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Apollo 11

Found footage of the moon shot

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, first manned moon landing, the documentary Apollo 11 brings back once more the awe of that event. What makes this film different from numerous other such movies is that, in many instances, it utilizes footage never before seen publicly. Director Todd Douglas Miller made a phenomenal discovery: Troves of newfound, soundless 65-mm and 70-mm footage of the mission, originally housed in a NASA storage facility, were accidentally…

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St. Patrick’s Day

Happy (almost) holiday

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Like most occasions Bellingham wholeheartedly embraces and enthusiastically celebrates, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a proper holiday. The banks are open, kids have to go to school, no one gets the day off work.

Unless, of course, March 17 falls on a Sunday, as it does this year. In that instance, not only do we get to pretend it’s a legit holiday, but we also get to celebrate it all weekend long.

In that case, we should kick the whole thing off with a parade.

Thanks to…

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Verdant Valley

Enchanted in Edison

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

One of the most refreshing exhibits in the Skagit Valley is the combined show of artwork by Kathleen Faulkner and Ann Morris at Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison. Faulkner’s work, often seen here during the past 10 years, has achieved a high level of beauty and significance in her recent oil pastels.

Her images of the valley, its mountains and waterways, are based on photographs, enhanced by memories. “The Source” is the view of Mt. Baker from her bedroom window in Anacortes.…

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Deep Creek

A love letter to home

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pam Houston was 31 years old when her first book, a collection of short stories titled Cowboys are My Weakness (1992), was published to some acclaim, earning her a check for $21,000—a lot of money for someone who was living in a tent and could fit all her belongings in her Toyota Corolla.

During the book tour for Cowboys, Houston looked for a place where she might want to use this money to settle down. She even came to Bellingham. But it was when she arrived in Creede, Colorado, met…

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On Stage

Puppet Play

Some strings attached

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Following a recent viewing of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, I was reminded of how closely connected beloved PBS television host Fred Rogers was to his puppets—specifically, Daniel Striped Tiger, the soft-spoken resident of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe who came to life in Rogers’ capable hands.

Watch Daniel long enough, and you’ll forget he relied upon a human to interact with his surroundings. That’s part of the magic of puppetry—and one of the things Whatcom…

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Over the Hill

Skiing through Sehome

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lord knows, I didn’t plan for it to happen. But if my predilection to explore snowbound urban landscapes hadn’t drawn me to Sehome Hill a few weeks ago, there’s no telling when or if I would have ever gotten around to pulling the maneuver off. 

Even in hindsight, it baffles me to think how an intrepid long-planker like me could have failed to exploit such a rare and singular opportunity that was staring me in the face as I migrated between neighborhoods throughout my…

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Survival Cookery

Eating locally, from Ireland

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Some people dedicate their entertainment budgets to the re-enactment of Civil War battles. Others enjoy watching Survivor. My hobby of choice is something of a hybrid of the two, but with plenty of imagination, historic leeway and, most importantly, flavor.

My hobby is to eat seasonally, and, when possible, locally. Some people do so with an air of piousness, as if they are saving the earth with their immense sacrifice. I do it for fun, and for a sense of satisfaction that’s hard to…

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The legacy of Bellingham’s parks acquisition program and a new strategic plan

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Like many beautiful cities in extraordinary locations, Bellingham struggles with growth. When the economy is on an uptick, the pressure intensifies. With great foresight, in 1990 our community initiated a grassroots led Greenway Program that levied additional property taxes to raise funds for habitat preservation, parks, trails and open space. Bellingham’s Greenway legacy is arguably one of the finest things we’ve ever done.

Competing for General Fund dollars with the essential…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? Well, one that is walkable, with tree-lined streets and ample parks, nearby services and entertainment. One that allows people to work from or near their homes. Many artists have moved to Sunnyland for exactly that reason, so they can run a studio out of their home—and that has produced a flourishing local arts community. Sunnyland is a nucleus for many of the favorite haunts and hangouts cited in this year’s reader survey.

That dynamism has a downside, too, and Sunnyland is experiencing some growing pains from its tangy mix of industrial and commercial uses in proximity to family homes. Friends, an outdoor beer garden is a heartbreaking thing to quarrel about! I predict they’ll soon solve those problems, and continue to claim their crown as Bellingham’s favorite neighborhood.

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The Gristle
New Directions

NEW DIRECTIONS: Making good on a campaign promise, Whatcom County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Richey presented his plan for criminal justice reform to Whatcom County Council this week.

Richey’s platform for change builds on recommendations of the county’s Incarceration Prevention and…

Amy Goodman
The time for Medicare-for-All has arrived

Earlier this month, as the media focused on President Donald Trump’s North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives.…

Legally Blonde
A grim and grimy future

Great report in your Feb. 6 issue on the travesty of the charming Alley District’s planned bait-and-switch transformation into a Soviet-style behemoth monster.
So much potential for that…

Join the extinction rebellion

This is a green part of the world, both physically and politically, but the meaning of being politically green, and what that requires of us, keeps changing.
Science has long known the oceans…

Homeless solutions

Many players in our community have been trying to address the homeless issue. With the best intentions, the results have not met the need. There is a solution available if the varied invested…

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Today's Events
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest


Single-poem submissions for the 14th annual Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest will be accepted through March 31. Residents from throughout Whatcom County can submit their works; 25 winners will…

La Conner Daffodil Festival


The fifth annual La Conner Daffodil Festival takes place March 1-31 at more than 450 acres in and around La Conner and the Skagit Valley. Check online, or drop by the La Conner Visitor…

Regional High School Art Show


Students, parents, teachers and members of the public can peruse a Regional High School Art Show from 8am-4:30pm March 13-15 and 18-22 in Anacortes at the Northwest Educational Service…

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition


Residents of Whatcom County can submit images to the City of Bellingham’s annual “Essence of Bellingham” photo competition starting today and continuing through May 1. See submission…

Cook It and Book It


Students in grades 4-7 can meet up for cooking and book-related fun at a monthly “Cook It and Book It” gathering from 3:30-5pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. If whipping up something…

Artist Workshop


Watch artist Neal Cronic paint with acrylics and oil at a low-key Artist Workshop from 6-7:30pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. If you’re interested…

Flavors of the Philippines


Enjoy dishes of traditional Filipino-style home cooking enhanced with fragrant Chinese spices when Robert Fong helms a “Flavors of the Philippines” class from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food…

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Books on Tap


Deming Library staff will lead a Books on Tap discussion focusing on Jessica Shattuck’s Women in the Castle from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. The group meets on the…



Irish and Scottish instrumental super-group Imar bring their big sounds to the stage at a 7pm show at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. As Glasgow’s hottest new folk property,…

Punch Up Comedy Showcase and Open Mic


The Punch Up Comedy Showcase and Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. The bimonthly event features 5-7 open mic comedians, followed by a feature and a headliner doing…

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