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Voter’s Guide

Two principles should guide voters on election day:

The first is an Iron Law—you vote for the individual, but you elect the caucus. Within that is a second rigid requirement—what’s this guy done for us lately?

American politics operates in an era where polarities are stronger than the parties that promote them, which is a way of saying that parties no longer control and restrain strongly held views in the pursuit of consensus and the compromise of lawmaking. Strongly held views control

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This Week

The Gristle

Carwreck

CARWRECK: Surefooted Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws stepped off the curb into a deep hole at a regional transportation planning meeting last week, rejecting a Lummi initial offering for improvements at Slater Road, angering tribal leaders.

Crossroads of Whatcom County, gateway to Ferndale, Bellingham, Cherry Point, and Lummi Island, the Interstate-5 interchange at Slater Road is also one of the most dangerous sections of road in the county—with high speeds, limited sight distance and

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Music

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

On the road again

When we last checked in with Nicki Bluhm, she was in the midst of having what can only be described as A Moment.

It was just a couple of years ago, in March 2012, to be exact, that Bluhm saw her musical destiny change almost overnight.

However, in order to understand what happened that fateful day (or week, whatever), we must go back further, six months earlier, to a time when Bluhm and her band the Gramblers had spent too many hours in a tour van, bored and looking for some sort of

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Outdoors

Last Stand

Two Talking Wolves, Ted Turner, and a troubled planet

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Bob Ferris, former executive director of Bellingham’s RE Sources, returns this month on his Two Talking Wolves Tour. Ferris will be joined by accomplished environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson, author of the book, Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, published this year. The foundation for both the book and the tour is rooted in Turner’s connection to wild things and wild places, as well as his journey into eco-capitalism-humanitarianism.

The Two Talking Wolves,

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Community

Voter’s Guide

Two principles should guide voters on election day:

Two principles should guide voters on election day:

The first is an Iron Law—you vote for the individual, but you elect the caucus. Within that is a second rigid requirement—what’s this guy done for us lately?

American politics operates in an era where polarities are stronger than the parties that promote them, which is a way of saying that parties no longer control and restrain strongly held views in the pursuit of consensus and the compromise of lawmaking. Strongly held views control

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Food

Exploring Richmond, BC

An Asian culinary concerto

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If you’re a foodie at heart, you’ll want to visit Richmond, British Columbia, an island city just an hour from Bellingham and a place where diners can enjoy some of the world’s best Asian cuisine without setting foot on an airplane.

Chances are you’ve whizzed past it many a time en route to Vancouver, never stopping to consider that nearly 60 percent of this densely populated city is comprised of immigrants, the majority of them from China.

The influx of Chinese over the past 15

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Words

The Maker Movement

A manifesto for innovation

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The Maker Movement is a fabulously fun repackaging of something humans have done for ages—innovate, create and tinker in the garage or workshop. One big difference is that modern-day maker geeks are not just building a better mousetrap, they are making prosthetic hands and replacement parts for no-longer-manufactured machines and maybe a Lego piece they wish existed.

As CEO of TechShop, a member-based workshop with locations nationally, Mark Hatch is a leader in the innovation movement and

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On Stage

Hide and Seek

Are the kids alright?

In the opening piece for Hide and Seek, Kuntz and Company’s latest community-focused production opening Oct. 17 at the Firehouse PAC, dancers Angela Kiser and Ian Bivens deftly carry around a baggage claim’s worth of luggage.

While watching their nimble back-and-forth—which soon becomes a power struggle over who will carry the suitcases, who will pick them up when they’re dropped and which one of them will take on the heavier burden—it becomes apparent that what the duo is presenting to

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Visual

Reaching Beyond

Sixty years of crafts and creativity

Larry Metcalf has his grandmother to thank for his lifelong love of making art.

That’s what he told a recent gathering of the Whatcom Museum Advocates last Thursday as he stood at a podium set up in the sun-infused hallway of the museum’s Lightcatcher Building.

“I’m a lifetime maker of things,” the longtime Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) member and two-time president of the organization told the advocates and other curious visitors in a short presentation before leading a tour of

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Film

Fury

Brad Pitt goes to war

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Fury is a good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less. Rugged, macho, violent and with a story sufficiently unusual to grab and hold interest, it’s a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s. Today, and because it stars Brad Pitt in what deserves to stand as an emblematic performance, it seems like a bigger deal, and the film’s mild case of pretentiousness in the climactic stretch is its one notable problem.

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Film

Tracks

A good walk unspoiled

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There’s another film coming down the awards-season pike about a woman who embarks on an arduous solo journey and lives to tell—and write—the tale: Wild, opening Dec. 5, with its star, Reese Witherspoon, already the presumptive frontrunner in the best actress Oscar race.

But in the meantime, attention should be paid to Tracks, a soul-stirring film set in that otherworldly place called Australia (kangaroos, feral camels—who thought of these creatures?), and set in another-worldly time: the

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Today

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Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

Godfather of Greening: Allen Hershkowitz, the senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, discusses the economics of business innovation and sustainability at 2:30pm at WWU's Communication Facility, room #120. Entry to hear the "Godfather of Greening" is free and open to the public. more »

Irish Primer: Fiddler Cayley Schmid will acquaint you with some of the types of tunes that are played and danced to in Irish music at "An Introduction to Irish Music and Dance" at 6:30pm at the Sudden Valley Dance Barn, 8 Barn View Ct. Norah McLaughlin will then provide an introductory workshop exploring the basic movements and steps used in traditional Irish dance. Entry is free. more »

On Cabbage: Robert Fong and guest Pat Doering will team up for an "On Cabbage" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39; and $8 wine option is payable at class. more »

Old Timers’ Tales: The Burlington Historical Society will host is third annual "Old Timers' Tales" from 7-8:30pm at the Burlington Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Longtime Burlington residents Don Mapes, Jim Neff, and Duane Stowe will share entertaining yarns of growing up in Burlington during the 1930s-1960s. Entry is free. more »

Square Dance: Rainbow Squares presents beginning square dance lessons from 7-9pm at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. No experience or partner is necessary. Admission is free for the first two lessons, $5 afterwards. more »

Sanford Piano Series Kickoff: Western Washington University's annual Sanford Hill Piano Series kicks off with a performance by Cliburn Gold winner Vadym Kholodenko at 7:30pm at the school's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $16-$32. more »

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