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Silver Reef Casino Resort re-opens

The Silver Reef Casino Resort partially re-opened on May 22. The casino, at 4876 Haxton Way near Ferndale, is operating with new safety measures in place, including operating the building at 50 … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 21

According to the Whatcom County Health Department, there have been 364 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county as of 11 a.m., March 22. A total of 4,712 people have tested negative while 32 people … more

Whatcom Museum goes virtual

While the Whatcom Museum’s campus is empty, the museum is pumping out virtual content including educational programs, virtual galleries, at-home science experiments and craft projects. Here's a … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 20

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 19 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

$3 million cocaine bust at the border

U.S. border agents arrested a 41-year-old man at the Pacific Highway Truck Crossing on May 9 as he headed to Canada with $3 million in cocaine. The arrest occurred after an anonymous tip was given to … more

See who filed to run in the August primary

Filling week for the August 8 primary election was May 11 to May 15. The top two candidates in each primary race advance to the November 3 general election, regardless of party … more

Late interim police chief Knapp honored in D.C. ceremony

Michael Knapp, a former Blaine interim police chief and Whatcom County law enforcement leader, was commemorated for his years of service during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in … more

Beaches closed to recreational shellfishing

The Washington State Department of Health closed beaches around Birch Bay for recreational shellfish harvest on May 14 due to unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) … more

Boat safety tips for safe boating week

The sun is out, the waves are rolling and it’s National Safe Boating Week. National Safe Boating Week, celebrated May 16-22 this year, is a worldwide campaign to promote responsible boating … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 19

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 19 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

Canada/U.S. border closure extended another 30 days

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canada/U.S. border closure to non-essential travel would be extended another 30 days until June 21. “This is an important decision that … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 15

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 15 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

Local restaurants can now sell cocktails to-go

In a new stay home order allowance, restaurants with a license to serve spirits, beer and wine can now sell pre-mixed cocktails to-go, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced on May … more

City of Blaine launches loan program for local businesses

The city of Blaine is offering a new loan program for local businesses to help them get through the economic challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Beginning Thursday, May 14, Blaine-area … more

Mailbox stores lose customers due to border restrictions

Mail Boxes International is one of over 20 mailbox stores in Blaine usually bustling with Canadian customers taking advantage of lower U.S. shipping prices. But the stores have been desolate in the … more

Blood donations needed as medical procedures resume

Blood donations are needed as Washington hospitals prepare to re-start surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments that were suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals and … more

Don’t delay necessary care, PeaceHealth urges

As Whatcom County continues to focus on social distancing, handwashing and face masks to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care … more

Birch Bay resident calls for USPS collection box to be installed locally

A Birch Bay resident is calling for a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) collection box to be installed locally in order to prevent mail theft and make life easier for Birch Bay’s sizeable … more

May is Older Americans Month. Volunteer your time and get involved!

Around the nation, older adults make their marks every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors and advocates. They offer their time, talents and experience to the … more
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