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How Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer residents voted

The November 2023 election results were certified by the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office on the morning of November 28, according to county election supervisor Amy Grasher. With all ballots … more

Holiday Harbor Lights, events kick off winter

As the winter holidays begin, Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo have events celebrating the festive season Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 2. Holiday Harbor Lights Holiday … more

No northern giant hornet detections in 2023

The buzz around town is there is no buzz. Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) wrote in a November 21 statement that state entomologists are leaving empty-handed after wrapping up … more

City council approves Plover restoration contract

Blaine City Council unanimously authorized Drayton Harbor Maritime (DHM) to finish restoring the Plover ferry during its November 27 meeting. DHM anticipates the repairs will cost $82,000, … more

City of Blaine sets 2024 legislative priorities

The city of Blaine’s legislative priorities for the 2024 session include the Bell Road intersection, advocating for a mixed-use library and affordable housing project, increasing its property … more

Smith retires after 10 seasons of coaching Blaine volleyball

After 10 seasons heading up the Blaine volleyball program, varsity head coach Jacquie Smith is retiring. Smith held coaching positions at the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels for … more

Blaine book club review: “Red Paint” by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe

“Red Paint” by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe is a powerfully moving and disquieting look at tradition and trauma, ancestry and erasure, and empowering lineage and tragic cycles. Aptly … more

Semiahmoo Resort recipes: Gemelli with lamb and anchovy ragu

With colder weather on the horizon, the team at Semiahmoo Resort has introduced new dishes inspired by cozy evenings spent inside, away from the Pacific Northwest elements outside. Semiahmoo’s … more

Birch Bay book club review: “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles

In 1939, at the American Library in Paris, Odile Souchet gets her dream job. She is fresh out of library school and her love of books, the Dewey Decimal System and desire to help others makes her a … more

Road Rules: Loud exhaust enforcement

Question: It seems to me that it’s far more common to hear a motorcycle (and sometimes cars or trucks) from what could be a mile away, than to see one. I don’t think any agency uses … more

Bird of the month: Great blue heron

Great blue herons, found throughout the Blaine and Birch Bay area, are the largest heron in North America. While impressive with their large wing span, their average weight is just 5-6 pounds. The … more

Letters to The Editor: November 30-December 6, 2023

The Editor: For 20 years I have had the privilege of working for the Thanksgiving Basket program. This program would not be possible without the support of the following community members. … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: November 30-December 6, 2023

November 18, 4:54 a.m.: Death investigation on Peace Portal Drive. November 18, 6:17 p.m.: Shots on Mitchell Avenue. November 18, 7:20 p.m.: Fireworks on Boblett Road. November 19, … more

Sheriff's Reports, November 30-December 6, 2023

November 15, 5:47 a.m.: Suspicious vehicle on Drayton Harbor Road. November 15, 8:18 a.m.: Domestic physical on Stein Road. November 15, 9:53 a.m.: Theft cold call on Morgan Drive. … more

Obituary: Nora Kathrine Carroll McDaniels

Nora Kathrine Carroll McDaniels February 3, 1961 - November 6, 2023   Nora Carroll McDaniels died suddenly on November 6, 2023 while doing her laundry. She is survived by her … more

Obituary: Ida Lorraine Vander Yacht

Ida Lorraine Vander Yacht June 24, 1933 – November 15, 2023   Ida passed away peacefully on November 15, 2023, in Blaine, WA, and has now joined her husband Dick in Heaven. … more

Obituary: Theodore “Bud” Gudmundson

Theodore “Bud” Gudmundson May 28, 1936 – November 11, 2023   Bud held onto his sense of humor until his death on November 11, 2023.   Bud never met a … more
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