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Music

Rockin’ for the RE Store

A community-improvement project

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

People visit the RE Store looking for all kinds of things.

Within the 20,000-foot space in the Fountain District, any number of useful items can be found. Need cabinetry for a kitchen makeover? They’ve got it. Tons of it. Looking to replace a door or some windows? They can help you out with that too. No need for a wholesale home makeover? The RE Store can offer you all manner of fixtures and doodads to spruce up your space. Since adaptive reuse is the name of the game at the RE…

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Words

Fear is Fear

A Colony in a Nation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

There have been a number of important post-Ferguson books examining the rise of militant policing, prison privatization, epidemic incarceration rates of black and brown people, and gun violence. I was skeptical that Chris Hayes’ new book, A Colony in a Nation, could add a fresh perspective to this dialogue. I was wrong.

Where other authors have focused on particular aspects of these social problems, Hayes chose to zoom out. And what he finds is an elegant paradigm that illuminates a…

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Food

Seeing Red

The just desserts of spring

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last spring, for the first time ever, our backyard garden’s strawberry harvest was so prolific that even after enjoying a plethora of smoothies and desserts made with the delicious red orbs—not to mention gobbling them straight from the source for more than a month—we had enough left over to freeze for the long seasons when the beds were fallow.

Thanks to the tender ministrations of my fellow gardener, this year’s upcoming crop promises to outpace last year’s by at least twofold.…

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Outdoors

Ride On

Bike to Work Day

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

If you’ve never experienced the thrill of rolling into a “celebration station” on Bike to Work & School Day, another chance is coming to be part of the excitement on Fri., May 19 at a variety of locales in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County.

The rules of engagement are simple. As long as you have a bicycle that’s in working condition, just point it in the direction of your chosen locale. Once volunteers have you in their sights, someone will ring a cowbell, signaling that…

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On Stage

Kidding Around

Welcome to the School of Rock

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In the movie version of School of Rock, it takes awhile for the elementary-age students in substitute teacher Dewey Finn’s class to embrace their inherent musical talents and realize they have what it takes not only to excel at playing instruments and singing, but also to share their growing skills with the public and make it to a Battle of the Bands.

In Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s (BAAY) stage version of the play with the same name, it was probably assumed at the get-go that…

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Film

Citizen Jane

Battle for the City

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, directed by the gifted journalist and documentarian Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor), tells the story of a David-and-Goliath fight over urban planning that took place more than 50 years ago. Yet the movie just about pulses with contemporary resonance. It explores the scope and meaning of that overly familiar thing—the city—in ways that will box open your thinking. It’s a finely woven tapestry that feels as relevant and alive as the place…

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Visual

Night Moves

Art and action after dark

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

At last Friday’s Wine Walk in downtown Bellingham, more than 700 humans purchased tickets to sample grape elixirs and explore 20 unique venues in the urban core. While wine tasting was the official reason for the spring soiree, I heard more than one attendee express amazement at discovering unique finds in a locale they’d never visited before—including at the Comics Place, Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, and Ormolulu Vintageworks. Read on for three more nontraditional ways to get…

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News

National Treasure I

State legislators oppose Trump executive order

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A bipartisan group of 325 state legislators from 44 states sent a letter to President Trump this week, raising strong concerns with an unprecedented action to review public lands under an executive order signed late last month. The diverse group of legislators urge the president not to rescind or shrink the lands currently designated as national monuments under the Antiquities Act.

“This action puts our heritage at risk here in Washington and across the country. While a select list…

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News

National Treasure II

Washington AG sues Trump administration over coal leasing

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined colleagues in four other states last week in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management over a program to lease coal-mining rights on public land, which contributes to significant coal-train traffic through the state of Washington. The lawsuit challenges Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to restart the federal coal leasing program without supplementing or replacing its nearly 40-year-old…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm

RoozenGaarde

If you were to wend your way to RoozenGaarde, you would find field after field ablaze with the tulips for which the area is so famous. It is a carefully cultivated, wholly natural wonder of the world, and it draws thousands every year who make the pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley to take in the riot of color that has made the region famous. But the tulip fields, while certainly a sight unto themselves, are merely the gateway to a county that boasts a rich history of agriculture and art, and is inhabited by folks who proudly hew to a fiercely local lifestyle. With its distinct and disparate cities and towns, natural beauty from field to sea and the miles of scenic routes and backroads that link it all, there is much treasure to found in Skagit, if only you know where to look. What follows is that which you’ve deemed the region’s best, the places that have earned your votes and your love, the ones that exist right in your own bountiful backyard.

Best of Skagit compiled by Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Tim Johnson, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat. Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle

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The Gristle
‘Fixing’ What’s Broken

‘FIXING’ WHAT’S BROKEN: The push for a legislative “fix” to the problem of rural wells continues to move glacially through Olympia.

A reliable, year-round supply of water is necessary for new homes or developments; however, a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision has…

Robert Reich
The End of Trump

The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.
Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI director James Comey provide ample evidence that…

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Letters
Go our own way on heath care

A subcommittee in the California Senate recently passed out of committee SB 562, sending it onto the full California Senate for a final vote. This bill, also known as the Healthy Care Act,…

Washington can do 
health care better

How does Washington state manage to cover all of the expenses needed to sustain our growth, education, economy? Our state is suffering trying to squeeze needed spending out of limited…

Job creators, or hostage takers?

I think big business is threatening to use jobs as blackmail to block universal heath care. We must not tax them for it, they say, or it will cost jobs.
Health care is a human right!

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Today's Events
All-Paces Run

6:00pm

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…

Downtown Walk with WNPS

6:00pm

Join anthropologist Allan Richardson of the Washington Native Plant Society for a Downtown Walk starting at 6pm at Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St. (meet at the park pavilion…

Bellingham Reads

6:30pm

Amy Parker’s Beasts and Children will be the focus of a Bellingham Reads book discussion from 6:30-7:30pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. New members are always welcome.

Audubon Talk

7:00pm

Bats Northwest’s Kathleen Bander leads a North Cascades Audubon Society presentation, “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No, It’s a Bat,” from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect…

MVHS Jazz

7:00pm

Musicians from Mount Vernon High School’s award-winning jazz program will perform at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. These bands, directed by Jacob Scheer, are part of the…

University Choir

7:00pm

Musicians from Mount Vernon High School’s award-winning jazz program will perform at 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. These bands, directed by Jacob Scheer, are part of the…

Books on Tap

7:00pm

Ferndale Library staff member Stacy Paull leads a “Books on Tap” gathering from 7-8pm at Maggie’s Pub, 2030 Main St. This month’s discussion will focus on Naomi Novik’s…

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm

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…

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