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Whatcom County starts flood assessment as new damage is discovered

Whatcom County officials and community members are working around the clock to assess the full impact of catastrophic floods that washed over Whatcom County a week ago, while more damage has been … more

Proposed school board district boundaries could give Birch Bay majority of seats

Under the drafted Blaine school board district boundaries presented in a special board meeting November 22, Birch Bay could gain a simple majority on the board in upcoming elections if residents in … more

Holiday Harbor Lights returns December 4

Blaine is going all out for holiday celebrations this year, bringing back its winter traditions bigger and better than ever. From Santa Claus to free oysters, there will be something for … more

Volunteer support pours in following damaging flood

Almost as immediate as the flooding began, an outpour of community support was palpable throughout Whatcom County as residents began repairing damaged homes. By Thursday, November 18, volunteer … more

Shewmake challenges Ericksen for state senate seat

Sharon Shewmake (D-Bellingham), representative for 42nd legislative district, announced she is challenging Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) for the Washington State Senate seat. Shewmake was elected to … more

Blaine prepares to welcome Canadians with open arms

Canadian health officials announced they will drop Covid-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated Canadians making short trips into the U.S. The new rule goes into effect Tuesday, November 30 and … more

Ericksen reportedly in Florida after testing positive for Covid-19 in El Salvador

State senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale), who tested positive for Covid-19 in El Salvador and asked state legislators for help, is now in stable condition in Florida, the Bellingham Herald is … more

County’s job market is bouncing back, just needs its workers back

Whatcom County has regained half of the jobs it lost in last year’s pandemic-induced recession.  According to Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) data, 13,900 jobs … more

A Christmas wishlist for plant lovers

Dear Santa, As I sit and think about the garden presents you have gifted me over the years, I want to say how grateful I am for my bountiful garden and well-stocked garden shed. Rather than focus … more

Letters to The Editor: November 25-December 1, 2021

The Editor: We just want to say that the November 18-24 issue of The Northern Light was very enlightening, with loads of information pertinent to my wife and I. Special kudos to Grace McCarthy … more

Sheriff's Reports, November 25-December 1, 2021

Nov. 11, 11:29 p.m.: Welfare check on Anchor Parkway. Nov. 12, 1:58 p.m.: Parking problem on Fawn Crescent Road and Dead End. Nov. 12, 12:54 p.m.: Trespass on Custer School Road, … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: November 25-December 1, 2021

Nov. 7, 6:45 a.m.: Found property on Boblett Street. Nov. 7, 5 p.m.: Suspicious circumstance on B Street.  Nov. 8, 11:44 a.m.: Civil issue on Runge Avenue. Nov. 8, 6:05 p.m.: Civil … more

Canada news reporting B.C. government is rationing gas

Canadian news outlets are reporting B.C. is now rationing gas and putting restrictions on non-essential travel because of the flooding this week that has ravaged parts of B.C. and Washington. A … more

Canada officially drops Covid-19 test requirement for short trips

Canadian health officials announced they will drop Covid-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated Canadians taking short trips into the U.S. The new rule goes into effect Tuesday, November … more

County crews grapple with devastating flood

Devastating floods that hit Whatcom County earlier this week forced hundreds of evacuations for residents along the Nooksack River and have emergency responders scrambling to understand the extent of … more

Breaking news: Canada plans to drop test requirement

North of the border news media is reporting that the Canadian government is planning to drop the requirement for returning residents to show a negative Covid-19 PCR test for trips shorter than 72 … more
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