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Hands Across the Border

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City council bans fireworks in Semiahmoo

Some of the debris left behind in Birch Bay after last year's Fourth of July.Photo by Doralee Booth. By Steve Guntli Blaine City Council has decided to restrict the use of fireworks around the city. … more

High school expansion goes forward without new grandstand

By Oliver Lazenby Crews will break ground this summer on a $38 million Blaine High School remodel, but it’s not quite what citizens voted on last February when they passed a $45 … more

Mitchell Road bridge to close for repairs

By Steve Guntli The I-5 overpass at Mitchell Avenue will close over the summer in order for the city to make some needed repairs. The bridge will be beginning on … more

Blaine Gardener's Market

Patrons visit the Blaine Gardener’s Market in H Street Plaza on June 4. The market will be open every Saturday through October.Photo by Meg Olson more

Entering our 22nd year of publishing...

s The staff of The Northern Light. From left: Louise Mugar, Oliver Lazenby, Kara Furr, Janet McCall, Ruth Lauman, Pat Grubb, Steve Guntli, Catherine Darkenwald, Amy Weaver, Doug De Visser and Molly … more

Blaine High School Graduation 2016

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Young at Heart: Blaine Senior Center unveils new logo

By Lorrie Conyac We have something to shout about at the Blaine Senior Center this month! With the help of a great board of directors and a forward-looking committee, we have adopted … more

A life in music: new church choir director looks back

Choir director Ruth Ann Hanlin’s whole life is music. And the same could be said for most members of Blaine United Church of Christ’s (UCC) choir. The church was without a … more

Local senior competes in tennis competitions

By Oliver Lazenby In addition to working six days a week, Joyce Vanderpol, 92, competes nationally in tennis about four times a year. In April, she and her partner … more

Tips for protecting your dog while hiking

Hiking can be a fun activity enjoyed both by humans and their companion animals. Hiking allows your dog to get outside and enjoy nature, and also serves a good source of … more

New director for Blaine Clothing Bank

After two years as the director of the Blaine Clothing Bank, Rosemary Schmitz has stepped down, and Jan Schlack has moved into the role of director. Schlack moved to Blaine with her … more

Miles of Subarus in Birch Bay

Hundreds of cars lined Birch Bay Drive on June 5, with people hoping to achieve a world record for longest line of Subarus. The large and exuberant turnout fell short of the … more

Blaine council to hold hearing on fireworks code

Following requests from various groups and citizens, including the Semiahmoo Resort Association, Blaine City Council held a special council meeting on June 6 to discuss concerns and proposed changes … more

Voters to decide on EMS levy this November

By Oliver Lazenby This November, Whatcom County voters will decide whether to pass a six-year property tax levy to fund county Emergency Medical Services. The levy, … more

GPT lease application denied

SSA Marine, principal financiers of the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) project in Cherry Point, hit another roadblock in their effort to build the coal terminal. On June 6, GPT’s … more

A long walk

Doug Hoffman, a duel citizen who grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario and currently lives in Carlsbad, California, started on a walk from the Canadian border to Mexico on June 2. … more

Blaine Clean-Up

A group of volunteers known as BIG (Blaine Improvement Group) worked for several hours on June 4 to clean up the town before July 4 festivities.  The volunteers, led by Mike Hill, … more

Blaine girl injured in Birch Bay hit and run

Washington State Patrol (WSP) officers are looking for information that would connect them to a driver who committed a hit-and-run on a 15-year-old Blaine girl in Birch Bay this … more

Second half of Haynie Opry season opens

Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band are opening the second half of their season at the Haynie Grange with a tribute to classic gospel and Americana music of the 20th … more
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