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Vacation rental hosts ask county to review possible regulation

About 10 Whatcom County residents voiced their concerns on proposed amendments to Title 20 zoning to regulate short-term vacation rentals (STRs) in a Whatcom County Council advisory public hearing … more

Port commissioners vote on moorage model

Port of Bellingham commissioners unanimously voted 3-0 to update the port’s moorage model that will increase slip rates over the next four years. New rates will go into effect July 1. The … more

Blaine man convicted of sexually abusing children over two decades

A Blaine man was found guilty of nearly a dozen child sex offenses April 21 in Whatcom County Superior Court after a two-week trial.  A jury convicted Sergey Andreevich Kovalenko, 60, last … more

Blaine City Council roundup ...

The latest news from the May 9 city council meeting. City agrees to sell less than .1 acre to IK Truck Repair Blaine City Council unanimously voted May 9 to accept a letter of intent to … more

Custer post office sees two crime incidents since April

The Custer post office has experienced a burglary and break-in since the beginning of April but no arrests have been made in either case.  In the early morning hours of May 11, someone … more

Blaine baseball misses out on regionals after Overlake loss

The Borderites’ late push to close a five-point deficit and extend their season into regionals fell short May 14 at Sehome High School. No. 5 Blaine lost 6-4 to No. 6 Overlake-Bear Creek in … more

Track athletes head to Granite Falls

Twelve track and field athletes and two relay teams qualified for the 1A district 1/2 championship meet Thursday, May 19 and Saturday, May 21 in Granite Falls after earning a spot last week at the 1A … more

Suicide prevention workshops open for Blaine teens and adults

Blaine chaplain’s office The Gathering Place, local nonprofit Community Assistance Program (CAP) and Whatcom Family and Community Network are partnering to bring suicide prevention courses to … more

National Safe Boating Week is right around the corner

With spring in full swing, the annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week is around the corner. The National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) encourages boating enthusiasts to brush up on navigation … more

Underground Owl Hot Sauce spotted around Blaine

Spotted Owl Farm is family-owned and operated out of Blaine by owner Doug Cross. The farm produces fresh “farm to bottle” Underground Owl Hot Sauce made from peppers grown at their … more

Whatcom County Covid-19 cases considered low by CDC metrics

Whatcom County Covid-19 cases have been in the CDC’s low community level rating for the past week. The CDC advises residents in low transmission areas to get tested if they have Covid-19 … more

Coffee volunteer program returns to state rest areas

Blaine residents can once again volunteer to provide free coffee to truckers and other travelers passing through the Custer rest areas.  Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) … more

Blaine Art Studio Tour reopens call for artists

Local artists who missed the deadline to sign up for Blaine’s new art studio tour will have a second chance to showcase their work to the public. Blaine Art Studio Tour organizers have … more

Bird flu confirmed in Whatcom County

The highly infectious H5N1 avian influenza virus, or bird flu, was detected in Whatcom County last week after recently being detected in B.C. and other Washington counties. Washington State … more

WSDOT reopens North Cascades Highway

State Highway 20, which connects Whatcom and Skagit counties with eastern Washington, reopened May 10 after Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews worked for six weeks to clear … more

Letters to The Editor: May 19-25, 2022

The Editor:  I wanted to write to you regarding the article in May 12 issue of The Northern Light regarding the Blaine City Council meeting and arguments that ensued over the role of the … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: May 19-25, 2022

May 7, 12:01 a.m.: Vehicle prowl and theft on Semiahmoo Parkway. May 7, 9:47 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances on 3rd Street. May 7, 5:30 p.m.: Order violation on Runge Avenue. May 8, 1:06 … more

Sheriff's Reports, May 19-25, 2022

May 5, 5:36 p.m.: Domestic order violence on Birch Bay Drive. May 5, 11:11 p.m.: Suspicious vehicle on Portal Way, Custer. May 6, 8:06 a.m.: Vehicle theft on Halibut Drive. May 6, 9:02 a.m.: … more
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