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How to digitally track your ballot

Election season is upon us, which means if you’re a registered voter in Whatcom County, you’ve already received your ballot in the mail. (If you haven’t received it, contact the … more

Fundraising for the community toy store toy drive starts November 1

The Community Assistance Program is anticipating more demand this year as it prepares for the annual Community Toy Store this December.  The program has seen more than double the number of … more

Whatcom County is voting early at more than double the rate in 2016

People across the state and country are voting earlier than usual in this election, and Whatcom County is no exception. On October 27, one week before Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, the … more

Rules of the Road: Chains and all-wheel-drive vehicles

Q: The Washington State Patrol lists “alternative traction devices” that are approved for use when “chains required” signs are posted. However, the Washington Administrative … more

WSDA eradicates first U.S. Asian giant hornet nest

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First U.S. Asian giant hornet nest found in east Blaine

The Washington State Department of Agriculture located the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S. on October 22, a state agency spokesperson confirmed to The Northern Light. The nest was … more

Election 2020: Show us the money

If money talks, then there’s a whole lot of yakking going on in the 42nd district. As of October 19, the four candidates running for state representative district 42 seats have reported … more

City plans to keep employees, cut operating expenses for 2021 budget

The grass could be longer at city parks next year and emerging issues could take longer to fix. The city of Blaine is struggling through the process of drafting a 2021 general fund budget with a … more

Public comment needed on harbor cleanup

The Department of Ecology is asking for public comment on a legal agreement surrounding petroleum cleanup in the Blaine Harbor. Public review on this agreement, which started October 12 and is open … more

County budget proposes big drop in spending

Whatcom County executive Satpal Sidhu released a proposed $451.6 million budget for 2021-2022 with a roughly 17 percent decrease in total expenditures from the county’s amended 2020 … more

Cause of recent outages unknown, electrical system in need of update

Recent power outages in the eastern side of Blaine, surrounding Lincoln Park and the truck route, have left residents with questions and concerns about the city’s electrical system. While the … more

Inmates caught after fleeing work crew

Two minimum-security inmates escaped a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office work crew in north Bellingham around 12 p.m. on October 19. One man was found early the morning of October 21 and the … more

Washington Supreme Court rules car tab initiative unconstitutional

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled on October 15 that Initiative 976, which would have reduced car-tab taxes to a maximum $30, was unconstitutional due to too many subjects and misleading … more

Donations needed for Thanksgiving baskets

The Community Assistance Program is preparing its annual Thanksgiving dinner baskets for local families experiencing financial instability. The program will gift 230 baskets to families and $50 … more

Trudeau says no to border re-opening

The U.S./Canada border entered its seventh border closure extension on October 19, which is set to expire November 21.  “We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the … more

Blaine Farmers Market going indoors for the rest of the year

For the first time, the Blaine Farmers Market will continue into the fall, using the old Wolten and Montfort grocery space at 648 Peace Portal Drive to host some vendors out of the weather. … more

Connect with seniors through pen pal project

To reach residents of assisted living centers and others who are especially isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic, Aging Well Whatcom launched a letter writing campaign called the Dear Friend Pen Pal … more

Vote early, and other general election advice from the county auditor

Ballots for the November 3 general election were mailed on October 14 and Whatcom County auditor Diana Bradrick advised voters to return their ballots quickly. Typically, about half of Whatcom … more

WSDA attempts to track second Asian giant hornet

Using lessons learned from the first Asian giant hornet tracking attempt last week, researchers inched closer to success with a second attempt at tracking a live hornet on October 7. The attempt … more

Thanks to a generous donation, the Community Assistance Program has a home

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) now has its own building, thanks to a generation donation from the Freedom Community Church. The space, a 4,000-square-foot former church at 508 G Street, will … more
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