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Q&A with Rep. Luanne Van Werven

In this year’s elections, Rep. Luanne Van Werven (R-Lynden) is running for re-election to the District 42 – Position 1 seat in the state house of representatives, a position she has held … more

Whatcom Unified Command daily report, April 13

Whatcom Unified Command’s April 13 daily report showed 264 total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Whatcom County and 23 deaths as a result from the respiratory illness. more

Canada-U.S. border restrictions won’t be relaxed in the near term

In a report published today by The Canadian Press, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted as saying that Canada-U.S. border restrictions won’t be relaxed in the near term. Trudeau … more

Blaine schools gear up for months of remote education after new state order

The Blaine school district anticipated governor Jay Inslee’s April 6 decision to extend the state’s K-12 school closures for the rest of the school year. Blaine superintendent Christopher … more

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Whatcom County

Over the past week, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Whatcom County grew from 129 on March 31 to 238 on April 7, according to the Whatcom County Health Department. Nineteen in the county … more

Man arrested in Blaine on suspicion of murder

A man was arrested in Blaine in connection with the investigation of a vehicular homicide that allegedly took place on April 4 in Acme, Washington. At around 8 a.m. on April 4, two dog walkers at … more

Drive-by parade celebrates Blaine teenager’s 16th birthday

On April 4, dozens of community members came together to give Michaela Long, who has underlying pulmonary conditions that put her at high risk for respiratory illnesses, a surprise 16th birthday … more

Local group sewing masks and picking up groceries for the elderly

A local group is running essential errands for people who shouldn’t leave home. The group is also connecting neighbors in need with people who want to help them handle various challenges the … more

Domestic violence risk could grow during governor’s stay-home order

There are concerns that the number of domestic violence incidents could rise in Whatcom County during the statewide lockdown, as the coronavirus outbreak confines more people to their homes and … more

New local arts campaign provides daily online content

The Whatcom Arts Project is a new initiative involving more than 30 nonprofits, venues and organizations from Whatcom County’s vibrant arts scene. The campaign is providing free, daily online … more

Changes announced to senior community meals program

In support of the state’s stay-home order and social distancing guidelines, the Whatcom Council on Aging is making changes to the congregate lunch program (senior community meals). Instead … more

Poem: O Lord My Rock Be Not Silent To Me

Can you hear it? It’s the sound of silence From a world struggling to survive. It’s almost deafening The cries from so many Endless hours** Tired feet** Tired … more

City of Blaine amends Gateway property agreement

Blaine city council voted 6-0 on March 23 to amend a property agreement with the White-Leasure Development Company in order to delay a $50,000 payment that would have come due to the city around this … more

Vandals desecrate roadside tribute to Navy veteran and CBP officer

Vandals recently stole items from a roadside memorial to a deceased Navy veteran and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, including an American flag, a metal cross and a nameplate. Since … more

Local auto detailing pro begins new venture as leadership coach

Rands Leadership International is Curtis Rands’ latest business venture. It aims to serve the Blaine community and beyond with the same teachings that changed his life as a teenager. Rands … more

School closure extended through the end of the school year

Washington state joined at least 13 other states in canceling in-person classes for the rest of the school year for K-12 schools. Governor Jay Inslee and state superintendent Chris Reykdal announced … more

State public lands agencies extend closures until May 4

In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee extending the state's stay-at-home order, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks and the Washington Department of Fish and … more

School district adds five meal pick-up sites in Blaine

The Blaine school district is adjusting its meal delivery program to allow more social distancing and convenience for those who live in town. Starting Monday, April 6, the district will no longer … more

Inslee extends stay-at-home order until May 4

Washington governor Jay Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 4. Inslee made the announcement in a televised update on the state’s response on April 2. The governor … more

Community invited to surprise 16th birthday drive-by parade

On Saturday, April 4, Michaela Long will be celebrating her 16th birthday. But with social distancing measures due to Covid-19, celebrating means finding creative solutions to make it a birthday … more
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