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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 »

Lynden Farmers Market: Procure fresh, seasonal fare from local farmers at the Lynden Farmers Market, which happens from 12-5pm every Thursday through Oct. 30 at 324 Front St. more »

Putts Fore Pets: Attend the Whatcom Humane Society's fundraising "Putt Fore Pets" Golf Tournament from 1-8pm at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Entry is $115. more »

Putt Fore Pets: Attend the Whatcom Humane Society's fundraising "Putt Fore Pets" Golf Tournament from 1-8pm at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. Entry is $115. more »

Creative Collaboration: Village Books and Whatcom Community College's Continuing Education series team up for a new "Chuckanut Writers" collaboration with Seattle slam poet Rose McAleese from 5-6:30pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. "Skeletons and Skin"―focusing on adding and expanding what your writing is capable of doing―will be the focus of the workshop. Entry is $15. more »

Ladies Bike Ride: Attend a Ladies Bike Ride starting at 6pm at Fanatik Bike Co., 1812 N. State St. The early evening ride will see participants biking around Bellingham before ending up for food and drink at Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St. Entry is free. more »

Ciao Thyme Al Fresco Dinner: Sign up now for the first-ever "Ciao Thyme Al Fresco" dinner beginning at 6pm at Fairhaven's Marine Park, 100 Harris Ave. Rattletrap Ruckus will provide the soundtrack for the evening's picnic buffet, which will include deviled eggs, organic field greens, stone fruit salad, grilled alder plank salmon, and more. Entry is $60. more »

Elizabeth Park Concert Series Finale: The Penny Stinkers share their "folk cabaret" sounds from 6-8pm at Bellingham's Elizabeth Park. Tonight's concert marks the conclusion of the free summertime series. more »

Waterfront Tour: Join San Juan Cruises for a "Bellingham's Future Waterfront" boat tour at 6:30pm leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. View the current status of the waterfront from the water while representatives from the Port of Bellingham offer details on planned redevelopment and the vision of what our waterfront could look like in the future. Entry is $10-$20. more »

The Story of Bill: Author and illustrator Yam Cooper will read from The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. He'll also lead a workshop for parents and children, demonstrating how to use the book as a parenting and educational aid to develop children's creativity, communication and leadership skills, and talk about the importance of recognizing the various types of bullying. more »

Folk Dance Party: Learn Balkan, Israeli, Romani and Greek dancing with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7-10pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Suggested donation is $5 (first-time visitors and students are free). more »

Fourth Corner Folk Dancers: Learn Balkan folk dances with the Fourth Corner Folk Dancers from 7:15-10:15pm every Thursday at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. All ages are welcome, and no partner is necessary. Suggested donation is $5; first-time visitors and students are free. more »

GOOD, BAD, UGLY: Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 8pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for “The Project.” Entry is $7 for the early show, $4 for the late one. more »

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