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Sheriff's Reports, February 25-March 3, 2021

February 18, 3:25 a.m.: Traffic stop on Birch Bay-Lynden Road and Portal Way, Custer. February 18, 11:17 a.m.: Sex offender registration on Mountvue Road. February 18, 4 p.m.: Security check on … more

Obituary: Curtis Alexander Smith

Curtis Alexander Smith April 8, 1961–February 19, 2021 Curt passed away unexpectedly at his apartment in Bellingham of natural causes on Friday morning, February 19. He lived in Blaine … more

Birch Bay man targeted in drive-by shooting, no serious injuries

A Bellingham man, fueled by a fit of jealous rage, allegedly shot a Birch Bay man in the leg February 19. No serious injuries were reported. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies … more

U.S./Canada border closure nears one-year anniversary; politicians call for action

The newest border extension announced February 19 means that in March the U.S./Canada border will have been closed a year. “Non-essential travel restrictions with the United States have been … more

BHS first semester honor roll

BLAINE HIGH SCHOOL 2020-2021 SEMESTER 1 HONOR ROLL Students with 4.0 GPA Seniors: Benjamin Arps, Bailey Bleazard, Jeb Broyles, Matthew Cochran, Kayla Cunningham, Odelia Dahl, Edison Hao, … more

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 16

As of February 15, Whatcom County has had a total of 6,167 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 80 deaths, according to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) … more

Public works to prevent Deer Trail erosion from worsening

A roadway in Birch Bay is experiencing severe erosion that has forced Whatcom County Public Works to limit traffic to one lane at the spot of the landslide and look for ways to prevent more of the … more

Remediations needed for Blaine Marine Park shoreline erosion

A combination of high water level and strong winds eroded several spots along Blaine Marine Park, exposing dump debris and leaving the city with questions on remediation. During a January 12 king … more

Local restaurants open indoor after three-month hiatus

Blaine businesses celebrated the end of three months of limitations on indoor dining as Whatcom County moved to Phase 2 Sunday, allowing restaurants to open at 25 percent capacity. Miguel Ramos, … more

Infinity Dance Company opens studio in Birch Bay

Birch Bay dancers now have the opportunity to groove locally with the opening of Infinity Dance Company’s newest dance studio. The studio opened its second location at 4819 Alderson Road on … more

New Covid-19 testing site starts at Bellingham airport

A new drive-through Covid-19 testing site opened at the Bellingham International Airport on February 15. Whatcom County Health Department and Northwest Laboratory partnered to make the testing site … more

Ski to Sea canceled for second year in a row

After reviewing possible options to host the popular Ski to Sea race during the pandemic,  the Whatcom Events board of directors officially canceled this year’s Ski to Sea. Race fees … more

County closes road to allow Tony’s Tavern outdoor dining

After a month-long push from Tony’s Tavern and co-owner Nicole McDonald, a section of 4th Street in Custer will temporarily close to make room for an outdoor dining space. The closure comes … more

Road Rules: Speedy drivers

This week I’m going to respond to a recurring question that comes up when I talk with people about traffic and traffic safety: Why are so many drivers speeding? Talking about speeding is … more

In wake of major data breach, cyber security office proposed in Olympia

Reeling from a December breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of roughly 1.6 million Washington residents, state lawmakers are working with governor Jay Inslee to establish a … more

Highlights from Olympia: How did your 42nd district representatives vote?

How are your 42nd district representatives voting in Olympia? WashingtonVotes.org is a Washington Policy Center initiative that shows votes from state lawmakers during the legislative session. The … more

Sheriff's Reports, February 18-24, 2021

February 11, 4:38 a.m.: Alarm silent on Birch Bay Lynden Drive. February 11, 4:38 a.m.: Alarm audible on Birch Bay Square Street. February 11, 7:29 a.m.: Welfare check on Frances … more

Letters to the Editor, February 18-24, 2021

The Editor: Access to Covid-19 vaccines is a confusing, disjointed, frustrating hodgepodge throughout the country. Vaccine availability here in Whatcom County is the largest challenge we face in … more
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