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Whatcom County to enter Phase 2 of ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ plan

Whatcom County, and most of Washington, is eligible to move into Phase 2 of the state’s two-phase reopening plan Sunday, February 14. The governor announced Thursday that counties previously … more

Winter Weather Advisory: Possible snow accumulations of up to 1-3 inches

General Observation: While we have been experiencing the cold winds from the Fraser Outflow over the last couple days, areas to the south, beginning in Skagit County, are enjoying light … more

Kam-Way Transportation features Sofia Juarez on two trucks

Blaine-based trucking company Kam-Way Transportation, Inc. is working with Washington State Patrol (WSP) to display photos of Sofia Juarez, who went missing from Kennewick in … more

County sends letter to Inslee on reopening plan

Whatcom County Council, acting in their role as the health board, had harsh words for governor Jay Inslee in a letter regarding the pandemic recovery rules for small counties. Chair Barry Buchanan … more

Jail deputy suspected of smuggling contraband

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a jail work center corrections deputy February 8 for allegedly supplying a female inmate with a phone, headphones, charger, vape products and … more

Covid-19 in Whatcom County by school district, February 9

Whatcom County reached more than 6,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic this week, but case rates continue to drop. “After a significant decline from a post-holiday … more

Love locks come to Birch Bay this weekend

Love Locks is coming to Birch Bay this weekend in time for Valentine’s Day. The international movement is simply a padlock with names or initials of loved ones sealed on a fence and The Beach … more

Whatcom County woman starts job board aimed for diversity

A Whatcom County woman has started a job board to help local businesses hire diverse group of workers. Distinctive Voice Consulting owner Kim Harris had the idea come to her last November, after … more

Fire districts to explore amalgamation

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) and Whatcom County Fire District 4 are considering the creation of a regional fire authority encompassing both jurisdictions, if ultimately approved by … more

Murder hornet documentary premieres Saturday, February 20

The Discovery channel will release a feature documentary titled “Attack of the Murder Hornets” on Saturday, February 20, which details the film crew’s experience closely following … more

Applications open for Peace Arch sculptures

The International Peace Arch Association is accepting applications until Sunday, February 28 for the sculpture exhibit at Peace Arch Historic Park. The association is calling for all artists to … more

Door construction at main jail finished ahead of schedule

Workers have finished replacing 160 jail doors at the Whatcom County Jail, well ahead of schedule, chief corrections deputy Wendy Jones said. While mostly finished in July, additional work … more

Road Rules: Determining pedestrian right-of-way

Question: At an intersection, where the flow of traffic in question does not have a stop sign, and there are several cars flowing through it, does a pedestrian have the right to step off the curb to … more

Community survey on youth substance use is still taking submissions

A Blaine, Birch Bay and Point Roberts online survey for 2020-21 is still accepting responses from community members who would like to share their perspective on local youth issues. The survey, … more

Sturgill leaves parks commission after 12 years of service

After 12 years of service, Richard Sturgill stepped down as Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 commissioner earlier this month. The Northern Light talked with Sturgill, who began with … more

Inslee defends regional reopening plan

Governor Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people. “Everybody can have a rational argument against what … more

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism in state legislature

Homeless shelters would be located in more cities and counties and supplied with mental health, employment and police resources if a bill under consideration in the state legislature is … more

Letters to the Editor, February 11-17, 2021

The Editor: Regarding your recent story involving the possible city annexation of land near H Street. The recent request for annexation is driven by a local property owner to develop property … more
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