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The Time Jumpers

Going for gold

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We get Grammy winners dropping by around here often enough to not get too overly riled up about it. Sure, a Grammy or two is definitely impressive, but we are a discerning audience that needs more than a little awards-season bling to capture our fancy.

But what about, say, 20 Grammys?

That seems like an achievement well worth getting overly riled up about.

The number of musicians that can boast such an accomplishment is ridiculously small. Stevie Wonder has 25 Grammys. Beyonce and…

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The Table is Set

Lummi Nation and Whatcom Farmers partner to improve tidelands

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

“When the tide is out, the table is set.” It’s a Lummi saying that speaks to the bountiful harvest of tidelands, but that bounty has been restricted for many years because of uncontrolled pollution in the county’s waterways.

Seven dairy farms have agreed to an historic pilot project with Lummi Nation to help recover tribal shellfish beds at Portage Bay. The agreement would reduce cow manure entering waterways that feed into the bay and compensate the tribe’s shellfish…

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Swan Fever

A fowl-weather adventure

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bald eagles might make sexier copy and snow geese tend to gobble up all the headlines, but when it comes to seasonally prolific habitat dominance, trumpeter swans are a force to be reckoned with.       

Ever since I came within a precious few feet of getting knocked off the 7,000-foot summit ridge of Mt. Sefrit by one of their southbound formations during a fog-shrouded November afternoon in ’97, I’ve been fascinated by the instinctive vociferations and confounding flight…

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Deep Roots

Finding food and community

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sustainability. Buy local. Support local farmers. All are mantras of the Pacific Northwest. But how would our community fare in the case of food shortages caused by disaster or as the result of environmental degradation? Would we be able to produce enough food to feed ourselves?

Spurred by personal health concerns and with these questions asking to be explored, writer and longtime Bainbridge Island resident Kathleen Alcalá began interviewing friends actively involved in food…

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Action Plan

What would Dr. King do?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If you’re feeling discouraged by the prospects of what will happen following our country’s upcoming presidential inauguration, remember these words by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I’m well aware quoting an iconic messenger of peace doesn’t bring about immediate results. That’s why I’d like to point your attention to a number of events celebrating Dr. King in upcoming days that…

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Scorsese’s leap of faith

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

No filmmaker currently working puts the “sin” in cinema with more neurotic majesty than Martin Scorsese. Silence may just turn out to be his Golgotha—it’s a mountain of brutal, agonized beauty. The movie’s being promoted as the third in the director’s unofficial trilogy of faith, after The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Kundun (1997), and it feels like a self-conscious masterpiece, a summing-up from a filmmaker who, at 74, may be thinking of his legacy.

Scorsese is…

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Winter Winnings

Privacy Matters

Of viewers and voyeurs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Their faces aren’t shown, but what can be viewed of the couple sitting at a table near a window in their Tribeca apartment is still telling.

In the large photograph in Arne Svenson’s “The Neighbors” exhibit currently showing at Western Washington University’s Western Gallery, a few things stand out. For example, both subjects are wearing bathrobes, meaning the picture was probably taken in the morning. Also, she’s very pregnant and, presumably finished with whatever was in the large…

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On Stage

No Such Place

Bellingham Rep’s quest for connection

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Although attending the debut of a show on opening night is often a thrill, years of sitting in on dress rehearsals of everything from plays by local kids to gigantic productions in large performance venues has taught me they can be just as interesting as the finished product.

My experience last weekend viewing Bellingham Repertory Dance’s run-through of their upcoming 11th annual winter concert, “no such place,” reminded me of this predilection.

As I sat in the middle of the…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
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The Gristle
Stormwater Rising

STORMWATER RISING: The Washington State Supreme Court continues to strengthen and clarify water standards.

Last week, the high court declined to hear the appeal of a Skagit County water rights decision. Skagit had denied a building permit because the water source was in conflict with a…

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No exemption for exempt wells

The recent Washington Supreme Court ruling on permit-exempt wells, which in effect slows or halts rural development based on not…

Same old swamp, new crocs

The election of Donald Trump is like handing a drivers license to a 70-year-old man who has never driven a…

The empire has no clothes

I would have thought Trump was a fast learner. While he may be able to cheat little people out of…

Today's Events
MLK Day Work Party


Join the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the City of Bellingham for an MLK Day Work Party from 10am-1pm on Squalicum Creek (along a section of the Bay to Baker Trail). In addition…

MLK Day Beach Cleanup


RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and WWU’s Students for the Salish Sea will host an all-ages Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Beach Cleanup from 11am-2pm at Blaine’s Semiahmoo…

Cuban Salsa


Rumba Northwest hosts a “Cuban Salsa for Beginners” class at 6pm at Bell Tower Studios, 1430 N. Garden St. At 7pm, a “Cuban Salsa Advanced” class takes place. Entry to the classes is $8 for…

Swing Dancing Classes


Learn the dances that swept the nation in the days of flappers and speakeasies at a five-week class focusing on vintage jazz dances at 6pm at Eagles Hall, 1125 N. Forest St.  At 7pm, learn…

Trivia Night


Attend a weekly Trivia Night at 7pm at Kulshan Brewery, 2238 James St. Entry is $2 per person, and teams can have a maximum number of six players. At 7pm Wednesdays, the event takes place at…

Rocks and Gems


All are welcome when the Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club hosts its monthly meeting at 7pm at the Bloedel Donovan Community Center, 2214 Electric Ave. A “show and tell” focusing on sparkly crystals,…



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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