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Sonny Sixkiller

Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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This Week

The Gristle

Letters from Lummi

LETTERS FROM LUMMI:: Lummi Nation continues to grow in the sophistication of their pursuit of treaty claims, moving from blanket objection to a more targeted and leveraged resistance to concepts the tribe believes endanger their rights under treaty.

Lummi Nation in August withdrew without comment its administrative appeal of the City of Bellingham’s proposed regional stormwater project at West Bakerview Road and Arctic Avenue, releasing tribal resistance to an enlarged and relocated Costco

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On Stage

Sonny Sixkiller

Buys the Washington Redskins


Here’s a different spin on the controversy surrounding the name of the NFL football team in the nation’s capital: What would happen if Sonny Sixkiller, a Cherokee and one of the greatest quarterbacks to play for the University of Washington, bought the team? And then kept the offensive name and instead changed the players’ names? That’s the story inside a new play, Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins, by Lummi elder Darrell Hillaire.

The Redskins organization has tried to frame this

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Air Supply

The ones that you love


Because of the sorcery that is the internet, it is no exaggeration to say that a goodly portion of the world’s music is available to us, on demand, whenever we want it. Streaming services like Spotify have made it so we need never listen to anything we don’t explicitly choose to hear, allowing us to control our musical experiences with ever-increasing specificity.

Of course, this has its benefits, the primary one being simple access. Without having to build our musical collections by

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Autumnal Aromas

Settling in to a new season


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun

These are the opening lines of the ode, “To Autumn,” by John Keats. 

Written after a walk on Sept. 19, 1819, Keats personifies autumn as a sensuous woman with “hair soft-lifted by winnowing wind.” He makes references to ripened fruit, swelling gourds, plump hazel shells and oozing cider.

As I walked early this morning, almost 200 years later, I saw a set of leaves that had changed to colors as dramatic as

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Block Party

Saying sayonara to summer

While weather forecasts around these parts can be a little dicey at times, right now there’s a “partly sunny and delightful” prognostication for this coming Saturday—which also happens to be one half of the last weekend of summer.

Although there are myriad ways you can say sayonara to the season—whether it’s rafting the Nooksack, doing sun salutations on your favorite beach, celebrating the coming equinox at a barbecue with friends, preparing your backyard garden for colder climes or

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Primitive Living 101

Nikki van Schyndel’s wild ways

Books are powerful change agents, deeply placing seeds within us that may lie dormant only to sprout years later in unpredictable ways. 

As a young girl, Nikki van Schyndel’s hero was Sam Gribley, the young protagonist of Jean Craighead George’s award-winning classic My Side of the Mountain. Sam runs away from home, determined to learn to survive on his own in the forest. Is it a coincidence that, at 29 years old, Nikki sets off to survive in the maze of remote wilderness islands off of

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Victorian Visits

Transformative time travels


Last April, I received (and accepted) an invitation to travel back in time.

To get to the Victorian era,  I was instructed to show up at Bellingham’s Bureau of Historical Investigation. At the appointed hour, the Good Time Girls—longtime historical tour guides and shop owners Marissa McGrath and Sara Holodnick—began to transform a group of women of varying ages and sizes from jeans-clad millennials into corset-wearing beauties.

While we sipped wine and picked out accessories for parlor

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This Is Where I Leave You

It’s a family affair

You laugh in spite of yourself in This Is Where I Leave You, a potty-mouthed comedy with enough exasperation, aggravations, long-standing grievances and get-me-outta-here moments of family stress to strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to endure large clan gatherings that might have lasted a bit too long. The fact that many people will find something or someone to identify with here, even if they don’t have a mother with big new boobs prone to talking about sex most of the time the way

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Sep 17


Eat Local Month: Local foods, farmers and fishers will be celebrated during Sustainable Connections' "Eat Local Month" at a variety of events happening through September throughout Whatcom County (and beyond). Nineteen participating restaurants will have locally sourced specials, and there'll be a Sept. 13 Farm Tour, an Incognito Dinner by Ciao Thyme, the Bite of Bellingham, an "Eat Local Dinner Theater" with the Community Food Co-op, a food trail trek, a brewers cruise, Bellingham Oktoberfest, and more. See more »

Whatcom Water Weeks: Hatchery tours, a salmon habitat bike tour, Marine Center animal feedings, guided river walks, campfire talks, bird presentations, a rain barrel tour, an educational cruise i Drayton Harbor, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, a cloud formation experiment, storytelling events with water themes, a green building users group, a tour of Bellingham Cold Storage, a "Gardening Green" series, an agricultural buffer walk, a beach cleanup, the Bellingham Traverse and more will be part of the annual "Whatcom 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 »

Bellingham Beer Week: A Bellingham Tap Trail's Trail Breaking Party happening from 4:30-7:30pm at Kulshan Brewery and a "First Call" event from 5-9pm Friday, Sept. 12 at Elizabeth Station will kick off the Bellingham Beer Week events. The brew-haha continues through Sept. 21 with a plethora of brewers nights at various restaurants and breweries, beer trivia, tap takeovers, cask nights, a Brewer's Cup, films, brewers cruises, an Oktoberfest celebration, hikes, meet-and-greets, and much more. Head to the website for a more »

Grown Up Show and Tell: Bring a photo, letter, family heirloom or artifact and share your story at a "Grown Up Show and Tell" gathering from 10:30am-12:30pm at the Sudden Valley Adult Center, 98 Barn View Court, Gate 2. Sara Geballe of Memoir Crafters will lead the way. P.S. Feel free to just show up to look and listen. more »

Silver Linings Luncheon: Bestselling author, nurse, social worker and cancer survivor Hollye Jacobs will share coping tools for dealing with diagnosis, treatment and recovery from illness relating to her book The Silver Lining at a Women's Health Luncheon from 11:30am-1:15pm at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Entry is $15 and includes lunch. more »

Public Education Forum: Current public school employees will share their perspectives about the current issues facing our legislators in the 2014-15 legislative session at a Public Education Forum from 4-6pm at Building G at Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindberg Ave. This is a nonpartisan event—all incumbents and candidates in the general election for the 40th and 42nd districts have been invited. more »

Literacy Council Recruitment: Find out more about what it takes to be Whatcom Literacy Council tutor at an information session happening from 5:15-6pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Tutoring tips can also be found on the nonprofit's website. more »

Land Trust Volunteer Opportunities: Find out why volunteers are essential to local land conservation at a "Volunteer Opportunities Open House" from 5:30-6:30m at Mount Vernon's Skagit Land Trust, 1020 S. Third St. Please peruse the nonprofit's website if you can't make it, but are still interested in volunteering. more »

GROUP RIDE: The Mt. Baker Bike Club hosts a Group Ride starting every Wednesday at 6pm at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. Be prepared to ride for 30 miles at a race/training pace, and regroup at the brewery following the excursion. more »

Evening Epic Run: A weekly “Evening Epic Run” begins at 6pm at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The strenuous runs are 1.5-2 hours in length on hilly terrain with experienced trail runners. Entry is free. more »

Fierce Fest Benefit: Music by Nature Boys, Sister Palace, and Golden Hour can be heard at a benefit for Fierce Fest—an all-ages queer and feminist music and arts festival taking place in Bellingham in October—starting at 7pm at the Alternative Library, 1421 Railroad Ave. Entry is $5. more »

Scottish Country Dance Social: Join the Scottish Country Dance Club from 7-9:30pm every Wednesday for a public dance at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and no partner or experience is needed. Drop-in fees are $8, but those who are showing up for the first time will gain free entry. more »

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