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Birch Bay landlord arrested on suspicion of pulling gun on tenant’s mother

A Birch Bay landlord was arrested after allegedly putting a gun to the head of his tenant’s mother. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputies responded about 6:45 p.m. January … more

Downtown Blaine sidewalks pose potential construction problems

The city of Blaine’s downtown revitalization project has revealed voids under areas of the sidewalk on Peace Portal Drive that engineers are working to understand to ensure sidewalk … more

Former TV critic publishes book on conversations with old Hollywood filmmakers

A Blaine author and former national TV columnist recently co-authored a book on his conversations with old Hollywood filmmakers that include the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder. … more

Charles Gibson retires from Blaine school board after 17 years

When longstanding Blaine school board member Charles Gibson and his wife Margaret moved across town in 2023, the couple ended up in District 5, Don Leu’s board district. Since 2020, when Leu … more

Blaine girls and boys basketball teams sweep aside Mount Baker, five wrestlers make podium

Girls Wrestling The Blaine girls wrestling team held its annual Blaine Blizzard tournament in the Borderite gymnasium on January 13. With temperatures across Whatcom County dipping into the … more

Legendary movie stars up close on the job

The legendary movie stars of Hollywood’s golden era (1930-60) are now so shrouded in glamorized nostalgia that it might be hard to remember they once were just actors who went to work every day … more

Blaine Police Department launches new drone

The Blaine Police Department purchased a drone equipped with video and thermal imaging capabilities, all thanks to donations made by local businesses and foundations.  The drone, which was … more

Blaine City Council roundup: Mayor appointed, restaurant usage approved

News from the January 8 Blaine City Council meeting … Mayor, deputy mayor appointment Blaine City Council unanimously appointed Mary Lou Steward to a second term as mayor. Steward … more

The Washington legislature kicks off. Here’s what to watch.

The 60-day Washington legislative session began January 8 with a relatively short to-do list before everyone decamps to focus on the election. Lawmakers will not write a new two-year budget, … more

Road Rules: Off-duty traffic stops

  Question: If a cop is driving their police car home, but they aren’t on duty, can they make a traffic stop? And can a cop from one city make a traffic stop in a different city? … more

Semiahmoo Resort recipe: Winter citrus salmon

Our winter citrus salmon recipe features seared salmon, orange crème fraiche, caramelized January king cabbage and citrus pesto. Your senses will thank you when they taste the bright citrus … more

Bird of the Month: Bald eagle

Our national bird, the bald eagle, is often seen in Birch Bay and around the Semiahmoo Spit, Blaine and Drayton Harbor. Juveniles, l., take up to five years to acquire their yellow beak and white … more

Letters to The Editor: January 18-24, 2024

The Editor: Thank you to The Northern Light for publishing in last week’s issue an article about the Port of Bellingham’s request for public comment regarding its updated Blaine … more

Blaine Police Department Reports: January 18-24, 2024

December 31, 9:36 p.m.: Theft on 9th Street. January 1, 6:01 a.m.: Suicidal subject on 2nd Street. January 2, 2:38 p.m.: Runaway on 9th Street. January 3, 10:43 a.m.: Rape on F Street. … more

Sheriff's Reports, January 18-24, 2024

January 10, 3:16 a.m.: Suspicious person on Harborview Road. January 11, 6:53 a.m.: Burglary cold call on Alderson Road. January 11, 10:22 a.m.: Hit and run on 4th Street. January 11, … more

2023 Year in Review: A look back at the year that was ... (July-December)

(This is the second of a two-part Year in Review. January-June was published in the January 4 issue of The Northern Light.) July • The Washington State Department of Agriculture asked … more

BBWARM to hold meeting on proposed rate increases

The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management (BBWARM) District announced it is seeking public input regarding an ongoing rate study and the possibility of the district increasing service … more
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