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Canoe journey stops at Birch Bay State Park

Paddlers from tribes around the region stopped at Birch Bay State Park on July 19, on their way to Olympia. Photo by Wayne Diaz. Photos by Oliver Lazenby and Wayne Diaz Paddlers from tribes around … more

Blaine skate park closing to install new features

Zack Garza films a skater at the Blaine Skate Park. Garza, owner of Unkown Board Shop, taught beginners at the Insane in Blaine Skate Jam on Juy 2. Photo by Donna Read. By Oliver Lazenby The city of … more

Senior center director to retire in late July

By Stefanie Donahue A hodgepodge of photos and sparkling decorations sit at the front of the Blaine Senior Center cafeteria. The artful presentation was created to celebrate the impending … more

Win cash at 33rd annual Birch Bay sand sculpture contest

Last year’s sand sculpture competition at Birch Bay was the biggest yet. By Oliver Lazenby Sand artists will be sculpting for cash all weekend at the  Birch Bay sand sculpture competition. The … more

Blaine scout reaches highest rank with barbecue project

Blaine High School graduate Andrew Bullock became an eagle scout in June after installing barbecues in Marine Park. Photo by Carol Hogan. By Carol Hogan E.F. Schumacher wrote, “Eagles come in all … more

Whatcom County sheriff's report, July 11 - July 17

July 11, 12:37 a.m.: Watch for on Masterson Road. July 11, 2:39 a.m.: Juvenile problem on Percie Road. July 11, 10:07 a.m.: Suspicious person on Birch Terrace … more

New directors at Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce

Karen Hicks, left, and Dannita Schacht at Birch Bay Waterslides. Karen Hicks and Dannita Schacht took over as co-executive directors of the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce earlier this month. Former … more

Old dogs and new tricks: Blaine vets offer advice on caring for your senior

By Sarah Sharp My 16-year-old miniature dachshund, Duke, is a walking miracle. I’ll admit, the miracle’s a little slow going these days, and often prefers the arms of someone … more

Property dispute sparks assault, arrest

By Stefanie Donahue Whatcom County sheriff deputies arrested Kurt Ebe, 60, following an incident at his home located on the 2300 block of Birch Bay–Lynden Road on July … more

Altercation results in SWAT response and arrest

By Stefanie Donahue Whatcom County sheriff deputies arrested Corey Vandekop, 28, following an altercation at approximately 10 p.m. on July 16. According to police reports, the suspect was … more

Birch Bay Waterslides raising money for youth

By Oliver Lazenby Birch Bay Waterslides is hosting a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County on Friday, July 22. The park will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Family … more

WTA closes public comment period on six-year plan

By Stefanie Donahue July 15 marked the last day for the public to comment on the Whatcom Transportation Authority’s six-year strategic plan, which recommends changes to existing routes and … more

Housing sales on the rise in Blaine and Birch Bay

By Oliver Lazenby The number of homes sold in Blaine and Birch Bay increased 25.7 percent in the last year, a bigger increase in sales than any other area in Whatcom County, according to a … more

Chalk art festival in Blaine this Saturday

By Oliver Lazenby If the sunny forecast holds, Blaine residents and local artists will put chalk to pavement on Saturday, July 23 at Chalk It Up! Blaine, a community chalk art event. … more

Less July Fourth Garbage left at Birch Bay

By Oliver Lazenby For a nice change, cleanup volunteers found less July 4th garbage on the beach at Birch Bay than the previous year. For the past few years, volunteers have spent … more

Downtown “street trees” are healthy, but will need management

By Oliver Lazenby Street trees have a sweet spot in their life cycle. Too young and their roots don’t go deep enough to survive a drought and they don’t reach the full potential … more

Thirty percent jump in crime reported in Blaine last year, but statistics may be skewed

By Oliver Lazenby Are crime rates rising in Blaine? A new study shows that crime increased last year, but Blaine Police Department records and administrative manager Lisa … more

Big change to medical marijuana has little impact on local business

Jacob Lamont, owner of Evergreen Cannabis in Blaine. By Oliver Lazenby As of July 1, medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal in Washington. State legislators ended the nearly 20-year experiment … more

Blaine Gardener’s Market grows roots in the community

By Sarah Sharp It’s not often that Blaine closes its downtown streets – let alone for fruit and vegetables – but Ron Snyder wants to make that happen every … more

Blaine native Luke Ridnour retires after 12-year NBA career

Blaine native and professional basketball player Luke Ridnour plans to do more with his annual youth basketball camp and the local sports community in retirement. The former Blaine High … more
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