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Washington Wolves

One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

Amid vocal protest, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced hunters would target three more wolves in the Huckleberry Pack to protect sheep in rural southern Stevens County. In an effort to break the cycle of predation, WDFW Director Phil Anderson authorized the removal of up to four members of the

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This Week

The Gristle

New Directions

NEW DIRECTIONS: Bellingham City Council President Cathy Lehman will resign her elected office at the end of this year, perhaps triggering upheaval in one of the city’s most engaged and active wards.

“I’ve made the very difficult decision to resign my position on Bellingham City Council at the end of this year, one year early, to concentrate on a new opportunity with Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters,” Lehman announced last week. “My job will be as

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News

Washington Wolves

Wildlife agency urged to stop killing Huckleberry Pack

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One wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

Amid vocal protest, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced hunters would target three more wolves in the Huckleberry Pack to protect sheep in rural southern Stevens County. In an effort to break the cycle of predation, WDFW Director Phil Anderson authorized the removal of up to four members of the

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Words

Laws of the Land

Writing what she knows

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With sparkling brown eyes and bouncing curls, Shannon P. Laws is a familiar face at Bellingham’s open mics—and at the Village Books Poetry Group, which she facilitates. Her second chapbook of poetry was recently published.

Odd Little Things was released in June,” Laws says. “The title came to me one day at my desk, while I was thinking about the collection of poetry assembled. The title reinforces my belief that it is the little things in life that fill up the gaps between big moments;

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On Stage

The Ghosts of Tonkin

Reliving history, with hindsight

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From the start of Bellingham TheatreWorks’ second production, The Ghosts of Tonkin, audiences will be aware there won’t be a happy ending. That’s because the play—which can be seen Aug. 29-30 at Bellingham High School before touring in Oregon—focuses on the unfortunate origins of the Vietnam War, which would go on to kill more than two million people. We caught up with playwright Steve Lyons to find out more about the play’s subject matter—namely Oregon senator Wayne Morse, an outspoken

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Visual

Island Images

A Labor Day weekend escape plan

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Much like Memorial Day heralds the beginning of the summer season, Labor Day weekend is often referred to as an “end of summer” holiday. I believe this to be a gross injustice. After all, we still have nearly a month until the calendar makes it official. Until then, cram as much adventure as you can into the remaining days of this halcyon season—for instance, by getting out of town and making plans to attend one, or three, of the art-related studio tours that are happening on islands near you

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Music

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

Signs of the season

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Anyone who has experienced the perfection that is summer in this region knows what it’s like to have your fun in the sun tempered by the knowledge that these glorious days are all too fleeting, and the long days of summer are with us for a short time only.

I spend most of this time wishing autumn would never arrive and that winter didn’t exist. When the first leaves start to fall, I pretend it’s not happening and as the days grow shorter, my store of seasonal resentments starts to grow.

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Food

Got Juice?

Don’t beet them, join them

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Last Saturday, amid a bustling lunchtime crowd at Bellingham’s Aslan Brewing Co., two smiling women stood behind a long table full of colorful red and green liquid concoctions.

As patrons passed by, the duo—friends, roommates and business partners Sara Southerland and Kara Marklin—handed out samples of cold-pressed juices dubbed “Don’t Stop the Beet” (beet, ginger, lime and pear) and “Green Drink” (cucumber, kale, celery, kohlrabi, lemon, apple and honey dew).

While most visitors to the

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Outdoors

Berry Bonanza

A hand-to-mouth adventure

On paper, it seemed like a straightforward enough trail-building project.

All our crew had to do was a dig a mile of new single track across the ferociously fecund upper flanks of a heavily logged-over mountainside near Twin Sisters.

My seasoned co-leader and I knew it would probably be slow going through some of the more deeply overgrown clear cuts, but being that we had 27 able-bodied volunteers and a ready supply of destructive implements at our disposal, we felt confident our small army

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Film

Land Ho

A charming odd couple

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Calling something a feel-good film always feels like a pejorative, so let’s just say that after seeing Land Ho! you are very likely to feel a good deal better.

This rather unassuming film is a bit like an amiable Iceland travelogue with plentiful shots of the country’s stunning landscape and two aging gents as tour guide—one randy and gregarious, the other refined and reticent.

But don’t be misled by its simple premise. Land Ho! is full of surprises, rich in the way it noses around the rocky

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Today

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Syre Education Center Open: See the Whatcom Museum's 500-plus bird collection and special education exhibits—like Northwest Coast First Nations, Pioneer Life, and Logging—from 12-5pm every Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 12 at the museum's Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect St. A number of bird-related events will also be taking place. more »

Bard on the Beach: William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will play in repertory with the Bard's The Tempest and Cymbeline, and Bill Cain's Equivocation, during the 25th annual "Bard on the Beach" season through Sept. 20 at Vancouver, B.C.'s Vanier Park. Tickets are $33-$47 (Canadian). more »

Boating Center Open: All are welcome to check out the Community Boating Center, which is open for the summer season at its headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. (near the Amtrak Station). Upcoming classes and excursions include bioluminescence paddles, introductions to sea kayaking, sunset paddles, dinghy sailing 101, full moon paddles, paddleboarding 101, and more. Boat rentals and storage and moorage are also available. Check the website for times and prices. more »

Woodpalooza 2014: The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild presents the 12th annual "Art + Wood = Woodpalooza" event from 12-5pm Saturday through Monday at Langley's Whidbey Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. In addition to viewing the work of more than 20 island artists, there'll be demos, and more. Entry is free. more »

Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour: View the work of 34 island artists at 23 venues during the semiannual Artists' Studio Tour happening from 10am-6pm throughout lovely Lummi Island. Catch the Whatcom Chief at 10 minutes past every hour from Gooseberry Point, and pick up maps at the Islander grocery store, or at participating studios. Entry to the self-guided tour is free (ferry fare is not). more »

Family Fair: The second annual Fire and Rescue Family Fair takes place from 9am-9pm Saturday and 11am-8pm at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St. Labor Day weekend activities include camping fun, a family river float, games, live music, a barbecue dinner, and more. Prices vary; a portion of proceeds will be donated to Seattle Firefighters Benevolent Associations. more »

Lopez Island Studio Tour: Visit 24 studios and see the work of 36 artists at the 18th annual Lopez Island Studio Tour happening from 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday throughout Lopez Island. The tour is an opportunity to purchase original works of art and to come away with insights to the artists and their community context. Entry is free. more »

Maple Falls Book Sale: The Friends of the North Fork Community Library will host a Fall Book & Bake Sale from 10am-4:30pm Saturday and Sunday at Maple Falls Town Hall, 7509 Mt. Baker Highway. Expect "great prices and a large selection to choose from." more »

Island Library Book Sale: The summertime Used Book Sale that's been happening for the past couple months will culminate in a Buck-a-Bag Weekend Bargain Book Blowout from 10am-4pm Saturday through Monday at the Lummi Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Rd. more »

FAIRHAVEN RIDE: Meet up with folks from Fairhaven Bike & Ski for a weekly race-pace ride at 8am at the Fairhaven Village Green. more »

Rabbit Ride: Join members of the Mt. Baker Bike Club for the weekly “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8:30am at Fairhaven Bike & Ski, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route sees riders heading down Chuckanut and back via Lake Samish. more »

Swing Connection: The big band sounds of the Swing Connection can be heard at a concert happening from 2-4pm on the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. The band will be joined by award-winning jazz vocalist Cheryl Hodge. Entry is free; a hat will be passed for donations. more »

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