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Rule and Shewmake to host virtual town hall

The 42nd legislative district representatives Alicia Rule and Sharon Shewmake will hold a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9. During the town hall, the two Democratic representatives … more

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 seeking to fill commissioner role

The Blaine Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 has an opening for a commissioner position. The applications for the commissioner position are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 19. … more

Blaine Boys and Girls club offers afterschool care

The Blaine Boys and Girls clubhouse has begun offering afterschool care to Blaine school district families whose children are doing in-person schooling. On February 1, the program began offering … more

Blaine store produces zero plastic waste, in waste-filled pandemic

At a time when many people have been dependent upon single-use plastics to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Blaine’s Living Pantry has continued to provide groceries with only reusable, glass … more

Bills build up for some as utility moratorium prevents shutoffs

Over 200 residents in Blaine and Birch Bay have fallen further behind on their utility bills, and financial assistance programs need funds to help them. The number of customers in arrears has … more

Plans being set to get teachers vaccinated once eligible

School staff will not move ahead in the Covid-19 vaccination queue despite the Washington Education Association (WEA) having asked the state to give teachers higher priority. But the Office of the … more

Road Rules: Front license plates

Q: Has the Washington state law changed about vehicles displaying front license plates? In our area I have noticed a substantial number of vehicles without front plates. Some will have the plate … more

Keep your heart happy this month

It’s February – American Heart Month – a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans. President Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people … more

State lawmakers push competing economic Covid-19 relief packages

Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state legislature, with the hope relief can reach people by the end of February. Two Covid-19 relief … more

$25.8 billion transportation plan would hike gas tax by 18 cents a gallon

Washington drivers will pay an extra 18 cents per gallon in gas taxes if a new 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package backed by House Democrats is approved. The gas tax includes a 3-cent … more

Letters to the Editor, February 4-10, 2021

The Editor: During the opening of the Washington State Legislature session in early January, I watched the speech on TVW by Doug Ericksen, our 42nd District state senator. Ericksen ridiculed the … more

Public works asking for community input on Jackson Road replacement project

Whatcom County Public Works is seeking public participation in an online survey for a Jackson Road Bridge replacement project. Public works is planning to replace the Jackson Road bridge over … more

Stafholt has first Covid-19 cases since spring

Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt nursing home in Blaine is experiencing a second Covid-19 outbreak. The Whatcom County Health Department confirmed that three people in the nursing home have … more

City ditches Bell Road grade separation for streetlights and bypass lanes

The city of Blaine is seeking $3 million in state funding for streetlights and bypass lanes at the Bell Road and Peace Portal Drive intersection that will hopefully reduce congestion and delays, … more

Cougar sightings continue in Blaine area

A cougar is suspected as the killer of two goats early January 24 at a home in east Blaine. A cougar had been sighted in the Blaine area over the last three months and one was photographed three … more

Suspect who evaded pursuit now in custody in North Dakota

A man who eluded Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies after an incident in which a woman, who he was reportedly holding against her will, jumped from his moving car is now jailed in North … more

First Whatcom County inmates test positive for Covid-19 in work center

Nearly half the inmates at the county’s Interim Work Center have tested positive for Covid-19 following an outbreak at the minimum security facility in Bellingham. A work center inmate … more

Custer derailment leaked nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil

Investigators have determined that nearly 30,000 gallons of oil leaked from train cars during the December 22 Custer derailment. Authorities have yet to publicly announce what caused the 108-car … more

Community members show interest in city council seat; 5 selected for interviews

Blaine City Council unanimously voted to accept applications that were submitted after the deadline for the at-large councilmember position, formerly held by Alicia Rule, and moved forward five … more

Covid-19 cases in Whatcom County by school district, January 26

Whatcom County reached a new landmark in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started – surpassing 5,000 cases in the past week. As of January 25, Whatcom County has had a total 5,254 confirmed … more
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