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Beach clean-up helps turn the tide on pollution in east Drayton Harbor

At low tide, the beach at east Drayton Harbor reveals what cannot normally be seen: piles of marine debris, from house shingles to pieces of linoleum and even golf balls. Nets tangle with rocks, and … more

School board plans to recognize Ron Spanjer at August 26 meeting

The Blaine school board will honor Ron Spanjer at its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 26. Parents, students and community members are invited to join the board at the beginning of the … more

Scottish highland dance school opens in Blaine

A Scottish highland dance school has opened in Blaine, giving students a chance to learn dances that date as far back as the 16th century and tell the history of the Scottish people. Lillian … more

Public hearing to focus on new water system plan

An upcoming public hearing will focus on a new comprehensive water system plan prepared for the city of Blaine. The public hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday, August 26 during the city … more

City council accepts cost of recent demolition despite last-minute protest

Blaine city council voted unanimously to accept the cost of the recent demolition of a dilapidated downtown building, despite a last-minute protest by the building owner’s widow. During a … more

Sewer system to undergo smoke testing

The city of Blaine’s public works department will soon be conducting leak testing on the sewer system. The testing, which will take place from August 26 to September 12, involves forcing … more

Experts recommend giving seal pups 100 yards, even if they look abandoned

This time of year, beachgoers could see sad-looking harbor seal pups all alone on the beach. Though the seals may look abandoned and vulnerable, the best way to protect them is to stay away. … more

Teens can submit artwork for publication

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is planning to publish a book featuring original artwork by Whatcom County teenagers. Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to submit their artwork for … more

Lots to do at Fan Fest and Discover Birch Bay Days

Discover Birch Bay Days is coming up and features a weekend packed with fun activities for the whole family. The annual beachside event will take place in Birch Bay on August 16, 17 and 18. This … more

Christopher Granger hired as school superintendent

The Blaine school board voted unanimously on August 12 to hire Christopher Granger as the next school district superintendent. Granger was previously an assistant superintendent at Bisbee Unified … more

Back to school fair aims to bring community together

The Blaine school district will be hosting its first back to school fair on Wednesday, August 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the high school gym. The resource fair held last December served as a … more

Guilty plea in human smuggling case involving Peace Arch State Park

A Vancouver, B.C. man has pleaded guilty to human smuggling offenses, after being accused of running an elaborate scheme that may have helped hundreds of Chinese citizens illegally cross the border … more

Southern Resident orca population declines

Three adult orcas are missing and presumed dead, bringing the Southern Resident orca population down to 73. According to a press release from the Center for Whale Research (CWR), the missing adult … more

Skilled chainsaw carver to perform during Birch Bay weekend festivities

Nyal Thomas has been carving with chainsaws for the past 45 years. The California native has a background in carpentry, initially carving furniture. “My dad was a carriage-maker and made … more

Summer DUI enforcement patrols begin on August 14

Law enforcement agencies are ramping up their DUI patrols for the summer. From August 14 through Labor Day weekend, motorists driving impaired will have a greater chance of being pulled over, as … more

High cost of healthcare cited for suspected murder-suicide in Ferndale

A Ferndale couple in their mid-seventies was found dead after an apparent murder-suicide that appears to have been motivated by the high cost of medical care. On August 7 at 8:23 a.m., Whatcom … more

Treatment plant receives ecology award

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District’s wastewater treatment plant has received an outstanding performance award for 2018. Birch Bay is one of four plants in Whatcom County to receive the award … more

See equipment in action at the ‘Roadeo’

The heavy equipment used to maintain city utilities and improve city streets will be on display at the fourth annual Roadeo in Blaine on Friday, August 23. Kids will have the opportunity to climb … more

State grants to fund California Creek project

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2) has received two state grants that will allow the district to buy and conserve 11.5 acres of wildlife habitat at California … more

Not too late to visit NW Washington Fair

It is not too late to visit the Northwest Washington Fair, which runs through Saturday, August 17 in Lynden. more
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