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New leadership at Blaine's Banner Bank

Banner Bank in Blaine has a new branch manager. Trevis Seimears recently joined the local branch of the Walla Walla-based bank as assistant vice president and branch manager. Seimears earned … more

Guest Editorial: Treaty rights aid salmon recovery

By Lorraine Loomis Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission chair Treaty tribes in western Washington have won some recent treaty rights battles, but we continue to lose ground … more

Blaine's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July 2016

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Few changes made to Blaine's six-year transportation plan

Blaine City Council approved an update to the city’s six-year transportation plan with few changes from last year’s update. The plan, called the Transportation Improvement … more

CBP supervisor arrested after July 4 fireworks explosion

Detlef Goellner with Susan DelBene. Goellner was presented with a U.S. flag that had flown over the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C., after performing CPR on a Canadian who had a heart attack at the … more

Blaine planning commission approves accessory dwelling units in more areas

By Oliver Lazenby Opinions were split at a June 23 public hearing on a zoning change that would allow cottages, mother-in-law apartments, and other so-called accessory dwelling units – any … more

Ferndale resident dies in tractor accident before Blaine parade

Ferndale resident and dairy farmer Don McKay died while preparing for Blaine’s Fourth of July parade, Whatcom County medical examiner Gary Goldfogel said. McKay was unloading an antique … more

Fabric of her life: quilting is more than a job for Blaine woman

Sharon Tucker, owner of Grass Roots Quilt Studio in Blaine, uses her $15,500 Nolting Pro Series 24 longarm quilting machine to craft customer quilts.Photo by Sarah Sharp. By Sarah Sharp Every stitch … more

Kuuskmann family, Blaine musical mainstays, say farewell to town

The Kuuskmann family on their road trip to Colorado. Photo courtesy of Martin Kuuskmann. By Sarah Sharp They traded the Big Apple for Blaine 13 years ago, not expecting to be swept away by the charm … more

Three ways to improve your long-term health

When you feel strong nothing can hold you back. From building your muscles to strengthening your mind and conditioning your body, every day you strive towards looking and feeling healthy in … more

Hit the trails this summer, but stay safe

Now that the weather is nice, you might be tempted to take a hike. Before you set off to explore the great outdoors, keep these five safety tips in mind: 1. Have a plan. And don’t … more

International Arts and Music Festival and Peace Run

Runners from Blaine and White Rock met up at the Peace Arch to pass the torch for the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run on June 26. The international relay race passed through Blaine during the … more

Drayton Harbor Music Festival to host public concerts

Ed Donohue plays a trumpet solo during a street performance in G Street Plaza. The Seattle musician was in Blaine to teach classes during the Drayton Harbor Music Camp in 2015.Photo by Steve Guntli … more

County sheriff’s office testing body cameras

By Oliver Lazenby The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is nearing the end of a 30-day period of testing body-worn cameras. Whatcom County undersheriff Jeff Parks … more

City approves LID rollout for East Blaine neighborhood

At the June 27 city council meeting, Blaine City Council approved the final assessment for local improvement district (LID) charges in the Vista Terrace neighborhood in east … more

County council approves jail-use agreement with Blaine

By Oliver Lazenby Whatcom County Council voted on June 28 to authorize county executive Jack Louws to enter into an agreement to allow the city of Blaine to continue using the … more

Estonian girls choir to perform at music festival

By Kitty King On Sunday, July 10, Blaine audiences will have a rare opportunity to see two remarkable performing groups in one evening. The event is the kick-off concert for this … more

Blaine Soccer Club camp, 2016

The Blaine Soccer Club held its 2016 soccer camp at Pipeline Field June 20-23. Dozens of kids and high school-aged volunteers turned out for the event, which assistant coach Joel Fletcher said had … more

Deadline for voter registration approaching

Monday, July 4, is the deadline for mail-in registrations or address changes to be eligible to vote in the August 2 primary election. July 4 also is the deadline for online registrations or address … more

Local mechanic honored

Pete Harksell, l., of Pete’s Auto Care, received an award for the 2016 NAPA Regional ASE Technician of the Year. Harksell beat out 229 regional auto care centers for the honor, and ranked in the … more
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