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Whatcom County woman starts job board aimed for diversity

A Whatcom County woman has started a job board to help local businesses hire diverse group of workers. Distinctive Voice Consulting owner Kim Harris had the idea come to her last November, after … more

Fire districts to explore amalgamation

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) and Whatcom County Fire District 4 are considering the creation of a regional fire authority encompassing both jurisdictions, if ultimately approved by … more

Murder hornet documentary premieres Saturday, February 20

The Discovery channel will release a feature documentary titled “Attack of the Murder Hornets” on Saturday, February 20, which details the film crew’s experience closely following … more

Applications open for Peace Arch sculptures

The International Peace Arch Association is accepting applications until Sunday, February 28 for the sculpture exhibit at Peace Arch Historic Park. The association is calling for all artists to … more

Door construction at main jail finished ahead of schedule

Workers have finished replacing 160 jail doors at the Whatcom County Jail, well ahead of schedule, chief corrections deputy Wendy Jones said. While mostly finished in July, additional work … more

Road Rules: Determining pedestrian right-of-way

Question: At an intersection, where the flow of traffic in question does not have a stop sign, and there are several cars flowing through it, does a pedestrian have the right to step off the curb to … more

Community survey on youth substance use is still taking submissions

A Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts online survey for 2020-21 is still accepting responses from community members who would like to share their perspective on local youth issues. The survey, … more

Sturgill leaves parks commission after 12 years of service

After 12 years of service, Richard Sturgill stepped down as Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 commissioner earlier this month. The Northern Light talked with Sturgill, who began with … more

Inslee defends regional reopening plan

Governor Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people. “Everybody can have a rational argument against what … more

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism in state legislature

Homeless shelters would be located in more cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration in the state legislature is … more

Letters to the Editor, February 11-17, 2021

The Editor: Regarding your recent story involving the possible city annexation of land near H Street. The recent request for annexation is driven by a local property owner to develop property … more

Birch Bay stormwater project works around berm construction

Whatcom County Public Works has finished the first phase of the two-phase Harborview Road and Birch Bay Drive stormwater project last month. Interwest Construction, Inc., the county’s … more

City marks completion of Gateway stormwater pond

The city of Blaine held a ribbon-cutting dedication for the Gateway stormwater pond project on January 13, officially putting the project into operation. City-contracted Stremler Gravel finished … more

Landowner seeks annexation of H Street plot in east Blaine

Blaine city councilmembers are considering annexing an east Blaine property, which would be the first time the city has annexed land in east Blaine since 1996. During a January 25 work-study … more

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, February 2

Confirmed Covid-19 cases continue to grow in Whatcom County, but not at the rate they had been previously. “We’re cautiously optimistic in the last week we’ve seen our rates … more

Blaine border patrol detects human smuggling

The U.S. Border Patrol caught three people after they allegedly illegally crossed the border into Blaine. On the morning of January 31, agents detected three people attempting to cross without … more

Vaccine supply still not meeting demand

The gap between Covid-19 vaccine supply and demand still exist, Whatcom County health officials said during a January 27 press conference. As of last Thursday, the number of vaccines delivered to … more

City council appoints Gill as new at-large councilmember

Blaine City Council unanimously appointed Sukhwant Singh Gill as the newest council member during their February 1 special council meeting.  “We must find the best ways to function … more
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