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Man arrested in Blaine after high-speed chase in classic car

A man was arrested and booked into jail after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase that ended in Blaine. At approximately 9 a.m. on April 19, Blaine officers assisted the Whatcom … more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 21

Whatcom Unified Command's daily  status report is available here more

Whatcom Unified Command status report for April 20

Whatcom Unified Command 4-20 status update more

New county health department graphic shows number of new virus cases per week decreasing

The Whatcom County Health Department’s website now includes some new information about COVID-19 cases in the county, including an epidemiological curve or “epi curve” that shows the … more

Memorial Day 2020

This Memorial Day will remain unique above all others. Most noticeable is the fact that the formal observances of this somber day to honor the memory of the veterans who died defending our very way … more

UW model suggests social distancing in WA could be relaxed May 18

 With the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 decreasing in Whatcom County and Washington state, state and local governments are starting to plan how to begin easing some social distancing … more

No new COVID-19 cases or deaths in Whatcom County for April 17

In its daily update for April 17, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 and zero new deaths from the virus.  To date, 271 have tested positive for the … more

Two new COVID-19 cases, no deaths, for April 16

On Thursday, April 16, the Whatcom County Health Department reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths. So far, 271 in Whatcom County have tested positive for the new coronavirus … more

Inslee shares goals for phased re-opening

Washington governor Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order expires May 4, but for now, that's an arbitrary date. Inslee has set some targets for when a gradual, phased lifting of restrictions could begin, … more

County model suggests that COVID-19 infections may have peaked for now

What’s happening in Whatcom County to slow the spread of the new coronavirus seems to be working, according to a simulation model created by the Whatcom County Health Department in partnership … more

B.C. implements new COVID-19 border checkpoints

New, secondary checkpoints have been established on the Canadian side of the northern border in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial checkpoints, which are mandatory for all motorists … more

Face masks being distributed locally to the public

A limited quantity of surgical face masks is being distributed locally as a free resource for at-risk individuals and others who wish to wear masks as protection against the new coronavirus. The … more

Historical photo of the week

Camping at Birch Bay State Park, 1956. Photo by Jack Carver/courtesy Whatcom Museum more

Blaine Police Department organizes salute to medical first responders

On April 8, Whatcom County law enforcement and fire service agencies performed a “Salute to Medical First Responders.” Organized by the Blaine Police Department (BPD), the agencies drove … more

Washington State Supreme Court to decide $30 car tabs

The fate of Initiative 976, which would limit motor vehicle license fees (car tab fees) to $30 per year and was approved by the state’s voters in November, will now be decided by the Washington … more

CBP using new vehicle X-ray machine at Peace Arch border crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been using a vehicle X-ray machine at the Peace Arch border crossing since October. Motorists, including U.S. citizens and NEXUS passholders, have been … more

Local captain rescues fully grounded boat in Semiahmoo

A local captain recently came to the aid of a large sailboat stuck high and dry next to the Semiahmoo Spit, helping to set the boat upright, free its keel from the mud and get it back safely into … more

Woods sentenced to 27 months

Shaquille Tyrique Woods, the Blaine High School alumnus who pled guilty to third-degree rape and first-degree burglary in January, has been sentenced to 27 months of confinement. A sentencing … more

Horseshoe Coins and Antiques marks its 25th anniversary

When Bill Becht began hunting for a location for an antique shop 25 years ago, he already had an idea for the shop’s name. It needed to include “horseshoe,” a word that reminded him … more

CAP running new food distribution program in Blaine

Blaine’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) started distributing food to families in need on March 31 at Blaine Christian Fellowship, 902 Adelia Street. The new program, called The Food … more
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