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Temporary restrictions at northern border go into effect

Restrictions on “non-essential” travel across the northern border went into effect on March 21, and will remain in place for at least 30 days, according to a joint statement from the U.S. … more

Opinion: Trust one another and work together to survive, like they once did in Pumpville, Texas

By the time of which I write, there was no longer much reason for Pumpville, Texas to exist. The town had come into being in 1882, when the Southern Pacific railroad established a watering station … more

Councilmembers affirm city manager’s emergency proclamation

At a special city council meeting on March 16, councilmembers voted unanimously to affirm a proclamation issued on March 13 by Blaine city manager Michael Jones declaring a local emergency related to … more

Border restrictions force couple to visit with new grandson at Peace Arch

Blaine residents John and Sharon Andes recently visited with their new grandson in the Peace Arch park, following new border restrictions that prevented them from crossing into Canada, where the baby … more

Local maritime organization restoring 114-year-old fishing boat

Slamming salmon onto the fishing boat was part of the job. It was the 1970s in Bristol Bay, Alaska and Richard Sturgill, then 31 years old, had recently decided to make a career of commercial … more

Some Blaine residents to experience water shut-offs this weekend

Some Blaine residents will be without running water for several hours this weekend, when a city contractor will perform emergency repairs to a broken water main near the intersection of Bell Road and … more

Online option recommended for census due to COVID-19 concerns

Whatcom County residents can now complete the census after the U.S. Census Bureau opened the nationwide survey on March 12. The 2020 census marks the first time that people can respond to the … more

Blaine Food Bank adopts social distancing

To meet social distancing requirements and ensure safety for its customers and volunteers amid the new coronavirus pandemic, the Blaine Food Bank had to get creative. The food bank bought three … more

School meal program brings food, and a sense of calm, to local children

For hundreds of kids and families in Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts, the Blaine school district’s meal distribution program is a connection to life before the new coronavirus outbreak … more

With new state guidelines, school district prepares for remote education

With a food pick-up and distribution service up and running, the Blaine school district is now working toward providing other state-mandated services, including childcare for healthcare workers and … more

PeaceHealth accepting donations to support COVID-19 operations

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Whatcom County has gone from five to 64 over the past week, and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is asking for donations of equipment, including … more

Gov. Inslee issues stay-at-home order

On March 23, Washington governor Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home order for the whole state for a minimum of two weeks. The order is effective immediately and is enforceable by law, he said at a … more

With outbreak at Shuksan Healthcare Center, confirmed local COVID-19 cases up to 48

As of March 23, Whatcom County has 48 confirmed novel coronavirus cases and two people have passed away from COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The Whatcom County Health … more

Two new Whatcom COVID-19 cases brings total to 7

The two new cases are both males, one in his 50s and the other a teenager. more

NORTHERN BORDER TO CLOSE TO ‘NON-ESSENTIAL’ TRAFFIC

President Donald Trump announced on March 18 that the U.S.-Canada border will close to “non-essential traffic” in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. “We will be, … more

Blaine father swears son into same army battalion he commands

A Blaine father and son extended their family’s legacy of military service during a swearing-in ceremony for the Washington Army National Guard on February 18. Close family and friends … more

To our elected officials: Be bold, be consistent, be honest and be helpful!

Governor Jay Inslee has been forceful in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic; rightfully so, our state is the nation’s hotbed of CV-19 infections. Whether he has been forceful enough is open to … more

City updates safety procedures following L&I citation

The city of Blaine recently updated some of its safety procedures following a citation from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety and … more

Birch Bay Budz aims to promote local cannabis producers

A new retail cannabis store, Birch Bay Budz, plans to set itself apart by promoting products sourced from local farmers and growers in Whatcom County. Birch Bay Budz, which opened on March 1 in … more

City accepts bid for wellhouse rehabilitation

Blaine city council accepted a bid for the rehabilitation of one of the city’s wellhouses, ahead of the hot and dry summer months when water will be in high demand. At their March 9 regular … more
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