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Blaine school district to prepare reduction plan, layoffs expected for next school year

The Blaine school board voted 5-0 to adopt a resolution at its March 27 regular meeting that instructs Blaine school district administration to prepare a reduced education plan for the 2023-24 school … more

Federal grant funds planning to improve border wait time estimates

The Whatcom Council of Governments (WCOG) will receive a $458,000 federal grant to plan an updated communications system that could improve wait time estimates for travelers crossing both ways at the … more

Landis retires after 28 years with Blaine Police Department

Blaine police officer Jon Landis joined the Blaine Police Department (BPD) in 1995, just before it moved into where it is now, at the old post office. He was looking for a job in a smaller town after … more

Sports roundup: Boys soccer beats Trojans in second-half thriller

Senior soccer captain Joel Barrientos-Estrada’s last 10-minute strike won Blaine a rivalry game against the Meridian Trojans March 28 at Meridian High School. Three goals in the second half … more

State department of commerce awarding $100 million in hospitality grants

Restaurants or motels in need of a financial boost may be in luck with the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Washington Hospitality Grant program. Applications close 5 p.m. Thursday, … more

WCSO undersheriff Chadwick announces candidacy for sheriff

Whatcom County Undersheriff Doug Chadwick has joined Blaine police chief Donnell Tanksley in the race for Whatcom County sheriff in the November election. Chadwick declared his candidacy for … more

Birch Bay auto detailers service north Whatcom County

It’s all in the details for a young Birch Bay couple who started an auto detailing business that cleans cars from north Whatcom County driveways. Isabela Visser, 25, and Trevor Visser, 26, … more

New director selected for Whatcom County Public Works

Whatcom County Public Works will soon have a new director. Whatcom County executive Satpal Sidhu appointed Elizabeth Kosa, former assistant director of the public works department, as the new … more

Daytime financial literacy classes coming to Blaine

A free financial literacy series will be offered during the day in Blaine starting mid-April. The Community Assistance Program (CAP) will sponsor five classes through The Whatcom Dream 12-1 p.m. … more

Whatcom County Council meeting roundup

The latest news from the March 21 Whatcom County Council meeting. Blaine water and sewer improvement projects Council unanimously authorized an agreement with the city of Blaine to provide … more

Blaine Scholarship Foundation to host golf fundraiser

The annual golf tournament scholarship fundraiser will be held at Loomis Trail Golf Course this year on June 3. Since 1999, the Blaine Scholarship Foundation has been raising funds for graduating … more

Teacher support for media literacy proposed in Olympia

A public school grant program to help students evaluate news reports would be established if a bill passed by the state Senate makes its way through the House of Representatives. State senator … more

Road Rules: Tailgating

Question: What’s the appropriate following distance when you’re behind another car? Four seconds? Two seconds? Or a specific number of car lengths? When does it become … more

Letters to The Editor: March 30-April 5, 2023

The Editor: March 17-19, 2023 marked the 20th annual Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival. Hundreds of people from the Puget Sound region, Lower Mainland B.C. as well as from around the … more

Obituary: Thomas Paul Hollett

Thomas Paul Hollett September 7, 1939 - March 17, 2023 Tom passed away peacefully on March 17, 2023 at the age of 83, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  Tom was born … more

Obituary: Sandra Annette Gomez (Smith)

Sandra Annette Gomez (Smith) July 25, 1952 – March 20, 2023 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Annette Gomez (Smith), a beloved mother, grandmother, and … more
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