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Blaine City Council approves Funk’s police chief contract

Blaine City Council unanimously approved Rodger Funk’s employment contract as Blaine police chief in a 6-0 vote with councilmember Eric Davidson absent. Funk’s first day is expected to be … more

Fire commissioners approve putting levy proposal on August ballots

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) Board of Fire Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to put a levy lid lift proposal on August primary ballots.   The levy proposal would … more

City of Blaine intends to sell land next to Blaine industrial park

Blaine City Council unanimously authorized city manager Mike Harmon to write a letter of intent for the potential sale of the city’s 2.65-acre property at 1721 Fern Street in Blaine to Eugen … more

Family Easter events around Blaine

The Easter Bunny will be making appearances around Blaine this weekend, with several Easter egg hunts and family activities planned for the holiday weekend. Below are a few of those events.  … more

Road Rules: What cars should new drivers have?

Question: In front of my building I saw a shiny Cadillac Escalade, that on closer inspection had fender-bender dings, attempting to parallel park in a too-small space. Oh, I forgot to mention that … more

How to prepare for home fire escape

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and proactive planning. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one to two … more

Sheriff's Reports, March 28-April 3, 2024

March 15, 3:01 p.m.: Theft cold call on McGee Road. March 15, 3:51 p.m.: Hot rod on Kickerville Road. March 15, 8:24 p.m.: Trespass on Birch Bay Square Street. March 16, 1:49 p.m.: … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: March 28-April 3, 2024

March 16, 2:15 p.m.: Animal problem on E Street. March 16, 3:59 p.m.: Welfare check on Peace Portal Drive. March 17, 8:45 a.m.: Suicide attempt on E Street. March 17, 5:45 p.m.: Civil … more

City of Blaine names new police chief

The city of Blaine has extended an employment offer for its next police chief. Rodger Funk, chief inspector at the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) professional standards office, has … more

School board appoints Swinburnson, Galbraith

Ryan Swinburnson and Steve Galbraith were appointed to the Blaine school board during a March 15 special meeting. The two newest members of the five-person board will be sworn in at the next board … more

Man charged for opioid death of fellow inmate at Whatcom County Jail

An inmate at the Whatcom County Jail has been charged for the overdose death of a fellow inmate on March 13, and is awaiting trial for multiple charges including controlled substance homicide.  … more

Blaine golf teams enjoy strong starts

Boys golf Blaine boys golf started off the season hosting a home meet at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club on March 14, facing off against a swath of Northwest Conference (NWC) rivals. … more

Blaine Planning Commission mulls downtown zoning

Blaine Planning Commission is ironing out the details of its downtown zoning recommendations for building height and parking requirements that it will eventually send to Blaine City Council. … more

Around Blaine and Whatcom County

News in Blaine and Whatcom County …  Blaine Community Theater Opening night for Blaine Community Theater’s rendition of “Lords and Ladies” by Terry Pratchett … more

New WA law will allow some property crimes to be classified as hate crimes

Some property crimes could soon be prosecuted as hate crimes in Washington state if they are racially motivated or target marginalized communities. State senator Andy Billig (D-Spokane) said he … more

Wings Over Water celebrates 21st annual festival

The Wings Over Water Northwest Birding Festival took over Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo for its 21st annual event March 15-17. Events included an opening reception, bird watching field trips, an … more

Road Rules: Are seat belts needed with airbags?

Question: I have a car with 10 air bags. If I get in a crash I’m going to be floating in a balloon-filled cabin. With that many airbags, is the seat belt still necessary? I realize it’s … more
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