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Film

Quarantine Cinema

Lincoln Theatre’s screen scene

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

It says a lot about the resilience of the Lincoln Theatre that it was only at the beginning of 2021 that the longtime performance venue and movie theater in downtown Mount Vernon needed to furlough half its staff.

In a Jan. 8 COVID-19 update from Roger Gietzen, the Executive Director of the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation noted that since the theater shut down 10 months ago, they’d been able to keep the staff fully employed with support from donors, financial reserves, a PPP…

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Community

Front Lines

Recapturing the revolutionary spirit

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

As a freshman member of Congress, Cori Bush was inside the Capitol building on Weds., Jan. 6 when the President of the United States incited a mob attack designed to halt the counting of Electoral College votes solidifying President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. A crowd of rioters forced their way through barricades and past Capitol security before breaking their way into the building, where they roamed through the halls of Congress, the Rotunda, and the Senate chamber waving Confederate…

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Outdoors

Skagit Eagle Festival

A private affair

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

For those contemplating a Skagit Eagle Festival day trip during the month of January, keep in mind that you should limit your interactions with the majestic birds of prey the same way you would if you were following human-related pandemic protocols.

For example, stay away from places where bald eagles are known to congregate en masse, watch them from inside vehicles whenever possible to allow for adequate social distancing, and bring along backup equipment such as telescopes, camera…

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Words

Wintering

A guidebook for difficult times

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Life is full of times when events may cause us to drop out of the flow for a time. These fallow periods, often unexpected, can contribute to feeling isolated, frozen and cut off from others. Sounds a lot like 2020, doesn’t it?

Katherine May (pictured) writes about these times, and the inherent power in them, in her incredibly timely recent book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. Published in early November in the United States, Wintering is both a guidebook…

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Amy Goodman
Trump’s insurrection

Congress convened Wednesday to perform the largely ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes and to declare Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump countered with a rally that he had been planning for weeks. “Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will…

Letters
We must speak for compassion

We did it. With a little help from our friends and our local legislators, Rick Larsen, Suzan DelBene, and Maria Cantwell we recently got the Global Child Thrive Act passed through the House…

Civil discourse

The hostility and name-calling that I have seen recently on various social media platforms is a perfect example of why our country had become so divided. It is like batting away mosquitos…

Culture wars

Donald Trump will be remembered for corruption, incompetence, mass death and a failed coup, but it didn’t start in 2016. Culture war has been cultivated by the Republican Party for decades…

Today's Events
Grow Your Groceries

10:00am

Registration is currently open for an online “Grow Your Groceries Winter 2021” series starting Feb. 2 with WSU Skagit. The 12-week series will cover all aspects of home gardening for food…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference

5:00pm

Whatcom Human Rights Task Force presents its 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference from Fri., Jan. 15 to Sun., Jan. 17. “Recapturing the Revolutionary Spirit:…

Bellingham Winter Farmers Market

10:00am

A variety of vendors will have edible and homemade offerings for sale from 10am-2pm at the first Winter Market of the season at the Bellingham Farmers Market’s Depot Market Square, 1100…

Share Spot

12:00pm

Birchwood Food Desert Fighters hosts a Share Spot from 12pm-2pm Saturdays in the parking lot of the Industrial Credit Union, 3233 Northwest Ave. Thanks to a collaboration with the Miracle…

Family Book Group

4:00pm

Kids in grades K-5 and their families are invited to register for a Family Book Group from 4pm-5pm via Zoom. The monthly event is led by Whatcom County Library System youth staff, and…