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Year in Review: 42nd Legislative District, House Position 1

The 2019 legislative session was a tough one on Washington taxpayers. In the final days of the session, and even the last few hours, the legislature passed new and increased taxes in the dark of … more

Year in Review: 42nd Legislative District, House Position 2

We often think of politics as a fight, but our state government is much more functional than the federal government, and I was impressed with how hard everyone worked to reach across the aisle. In my … more

Year in Review: Washington’s 1st Congressional District

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your representative in Congress. Last year, we held town halls throughout the region, including Blaine and Point Roberts, and attended over 500 constituent … more

Year in Review: U.S. Senate

As a voice for our state in the U.S. Senate, I’m focused on doing my part to keep our families safe and make sure that every Washingtonian has the resources and opportunities they need to … more

Coastal weather warning received from sheriff's office

The following coastal weather warning was received from the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management on the morning of Wednesday, January 15. Gale Warning … more

Year in Review: Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee

The Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District (DHSPD) Advisory Committee was formed in 1995 by the Whatcom County Council in response to the Washington State Department of Health’s closure … more

Order to detain Iranian-American travelers likely originated in Blaine, say lawyers

More than 60 travelers with Iranian backgrounds were held for hours at the Peace Arch border crossing on January 4 and 5 and received extra questioning, following a U.S. airstrike that killed an … more

Plunging into the new year in Brrr-ch Bay

On New Year’s Day, hundreds of people braved the chilly waters of Birch Bay for the 37th annual Polar Bear Plunge.   Photo by Chuck Kinzer/CKimageart.com more

Year in Review: A look back at the year that was (July-December 2019)

(Continued from last week’s issue)   July • A deal for part of Blaine’s Gateway parcel closed in early July. IK Truck Repair, owned by Ivan and Marina Kovtun, acquired … more

School bus goes off the road in Birch Bay

On January 6, a school bus carrying young children turned the corner a little too soon and got stuck in a ditch at the intersection of Birch Point Road and Deer Trail in Birch Bay. Sheriff’s … more

Local newspapers to keep eye on state legislators after Supreme Court rules they are subject to Public Records Act

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” That saying, or … more

Birch Bay author to host chronic pain seminar

An author who lives in Birch Bay and writes about her experiences with chronic pain will be hosting an upcoming seminar and book release in Bellingham. Julie Hanft will be signing copies of her … more

Roundup of Borderites sports

Girls basketball The Borderites snagged their first conference victory on January 7, a 42–10 blowout at Lakewood (2–8). The win improved Blaine’s record to 4–7 overall and … more

Year in Review: Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) and Visitor Information Center enjoyed a successful 2019. We are ending the year with 152 members, including 26 new members added in 2019. BBCC is committed … more

Year in Review: Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2

It has been another year of growth for Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD2). In 2019, the district partnered once again with the Whatcom Land Trust in the acquisition of property … more

Year in Review: Blaine School District

As we greet the 2020 calendar year, we will continue to work hard for every student every day with a robust academic offering and hands-on experiences to help make Blaine the best place in Washington … more

Year in Review: Birch Bay Water and Sewer District

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) began 2019 still repairing our Wastewater Lift Station #6, which was damaged during the prior month’s King Tide event. BBWSD applied for and was … more

Year in Review: Healthy Youth Coalition North County

The Healthy Youth Coalition (HYC), in its second full year, served approximately 2,000 people at Rocktoberfest; had 1,200 visits to the weekly Teen Nites at Border Town Pizza; had 500 visits by … more

Year in Review: Pacific Arts Association

The Pacific Arts Association (PAA) kicked off 2019 with a Valentine Concert at Semiahmoo Resort. In spite of a crazy dose of snow, Nick Biello and Charlie Porter brought a ballroom full of Blaine … more

Gale warning issued for Whatcom County

Below is the text of a weather warning that was issued by the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office on January 2. Whatcom County Coastal Weather Warning Gale Warning Issued – The … more
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