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Go Fish!

You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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This Week

The Gristle

Gut Check

GUT CHECK: “To the winners go the spoils,” Sam Crawford observed, after a rightward lurch in election results in 2009 allowed him—as council president and in control of their process and procedures—to pack the planning commission and other county appointments into an echo chamber of likeminded fellow travelers. But he was right, though; and it is with a small irony County Council in a new majority chose to replace Crawford himself, who resigned his position last month, with Satpal

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Music

Geographer and the Velvet Teen

Indie rock tries a takeover

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Historically, Bellingham’s musical reputation has always been built on rock ’n’ roll, the louder and grittier the better. More recently, we’ve become a destination known for bluegrass and Americana bands, their numbers and influence growing stronger with each passing year. We’ve also nurtured a burgeoning, but ever-growing hip-hop scene, one that pairs local talent with touring acts probably better and more effectively than other genres that regularly grace the stages of our music

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Words

Radio Waves

New station gives voice to the community

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“Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?”
― Ralph Ellison,
Invisible Man

Imagine live, local music, culture and in-depth news and analysis about issues that matter to you most and brought to you by independent local reporters you know and trust. Imagine local community radio by Bellingham, for Bellingham. It’s not just a dream, it is actually happening.

In 2013, Bellingham art cooperative Make.Shift, with the help of radio advocacy group Common Frequency,

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News

Go Fish!

City recommends a cleaner standard for state waters

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You can now safely eat a forkful of fish each week—mostly because the state proposes to fudge the meaning of “safe” by an order of magnitude.

The debate on fish consumption carries deep ironies. Nutritionists say fish and shellfish are part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly. But clinicians and oncologists warn that toxic chemicals that can build up in the flesh of aquatic life can increase the risk of certain diseases like cancer.

The state uses the fish consumption

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Food

Wine and History

Day sipping in Langley

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Vancouver gets all the limelight for its big-city feel and its great arts and culture scene. But the truth is, it’s just one glimpse of British Columbia.

For something completely different, try a day drive to Langley in the Fraser Valley, a city with a strong claim to British Columbia’s history, yet one that still has the feel of the countryside. Leave Langley’s main roads and you’re surrounded by green, open spaces containing farms, a few vineyards and horse paddocks.

Being wine

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Outdoors

Can You Dig It?

The dirt on native plant sales

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When I first moved into my York neighborhood house, I had a roommate who worked for a native plant nursery. During the three years she lived in my basement, my friend would occasionally bring home samples of her work with her. Fifteen years later, the Indian plums, red-flowering currants and assortment of ferns and other growing goods she gifted the garden with have thrived, and have helped make the formerly barren yardage come alive.

While not every plant I tend is endemic to Washington, I

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Film

Get Hard

Or stay at home, whatever

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If you’re disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard. Not even two of America’s most reliable funnymen can eke consistent laughs out of this sloppy odd-couple comedy about a wrongly convicted millionaire (Will Ferrell) who asks the nearest black guy (Kevin Hart) to toughen him up in preparation for a decade behind

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On Stage

Divided They Stand

Comedy with a catch

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Ian Harris isn’t afraid to bring religion onstage.

Whether he’s talking about the irony of purchasing a book called Christianity for Dummies or pointing out that his dog is a devout Christian Scientist (at least when it comes to choosing whether or not to sign his canine up for a $12,000 surgery) the standup comedian says he’s not squeamish about tackling taboo subjects—especially if they’re not supported by science or facts.

Ty Barnett, Harris’ longtime friend and Last Comic Standing

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Visual

Seconds Sale

Pottery by the pound at Blue Water

Once upon a time, potter Jeremy Noet and his wife Megan lived aboard a sailboat in Bellingham. Eventually they had a baby, but stayed on the sailboat. However, after having their second child, everything changed.

“We sold our boat three years ago to some beautiful people, who, like us many years ago, had more time than money,” Noet says.

One thing that hasn’t differed since their days of living aboard a watercraft is how the couple likes to surround themselves with cherished

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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Today

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Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest: The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is accepting single-poem submissions from Whatcom County residents until March 31. Winners are invited to read their poems at a free public awards ceremony on Thurs., May 14, and winning poems are displayed for a year in front of the library and on WTA buses. Walk Award poems are displayed on plaques in front of the Bellingham Public Library for a year; placards of both Walk and Merit Award poems circulate in WTA buses throughout the county. See the guidelines more »

Sign Language Classes: The Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center offers American Sign Language classes as a free service to the community from 12-1pm on the first three Tuesdays of each month in Bellingham. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. more »

All-Paces Run: Staffers 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 two key routes—by the water or through the woods. During these cold, dark months a headlamp or flashlight is required. Entry is free. more »

Sweet Dough Variations: Laura Hartner, owner of the Sweet & Savory Pop-Up Bakery, leads a "Basic Sweet Dough with Three Variations" class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 508 S. First St. Students will learn to make traditional cinnamon rolls, sticky pecan buns, and creamy lemon rolls. Entry is $30. more »

Japanese Izakaya: Miso butterfish, chicken yakitori, and musubi grilled on a tabletop hibachi will be a few of the menu items Robert Fong will focus on at a "Japanese Izakaya" course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $45 with an $8 sake option payable at class. more »

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