainy day fund sets a “dangerous precedent.” “Choosing to not save today when we’re experiencing extraordinary revenue growth

guarantees that our budget problems will be much greater when the next recession hits,” Davidson said in the statement. Democrats countered that state reserves will still be substantial after the diversion, and that providing property tax relief should be the immediate priority. “We are cutting property taxes. We are doing a $400 million property tax relief for residents of Washington state,” said Senator Mark Mullet (D– Issaquah) on March 7. “Taking $400 million before it goes into the rainy day fund does not put the state at risk.” Senator Reuven Carlyle (D– Seattle) called the property tax reduction an “extraordinary accomplishment.” Senate Bill 6614 passed the Senate on March 7 along party lines 25-23 with one excused.

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s Governor Jay Inslee signed a ban on bump stocks on March 6. Starting July 1, 2018, bump stocks will be illegal to manufacture or sell and starting July 1, 2019 the accessory will be illegal to possess. The bill allows police officers to seize the weapons and if found, possession or use of a bump stock qualifies as a felony.

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Bill to outlaw Atlantic salmon net pen farming awaits signature from governor B y A l e x V i ss e r , W NPA O ly m p i a N e ws B u r e a u The fate of the state’s fish farming industry is in jeopardy following the legislature’s passage of a bill that would prohibit new, renewed or extended leases on marine net pen farms that raise “nonnative” fish. The legislation passed the senate on March 2 and is headed to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk, where it awaits his signature before becoming law. Inslee has said on multiple occasions that he is in support of banning marine net pen facilities that use Atlantic salmon. House Bill 2957, sponsored by Representative Kristine Lytton (D-Anacortes) came in response to a 2017 incident near Cypress Island, in which hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon

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When shopping for a new car, savvy buyers know finding the right car involves more than just looking for the most comfortable or flashy vehicle. Several factors, including resale value, determine what makes a car the right car for a particular buyer. To maintain car value over the long term, consider the following: Pay attention to the exterior – much like homes with strong curb appeal can help homeowners when selling, vehicles can make strong first impressions on prospective buyers with how they look. Address any dings or dents on the car before putting it on the market and make sure the car gets a thorough washing and waxing prior to showcasing it for potential buyers. Upon purchasing new vehicles, drivers can maintain resale values by parking their cars or trucks in garages as often as possible to protect them from the elements. In addition, when parking in public, avoid tight

parking spaces that can increase the likelihood that other drivers will ding or dent the vehicle when entering or exiting their own cars. Protect the interior – a well-maintained interior will impress buyers. Preowned buyers may feel more comfortable buying cars with well-maintained interiors that still make them feel as if they’re buying a new vehicle. Vehicles with well-maintained interiors also give buyers the impression that sellers care about the vehicle and prioritized maintenance. Avoid eating in the car, and immediately address any spills or stains. When taking the vehicle to a car wash, spend the extra money to have the in-

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Nutritious diets are essential to long-term pet health. Many well-intentioned pet owners feed their pets foods they believe are nutritious, only to learn that certain foods, even those deemed healthy for humans, can be quite dangerous to dogs and cats. Cats and dogs metabolize foods and other substances differently from humans. WebMD reports that each year, there are more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning in the United States. Many of these instances were caused by household substances that may seem perfectly harmless. Medications, cleaning products and certain foods can poison pets. Dogs tend to be at higher risk for food poisoning, particularly because they are less discriminatory with regard to food. Before caving into the temptation to share snacks with their pets, pet owners should recognize the common foods the ASPCA and other pet welfare organizations list as the most likely to contribute to pet poisonings worldwide. Chocolate – Chocolate is accountable for roughly one-quarter of all toxic exposures. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause excessive thirst and urination, panting, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm and seizures. Serious cases can be fatal. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are especially dangerous for pets. Grapes/raisins – Grapes, raisins, sultanas, and currants, whether raw or cooked, can cause kidney failure in dogs. Not all dogs are affected. However, these fruits should be avoided. Symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting within 24 hours of

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6959 Fingalson Creek $485,000 Nearly 5 acres, gorgeous 4-BD, 2.5-BA 2810 SF open plan and natural light! Southerly-facing exposure, wall of windows, high ceilings. Nicely appointed kitchen overlooking expansive living & dining room. Walk outside to your personal garden & oversized yard. MLS# 1190470





Lot 7 - Salish Rd. • Birch Bay


Birch Bay Village vacant lot SOLD in just 3 Days! I have more buyers looking for land and homes in Blaine & Birch Bay. Why wait until Spring? Buyers are looking NOW! Please call me for a copy of my “Listing Plan of Action.” This is the action plan that I use to get property sold at the highest price, and in the least amount of time.

9416 Turnstone Ln #25 $795,000

Semiahmoo Shore BRAND new luxury home, unobstructed waterfront views. Ready to occupy and all the appointments you expect including full high-end appliance package, epoxy floor attached double garage, linear fireplace, hardwoods, tile, quartz, designer finishes, owner’s suite. MLS 1114030

Laura Marshall

Cole Markusen



7714 Birch Bay Dr. #409 $299,000

Home on 5 FLAT acres $329,900

Top Floor luxury condo in beautiful beachfront Grand Bay Resort Condos. 2-BD, 2-BA features soaring ceilings & add’l loft room & high windows. Upscale interiors, luxe master suite, deluxe kitchen, great room with spacious deckall in the heart Birch Bay. Steps to the Beach! Also includes custom hot tub, elevators & plenty of parking.

Very rare property on private rd off of E Hemmi Road, Meridian Schools mid country location, minutes from Bellingham with 1973 remodeled mobile hm, 2-BD, 1.5-BA, 1186 SF w/built up metal roof. Wood FP, private well & 3 bdrm septic. Secluded 5 acres, 12 min NE of downtown Bellingham. Private dead-end lane.

MLS #1247473

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Suzanne Dougan

Randy Weg


4830 Cedar Lane $274,900


2211 Washington St. $399,500

2-BD, 1-BA One house back from Birch Bay’s best sandy beach. Adorable remodeled cabin. Roof top balcony with water views. Ductless heat pump with A/C. Tankless hot h20 heater, propane free standing stove., everything gone through with owners pride in mind. Live and vacation on this warm water bay! MLS #1248443

Corner of Washington and West! Columbia Neighborhood Bellingham 1925 Charmer / Craftsman 1312 SF with 708 SF basement Hardwood floors and more!

Brian Southwick

Billy Brown





8 decades of combined experience with Blaine and Birch Bay Real Estate • 8105 Birch Bay Square • I-5 Exit 270 • Blaine 110 Cornerstone Dr. • Sumas • $311,250


NEW CONSTRUCTION! Brand new construction in Sumas! Beautiful 3-BD, 2-BA home overlooking ball fields just south of the City of Sumas! Open flr plan, vaulted ceilings, gas FP & many other upgrades make this a fantastic home in a great up and coming neighborhood!

Amy Bremer • (360) 961-0620 2104 East 6th Ave. • Port Angeles • $163,200


PORT ANGELES CHARMER! Well kept 2-BD, 1-BA 1 bath centrally located home in Gales Addition. Has a nice bonus room with propane insert. Large 2 car garage, mountain views and a quiet neighborhood make for a perfect setting. A must see!


Jeremy Porter • (360) 306-1794 8084 Skeena Way, Birch Bay • $395,000 BIRCH BAY VILLAGE! Quiet, private setting on Birch Bay Village pond! Deck overlooking pond with own private dock. Wood burning stove & new heat pump with A/C. Great flr plan with upstairs laundry rm convenient to bdrms. 1490 SF, 3-BD, 1.75-BA on a large lot. Lots of BBV amenities +24/7 security.

1504 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine • $245,000




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8140 Kitamat Way - Birch Bay Village


BRAND NEW, 3-BD, 2-BA on 11,932 SF lot, oversized finished garage. Great kitchen w/soft-close cabs, SS appls. Master w/recessed bed, great rm w/ fireplace & custom cabs. Enjoy moorage, golf, tennis, swimming, 24/7 security. R-52 wall installation and R-49 ceiling. CFC Construction.

at Headwaters On Terrell Creek. Zoned light industrial/residential. Owner terms available!

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Jairo “JB” Batres • (360) 306-9029 Christy Imperio • (360) 201-4100 8361 Semiahmoo Dr., The Pointe on Semiahmoo Tidal Way, Units 102H, 102I & 103I, Birch Bay • 299,900 to 304,900 WALK TO THE BEACH! The Tides at Birch Bay is a premier $1,999,888 - WATERFRONT MASTERPIECE!

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Walking Distance To Beach & State Park!

Townhouse-style in bright sunny location. 2 decks, saltwater views, roof-top community deck! 1/2 block to restaurants & sandy beaches. Modern living with gas FP, granite counters, hardwood & slate. Includes dishes, ENERGY EFFICIENT linens & quality furniture. 3-BD 3.5-BA, plus a murphy bed in the loft/bonus room.

Linda Coyne 360-510-7670


community of craftsman style cottage condos nestled on 11 acres of hillside above the bay. These beautiful private units are over 1100 SF, w/ granite counters, rock gas FPs, SS appls, 2-BD, 1.75-BA, bonus loft & office/den, +large covered back deck overlooking Birch Creek.

Luxury single story townhomes on Semiahmoo’s emerald first fairway!

2905 SF, 2-car Garage & Casita 8778 Clubhouse Pt. • $799,500

UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Completion 2018!

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SEMIAHMOO CONDO 2-BD, 2-BA, Completely furnished. Located on 8thTee! $1800/ mo. 1-yr lease.


2-BD, 1-BA SENIOR CITIZEN PARK. Unrestricted Bay views, Remodeled. $895/mo. 3-BD, 2.5-BA HOME. 1430 Blaine Ave. W/D, DW quiet area, garage. $1350/mo. N/S, N/P, OAC and deposits will apply. WE NEED PROPERTIES TO MANAGE,


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Ruth Skeete • (360) 358-5075 277 & 331 Whitetail Loop, Blaine • $415,000 to $424,800

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ONE-LEVEL LIVING! Rancher all one-level living with lots of extra room. Quiet neighborhood. Renovated and updated. Features laminate flrs, two wood-burning stoves, a newer roof and a newer heating system. Get inside and take a look. If you are looking for 4 bedrooms with super large family room area, look no further!


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The Century 21 National Quality Service Award – Ruth delivered exemplary customer service to her clients and attained an overall 95+ percent approval rating in the past year based on feedback provided by her customers.

Terry Conway • (360) 410-0503 9751 Vista Terrace, Blaine • $332,000

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WALK TO SCHOOLS & DOWNTOWN! SW-facing spacious, waterfront condo overlooking Semiahmoo & Drayton Harbor. Single level 3-BD, 1.75-BA, covered garage. Interior offers spectacular sunsets & scenic ocean views from LR, kitchen nook, & deck. Gas FP, jetted tub, handicap accessible entry, w/wide halls & galley style kitchen.

With timeless design-no expense spared! Shy of an acre, a private sanctuary offers 3,419 sq. ft & spectacular 139’ of waterfront w/extraordinary views! NW Asian design for refined living at its best! Chef’s kitchen, expansive great room, open floor plan & more.

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Great location with spectacular marina & park views. 850 s.f. Reception area plus 3 offices. MUST SEE! $1000/mo. plus utilities

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March 15 - 21, 2018 •


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. Following are the votes cast in March by District 42 representatives Vincent Buys (R-Lynden) and Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden) and state Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale). More details on the bills can be found online at


House Initiated Legislation 940: Initiative by the people to the legislature concerning law enforcement. Passed the House on March 8 by a vote of 55-43.


House Bill 3003: Relating to law enforcement. Passed the House on March 7 by a vote of 73-25.


Senate Bill 6032: Making supplemental appropriations for the 2017-19 state budget. Passed the House on final passage on March 8 by a vote of 55-44.


Senate Bill 6362: Modifying basic education provisions. Passed the House on March 8 by a vote of 50-48.


Senate Bill 6614: Concerning funding for the support of common schools. Passed the House on final passage March 8 by a vote of 59-39 with one member excused.

O B I T U A RY Malcolm “Mac” Muncy

June 6, 1939 - March 8, 2018 Mac Muncy, 78, of Birch Bay passed away at his home Thursday, March 8. He is survived by his wife Mary; children Danny, Denise, Kelly, Alix and Brandon; stepchildren Vicki, Dawn and Mark; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Private services will be held at a future date.



Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale)


WHATCOM COUNTY Proud supporters of the Blaine Community!

Senate Initiated Legislation 940: Initiative by the people to the legislature concerning law enforcement. Passed the Senate on March 8, 2018 by a vote of 25-24.


House Bill 3003: Relating to law enforcement. Passed the Senate on Final Passage on March 8 by a vote of 25-24.


Senate Bill 6032: Making supplemental appropriations for the 2017-19 state budget. Passed the Senate on final passage on March 8 by a vote of 25-24.


Senate Bill 6362: Modifying basic education provisions. Passed the Senate on final passage on March 8 by a vote of 25-23 with one member excused.


Senate Bill 6614: Concerning funding for the support of common schools. Passed the Senate on March 7 by a vote of 25-23 with, one member excused.

Lynden man missing, last seen on Froberg Road and H Street Road

Whatcom County Sheriff’s reports: March 1 -2

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is searching for Lynden resident, Robert Cross. Cross was reported missing at around 10 p.m. on March 6 at Froberg Road and H Street Road in Lynden, said WCSO chief criminal deputy Doug Chadwick. Cross, age 64, is an African American male with short black hair, brown eyes and is approximately 6-feet tall, Chadwick said. He drives a 2003 GMC Yukon SUV that’s maroon with the license plate number ‘BAS7258,’ he said. On March 12, Chadwick said cell phone records given to the WCSO indicated that Cross was in Bellingham on March 11, near Railroad Avenue and East Champion Street. WCSO deputies subsequently checked the area and were unable to locate the

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Unit 3, Semiahmoo Shore Condominium, 9431 Turnstone Ln, Blaine.


2-story condominium with 3,097 SF, 2-BD, 3-BA, 611 SF built-in garage, 303 SF patio, built in 2017, waterfront; marine view.

Unit 4, Semiahmoo Shore Condominium, 9429 Turnstone Ln, Blaine.


2-story house with 2,682 SF, 3-BD, 3-BA, 926 SF deck, 616 attached garage, built in 1996, waterfront; marine view, .81 acres land.

9100 Pintail Lp, Blaine


2-story house with 4,004 SF, 3-Bd, 3-BA, 258 SF deck, 232 SF patio, hot tub, 1,256 SF attached garage, built in 2001, .09 acres land.

5484 Canvasback Rd, Blaine


8660 Ashbury Ct, Blaine


DESCRIPTION HIGHER END HOMES: 2-story condominium with 3,053 SF, 3-BD, 5-BA, 608 SF built-in garage, 214 SF patio, built in 2017, waterfront; marine view.

Birch Bay Drive. March 1, 6:54 p.m.: Traffic stop on March 1, 8:12 p.m.: Shots on Drayton Harbor Road. March 1, 9:28 p.m.: Traffic problem

s Robert Cross.

on Sunburst Drive.

vehicle or Cross, he said. “Deputies, as well and family and friends, have checked places that he is known to frequent and [the WCSO has notified] area law enforcement agencies,” Chadwick said. “[Because] we have not located his vehicle, no area-specific search is underway.” Community members are sharing updates on the search at the Facebook page ‘Missing: Robert Cross.’ The page notes that Cross has a heart condition. If you or someone you know has any information about Cross’ whereabouts, call 911.

cumstances call on Birch Bay Drive.

March 1, 10:02 p.m.: Suspicious cirMarch 2, 9:36 a.m.: Suspicious person on Valley View Road. March 2, 12:44 p.m.: Citizen assist on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. March 2, 12:33 p.m.: Drugs cold call on Skeena Way. March 2, 3:11 p.m.: Drugs on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. March 2, 4:11 p.m.: Message delivery on Halibut Drive. March 2, 4:53 p.m.: Citizen cold call on Sunburst Drive. March 2, 5:16 p.m.: Panic alarm on Birch Bay Square Street. March 2, 5:26 p.m.: Drugs on Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

1-and a half story house with 3,050 SF, 4-BD, 4-BA, 898 SF attached garage, 117 SF patio, built in 2005, .32 acres land.

2-story condominium with 2,025 SF, 3-BD, 3-BA, 477 SF attached Unit 25, Semiahmoo Shore Condominium, 9416 garage, 210 SF patio, built in 2017, marine view and territorial. Turnstone Ln, Blaine. 1-story house with 1,855 SF, 2-BD, 2-BA, attached garage, built in 2017, .36 acres land.

5433 Wood Duck Lp, Blaine


2-story house with 2,667 SF, 4-BR, 3-BA, 624 SF built in garage, 1,120 SF shop, swimming pool, 280 SF patio, 822 SF deck, built in 1999, remodeled in 2014, 6.41 acres wooded land.

4020 Pipeline Rd, Blaine


1-story house with 2,854 SF, 3-BD, 3-BA, 790 SF attached garage, 292 SF deck, 240 SF patio, built in 1996, .41 acres land.

8707 Wood Duck Wy, Blaine


LAND: .49 acres residential lot, 90 feet waterfront, 50 foot dock; marine and territorial view.

8082 Comox Rd, Blaine


4619 and 4623 Hall Rd, Blaine


Gulf Rd, Tyee Dr & Peltier Dr, Point Roberts


.58 acres (3 lots) residential land. 5330 & 5326 Coastal Lp & 5417 Ocean Mist Lp, Blaine


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The Northern Light • March 15 - 21, 2018

Coming up


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38. Paddle 39. The body’s main artery 41. Altered the original state 44. Alleges 45. Short-billed rails 46. Northern Thai province 48. Albanian monetary unit 49. Who the Wolverines play for 51. Oath 52. Astronomical period 54. A single unit 56. Presides over 60. Spoiled tot 61. Hillsides 62. Fertility god 63. Assuage 64. Signs a contract 65. Ancient Greek war dance 66. Allows 67. Lunar crater 68. Crash a motorcycle (Brit. slang)

Precipitation: During the period of March 6 to 12, 0.41 inches of precipitation was recorded. The 2018 year-to-date precipitation is 10.71 inches.


Temperature: High for the past week was 68.0°F on March 12 with a low of 30.0°F on March 7. Average high was 52.6°F and average low was 35.3°F.

Police Reports March 5, 10:24 a.m.: Violation of restraining order on Adelia Street. March 7, 11:24 a.m.: Transient complaint on Marine Drive. March 7, 11:44 a.m.: Court commitment on Martin Street. March 7, 4:20 p.m.: Warrant served on H Street. March 7, 5:10 p.m.: Driving with a suspended license. March 7, 5:24 p.m.: Assault in the 2nd degree on H Street. March 8, 10:41 a.m.: Civil matter on 15th Street. March 8, 4:45 p.m.: Collision on H Street. March 8, 8:38 p.m.: Verbal report on D Street. March 9, 1:51 p.m.: Possession of marijuana on H Street. March 10, 11:00 a.m.: Dog complaint on Allen Street.

March 10, 1:20 p.m.: Driving with a suspended license on H Street. March 10, 8:08 p.m.: Abandoned vehicle on Peace Portal Drive. March 11, 10:56 a.m.: Dog complaint on Adelia Street. March 12, 3:55 p.m.: Missing person on H Street. March 12, 8:15 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances on Harrison Ave. March 13, 11:27 a.m.: Juvenile problem on 9th Street. March 13, 5:25 a.m.: Verbal report on Martin Street. March 13, 2:20 p.m.: Trespass issued on Peace Portal Drive. March 13, 3:00 p.m.: Trespass issued on Peace Portal Drive. March 13, 3:08 p.m.: Assist agency on Semiahmoo Parkway.

Report by Blaine Police Department.

Wings Over Water Opening Reception: Friday, March 16, 5–7 p.m., The Vault Wine Bar & Event Space, 277 G Street. Enjoy food and wine, silent auction, wildlife art and photography displays, meet featured artist Annie Moorehead, and enjoy a presentation by Ric Zarwell from Rock Jumper Worldwide Birding Adventures. St. Patrick’s buffet dinner $20, wine $5, beer $4. Bob Milne Performance: Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., Blaine Performing Arts Center. Enjoy music by world-renowned ragtime, boogie-woogie pianist. Adults $15, students $10 available at: Proceeds benefit Blaine Library improvements. Co-op Shopping Day: Saturday, March 17, Downtown and Cordata stores. All Whatcom County residents can benefit Let’s Move! Blaine by shopping at the Co-op on this day – 2 percent of gross proceeds will go to the organization. Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, March 17, 8–11 a.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee and orange juice. Adults $6, kids under 6 $4. Info: 360/332-8040. Wings Over Water Birding Festival: Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Blaine Middle School, 975 H Street. Expert wildlife speakers, wildlife and geology field trips, live raptor presentations, photography workshops, exhibits and displays, birding and wildlife cruises, kids’ activities. Info: 360/543-9982. Tree Sale: Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.–noon, Henry Jansen Ag Center, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Whatcom Tree Farm Forestry Association will sell 15 tree species at a $1 each. Info: 360/671-6988. Make a Bird Feeder: Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m.–noon, Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Celebrate Wings Over Water at the Blaine Library by making your very own bird feeder to take home. Everything you need will be provided. For grades K-5. Info: 360/305-3637. Grow An Amazing Organic Garden at Home: Saturday, March 17, 3-4 p.m., VW’s Home and Garden, 8210 Portal Way. Randy Ritchie, founder of Malibu Compost, will teach how to start from the ground up. Free. Register online at St. Patrick’s Day at The Vault: Saturday, March 17, The Vault Wine Bar, 277 G Street. Special corned beef dinner plus regular menu and live music from 7-9 p.m. with Chuck Dingee & Sharon Mayson. Irish Stew Dinner: Saturday, March 17, 4:30-7 p.m., Custer United Methodist Church, 2996 Main Street, Custer. Adults $9, kids 6-12 $6, under 6 free. Info: 360/366-5181. American Legion Breakfast: Sunday, March 18, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive. All ages can come for this all you can eat breakfast. Serving eggs to order, pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, ham, coffee, milk and orange juice. Adults $6, 6 years and younger pay $3. Salishan Neighborhood Association Meeting: Sunday, March 18, 3-5 p.m., 314 Boblett Street. Featuring guest speaker Alicia Rule of the Blaine Downtown Alliance. All are welcome. AARP Driving Class: Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Brush up on your driving skills, become aware of your physical changes and how they affect your driving. $15 for AARP members, $20 nonmembers. Info and registration: 360/3328040.

Tides March 16-22 at Blaine. Not for navigation.

Cosplay Murder Mystery: Friday, March 23, 6:30–8:45 p.m., Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. Join in for a night of cosplay and murder with friends (and foes!). Discover clues to solve the mystery and uncover the murderer! Pizza and goodies will be served. After hours program. For middle school and high school. Space is limited; registration required.

DATE TIME HEIGHT TIME HEIGHT Fr 16 6:18 am 8.9 12:05 pm 4.2 5:29 pm 7.9

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Th 22 3:16 am 4.7

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Youth Updates and Quarterly Report: Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m., Pizza Factory, 738 Peace Portal Drive. Healthy Youth Coalition gives a quarterly report.

Starting Your Vegetable Garden: Wednesday, March 21, 4–6 p.m., Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. Get started growing your own vegetables. Learn about choosing the right plant for the right place, fertilizers, microclimates, soil tests and amendments, seed starting, companion planting, mulching, composting, and pest controls.

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Furniture Sale: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2-6 p.m, American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive. Stop by for great prices on furniture.

3:55 pm 0.6 10:59 pm 8.2

Attracting Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden Class: Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m., VW’s Home and Garden, 8210 Portal Way. Free. Info: Pacific Arts Association Spring Concert: Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Featuring music by Gary Giles, Joe Robinson, Mary Kay Robinson, Wendy Donaghy and Jon Mutchler, plus Champagne and a chocolate fountain. Tickets $15 at Blaine Senior Center, Pacific Building Center and at the door. Proceeds benefit the Drayton Harbor Music Festival. Asahikawa Band: Monday, March 26, 7 p.m., Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Stret. Free concert featuring the gold medal band from Japan. Accepting cash donations or nonperishable food for Blaine Food Bank. Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.–noon, Good Samaritan Society-Stafholt, 456 C Street. Kids under 12 welcome to join the hunt. Info: 360/332-8733. Easter Egg Hunt And Wagon Rides: Saturday, March 31, 3-6 p.m., The C Shop, 4825 Alderson Road. Horse-drawn wagon rides from 3-6 p.m., Easter egg hunt from 4-6 p.m. Info: 360/371-2070.

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

March 15 - 21, 2018 •

Blaine students join national gun violence walkout

Whatcom Land Title opens in Birch Bay


1/2 PRICE!

B y S t e fa n i e D o n a h u e To better reach clients in north county, Whatcom Land Title opened a third location at 8105 Birch Bay Square this month. The business also maintains offices in Bellingham and Lynden. “This branch will be much more convenient for many north-county clients seeking title services and policies, including escrow closings,” said owner and CEO of Whatcom Land Title, Colleen Baldwin. “We’re just 4 miles from Birch Bay, 6 miles from Blaine and 8 miles from downtown Ferndale.” To learn more about Whatcom Land Title, visit

By Oliver Lazenby Blaine High School students joined students around the nation in walking out of their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14, for 17 minutes, one minute for every victim of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. “We walked out to show we care and want something to happen,” said student Emma Breedlove. “And also just to honor the 17 victims.” The students agreed the banning bump stocks nationally should be a priority for lawmakers.

HS band from Japan to perform in Blaine

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St. Patty’s Day Party Sat. March 17

Drink specials & GREEN BEER in the bar! Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner!

758 Peace Portal Drive Blaine 332-4045

Blaine Senior Center 763 G Street

Sat. March 24th 7 - 9 p.m.

Featuring these talented local musicians:

Gary Giles Joe Robinson Mary Kay Robinson Wendy Donaghy Jon Mutchler

s The award-winning high school wind orchestra from Japan at a recent performance.

By Oliver Lazenby An award-winning high school wind orchestra from Japan will play a concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 26, at the Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street in Blaine. About 60 students from Asahikawa City, on Japan’s north island of Hokkaido, will perform with the Asahikawa Commerce High School Wind Orchestra.

The band, which has won medals in national competitions, is touring the U.S. and Canada. The Japanese students will stay with families in Whatcom County and visit local attractions during their stay. In addition to the Blaine concert, they’ll tour Western Washington University, perform in Ferndale, ride the Plover ferry, visit Marine Park and take a walking tour of Blaine with a stop at

Photo courtesy of Leslee Smith

Edaleen Dairy for ice cream. “If you see the students at any of the activities in Blaine, you’re welcome to meet the students and say hi to them,” trip organizer Leslee Smith said at a February 26 school board meeting. Concert admission is free and the school is collecting donations for the Blaine Food Bank. The Asahikawa wind orchestra previously visited Blaine in 2005 and 2007.

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‘Spring Aboard’ campaign nears As the sun begins to come out, so will the boaters. Sunday through Saturday, March 18 to 24, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) will lead state, federal and other nonprofit agencies in educating local boaters about how to get certified and remain safe before the boating season begins. “When you are out on the water, you are responsible for knowing the laws and keeping yourself and others safe,” state parks boating program manager, Wade Alonzo. “Boating trends and statistics tell us that educated boaters are less likely to get in an accident. When people take a course, they learn a variety of skills that make them

better boaters. We want our waterways to be safe and fun for all recreational boaters.” Boaters in Washington must be certified and carry a Boater Education Card when operating a vessel with at minimum a 15-horsepower engine. To become certified, boaters can take part in instructor-led courses, online courses or complete an equivalency exam. Boater Education Cards can be obtained with proof of certification to the Washington State Parks Boating Program for $10. During ‘Spring Aboard’ week, boaters can receive discounts or incentives for enrolling in a course. To learn more about the campaign, visit


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