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Sasquatch comes to town

Hunting for Sasquatch just became a lot easier in downtown Blaine. Hill’s Chevron owner Mike Hill placed his newly purchased 3,500-pound Sasquatch statue on a concrete podium at the edge of … more

City council looks at revising downtown zoning, forms ad-hoc committee

Blaine City Council unanimously approved a planning document for making amendments to the central business district zoning during its August 8 meeting. The project will consider changing downtown … more

City council discusses Covid-19 stimulus funds

Blaine City Council discussed areas where it could distribute $900,000 of its remaining federal Covid-19 stimulus. Council approved $50,000 in emergency funds to Blaine Food Bank and will continue … more

Bayside Beauty Salon celebrates 50 years of styling Blaine

Bayside Beauty Salon is celebrating its 50th anniversary this August after a half-century of styling Blaine residents’ hair. Judy Dunster, owner of Bayside Beauty Salon, never planned on owning … more

Blaine woman asked if pills were “legit” before 2021 overdose death

Court documents show Blaine resident Aeschli Wilkinson, who died of an overdose last year, wanted oxycodone but was given pills made from fentanyl. Wilkinson hurt her back a month before her death … more

Drayton Harbor Oyster Company seeks oyster farm expansion in face of water concerns

Drayton Harbor Oyster Company (DHO) is seeking to expand its oyster growing operations to add an off-bottom farm in a cleaner area of Drayton Harbor as water quality issues continue to be a pressing … more

Survey shows small decrease in Whatcom County residents experiencing homelessness

Whatcom County’s population of people experiencing homelessness has slightly decreased in the past year, which housing officials believe is because of increased resources made available during the … more

Supply chain issues and increased development prompt city council to reallocate funds for public works projects

Blaine City Council unanimously approved amending the city’s 2022 capital improvement plan (CIP) to reallocate funds to pay for a new chlorine system, well rehabilitations and pressure zone … more

GDP declining but labor market is healthy, state economists says

With high gas prices, stock prices down over the year and high inflation rates, one might think it’s a recession. But Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) regional labor economist … more

Road Rules: How does state law address motorcycle groups?

Question: I recently ran into a horde of motorcyclists, and by horde I’m talking 50-60. At cross streets, one motorcycle would block the intersection and the rest would drive through. Red … more

Monkeypox hotline launches

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched a hotline for people to ask questions about the monkeypox virus. By calling 833/829-HELP, Washington residents can receive the latest monkeypox … more

Obituary: Oscar Lawrence Rauch

Oscar Lawrence Rauch September 16, 1938 – August 14, 2022 Oscar Lawrence Rauch, age 83, of Blaine passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2022.   Oscar was born to Gustav and … more

Obituary: Candice Patricia Hawkins

Candice Patricia Hawkins February 6, 1950 – July 15, 2022 Candice Patricia Hawkins, age 72, of Blaine, left Earth peacefully Friday morning, July 15, 2022.  She is survived by her … more

Letters to The Editor: August 18-24, 2022

The Editor: Wouldn’t you take steps to prevent a life-threatening condition, if supportive programs were easily accessible right in your community? More than 800,000 Americans suffer from … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: August 18-24, 2022

Aug. 5, 12:16 p.m.: Trouble with a person on D Street. Aug. 5, 2 p.m.: Assault, fourth-degree domestic violence investigation, on A Street.  Aug. 5, 10:33 p.m.: Suspicious circumstance on … more

Sheriff's Reports, August 18-24, 2022

Aug. 5, 12:59 a.m.: Civil problem on Portal Way and Main Street, Custer. Aug. 5, 9:59 a.m.: Suspicious vehicle on Bruce and Arnie roads, Custer. Aug. 5, 12:09 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident … more

Blaine man arrested for Blaine woman’s 2021 overdose

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies arrested a Blaine man August 3 who, after a long investigation, was found responsible for a Blaine woman’s death in May 2021. The woman … more
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