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Ski to Sea

Last year, immediately following Ski to Sea, I moved to a place with a view of Boulevard Park and almost dead center between Fairhaven and the downtown core. It occurred to me that had I moved in a couple of weeks earlier, I would’ve been perfectly situated for maximum Ski to Sea weekend action.

Timing has never really been my thing.

This year, however, things will be different.

Now firmly ensconced in my centrally—at least as far as Ski to Sea is concerned—located abode, I can take full advantage of

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This Week

The Gristle

Roads to Nowhere

ROADS TO NOWHERE: OWW, that’s got to hurt: The Overwater Walkway is dead.

Originally proposed in a 2006 federal grant request, the $4 million project was intended to connect Boulevard Park with the proposed Cornwall Beach Park, bypassing at-grade rail crossings, and providing a continuous corridor south to link up with the popular Taylor Street boardwalk. The project was reviewed and provisionally approved by the Bellingham Hearings Examiner in 2010. But the project ran out of time to be eligible for the federal grant agreement.

“Given the time taken to review the permit and the

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Film

A Bigger Splash

Of sun and sin

A Bigger Splash takes four characters with strong needs, drops them into a single location and invites us to watch what happens. It’s strange how compelling that can be. With nothing to hold the audience but the question of how these characters will get along and what they will feel, director Luca Guadagnino keeps audience attention glued to the screen for the full two-hour running time.

The compelling location helps. The film takes place in Pantelleria, an Italian island about 60 miles off the coast of Sicily. It’s a mix of beautiful beaches and

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Music

Ski to Sea

Of parties and pig’s eyes

Last year, immediately following Ski to Sea, I moved to a place with a view of Boulevard Park and almost dead center between Fairhaven and the downtown core. It occurred to me that had I moved in a couple of weeks earlier, I would’ve been perfectly situated for maximum Ski to Sea weekend action.

Timing has never really been my thing.

This year, however, things will be different.

Now firmly ensconced in my centrally—at least as far as Ski to Sea is concerned—located abode, I can take full advantage of

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Visual

An Eye for Herons

Lance Ekhart’s magnificent obsession

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Everything is covered in shit. Everything.

The ground, ferns, nettles, fallen logs and every leaf on every tree is coated with a patina of white heron droppings. Lance Ekhart, heron photographer extraordinaire, stands motionless in the forest—literally deep in the shit.

Here on Samish Island, Ekhart is documenting one of the greatest concentrations of herons anywhere on Earth; with a total of 373 nests (according to Skagit Land Trust counts) in this heronry, perhaps 1,000 birds.

Although we’re only a few hundred meters from the road, we

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Words

The True American

Halting hate in its footsteps

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On Sept. 21, 2001, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan was working the counter at a minimart in Dallas. An Air Force officer in his homeland, Rais came to America like many others, seeking the opportunity to form a different life. He was learning the ways of this new country. He was 27 years old.

On that same day, Texas native Mark Stroman was looking for confrontation. A self-described “American terrorist,” Stroman’s hatred for Muslims boiled over in the wake of September 11. He planned to hit back against the people who had wounded the country he loved.

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Food

Spring Streusel

Tales from the Garden

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By the time it registered that the confines of my fenced produce garden had been breached by two of our free-range hens, I was already halfway out the back door, screeching at the top of my lungs for the chickens to “stay the hell away from the strawberries!”

After shooing the feathered felons out of the burgeoning fruit patch they’d been snacking on, I set to work securing the crop. Approximately 20 minutes later—after affixing a thick layer of wire to the top of the long row of plants—I felt confident

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Outdoors

Mountain Music

Shoe Goo, duct tape and Purple Rain

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During my career as a seasonal trail crew leader, I’ve worn through 11 tents, 15 backpacks, 18 pairs of boots and a multitude of jackets, head lamps, camp stoves and double-gusseted dungarees.

Whether I’m wrestling rocks in the Wind River Range or hacking my way through slide alder jungles in the North Cascades, the strenuous physicality and craggy job sites of this Shoe Goo- and duct-tape-dependent vocation conspire to inflict considerable carnage upon even my most seemingly indestructible material possessions.

Fortunately, even as vast quantities of my gear inexplicably continue to disintegrate

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On Stage

Little Women

Marching to their own beat

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Because I was named after one of the characters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, I’ve always had an affinity for the 1800s-era tale of four sisters struggling to find their own paths in life.

Although it’s been quite some time since I was in the age range of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, a recent viewing of a musical version of the theatrical adaptation at Sehome High School’s Little Theater reminded me of what it felt like to be on the cusp of adulthood,

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