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Blaine City Council votes to form Transportation Benefit District

By Stefanie Donahue Blaine is one step closer to getting a sales tax measure on the ballot after the city council voted in favor of forming a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) on … more

Library director to meet with broker about Birch Bay property

By Oliver Lazenby During a January 17 meeting, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) board of trustees asked executive director Christine Perkins to meet with the real estate … more

Arts and Jazz returns for 20th year

By Stefanie Donahue The event of the year for art and jazz buffs in Blaine is just days away. Presented by the Blaine Fine Arts Association (BFAA), the 20th annual … more

School district begins budget planning, despite state uncertainty

A crowd of more than 6,500 students, parents and educators gathered at the Olympia capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16, to Rally for Student Civil Rights and for Amply Funded Public … more

A snapshot from the January 24 girls Basketball game

Blaine’s Ashley Dickerson takes a shot against Lynden on January 24. The team has a 5–11 record overall.                       Photo by Oliver Lazenby more

Students thank Blaine school board

Students from Michelle Schulz’s fourth grade class read essays to the school board and thanked board members for their work on January 23. Photo by Oliver Lazenby. more

WA Department of Ecology report highlights stats on crude oil transport by rail

Rail crude oil transport routes in Washington State. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Ecology. By Stefanie Donahue A report released by the Washington State Department of Ecology … more

Upcoming event to highlight housing options for aging adults

By Stefanie Donahue Curious to know more about what types of housing assistance is available for aging adults in your community? An event this month may be just what you’ve been … more

NWFR commissioners appoint new assistant COO

Joe Noonchester. Photo courtesy of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. The North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) Board of Fire Commissioners welcomed a new assistant chief of operations during a regular … more

Whatcom County Sheriff reports: January 14-22

January 14, 10:56 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances cold call on Birch Bay Drive. January 14, 1:48 p.m.: Traffic stop on Drayton Harbor Road. Bellingham man, 25, arrested and cited for … more

Mark your calendar: City of Blaine announces lineup of public hearings

Residents of Blaine are invited to weigh in on a series of issues facing the city at a host of public hearings scheduled into February. All meetings listed below take place at Blaine City Hall, … more

BTAC awards grants to tourist-centric programs in Blaine

Twelve events, programs and organizations known to boost tourism in Blaine received thousands in grant funding per a recommendation issued by the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC) last … more

Boys basketball lose to league-leading Anacortes

Jalen Kortlever draws a foul in the fourth quarter. Story by Oliver Lazenby and photos by Janell Kortlever Blaine boys varsity basketball is still in the running for the playoffs after losing seven … more

Blaine High School construction progresses despite cold weather

Above: The new greenhouse at Blaine High School is nearly complete. Below: Exterior walls are going up and the new high school building is taking shape. The mechanical room above … more

Public meeting centers on Blaine Marina Inc. cleanup

DOE Toxic Cleanup Program site manager Cris Matthews discusses details of the Blaine Marina Inc. cleanup plan during a public meeting on January 11. Photo by Stefanie Donahue. By Stefanie Donahue The … more

SR-543 and Boblett Street the site of recent crash

A collision involving a semi-truck and two other vehicles resulted in injuries with one individual from Surrey, British Columbia in critical condition on Friday, January 13, … more

Construction crews remove silt from Blaine Harbor

Low tides lend well to cleanup efforts in Blaine Harbor. About every five years, the Port of Bellingham facilitates the removal of silt – made up of a combination of sand, clay … more

Birch Bay Habitat for Humanity project moves forward

“This project is really coming along nicely,” said Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County publicist Holly Harkener. January 7 marked the first build day for volunteers eager to … more

Drayton Harbor Maritime calls for assistance in effort to restore historic sailboat

Representatives from the US Coast Guard (USCG) inspect a 111-year-old sailboat formerly used at the Alaska Packers Association Diamond NN Cannery in Nanek, Alaska. Members of Drayton Harbor Maritime … more
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