Laurie Trautman

“May these gates never be closed” are the words written on the iconic Peace Arch at the Canada – US border.

“This area is the only place on the entire Canada-U.S. border where there’s an international peace park that people can cross to…

If mirth can be found in despair, a bit of it seeped through the cracks as Whatcom County soldiered through the early stages of the pandemic: “At least,” the local tongue-in-cheek wisdom went, “we can park at Trader Joe’s now.”

The reference was to border restrictions — barriers to entry…

With another round of restrictions going away on Friday, April 1, local officials and businesses are expecting a robust increase to cross border travel into Whatcom County.

Earlier this month Canada announced that it is dropping the testing requirement for vaccinated travelers beginning…

Canada will remove mandatory COVID-19 testing for those entering the country as of April 1, a move being met with optimism and varied expectations in both Canada and United States.

Advance COVID-19 screening will no longer be required for visitors wishing to enter Canada via land, sea or…

One Canadian border restriction that will continue to dampen cross-border shopping is the rule for unvaccinated children, said Laurie Trautman, director at Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. The restrictions currently in place have unvaccinated children required to…

Whatcom County saw more traffic crossing the U.S.-Canadian border once restrictions were loosened on Monday, Nov. 8, but don’t start worrying about finding parking spots at Trader Joe’s or Costco just yet. The Western Washington University Border Policy Institute counted 2,598 southbound…

In between two border checkpoints, for two nations, sits one monument: the Peace Arch.

“The park is a solace,” said Christina Winkler, who is president of the International Peace Arch Association. “It's a refuge.”

Inscribed at the…

Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, said last month there will always be a sense of uncertainty…

For the second episode in our “Rick Steves explores Whatcom County” series, Washington’s most famous travel writer visits the extreme northwest corner of the contiguous United States, sampling some oysters fresh from Blaine Harbor and learning about …

The United States has yet to lift its restrictions preventing Canadian citizens and permanent residents from entering the country, which experts say could be due to a host of different reasons, including that the U.S. has yet to develop an app that is similar to ArriveCAN.

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