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County council expects 20 percent decrease in revenue

Whatcom County Council has proposed goals it would like to see county executive Satpal Sidhu incorporate in budget discussions scheduled for July 8. In the meeting, which was rescheduled to … more

County says to avoid Birch Bay for Fourth of July

Community members and officials discussed plans for Birch Bay’s annual Fourth of July celebration during a June 26 virtual conference held by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. Whatcom … more

Local groups providing meals to children in need

Before the pandemic, families could rely on schools to feed their children at least two meals a day, a tremendous help to those facing food insecurity. But when the Blaine school district closed all … more

Virus cases increasing locally

The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 is increasing in Whatcom County and health officials have investigated 20 outbreaks since the beginning of June, health department director Erika … more

Volunteers needed for Birch Bay beach cleanup July 5 & 6

The Birch Bay community is looking for help with its annual post-Fourth of July beach cleanup. This year, volunteers plan to pick up firework debris and other trash from the beach on Sunday, July 5. … more

Public hearing on six-year transportation plan extended due to faulty Zoom link

Blaine City Council encountered technical difficulties with the Zoom link for its June 22 regular meeting and decided to extend a public hearing on its six-year transportation improvement program due … more

Some BBPRD2 fitness classes return for phase 2

The Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2) is re-opening following its closure during phase 1 of Washington state’s four-phase Safe Start re-opening plan.  Zumba and … more

State parks adds two free days

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has moved two free days that were lost in April due to Covid-19 related closures to later in the year. On Sunday, September 13 and Saturday, … more

Blaine city council recognizes “Juneteenth Independence Day”

The Blaine City Council designated June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Independence Day at its June 22 council meeting, recognizing June 19,1865 as the day slavery legally came to an end in the United … more

City council allows dining, retail in downtown plazas until October 1

On June 9, Blaine city manager Michael Jones issued an emergency order allowing businesses to use plaza space, with a special permit. Subsequently, Blaine City Council approved the order at its June … more

Statewide mask mandate starts Friday

A statewide mandate that requires people who are in public and cannot distance more than six feet to wear cloth face coverings will go into effect on Friday, June 26. The public health order, a legal … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for June 16

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 453 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of June 10 and 38 people with the virus have died. For a closer look at the … more

Is Whatcom on track for phase 3?

Whatcom County entered phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Covid-19 re-opening plan on June 5, and could be eligible to apply for phase 3 on June 26. Counties must apply to the Washington State … more

Blaine musician hosting June 25 forum on race

“It’s a hard time to be a white American right now.” “Honestly, this pandemic isn’t over and I’m confused to see all these people out protesting over one … more

Sheriff's office preps for busy Birch Bay Fourth of July

Birch Bay is historically a popular spot for unofficial Fourth of July gatherings and fireworks. An annual post-holiday cleanup, organized by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, Whatcom County Health … more

Border closure extended

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the U.S./Canada border closure would be extended another 30 days until July 21. The previous closure agreement was set to expire on June … more

Kindergarten enrollment is low so far for Blaine Primary School

Kindergarten enrollment for Blaine Primary School rose after staying at a lower number than seen in previous years during phase 1 of the coronavirus.  School district superintendent … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for June 10

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 420 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of June 10 and 38 people have died. For a closer look at the figures, click here or … more

Immediate family members may be allowed into Canada under new exemption

The Canadian government announced June 8 that family members separated by the U.S./Canada border will be allowed to enter Canada under certain conditions. Speaking at his daily news conference, Prime … more

Local real estate on HGTV June 14

Peace Arch Real Estate, a Blaine-based real estate company, will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” show that will air on Sunday, June 14 at 7:30 … more
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