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City council considers ward-only voting move By Oliver Lazenby The manner in which Blaine city councilmembers are elected could change. Council at its May 14 meeting directed staff to prepare an ordinance for ward-only elections. In ward-only elections, councilmembers are elected exclusively by voters in their wards. Currently, if three or more candidates run in a particular ward, there’s a preliminary, ward-only election to select two can-

didates. The city at large votes on the top two candidates in the general election. “That’s a little unusual,” said city manager Dave Wilbrecht at the meeting. “Most every place I’ve worked candidates are voted on by constituents within their bounds.” Former city councilmember Dennis Olason, a longtime advocate of ward-only voting, brought the issue up to the council in a letter. The city will bring a proposal for ward-only voting to the council at

Two-times lucky with the Lady By Kara Spencer Local residents will have two chances to see the Lady Washington this year. The official tall ship of Washington, joined by companion vessel Hawaii Chieftain will be parked at the Blaine Harbor Marina on June 1-5 and again August 4-6. The Lady Washington’s first visit will be part of Ride to the Border day festivities, taking place Saturday, June 2. The replica of a Revolutionary War pri-

vateer will offer vessel tours at various times during its visit, along with Battle Sail or Evening Sail opportunities, which offer demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime amusements. Vessel tours have a suggested $5 donation; sailing event tickets cost $42 for children 12 and under and $79 for adults. In 1788, the original Lady Washington, named in honor of Martha Washington, became the first American vessel to make (See Lady, page 2)

one of the next two meetings, Wilbrecht said. State law requires public notice and a public hearing before council adopts new voting rules. Ward-only voting could potentially limit incentive for councilmembers to think about the city as a whole. “Right now, I feel like I represent every one in the city, and I like that,” said councilmember Eric Davidson. “If I’m only (See Ward-only, page 3)


Not all of the Blaine Police Department’s policies and practices are up to snuff with industry standards, according to a recent report. Produced through the Loaned Executive Management Assistance Program (LEMAP), the report is boiled down into 18 chapters and features more than 100 administrative and operational recommendations for the Blaine Police Department to consider. It was released on March 28 by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), which provides management consulting and other technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in Washington. “The goal of this LEMAP review is to provide the Blaine Police Department and city officials with a critical look at the organization through the eyes of peer professionals,” reads the report. “The resulting report should serve as a guide to identify areas in need of strengthening and highlight positive and innovative programs and practices.” The LEMAP report was conducted by chief David Doll, lieutenant Don Almer and sergeant Jay Hart of the Bellingham Police Department; chief John Dyer, and administrative manager Julie Ubert of the Lake Stevens Police Department; Kelly Donnelly, a police records specialist; and Michael Painter, WASPC director of professional services and LEMAP lead. On February 20 and 21, the LEMAP team visited the police department to interview staff and gather information. In preparation, they reviewed documentation given them by interim police chief Michael Knapp. A former chief of police in Medina and Ferndale, and a member of WASPC, Knapp has had prior experience with LEMAP. “It provides the guide post for change,” Knapp said of the report. “It gives you some direction to prioritize your efforts and I’ve done this in every department I’ve been in.” Knapp was hired to serve as interim police chief last November, a day after longtime chief of police Mike Haslip retired. City manager Dave Wilbrecht asked Knapp to review the policies and practices of the

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department. The LEMAP report cost the city $4,670, according to finance director Jeffrey Lazenby. Wilbrecht said he has wanted to contract a third-party assessment of the police department for some time, but cost estimates from consultants have always come in too high. He was pleased to hear about LEMAP, which can only be requested by a police chief. “This is an invitation process,” Wilbrecht said. Considering that police deal with high-risk activity, “the city is interested in best practices,” he said. Report Conclusions While the LEMAP report had a lot to say about the Blaine Police Department, it emphasized that updated organizational policies, comprehensive training for personnel and supervision of all policies and training are first priority. The report pointed out that most of the police department’s policy manual was written in 2002 and 2003 and has received only minor updates. Because the manual is “outdated” and “largely ignored” by employees, a “significant and dangerous organizational void for agency operations and administration” has been created. At the time assessment was conducted, the police department did not have policies to ensure compliance with the constitutional requirements of several “in-custody situations.” The report states that the department lacked written policies for conducting interviews and interrogations, access to counsel, search and seizure actions, strip and/or body cavity searches and the arrest or detention of foreign nationals, among others. As well, there was no mission statement for the force. The manual did contain several sections about daily operations and the chain of command. The police department is also working to install a system called the Lexipol Knowledge Management System, which provides law enforcement agencies with standard policies written by legal and public safety professionals. Staffing is also a big challenge for the police department which, at the time of the assessment, was comprised of 12 officers (including the police chief) as well as two full-time and one part-time employee in the records section. Lisa Moeller, who previously worked as the records supervisor for the police department, resigned in late February.

Knapp estimates that the department, at minimum, requires 15 police officers – 12 that are assigned to patrol as well as one lieutenant, one full-time detective and the chief. “Most small agencies struggle with staffing and Knapp is in the process of developing a strategic plan that will allow for two officers working 24/7,” according to the report. Knapp and Wilbrecht said hiring additional staff will take time, and more importantly, money. “The city council and the citizens are going to have to come to terms with that,” said Wilbrecht, who retires in June. “I think it’s going to be a big challenge ... city council is going to have to make some difficult decisions.” Knapp has already created a temporary lieutenant position and has promoted two sergeants and would like to appoint a third sergeant. How the records section staff retain and destroy police records was also cited as a problem. According to the report, the department kept records dating back to 1980. Staff told LEMAP assessors that records were never destroyed. As well, older police records were stored separately from newer police records. In Washington, records can be destroyed or transferred after a retention period, which varies depending on the document; while agencies can hold onto records, it is considered best practice to destroy them once the retention period has elapsed. If the department received a public records request for older records, it only provided “limited electronic data” and told the requestor there was no additional data. “This response is likely false,” read the report. “The public records act mandates that agencies provide all available data, upon request, and failure to do so leaves the agency at high risk of a claim.” Knapp said the police department hired a temporary contractor to archive records after the report was released. LEMAP assessors called the department’s training “disorganized” and “somewhat neglected,” while noting that “training curricular for small agencies is particularly challenging, but a complete review of future training needs and execution of meaningful training must be an agency priority.” Officers take part in weekly training sessions about a variety of topics, such as firearms, defensive tactics and operational tactics. They reported that they appreciate the ‘hands-on’ training, but said it was limited. Very few officers could expound on topics like Amber Alert, de-escalation tactics or laws related to issues such as use of force. The report also referred to “reported tension” between Haslip and Wilbrecht. Wilbrecht said, “[Haslip] asked for a lot of things that were needed to do the job [including additional police personnel]. The city is a very modest city, financially. There’s a lot of things we’re not doing in every department. It just gets discouraging,” he added. The Northern Light provided Haslip with a copy of the report,

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but did not receive comment before presstime. Next steps? “Eighty-five percent of this document relates to housekeeping rules,” Knapp said. “The areas that we must concentrate on are those that relate to the core principle of this department – to provide public safety.” The report’s critical nature is typical, he said, pointing out “that collective wisdom is better than my single view.” Wilbrecht said the report will be helpful in hiring a new police chief. The city recently selected Prothman Company for recruitment services; Knapp recommended it after working with the firm to recruit the Ferndale Police Department’s new police chief. “For me, I was really looking forward to the report so we have a really clear path forward for the new police chief,” Wilbrecht said. “[The new chief is] going to have to be motivated.” He added, “the city is in a difficult financial position. I’ve been talking about that for five years.” Wilbrecht said the city will soon receive a list of applicants for the chief position and will begin scheduling interviews. Knapp will remain in the interim position for the time being, he said. “I’m flexible. Exactly when I’m going to leave, I don’t know for sure.” To see a copy of the report, visit

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s An appreciative and generous crowd helped raise funds for the Drayton Harbor Music Camp and Festival at a fundraiser held May 12 at the Blaine Harbor Center. Over $6,000 was raised in the event which featured music by Doug Engerman’s band, KODJ (Keeping our Day Jobs), Blaine High School jazz band teacher Mike Dahl, Blaine alumni Matt Kelly and high school students Tim Schrader and Wyatt Irwin. Above foreground, from l., Kristin Engerman, Kristie Pater, Pam Cochran, Laura Aoesved and Steve Pater.

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The Editor: The proposed “Golf Cart Zone” on Birch Bay Drive has the potential to cause serious safety hazards; I hope that the county council is astute enough to vote it down. Birch Bay Drive, especially between Birch Point and Harborview, is not strictly a tourist zone, it is an important arterial road between home and work, school and shopping, for people who live in Birch Bay Village, Bay Ridge, and other homes on and off Birch Bay Drive. All of Birch Bay Drive is a “no passing” zone and in many places the shoulder is too narrow to fully accommodate a golf cart; the interaction of commuter traffic and golf carts would be inevitable resulting in vehicular traffic being held up, or would force drivers to cross a double solid line into oncoming traffic in order to pass. If a golf cart overtakes a pedestrian or bicycle rider, they would be forced further into the traffic lane leading to more dangerous interaction with vehicular traffic. Even without golf carts, this road is already quite dangerous for pedestrians and bikers, especially children; and with the new Birch Bay Beach Park, the chamber is already gearing up to attract many more visitors to the area. It makes no sense to add to the congestion hazards by introducing golf carts into the mix. Linda Cain Blaine The Editor: Thank you for keeping the Blaine and surrounding communities informed of what is happening with the Healthy Youth Coalition. Your articles and photographs published in The Northern Light keep our hard work visible and as a community we can be aware of what has been accomplished since January 2018. Please continue to follow our progress

as we strive to provide opportunities for teens. Jesse Creydt, Healthy Youth Coalition Blaine The Editor: For the past 13 years, local three- and four-year olds in our community have had the opportunity to share in learning with Miss Michelle at Grace Lutheran Preschool. Recently she announced her desire to spend more time with her family. It’s hard to believe that some of her past students are now teenagers, while others have just completed their first sessions of ABCs and sign language in her classroom. Parents have cherished, over the years, the arts and crafts projects made by little hands and carefully preserved them. Both parents and students will remember some of the rhyming songs for many years to come. Preschool is truly the stuff of which special memories are made! In recognition of Miss Michelle and to thank her for the years of wonderful times shared together, past and current students and their families are invited to attend our church service on Sunday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, we will hold a reception in the fellowship hall. Please feel free to bring a card and include a message that includes a note about a special preschool memory. If you would like more information about this event please call 360/332-6589. We hope you will join us. Larry Van Wanseele, director Grace Lutheran Preschool The Editor: I have been perplexed by former President Obama’s goal to “fundamentally change” the United States of America. During the most recent presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama, talking about Republi-

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cans, suggested that when they go low, we go high. She must have vertical dyslexia. The biased media continue to demonize our president, degrade his family, his employees, and those who are pro-Trump. Are they so involved in hating, they will try anything to destroy the President? If a person only listens to, watches or reads liberal media, they must be disgusted by now. Behavior toward our president, our country, and its citizens is by many, demonstrated with protest and hate speech. Political correctness has become a movement of resistance to free speech, press, and religion, among others, and encourages victimization and division. Modeling and encouraging behaviors such as compassion, honesty, love, tolerance, appreciation for difference of opinion, and embracing our freedoms makes America the great nation that it is. Do I think President Trump always displays appropriate behaviors? No. He was elected because of his policies. He is a pragmatist – an outsider – not a politician. His objective is to get things done, not necessarily to address a political agenda. In America, we have the privilege of being able to vote for the candidate of our choice. The one we pick may not always win. If we feel our elected politicians are doing a good job for our country, we have the ability to re-elect them. If we feel they do not, we can vote them out. Susan Werner Blaine The Editor: There is a saying, “Figures don’t lie, but (See Letters, page 5) Please send letters to no later than noon on Monday.

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Ending the season with a bang, Blaine varsity softball won both games of a double-header at home against Meridian on May 10. Blaine won the first, a league game, 14–4, and the second nonleague game 15–5. The Borderites’ bats were hot from the beginning. Taylor Miller hit a double to start the game and scored on a single by Mikayla Johnson. By the end of the inning Blaine had four runs and didn’t let up all night. “We went out in style,” head

coach Nancy Williams said. “We were mentally focused and we played really well.”It was Blaine’s senior night and the seniors stood out throughout the games, Williams said. “Caitlin Butters made some great plays at third. Taylor Miller went 7-for-8 at bat and she hit her first and only home run of the whole season. She was in the zone,” Williams said. “It was a great farewell. Saying goodbye to the seniors at that game wasn’t so hard. Everyone was enjoying themselves and soaking in the victory.”

s Blaine pitcher Taylor Miller capped off her season by winning both games. Photo by Oliver Lazenby

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Four wrestlers place in state competition Four Blaine wrestlers placed at the Freestyle and Greco State Championships on May 4-6 in Centralia as part of the Whatcom Wrestling Academy, a new local club wrestling organization. Blaine High School students Jacob Westfall and Aidan Button took home trophies, along with middle school students Cael Button and Nahum Vasquez. Westfall earned third place in Greco and seventh place in freestyle at 195 pounds in the junior division. Aidan Button placed third in Greco and fifth in freestyle at 160 pounds in the junior division. Cael Button placed fifth at 97 pounds in the school boy division, and Vasquez earned seventh place at 113 pounds in the cadet division.

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s Aidan Button, l., and Jacob Westfall medaled at the Freestyle and Greco State Championships. Photo courtesy of Colt Warren

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Blaine to spend up to $200,000 for cop cars By Oliver Lazenby Blaine City Council approved spending up to $200,000 to purchase five refurbished police cars at a May 14 council meeting. The new cars will replace existing vehicles with interior mold and mildew, steering issues, engine noise, fading paint and possible fire risks, according to memo documents. Five police cars and two other vehicles no longer used will be declared surplus and sold at auction. Funds will come from the city’s sale of 2.28 acres of its former airport property to Chuckanut Bay Foods for $396,644. Interim police chief Michael Knapp recommended that the city purchase five cars as soon as possible at a finance committee meeting on April 19, saying five of the police department’s 14 patrol vehicles are currently “unserviceable.” Councilmember Alicia Rule asked what police officers are

s A Crown Victoria police car, due to be replaced. Photo by Oliver Lazenby driving now, given that five cars need to be replaced. Knapp wasn’t at the meeting to explain to councilmembers why five cars need to be immediately replaced. “It’s my impression that one car is always in the shop,” said city manager Dave Wilbrecht. “There’s always a car breaking down and they cycle through.” The cars being replaced have mileage ranging from 100,000 to 135,000, with most over 120,000, said city finance director Jeffrey Lazenby. The vehicles are Ford Crown Victorias that are no lon-

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See you Ferndale Public Marketstarted May 18th! The Cityatofthe Blaine Water Division flushing the City's water distribution system. This is accomplished by opening hydrants along the system (starting at the well fields) to move fresh water throughout the distribution system. The purpose of flushing the system is to remove any grit and debris in order to improve water quality through the distribution system. During the city flushing program city water customers may experience a temporary low water pressure and/or cloudiness when flushing is going on. The cloudiness condition (caused by air) should be only temporary, and can be cleared by running a cold water tap for a few minutes to clean and flush your service line. If the condition continues for an extended period of time please contact the Blaine Public Works. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, feel free to call Public Works at 332-8820. Leroy Dougall, Blaine Public Works.

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ger being produced, dating from 2000 to 2005. Lazenby said new police vehicles can cost as much as $80,000. The city expects to spend between $30,000 and $40,000 on each refurbished vehicle. Blaine police officer Skylar Deffinbaugh, who’s currently managing the department’s vehicle fleet, said in a phone interview that the department would likely buy refurbished Ford Utility Interceptors. The refurbished vehicles will be 2014 models or later, have 60-70,000 miles on them and last three-to-five years. “This is seen as a catch-up plan, more or less,” Deffinbaugh said. “These are not vehicles we’ll have for 10 years, but they’ll get us to a higher operational level.” The police department currently has 10 primary patrol vehicles and four secondary vehicles. At any given time, officers are using between six and eight vehicles, Deffinbaugh said. “It has been difficult. We’ve done a shuffle the best we can to keep things going,” he said.

City to repair skate park By Oliver Lazenby The Blaine Skateboard Park will be receiving approximately $5,000 worth of repairs to its concrete pad and aging ramps in the near future. The city plans to fix holes and gaps in the concrete and resurface the largest ramp in the park, located at 635 4th Street behind the police station, said Blaine community planner Alex Wenger. Both the concrete and the ramp have holes the width of skateboard wheels. The city also plans to reinstall several rails and smaller features that were removed after vandals cut the bolts securing the obstacles to the concrete, Wenger said. The skate park, which consists of pre-made ramps sitting on a concrete pad, is considered a “high-maintenance facility.” A similar sized concrete skate park, which would require less maintenance, could cost roughly $300,000 to build, Wenger said. The city hopes to repair the concrete pad and reinstall rails in May and resurface the large ramp in June. The city of Blaine used $35,000 in its 2016 budget for improving the skate park last year. It spent $3,734 to purchase several used ramps from the city of Covington and the rest on refurbishing the purchased ramps and skate park obstacles already in place.

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Waterslide Wednesdays $12 day pass for kids when they join BBBPRD2

Movie Nights FREE! Friday nights at sunset at the Birch Bay Activity Center

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Picnic in the Playground: Let’s celebrate National Kids to Parks Day by bringing the family to Bay Horizon Park. There will be games all related to Star Wars. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be available for sale at the playground. DATE: Saturday, May 19 TIME: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm AGES: All Ages COST: $3 for food only. Games are free. LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini St., Birch Bay.

Dog Party at the Kite Festival: Kite flying on the beach in Birch Bay. Games for dogs. Photo contest and prizes. Costumes encouraged. DATE: Saturday, May 26 DOG PARTY: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm AGES: All COST: FREE LOCATION: Birch Bay Community Beach Property, 7930 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay

JUNE Hawaiian Luau Dance Party & Tall Ships: 90-minute ZUMBA dance party, 1/2 hour Hula Hoop party to follow. Kids craft table. Pizza & Smoothies. Sugar Shack Ice Cream will be on site at 11:30 am. DATE: Saturday, June 2 TIME: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm AGES: All ages COST: FREE LOCATION: Blaine Harbor Gate #3, 235 Marine Drive, Blaine

Kids Play Mondays: Play games with Josh for fun and fitness. June 18: Soccer June 25: Volleyball TIME: 2:30 - 5:30 pm AGES: 6 & up COST: FREE LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Walk to White Rock, BC Cross Border Fun. Meet at the American Kitchen at Peace Arch Park. Passport, NEXUS or enhanced driver’s license required. Start at Peace Arch Park, cross the border into Canada, walk along Beach Road to Marine Drive in White Rock. Stroll the White Rock Promenade, have lunch and return to the U.S. 6 miles roundtrip. DATE: Wednesday, June 20 TIME: 10:00 am AGES: All ages COST: Bring money for purchase of lunch in White Rock

LOCATION: Peace Arch Park to White Rock, BC Canada

7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

World Swim Lesson Day: This fun class is a great way to learn basic water safety. DATE: Thursday, June 21 TIME: 4:30 - 5:30 pm AGES: Ages 0 - 14 COST: FREE LOCATION: Birch Bay Waterslides, 4874 Birch Bay - Lynden Rd., Blaine

Come join Zac and crew from Unknown Board Store for his skateboard tips and techniques. FREE skills clinic, bring your own board or scooter. DATE: Saturday, July 7 CLINIC: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CONTEST: 12:00 - 3:00 pm COST: FREE / $1 for BBQ lunch LOCATION: Blaine Skateboard Park, 635 4th Street, Blaine

Beach Critter Crawl: See what lies beneath the rocks. Learn about the critters unique to Birch Bay. DATE: Friday, June 29 TIME: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm AGES: Kids of All Ages! COST: FREE LOCATION: BP Heron Center at the Birch Bay State Park, 7290 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay.

Summer Family Fun Series Bring the whole family out for an evening of games and fitness! Snack provided. Sunday, June 24: Family Circuit TIME: 5:00 - 6:30 AGES: All Ages COST: $10 per family LOCATION: Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th Street, Blaine.

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Waterslide Wednesdays: Spend a day at the Birch Bay Waterslides with the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Rec. Space limited so register early at DATE: July 11, 18, & 25 TIME: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm AGES: Grades 3 - 11 (must have finished Grades 3 - Grades 11 in June 2018) COST: $12 / Blaine-Birch Bay resident LOCATION: Birch Bay Waterslides, 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay

Blaine Summer Skate Camp:

Blaine Summer Skate Camp is an opportunity for kids who are new to, or interested in, the sport of skateboarding to learn new skills in a positive & encouraging environment with local skateboarders Matt & Paul. Bring JULY helmet, skateboard. DATE: July 17, 19, 24 & 26 Summer Family Fun Series TIME: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Bring the whole family out for an evening of games and fitness! Snack AGES: 5 - 12 COST: FREE, please pre-register at provided. Sunday, July 1: Hungry Hungry Hippos LOCATION: Blaine Skateboard Park, Sunday, July 8: Family Yoga Mix 635 4th Street, Blaine Sunday, July 15: Family Basketball Skills and Drills Hikes Around Whatcom County Sunday, July 22: Family Boot Camp and Beyond: Explore the beauty of Sunday, July 29: Family Minute to Whatcom County – Meet at Birch Win It Games Bay Activity Center at 8:00 am for TIME: 5:00 - 6:30 carpooling unless otherwise AGES: All Ages specified. COST: $10 per family Mt. Erie -Tuesday, July 17: LOCATION: Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th Mt. Erie is a 160-acre Park. At Street, Blaine. the top of Mt. Erie, elevation Kids Play Mondays: Play games 1,270 ft, choose from four with Josh for fun and fitness. viewing areas and be rewarded with July 2: Dodgeball spectacular views in every direction. July 9: Water Fun Day Mt. Erie is the highest point of FidalJuly 16: Kickball go Island and is part of the former July 23: Water Fun Day Anacortes watershed. This hike will July 30: Pirate Day combine Mount Erie with Sugarloaf TIME: 2:30 - 5:30 pm for a great elevation-rich hike of AGES: 6 & up almost 5 miles round trip. Pre-regisCOST: FREE tration required. LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, COST: FREE, bring a sack lunch.

2018 EVENTS May 26 & 27

Kite Fest

July 14 & 15

Sand Sculpture Competition

August 11 & 12

Rollback Weekend

September 1 - 3 Discovery Days Events are held at the Birch Bay Community Beach Property, 7930 Birch Bay Drive in Birch Bay.

Junior Golf Camp: Learn the basic fundamentals of golf in this fun week long camp on the golf course. Beginner and experienced player levels. DATES: July 23 - 27 TIME: BEGINNER - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EXPERIENCED - 10:30 - 3:00 pm AGES: 8 - 15 years COST: $50 for week camp. Includes lunch, snack, golf balls and use of clubs. Must be pre-registered by July 19. Scholarships available. Contact BBBPRD2 for details. LOCATION: Birch Bay Village Golf Course Picnic at Marine Park: Help us celebrate National Parks and Recreation month. Join us for a cookout at the Marine Park playground. DATE: Saturday, July 28 TIME: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm AGES: All Ages COST: $3 LOCATION: Marine Park Playground, next to the Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility, 272 Marine Drive, Blaine

AUGUST Waterslide Wednesdays: Spend a day at the Birch Bay Waterslides with the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Rec. Space limited so register early at DATE: August 1, 8, 15, & 22 TIME: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm AGES: Grades 3 - 11 (must have finished Grades 3 - Grades 11 in June 2018) COST: $12 LOCATION: Birch Bay Waterslides, 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay

Run to the Border: Kids 1-mile dash, All ages 5k race. Sponsored by Let’s Move Blaine. Kids! Stick around for Pirate Daze! DATE: Saturday, August 4 TIME: Kids - 8:30 am; 5K - 9:00 am AGES: All COST Visit www.letsmoveblaine. org to register LOCATION: Marine Park, Blaine

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International Sculpture Exhibition – Peace Arch Park

May 25 - Sep 3 Plover Ferry Passenger Rides & Fri, Sat & Sun A.P.A. Museum Saturdays (June - Oct )

Blaine Gardener’s Market H Street Plaza 10 am – 2 pm

June 2

Tall Ships & Ride to the Border

July 4

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration Parade & Fireworks

July 8 - 14

Drayton Harbor Music Festival

July 14

Art to Jazz Street Fair

August 4 & 5

Drayton Harbor Days & Tall Ships

Community funded recreational and activity programs for all ages, reflecting our northwest lifestyles and spirit for life. Our mission is to provide recreational opportunities, maintain sites that enhance our quality of life and preserve the natural and recreational resources of the district. Elected Commissioners: Jeff Carrington, Chairman Doug Robertson, Treasurer Billy Brown Sheli Moore Richard Sturgill Staff: Heidi Holmes, Program Manager Joshua Davies, Jenny Kendall Leila Humphrey, Activity Coordinators Raina Lenton, Office Assistant Ted Morris, Director

Pirate Daze: Pirates, games and a whole lot more, mateys. Come dressed for Pirate mayhem and don’t be afraid to get wet at the annual Grand Finale Water Balloon Battle. DATE: Saturday, August 4 TIME: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm AGES: All ages COST: FREE LOCATION: Marine Park Playground, Marine Drive, Blaine

Kids Play Mondays: Play games with Josh for fun and fitness. August 6: Teddy Bear Jamboree August 13: Water Fun Day August 20: Gymnastic Day August 27: Basketball TIME: 2:30 - 5:30 pm AGES: 6 & up COST: FREE LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Slip and Slide Kickball Picnic: Bring your family and friends out for a fun day of food, fun and slip and slide kickball! Snack Provided. DATE: Saturday, August 11 TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 pm AGES: Family teams encouraged, everyone welcome. COST: $10 per family or $3 individual. Must pre-registered by August 9. LOCATION: Peace Arch State Park, 19 A Street, Blaine, WA.

Summer Dance Party with Dana: Award-winning children’s recording artist, Dana will rev up the fun on the stage at the Blaine Marine Park Amphitheater. Kids literally “jump” into the music as this dynamic entertainer involves them in her participation-oriented show, featuring songs from her 6 hit recordings. DATE: Tuesday, August 21 TIME: 10:30 am to 11:30 am AGES: 2 - 8 years COST: FREE LOCATION: Marine Park Amphitheater Marine Drive, Blaine

FAMILY FUN Hikes Around Whatcom County and Beyond: Meet at Birch Bay Activity Center at 8:00 am for carpooling unless otherwise specified.

Lake Ann - Mt. Baker DATE: Tuesday, August 28 - Enjoy upclose, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. COST: FREE, bring a sack lunch.

TIME: 10:00 am Kid’s Smolt Sprint 10:30 am 5k Run/Walk AGES: All ages COST: FREE LOCATION: BP Highlands, 5042 Grandview, Blaine.

SEPTEMBER Kids Olympics at Birch Bay Discovery Days Try your hand at fun beach games! DATE: Sunday, September 2 TIME: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm AGES: 4 - 12 COST: Free LOCATION: Birch Bay Community Beach Property, 7930 Birch Bay Drive, Birch Bay

Hikes Around Whatcom County and Beyond: Meet at Birch Bay Activity Center at 8:00 am for carpooling unless otherwise specified.

Lake Whatcom - Chanterelle Trail DATE: Tuesday, September 4: The new Chanterelle Trail in North Bellingham’s Lake Whatcom Park is destined to become a popular hiking destination. The trail ascends 1,000 feet in 2.4 miles through a mix of forest types to a scenic overlook of Lake Whatcom and Lookout Mountain. COST: FREE, bring a sack lunch.


Run with the Chums - Run or walk on a scenic loop through the BP Highlands and learn more about watershed health while taking care of your own health. This family friendly event offers a kids’ smolt sprint, prizes and more!! DATE: Saturday, September 15

Waterslide Day Passes

Blaine-Birch Bay Park & Recreation is teaming up with the Birch Bay Waterslides this Cash or Check ONLY! June! Passes valid in June only. Must be a fulltime resident of Blaine & Birch Bay (ID required). Purchase passes at the Birch Bay Activity Center. Limit 5 passes per day. For more info, call 656-6416


Returns this Summer! Fridays, August 3, 10, 17 1 - 3 pm. 3rd Street, Between H and Martin.

FREE, Wet Fun!

May 18: Star Wars V Empire Strikes Back PG May 26: Star Wars VI Return of the Jedi PG June 1: Big Hero 6 PG June 8: No Movie - Center closed for floor maintenace June 15: No Movie - Center closed for floor maintenace June 22: Tomb Raider 2018 PG-13 June 29: Up PG July 6: Black Panther PG-13 July 13: Mummy Returns PG-13 July 20: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off PG-13 July 27: The Fifth Element PG-13 August 3: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides PG-13 August 10: Princess Bride PG August 17: The Dark Knight PG-13 August 24: Men in Black PG-13 August 31: Jurassic Park PG-13 Please Note: We will bring back in the fall movies that are younger children friendly.

Sponsored by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2. Sign up today by calling 360-656-6416

Let’s Get Fit: In this fun, family friendly atmosphere you can build strength and endurance using hand weights, bands, steps. Kids welcome. DATE: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays TIME: 8:00 - 8:45 am COST: $3 drop in, $15 punchcard or $30 monthly. LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Step Aerobics: A high powered workout with fun movement patterns on the step. Movement options available. DATE: Fridays w/ Jo-Anne TIME: 9:00 - 10:00 am COST: $3 drop in. LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

POUND Rockout Workout: Channel your inner performer & rock your body with this modern-day fusion of movement and music. Using RipstixTM - weighted drumsticks engineered for exercise - POUND transform drumming into an effective full-body workout. DATE: Mondays TIME: 6:00 - 6:45 pm DATE: Wednesdays TIME: 6:00 - 6:45 pm DATE: Thursdays TIME: 10:30 - 11:15 am LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay Yoga Mix: A mix of Thai Chi, flow, strength, balance, opening stretches, and restorative poses. DATE: Thursdays 8:15 - 9:15 am COST: $5 drop in. Childcare provided. LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center,

COST: $50 per month LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

ONGOING FITNESS 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Total Barre®: Sculpt lean and tone muscles with this energizing and dynamic group class designed to challenge and change your body. No dance experience or tutus required! Total Barre efficiently blends Pilates with dance, cardio and strength-training specifically challenging arms, legs and core to strengthen and lengthen the body. DATE: Tuesdays, 8:45 - 9:30 am w/ Angela Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:15 with Jen, starting July 10. Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:15 am w/ Angela COST: $5 drop in fee Saturdays, 8:00 am with Jenny LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay ZUMBA® Fitness: Every class feels like a party! Just move your body and follow, it’s easy! With Christina Wed: 9:00 - 10:00 am Zumba® Circuit Fri: 9:00 - 10:00 am Zumba® Fitness COST: $3 drop-in fee LOCATION: Blaine Pavilion 635 8th St., Blaine With Jenny Mon: 9:00 -10:00 am Zumba® Gold starts June 4 Tues: 6:15 - 7:15 pm Zumba® Fitness Sat: 9:00 - 10:00 am Zumba® Fitness COST: $3 drop-in fee LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center 511 Gemini Street, Blaine

Enhance flexibility & balance, Increase peace of mind and lower levels of stress, bolster overall health & immune system through movement & stretching. With Maureen. DATES: Tuesdays, 9:45 - 10:45 am Thursdays, 6:15 - 7:15 pm COST: $5 drop in fee LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay DATES: Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am COST: $5 drop in fee LOCATION: Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th St.

Qigong & Meditation: This class combines the ancient practice of Qigong along with time spent in meditation. Class offers gentle movement with a sense of presence and reflection. All levels welcome. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 4:00 - 4:45 pm LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay DATE: Thursdays, starts June 7 TIME: 9:00 - 9:45 am LOCATION: Blaine Pavilion, 635 8th St. COST: $5 drop in fee AGES: 16 & up

Ballroom Dance: 4-week class teaches you the basics of ballroom dance. A new dance move taught each month. Instructors Megan and Wendy Bloom will teach you the basics. Having a partner is not required. DATE:Tuesdays, June, July & August. AGES: 16 and up TIME: 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Yoga - For Body, Mind & Spirit:

The Tall Ships Are Coming to Blaine! We are celebrating with a

Hawaiian Luau

Dance Party

Saturday, August 4 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Blaine Marine Park



All Ages Welcome

Saturday, June 2 • 10a - 12p

Pirate Games

Blaine Harbor Gate #3 235 Marine Drive, Blaine

90 minute Zumba Dance Party Hula Hoops, Hawaiian Pizza, Smoothies, Sugar Shack Ice Cream

Costume Contest Water Balloon Battle for more info

Pilates Mix: A mix of standing Pilates, Pilates with tools, mat Pilates, and opening stretches. DATE: Wednesdays TIME: 9:00 - 10:00 am COST: $5 drop in Childcare provided. LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

STRONG by ZUMBA® Class combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music designed to match every single move. DATES: Sundays, starting June 3 TIME: 9:30 - 10:30 am COST: $3 LOCATION: Blaine Pavilion 635 8th St., Blaine DATES: Thursdays, starting July 12 TIME: 5:30 - 6:15 pm COST: $3 LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Open Gym: Join us in the gym for basketball. DATE: Fridays , 5:30 - 8:00 pm DATE: Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm AGES: All COST: FREE LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Open Gym Badminton DATE: Sundays TIME: 3:00 - 6:00 pm COST: $3 drop in fee LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay

Pickleball Open Gym: Pickleball is a cross between tennis and badminton using a lower net with a whiffle-type ball and short paddles. Indoor and Outdoor courts available. DATE: Mondays 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Wednesdays 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30 pm (advanced 3.5+ ratings only) Fridays 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm COST: $3 drop-in fee LOCATION: Birch Bay Activity Center, 7511 Gemini Street, Birch Bay Visit for a printable schedule and information.


25 FRIDAY 7 PM Spokeshave Hustle Band BP Heron Center

26 SATURDAY 10 AM Bird walk with the Audubon Society

26 SATURDAY 6 PM SARDIS Live Raptors Wildlife Theater

JUNE 2 SATURDAY 11 AM BEACH FEST & FEAST 12:00 PM Jerry’s Journey Sign Dedication Lunch 12:30 PM Live Music 1 to 3 PM BP Heron Center Park Free Day

8 FRIDAY 7 PM Sample some honey & learn about Pollinators Wildlife Theater

9 SATURDAY 7 PM SARDIS Live Raptors Wildlife Theater

15 FRIDAY 7 PM Orcas of the Salish Sea Wildlife Theater

16 SATURDAY 11:30 AM Exploring Low Tides BP Heron Center

16 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

22 FRIDAY 7 PM Learn the State Park’s archeological past Wildlife Theater

23 SATURDAY 2 PM REI - Dutch Oven Cooking Wildlife Theater

23 SATURDAY 7 PM Movie: Deconstructing Eden BP Heron Center

29 FRIDAY 2 PM Beach Walk 4 - 6 PM Chautauqua Workshops Pot-Luck Dinner 6 PM Open Mic 7 PM BP Heron Center

30 SATURDAY 10 AM Bird Walk with Audubon Society BP Heron Center

30 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

JULY 4 WEDNESDAY 2 PM Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence BP Heron Center

7 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

7 SATURDAY 7 PM Mysterious Life of BATS. Wildlife Theater

13 FRIDAY 6 PM Stirred not Shaken Band BP Heron Center

14 SATURDAY 11 AM Beach Walk BP Heron Center

14 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

20 FRIDAY 7 PM Raccoons & Other Backyard Critters Wildlife Theater

21 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

21 SATURDAY 7 PM SARDIS Live Raptors Wildlife Theater

27 FRIDAY 6 PM Swing Set Band BP Heron Center

28 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

28 SATURDAY 7 PM Falcons - Live Show BP Heron Center

AUGUST 3 FRIDAY 6 PM BEES & Honey Tasting Wildlife Theater

4 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

10 FRIDAY 6 PM Spokeshave Hustle Band BP Heron Center

11 SATURDAY 10:30 AM Intertidal Guided Beach Walk BP Heron Center

11 SATURDAY 4 PM Junior Ranger Program Wildlife Theater

17 FRIDAY 6 PM Marine Mammals Wildlife Theater

All programs are FREE. Donations are gladly accepted. 2018 Free Parking Days: June 2 June 9 & 10 August 25

18 SATURDAY 10 AM Native Plant Walk BP Heron Center

24 FRIDAY 6 PM Owls & Other NW Birds Wildlife Theater

25 SATURDAY 5 PM Music - Bellingham Community Band Tuba Warm Up 6 PM Music - Bellingham Community Band Wildlife Theater

31 FRIDAY 6 PM Celtic Roots Band BP Heron Center

SEPTEMBER 1 SATURDAY 6 PM SARDIS Live Raptors Wildlife Theater

For More Info Parking Pass Required.

waterside. May 17 - 23, 2018 •



Discover the best of Coastal Washington and British Columbia

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re you planning a trip around Coastal Washington or across the border? If you haven’t set plans for a weekend trip this summer, now is the time – and we have your best resource! Waterside 2018, the cross-border coastal travel guide is making its way onto stands soon, and we have the best hikes and quick trips all laid out for you. Our magazine showcases 19 coastal communities, including Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo, as well as tide tables, whale watching opportunities, recreation rentals and more. Whether you hope to island hop the San Juans or sit out with your toes in the sand in White Rock, B.C., we can tell you how the town began, when to visit for the big events and where to get the best seafood. To stay in the know about each town this summer, follow our Facebook page at and visit our website Make the most of your local area and pick up a copy around town! Share our website with your friends to help them stay in the know and see the gorgeous area we live in! Happy Exploring!

Deception Pass Bowman Bay - Photo by Pam Headridge

A special thanks to our local advertisers: • Billy Brown with Windermere

• Birch Bay Waterslides

• Smuggler’s Inn B&B

• Paddle and Pedal Adventures

• Chada Thai

• Semiahmoo Marina

• Peach Arch Corner Restaurant + Bar

• Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa

• Blaine Chamber of Commerce • City of Blaine

• Evergreen Cannabis • Dank of America

• The C Shop

• The Vault Wine Bar & Event Space

• Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce

• Rawganique

• Birch Bay Café

• Grandview Golf Course

• Bay Center Market

• Paso Del Norte

• Miniature World Family Fun Center

• Drayton Harbor Music Festival

• Mike Kent with Windermere

• Peach Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition

• Blaine Harbor/Port of Bellingham

• Thousand Trails

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The Northern Light • May 17 - 23, 2018

Keeping your pets safe and sound when the warm weather hits Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require pet friendly/safe sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer. Don’t take your pets to crowded summer events such as concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for pets. Be aware of the signs of heat stress, which may include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, and/or a deep red or purple tongue. If your pet does

Adopt a pet! We’re looking for good homes!

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Hi, I’m Toonces! To adopt one of us please call our Adoptions department at (360) 733-2080 or visit us at 2172 Division St, Bellingham, WA 98226

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As we head into warmer weather, the Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) is encouraging pet owners to take precautions to protect their companion animals from the summer dangers. When traveling by car this summer, you may want to take your pet with you. Be aware, the inside of your car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and only dispel heat through the pads of their feet or by panting. Pets who are left in hot cars even briefly can suffer heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and die. If you see an animal in a vehicle that needs assistance, please contact WHS or your local animal control agency immediately. Pets and pools can equal disaster. Prevent free access to pools and always supervise a pet in a pool. Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets while

they’re enjoying the great outdoors so they can stay cool. If you plan on traveling with your pet during warm weather months, take the time to prepare for your furry friends in advance. Many airlines have summer pet embargoes, and most trains and ships will only allow service animals. When traveling, make sure you animals is wearing current identification. Remember that pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws. Another warm weather threat are fleas and ticks. Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to manufacturers’ instructions.

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become overheated, you need to immediately lower his body temperature. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over his body to gradually lower his core body temperature. Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. Most importantly, get him or her to a veterinarian as soon as possible. If you see an animal in distress, WHS urges you to contact your local animal control and rescue department for assistance. Whatcom Humane Society Animal Control can be reached at 360/733-2080, ext. 3017.

Want healthier kids? Get a pet If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. Pets are added responsibilities, but the health benefits associated with pet ownership may be well worth the investment of time and effort. Caring for a pet is sometimes viewed as a childhood rite of passage, but there’s much more to the experience than just learning responsibility. Experts say a child’s emotional, cognitive, physical, and social development can be enhanced through interaction with a family pet. Studies continue, but the effects of family pets on children was heavily researched by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson in 2003. Melson looked at literature on child-animal relationships and found that children who had pets were better able to understand biology and children who could turn to pets for unconditional emotional support were less anxious and withdrawn than their peers without family pets. Data from a small study conducted by researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University reported that adolescents who had

animal experience were more likely to see themselves as important contributors to communities and more likely to take on leadership roles. Pets also can help children develop into well-rounded individuals. Playing with a pet requires children to engage in physical activity and can help stimulate motor skills. An English study conducted in 2010 found that children from dog-owning families spent more time in light or moderate to vigorous physical activity and recorded higher levels of activity counts per minute than kids whose families did not own a dog. Pets may help with allergies and respiratory ailments as well. A 2012 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered that children who have early contact with cats and dogs have fewer respiratory infections and ear infections and need shorter courses of antibiotics than children who have not had contact with pets. Studies have indicated that the type of pet a family has, whether it’s horses, dogs, snakes, etc., does not matter, as all companion animals have the potential to benefit children. The lesson to be learned? Get the pet.

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CITY OF BLAINE MAINTENANCE WORKER FULL-TIME SUMMER SEASONAL Applications are being accepted for full-time summer seasonal work with the Public Works Department. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 25, 2018. Please review the job post on the City’s website for more details: The City of Blaine is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Real Estate

The Northern Light • May 17 - 23, 2018

Windermere Real Estate/Whatcom Inc. 360.371.5100

8105 Birch Bay Square St. I-5 Exit 270, Blaine






9424 Turnstone Ln #29 $795,000


8738 Charel Dr $599,000

5741 Kildeer Wy $739,000

Charming craftsman character home. Private with majestic evergreens & park-like grounds. 4-BD, spacious bonus room with spectacular view & a gourmet kitchen. Wrap-around front porch, lovingly cared for and updated. Furniture, TVs & accessories sold by separately for $30,000.

9056 Shearwater Rd $889,000

Back on market due to buyer financing. Superb architecture, high-end finishes & panoramic VIEWS of Semiahmoo Bay. Prime beach access w/ amenities of waterfront living! Skylights, vaulted ceilings & windows embrace bright natural light.

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2875 SF Sunrise home w/spectacular view of Drayton Harbor and Mt. Baker. Includes Guest Casita with private entry. Top of line finishes, hardware, flooring, full appliance pkg. Extensive hardwood flooring, linear fireplace, quartz counters. MLS# 1200998

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Minutes to U.S./Canada Border; under 2 hour drive to Seattle. DIRECTIONS: Exit 270 West on Birch Bay Lynden Rd., R on Harborview, L on Lincoln Rd., to Semiahmoo Pkwy., Semiahmoo Shore on Left.

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4781 South Golf Course Dr. $629,500

Modern 4200 SF, 4-BD, 3.5-BA on two levels. Sealinks gated community in Birch Bay. Main level living with 2 ensuites. Hardwood, granite, stainless, pantry, deck, patio and so much more. Separate canning kitchen on second level. 1 minute walk to the beach, and center of town.

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February 2018 deadline was from Wrecking Ball Demolition for the amount of $406,361.79. City of Blaine staff recommended that the council reject the bid “due to the high cost and the approach required to tear down the building,” said building official Tim Woodward. The council voted 6–0 to reject the bid at its May 14 meeting. The building shares structural supports with two other properties directly north. Wrecking Ball’s approach involved stabilizing supporting walls of the other properties, making the job more costly. The city has requested that the owners of the affected properties stabilize the shared supports at their own expense. The city plans to re-bid the project once that’s complete. “Based on talks with our consultant we believe the next round of bids will come in significantly less,” Woodward said. ❦ Update to street vacation ordinance City council unanimously passed an update to the city’s street vacation code, which is the process for transferring public right-of-way to a private owner. The vacation process can be started when the owners of more than two-thirds of the property abutting the street or alley to be vacated petition to have the rightof-way vacated. The city’s updated code requires that a public hearing follow a petition for vacation. The city previously did hold public hearings about street vacation, said public works director Ravyn Whitewolf, but now it’s officially in the code. “Before it was really undefined. This takes the ambiguity out of it,” she said. City council can also initiate a street vacation. ❦ Bid award for Loomis loop electrical work The Loomis Trail Golf Course development is especially susceptible to power outages, but that could change soon. The city council awarded a $235,226 bid to Sail Electric of Bellingham to install new underground cable that will make electrical infrastructure in that area redundant. The bid was more than the city’s estimate of $196,343 for the project, but Sail Electric was the lowest of four bidders.

B.C. woman dies in head-on crash A Richmond, B.C., woman died in a Blaine car accident after colliding with a semi-truck just south of H Street on the Pacific Highway on May 13. Tupou Dyck, 56, was driving north on the truck route in a white 2016 Honda Accord at 4:27 p.m. when she crossed the centerline and collided head on with a semi-truck driven by Jagjit Dosanjh, 51, of Surrey, B.C., according to the Washington State Patrol. Both drivers were alone and wearing seatbelts. Dyck was pronounced dead at the scene. Dosanjh was uninjured. The cause is under investigation.



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Atwood Ales hosting farm and brewery tours By Oliver Lazenby Blaine brewery Atwood Ales has made waves in the local beer scene, but since it doesn’t have a taproom, some locals haven’t yet had the chance to see the brewery in action. Atwood Ales is changing that

More sports ... By Oliver Lazenby Track athletes headed to district meet Dalton Mouw and Rani Prasad each made the podium twice in the 2A Northwest Conference Track and Field sub-district tournament on May 11 at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. Mouw finished second in the 200 meters in 22.90 seconds, and second in 400 meters in 51.08 seconds, a season’s best time. Mouw also placed fifth in 100 meters in 11.47 seconds. Prasad threw the shot put 39 feet, 10.5 inches for second place, and placed third in discus with a 105-foot, 2-inch throw. Other top performances from the boys include: Porter Schmidt placed third in shot put with a season’s best throw of 49 feet, and Isaiah Russ placed fifth in the 300 meter hurdles in 42.59 seconds, a personal best. For the girls, Josie Deming placed third in javelin with a 123-foot, 6-inch throw; Cassidy Condos placed fourth in pole vault, clearing 9-feet, 6-inches, a personal best; Ayanna Holguin placed fifth in 100 meters in 13.60 seconds and fifth in 400 meters with a personal best time of 1 minute, 2.25 seconds; and Brynn Hallberg placed fifth in javelin at 108 feet. Blaine track and field athletes compete next at the district meet – the qualifying meet for state competition – at Lakewood High School on Friday, May 18.


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ACROSS 1. Color 4. English prince 10. When you’ll get there 11. Pivot 12. Actinium 14. Greek letter 15. Primordial matter 16. One of a Polynesian island 18. Most spacious 22. What you owe 23. Button-like ornament 24. Ancient city 26. Trauma center 27. CNN anchor Burnett 28. Enough (archaic) 30. Lebowski’s nickname “The __” 31. Printing speed measurement 34. Waterbirds 36. WWI airship 37. Sudden attack

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3. Delicacies 4. Spanish be 5. Miami Heat great 6. More slick 7. Turn away 8. Made a second thrust 9. Where injured ballplayers end up 12. As quickly as can be done 13. Military disguise 17. __ and Dad 19. Mythological wind (Greek) 20. Slides without control 21. Principle or belief

Books and Bites: Friday, May 18, 1-2:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Bring a lunch if you’d like and join the lively conversation at this book discussion opportunity. Discussing The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan.

25. Unusually large 29. Naturally occurring solid material 31. Backsides 32. Large orange-brown butterfly 33. Old Testament prophet 35. Women’s apartments in a Muslim palace 38. One who waters down 41. Made a visual representation of 43. Continent 44. Flat pieces of rock 45. Very long period of time 46. Radioactivity units 47. Fields of study 49. Distinctive, pleasant smell 56. The Constitution State (abbr.) 57. South Dakota

American Legion Breakfast: Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Post 86, 4580 Legion Drive. Come by for all you can eat pancakes, eggs to order, biscuits and gravy and French toast. Open to the public. Info: 360/371-7311.

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Precipitation: During the period of May 8–14, 0.2 inches of precipitation was recorded. The 2018 year-todate precipitation is 17.6 inches.


Temperature: High for the past week was 82.3°F on May 14 with a low of 47.1°F on May 12. Average high was 49.9°F; average low was 71.7°F.

May 12, 2:08 a.m.: Assist sheriff’s office on Beachcomber Drive. May 12, 8:32 a.m.: Drug investigation on 2nd Street. May 12, 1:15 p.m.: Welfare check on 3rd Street. May 12, 1:50 p.m.: Traffic complaint on D Street. May 12, 4:29 p.m.: Domestic violence report on E Street. May 13, 2:35 a.m.: Assault on Peace Portal Drive. May 13, 4:27 p.m.: Collision on State Route 543. May 13, 7:30 p.m.: Violation of protection order on 15th Street. May 14, 7:46 a.m.: Assist border patrol on 1st Street. May 14, 12:37 p.m.: Civil matter on Earls Court. May 14, 2:58 p.m.: Assist sheriff’s office on Boblett Street. May 14, 5:17 p.m.: Informational report on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. May 15, 1:50 p.m.: Warrant arrest on H Street. May 15, 2:28 p.m.: Trespass issued on H Street.

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Live Music at the Wheelhouse: Friday-Saturday, May 18-19, 7:30 p.m., Wheelhouse Bar and Grill, 746 Peace Portal Drive. Featuring the Silver City Band. Whatcom Symphony Orchestra: Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre. Performing Carmina Burnana. Info: 360/734-6080. Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, May 19, 8-11 a.m., Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street. Biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast, waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Adults $6, kids under 6 $4. Info: 360/332-8040. Picnic in the Playground: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Birch Bay Activity Center and Bay Horizon Park, 7511 Gemini Street. Star Wars-themed games, free fitness demos, food and fun. Presented by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District. Info: Travel to India with Lawrence Pang: Saturday, May 19, 1-2:30 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Discover the people, the food, the architecture, and more. Info: 305-3637. Beachside Beerfest: Saturday, May 19, 1-6 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway. Get your tickets for the beachside beerfest and barbeque. Tickets $35 per person. Info: “She Walks In Beauty” Dance Performance: Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m., Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street. Dancers from DayTo-Day Dance perform. Tickets at the door, $10, kids under 5 free.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking: Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-8 p.m., Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd Street. Learn how busy people with busy lives can help fight against human trafficking in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Info: 360/305-3637. American Legion Garage Sale: Friday-Saturday, May 25-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, May 28, 1-5 p.m., 4580 Legion Drive. Open to anyone hoping to sell their items. Keep your profit or donate earnings to Post 86. Info: 360/961-3043. Kite Festival & Pet Show: Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Birch Bay Beach Park, 7930 Birch Bay Drive. Fun on the ground and in the sky. Kites for kids $2 for first 200 kids each day. Pet show at 1 p.m. both days and pet adoptions all day. Vendors and bouncy house. Info: El Buen Pastor Fundraiser: Saturday, May 26, noon, Birch Bay Village Clubhouse. Silent and live auction benefitting an orphanage in Morelia, Mexico. Hot dog and ice cream field benefitting the Blaine School District’s Family Service Center. If interested in attending, please call Melanie 360/393-3774 or Mary 360/392-8453. For You, For Life, For Energy: Wednesday, May 30, 6 p.m., Whatcom Physical Therapy, 250 G Street. Learn the science behind BEMER therapy and how it has impacted the health of millions in a noninvasive and natural way. Complimentary BEMER sessions following. Info: 360/332-8167. Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain: June 1–5, Blaine Harbor, 235 Marine Drive. Vessel tours, battle sails, evening and adventure sails. Info and tickets: Blaine Gardener’s Market: Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Blaine H Street Plaza. Food, crafts and fun. Info:

Police Reports May 9, 1:36 p.m.: Abandoned vehicle on 300 Martin Street. May 9, 2:22 p.m.: Driving with a suspended license on 2nd Street. May 9, 3:09 p.m.: Assist sheriff’s office on D Street. May 9, 4:09 p.m.: Warrant arrest on Martin Street. May 10, 6:55 p.m.: Littering on B Street. May 10, 9:35 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances on H Street. May 10, 11:19 p.m.: Trespass issued on H Street. May 10, 11:40 p.m.: Blaine warrant served on H Street. May 11, 8:19 a.m.: Theft from a building on D Street. May 11, 10:16 a.m.: Drug investigation on H Street. May 11, 12:05 p.m.: Assist fire department on Cedar Street. May 11, 2:27 p.m.: Welfare check on Peace Arch Court. May 11, 3:28 p.m.: Found property on H Street. May 11, 5:05 p.m.: Driving without a license on Drayton Harbor Road. May 12, 1:28 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle on Grant Avenue.

Coming up

Beach Fest and Feast: Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Birch Bay State Park. Educational displays, scavenger hunt, beach walk with naturalists from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and clam chowder lunch starting at 12:30 p.m. Suggested donation of $5. Info:


Ride to the Border: Saturday, June 2, Downtown Blaine. Approximately 11:30 a.m., Legion Riders from the west coast arrive, beer garden and live music from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., kids’ Hawaiian dance party at Blaine Harbor, 235 Marine Drive. Info:

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9th Annual International Slug Races: Saturday, June 2, 12:30 p.m., Blaine H Street Plaza. Bring a slug or choose one from our stable of fine racers. Prizes for kids. Info: 360/332-8082. “We Are Grace” Garden Tour: Saturday, June 2, 1–6 p.m., Walking tour of area home gardens for enjoyment and inspiration for your own garden. Maps available starting May 25 at Grace Lutheran Church, Blaine Visitor Center, Edaleen Dairy, Blaine Library and Blaine Senior Center. Info: 360-332-6589. Community Blood Drive: Friday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., noon2:30 p.m., Bloodmobile in Cost Cutter parking lot, 1733 H Street. Bring photo ID, eat a hearty meal and come hydrated. Appointments and walk-ins welcome. Info: 800/398-7888 or drives. Sponsor code 1632. Wine Tasting Fundraiser: Thursday, June 14, 5-7 p.m., Great Blue Heron Grill, 8720 Semiahmoo Parkway. Proceeds go to Our Tree House, which provides a healing community to support children through the grieving process. Tickets cost $40. Info: What’s the Point? Beach Discovery Event: Saturday, June 16, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. Plants, birds, seaweed, intertidal creatures, geology and naturals tours. Bring water and lunch. No dogs. Info:

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GET OUT BOATING! Boaters learned about overboard rescue, boat electrics, marina maneuvering and much more at the Sea Skills Boating Festival held May 12 at Blaine Harbor. The event was hosted by the Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron (BSPS) in partnership with the Canadian Power and Sail

Squadron and featured a lineup of boater education classes, vendor booths, safety checks, food trucks and much more. A crew of skilled experts were on-scene to help boaters from both sides of the border dispose of expired flares. Class topics included overboard rescue, boat

electrics, marina maneuver, electronic charting and anchoring. The event was supported by Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2, Blaine Chamber of Commerce, Port of Bellingham, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the city of Blaine and many volunteers.

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