Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Rockhounding 101

A treasure hunt in Cle Elum

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Summer activities during the age of social distancing have been a tough nut to crack. It started with long days cooped up frantically prospecting for toilet paper and watching the same depressing news cycle, until home started to feel less like a haven and more like a prison.

Before too long, there was a deluge of folks seeking outdoor recreation as a means of escapism, myself included. Due to the high demand for campsites, Airbnb cabins, and even dispersed camping locales, this…

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Farmstand Fresh

A sweet slice of summertime

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I don’t recall the name of the farm stand my fella and I stopped to investigate while exploring a secret-squirrel route on our way back to Bellingham recently, but I do remember the heady fragrance of the peaches I placed gently into a bag so as not to bruise them, green rows of lettuce and chard, jars of fruit preserves gleaming like gems at the bottom of a treasure chest, freshly arranged dahlia bouquets, and gargantuan boxes of plums, apricots and cherries.

The plethora of produce…

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Stand Strong

Creative community with Blue Water Pottery

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

According to Jeremy and Megan Noet, living in Bellingham’s Fountain District means they experience the best of three different neighborhoods—the Lettered Streets, Cornwall Park, and the Columbia ‘hood.

Other than the walkability to breweries and grocery stores, the nexus has come in handy in more ways than one. Since starting a neighborhood pottery studio stand in late April in front of their home on Vallette Street (between W. North and Jefferson streets), the owners of Blue Water…

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Beating the Blahs

Cinematic staycations

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I’ve been in denial for a minute, but early last week I finally had to admit to myself that I’ve got a case of the COVID-19 blues. I’d been able to dodge low-grade depression brought on by prolonged isolation, a vacuum of national leadership and trepidation about what the future holds mostly by reminding myself that I still have much to be grateful for—not least of which is my continued good health during a global pandemic.

However, nearly five months of never traveling more than…

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Amy Goodman

The United States, the wealthiest and most powerful nation in world history, is also No. 1 in COVID-19 infections and deaths. As White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Deborah Birx warned last weekend: “It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas. To…

Return to sender

If I water my toaster, it won’t work.
President Trump’s newly appointed Postgangster Capo freezes hiring, shortens hours, closes retail offices, changes transportation routes, and shuts…

Wear a mask

Being mandated to wear a mask is not an infringement on personal liberty. This is a public health and community well-being issue.
You wear a seatbelt when driving, use condoms to prevent…

A tale of two cities

Not an argument either way in this debate on zoning, but it is instructive regarding motive(s) that many of the “affordable housing” and density proponents and some of the lesser breeds…