Birch Bay News and Views

5/20/20 UPDATE

Published Now and Then and maybe Never Again


The Northern LightBellingham Herald BBWARM
Whatcom WatchPitch Fork Economics
(Pod from Seattle)


What Happens When Millions Stop Paying Their Credit CardsConsumer debt had already climbed to record levels. AnnaMaria Andriotis explains what’s happening now that millions of people are unable to make payments.00:05 / 18:14SUBSCRIBEApple PodcastsSpotifyMORE


What You Need to Know About Golf Carts on BB Drive

Border Closed to Nonessential Traffic Till June 21.

Need stuff to keep the kids productive? Do you have access to a printer? This will help.


It is Not a Matter of If or When it is a Matter of How.

These links have good information and will be updated frequently.

List Published in New York Times

The Corona 19 will affect us at Birch Bay. The big question is how it will affect us. Here are a couple of links with reliable information on this virus.
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New health department data shows where coronavirus rate is highest in Whatcom County

That’s because the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily by respiratory droplets.  Given the way it is spread, there are only a few things that can slow it:

  • Physical distancing – staying at least six feet away from others;
  • Isolating and quarantining people who are sick or were in close contact with people who were sick;
  • Washing hands frequently and avoiding touching one’s face;
  • Frequently sanitizing surfaces and objects that others touch; and
  • When in shared or public spaces, wearing a face covering. 

Face coverings are not a substitute to replace the other ways to reduce transmission.


Link To Latest Health Department UPDATE

Advice on how to learn at home.

Whatcom Unified Command
* Newest Link

* New York Times – Should I Start Wearing a Mask?
*The Atlantic *Three countries have kept coronavirus in check; here’s how they did it
Washington State Department of Health Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Salish Sea Coronavirus News and Research
Good Way to Wash Hands *Whatcom County Health
*Pets and Coronavirus
* added recently


Effects of Coronavirus on People in the Birch Bay Area

3/27 UP-DATE



The C Shop Crew wishes to thank everyone for the online orders that are coming in right now. We appreciate the support. You can order and make arrangements to pick it up at The C Shop. 360-371-2070.


Birch Bay Library News

Read the Birch Bay Library News


Getting Things Done at Birch Bay (Photo fore Fun) (Thanks Kelvan)

Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility Project

Project Updates – Construction Schedule:  

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing limitations put in place to keep the community safe, the current construction schedule may frequently change to accommodate a safe work environment and community. 

It is the Contractor and Whatcom County’s intent to finish the following work before the suspension of work at the end of May:

·         1.  Drainage improvements and concrete work immediately adjacent to the Bay Breeze Restaurant.

·         2.  From Bay Breeze Restaurant to Lora Lane including installation of swale overflow structures, path access points, and gravel paving along the path.

Traffic impacts are likely to include some single lane and shoulder closures. Wait times for lane closures should be less than 5 minutes.

The web will likely not be updated again until the suspension of work begins at the end of May.

The web updates are subject to frequent changes due to contractor scheduling changes. 

Rendering of Path Type I on Berm Opens in new window
Rendering of Path Type II Adjacent to Paving Opens in new window

Project Summary

This project will restore the natural shoreline, protect the roadway from storm damage, and support pedestrian safety with a separated berm that runs from the mouth of Terrell Creek (Lora Lane) to Cedar Avenue approximately 1.58 miles in length along the beach. The project will be constructed over two seasons concluding in April 2021.

Project Details:

Status: Construction began December 9, 2019 and will continue through March 2020 for this first project season. The project will be on hiatus from April through September 2020.

o    Contract Amount: $8,724,841.00

o    Contractor: Granite Construction, Inc.


Great Sourdough Bread

Ann & Mark Johnson are baking sourdough bread in Blaine. It is very good. To order it by text Anna at 360-296-2538. If you missed the article in The Northern Light here it is.


Click to get some information on the Birch Bay Historical Society.



1 thought on “Birch Bay News and Views

  1. Pat, as always, you’ve given us a great review of what’s happening around the bay. Thank you!
    The berm section of this issue is uncharacteristically spattered with typos and missing words that, as a caring neighbor and compulsive wordsmith, I’m confident you would like to remedy.


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