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Canadian government approves pipeline expansion

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government picked winners and losers among a number of large energy export projects this week. Decisions were delivered on three crude pipelines—Enbridge’s Line 3 and Northern Gateway, and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain—and on a previously pledged tanker ban along British Columbia’s northwest coast.

The Trudeau government approved Trans Mountain and Line 3, but rejected the Northern Gateway project due to its impacts on coastal old…

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Songs Not of the Season

Save the carols for later

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

After last week’s confession that I am an unrepentant Black Friday shopper (this year I scored some discount underwear and a glittery sweater, possibly to be worn together), it probably comes as no surprise to anyone that I set my radio to the station that plays nonstop Christmas music before the clock struck midnight on Thanksgiving.

However, unlike so many of the other holiday traditions I can’t get enough of, I do have a threshold when it comes to carols. Because I’m a musical…

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Pickett House

A treasure chest of history

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There are ghosts at the George E. Pickett House in Bellingham. Chances are you won’t see them, but if you visit the house on Peabody Hill—the state’s oldest documented wooden structure on its original site—you’ll certainly feel them.

It was built by John Peabody, and if you venture up those rickety stairs and look carefully you’ll see the planks he used from the Roeder-Peabody lumber mill at Whatcom Falls. They expanded and contracted over the years, and to seal the cracks…

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Hunting for Answers

Of elk and elections

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The day after the election, I went hunting for elk. Being away for a week gave me the space to begin wrapping my head around Trump’s victory. I could let my own thoughts percolate away from the noise and drama—except when I checked the news on my device. Obsessively. At the expense of scanning for elk.

Though I was in the middle of the wilderness, far removed from the chaos unfolding in Washington D.C., I was—like we all are—inextricably linked to those events. And I couldn’t…

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Polly Dyer

Honoring a conservation hero

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In the North Cascades, a mosaic of public lands—national, state and provincial parks; national forests; wilderness and recreation areas—protects many of the region’s most beloved areas.

It’s easy to take their stewardship for granted, but in truth, Washingtonians owe a great deal of gratitude to early visionaries like Polly Dyer, who passed away recently at age 96.

Without Dyer and her ilk, imagine what might have been: Clear-cuts in the Stehekin Valley. An open-pit copper…

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Downtown Visions

Weathering the storm at PAPO

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The windstorm that hit Western Washington on Aug. 29, 2015 was a whopper. In addition to knocking out power to much of Whatcom County, the angry gusts downed trees, sent debris flying to and fro and generally did its best to endanger human lives.

Before I took the advice of newscasters and holed up inside my house on that stormy summer day, I ran a couple of errands that had me driving down Bellingham’s Holly Street corridor.

Among the pedestrians who were hustling along the…

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Manchester by the Sea

A masterpiece in a minor key

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters—or its audience—off the hook.

It manages this even when it’s funny, which is surprisingly often. Kenneth Lonergan’s film, which understands the humor that can be found in unimaginable suffering, might be unbearable otherwise. But it would still be essential viewing.

Casey Affleck is magnificent as Lee Chandler, a janitor in Boston. We see him plunging toilets, repairing to…

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On Stage

Why Not

Working through the hard stuff

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For many years, improviser and actor Robin Corsberg was used to being the life of the party.

And although the longtime performer still commands an audience—whether it’s making people laugh as a mainstage performer at the Upfront Theatre, in a juicy role at the iDiOM Theater, or onscreen in local and regional projects and commercials—she’s now doing so without a drink or two under her belt.

Corsberg’s two years of sobriety will be one of the topics she’ll tackle during “Why Not,”…

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Nocturnal Animals

A story within a story

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

High art meets base behavior in Nocturnal Animals, the singular second feature from Tom Ford, the fashionista and filmmaker.

This melodramatic yet nihilistic thriller unfolds in two distinct yet connected locations and mindsets, like a collision between Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind and David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Adapting his screenplay from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel Tony and Susan, Ford interweaves influences and style obsessions with an exactitude bordering on…

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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!

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The Gristle

LAWLESS: Whatcom County’s commitment to lawlessness was on vivid display last week, as construction industry lobbyists, land speculators and property owners with trapped investments descended on County Council to protest a moratorium on development applications based on wells. Council…

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Hold firm, Democrats

The recent election debacle has put the Republicans in control of both executive and legislative branches of our national government.…

Rights of peaceful assembly

The other day I observed a peaceful and well-regulated demonstration on a local railroad crossing. The demonstrators appeared particularly concerned…

Sanctuary, not sanctions 

Providing sanctuary is a primordial response of compassion and courage in the face of vulnerability and injustice.
Bellingham has…

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Today's Events
Santa in Town


For the 34th year, the Fairhaven Lions will host Santa Claus through the holidays at Yeager’s Toyland, 3101 Northwest St. Visits are free. You can take pictures with your own camera at no…

Holiday Festival of the Arts


More than 100 local artists and craftspeople will show and sell their creative wares as part of Allied Arts’ 37th annual “Holiday Festival of the Arts” from 10am-7pm daily through Christmas…

Carols of the World


The Cantabile Chamber Choir of Skagit Valley presents “Peace on Earth: Carols of the World” concerts at 7:30pm Friday at Anacortes United Methodist (2201 H Ave.); 7:30pm Saturday at the…

A Shayna Maidel Auditions


Cold readings and prepared dramatic monologues will be part of auditions for upcoming performances of A Shayna Maidel at 7pm Sunday and Monday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. The…

Snowshoeing Basics


Find out more about a fun winter sport at a “Snowshoeing Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The talk will focus on the appropriate selection of gear as well as the basics on what you…

Northwest Owls


Regional wildlife biologist David Drummond of the Merlin Falcon Foundation presents “Denizens of the Dark: Northwest Owls” from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St.…



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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