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Seniors becoming more tech saavy

Technology is the future, and digital communication has opened many doors for people around the world. Although younger generations have grown up with technology at their fingers, Baby Boomers and … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 12

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 12 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

Six new Covid-19 cases brings county total to 342

On May 12, the Whatcom County Health Department reported six new confirmed cases of Covid-19, and no new deaths. The department of health's website showed that 20 test results came back negative … more

State will soon have 1,371 Covid-19 "contact tracers" ready to go

Washington state will have 1,371 contact tracers trained and ready to go by the end of the week, governor Jay Inslee said during a May 12 press conference. Each time someone tests positive for … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 11

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 11 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

County council approves six-month permit extension for restaurants

Restaurants and food establishments whose health department permits expire before February 28, 2021, have an extra six months to pay for and renew operating permits under a new amendment to Whatcom … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 8

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 8 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

Five counties on fast track to re-open, Inslee says; curbside retail, landscaping guidance issued

In a televised news conference on May 8, Washington governor Jay Inslee announced that he was issuing guidance for curbside retail and landscaping businesses to re-start. more

County health department reports two new cases, four deaths for May 7

For May 7, the Whatcom County Health Department reported four new deaths due to Covid-19 and two new confirmed cases out of 80 new test results.  In total, 328 have tested positive for the virus … more

As re-opening begins, local infections rise

When the first phase of Washington state’s four-phase re-opening plan began May 5, the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Whatcom County was already increasing. In the week ending May 2, 29 … more

BPD continues to implement LEMAP recommendations

In an April 13 memo to city councilmembers, Blaine police chief Donnell Tanksley provided an update on his department’s efforts to implement recommendations from an outside review of the … more

WSDA plans to track and trap Asian giant hornets

As if the new coronavirus weren’t bad enough, another scourge from Asia is likely to affect some Whatcom County residents this year. After receiving reports of Asian giant hornets in the … more

President Trump urged to address excess aluminum from China

Lawmakers are urging President Trump to address excess aluminum capacity in China in the wake of Alcoa Corporation’s announcement that the Pittsburgh-based company’s Intalco Works smelter … more

Women’s film festival to take place online May 14-17

The CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival will present its 2020 festival online this year from Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17. The festival had originally been scheduled to take … more

Interested in running for public office? Filing week starts May 11

Those interested in running for any of the offices up for election in Whatcom County this November can file their declarations of candidacy starting on Monday, May 11. The last day of this … more

Unity Care NW expands Whatcom Veggie Rx food prescription program

After a successful trial year of helping patients at risk for nutrition deficiency and food insecurity access healthy food, Unity Care NW is continuing the Whatcom Veggie Rx program throughout 2020. … more

Business survey shows which sectors are most impacted by Covid-19

In a survey of 765 Whatcom County businesses, about half reported being closed, 405 said they had laid off workers since the coronavirus outbreak began, and 195 said that they will need to lay off … more

Cherry Point refineries make donations to Covid-19 relief efforts

The two refineries in Whatcom County’s Cherry Point industrial zone, BP and Phillips 66, have made donations to assist with Covid-19 relief efforts. In an April 29 news release, BP said that … more

May 10 deadline for port survey of fishermen

The Port of Bellingham and its partners are conducting a survey of commercial fishermen to measure Covid-19’s impact on this industry. There are three versions of the anonymous, voluntary … more

Northern Whatcom County beaches closed to recreational shellfish harvest

The following notice was received on May 6 from the Whatcom County Health Department: Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin has reached unsafe levels in molluscan shellfish in Drayton … more
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