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Blaine schools to go remote next week, 23 percent of students and staff out

All Blaine schools will temporarily move to remote learning next week, according to a January 21 Blaine school district announcement. On January 20, the district had 23 percent of students and … more

Local candy company creates inclusive work environment

With a knack for sweets and vision to create a more inclusive community, Blaine resident Tana Reneau opened a buttermint business that employs people with intellectual and developmental … more

Local business owner pays for ‘uncensored’ newspaper distribution

Many Blaine and Birch Bay residents received a newspaper called “The Flame” in the mail last week without a mailing label that left them with questions as to why they had received it and … more

Port denies Blaine Harbor lease modification request consistent with city zoning

(Ed note: In the interest of transparency, Pat Grubb and Louise Mugar own The Northern Light building at 225 Marine Drive and are co-publishers of Point Roberts Press Inc.) Port of Bellingham … more

DNA tests show 2020 and 2021 east Blaine hornet nests were related

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed all of the Asian giant hornet nests found in 2021 were connected to nest ‘zero,’ the first nest found and eradicated in … more

November 2021 flood updates: Sumas Library recovery fund established, business recovery center opens

Whatcom County residents and business owners continue to address the November 2021 flooding impacts, as infrastructure still needs to be repaired and federal disaster assistance applications continue … more

Girls basketball beats Mount Baker as it finds some end-of-season momentum

The Lady Borderites took down Mount Baker 44-31 Tuesday night in a game that began as a tight battle.  Throughout the first and second quarter Blaine and Mount Baker traded baskets and stops, … more

Covid-19 in Whatcom County, by school district boundaries: January 15

(Ed note: The Whatcom County health department’s Covid-19 data dashboard was missing data and not fully complete by press time. A health department spokesperson told The Northern Light it was … more

Blaine schools sees surge in cases, some classes moved online

The Blaine school district had 118 reported Covid-19 cases last week between all its schools, and with the influx of cases, some classes are temporarily being moved to remote learning. Twenty-nine … more

Federal government starts free Covid-19 test delivery to homes

Households can now order up to four free at-home Covid-19 tests through  The Biden administration announced January 14 it was buying one billion at-home, rapid Covid-19 tests … more

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Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy returns for a virtual program

Have you always wanted to learn the ins and outs of your local sheriff’s office? Now’s the chance – the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has opened enrollment for its … more

Donated bicycles reach new owners in Rwanda

Bike donations that were dropped off last April at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club have made it to Rwanda where they will be given to locals, donation coordinators said. Over 500 bikes from … more

Road Rules: How much room to leave for other cars at the intersection

Question: As a driver coming from a different state, one of the first things I noticed here is that the cars seem so spread out at stop lights. I was taught to pull up fairly close to the vehicle in … more

Poll says WA economy is top legislative concern for 2022

For the first time in eight years, the economy tops the list of issues Washington voters want the Legislature to address in 2022, eclipsing homelessness and Covid-19 as the leading concerns … more

Obituary: Rein Neem

Rein Neem December 31, 1937 – January 13, 2022 Rein Neem of Blaine, died of congestive heart failure January 13, 2022, in Bellingham, with his wife and daughter by his side. He was 84 … more

Letters to The Editor: January 20-26, 2022

The Editor: Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “The time is always right, to do what is right.” On this, nearly all of us agree. Where we tend to drift apart, is what we think … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: January 20-26, 2022

Jan. 8, 1:24 a.m.: Narcotics violation on Peace Portal Drive. Jan. 8, 2:32 a.m.: Welfare check on Alder Street. Jan. 8, 7 a.m.: Malicious mischief on 3rd Street. Jan. 8, 11:38 a.m.: … more

Sheriff's Reports, January 20-26, 2022

Jan. 7, 12:56 a.m.: Suspicious vehicle on Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Custer. Jan. 7, 9:35 a.m.: Behavioral health issue on Birch Bay-Lynden Road. Jan. 7, 9:36 a.m.: Traffic hazard on Drayton Harbor … more
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