News http://thenorthernlight.com/news News RSS Feed Blaine and Birch Bay participate in Whatcom Water Weeks http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_blaine_and_birch_bay_participate_in_whatcom_water_weeks Two weeks of September will be dedicated to Whatcom Water Weeks, a countywide event that seeks to enlighten, entertain and educate residents about the rich network of waterways in Whatcom County. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_blaine_and_birch_bay_participate_in_whatcom_water_weeks Marijuana news: new businesses, new challenges http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_marijuana_news__new_businesses__new_challenges The marijuana industry in Whatcom County continues to grow, even as two high-profile lawsuits threaten to alter the landscape. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_marijuana_news__new_businesses__new_challenges Birch Bay man sentenced for viewing child porn http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_birch_bay_man_sentenced_for_viewing_child_porn A Birch Bay man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after 440,000 explicit pornographic images of minors were found on his computer. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_birch_bay_man_sentenced_for_viewing_child_porn BNSF to double rail track north of Ferndale http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_bnsf_to_double_rail_track_north_of_ferndale Burlington National Santa Fe railroad (BNSF) is planning to build 4 miles of new track from Custer to Ferndale in 2015. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_bnsf_to_double_rail_track_north_of_ferndale Charges dropped for one suspect, reduced for another in rape case http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_charges_dropped_for_one_suspect__reduced_for_another_in_rape_case_ One teenager charged in a rape case involving a 15-year-old Birch Bay girl has received a reduced sentence while another had charges dropped after the alleged victim stopped speaking to police. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_charges_dropped_for_one_suspect__reduced_for_another_in_rape_case_ Semiahmoo Resort hires new general manager http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_semiahmoo_resort_hires_new_general_manager A new general manager has stepped in at Semiahmoo Resort. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_semiahmoo_resort_hires_new_general_manager Eagles thriving in Birch Bay, according to local expert http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_eagles_thriving_in_birch_bay__according_to_local_expert_ When Roger Rickett moved to Birch Bay from Michigan 10 years ago, he was amazed by the bald eagles he saw perched near the shore. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_eagles_thriving_in_birch_bay__according_to_local_expert_ Smuggler's Inn to offer tours of county marijuana industry http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_smuggler_s_inn_to_offer_tours__of_county_marijuana_industry_ While the nascent legal marijuana industry in Washington may still be generating a lot of controversy, Bob Boule sees marijuana as a tourist attraction. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_smuggler_s_inn_to_offer_tours__of_county_marijuana_industry_ Blaine firefighters take part in 9/11 memorial ride http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_blaine_firefighters_take_part_in_9_11_memorial_ride_ Thirteen years after the tragic events of 9/11, Blaine's firefighters, Border Patrol officers, firefighters and military personnel are still making time to honor the fallen. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_blaine_firefighters_take_part_in_9_11_memorial_ride_ Local credit union ranked one of nation's best http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_local_credit_union__ranked_one_of_nation_s_best A local credit union, Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU), was ranked the seventh healthiest credit union in the nation by DepositAccounts, a website that tracks financials for all federally insured banks and credit unions. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_local_credit_union__ranked_one_of_nation_s_best Art Beat: September 2014 http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_art_beat__september_2014 September Featured Artist: Sharon Swanson http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-04_art_beat__september_2014 Young at Heart: September http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-03_young_at_heart__september It seems that September always brings a sense of new beginnings. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-03_young_at_heart__september City receives award for wastewater treatment http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-03_city_receives_award_for_wastewater_treatment For the first time in history, Blaine√Ęs Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility will receive an award from the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) for perfect performance in 2013. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-03_city_receives_award_for_wastewater_treatment Working on nets in Blaine http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-03_working_on_nets_in_blaine Bruce Elliott works on fishing nets on Marine Drive. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-09-03_working_on_nets_in_blaine Marine Park playground postponed until spring http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_marine_park_playground_postponed_until_spring Despite the contributions of some generous local donors, construction of the Marine Park playground project has been put off until next spring. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_marine_park_playground_postponed_until_spring School board approves $45 million bond election http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_school_board_approves__45_million_bond_election A $45 million bond to fund capital improvements at the Blaine School District is headed to voters after the school board unanimously approved the final version at their regular meeting August 25. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_school_board_approves__45_million_bond_election Shellfish harvesting ban lifted on north Whatcom County beaches http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_shellfish_harvesting_ban_lifted_on_north_whatcom_county_beaches On August 22, The Whatcom County Health Department announced that biotoxin levels in northern Whatcom County had decreased, allowing some beaches to open for molluscan shellfish harvesting. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_shellfish_harvesting_ban_lifted_on_north_whatcom_county_beaches Library seminar teaches businesses to read census data http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_library_seminar_teaches_businesses_to_read_census_data For business owners, analyzing demographic data can often be a real challenge. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_library_seminar_teaches_businesses_to_read_census_data New faces at Blaine School District http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_new_faces_at_blaine_school_district Blaine schools welcome new staff http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_new_faces_at_blaine_school_district Business roundup: Caroline's Closet http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_business_roundup__caroline_s_closet Caroline and Dave Winfrey have been making embroidered goods for sale out of their home in Birch Bay for going on three years now. http://thenorthernlight.com/news/article.exm/2014-08-27_business_roundup__caroline_s_closet