Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Tower gets last-minute reprieve
Verizon Wireless and TowerCo Assets continue to dodge expiring permits and maintain they will have a cell phone tower operational by summer.
New ideas for parks presented
Point Roberts parks commissioners heard from a handful of the Point’s younger adults about what mattered to them, along with some new ideas for recreation on the Point.
A city Schlicker moves to the country
Point Roberts is the new home of a Herman Schlicker pipe organ originally commissioned in 1957 by Rev. Arthur Brandenburg for the Duke University Chapel in Durham, North Carolina. The Schlicker Company built many organs, most of them for Lutheran churches.
Sally Roberts: Portrait of an artist
At the tender age of 80, Sally Roberts picked up a digital camera – and she hasn’t looked back. She finds miracles of abstract art through her lens, miracles that escape the less artistic eye.
Spring art show
Members of the local drawing club will feature their works at the community center in the spring art show.
Fire in the henhouse
Our henhouse burned down: spectacular, terrifying, fast. On Friday, March 9, in the middle of the night a neighbor hammered on the door. “The henhouse is on fire!”
Thu, Mar 15, 2012
Point Roberts fire commissioners schedule public meeting
Fire district commissioners are holding a special meeting on March 20 to more closely scrutinize how the department’s shift to paramedicine will impact the district’s operations and finances.
County sets date for GPT pre-scoping meeting
Local government officials have announced the date and time for a public meeting aimed at explaining the environmental review process for the proposed Cherry Point terminal.
Blaine schools waiting for specifics on new faculty evaluation rules
Governor Chris Gregoire has signed into law new evaluation procedures for Washington teachers and principals, but school districts are still waiting on direction from the state school superintendent on how the rules should be implemented.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012
Water district commissioners consider up-front water connection fees
At a special meeting March 7, Point Roberts water district commissioners worked on changes to district connection policies. If approved, the new policies would require up-front payment of the general facility connection charge (GFC), which is currently set at $5,500.
Romney wins state straw poll; Santorum carries county
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has prevailed in the Washington state Republican straw poll, but the former Massachusetts governor came in third in Whatcom County results.
Wings Over Water Festival features field trips to Semiahmoo
The 10th Annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival (WOW) on Saturday, March 17, will feature two field trips to Semiahmoo Spit narrated by Jim Jorgensen.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012
School board gets earful at monthly meeting
In a standing-room-only meeting, the Blaine school board was confronted Monday night at its monthly meeting by a crowd of parents and students unhappy about a middle school teacher who had been recently suspended for six weeks.
BP releases preliminary cause of refinery fire
A crude vacuum unit failure at the BP Cherry Point Refinery caused a petroleum byproduct to catch fire, sending the entire unit up in flames, a spokesman for the refinery has announced.
Gas prices skyrocket as oil market heaves
From the Strait of Hormuz to the BP refinery at Cherry Point, the oil market is experiencing an upheaval the likes of which haven’t been seen since 2008.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012
WATER DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE
Fri, Feb 24, 2012
Fiberfest a Success
Dozens turned out for a celebration of all things fiber at the Fiberfest on February 18.
County sheds light on PRCAC proposal
The Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) is pulling back the reins on plans for a streetlight at the corner of Johnson Road and Tyee Drive, after the county informed them up to four lights would be needed to meet current code standards.
If at first you don’t succeed...
Updated vote counts from the February 14 special schools election provided good news for the Blaine school district administration. The percentage of voters in favor of the $3 million capital improvement bond increased from a cliff-hanging 60.25 percent on election night to 62.03 percent. The measure required a 60 percent super-majority to succeed.
SBDC setting up shop in Point Roberts
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering free professional business advice for established businesses and entrepreneurs in Point Roberts this year.
Desler returns for stint at county executive’s office
The Whatcom County Executive’s office will welcome a familiar face, albeit on a temporary basis, come April 1.
A common sight at this time of the year in Point Roberts, this bald eagle climbing into the sky was photographed by Denis Beauvais.
Golf course bond set to expire
The Point Roberts Golf and Country Club’s residential development is proceeding more slowly than anticipated, and the bond they were required to post to guarantee infrastructure in the development is set to expire.
The result of conserving water? The rates go up
Point Roberts water commissioners have voted to approve another water rate increase, which is anticipated to be an annual if not biannual occurrence. The new rates will go into effect March 1 and be reflected in the district’s March/April bills.
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