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General election voting opens, ballots mailed

Whatcom County residents should be receiving their November 8 general election ballots any day, now that Whatcom County Auditor’s Office mailed ballots October 19. A wide range of measures and … more

State representative candidates Q&A for November general election

The Northern Light asked candidates running for 42nd Legislative District position 1 and 2 seats about their top priorities, if elected to the state House of Representatives, and what makes them fit … more

Birch Bay Village man found guilty of harassment, serves 73 days

A Birch Bay man who allegedly threatened to kill his neighbors and an on-duty Birch Bay Village security guard in July was found guilty of harassment in Whatcom County District Court last month. The … more

Birch Bay man pleads guilty to elder abuse

A Birch Bay man who was arrested April 3, 2021, after a 71-year-old woman he was supposed to be caring for was found lying face down covered in her feces will serve over a year in jail. Robert … more

State senate candidates answer questions on priorities, qualifications ahead of general election

The Northern Light asked the candidates running for the 42nd Legislative District Senate seat about their top priorities, if elected, and why they believe they are the best candidate for north … more

Sports roundup: Borderites win at Bellingham homecoming

Blaine picked up its first win of the season October 14 on the road against Bellingham High School. The Borderites beat the Bayhawks 44-18 in their homecoming game at Civic Field. Coming into the … more

Q&A with new Whatcom County parks and recreation department director

Bennett Knox started working as the new director for the Whatcom County parks and recreation department at the beginning of September. Knox joined the county from Louisville Metro Parks, where he … more

Border Patrol arrests 2 individuals who ran across border and their ride

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested three individuals October 12 around 3:30 p.m. just west of the railroad crossing at Marine Drive in Blaine. Two of the individuals allegedly illegally crossed the … more

Blaine Oyster Festival 2022

The first oyster festival was a huge success with over 5,000 oysters consumed by a crowd estimated to be in the thousands on October 8. The event took over the downtown core with oyster cooking … more

Sahara Pizza opens in Birch Bay Square

A new pizza franchise has opened its doors in Birch Bay Square. Sahara Pizza introduced the community to its newest location during a September 28 soft opening, which owners say has been met with … more

Blaine Police Department calls for SWAT gear on deck, purchasing shields and helmets

Blaine City Council approved the police department’s request to use federal Covid-19 stimulus funds for about a $41,000 emergency purchase of tactical gear during its October 10 … more

Blaine school district sees small kindergarten cohort this year

The Blaine school district’s budget issues are looking even worse than expected, as its incoming kindergarten class is smaller than normal.  Blaine school district superintendent … more

Loretta Lynn, country star with Custer roots, dies

Loretta Lynn, a coal miner’s daughter, American country music star and past Custer resident, died October 4 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. She was 90. Known for her candid lyrics … more

Blaine residents post reward for alleged cat killer

After neighbors, social media posts and rumors alerted a Blaine couple to multiple instances of cats found dismembered in the area, they have decided to post a $1,000 reward to whoever identifies the … more

Sports roundup: Volleyball win, Blaine hosts cross country meet

Football Blaine opened the scoring at Meridian last week, but wasn’t able to hold off the Trojans for long. The Borderites lost 34-20 October 7. Running and passing down field, … more

Birch Bay beekeeper speaks at Smithsonian

Birch Bay beekeeper Ruthie Danielsen, c., spoke about citizen scientists’ effort to eradicate the northern giant hornets, also known as “murder hornets,” at the Smithsonian Natural … more

The Bridge opens office for counseling services and chaplain training

The Bridge Community Hope Center recently opened a new office for its new chaplain training program and counseling services in Birch Bay. The Bridge celebrated a grand opening for its Grace Core … more

Birch Bay Historical Society resumes in-person meetings

The Birch Bay Historical Society resumed its in-person meetings on September 23 for the first time since the pandemic started. Seven members gathered at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Visitor … more
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