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A River Of Oil

Dwindling orcas and expanding pipelines

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tahlequah the mother orca is no longer carrying her dead calf.

“The ordeal of her carrying a dead calf for at least 17 days and 1,000 miles is now over,” Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, reported.

People around the world were moved as Tahlequah carried her dead baby, a female, day after day, in a seeming protest against her loss.

Tahlequah, also known as J35, is part of the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whale population. Balcomb…

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Summer Ramence

The heat is on

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

On the fifth floor of the apartment where I grew up, my culinary horizons were broadened by a Korean family down the hall. By second grade, I could hold a bowl of rice to my mouth and shovel it in with chopsticks, thanks to the diligent coaching of Christina, Wendy, and Karen, who were about my age. The Park girls also taught me how to carefully pull noodles, one by one, from a bowl of high-end Japanese instant ramen.

Sometimes their parents doctored the ramen with the likes of…

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On Stage

Marian and More

iDiOM Theater’s loaded summer lineup

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

If a playwright contacts you an hour before showtime to ask if you want to be her date to view the short play she penned the night before, say yes.

That was the case last Friday, when I joined iDiOM Theater stalwart Krissa Woiwod at the Sylvia Center for the Arts for a viewing of the 49th iteration of the 48 Hour Theater Festival—one of the offerings recently added on to an already ambitious summer lineup of shows.

Entering through the back door of the voluminous space, we passed…

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Crazy Rich Asians

More than a movie

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Before it whisks you off on the sunniest, most extravagant Singaporean holiday imaginable, Crazy Rich Asians begins on a curiously dark and stormy night.

When Eleanor Young (a mesmerizing Michelle Yeoh) arrives dripping wet at an exclusive London hotel, the snob at the front desk declines her booking and advises her to stay elsewhere (“May I suggest Chinatown?”). He’s hopelessly unaware that he’s dealing with one of the world’s wealthiest families, or that the tables will…

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Pay Dirt

Bucket loads of adventure

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

As a reward for our most recent round of laborious trail improvements at his hard-rock mine in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, our supervisor invited Uncle Don and me to spend a “leisurely” weekend gold panning on his placer claim.

Although it was hardly the chartered saltwater fishing trip he had promised, we accepted his offer sight unseen and loaded our gear into his jalopy with considerable ardor.

The road to his “diggings” had accrued considerable flood damage…

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The Chase

Plein Air Paint Out

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Something Trish Harding told me nearly a decade ago resurfaced recently, and it explains a lot about why the prolific painter is so passionate about the Plein Air Paint Out (PAPO)—an event she’s been organizing every summer for the past 13 years that sees scores of artists taking to the streets of downtown Bellingham to ply their creative trade.

“I love to paint—and to see other artists paint—outside,” she said at the time. “You have to be totally in the moment, because in the…

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Jar of Hearts

A killer read

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Twenty-five years ago, Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka struck a plea deal with prosecutors in return for her testimony that her husband, Paul Bernardo, raped and murdered at least three minors in a series of grisly deaths that began with Homolka’s younger sister Tammy.

Convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to a mere 12 years in prison, Karla served her time and walked free in 2005, despite the fact that videotapes were discovered during the trial that clearly showed her…

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Summer’s End

Music + Arts

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer’s End Music + Arts Gathering is a pretty cool event. It marries music, art, dancing, giant board games and more together to create an experience that not only engages attendees, but also encourages attendees to engage with each other. It’s decidedly community-minded, but not preachy about it. It’s proudly local and looks to celebrate this region, its artistic bounty and its beauty. In short, there’s a lot to like about Summer’s End.

And yet, for the first two years of…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm


It’s tulip time, and the fields are alive with the light and color of spring. The word’s out, and this spectacular time in the Skagit Valley is no longer a secret.

But Skagit still holds a lot of secrets—mist-shrouded valleys, swollen and mighty rivers, and frosty high country thick with dark pines and devil’s club. And there are the hidey holes—the hamlets sprinkled along old forgotten highways, the winding sloughs and channels of the fertile delta, and the coast beyond—dotted with islands pungent from salt and rain. There are the bars and diners and coffeehouses, the playgrounds and trails. And there are the people who fill them, hearty and happy. And though our readers revealed some of these secrets, Skagit remains a treasure undiscovered.

Entries by Tim Johnson, Amy Kepferle, Carey Ross, Stephanie Young, and Trail Rat
Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle and Andy Porter

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The Gristle
A Deeper Dive

A DEEPER DIVE: Firming results from successive counts of late ballots yields additional insight into the August primary and the peculiar dynamics unfolding in Whatcom County’s northern tier. And that, in turn, yields insight into that fabled and elusive Blue Wave that may be standing…

Masculinity, Femininity, Toxicity

Women began coming forth and telling their stories of sexual harassment, misconduct and violence, and the giants began to fall. Al Franken resigned from the U.S. Senate after photos surfaced of him groping a sleeping woman. The once-beloved Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of…

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Confidence in elections

On Thursday of primary election week, we watched two Whatcom County election staff members count ballots by hand. They were tallying partial results for a local race as contained in six…

Farmworker March for Dignity

On Sun., Aug. 5, an historic Farmworker March for Dignity took place along the rural farm roads from Lynden to Sumas.
Participants walked 15 miles over 10 hours, and had plenty of time to…

No one here gets out alive

When Dr. Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County medical examiner and program chair for the Rotary Club of Bellingham, asked me to help plan an ambitious three-month series of programs with the title,…

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Today's Events
Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open from 10am until sunset daily through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle…

Bard on the Beach


Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata show in repertory through Sept. 22 at Vancouver, BC’s “Bard on the Beach” Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park. Tickets start at $24…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Northwest Washington Fair


Performances by Bret Michaels, High Valley, and Jeff Foxworthy will be a few of the highlights of the annual Northwest Washington Fair taking place from 9am-11pm Monday through Saturday at…

Skagit Tours


As part of the annual “Skagit Tours,” Seattle City Light, the North Cascades Institute, and the National Park Service offer Diablo Lake boat tours, Gorge powerhouse tours, and Ladder Creek…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm Wednesdays through Oct. 17 at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St.

Wednesday Farmers Market


Bellingham Farmers Market continues its Wednesday Market from 3-7pm weekly through Aug. 29 at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1017 Harris St. At the event, fresh produce, meat, honey, plants,…

Barkley Market


Shop for fresh produce from Broad Leaf Farm, Hope Well Farms, and beyond at a Barkley Market happening from 4-6pm Wednesdays in August at the Barkley Village Green, 2215 Rimland Dr.

Battle of the Bands


Come watch talented teen musicians perform onstage at a Battle of the Bands happening from 5-7pm at the Burlington Visitor Center Amphitheater, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. Entry is free.

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2.…

Brewers Cruise


Tonight’s “Bellingham Bay BREWers Cruise” starts at 6:30pm at San Juan Cruises’ dock at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry is $39. Additional cruises happen Wednesdays…



Attend the Bellingham Circus Guild’s monthly uncensored variety show, “Vaudevillingham,” at 7pm and 9pm performances at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St., suite #102. Expect to see everything from…

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