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Birch Bay Station 63 in need of replacement, firefighters say

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) lieutenant Adam Smith was sleeping in Birch Bay Station 63, resting from a demanding shift, when a ceiling tile fell on him due to a waterlogged roof. Smith … more

August 6 primary election ballots mailed

Ballots for the August 6 primary election are set to be mailed to voters across Whatcom County on July 17.  According to the most recent data from the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, … more

Paddle to Puyallup canoe journey to stop in Birch Bay

The Nooksack Indian Tribe will welcome canoes landing in Birch Bay Monday, July 22 for a stop along the Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey. The canoes are expected to stop at Birch Bay State Park … more

Blaine Harbor Music Festival 2024

Blaine Harbor Music Festival brought a week of live music to Blaine July 7 through July 13. The annual event featured a music camp for youth ages 12-20 that brought instructors from as far away as … more

Blaine Arts Council brings art festival to city

Blaine Arts Council (BAC) is set to bring the arts to Blaine during The Wave Art Festival and opening fundraiser Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. BAC will start the festival weekend with … more

Local nonprofit to host meet-and-greet on free bike program

Brilliant Planet, a new, local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families get into nature, will host its first community meet-and-greet event on Friday, July 26 at the Blaine … more

“Against” statements needed for Blaine school district bond measure

The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office is seeking candidates for the “Against” committee for Blaine school district’s general obligation bond which heads to ballots in the … more

WCLS hosts Pride in the Park

Inslee appoints Whatcom County Superior Court judge

Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jennifer E. Slattery to the Whatcom County Superior Court bench, the governor’s office announced on July 12. Slattery will fill a fifth position the … more

Blaine residents take action to protect deer in Semiahmoo

It’s been a busy past two fawn seasons on Drayton Harbor Road and other wooded roads around Blaine and Birch Bay, with locals reporting multiple traffic collisions that have proved fatal for … more

Bellingham investment group organizes business pitch competition

Calling all entrepreneurs in Whatcom and Skagit counties: The Bellingham Angel Investors (BAI) will be hosting a business pitch competition in August. BAI aims to empower local leaders to … more

Letters to The Editor: July 18-24, 2024

The Editor: Every day I feel blessed getting to live at Birch Bay. I grew up here in the summers, never dreaming it would someday be my home. Surrounded by natural beauty and away from the … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: July 18-24, 2024

July 6, 7:35 p.m.: Theft on E Street. July 6, 8:07 p.m.: Burglary on Osprey Road. July 7, 2:20 a.m.: Suspicious vehicle on Kingsley Avenue. July 7, 11:02 a.m.: Vandalism on Great … more

Sheriff's Reports, July 18-24, 2024

July 6, 9:18 a.m.: Moving vehicle accident injury on Comfort Lane. July 6, 11:37 a.m.: Theft cold call on Birch Bay Square Street. July 6, 11:38 a.m.: Overdose on Cedar Street. July 6, … more

Obituary: Dr. Christine Carlson

Dr. Christine Carlson 1951-2024   Christine peacefully passed away June 29, 2024, at The Sacred Place.  Christine was born December 31, 1951 in Detroit, MI and moved to … more

Obituary: Elizabeth Gwen Bennett Buckner

Elizabeth Gwen Bennett Buckner December 27, 1925 – June 23, 2024   Gwen decided to leave this earthly place when her fun tank finally hit empty. Gwen was born on an … more

Obituary: Carole Jean Liebert

Carole Jean Liebert   Carole Jean Liebert passed away on June 14, 2024 at the age of 81. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran … more

Plover ferry makes long-awaited voyage after nearly two years of repairs

The historic Plover ferry, originally built in 1944 to transport workers from Blaine Harbor to the old Alaska Packers Association salmon cannery on Semiahmoo Spit, has finally launched after two … more
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