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Nearly year after outbreak, Stafholt receives first vaccine doses

Nearly a year after Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt experienced a deadly Covid-19 outbreak in its Blaine nursing home, residents and staff rejoiced at the sight of their first vaccinations on … more

Covid-19 vaccine now offered to people 65 and older

Whatcom County Health Department said it would continue prioritizing vaccinating people in Phase 1a, as the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday it would expand eligibility to … more

Deputies still searching for suspect after woman jumps from his moving car

A woman jumped out of a moving car January 12 while her boyfriend, who was reportedly holding her against her will, attempted to elude Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office … more

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, January 16

As of January 18, Whatcom County has had a total of 4,880 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 56 deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health … more

Birch Bay berm performing as it should, public works says no project will prevent all damage

Whatcom County Public Works said in a news release on January 14 that the Birch Bay berm performed well during the  previous week’s storm and any flooding occurred in an area not protected … more

Wings Over Water set for virtual festival in March

Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival will host online events this March to continue teaching community members about migratory birds that frequent the Blaine area. The 19th annual festival … more

Borderite football excited for possible return, amid new guidelines

The Borderite football team has not played a snap since its November 2019 playoff game against Liberty High School and the team’s newly built stadium remains unused. For the past several … more

Missionaries provide free household help to county residents

Missionaries are providing community members with household help – from raking leaves to cleaning garages –at no expense. About 30 missionaries have helped over 130 people since they … more

City to hold public hearing on final assessment roll for Gateway project

Blaine City Council will hold a virtual public hearing on the final assessment of the Gateway stormwater improvements at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 8. The Gateway stormwater project is under … more

Road Rules: When can pets become a distraction while driving?

Q: Distracted driving is easy to pin on phone usage, but what about little dogs on drivers’ laps? I’ve seen so many situations that can be very dangerous due to dogs between the driver … more

Capital gains tax gets a harsh reception in Olympia

A different take on governor Jay Inslee’s capital gains tax, less broad and friendlier to small family-owned businesses, will likely be introduced later in this year’s legislative … more

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the … more

Sheriff's Reports, January 21-27, 2021

January 12, 2:52 a.m.: Domestic verbal in progress on Harborview Road. January 12, 9:02 a.m.: Refer to other agency in progress on Quinault Road. January 12, 12:10 p.m.: Traffic stop on Arnie … more

Year in Review: Blaine Library

2020 began like previous years with the Blaine Library’s usual slate of programs – children’s storytimes, LEGO, Slime, and chess clubs, teen gaming and art groups, and gardening and … more

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office employees test positive for Covid-19

Seven Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office employees have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past two weeks, six of whom are law enforcement deputies and one a corrections deputy. The … more

Blaine burglary turns into high-speed chase, suspects arrested

Blaine police officers entered into a high-speed pursuit just after midnight January 13 when three burglary suspects attempted to elude police. Blaine Police Department booked Dillon Wilson, 30, … more

Covid-19 cases increasing at alarming rate, health officials say

Whatcom County Health Department officials are pleading for the public to take immediate precautions as Covid-19 numbers sky rocket to the highest they’ve been since the pandemic … more

U.S./Canada border closure extended until February 21

The U.S./Canada border closure to non-essential travel has been extended for the 10th time with a continued closure until at least February 21, 2021. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau … more

Vaccines distribution continues in county with 9,200 doses delivered

According to a Whatcom County Health Department spokesperson, 9,200 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been delivered to the county as of January 13.  The county has 17 enrolled vaccine providers, … more

Family Care Network project delayed five months

A purchase agreement for a proposed Family Care Network (FCN) clinic has been delayed until early summer, after the feasibility period was extended from December 31 to May 28. The deal’s … more
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