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County awards $8.7 million for berm construction

Whatcom County announced that it awarded Granite Construction with an $8.7 million contract to build the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project, commonly called the berm. Granite … more

Gateway businesses question stormwater project costs

Businesses that own pieces of the Gateway parcel, also known as the old municipal airport site, are concerned about the rising costs of a stormwater pond project that they are being asked to help pay … more

Increase in property tax revenue authorized

Blaine city council recently voted to authorize a one percent increase in next year’s property tax revenue. At the November 12 city council meeting, councilmembers voted 5-0 to adopt … more

Blaine man charged with first-degree arson and resisting arrest

A Blaine man has been charged with first-degree arson and resisting arrest after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home and drew a knife on fire personnel who subsequently responded to the … more

New acreage approved for commercial shellfish harvest in Drayton Harbor

Another 765 acres has been approved for commercial shellfish harvesting in Drayton Harbor, following years of pollution prevention efforts that have improved water quality. The new acreage, … more

Public meeting kicks off planning for Blaine Library expansion

At the first of three public meetings to discuss expanding and updating Blaine’s library, 37 people shared their hopes and dreams for the building with a team of architects. Participants … more

Tax-foreclosed properties to be auctioned

The Whatcom County Treasurer’s Office will be holding a real property tax foreclosure public auction at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 22. The auction will be held in the Whatcom County council … more

This holiday season, shop local at Bazaar by the Bay

With the holiday season approaching, local stores may be able to provide ideas for the perfect gifts. Bazaar by the Bay, the gift shop located at Semiahmoo Marina, boasts a coffee bar and handmade … more

Volunteer tutor receives literacy award

A Blaine resident and volunteer tutor has received an award for his efforts to advance adult literacy in Whatcom County. Jim West recently received the First Friends award from the Whatcom … more

Historical photo of the week

The Blaine Fire Department gets a new fire engine, November 9, 1949.   Photo by Jack Carver, courtesy Whatcom Museum more

Suspicionless border searches of digital devices ruled unconstitutional

A federal court has ruled that suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional. The November 12 … more

Fatal single-car crash occurs near border crossing

A woman and her dog died in a single-vehicle collision on northbound I-5 near the Peace Arch border crossing on the morning of November 14. The collision occurred after the woman lost control of … more

Veterans honored at Blaine memorial service

Veterans, U.S Naval Sea Cadets, Blaine city leaders and members of the public gathered for a Veteran’s Day memorial service in Blaine on November 11. The event featured a prayer, speeches, a … more

Bay Medical Clinic to close permanently

Bay Medical Clinic will close permanently at the end of this year, after multiple attempts to secure a replacement provider were unsuccessful. Bay Medical Clinic was opened by doctors Marta … more

Sidhu declares victory in county executive election race

Following a switch in lead, Satpal Sidhu is now ahead in the race for Whatcom County executive and is expected to win the election against opponent Tony Larson. When initial election results were … more

Community Thanksgiving Meal returns to Blaine

Blaine’s Community Thanksgiving Meal is back with new organizers, after the annual dinner – a fixture of the community for nearly two decades – was unexpectedly cancelled last … more

City of Blaine’s lobbyists preview upcoming legislative session in Olympia

During the next legislative session in Olympia, lobbyists hired by the city of Blaine plan to ask state lawmakers for $650,000 to pay for the next steps of the Bell Road grade separation … more

Former interim police chief of Blaine dies after being struck by vehicle

Michael Knapp, Lynden’s interim police chief, died from injuries sustained after he was struck by a vehicle in Lynden on November 5. Knapp, who previously served as Blaine’s interim … more

Phase II begins for Drayton Reach lots

Drayton Reach has been a project years in the making. Sectioned off into 39 lots, the 10-acre parcel that lay untouched for years is now for sale. Real estate broker Grant Dalgliesh is handling the … more

BHS theater arts students join International Thespian Society

At its October 28 board meeting, the Blaine school board recognized Blaine High School theater arts students for becoming an International Thespian Society troupe. The International Thespian Society … more
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