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The Northern Light's official program for 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 year, the event will be combined with Fan Fest Northwest, which is coming to Birch Bay for the first time. more

Peace Arch concert series to feature international music and dance groups

By Jami Makan A series of free concerts will take place in August at Peace Arch State Park featuring international music and dance groups. The free one-hour concerts … more

Community development and tourism coordinator retiring

By Jami Makan Debbie Harger, Blaine’s community development and tourism coordinator, is retiring after 20 years with the city. Harger has been instrumental in … more

Seahawks fans prepare for Fan Fest NW

[caption id="attachment_2302" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Jeff Schamel shows off his custom-painted Seahawks truck. The mini cab drags a long flatbed trailer with a goalpost on … more

Downtown Chevron station being remodeled

Mike Hill, owner of the Chevron gas station on Peace Portal Drive in downtown Blaine, with a 1935 Ford Model T Roadster. The classic car was hoisted up onto the second floor, where it will … more

City of Blaine hires a new public defender

By Jami Makan The city of Blaine has hired a new public defender to provide legal representation for indigent criminal defendants. The city has hired the Law Offices of Ziad Youssef, … more

Birch Bay the most tax-friendly place in Washington for retirees

By Jami Makan Birch Bay is number one in Washington in retirement tax friendliness, according to a study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company that provides personal finance advice on … more

Project Kneaded Dough fundraiser supporting family in need

By Aly Siemion During the month of April, Avenue Bread will donate 25 cents of every loaf of bread sold to Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT). Avenue Bread’s closest location is at … more

Financial literacy class coming to Blaine next month

By Jami Makan A financial literacy class aimed at individuals with low to moderate incomes is coming to Blaine next month. Topics to be covered include goal-setting, budgeting, debt, … more

Traffic safety: how drivers should use center turn lanes

By Doug Dahl Q: Is it legal to use the center turn lane as an on-ramp to merge into traffic? A: Yes, it is. I’ll get to the legal reference in a moment, but first let’s think … more

Track teams finish in middle of the pack at weekend invite

By Oliver Lazenby Blaine boys track and field placed 11th out of 18 teams and the girls placed 11th out of 20 at the Mountlake Terrace invite on April 13, at Edmonds Woodway Stadium. … more

In other sports news...

By Oliver Lazenby Boys Soccer Blaine lost to Mount Baker 5–2 on April 12 and to Lynden Christian 3–1 on April 16. The Borderites are 0–9–0 in conference games. They play next … more

Blaine Community Theatre seeking actors for upcoming production

Blaine Community Theatre will be holding auditions for Alan Ayckbourn’s trio of plays Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden, known collectively as The Norman … more

Rebecca Xczar to run for Whatcom County Assessor

By Jami Makan Rebecca Xczar, a certified residential real estate appraiser and Ferndale City Council member, has announced that she is running to become Whatcom County … more

Dog Day Afternoons lets kids read to dogs at the Blaine Public Library

By Zoe Deal Whatcom County youngsters have something to look forward to as the Whatcom County Library System brings back an annual program that puts children and dogs into … more

Softball gets first conference win, 12–7 against Squalicum

By Oliver Lazenby Blaine softball got its first conference win of the season on April 12, in an exciting 12–7 victory over Squalicum (2–6 overall) at Pipeline Fields. … more

Blaine student attends STEM event at state capitol

By Jami Makan A Blaine High School student attended the annual Washington STEM Signing Day event on Friday, which highlights and celebrates students who are pursuing STEM … more

Hearing examiner calls berm permit a “done deal”

By Oliver Lazenby After decades of planning and administrative work, the Birch Bay beach restoration project known as the berm is set to receive its final permit – a … more

Woodberry project moves forward after city council approval

By Zoe Deal It was standing room only on the night of the vote, one of many such nights at Blaine City Hall for city council and planning commission sessions on the topic. … more

City demolishing dilapidated downtown building

By Jami Makan The city of Blaine has started demolishing a dilapidated downtown building. The building, located at 665 Peace Portal Drive, was formerly occupied by … more
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