Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Spooky Snacking

Night of the dried corn

Monday, October 18, 2021

Halloween, more than almost any other holiday, is about fun. Unlike Christmas, Easter, Mother’s or Father’s days, all of which involve a certain amount of stress and sacrifice. Thanksgiving is fun, but it’s a ton of work. Halloween is a lot of play, nearly unmatched in its unbridled hedonism. It’s like New Year’s, but with corn syrup instead of booze.

It began with the Gaelic festival Samhain, which celebrated the end of harvest, while ushering in the dark half of the year.…

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Keeping the Beat

Bellingham Music Club’s lasting legacy

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

If there is anything Bellingham Music Club members have learned in the many decades since their first meeting took place on Feb. 22, 1916 at the home of New England Conservatory-trained pianist Mrs. C.X. Larrabee, it’s that adaptation is key to their survival.

When Larrabee founded the BMC with fellow violinist and lauded conductor Mme. Mary Davenport-Engberg—who had also founded the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra six years earlier—it was with the belief that making music acts as a…

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Make Waves

Get witchy on the water

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Before battening down the hatches and securing its impressive fleet of human- and wind-powered watercraft for the season, the Community Boating Center still has a few tricks—and also some treats—up its sleeves.

First up, the Fairhaven-based nonprofit with the goal “to foster small-watercraft education, access, safe recreation, and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay” will hew to the stewardship part of its mission by hosting a beach cleanup Sat., Oct. 23 as part of World Make a…

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On Stage


I scream, you scream

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Even though I’ve spent the entirety of the pandemic in close proximity to my boyfriend, I’m still apt to scream at the tippy top of my lungs when he sidles up behind me while I’m doing the dishes or engaged in some other mundane household task. And although I mentally prepare myself for the fact that he’s known to appear out of nowhere—sort of like a bearded, grinning ghost—he often manages to catch me in the precise moment when I’ve let my guard down.

Truth be told, though, there’s…

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Follow the Money

FOLLOW THE MONEY: That enormous campaign war chest of the Whatcom County Republican Party appears to have evaporated—if it existed at all—according to a complaint filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission, the watchdog agency tasked with keeping money transparent in local…

Alan Rhodes
The Good, the Bad, the Ridiculous

Our local election is coming up and (no surprise here) I have an opinion or two. I don’t have enough print space to cover every contest, so I’ll mention just a few that I find especially interesting.

Whatcom County Council, At-Large Position A.

Challenger Kamal Bhachu—a Trump…

Rumor Has It
Set the Stage

“Are you going to Wilco at the Baker?”

Never has a question fed my soul more than that one. After they had to cancel their March 2020 tour due to the pre-vaccine ravages of COVID, Wilco finally made their way to the Mount Baker Theatre.

And it felt like a Real Event in the same way that…

Giving voice to the unheard

I am writing to share my endorsement of Eve Smason-Marcus for Bellingham City Council and I encourage you to join me in voting for her. I ask that you reflect deeply on the change you want to…

Working hard for Bellingham

Michael Lilliquist is a hard-working and committed City Council member who represents our city extremely well. He is responsive to requests from the community, he does his research to educate…

Excellent street cred

Please join me in voting for Eve Smason-Marcus for Bellingham City Council Ward 6.
Eve has reached out to many residents to hear their concerns and offer creative solutions. I have known Eve…

Today's Events
Live Music Mondays with BluesJazzical


As part of a Live Music Mondays series, BluesJazzical will perform from 6pm-8pm at Kulshan Brewing Company, 2238 James St. Entry is free to hear old-timey “bluesy jazzy” tunes by RJ Rex.