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Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 23

Covid-19 case rates continue to decline from the post-holiday peak at the beginning of the year.  “We continue to see a stabilizing and slow decrease with the rates in Whatcom County, … more

Volunteer needed for police accountability response team

The Blaine police department is searching for a Blaine resident to serve as a non-law enforcement city representative in potential police use-of-force investigations. If a police officer uses … more

Mass vaccination site planned at Bellingham Technical College

A mass vaccination clinic will open at Bellingham Technical College (BTC) once the county has enough vaccine supply, the Whatcom County Health Department announced February 18.  A news … more

Local law enforcement experiencing hiring changes

The Blaine police department will most likely be understaffed over the next few months, as the department is currently looking to fill two officer openings, and expects a third opening later this … more

U.S. airman with sexual misconduct warrant arrested near border

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. Air Force airman attempting to cross the border to evade criminal sexual misconduct and military desertion charges. Blaine police officers booked Ian … more

Whatcom County corrections deputy provided inmate with contraband for months, documents show

A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy arrested for smuggling items into the jail and communicating with a female inmate had allegedly been in contact with her for months, … more

Unemployment claims dropping locally since the start of the new year

Claims for unemployment insurance were the lowest they’ve been in Whatcom County in months and the lowest they’ve been in the state since before the pandemic in the week of February 7 to … more

Road Rules: Why doesn’t the government reduce crashes with education videos?

Question: If you want to stop driving drunk, or speeding, or texting and driving, or not wearing a seatbelt, why doesn’t the government make more videos like what I watched in driver’s … more

Your go-to guide to start spring gardening with the best soil

Are you eager to start your outdoor seeds and plantings? Many like broad beans, calendula and cilantro can go in the ground right now, provided that the soil temperature is at least 50 F. (Did I … more

Obituary: Claudia J. Hollod

Claudia J. Hollod February 11, 2021 Claudia Jean McAulay Hollod, age 71, died peacefully at home on February 11, 2021 with family by her side. To read Claudia’s full obituary and to share … more

Inslee signs Covid-19 relief bill, allocating $2.2 billion in federal funding 

Additional relief in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is on its way.  Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law February 19 that appropriates $2.2 billion federal dollars to be used for … more

Suicide prevention team moves forward

A Washington Youth Suicide Review Team (WYSRT) is one step closer to reality after legislators passed substitute HB 1354 out of committee in a 11-2 vote. Representative Gina Mosbrucker … more

Sheriff's Reports, February 25-March 3, 2021

February 18, 3:25 a.m.: Traffic stop on Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way, Custer. February 18, 11:17 a.m.: Sex offender registration on Mountvue Road. February 18, 4 p.m.: Security check on … more

Obituary: Curtis Alexander Smith

Curtis Alexander Smith April 8, 1961–February 19, 2021 Curt passed away unexpectedly at his apartment in Bellingham of natural causes on Friday morning, February 19. He lived in Blaine … more

Birch Bay man targeted in drive-by shooting, no serious injuries

A Bellingham man, fueled by a fit of jealous rage, allegedly shot a Birch Bay man in the leg February 19. No serious injuries were reported. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies … more

U.S./Canada border closure nears one-year anniversary; politicians call for action

The newest border extension announced February 19 means that in March the U.S./Canada border will have been closed a year. “Non-essential travel restrictions with the United States have been … more

BHS first semester honor roll

BLAINE HIGH SCHOOL 2020-2021 SEMESTER 1 HONOR ROLL Students with 4.0 GPA Seniors: Benjamin Arps, Bailey Bleazard, Jeb Broyles, Matthew Cochran, Kayla Cunningham, Odelia Dahl, Edison Hao, … more

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 16

As of February 15, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,167 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 80 deaths, according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) … more

Public works to prevent Deer Trail erosion from worsening

A roadway in Birch Bay is experiencing severe erosion that has forced Whatcom County Public Works to limit traffic to one lane at the spot of the landslide and look for ways to prevent more of the … more

Remediations needed for Blaine Marine Park shoreline erosion

A combination of high water level and strong winds eroded several spots along Blaine Marine Park, exposing dump debris and leaving the city with questions on remediation. During a January 12 king … more
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