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Blaine sets priorities ahead of legislative session

The city of Blaine will be prioritizing sewer infrastructure, fiscal sustainability, local transportation maintenance, and affordable housing in the state’s 2023 legislative session. Blaine … more

Holiday Harbor Lights festival returns December 3

Holiday lights wrapped around downtown trees highlight the impending return of Blaine’s winter festivities.  Blaine’s annual Holiday Harbor Lights festival is making its grand … more

Blaine football coach Jay Dodd resigns after 17 seasons

Jay Dodd stepped down from his role as Blaine High School football coach last week after 17 years as head coach. “Hard to put into words what the last 17 years have been about for me,” … more

Atwood Farm Brewery offering local brews on Sweet Road

Josh Smith of Atwood Farm Brewery prefers to be in his dirty room. That’s what he calls the brew room, on his family farm, on Sweet Road, where he mixes local and homegrown ingredients to … more

Bereavement support group comes to Blaine

PeaceHealth Whatcom Hospice will be offering a bereavement support group for Blaine residents struggling during the holiday season after the death of a loved one. The free support group will take … more

Salishan neighborhood loses power for 7 hours

A power outage in the Salishan neighborhood impacted about 100 homes on November 20. Blaine interim public works director Gary McSpadden said public works received a call about the power outage … more

Road Rules: Driving on icy or snowy roads

Question: What should I do if my car starts to skid on ice or snow?  Answer: Many years ago, I learned a valuable principle from a defensive tactics instructor. He said, “If you … more

Native landscaping program offered to Birch Bay residents again

Birch Bay homeowners will have a second opportunity to participate in Whatcom County’s free native landscaping program after the pilot program started last year. Birch Bay Watershed and … more

Breaking down Washington’s school funding formula

School budgets in Washington state are always under scrutiny – few people understand the ins and outs of K-12 funding, and it can be confusing to the layperson. Recent educator strikes in … more

Obituary: Ernest (Ernie) Arnold Thompson 

Ernest (Ernie) Arnold Thompson  July 15, 1943 – November 11, 2022 Ernest (Ernie) Arnold Thompson went to be with the Lord on November 11, 2022. Ernie was born in Bellingham on July … more

Letters to The Editor: November 24-30, 2022

The Editor: Once again (for the third time in nine years?), the city of Blaine is engaging a consultant to “revitalize” downtown Blaine. This time at a huge expense – … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: November 24-30, 2022

Nov. 10, 1:38 a.m.: Driving under the influence on 4th Street. Nov. 10, 9:13 a.m.: Stolen bike on Bell Road. Nov. 10, 4:54 p.m.: Auto collision on Semiahmoo Drive. Nov. 11, 4;09 a.m.: … more

Sheriff's Report, November 24-30, 2022

Nov. 11, 2:44 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances on Birch Bay Lynden and Delta Line roads, Custer. Nov. 11, 3:34 a.m.: Mental on Delta Line Road, Custer. Nov. 11, 12:22 p.m.: Sex crime cold call on … more

Expected red wave turns blue in 42nd district

Democrats swept the local field prevailing over newcomers and incumbents alike. Sharon Shewmake (D) won the tight race for the 42nd Legislative District’s Senate seat. The race against … more

Blaine school board looking for new member

Blaine school board is asking residents who live in district 1 and are interested in filling the district’s vacant seat to send in a letter of interest.  At last month’s board … more

Boys and Girls Club asking for $30,000 donation match to Blaine clubhouse

An anonymous Blaine resident will match up to $30,000 in donations from fellow residents to the Blaine chapter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County (BGCWC) this holiday season. The donation … more
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