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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 »

Final Sin & Gin Tours: The Good Time Girls host "Sin & Gin Tours" Friday and Saturday at 7pm starting at the Bureau of Historical Investigation, 217 W. Holly St. The walking tours—which conclude this weekend in downtown Bellingham and historic Fairhaven—feature stories about Bellingham's history and sometimes salacious past. Entry is $15-$19. more »

The Ghosts of Tonkin: Bellingham TheatreWorks presents showings of The Ghosts of Tonkin at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the auditorium at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The drama focuses on Oregon Senator Wayne Morse—one of only two congressmen to vote against the resolution that authorized military intervention in Vietnam. Each performance will be followed by a post-play discussion. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. more »

Harold Shows: Long-form improvised comedy will be the name of the game at "Harold" shows at 9pm Friday and Saturday at the Ufpront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. The shows can also be seen Aug. 29-30. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Please note that summer hours are in effect, meaning there's only one show on weekend nights until school's back in session. more »

Wild Things: Kids, adults and adventurers can join Wild Whatcom Walks for "Wild Things" excursions from 9:30-11am at Lake Padden every Friday in August. Entry is $5. more »

Whidbey Island Studio Tour: Whidbey Working Artists presents its annual Summer Art Tour from 10am-5pm Friday through Sunday throughout Whidbey Island. Nearly 20 studios will open for the annual event. Entry to the self-guided tour is free. more »

VIGIL FOR PEACE: Join the longest-running Peace Vigil in the country—48 years and counting—from 4-5pm every Friday afternoon at the corners of Cornwall Avenue and Magnolia Street. more »

Picnic Concert and Storytelling: Bring the family and a full picnic basket for a "Picnic Concert and Storytelling" event from 6-8pm at the new community garden at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy. Storyteller Brian Flowers will get things started, followed by local musician Jimmy Brite. Entry to the all-ages event is free. more »

Western Line Dancing: A new Western Line Dance class meets at 6pm Friday at Lynden's Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd. The group dances the oldies to the latest western, with a little bit of rock and roll. Entry is $5 per class. more »

Farm Tunes: The Quickdraw String Band will perform at a "Farm Tunes" concert from 6-9pm at BelleWood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian. Entry is free. more »

Friday Night Dance Party: A mix of swing, Latin and ballroom will be highlighted and danced to with an introductory lesson at the weekly Friday Night Dance Party from 7:30-10pm at the Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $5-$7. more »

Motown Cruisers: Help the Motown Cruisers celebrate at a "Sweet 16" Anniversary Party from 7:30-10:30pm at Zuanich Point Park's Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 Harbor Loop Dr. The band will perform three sets of soul R&B in a tribute to the Motown era, and there'll be refreshments, giveaways, and trophies for best dancing and best soul costume. Entry is $10 per person or $20 per family. more »

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