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Two men charged with smuggling people across the U.S./Canada border

Two men suspected of smuggling people across the U.S./Canada border using freight trains made their first appearances in U.S. District Court in Seattle on May 24. Jesus Ortiz-Plata, 45, of …

School board delays vote on superintendent contract, approves 6 percent raises for campus administrators

Blaine school board met on May 28, voting unanimously to delay its decision on ratifying district superintendent Christopher Granger’s contract until next month’s meeting, citing …
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Blaine freshman Cheyenne Parker, r., sprints in the girls 1A preliminary 100-meter dash on May 23 at the 1A/2B/2A State Championships in Yakima.
Freshman Parker highlights busy weekend at state track finals
Blaine track and field sent 10 athletes to the 1B/2B/1A State Championships at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima over Memorial Day weekend, and despite no Borderites leaving with any hardware, a few …

Memorial Day ceremonies in Blaine, Birch Bay

American Legion Peace Arch Post 86 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9474 held several Memorial Day ceremonies across Blaine and Birch Bay on May 27. The group started the morning at …

Recreational shellfish harvesting closed throughout Whatcom County

Recreational molluscan shellfish harvesting in all of Whatcom County has been closed by the Washington State Department of Health as of May 24. Unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) …

Tanksley gives sheriff’s office update to city council

Whatcom County Sheriff Donnell Tanksley gave Blaine City Council updates from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), including that opioid deaths were trending downward, during the May 28 …

Design for Birch Bay library express to be revealed

The Birch Bay community is invited to an upcoming community meeting to see design plans for the Birch Bay Vogt Library Express and provide feedback on those plans. Whatcom County Library System …

Native plant tour to showcase Blaine home gardens

People interested in incorporating more native plants into their landscaping have an opportunity on Saturday, June 1 to tour seven home gardens around Whatcom County, two of which are in …

Ski to Sea draws thousands of athletes to Whatcom County

Ski to Sea brought in athletes from around the Pacific Northwest to compete in the classic relay on Sunday, May 26. Birch Equipment earned its third first-place finish in as many years, beating …
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Blaine Market by the Sea in full swing

The vendors market season in Blaine has started. Blaine Market by the Sea will be at G Street Plaza in downtown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through October 14. Vendors typically sell …

Bird of the Month: Barred owl

Barred owls can be found year-round in the wooded areas around Blaine and Birch Bay, such as Birch Bay State Park and Semiahmoo Drive. They are most active at dusk and at night, but their …
Recipe of the week

Semiahmoo Resort: Herb-crusted halibut

Kelly Stanley, chef de cuisine at Great Blue Heron Grill, is passionate about local food systems – often sourcing ingredients from farmers, fishers, bakers and cheesemakers throughout Whatcom …

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Upcoming events to learn about the Whatcom County comprehensive plan

Whatcom County government will have information booths on the 2025 comprehensive plan at four events throughout the county on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. The first booth will be held …

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Question: Has road striping paint changed? When I’m driving at night or in the rain it’s tough to see the lines. It doesn’t seem as reflective as it used to be. Answer: …
Question: Lately I’ve driven through some intersections that have artwork painted on the pavement, including some multi-colored crosswalks. I think it looks great, but I wonder if it distracts …
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