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League of Women Voters’ online forums begin September 30

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County is holding its annual candidate forums online this year. It’s hosting five forums for separate positions starting with the 40th … more

Housing projects are underway that will bring 1,400 homes to east Blaine

Homes are already for sale at the first of three new housing developments in east Blaine that could bring about 1,400 new homes to the area over the next 15 years. Developers say they are the biggest … more

Blaine schools have phased 50 students into classrooms

The Blaine school district welcomed a cohort of 50 students into the building on September 21 and has plans to open buildings to more students October 12. Blaine school district superintendent … more

High school sports may return in winter, with WIAA guidance

While the Borderites welcomed their first group of students into the building this week, extra-curricular activities likely will not return until winter. The Washington Interscholastic Activities … more

Beach Cat Brewing ribbon cutting

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Beach Cat Brewing, at 7876 Birch Bay Drive # 101, on September 19. Pictured, from right, are brewery owners Darin Hamm and Jake … more

Port reverses wholesale crab buying agreement at harbor

Port of Bellingham commissioners unanimously voted during their regular September 15 meeting to reverse their previous decision on who can buy and sell crabs wholesale at the Blaine Harbor. This … more

Blaine Middle School student publishes dystopian novel

There are many things 14-year-old Kaatri Glanzer enjoys doing outside her Blaine Middle School curriculum. She attends dance classes, practices clarinet and likes to play with her Golden-doodles, … more

Call for submissions: Six-word stories

Supposedly, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. His response? “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” It turns out that Hemingway’s role has … more

In retirement, Blaine man spreads love of rare trees

Blaine horticulturist Marvin Berson, 73, has been interested in plants since he was six years old. As his father owned a nursery, Berson grew up around plants. Since then, he’s spent most of … more

Blaine Welcome Center reopening with limited hours

Starting Friday, September 25, the Blaine Welcome Center will open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The welcome center, which the Blaine Chamber of Commerce manages on a contract … more

Road Rules: Why allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yields is better for everyone

Last week I announced the upcoming change to the law that allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. It takes two parts to give it proper consideration, so if you haven’t already read … more

Border closure extended into October

Non-essential land travel between the U.S./Canada border will remain closed until at least October 21, said Bill Blair, Canada’s minister of public safety, in a September 18 tweet. This is … more

Peace Arch Park becomes pandemic wedding venue for cross-border couples

The coronavirus pandemic has canceled events large and small this summer, from the Tokyo Olympics to family reunions. Some may have thought this year’s wedding season was canceled too, … more

Despite USPS mailer, voters need not request mail-in ballots

Whatcom County voters can disregard postcards from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging them to request a mail-in ballot at least 15 days before Election Day. Ballots will be automatically mailed to … more

Outdoor burn ban and smoky skies over Blaine

All outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of Whatcom County is prohibited until further notice under a September 9 burn ban from the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office. This includes yard … more

BPD ride-along: On patrol, Blaine officers look for things out of place

As we drove on a warm Wednesday morning in August back into the West 99th Street cul-de-sac, with barely a ditch separating it from 0 Avenue and Canada, telling stories of minor border incidences, … more

Local businesses and organizations receive Whatcom ReStart Covid-19 grants

A countywide program is distributing more than $2.5 million in federal funds to support local businesses impacted by Covid-19. The Whatcom ReStart grants, funded by federal CARES Act dollars, will … more

New partnership working to solve local child care shortage

Opportunity Council and the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered on a project that aims to expand the region’s market of child care providers. The Northwest Center for Care … more

Data show dramatic increase in online use of WCLS resources

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has seen a significant increase in electronic use since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of visits to eBook, eAudiobook and on-demand streaming … more

Road Rules: Cyclists can legally treat stop signs as yield signs starting October 1

There’s a new law I want to tell you about (or, more accurately, a change to a current law), but before I do, I’m asking you to have an open mind. And be patient; to give this change of … more
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