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Local restaurants open indoor after three-month hiatus

Blaine businesses celebrated the end of three months of limitations on indoor dining as Whatcom County moved to Phase 2 Sunday, allowing restaurants to open at 25 percent capacity. Miguel Ramos, … more

Infinity Dance Company opens studio in Birch Bay

Birch Bay dancers now have the opportunity to groove locally with the opening of Infinity Dance Company’s newest dance studio. The studio opened its second location at 4819 Alderson Road on … more

New Covid-19 testing site starts at Bellingham airport

A new drive-through Covid-19 testing site opened at the Bellingham International Airport on February 15. Whatcom County Health Department and Northwest Laboratory partnered to make the testing site … more

Ski to Sea canceled for second year in a row

After reviewing possible options to host the popular Ski to Sea race during the pandemic,  the Whatcom Events board of directors officially canceled this year’s Ski to Sea. Race fees … more

County closes road to allow Tony’s Tavern outdoor dining

After a month-long push from Tony’s Tavern and co-owner Nicole McDonald, a section of 4th Street in Custer will temporarily close to make room for an outdoor dining space. The closure comes … more

Road Rules: Speedy drivers

This week I’m going to respond to a recurring question that comes up when I talk with people about traffic and traffic safety: Why are so many drivers speeding? Talking about speeding is … more

In wake of major data breach, cyber security office proposed in Olympia

Reeling from a December breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of roughly 1.6 million Washington residents, state lawmakers are working with governor Jay Inslee to establish a … more

Highlights from Olympia: How did your 42nd district representatives vote?

How are your 42nd district representatives voting in Olympia? is a Washington Policy Center initiative that shows votes from state lawmakers during the legislative session. The … more

Sheriff's Reports, February 18-24, 2021

February 11, 4:38 a.m.: Alarm silent on Birch Bay Lynden Drive. February 11, 4:38 a.m.: Alarm audible on Birch Bay Square Street. February 11, 7:29 a.m.: Welfare check on Frances … more

Letters to the Editor, February 18-24, 2021

The Editor: Access to Covid-19 vaccines is a confusing, disjointed, frustrating hodgepodge throughout the country. Vaccine availability here in Whatcom County is the largest challenge we face in … more

Whatcom County to enter Phase 2 of ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ plan

Whatcom County, and most of Washington, is eligible to move into Phase 2 of the state’s two-phase reopening plan Sunday, February 14. The governor announced Thursday that counties previously … more

Winter Weather Advisory: Possible snow accumulations of up to 1-3 inches

General Observation: While we have been experiencing the cold winds from the Fraser Outflow over the last couple days, areas to the south, beginning in Skagit County, are enjoying light … more

Kam-Way Transportation features Sofia Juarez on two trucks

Blaine-based trucking company Kam-Way Transportation, Inc. is working with Washington State Patrol (WSP) to display photos of Sofia Juarez, who went missing from Kennewick in … more

County sends letter to Inslee on reopening plan

Whatcom County Council, acting in their role as the health board, had harsh words for governor Jay Inslee in a letter regarding the pandemic recovery rules for small counties. Chair Barry Buchanan … more

Jail deputy suspected of smuggling contraband

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a jail work center corrections deputy February 8 for allegedly supplying a female inmate with a phone, headphones, charger, vape products and … more

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 9

Whatcom County reached more than 6,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic this week, but case rates continue to drop. “After a significant decline from a post-holiday … more

Love locks come to Birch Bay this weekend

Love Locks is coming to Birch Bay this weekend in time for Valentine’s Day. The international movement is simply a padlock with names or initials of loved ones sealed on a fence and The Beach … more
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