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School board passes gender inclusivity and sex offender policies

The Blaine school district board of directors held a special meeting on January 13 to discuss updates to several policies – one relating to treatment of transgender students and others that … more

Border crackdown on Iranian travelers was a local initiative, CBP whistleblower says

A Blaine-area Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer says the recent “extreme vetting” of travelers with Iranian backgrounds occurred under the direction of Blaine port managers. The … more

Transportation commission releases report on “road usage charges”

For many, America is the land of the open road, where drivers can roam freely and where happiness is a full tank of gas – or a fully charged battery, if you have an electric vehicle. But a … more

Girls wrestlers prep for biggest home meet

Blaine’s inexperienced girls wrestling team has learned a lot through the first half of the season and is looking to put its hard work to the test in the second half. The team is excited for … more

Federal investigation underway into CBP’s detentions of Iranian-Americans

A federal investigation into recent detentions of Iranian-American travelers in Blaine is underway, after members of Congress and civil rights groups expressed concern about the “extreme … more

Sidhu sworn in as Whatcom County executive

Whatcom County executive Satpal Sidhu took the oath of office given by Whatcom County auditor Debbie Adelstein during a January 11 ceremony at Meridian High School in Bellingham. With him is his wife … more

Potential IED discovered in trunk of Blaine vehicle

The Blaine Police Department was evacuated, a bomb squad was called in and the FBI was contacted after a potential IED – improvised explosive device – was discovered in the trunk of a … more

BHS alumnus pleads guilty to rape and burglary

A Blaine High School alumnus pled guilty to rape and burglary and was booked into the Whatcom County Jail pending a sentencing hearing. On January 6, Shaquille Tyrique Woods, 21, appeared in … more

Alicia Rule to challenge Rep. Van Werven

Blaine city councilmember Alicia Rule announced that she is running for the state legislature, and will be seeking to fill the seat currently held by state representative Luanne Van Werven, whose … more

Jennifer Sefzik to challenge Rep. Shewmake

A small business owner and high school debate coach announced that she is running for state representative Sharon Shewmake’s seat in the Washington State House of Representatives. In a … more

Three Blaine city councilmembers sworn in

At Blaine city council’s January 13 meeting, city clerk Sam Crawford administered the oath of office to, from l., Richard May, Mary Lou Steward and Garth Baldwin. May (Ward 1, Position 1) and … more

Bellingham shelters open for those facing cold weather

Additional shelters opened on Sunday night in Bellingham for Whatcom County residents experiencing housing insecurity in this week’s below-freezing temperatures and intermittent freezing rain … more

‘For’ and ‘against’ statements needed for school district levy

The Blaine school district is looking for volunteers to write statements for and against its proposed replacement property tax levy, which will be on a February 11 special election … more

Blaine primary school principal changes roles

As of this month, Nancy Bakarich is no longer the Blaine Primary School principal, and is instead working in the district office to provide administrative support, according to a letter … more

Blaine boys basketball hangs on for impressive 70–61 win over Ferndale

Blaine boys basketball got its second conference win in an intense game against Ferndale (7-6) at Blaine High School on January 14. After trailing the entire game, Ferndale tied the score in the … more

In other Borderite sports

Boys wrestling As a team, Blaine placed second out of 14 at the Island Individual on January 11 at Bainbridge Island. Blaine scored 168.5 points as a team, trailing only Forks High School, a state … more

Local captain aids paddleboarder who got blown adrift in Semiahmoo Bay

Toward the end of 2019, Bellingham resident Suzanne Westcott came up with a goal to paddleboard “through the month of December.” Westcott has been paddleboarding for six years, and in the … more

Local Zumba classes help start the day on the right foot

Two new Zumba instructors have been added to the upbeat dance mix at Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2). Celine Mauger, who has been with the program since October, and … more

Free film programs to begin January 22 at Semiahmoo Resort

A seven-week free public series of film programs will begin on Wednesday, January 22 at the Semiahmoo Resort, starting with “When Rivals Meet,” a two-part program about what happened when … more

Year in Review: Washington State Senate, District 42

Legislation to revive declining orca populations on Puget Sound and open new markets for local farmers are among my top priorities for the 2020 legislative session. Last year I introduced a bill … more
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