Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Warm Up In the Buff

Don’t be a weather wimp

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Like many of you, I have been in deep hibernation ever since the weather drove me indoors some months ago and kept me there with its endless days of rain, rain and more rain.

But we can’t stay ensconced in our respective domiciles forever. After spending a couple of months honing my skills as a potential future Jeopardy contestant, I’m feeling boredom set in and it’s bringing its buddy restlessness with it.

Happily, the Wild Buffalo remains here for us, like an entertainment…

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West Coast

Spirit of Sxwo’le

A tribal warrior remembered

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“There are community leaders, the people whose names you know. And there are people who lead communities, and who lead the leaders, and give them guidance and make them better. Sometimes you don’t know the names of those people outside the community. But inside the community, they’re known and they’re important.”

Darrell Hillaire told me that within hours of the passing of Larry George Kinley, who lost his battle with cancer February 13. When the well-known elder of Lummi…

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West Coast

Recreation Roundup

An expo for everyone

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

In a poster promoting the Recreation Northwest Expo, a furry trio resembling a family of Sasquatch are shown from behind, musing on an array of outdoor accoutrements hanging on the wall in front of them—a bicycle, a bundle of rock climbing rope, snowshoes, skis and a kayak paddle.

I’m guessing what onlookers are meant to infer from the stance of the bipedal humanoids is that they’re having a difficult time deciding what sort of outdoor activity they want to expend their energy on.…

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Smoking Crow

Thai Pie

A steamed squash surprise

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Thai dessert sangkaya is a steamed squash filled with coconut custard. It may not sound like pie, but anyone who likes a good slice of pumpkin pie should be very interested in this dish.

I first came across sangkaya at a night market in Bangkok. Taking in the tapioca balls, syrups, fried goodies and brightly colored jellies of a dessert vendor, I noticed a squash that was sliced into four wedges, revealing a white custard filling. I bought a wedge. The combination of sweet, starchy…

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Smoking Crow
On Stage

Us and Them

Fewer walls, more communication

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

When neighboring groups from the East and West show up in the same space, building a wall seems to be the best way to keep their communities separate. The tale may remind you of misbegotten edicts of the current presidential administration, but Us and Them was written in 1982. We asked Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth director Ian Bivins what drew him to the play that will be staged Feb. 23-25 at the State Street theater, and he shared a few insights.

CW: What made you realize this…

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West Coast

Basket Case

The art of weaving

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pardon the pun, but I was a real basket case when I arrived to view “Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America” on a recent Wednesday afternoon at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building.

I was leaving for a two-week tropical vacation the following day, and had delayed my museum experience until the last possible moment due first to an ill-timed basement flooding the previous Sunday, and then by an editorial deadline. 

To say I was stressed out is putting it mildly. But as soon…

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Smoking Crow
Best of Bellingham
Best Band

The Wednesdays

Music scenes, including ours, have traditionally been boys’ clubs—but the Wednesdays win in this category is a welcome indication of a change that has been a long time in coming. Unabashedly feminist and unapologetically political, the Wednesdays are making music with a message—and people are listening. With a motto of “Dismantling the patriarchy by day, playing basement blues punk by night,” coupled with an electrifying live show, the Wednesdays are making their mark and making it count.

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The Gristle
A Public Education

A PUBLIC EDUCATION: Republicans in the 42nd District laid out their legislative agenda at a town hall meeting in Blaine over the weekend: Undoing the agreements they agreed to as a solution for the funding of public education after they had already foreclosed on any other solution for…

Orcas and Oil Don’t Mix

The Pacific Northwest is truly the best place in the world to live. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful corner of the world, where both the Cascades and the San Juan Islands are in reach. When we are on the water, either harvesting or for recreation, we can get a better understanding…

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Oppose rate shift

Fellow natural gas customers, please take a look at the insert in your most recent gas bill with the proposed rate increase for Cascade Natural Gas Corporation.
We strongly object to the…

Shift the food paradigm

Many thanks for publishing Brad Johnson’s letter “Practice What You Eat” in this week’s issue.  I agree completely that we need to support a shift to plant-based farming and eating…

Save our public lands

A short while ago a surprise sprang up for residents living in the foothills of Sumas and Red Mountain They discovered that the Department of Natural Resourecs is asking the county to rezone…

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Today's Events
Bellingham Cocktail Week


Special drink and food menus, a cocktail art competition taking place during the Feb. 2 Art Walk, a CLUE-style murder mystery featuring themed cocktails and small bites, whiskey flight…

Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival


The 18th annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature films and facilitated discussions designed to foster dialogue, promote action and encourage the community to explore and…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in an annual teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through March 1. Along with having their poems published in the…

How to Build a French Pastry


Attend “How to Build a French Pastry” from 2-5pm at Blaine’s Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy. Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen―who’s also a celebrity judge on The Great Canadian Baking…

Garden Design


Attend a “Garden Design” workshop from 4-6pm at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. Find out how to determine the best placement of fruit trees, bushes, and vines. Learn about site selection,…

Fondue Party


Cindy McKinney leads a “Fondue Party” course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Cindy will be dipping a variety of veggies, fruits and even some meat, not just…

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2.…

Daimh Concert


Gaelic supergroup and Highland music champions Daimh perform from 7-9pm at Mount Vernon’s Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave. Taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship”…

Intro to Improv


Attend a free workshop focusing on play, creativity, storytelling and fun at a “Learn to Think on Your Feet” introductory improv class from 7-9pm at Improv Playworks, 1011 Girard St. All…

Plant Plumbing


Biology professor Anu Singh-Cundy will awe attendees with her knowledge about how trees can lift water 400 feet into the canopy without spending a dime of their own energy at Washington…

Michael van Bebber Quartet


Lauded trumpeter Micheal Van Bebber will be joined by bassist Michael Glynn, pianist John Hanse, and drummer Julian MacDonough for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the…

Scottish Country Dancing


Join the Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers to learn about the social dancing of Scotland from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday through May at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner is…

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