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Road Rules: When can pets become a distraction while driving?

Q: Distracted driving is easy to pin on phone usage, but what about little dogs on drivers’ laps? I’ve seen so many situations that can be very dangerous due to dogs between the driver … more

Capital gains tax gets a harsh reception in Olympia

A different take on governor Jay Inslee’s capital gains tax, less broad and friendlier to small family-owned businesses, will likely be introduced later in this year’s legislative … more

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the … more

Sheriff's Reports, January 21-27, 2021

January 12, 2:52 a.m.: Domestic verbal in progress on Harborview Road. January 12, 9:02 a.m.: Refer to other agency in progress on Quinault Road. January 12, 12:10 p.m.: Traffic stop on Arnie … more

Year in Review: Blaine Library

2020 began like previous years with the Blaine Library’s usual slate of programs – children’s storytimes, LEGO, Slime, and chess clubs, teen gaming and art groups, and gardening and … more

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office employees test positive for Covid-19

Seven Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office employees have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past two weeks, six of whom are law enforcement deputies and one a corrections deputy. The … more

Blaine burglary turns into high-speed chase, suspects arrested

Blaine police officers entered into a high-speed pursuit just after midnight January 13 when three burglary suspects attempted to elude police. Blaine Police Department booked Dillon Wilson, 30, … more

Covid-19 cases increasing at alarming rate, health officials say

Whatcom County Health Department officials are pleading for the public to take immediate precautions as Covid-19 numbers sky rocket to the highest they’ve been since the pandemic … more

U.S./Canada border closure extended until February 21

The U.S./Canada border closure to non-essential travel has been extended for the 10th time with a continued closure until at least February 21, 2021. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau … more

Vaccines distribution continues in county with 9,200 doses delivered

According to a Whatcom County Health Department spokesperson, 9,200 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been delivered to the county as of January 13.  The county has 17 enrolled vaccine providers, … more

Family Care Network project delayed five months

A purchase agreement for a proposed Family Care Network (FCN) clinic has been delayed until early summer, after the feasibility period was extended from December 31 to May 28. The deal’s … more

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce receives $100,000 grant

Whatcom County Council granted the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce $100,000 to pay for the operations of the Birch Bay Visitor Center and the promotion and advertising of its events for … more

WIAA announces fall sports to start February

The Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association’s (WIAA) executive board voted to amend its schedule January 6, moving the traditional fall sports season to begin February … more

City of Blaine to offer RED loan program again

The city of Blaine has reintroduced a loan program to assist local businesses amid the economic impacts of Covid-19.  The city will begin accepting applications for low interest $5,000 to … more

Unemployment claims rise due to seasonal effects, experts say

Claims for unemployment insurance increased in Whatcom County and Washington state during the week of December 27 to January 2 to nearly the same amount as the spike the week of November 16, when … more

Bulkhead removal gets $115,000 in additional funds, and other port news

Port of Bellingham commissioners increased the Blaine Harbor bulkhead repair budget by $115,000 to accommodate additional costs that could arise during construction. Port commissioners unanimously … more

Road Rules: How to know when a loved one should stop driving

Q: My parents are getting older, and I’m wondering, how do I know when it’s time for them to stop driving? A: If you’re a fan of the Guinness World Records, you might have heard … more

WCLS to host virtual events for Washington Black book

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is hosting online events in March in anticipation of Canadian author Esi Edugyan’s discussion of her book, Washington Black. HarperCollins published … more

Lawmakers to fund vaccinations, reduce evictions, boost small businesses

Covid-19 relief is a top priority for this year’s legislature, and Republicans and Democrats generally agree it will be necessary to get aid out as soon as possible. The parties are split, … more
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