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Beyond Protest

Kevin Ranker completes his sermon

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Surveying the ashes of the November election, the normally ebullient and thoughtful senator from the islands was nearly speechless with despair.

“How could I have gotten this so wrong?” state Sen. Kevin Ranker asked himself. “Could it be that my beliefs about social justice and human rights, and those who I believe I represent, are that different from large numbers of my fellow Americans, that our place in the Salish Sea is so different from the rest of the country that we can no…

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*Really, Is it Post-mortal?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Cherry Point coal port looks dead, but maybe it’s too early to call the undertaker.

The giant port builder and operator SSA Marine has told Whatcom County officials that the company is withdrawing its permit applications for what was supposed to be the largest coal export terminal in North America.

Conflict with an 1855 Indian treaty, a disastrous coal market and growing public opposition appeared to have stopped SSA’s train last May. That’s when the US Army Corps of…

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On Stage

Ubu Roi

A riotous take on President’s Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If you’re keen to watch a power-hungry buffoon of a ruler lay waste to his newly-conquered kingdom thanks to a caustic combination of greed and self-indulgence, your first instinct might be to turn on the news and settle in for the long haul.

A second, more interesting option involves procuring a seat to iDiOM Theater’s production of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, which not-so-coincidentally begins a three-week run on President’s Day (Mon., Feb. 20) at the Sylvia Center for the Arts.


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Human Rights

New documentary focuses human rights film festival

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

For 17 years, the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival has explored far corners of the world, documenting injustice and hardship, but always with a bittersweet tang that the human spirit will endure and in some cases triumph. The festival’s overarching message is that we must approach the challenges of social and economic justices with eyes wide open—but also with an open heart that while we struggle all is not lost.
We come to know, also, that injustice and hardship hit close to…

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Where's the Beef?

A stroganoff surprise

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

During a recent cold spell, my boyfriend expressed the desire to consume grilled steak.

“I don’t care if it’s 25 degrees outside, I’m going to fire up that damned barbecue and make us a dinner fit for royalty,” he declared, slapping an enormous package of tenderloin onto the kitchen countertop.

After marinating the meat in a combination of hot sauce and soy sauce for a couple of hours—which was just about how long it took to clean last summer’s chicken fat residue off of the…

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Nordic Night

Putting the kick in cross-country

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“It’s the perfect way to fly,” my old trail crew buddy Tryg said as he jammed his ski poles into the snow and pushed off into the night.

He was right. Even moving uphill on a pair of heirloom Madshus 210s he glided over the groomers so quickly and with such little apparent effort that I spent the next three hours struggling to keep him in sight. 

Technically speaking, it wasn’t a race. But due to the fact that we were in the Mt. Baker backcountry to express our mutual…

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Winter Wonders

Warming up at Jansen Art Center

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If you haven’t visited Lynden recently, get ready for a surprise.

Some of the finest attractions of Fairhaven have opened branches there, including Village Books, two cafes—Drizzle and Avenue Bread—and a brand-new, 35-room hotel in the completely remodeled Mercantile Building on Front Street. It’s just the place for a weekend getaway.

How did all this happen? 

Thank Heidi Jansen Doornenbal. In 2010, the Lynden native saw potential for an art and performance center in the…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
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The Gristle
Washington v. Trump, 2

WASHINGTON V. TRUMP: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit wasted little time in returning a decision that affirms, unanimously, the block of President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration sought by the state’s legal counsel. The three-judge panel upheld the…

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Dark money

It is time to speak up. Is this a big coincidence? Has anyone noticed that Donald Trump’s appointees mesh perfectly…

Earth shattering

I had a vision last night that proves our worries about the Cascadia subduction zone are a moot issue. If…

Protections eroded

Apparently, protecting consumers against unfair, deceptive, or illegal practices is not high on the Trump agenda. After the financial crisis…

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Today's Events
17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival


The 17th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and…

Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting


Make connections by joining farmers, fishers, grocery buyers, food artisans, processors and distributors at Sustainable Connections’ annual Northwest Washington Farm to Table Trade Meeting…

Community Preparedness


The American Red Cross will host a “Community Preparedness Education” presentation at 2pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.  Topics will include…

Baker Backcountry Basics


Necessary gear, common mistakes, best practices and places to ride will be part of a free “Baker Backcountry Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The Mt. Baker area of the North…

All-Paces Run


Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on…

Dressings, Sauces and Stocks


Mataio Gillis leads a “Dressing, Sauces and Stocks” class starting at 6:30pm at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. Students will learn the basics for making delicious vinaigrettes and dressings and…

Prawn Particulars


Enjoy guest Alaskan spot shrimp fisherman Tom Traibush’s tall tales, real adventure stories, and lots of his great shrimp when he joins Chef Robert Fong for an “Alaskan Spot Prawns” course…



Writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White will take readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides when he shares stories from Tides: The Science & Spirt of the…

Books on Tap


Jonathan Evison’s West of Here will be the topic of a Books on Tap meeting from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. The event will be led by Deming Library staff Erin Suda…

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