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Border Crossings

International travel can get real hairy, real quickly.

Case in point: A friend of mine was once awoken from a backseat slumber to find the car he was a passenger in at the United States/Canada border in Blaine surrounded by a bunch of border agents with guns. The license the driver of the vehicle had handed the authorities misidentified my buddy as a wanted criminal with the same name, and it was many hours before he could convince them he wasn’t the perp they were looking for.

While most border crossings go more

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This Week

The Gristle

Close the Schools!

CLOSE THE SCHOOLS!: Should public schools close until the Legislature gets its act together?

That was among the remedies recommended by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in a legal brief filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month. Sanctions of $100,000 per day have done nothing to persuade lawmakers to close an estimated $3 billion hole in the state budget to fully and properly fund basic education, a paramount duty under the state Constitution and a requirement of the court’s determination in McCleary v. Washington. More stern penalties are required, argued Randy Dorn

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News

Mars Invasion

Top scientists gather in Bellingham to discuss Red Planet exploration

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Life. Are we unique? Are we alone? These are time-honored questions, and the answers may be approaching.

Our best candidate for exploration is one of our nearest neighbors, Mars, a small, cold desert world that might have had a vibrant and watery past. The surface of Mars is currently being explored by robots, some long past their expected engineered lives. Each has advanced scientific understanding of the surface of Mars. Soon they’ll be joined by another, designed to advance the discoveries made by other devices and instruments and tuned to a specific mission: The search for

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Music

Seasonal Sounds

Of Bellingham and beyond

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To know me—or to have read me for any length of time—is to know that I do not exactly embrace the Great Outdoors. While I get great pleasure out of gazing upon the natural splendor that is our corner of the world, I have little to no desire to immerse myself in it. That is why you’ll never find me climbing up a mountain only to ski down the other side, or hiking and biking my way to happiness and well-being. I very much admire people whose lives revolve around such pursuits—alien to

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Food

Creamy

A condiment for the people

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In summer, one could do worse than to eat like a vegetable farmer.

While veggies are often labor intensive, famers have ways of preparing them quickly, because they have less time on their hands than you do. After years of exposure to their produce, growers have found the most efficient ways of preparing it in the most flattering of ways. When that food is romaine lettuce, the accompanying research has shown that the yummiest way to eat it is with Creamy—the proper noun, that is, short for creamy salad dressing.

On a

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On Stage

Summer Scenes

Helping kids act out

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Looking back, I can see the reasons my parents had for sending me to camp in the summer—first a church-sponsored youth camp in the Idaho wilderness when I was in eighth and ninth grades, and then an intensive two-week drama camp at Western Washington University a couple of years later—were probably different from what I thought they were. I assumed they were sending my siblings and me to various camps to expand our worldviews and hone our inherent talents, but now I suspect they just wanted the house to themselves for a little while.

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Outdoors

Imagine It

Turning eco-dreams into reality

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We’re not playing favorites, but if you’re pressed for time during Sustainable Connections’ 14th annual “Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour” taking place Sat., June 25 at eight locales throughout Whatcom County, it might behoove you to single out Millworks Cohousing for a glimpse of the best ways to achieve eco-friendly living.

According to organizers, the eight custom-designed abodes that are a part of the cohousing collective on Bellingham’s Mill Street were built with a focus on sustainability. This means many of the green design features found throughout the other seven stops—such

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Visual

Border Crossings

An international affair

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International travel can get real hairy, real quickly.

Case in point: A friend of mine was once awoken from a backseat slumber to find the car he was a passenger in at the United States/Canada border in Blaine surrounded by a bunch of border agents with guns. The license the driver of the vehicle had handed the authorities misidentified my buddy as a wanted criminal with the same name, and it was many hours before he could convince them he wasn’t the perp they were looking for.

While most border crossings

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Film

Hockney

Man, myth, legend

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The life and work of artist David Hockney is lovingly examined in Hockney, an officially sanctioned but pleasingly gush-free cinematic monograph. Directed by Randall Wright, who has form with older British artists having also made a documentary about Lucian Freud and an earlier one for TV about Hockney (2003’s David Hockney: Secret Knowledge), Hockney benefits from unfettered access to the artist’s personal archive as well as extensive interviews with the still-productive 77-year-old himself.

Either by accident or design, the film’s release will roughly coincide with the publication

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