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Birch Bay chamber praises county’s tenacity at berm groundbreaking ceremony

Construction is still a couple of months away, but the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Birch Bay berm project on September 6. Members of the Birch Bay Chamber … more

Ballot initiative could impact state funding for local transportation projects

A ballot initiative that aims to limit car tab fees to $30 per year could have a significant impact on local transportation funding across the state, as well as in Blaine. The effects on Blaine … more

Second phase of Peace Portal Community Trail now complete

The second phase of the Peace Portal Community Trail project is now complete, creating more options for pedestrians and cyclists passing through the city of Blaine. The first phase of the project … more

Cross-border climate rally to be held at Peace Arch State Park

A cross-border rally will aim to draw attention to climate issues and the health of the planet. On Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Extinction Rebellion Bellingham and Extinction … more

School district starting free afterschool program with federal grant

The Blaine school district is starting a free afterschool program this fall for up to 150 primary and elementary school students thanks to a federal grant. The program, called Blaine Thrives, will … more

Burn ban lifted in unincorporated county

The Whatcom County fire marshal’s office has lifted restrictions on open burning in unincorporated areas of Whatcom County. Restrictions were put in place on July 12 due to warm weather … more

Local propane business changes its name

Formerly known as 1st Propane of Whatcom County, owner Kal Economy rebranded his business this past month, changing its name to Economy Propane. His business provides propane for homes and … more

Community garden thrives with new improvements

Blaine’s community garden has seen new improvements since the start of this summer. The garden now has the potential for 34 spaces. These include 18 flat plots and 16 raised boxed beds. Two of … more

Get ready to Run with the Chums

Runners and walkers will assemble on Saturday, September 14 for the seventh annual Run with the Chums 5k and Smolt Sprint 1k. The free event will take place at the BP Highlands off of Grandview … more

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Birch Bay berm project

Whatcom County executive Jack Louws pours sand on the beach at Birch Bay during the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Birch Bay berm project on September 6. The project went out to bid … more

Invasive crab species detected in Drayton Harbor

An invasive crab species has been detected in Drayton Harbor, worrying experts who are concerned about the potential impact to marine ecosystems in the region. In August, Margarette Grant and … more

City of Blaine, Family Care Network reach property deal

The city of Blaine and Family Care Network (FCN) have reached an agreement for the purchase of about 2.5 acres of property currently owned by the city and located on the Gateway property, formerly … more

Space is limited for refinery open house at Cherry Point

The BP Cherry Point Refinery is hosting an open house, giving members of the public a chance to see how the refinery operates and to meet some of its workers. The open house will take place on … more

9/11 first responders from NYC visit Blaine police

A group of first responders from New York City, who were on duty when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred, visited the Blaine Police Department on September 10. The following day, they were honored … more

Blaine sophomore reels in catch of a lifetime

On the last week of summer vacation, incoming Blaine High School sophomore Cole Abshere reeled in a record-breaking channel catfish at Lake Terrell in Ferndale. Cole Abshere’s fish – … more

Blaine defense dominates in 27–8 win in first game

Blaine football’s defense held Chief Sealth to just 45 yards of total offense in a 27–8 victory at the season-opener on September 6, at Blaine High School. “Our front seven and … more

Cross country is “lightyears ahead” of last year, says coach

This season, Blaine’s cross country teams have a goal of getting more than one runner to state – their standard of the past two seasons. Blaine’s cross country teams have … more

With experienced starters, BHS volleyball hopes to return to state

Blaine volleyball’s roster includes four of six returning starters from a team that qualified for the state tournament last season. If those experienced players can integrate some talented … more

Register now for CERT disaster preparedness course

An upcoming training course can help Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo residents prepare for disasters, such as an eruption of Mt. Baker or an earthquake that collapses buildings and water and sewer … more

Model boats built to honor Blaine’s past

If you’ve ever been to the Drayton Harbor Days maritime festival or the Blaine Visitor Information Center, chances are you’ve seen model boats built by former Blaine school board member … more
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