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Blaine Library reopens for indoor service

The Blaine library, along with the county’s nine other libraries, opened indoor service March 1. This comes after Whatcom County moved into Phase 2 of governor Jay Inslee’s “Healthy … more

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center now allowing visitors, with restrictions

Bellingham’s PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center will now allow visits to patients undergoing medical care. On February 19, the hospital began allowing each non Covid-19 positive patient … more

Fresh herbs that can reduce your reliance on sodium

Salt has long been used to add flavor to people’s favorite foods. In fact, the use of salt as a means to preserving foods and adding flavor to recipes dates back to ancient times and has led to … more

Measures looking to limit executive powers die in state legislature

It’s been one year since governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and calls for a special legislative session and cries of executive … more

Letters to the Editor, March 4-10, 2021

The Editor: The windstorm at the beginning of February took down a tree and the sign for the Blaine Free Church Unitarian Universalist congregation on the corner of Harrison and Cedar. The new … more

Obituary: John Terrel Breidford

John Terrel Breidford April 26, 1938 – February 16, 2021   John T. Breidford of Blaine passed away in Bellingham on February 16, 2021. John was born in Blaine to John and Nina … more

Obituary: Betty Sells Robertson

Betty Sells Robertson October 1943–February 22, 2021   Betty Sells Robertson, 77, an influential resident of Birch Bay for over 50 years, passed away on February 22, … more

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 23

Covid-19 case rates continue to decline from the post-holiday peak at the beginning of the year.  “We continue to see a stabilizing and slow decrease with the rates in Whatcom County, … more

Volunteer needed for police accountability response team

The Blaine police department is searching for a Blaine resident to serve as a non-law enforcement city representative in potential police use-of-force investigations. If a police officer uses … more

Mass vaccination site planned at Bellingham Technical College

A mass vaccination clinic will open at Bellingham Technical College (BTC) once the county has enough vaccine supply, the Whatcom County Health Department announced February 18.  A news … more

Local law enforcement experiencing hiring changes

The Blaine police department will most likely be understaffed over the next few months, as the department is currently looking to fill two officer openings, and expects a third opening later this … more

U.S. airman with sexual misconduct warrant arrested near border

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. Air Force airman attempting to cross the border to evade criminal sexual misconduct and military desertion charges. Blaine police officers booked Ian … more

Whatcom County corrections deputy provided inmate with contraband for months, documents show

A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy arrested for smuggling items into the jail and communicating with a female inmate had allegedly been in contact with her for months, … more

Unemployment claims dropping locally since the start of the new year

Claims for unemployment insurance were the lowest they’ve been in Whatcom County in months and the lowest they’ve been in the state since before the pandemic in the week of February 7 to … more

Road Rules: Why doesn’t the government reduce crashes with education videos?

Question: If you want to stop driving drunk, or speeding, or texting and driving, or not wearing a seatbelt, why doesn’t the government make more videos like what I watched in driver’s … more

Your go-to guide to start spring gardening with the best soil

Are you eager to start your outdoor seeds and plantings? Many like broad beans, calendula and cilantro can go in the ground right now, provided that the soil temperature is at least 50 F. (Did I … more

Obituary: Claudia J. Hollod

Claudia J. Hollod February 11, 2021 Claudia Jean McAulay Hollod, age 71, died peacefully at home on February 11, 2021 with family by her side. To read Claudia’s full obituary and to share … more

Inslee signs Covid-19 relief bill, allocating $2.2 billion in federal funding 

Additional relief in response to the Covid-19 pandemic is on its way.  Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law February 19 that appropriates $2.2 billion federal dollars to be used for … more

Suicide prevention team moves forward

A Washington Youth Suicide Review Team (WYSRT) is one step closer to reality after legislators passed substitute HB 1354 out of committee in a 11-2 vote. Representative Gina Mosbrucker … more
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