Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Birds of Winter

Winging it at Skagit Flats

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

On our second loop around Fir Island’s Seattle City Road last Saturday, a couple of Trumpeter swans who had presumably been sunning themselves in a large field on our first drive-by had just taken flight, their long underbellies and streamlined forms visible from the passenger seat as they propelled themselves to the farmland across the street.

“They look a whole lot bigger when they’re 10 feet above the car rather than when they’re 60 or 70 feet away, don’t they?” my trusty tour…

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Music

The Teen Scene

Bellingham Girls Rock Camp

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In third grade, I begged my parents to sign me up for violin lessons. I loved the ethereal sounds the instruments made when played and was convinced I’d soon be wowing my family and friends with newfound skills.

That wasn’t the way the scenario played out. Only two months after my folks rented a violin and signed me up for classes at the elementary school, I admitted it wasn’t for me. As the people who had to listen to the unholy screeches emitted when I practiced at home, my …

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Visual

Community Creativity

Art by the masses

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Many months of pandemic protocols have resulted in human beings staying farther away from each other than ever before, but a number of community-focused art projects on the near horizon appear to be designed to bring them together again—at least in spirit.

For the Ferndale Arts Commission, public participation will be necessary to pull off a Yarn Art Installation planned for the spring. That’s when crocheted yarn art will be installed on various tree trunks in the city’s Griffintown…

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Words

The Cold Millions

Delivering a timely lesson

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Among the many excellent fiction writers in Washington state putting out great work these days—Jonathan Evison and Jim Lynch among them—Jess Walter (pictured) stands out for his ability to take on a wide variety of genres and excel in each.

Citizen Vince has a mobster-noir feel; The Zero is political satire; Over Tumbled Graves is a thriller. Perhaps his best-known to date, Beautiful Ruins, is a nostalgic love story. With The Cold Millions, Walter proves himself adept at…

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Amy Goodman
When the wall becomes a door

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris leapt into action after taking the oath of office on Wednesday. Biden signed 17 executive orders, dismantling many of Donald Trump’s signature policies. Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization, ended…

Letters
A crime against our country

Promoting the well-discounted lies of Donald Trump, who fired up an attack on our capital, 143 members of Congress and Senators actively parroted his lies that attempted to disrupt validation…

Another day of infamy

Our boys and girls have returned from their hate-filled attempted coup. Not unlike a scolded puppy their return home spoke their failure to enthrone him who sought to be president for life.

Clean Cars 2030

As it stands today, transportation accounts for 25 percent of our emissions as a state, and as a country, our transportation sector produces more greenhouse gases than every other country’s…

Today's Events
Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

Starting this week, “Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show…

New Relics

11:00am

A “New Relics” exhibit can be perused from 11am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday through Jan. 30 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. The exhibit features selections by Nikole Dixon, Jessica…

Energy Club

8:00am

From 8am-9pm, Sustainable Connections hosts an Energy Club Zoom meeting. The virtual event is a “quick and casual” meet-up to give energy-efficiency enthusiasts all of the tools, information…

BAAY Online Winter Classes

10:00am

Registration is still open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s online winter classes for kids and teens, which continue weekly on Zoom through early April. Students from ages 5 to 17 can…

Kitchen Kit

10:00am

Tiny Onion Cooking School and Bellingham Parks and Rec invite you into the kitchen for an all-ages “Kitchen Kit: Butter and Butterbeer” collaboration. From 3pm-6pm Fri., Jan. 29 or 10am-12pm…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Due to public safety concerns, masks are required…

Winter Warmers Cup Show Benefit

11:00am

An annual “Invitational Cup Show and Winter Warmers” exhibit and benefit can be perused from 11am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 12pm-4pm Sundays through January at Good Earth Pottery,…

From Crime to Classroom

12:00pm

From 12pm-1:30pm, Bellingham City Club continues its efforts to shed light on difficult subjects by hosting special guest speaker Omari Amili of the Humanities Washington Speaker Bureau for a…

Teen Events with WCLS

3:00pm

Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including “Teen Reads” from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, “Whatcom Teen Writers” from…

Murder at Andaman

6:00pm

At 6pm, celebrated local author Bharti Kirchner shares her new book, Murder at Andaman, at a virtual event hosted by Village Books. In the tome, private detective Maya Mallick is called when…