Reporting from the heart of Cascadia



Forestry plan could allow extensive logging in Nooksack watershed

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The upper Nooksack is a rugged, forested landscape that carries glacial melt and rainfall to feed more than 1,400 stream and river miles that comprise a vast watershed. Most of the upper watershed is under federal control, and in recent years was spared the wrost ravages of commercial forestry. Until now.

In a reversal of ecological policy that’s become common in the Trump administration, the U.S. Forest Service has apparently scrapped its integrated conservation and enhancement plan…

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Seven Deaths

A twisty mystery

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Escapism seems to be in order these days, and sometimes a twisty mystery is just the ticket for engrossing distraction. Stuart Turton’s inventive 2018 whodunnit, The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, is more like a who-what-when-where-how-dunnit.

It’s been billed as “Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie,” an unexpected but appropriate pairing. There’s intricate plotting for Kate Atkinson fans, and elements of Anthony Horowitz’s modern take on Dame Agatha. Best of…

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A Perfect Partnership

The Business meets Criterion

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Since travel is inadvisable to impossible, I’ve recently come around in a big way to the idea of day-tripping and staycations.

Who am I trying to fool here? Anyone who knows me is well aware that exploring the nooks and crannies of my surroundings is like oxygen to me. Name a tiny town in Washington in my presence, and it’s likely I’ll say something like, “I ate a plate of enchiladas and then accidentally went to a pep rally there.” Or “I drove through there and watched a…

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Hidden Gems

Veins, vugs and vertical vivification

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Words were scarce and conversation was minimal as our socially distanced party of rockhounds crawled up an overgrown boot trail that seemed to twist and turn forever through dense brush and heavy timber.

Somewhere way above us was a remote alpine basin full of jade lakes, scalable slopes and an exposed breccia vein with pockets of pyrite-bearing quartz crystals known for their rare beauty and extraordinary size.

Under any other circumstance the four of us would have been belting out…

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Suddenly Dragons

An art adventure in Arlington

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

At the tail end of an epic quest that had taken us from Bellingham to Minneapolis and back via the perilous highways of America, my prince and I decided to escape the horrors of Seattle’s clogged arterials in favor of a scenic choose-your-own-adventure route that started in the town of Snoqualmie and ended in Arlington.

In between the former and latter locales, the day took on a gauzy fairy-tale quality as we happened upon colorful farm stands selling ripe peaches and freshly…

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Fried Chicken Everywhere

A Sandwich staycation

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

With COVID-19 severely curtailing my social calendar, I don’t have much going on these days. I lack the patience to traffic in sourdough starters and bread baking, and as I’ve mentioned ad nauseum, I’m not one to commune with nature, so hiking and biking are not viable means by which for me to pass the time.

What I can still do, however, is eat.

Because I like to eat with a purpose, a few weeks ago, I hatched the idea of consuming several of Bellingham’s more popular…

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Subdued Stringband Jamboree

Suffering is optional

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

It is true to say that I grieve each and every event, concert series and festival canceled due to COVID-19. However, in the interest of honesty, it is not accurate to say I mourn them equally, as some own a larger piece of my heart and experience than others.

One of the losses I’ve felt most keenly has been the Subdued Stringband Jamboree. When the live music was turned off a few months ago, I knew festival founder Robert Sarazin Blake would have to call this year’s Jamboree off,…

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On Stage

Bard Alert

Beyond the beach

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My brother-in-law has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada and owns property in Kamloops, but not even he dared cross the border during a recent trip to Whatcom County for fear of having to adhere to the Canada’s strict two-week quarantine mandate before taking care of business—and eventually returning to a COVID-ridden country travelers aren’t in a particular hurry to visit.

Even before the restriction on all discretionary travel at the border was implemented on the first…

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In the Mail

IN THE MAIL: As President Trump continues to rant without evidence about the integrity of the nation’s elections in general and mailed ballots in particular, Washington seamlessly completed another primary entirely by mail. As a barometer of the mood of voters in Western Washington moving…

Representation in a time of crisis

In our home, here in the 40th Legislative District, we represent some of the most diverse communities in Washington. Our towns, cities, friendships and families make up a diverse and passionate community that have shown a consistent desire to help one another and push Washington State in…

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Of Falafel and the Future

In my never-ending, but hopefully ending sometime in the near future, quest to be the world’s pushiest independent venue advocate, I’ve got more hot tips as to how we can help keep our shuttered venues afloat until live music can ring forth and fill their coffers again.

In very…

End the nuclear threat

August 6 and 9 we will observe the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Recently Pope Francis has declared that it is immoral to possess nuclear weapons.
Our current…

Teach life’s lessons

I am voting to approve Referendum 90 on the November 2020 ballot. Approving this referendum will allow SB 5395, which passed the state legislature in 2020, to take effect, “thereby…

End discriminatory zoning

Recently, President Trump attacked Joe Biden, saying, “They’re going to bring people, eliminate single-family zoning, they want to eliminate single-family zoning, bringing who knows into…