Articles published Fri, Apr 29, 2011
Planting season is upon us
Planting season is finally upon us, and we are once again faced with challenges in acquiring new plants for our gardens.
Letters for May 2011
Biking into May
May is Bike Month in Whatcom County: Get out and enjoy the warm weather on a Gulf Road cruiser.
Advisory group working on transportation priorities
The Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (PRCAC) provided a rousing forum for community discussion but only one action item emerged: developing a top five list of community transportation priorities.
Park district considering improvements to Baker Field
Parks commissioners will be examining their budget to see how much they can contribute to the Wednesday Night Warriors’ drive to make Baker Field more useable for sports and community activities.
Blaine school district bond fails to pass
The Blaine school district capital projects bond initiative did not meet the 60 percent requirement and has failed as of Wednesday, April 27.
Fire district board holds firm on tax rate hike
Fire district commissioners agreed to give up a few thousand dollars in fees for responding to medical emergencies, but they declined to roll back their levy rate in the face of higher than anticipated property valuation.
Beach Club submits new proposal
The Point Roberts Beach Club proposal has rumbled back to life with a revised application for a 62-lot subdivision on 60 acres bordered by Paul’s Road and APA Road. There are few changes in the current proposal other than scope.
Keeping the buzz going
Want to get buzzed? The Point Roberts Beekeepers Association’s next meeting will take place on Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the community center.
Celebrating the Earth
On Earth Day, April 22, community members gathered to share prayers, music and thoughts honoring the planet.
Historical group looking for new digs
The Point Roberts Historical Society is seeking space to house a museum in the local community center and space for an outdoor display.
Wild about Whatcom
The “Wild About Whatcom” traveling art show sponsored by Allied Arts of Whatcom County was welcomed to the community center with a wine and cheese reception featuring music by Point Roberts Wind Ensemble.
School board OKs budget changes
The Blaine school board took the first decisive step in 2011-2012 budget preparations by approving approximately $1.6 million in budget adjustments on Monday, April 25.
Assessor defends values
A disgruntled Point Roberts property owner’s complaint ended up sparking a series of questions about the fairness of the latest property assessments.
If you build it, will they come?
Or, in the case of the local library branch, will there be enough funding to open it for more than 18 hours a week, the current operating hours?
NEXUS opening earlier
Point Roberts got an Easter treat from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): two extra hours of NEXUS.
What can we, as Point Roberts residents, learn from 2011 Japanese tsunami ?
On Friday, March 11 at 2:46 p.m., we were in Japan when the biggest earthquake in recorded Japanese history struck.
Come & clean the Point on May 14
The Point Roberts Emergency Preparedness Group (PREP) and the Point Roberts Registered Voters Association are teaming up to sponsor a community cleanup day.
Cell tower soon to grace skyline?
Point Roberts is one step closer to having its own cellular telephone tower, and the local parks department is poised to boost its budget by slightly more than 25 percent.
Shelby Mary Hebert, a sophomore at the University of Washington, made the Dean’s List for the winter quarter.
Local gardeners have no shortage of choices with three nurseries open on the Point this May.
There went Peter Cottontail!
The Point Roberts Parent Teacher Organization set a new record at their annual egg hunt at Lighthouse Marine Park, hiding one thousand eggs for little hunters to find.
You can do anything you want, but just don’t do anything
County parks staff got essentially the same message they heard from Point residents at the first Lily Point Park community meeting when they brought their proposal for improvements to the Lily Point Park: Leave it alone.
It will be a long, hot summer
After waiting in long lines to get into Point Roberts during the height of summer, motorists will likely face traffic jams as Whatcom County crews plan to repave Tyee Drive. The slowdowns will occur as flaggers squeeze north and southbound traffic into one lane.
Live from Point Roberts, it's Saturday morning (market)!
The Saturday Morning Live market at the community center is in full swing with two scheduled for May alone.
Show me the money, says club
The developer of the Point Roberts Beach Club is taking the local water district to court as part of their continuing efforts to get the district to refund connection fees they paid prior to losing their property to foreclosure.
Shukokai karate classes are held every Tuesday night at the Gulf Road community center with veteran instructor Sensei Norman Ensil.
Catch of the day!
Craig Grossman won first prize for the biggest fish, a 118-pound halibut, in a fishing derby off the Point.
A season of birth
All over the Point, there are newly hatched chicks and ducklings.