Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival

Party in the park

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Several years ago, after undergoing a series of personal setbacks, I decided it was time to take my show on the road. Generally speaking, I’m a firm believer that wherever you go, there you are. But in this case, a change in geography seemed in order.

So, I moved to Ferndale.

While not exactly an exotic locale, it had the benefit of being not-Bellingham but still nearby. I found myself a small house on five acres of former farmland just outside the city limits, packed up my cat, my…

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The art of transition

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“Thus did Odin establish that all dead men should be burned, and their belongings laid with them upon the pile, and the ashes be cast into the sea…“ recounts the saga of the Norse Vikings.

So perhaps it was no surprise when Steve Jensen’s best friend, dying of AIDS, asked him to carve a miniature longboat as a repository for his ashes.

The son and grandson of Norwegian fishermen and boat-builders, himself a Cornish-trained artist, Jensen knew that, for many cultures, a boat…

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Bike & Build

Pedaling for a purpose

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A few days before summer became official, recent Western Washington University graduate Sean Petersmark dipped his bike’s rear tire in the Atlantic Ocean in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

By the time he dips “Simba’s” front tire in the Pacific Ocean at Bellingham’s Marine Park on Thurs., Sept. 1, Petersmark and 29 other young adults from around the country will have ridden more than 4,000 miles as part of Bike & Build, a nonprofit that, since 2003, has sent approximately 3,000 riders…

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Eat Local Month

A gold medal standard

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

If eating local were an Olympic sport, Whatcom County would likely be in the running for a gold medal.

In fact, every September we enter an intense training period known as Eat Local Month. Competitors join Sustainable Connections to celebrate the bounty that comes from the area’s farmers, fishers, dairies, meat producers and more in a variety of ways, and, ultimately, we all come out winners.

Among two big events—a Farm Fund Hootenanny on Sun. Sept. 4 at Boundary Bay Brewery’s…

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Library Love

Crossing the digital divide

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For me, frugality is a way of life.

Even when my coffers are full, I look for the best ways to save money—whether it’s by buying items at thrift stores or garage sales, growing my own food, utilizing coupons for nights out on the town or scouring Craigslist’s free section.

When I got a press release from Whatcom County Library System’s (WCLS) community relations coordinator Lizz Roberts recently, I realized my library usage also saves me money in a big way.

Roberts’ missive noted…

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On Stage

Circus Al Fresco

Summer’s last Sh’Bang

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

By the time you read these words, it might be too late to sign up for the Circus Campout taking place Aug. 25-28 at the Lookout Arts Quarry.

Luckily, visitors to the 50-acre property near Alger can still reap the rewards of what happens when creative humans gather together for three days of skill-sharing.

“Circus on the Water,” an outdoor show featuring performers from across the country and abroad, will be the Saturday-night feature. From terraced seats on the shore of the former…

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The 2016 Lummi Totem Journey begins

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Q’al. The word means “belief” in the Lummi language.

It is a fitting title for this year’s totem pole journey. The journey, the fourth in four years, will unite tribes and communities all along the 4,865-mile, 18-day sojourn with the totem pole.

It is belief that helped defeat the various coal port proposals over the past three years, tribal leaders say. And it is belief that is needed now as tribes and their supporters continue to oppose projects that would deliver toxic tar…

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Southside With You

Barack gets the girl

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A 20-something woman living at home prepares for a day out. Her parents tease her as she fixes her hair. Is it a date? No, just a work associate, a Harvard law student with the firm for the summer, taking her to a community meeting to discuss “broken faucets and underfunded schools.” Across town, a man in an undershirt chats with his grandmother by telephone between cigarettes and says, “Yes, her skin is of the darker persuasion.” This is how Barack met Michelle, and Southside…

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A Matter of Equity

A Matter of Equity: In the fierce cyclonic thunderstorm of a heated petroleum industry, there is perhaps an eye of calm and equilibrium.

Whatcom County was scheduled to appear in Olympia this week to defend against what might’ve been the largest property tax reassessment in county…

Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Nukes know no sarcasm

A U.S. President is elected to a term of 1,461 days (including a leap year), or 2,922 days if…

Justice through the tax code

Issues from differences between the 99 percent and the one percent could be reduced within a generation by limiting inheritance…

A brew long in the making

Hillary can’t be trusted on the TPP because of her husband’s NAFTA? President Reagan spoke of an Americas Trading Pact…

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Today's Events
Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours and Newhalem tours…

Bard on the Beach


William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles are currently showing in repertory as part of the 27th “Bard on the Beach” season at Vancouver, BC’s…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center is open from 12pm to sunset on weekdays, and 10am to sunset on weekends through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks,…

Plover Rides


The Plover ferry runs through the summer from 12-8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays departing on the hour from the Blaine Visitor’s Dock, Gate II at Blaine Harbor. Suggested…

A Little Night Music


A concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music will close out Western Summer Theatre’s season with performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Western…

Discover Birch Bay Days


A grand parade, an arts and crafts fair, live music, a beer garden, a Ducky Derby race, a crab derby and boil and more will be part of the 37th annual Discover Birch Bay Days & Crab Fest…

A Swinging Weekend


Swing Connection, Skagit Swings and the A Band will perform at a Big Band Bash from 12-5pm Saturday at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. From 2-4pm Sunday, Swing Connection and…

Chuckanut Classic


The Mount Baker Bicycle Club hosts its annual “Chuckanut Classic” (formerly “Chuckanut Century”) from 6:30am-5pm starting and ending at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Participants…

Veterans Breakfast


Veterans, their families and guests are invited to a monthly Sunday Breakfast from 8-10am at VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St. Entry is $7.

Rabbit Ride


Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Run to Fight Blindness


Help raise funds for Eyewitness Missions— a nonprofit that provides eye care and surgery to undeserved populations—at a “Run to Fight Blindness” starting at 9am in Anacortes at Cascadia…

Marsh Mucking


Kids ages 5 and up and adults can join Wild Whatcom for a “Marsh Mucking” nature adventure from 10am-12pm at Ferndale’s Tennant Lake Interpretive Center. Attendees will “make like muskrats”…

Anacortes Open Streets


Come to bicycle, walk, skate and enjoy a downtown free of cars at “Anacortes Open Streets” taking place from 11am-3pm on Commercial Avenue (between 10th Street and the Port). The daylong…

International Concert Series Finale


Irish fiddle music by Randal Bays and Friends will close out the 10th annual Peace Arch International Concert Series at 2pm at Blaine’s Peace Arch Provincial Park. Entry is free, but a…

Cirque Literary Journal Reading


A score of writers and poets from the region who have contributed to the Cirque Literary Journal will be part of a reading from 3-4:30pm at the Encore Room at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N.…

Chuckanut Writers Info Session


Village Books General Manager Paul Hanson and selected faculty from the “Chuckanut Writers” fall session will discuss this quarter’s classes, and answer questions at 4pm at Village Books,…

Sunday Night Fusion


A community partner dance dubbed “Sunday Night Fusion” takes place from 7-9pm every Sunday at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. The event explores “co-creative partner dance inspired by a…

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