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Happy Halloweekend!

Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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This Week

The Gristle

See No Evil, Speak No Evil

SEE NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL: The end was in the beginning; and after a long, long and ambitious evening session filled with impassioned testimony on the issue of landlord licensing, Bellingham City Council appears ready to approve what was first set in front of them uncolored by the passion. They were determined not to kick the can down the road—though kick it they did, to another special work session in November to again consider testimony—and determined to resolve something on a rental

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News

Scary Scarcity

Of draughts and droughts

Water is the source of life, but many ideas about water are true zombies—dead, dysfunctional, yet still shambling.

Western water law, in particular, seems the stuff of the apocalypse, a mandate that the first in to a watering hole is entitled to it all, until his gut bursts from the draught, and only then may the second in line drink to her fill—a lawful right to consume without duty to cooperate or share. Yet embedded within that dark consumptive right is a redemption, a logical

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Music

Happy Halloweekend!

It’s spooktacular

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Because I have not donned a costume in more than a decade, people often think I’m some sort of Halloween killjoy. That could not be further from the truth. Like most people who live around these parts, I’m a diehard devotee of this particular holiday, and my Halloween season typically involves numerous visits to spook shops, in-depth conversations about the costume ideas of others, and the excited making of plans. Occasionally, I am afforded an opportunity to spend Halloween elsewhere, and

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Outdoors

When Wolves Become Witches

It’s scary to be a wolf in Washington

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Washington’s wolves belong to no one; they belong to wilding landscapes and to their own packs. They are not the property of specific ranchers, nor do they belong to our state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Nonetheless, many of our northeastern ranchers and WDFW are behaving otherwise, using wolves as scapegoats and political pawns for what is ailing the livestock economy as well as their own professional shortcomings. Wolves are the new witches, and just in time for Halloween.

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Words

Camping With the Dead

A graveyard survival story

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Although I spooked myself silly at numerous junctures throughout my 480-mile solo backpacking trip across Scotland, only one episode continues to haunt me.

It was early November,1995, when I found myself trudging for dear life across a wild, desolate expanse of coastal moorland called the Caithness District—one of the most hallowed and topographically intense northern wetland bioregions I’ve ever had the good fortune to splash my way through. 

Despite putting on 30-plus miles of road

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Food

Bugging Out

Getting past the disgust factor

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Moth mousse whipped with hazelnut milk. Cricket broth with a side of grasshopper garum sauce. Licorice-glazed ant stick. Bee bread. These dishes are part of a menu put together by the Nordic Food Lab, a kitchen/laboratory/think tank in Copenhagen. The idea behind its “Pestival” menu is to “explore the 1,400 untapped wholesome crawling creatures that are edible to man.”

That goal is in line with a recommendation contained in a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report, to

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Visual

It's Alive!

Art is far from dead in La Conner

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Every fall, the town of La Conner explodes with “Art’s Alive!” festivities. Galleries, merchants and civic organizations compete for attention with exhibits, music and refreshments. Members of Skagit Artists Together hang their art in the Garden Club and the town invites a dozen outstanding Northwest creators to show their new, best work at Maple Hall.

This year, the featured artist at Maple Hall is sculptor Wayne Maslin, who brings seven of his smoothly abstract works. He describes his

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On Stage

A Piece of My Heart

Reliving the horrors of war

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During a period of the Vietnam War—from 1966-68—Deb Currier’s father was a Green Beret medic. Later, after returning home to his family, he rarely talked about those years.

“The only story I remember him telling—usually three or four Canadian Blend whiskeys into the evening—was how his best friend’s chute didn’t open and they ‘poured him out of his boots’ on the field and ‘sent him home in a jar’ to his mother,” Currier says.

Her father’s reluctance to talk about what he

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Film

Nightcrawler

Let’s get creepy

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“If it bleeds, it leads,” is the mantra that best describes our media’s obsessive exploitation of violence, feeding it to an audience hungry to see lots of blood and guts from the comfort of their own living rooms. Taking that slogan far too literally, a lonely sociopath decides to enter the cutthroat world of freelance TV news reporting, only to find himself slowly edging toward the wrong side of the crime tape, in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature Nightcrawler.

The loner in

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Film

Before I Go to Sleep

All chiller, no thriller

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Before I Go to Sleep, which has to be deemed a fate-tempting title, opens with an extreme close-up on Nicole Kidman’s fearful right eye. Its red veins pulse in alarm and confusion; we instantly know it’s hers. Kidman’s penchant for allowing tight, lingering and sometimes invasive close-ups, in contexts that range from the beautiful (Birth) to the baffling (Grace of Monaco), has given her the most recognizable peepers in the business.

She has no idea where she is, who she is, or who the

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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