Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Noah Gundersen

Making white noise

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Owing to what I do for a living, I’ve been lucky enough to see a whole bunch of bands a whole bunch of times. Usually, after multiple viewings, I will wonder if a band or musician still likes playing my favorite songs as much as I like hearing them.

I’m pretty sure I know the answer most of them would be too polite to tell me. At best, most bands likely have a love/hate relationship with their most-played material. At worst, they grit their teeth and grind it out night after night,…

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Island Inspiration

Savoring the sounds of silence

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The relentless struggle to keep pace with early 21st century America had depleted my spirits and knocked my usually stalwart inner-navigation system so far off course I was recently forced to spend three days of semi-solitude in a one-room cabin just to right my ship and get sailing again. 

Although I was able to stay connected to the outside world through a serviceable telephone line, the only other pieces of technologically advanced equipment in the rustic seaside abode were a wood…

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The Good Stuff

Farmland and beyond

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What must the highway patrol have thought, finding Alfred Currier working on a sketch pad atop the Swinomish Channel highway bridge? Only when a fortunate construction project shut the traffic lane was the persistent and highly respected artist able to complete his sketches for another masterpiece. 

Once in his studio, Currier prepped a canvas with gesso and transparent, colored washes, drew his design and painted “My Rainier.” The mountain appears as a distant bump in a vast…

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Greens Scene

A post-holiday repast

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Early Friday morning, I ate the last remaining Christmas cookie in the house and knew without a doubt the holidays had come to an end.

It’s always kind of a relief to bid farewell to the edible excesses of the season, and in an effort to recalibrate my metabolism, I spent the rest of the weekend attempting to make up for the previous five weeks of overindulgence.

For Friday night’s dinner, I prepared tacos using ground turkey instead of beef, and used the mixture—along with plenty…

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Memorializing Martin

Activism in action

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.

The world is not yet color-blind, meaning it’s still vitally important to pay close attention to the words and actions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Almost 50 years after being assassinated, King’s messages of nonviolence, loving your fellow humans and speaking out about racial and civil injustices still apply. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the horizon, there are a number of ways…

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On Stage


A muse on roller skates

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If a Greek muse who can sing like an angel and roller skate like a pro isn’t quite enough to pique your interest, then perhaps the fact that Xanadu also features forbidden love, rainbow-hued legwarmers, giant disco balls and a bestselling soundtrack will.

While the plot of the play adapted from the 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John often reads more like a science-fiction chronicle than a tale of true romance, there’s no denying the musical opening Fri., Jan. 12 and showing at…

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The Post

The pen vs. the sword

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As it is with The Post, so it is with many Steven Spielberg movies. We sit there, a little interested, a little bit detached, thinking, well, this is OK, nothing special, but perfectly fine. And then—who knows how he does it?—the camera moves in on a face, the soundtrack swells, and suddenly half the crowd has tears in their eyes, and you’re one of them.

In The Post, the moment comes when the political columnist Meg Greenfield (Carrie Coon) gets word of a Supreme Court decision…

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‘It Is Time’

Iris Carías joins the Mount Vernon City Council

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now…This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

She won by just 52 votes out of more than 5,200 cast for her position in November, but Iris Carías arrives on Mount Vernon City Council with a landslide of support.

According to census data, 34 percent of the city’s population is Latino, but Carías said Latinos are…

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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
Save Our Salish Sea

SAVE OUR SALISH SEA: As the 2018 Legislative session opens in Olympia, Democrats intend to employ their slim majorities in both houses to run as far as they’re able with an ambitious agenda.

Recognizing the need for urgent action, the Environmental Priorities Coalition proposed a number…

Fight City Hall

Nothing less than a land grab has taken place in Bellingham that the city has failed to acknowledge as among the principal causes of unaffordability. More than half the population rents property owned by someone else. The panoply of causes involves Western Washington University (WWU),…

Greed at center of housing crisis

My job and life have taken me away from Bellingham for sometimes months at a time since I moved here six years ago. So changes are more noticeable to me. It’s like going on a work trip when…

Vacuous policy on Airbnbs

Is this what affordable housing looks like?
On Jan. 4, the City of Bellingham Planning Commission held another work session on short-term rental regulations.
Currently the city permits…

A not-so-distant mirror

This nugget of irony from the mouth of our very own Dear Leader: “The [Iranian] people are finally getting wise as to how their… wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.”

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Frosty Frolic Run


Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on…

Baker Backcountry Basics


Necessary gear, common mistakes, best practices and places to ride will be part of a free “Baker Backcountry Basics” clinic at 6pm at REI, 400 36th St. The Mt. Baker area of the North…

Books on Tap


Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba will lead a “Books on Tap” discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. January’s read is Your Heart Is Muscle…

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Comedy Open Mic


The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you’d like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a…

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