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What seniors need to know about Medicare

by Steve Guntli Medicare’s fall open enrollment runs Wednesday, October 15 through Sunday, December 7, which means that seniors can choose to change their Medicare coverage with … more

Young at Heart: October

by JoAn Newby The new season has descended upon us. The wind has a certain chill and the sky is bright, but tinged with the smoky haze of fall. The message is clear: summer has … more

Regular exercise can slow aging effects

One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times … more

Staying active at the Blaine Senior Center

Photos by Steve Guntli Wayne Broadhead lines up a shot on the rec room pool table. Brenda Hansen, l., and Colleen Marie surf the … more

Whatcom-Skagit Housing to develop Drayton Reach neighborhood

by Ian Ferguson Whatcom-Skagit Housing, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families build their own homes, recently purchased 44 lots in the Drayton Reach neighborhood, … more

Whatcom County’s twisted history comes to life in new book

by Steve Guntli Edward Gaultier was a mild-mannered shoemaker, until his wife’s constant infidelity drove him to murder. Samuel Thomson killed his wife and a hired hand while a … more

The Indoor Report: What to read, watch and listen to this month

by Steve Guntli   Embrace your dark side this Halloween with a creepy book, CD and movie that may not have been on your … more

Winter coat drive to distribute free coats next week

by Steve Guntli Volunteers for the winter coat drive program spent the summer collecting coats from the community, and next week they will pass those along to those in … more

Crabbing season reopens through December

Crabbing season is going to be a little longer than usual this year. On September 30, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that most of the marine areas … more

Run with the Chums

Katelyn Baertsch gets a little encouragement from young volunteers as she approaches the finish line for the second annual Run with the Chums 5k on September … more

Birch Bay Chamber plans big changes in 2015

By Ian Ferguson The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce has an ambitious plan to rebrand the bayside community over the next few years, and it all starts with some big changes in … more

Edaleen Dairy scheduled to open on Monday

By Steve Guntli Blaine’s new Edaleen Dairy store is tentatively scheduled to open next week. The dairy, located on 458 Peace Portal Drive, has been under … more

Woman dies, husband seriously injured in crash

A Canadian woman has died after a collision last weekend outside of Lynden. Beverly Raginski of Surrey was riding behind her husband, Michael Caldwell, on their 2005 Triumph … more

New project aims to reduce flooding near Beachway Drive

By Ian Ferguson A stormwater drainage improvement project is making headway in the Beachway Drive neighborhood in Birch Bay, as construction crews rush to finish work before the … more

Candidates coming toBirch Bay for open forum

All six candidates running for legislative positions in the 42nd district will visit Birch Bay for a candidate forum on Thursday, October 9. Residents of Blaine, Birch Bay and Lummi … more

Pilot hemp crop heralds start of a new industry

By Ian Ferguson A local woman harvested her first crop of industrial hemp September 29, a milestone for Whatcom County and the state as legislators ponder how to legalize and … more

Author offers advice for surviving a loss

By Steve Guntli The loss of a loved one, especially the loss of a child, can leave a person devastated beyond words, but author Linda Hunt has found a way to transform her pain into … more

Grace Lutheran Church celebrates 100 years

The Blaine Grace Lutheran Church congregation is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The church was originally established by Icelandic immigrants working as fisherman and … more

City acquires new park for $10

By Steve Guntli For the token price of $10, the city has acquired new land to expand its park system. The property in question, 2.2 acres of forest and wetlands in … more
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