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Suspicious incidents in Birch Bay prompt citizen concerns

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is increasing their patrols of Birch Bay, and plans to add another deputy to the area, after many residents have reported a recent surge in suspicious … more

WCLS permanently eliminates library late fees

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) and Bellingham Public Library eliminated overdue fines, effective January 2, 2020, joining a growing number of libraries across the country in removing fees. … more

BHS junior beats 100-hour volunteering challenge

A Blaine High School (BHS) junior is inspiring her fellow students by volunteering her time to help preschool teachers, homeless individuals, correctional officers, school administrators and others … more

Kamrath, Pike lead Blaine girls basketball in second conference win

Blaine girls basketball got its second conference win on January 20 against Sedro-Woolley, a 47–38 victory fueled by Krystin Kamrath’s sharp shooting and Hailey Pike’s … more

Boys basketball notches comeback win against Sedro-Woolley

Blaine boys basketball fought hard in the second half to get a 64–62 comeback victory against head coach Brett Farrar’s former team, Sedro-Woolley. After the win, the Borderites have a … more

Games postponed due to snow and ice

Snow and ice postponed several Blaine High School games last week. Boys and girls basketball games against Sehome have been rescheduled for the last week of the season. Bowling matches on … more

City council supports legislation enabling taxing district for parks

Blaine city council voted unanimously to support state legislation that would, if passed, give cities like Blaine the option to form special taxing districts for park improvements and … more

Border Policy Research Institute now accepting fellowship applicants

Emerging researchers have the opportunity to delve into U.S.-Canadian border studies with applications now open for a visiting cross-border research fellowship co-hosted by Western Washington … more

Innovative therapy puts Blaine dog’s cancer into remission

When Jackie Craig got her dog Wiley from a ranch when he was eight weeks old, she expected him to have a long, healthy life. That’s because he’s a Blue Heeler, a type of Australian Cattle … more

Design team at work on final concept for new Blaine library

After the third of three public input meetings, the design team of King Architecture and Johnston Architects is at work on a final design concept for the Blaine library, which they’ll reveal … more

Tulalip tribe acquires commercial seafood enterprise in Blaine Harbor

The Tulalip tribe recently acquired a seafood processing building in Blaine Harbor, and it reportedly plans to expand the enterprise, which sells live crab and other seafood to markets on the West … more

Asian giant hornets found in Blaine

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has received and confirmed four reports of Asian giant hornets in the areas of Blaine and Bellingham, WSDA said in a January 13 brief posted … more

Redwood Investments opens office in downtown Blaine

Redwood Investments is ready to offer personalized financial planning and investment services in Blaine after opening its new location in the Loomis Hall Building at 288 Martin Street, Suite … more

School board passes gender inclusivity and sex offender policies

The Blaine school district board of directors held a special meeting on January 13 to discuss updates to several policies – one relating to treatment of transgender students and others that … more

Border crackdown on Iranian travelers was a local initiative, CBP whistleblower says

A Blaine-area Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer says the recent “extreme vetting” of travelers with Iranian backgrounds occurred under the direction of Blaine port managers. The … more

Transportation commission releases report on “road usage charges”

For many, America is the land of the open road, where drivers can roam freely and where happiness is a full tank of gas – or a fully charged battery, if you have an electric vehicle. But a … more

Girls wrestlers prep for biggest home meet

Blaine’s inexperienced girls wrestling team has learned a lot through the first half of the season and is looking to put its hard work to the test in the second half. The team is excited for … more

Federal investigation underway into CBP’s detentions of Iranian-Americans

A federal investigation into recent detentions of Iranian-American travelers in Blaine is underway, after members of Congress and civil rights groups expressed concern about the “extreme … more

Sidhu sworn in as Whatcom County executive

Whatcom County executive Satpal Sidhu took the oath of office given by Whatcom County auditor Debbie Adelstein during a January 11 ceremony at Meridian High School in Bellingham. With him is his wife … more

Potential IED discovered in trunk of Blaine vehicle

The Blaine Police Department was evacuated, a bomb squad was called in and the FBI was contacted after a potential IED – improvised explosive device – was discovered in the trunk of a … more
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