Coverage of Whatcom County

Pandemic border closure clobbers Point Roberts

BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON – March 12, 2021 –The future looks bleak for residents of Point Roberts, Washington, because the U.S.-Canada border closure due to COVID-19 has blocked the Canadian visitors the community depends on.

“With 90 percent of its economic activity supplied by Canadians and 75 percent of its real property owned by Canadians, Point Roberts cannot survive much longer without political intervention and real solutions,” said Brian Calder of the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce. Read the article . . .

Citizen scientists help state battle invasive hornets

As summer approaches, the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) hunt for the Asian giant hornet continues with improved traps and help from citizen scientists.

The hornets are an invasive species that were first found in Washington state in December 2019 and can reach a length of two inches. They attack and destroy beehives by beheading bees and taking bee larvae to feed to their own children. Read the article . . .