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Washington Wolves

One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

Amid vocal protest, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced hunters would target three more wolves in the Huckleberry Pack to protect sheep in rural southern Stevens County. In an effort to break the cycle of predation, WDFW Director Phil Anderson authorized the removal of up to four members of the

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This Week

The Gristle

New Directions

NEW DIRECTIONS: Bellingham City Council President Cathy Lehman will resign her elected office at the end of this year, perhaps triggering upheaval in one of the city’s most engaged and active wards.

“I’ve made the very difficult decision to resign my position on Bellingham City Council at the end of this year, one year early, to concentrate on a new opportunity with Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters,” Lehman announced last week. “My job will be as

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Washington Wolves

Wildlife agency urged to stop killing Huckleberry Pack


One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

Amid vocal protest, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced hunters would target three more wolves in the Huckleberry Pack to protect sheep in rural southern Stevens County. In an effort to break the cycle of predation, WDFW Director Phil Anderson authorized the removal of up to four members of the

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Laws of the Land

Writing what she knows


With sparkling brown eyes and bouncing curls, Shannon P. Laws is a familiar face at Bellingham’s open mics—and at the Village Books Poetry Group, which she facilitates. Her second chapbook of poetry was recently published.

Odd Little Things was released in June,” Laws says. “The title came to me one day at my desk, while I was thinking about the collection of poetry assembled. The title reinforces my belief that it is the little things in life that fill up the gaps between big moments;

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On Stage

The Ghosts of Tonkin

Reliving history, with hindsight


From the start of Bellingham TheatreWorks’ second production, The Ghosts of Tonkin, audiences will be aware there won’t be a happy ending. That’s because the play—which can be seen Aug. 29-30 at Bellingham High School before touring in Oregon—focuses on the unfortunate origins of the Vietnam War, which would go on to kill more than two million people. We caught up with playwright Steve Lyons to find out more about the play’s subject matter—namely Oregon senator Wayne Morse, an outspoken

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Island Images

A Labor Day weekend escape plan


Much like Memorial Day heralds the beginning of the summer season, Labor Day weekend is often referred to as an “end of summer” holiday. I believe this to be a gross injustice. After all, we still have nearly a month until the calendar makes it official. Until then, cram as much adventure as you can into the remaining days of this halcyon season—for instance, by getting out of town and making plans to attend one, or three, of the art-related studio tours that are happening on islands near you

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Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

Signs of the season


Anyone who has experienced the perfection that is summer in this region knows what it’s like to have your fun in the sun tempered by the knowledge that these glorious days are all too fleeting, and the long days of summer are with us for a short time only.

I spend most of this time wishing autumn would never arrive and that winter didn’t exist. When the first leaves start to fall, I pretend it’s not happening and as the days grow shorter, my store of seasonal resentments starts to grow.

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Got Juice?

Don’t beet them, join them


Last Saturday, amid a bustling lunchtime crowd at Bellingham’s Aslan Brewing Co., two smiling women stood behind a long table full of colorful red and green liquid concoctions.

As patrons passed by, the duo—friends, roommates and business partners Sara Southerland and Kara Marklin—handed out samples of cold-pressed juices dubbed “Don’t Stop the Beet” (beet, ginger, lime and pear) and “Green Drink” (cucumber, kale, celery, kohlrabi, lemon, apple and honey dew).

While most visitors to the

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Berry Bonanza

A hand-to-mouth adventure

On paper, it seemed like a straightforward enough trail-building project.

All our crew had to do was a dig a mile of new single track across the ferociously fecund upper flanks of a heavily logged-over mountainside near Twin Sisters.

My seasoned co-leader and I knew it would probably be slow going through some of the more deeply overgrown clear cuts, but being that we had 27 able-bodied volunteers and a ready supply of destructive implements at our disposal, we felt confident our small army

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Land Ho

A charming odd couple


Calling something a feel-good film always feels like a pejorative, so let’s just say that after seeing Land Ho! you are very likely to feel a good deal better.

This rather unassuming film is a bit like an amiable Iceland travelogue with plentiful shots of the country’s stunning landscape and two aging gents as tour guide—one randy and gregarious, the other refined and reticent.

But don’t be misled by its simple premise. Land Ho! is full of surprises, rich in the way it noses around the rocky

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Aug 30


Syre Education Center Open: See the Whatcom Museum's 500-plus bird collection and special education exhibits—like Northwest Coast First Nations, Pioneer Life, and Logging—from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 12 at the museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. A number of bird-related events will also be taking place. more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Harold Shows: Long-form improvised comedy will be the name of the game at "Harold" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Ufpront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The shows can also be seen Aug. 29-30. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Please note that summer hours are in effect, meaning there's only one show on weekend nights until school's back in session. more »

Final Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host "Sin & Gin Tours" Friday and Saturday at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours—which conclude this weekend in downtown Bellingham and historic Fairhaven—feature stories about Bellingham's history and sometimes salacious past. Entry is $15-$19. more »

The Ghosts of Tonkin: Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of The Ghosts of Tonkin at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the auditorium at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The drama focuses on Oregon Senator Wayne Morse—one of only two congressmen to vote against the resolution that authorized military intervention in Vietnam. Each performance will be followed by a post-play discussion. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. more »

Woodpalooza 2014: The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents the 12th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" event from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday at Langley's Whidbey Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. In addition to viewing the work of more than 20 island artists, there'll be demos, and more. Entry is free. more »

Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: View the work of 34 island artists at 23 venues during the semiannual Artists' Studio Tour happening from 10am-6pm throughout lovely Lummi Island. Catch the Whatcom Chief at 10 minutes past every hour from Gooseberry Point, and pick up maps at the Islander grocery store, or at participating studios. Entry to the self-guided tour is free (ferry fare is not). more »

Family Fair: The second annual Fire and Rescue Family Fair takes place from 9am-9pm Saturday and 11am-8pm at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. Labor Day weekend activities include camping fun, a family river float, games, live music, a barbecue dinner, and more. Prices vary; a portion of proceeds will be donated to Seattle Firefighters Benevolent Associations. more »

Lopez Island Studio Tour: Visit 24 studios and see the work of 36 artists at the 18th annual Lopez Island Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Lopez Island. The tour is an opportunity to purchase original works of art and to come away with insights to the artists and their community context. Entry is free. more »

Maple Falls Book Sale: The Friends of the North Fork Community Library will host a Fall Book & Bake Sale from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday at Maple Falls Town Hall, 7509 Mt. Baker Highway. Expect "great prices and a large selection to choose from." more »

Island Library Book Sale: The summertime Used Book Sale that's been happening for the past couple months will culminate in a Buck-a-Bag Weekend Bargain Book Blowout from 10am-4pm Saturday through Monday at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. more »

North County Road Run: View some of the most scenic views in Whatcom County at the inaugural North County Road Run starting at 7:30am in Lynden at 110 3rd St. Entrants can choose from a 5K, 10K, or 25K. Entry is $25-$40 in advance, and $35-$50 day-of. more »

Fairhaven Walking Club: Whether you’re looking to improve or compete, all are welcome at the weekly Fairhaven Walking Club led by Cindy Paffumi starting at 8am at various locations in Fairhaven. Walk routes and meeting places change from week to week. All paces are welcome. more »

Anacortes Farmers Market: Attend the Anacortes Farmers Market from 9am-2pm at the town's Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave. The market continues every Saturday through October. more »

Lake Padden Relay: Join the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC) for a "Lake Padden Relay" starting at 10am at Lake Padden Park, 4882 Samish Way. Participants can choose from a four-person or individual 10-mile run. Individuals are $10, and teams are $20. GBRC members can enter free of charge. more »

Point Roberts Book Sale: Fiction, nonfiction, children's books, craft books, children's books and CDs, DVDs and more will be for sale at a Fall Book Sale from 10am-2pm Saturday and 12-3pm Sunday at the Point Roberts Library, 1487 Gulf Rd. more »

Ferndale Public Market: Drop by the Ferndale Public Market from 10am-3pm at the city's Centennial River Walk, 5667 First Ave. The market continues Saturdays through the summer. more »

Bellingham Farmers Market: Attend the weekly Bellingham Farmers Market from 10am-3pm every Saturday through Dec. 20 at the Depot Market Square, 1000 Railroad Ave. more »

Wonders of Whatcom: "Rockin' Around Whatcom" will be the focus of a "Wonders of Whatcom" talk and slideshow about the "rock stars" of the area at 3pm at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. The free presentation includes an introduction on the major types of rocks with some famous examples from elsewhere in the world. more »

Ferndale Uncorked: Enjoy an outdoor wine tasting, appetizers, a wine-themed silent auction, live music and more at a "Ferndale Uncorked!" fundraiser from 4-7pm on the lawn outside the city's Christ Lutheran Church, 5904 Vista Dr. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple; proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Coalition's Our House—a shelter for homeless families. more »

Line Dancing Classes: Western Line Dancing classes are offered at 6pm (beginners) and 7pm (intermediates) every Friday night at Lynden’s Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is needed. Cost is $5 per class. more »

Summer Music Series: As part of a summer music series, listen to the world beat sounds of Rivertalk from 6-8:30pm at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 4th St. Entry is $8 at the door. more »

Contra Dance: Join the Bellingham Country Dance Society for a Contra Dance from 7-11pm at the Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St. Main's Will Mentor will call this special dance, and there'll be live music by Perpetual e-Motion. Show up early for a workshop; beginners are welcome, as are singles. Entry is $10-$15 (12 and under are free). more »

Salsa Night: Join Rumba Northwest for "Salsa Night" starting at 9pm every Saturday at Cafe Rumba, 1430 N. State St. After an introductory lesson, attendees can dance to the a mix of Latin rhythms, including salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and more. Entry to the all-ages event is $4. more »

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