News News RSS Feed 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Semiahmoo Resort hires new general manager A new general manager has stepped in at Semiahmoo Resort. 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. 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. 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. 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. Art Beat: September 2014 September Featured Artist: Sharon Swanson Young at Heart: September It seems that September always brings a sense of new beginnings. 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. Working on nets in Blaine Bruce Elliott works on fishing nets on Marine Drive. 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. 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. 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. Library seminar teaches businesses to read census data For business owners, analyzing demographic data can often be a real challenge. New faces at Blaine School District Blaine schools welcome new staff 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.