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New county mental health and detox center aims to reduce incarceration, treat behavioral crisis

After nearly a decade of planning, a new mental health and detox facility opened its doors to patients in Whatcom County on January 4. The Crisis Stabilization Center will replace the Whatcom … more

BBWSD finance director appointed to state committee

Sandi McMillan, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District’s (BBWSD) finance director, is now serving on a committee that advises the state auditor’s office on accounting, budgeting and financial … more

Gardening in 2021

Gardening year 2021 is going to be different from previous years by virtue of following 2020. Last year many people were wary of supply chain disruptions and brick-and-mortar shopping turned to food … more

School district concerned about funding as enrollment remains low

Blaine school district enrollment continues to drop this school year. Since September, the school district has lost students each month – 11 total from December to January – so many that … more

Q&A with new director of public works

After eight months, the city of Blaine has found a permanent public works director. Bernie Ziemianek was hired by city manager Michael Jones to take over the position and began working for the … more

Blaine CBP volunteers lend a day of service to rabbit rescue

Some members of the Blaine community spent their Martin Luther King Jr. Day helping a new rabbit rescue and adoption nonprofit. About a dozen U.S. CBP office employees and their families spent … more

Letters to the Editor, January 28-February 3, 2021

The Editor: Promoting the well discounted lies of Donald Trump, who fired up an attack on our capital, 143 members of Congress actively parroted his lies that attempted to disrupt validation of … more

Road Rules: What laws are burnouts breaking?

Q: I’ve seen plenty of long, black tire marks out on county roads that look intentional. Once Covid-19 struck and the freeways were empty I even saw a 360-degree burnout on the freeway. What … more

Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

Dozens of business owners – from restaurant owners to bowling alley managers – told state officials that continued Covid-19 restrictions place small businesses at risk of permanent … more

Sheriff's Reports, January 28-February 3, 2021

January 21, 8:01 a.m.: Mental in progress on Portal Way. January 21, 9:56 a.m.: Mental in progress on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. January 21, 12:10 p.m.: Landlord tenant dispute cold call on … more

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
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