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Birch Bay is below its planned residential density, buildable lands report shows

The 2022 Whatcom County Buildable Lands Report shows Birch Bay’s population and housing development are growing slower than the county expected.  Whatcom County senior planner Matt … more

Spooky events in Blaine, Birch Bay for Halloween

Residents in Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and Semiahmoo will have plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy this Halloween. Below are some options in the area for trick-or-treating and other spooky … more

City council delays vote on downtown revitalization contract, and more council news

The latest news from the October 24 Blaine City Council meeting … Public hearing on proposed property tax increase Blaine City Council held a public hearing on the city’s … more

Sports roundup: Fall sports wrap up regular season competition, girls soccer heads to postseason

Blaine fall sports will finish up their regular season action this week as some teams start postseason games. Football The Borderites lost 61-13 to an unbeaten Lynden Christian team at home … more

Nunamaker resigns from school board

In an undated letter to the Blaine school board, district 1 board member Todd Nunamaker announced his immediate resignation from the board. Nunamaker cited “continued health challenges” … more

Testing, surveillance and audits secure Whatcom elections

The Whatcom County official local voters’ pamphlet lists procedures the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office and Washington Office of the Secretary of State use before, during and after the … more

U.S. Senate candidates talk bordertown recovery, political experience

The Northern Light asked candidates running for U.S. Senate about legislation for bordertowns they will support, if elected, and what makes them fit to represent Washington state in Washington, D.C. … more

U.S. representative candidates Q&A for November general election

The Northern Light asked candidates running for the U.S. representative position in Washington’s 2nd Congressional District about how they plan to provide aid to pandemic-impacted bordertowns … more

November election Q&A: Whatcom County district court judge position 2

The Northern Light asked candidates for Whatcom County’s district court judge position 2  about their qualifications ahead of the November 8 general election. The elected judge will serve … more

PUD commissioner candidates talk broadband coverage

The Northern Light asked the candidates running for Public Utility District (PUD) No. 1’s third commissioner district about their top priorities, if elected, and how they will ensure the needs … more

A far different market from 90 days ago ...

Buying a starter home just a year ago for $500,000 was manageable for buyers, even for many first-time buyers when interest rates were at 2.8 percent. In fact, owning a home became more affordable … more

Semiahmoo residents use goats to clear overgrown land

Residents passing by a Semiahmoo subdivision recently may have done a double take as nearly two dozen goats munched on blackberry bushes as they cleared land for a new house to be built. Goats … more

Road Rules: Stopping for emergency vehicles while at an intersection

Question: If one is stopped at a traffic light on a street with a middle divider, what are you supposed to do when an emergency vehicle, sirens blaring, approaches from behind? To clear the way, you … more

Letters to The Editor: October 27-November 2, 2022

The Editor: The upcoming general election may be one of the most consequential ever when it comes to retaining many of the rights we have been enjoying for a long time. Surprisingly, these … more

Sheriff's Reports, October 27-November 2, 2022

Oct. 15, 11:27 a.m.: Threat on Birch Bay Drive. Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.: Harassment on Bay Road. Oct. 15, 3:08 p.m.: Harassment on Portal Way. Oct. 15, 6:08 p.m.: Threat on Carson Road. Oct. … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: October 27-November 2, 2022

Oct. 14, 10:01 a.m.: Behavioral health issue on 12th Street. Oct. 14, 1:45 p.m.: Found property on Pipeline Road. Oct. 14, 4:51 p.m.: Collision with injury on D Street. Oct. 14, 5:44 p.m.: … more

City of Blaine property tax levy public hearing October 24

The city of Blaine is holding a public hearing for residents to weigh in on its 2023 revenue sources and proposed property tax levy. The hearing is during a regular city council meeting Monday, … more

Blaine Community Theater returns for first full performance since pandemic

Blaine Community Theater (BCT) is returning for its first full performance since the pandemic with an adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters.” The show will run weekends from … more
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