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PHOTOS: Splash Day 2024

The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 kicked off summer with Splash Day at 3rd and Martin streets in downtown Blaine June 21.  more

Artist Point opens for the summer

Marking the beginning of summer in Whatcom County, the road to Artist Point, the panoramic terminus of Mt. Baker Highway, opened to the public Friday, June 21. Washington State Department of … more

Blaine school board approves $70 million bond for November 5 election

The Blaine school board voted unanimously to put a $70 million capital bond initiative before voters in the November 5 general election. Funding provided by the bond would go toward an extensive … more

Summer kicks off with Birch Bay Kite Festival, Splash Day

Summer activities in Blaine and Birch Bay will start off on a high note with Splash Day and the Birch Bay Kite Festival. Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 will kick off the summer … more

Lions Camp Horizon celebrates 50th anniversary

Lions Camp Horizon is celebrating 50 years of providing community for campers of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities. The overnight camp has grown from serving 17 campers to … more

Orchestra to perform at G Street Plaza, market location to move

A youth orchestra is set to give a free performance at G Street Plaza in downtown Blaine from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The Steel Magic Northwest orchestra, a 37-member orchestra from … more

The Northern Light celebrates 29 years

For 29 years this issue, The Northern Light has covered Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo, attending city council meetings, school board and other local meetings, photographing festivals and high … more

Whatcom County Council approves BBWARM rate increase, fee structure

Whatcom County Council approved a rate increase and change to the funding structure in the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District during its June 18 meeting. The rate … more

Line-of-duty service, procession to be held for Leslee Smith

A line-of-duty memorial service will be held for North Whatcom Fire and Rescue firefighter Leslee Smith at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street in Blaine. … more

Burn ban to start in unincorporated Whatcom County on July 1

The Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is changing its approach to the fire ban this summer. The fire marshal’s office announced June 10 that it would enact its stage one fire ban … more

Blaine Hall of Fame announces class of 2024 inductees

The Blaine Hall of Fame Committee announced its class of 2024 inductees, with four athletes, one coach, two contributors, and one distinguished honoree rounding out the class to be forever enshrined … more

Recipe: Oysters from Drayton Harbor Oyster Company

Steve Seymour, co-owner of Drayton Harbor Oyster Company in Blaine, knows a thing or two about oysters. With warmer days approaching and the seaside communities of Blaine and Birch Bay clamoring for … more

The Vault Wine Bar reception features local artists

The Vault Wine Bar and Bistro held its biannual artist reception featuring local artists during the afternoon of June 8 at its restaurant, 277 G Street in downtown Blaine. The artists who … more

Relay for world peace to stop at Peace Arch

Coined by event organizers as history’s largest peace torch relay, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run will make a stop at the Peace Arch at noon Wednesday, June 26. The public is … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: June 20-26, 2024

June 1, 9:12 a.m.: Burglary on H Street. June 1, 2:11 p.m.: Hit and run on Peace Portal Drive. June 1, 4:13 p.m.: Burglary on Quail Run. June 3, 11:34 a.m.: Sex crime (no rape) on H … more

Sheriff's Reports, June 20-26, 2024

June 8, 6:11 p.m.: Vehicle prowl on Sandcastle Drive. June 8, 10:00 p.m.: Shots on Titan Terrace. June 8, 10:14 p.m.: Suspicious circumstances cold call on Yellow Fin Court. June 9, … more

Letters to The Editor: June 20-26, 2024

The Editor: On the morning of Wednesday, June 12, I collided with a deer while driving through Blaine. My SUV was heavily damaged and inoperable following the collision. Blaine Police Department … more
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