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Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 5

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 5 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

County budget cuts won’t affect Birch Bay berm construction

By Oliver Lazenby County budget constraints won’t affect construction on Birch Bay’s ongoing 1.6-mile beach restoration project. Roland Middleton, Whatcom County public works … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 4

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 4 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

Governor announces plans for four phases of re-opening

Washington governor Jay Inslee extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 31 and announced a four-phase plan to re-open the state, beginning Tuesday, May 5. Each phase allows … more

The number of new virus cases is on the rise in Whatcom County

After a lull, the number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Whatcom County is on the rise again. In the week ending May 2, 29 people in Whatcom County tested positive for the new coronavirus, up … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for May 1

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for May 1 is available here, and in the attachment to the left.  more

County now recommends testing for everyone with Covid-19 symptoms

 Whatcom County is now recommending that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms contact their healthcare provider to ask about getting tested for the virus.   The symptoms list in an April … more

Business survey shows major Covid-19 economic impacts in Whatcom County

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

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 29

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 28 is available here. more

County lags state in virus testing

As of April 28, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting 293 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date in Whatcom County and 28 deaths. That’s 13 new cases and one new death from the … more

Hygiene drive will collect supplies for families in need

A hygiene drive in the Cost Cutter parking lot on Friday, May 1 will collect hygiene supplies for Blaine school district families in need. Supplies can be dropped off at the Cost Cutter parking … more

700 jobs at risk as Alcoa announces closure of smelter

Alcoa Corporation announced that the Pittsburgh-based company will shutter its Intalco Works smelter located in Ferndale, which employs approximately 700 people, most of whom will likely lose their … more

Staffing changes underway at Blaine’s public works department

The city of Blaine will be looking for a new public works director after the current director, Ravyn Whitewolf, was appointed to the newly created position of engineering program director. During … more

Precious photo album missing from Tony’s Just-A-Bite

The front counter of Tony’s Just-A-Bite is decorated with various trinkets and knickknacks, such as a jar labeled “Ashes of problem customers” and signs that say “Complaint … more

Drive-by parade celebrates Blaine kindergarten teacher

Community members joined in a drive-by parade on April 25 to show love to Blaine Primary School kindergarten teacher Tricia Hitchcock, who was feeling sad and missing her students while the schools … more

Kindergarten and new student registration is now online

Soon-to-be parents of kindergarteners and other new students in the Blaine school district can now register online at blainesd.org. The school district’s website opened for enrollment on … more

Online concert on May 8 will raise funds for local pet food drive

In early March, Birch Bay resident Samantha Syrnich decided to organize a food drive for dogs and cats, something she has done several times in the past. Since then, the food drive has made little … more

Backyard garden nurtures teamwork for one Blaine family

Green beans, peppers, butternut squash and tomatoes are a few of over a dozen seedlings waiting to be harvested this summer from a Blaine family’s backyard garden. While the family works to … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 28

Whatcom Unified Command's daily Covid-19 status report for April 28 is available here. more

Health advisory board taking applications for Covid-19 business task force until 5 p.m. Thursday

The Whatcom County Health Department seeks applications for a task force to help businesses get back to work in a way that’s safe for employees and customers. The task force should represent … more
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