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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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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 »

Epic Kite Flight: Industrial Credit Union's Family Pass will host an Epic Kite Flight from 2-4pm at Zuanich Point Park, 2600 S. Harbor Loop Dr. The event is entirely free and open to the community, and there will be free kites for the first 1,000 people. If you are not a Family Pass member, joining is free. more »

Wednesday Walking Group: Adults ages 50 and older are invited to join a free Bellingham Evening Walking Group starting at 5:30pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. The group meets every Wednesday in August. more »

Wine and Dinner Cruise: The Bellingham-based tall ship Schooner Zodiac will team up with Vinostrology for a four-course, three-hour wine tasting dinner sail starting at 5:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $95. more »

Wine & Dinner Cruise: The Bellingham-based tall ship, Schooner Zodiac, will team up with Vinostrology for a four-course, three-hour wine tasting dinner sail starting at 5:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $95. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Pressure Canning Class: Food preservation specialist Susy Hymas leads a "Pressure Canning" workshop from 6:30-8pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Participants will learn about preserving vegetables and meats safely with a pressure canner. Entry is $19. more »

Brews Cruise: Join San Juan Cruises for the weekly "Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise" leaving at 6:30pm from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. The cruises—which continue every Wednesday through Sept. 24—includes liquid samples from Boundary Bay Brewery and two other Northwest breweries. Entry is $35. Register in advance, as the cruises sell out quickly. more »

Chuckanut Radio Hour: Kathleen Flinn, author of Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food & Love from an American Midwest Family, will be the featured author at the live taping of the monthly Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Theater. Pianist Julianne Thoma, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, poet Kevin Murphy and others will also take part. Entry is $6. more »

Roeder Home Handoff: Help celebrate local musician Flip Breskin's birthday at an annual concert at 7pm at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Dr. The event will also serve as a handoff to Cayley Schmid, who will take over making music happen at the historic residence. Suggested donation is $8-$15. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

Improv Troupe Auditions: Join Sheila Goldsmith of Improv Playworks for auditions for a Community Improv Troupe from 7:30-9pm at 1308 E. Street. Prior improvisation experience is required, and anyone from the community may apply. Other auditions will be held in the near future. more »

Comedy at the Shoe: If you like sipping on cocktails and laughing uproariously, attend the weekly "Shoe Me the Funny" comedy showcase starting at 9pm every Wednesday at the Ranch Room at the Horseshoe Cafe, 113 E. Holly St. The event features six comedians vying for your vote, a highlighted comedian, host Mike Cramblett, and a chance to win a platter of cheesy fries. Entry is free. more »

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