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Scientists eradicate the third Asian giant hornet nest in east Blaine

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) eradicated the third Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S. during the early morning of September 11. This comes as a fourth nest has been discovered in … more

Third Asian giant hornet nest found in east Blaine

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) located a third Asian giant hornet nest in east Blaine Thursday evening, a WSDA spokesperson confirmed to The Northern Light. State entomologists … more

Borderites kick off fall sports with a positive start

The new Blaine High School stadium opened its gates to a full crowd last weekend and the Borderites did not disappoint. Football With fan support, the Borderites opened their season sharp … more

Blaine mailbox stores use creativity as they wait for the U.S. to open Canada border

Over a year-and-a-half after the U.S./Canada border closure and Blaine mailbox stores wait patiently for the return of loyal Canadian customers, all while they’ve settled into an adapted … more

At least 168 positive cases after Lynden fair, and other Covid-19 news

As of September 8, the Whatcom County health department has confirmed at least 168 people tested positive for Covid-19 after  attending the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden. “This … more

Discover Birch Bay Days brings three days of family activities

Birch Bay’s seaside festival offered another weekend of family fun September 3-5. The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted the fun-filled event, with help from Blaine-Birch Bay Park and … more

City of Blaine welcomes new finance director

The city of Blaine has a new finance director: Daniel Heverling. “I’m most excited to provide valuable service to the citizens of Blaine and to provide reliable, solid financial … more

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce launches podcast

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce didn’t just return to hosting events in 2021. The chamber also launched a new podcast, the Birch Bay BuzzPod. Each episode is released on the first of the … more

Free financial literacy class offered in Blaine

If you struggle to balance a healthy budget, local nonprofits are here to help. Financial literacy nonprofit Whatcom Dream will offer six money management classes from Tuesday, September 28 until … more

Single-use plastic bags ban starts October 1

Sales of single-use plastic bags will be banned in Washington state beginning on October 1 after governor Jay Inslee rescinded the proclamation delaying the original January 1, 2021 start … more

Road Rules: AI-controlled traffic signals

Question: Artificial Intelligence (AI) controlling stop lights seems much easier than AI driving a car. I’m not sure whether any are on the market yet, but seemingly AI stoplights could be an … more

Lopez Island author features Blaine in new book

What does a captive killer whale feel? That’s one question Lopez Island author Gene Helfman asks in his debut novel set in Blaine and throughout the Salish Sea region. The novel, … more

Former BHS student wins big at music competition

A Washington State University student from Blaine won first prize for tuba in the 18-23 age division at the 2021 European Music Competition. Tim Schrader, an incoming third-year student, has been … more

Burn ban lowered to stage 1 in unincorporated Whatcom County

Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and recent rain, the Whatcom County fire marshal’s office is allowing recreational fires again. The modified burning restrictions went into effect … more

Point Roberts’ Trinity Church in danger of collapse

Trinity Community Lutheran Church, a fixture of Point Roberts since 1913, is in danger of collapsing and requires $200,000 in repairs, according to Andy Mar who is heading the fundraising … more

Op-Ed: Help save our historic Icelandic landmark

In the early 1890s the first Icelandic settlers arrived in Point Roberts. Though few in number, their resilient spirits fuelled a steadily growing population and founded a lasting heritage in this … more

‘My time to live’: Through novel program, kidney patients get palliative care, dialysis until the end

After a decade of living with chronic kidney disease, Vonita McGee knows her body is wearing out. At 63, McGee undergoes dialysis sessions three times each week at a Northwest Kidney Centers site … more

Free retirement seminar in Bellingham September 16

Safe Harbor Legal Solutions, PLLC is offering a free seminar on retirement 7 p.m. Thursday, September 16 in Bellingham. The seminar is geared toward people planning for, or already, retired to … more
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