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All Sound, No Fury

A week at the Wild Buffalo

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I am not ashamed to say I spent the entirety of last weekend inside my house, mostly in my pajamas. With the exception of one brief sojourn to find sustenance, I hunkered down in my hermitage, perfectly content.

But it’s time to break out and should I need an excuse to do so beyond impending cabin fever, the coming days at the Wild Buffalo are full of reasons good enough to get me out of my pajamas, into a proper pair of pants and out in the world again.

The first time I saw…

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Roadside Attractions

Treasure hunting in Skagit

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As per the Lady of the House’s request, we’d spent the entire morning blazing trails through the streets of Bellingham methodically patronizing every garage sale in sight. Although the material effectiveness of this operation couldn’t be disputed, her hesitance to push the treasure-hunting process further afield threatened to unnecessarily curtail a good adventure. 

Henceforth and entirely of her own volition, she momentarily deferred navigational prerogative to me, her intrepid…

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Hope Never Dies

A bromance for the ages

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Joe Biden in retirement is not a pretty picture: grouting bathroom tile, napping and watching Barack’s globetrotting adventures with the likes of Bradley Cooper and Justin Trudeau on cable television. Barack has yet to call him and he feels the sting as would a jilted lover. “No late-night texting. Not even a friendly poke on Facebook,” he laments.

In Andrew Shaffer’s Hope Never Dies, Joe learns of the mysterious death of his favorite Amtrak conductor, Finn Donnelly, hit and…

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On Stage

Blues Bros

Catching up with Elwood and Jake

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Elwood Blues isn’t a real person, but he might as well be.

When Dan Aykroyd first channeled the character in 1978 during a memorable sketch on Saturday Night Live, he probably didn’t think he’d still be bringing the harmonica player and vocalist to life 40 years later, or that fellow actor and erstwhile musician John Belushi—who played his sibling and lead Blues Brothers singer, “Joliet” Jake Blues—could ever be replaced.

Sometimes, however, truth can be just as strange as…

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An edible exploration

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

“Are you as excited for the next SeaFest as I am?” my first mate queried recently.

“For the record, it’s called SeaFeast,” I replied, reminding him that I’d had to make the same correction numerous times during last year’s festivities, when we spent a sunny September afternoon at Squalicum Harbor slurping briny bivalves prepared in front of us by reps from Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, polishing off a plate of traditionally fire-pit grilled coho salmon perfectly executed by Lummi…

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From weapons to art

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tracy Powell’s “The Peacemaker” is not a typical work of art.

For example, the gun the simplistic figure beseechingly holds in his sturdy stone hands—bending it and making it inoperable—wasn’t originally created by the popular Pacific Northwest sculptor. Instead, it was the first firearm donated to the Anacortes Regeneration Project, which aims to turn decommissioned guns and other weapons into pieces of art as a way to jumpstart conversations about gun control.

“One of the…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm


It’s tulip time, and the fields are alive with the light and color of spring. The word’s out, and this spectacular time in the Skagit Valley is no longer a secret.

But Skagit still holds a lot of secrets—mist-shrouded valleys, swollen and mighty rivers, and frosty high country thick with dark pines and devil’s club. And there are the hidey holes—the hamlets sprinkled along old forgotten highways, the winding sloughs and channels of the fertile delta, and the coast beyond—dotted with islands pungent from salt and rain. There are the bars and diners and coffeehouses, the playgrounds and trails. And there are the people who fill them, hearty and happy. And though our readers revealed some of these secrets, Skagit remains a treasure undiscovered.

Entries by Tim Johnson, Amy Kepferle, Carey Ross, Stephanie Young, and Trail Rat
Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle and Andy Porter

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The Gristle
Too Little, Too Late

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Even as careful plans were being laid to treat and rehabilitate J50, the ailing young breeding orca, biologists and trackers with the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island were reporting she had already died of disease and starvation. We watched from a distance…

Robert Reich
Meltdown Lessons Unlearned

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers.

America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn’t, to our…

Trove Web
Change needed in prosecutors office

A recent magazine article about prosecutors was headlined “The Most Powerful Elected Officials You’ve Never Heard Of.” On Nov. 6, Whatcom County will elect its first new prosecutor in…

Honor, courage, values

Honor, courage and commitment are three traditional values the United States Navy instills in the heart of every recruit. They are the key elements of leadership I developed as a Naval…

Logging prevents forest fires

Our forests are burning out of control. Why do they burn when for many decades we had the fires under control? Maybe we should look at the causes.
Many liberals believed it would be a great…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Sustainable Connections’ helms the annual Eat Local Month taking place throughout September in Whatcom County. Events include specials at approximately 20 restaurants, a Farm Fund Hootenanny…

Vendovi Tours


A naturalist from Skagit Guided Adventures will lead “Cruise n’ Hike” outings from Anacortes to the “hidden gem” known as Vendovi Island Thursdays through Mondays through Sept. 30. Call the…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open from 10am until sunset daily through September at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards.

Bard on the Beach


Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata show in repertory through Sept. 28 at Vancouver, BC’s “Bard on the Beach” Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park. Tickets start at $24…

La Cage Aux Folles


Harvey Fierstein’s La Cage aux Folles concludes this weekend at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$16; the play…

The Wind in the Willows


Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows comes to life when the play about Toad and his friends Mole, Badger, and Water Rat opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday,…

Sin & Gin Tours


Through September, seasoned guides will regale audiences with tales of fascinating characters at the margins of history at Good Time Girls’ “Sin & Gin” tours at 7pm Fridays in downtown…

Rabbit Ride


Join members of the Mount Baker Bicycle Club for a “Rabbit Ride” starting at 8am every Sunday at Fairhaven Bicycle, 1108 11th St. The 32-mile route takes riders down Chuckanut and back via…

Brunch on the Bay


A final “Brunch on the Bay” sail aboard the Schooner Zodiac departs at 10am from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Entry to the three-hour sail is $49-$69 and includes a brunch…

Edison Farmers Market


Purchase fresh produce, art and more at the Edison Farmers Market from 10am-3pm at the Edison Granary, 14136 Gilmore Ave. The event continues Sundays through September.

Banned Books Week


“Banning Books Silences Stories” will be the theme of Banned Books Week happening from Sept. 23-29 nationwide and locally. As the attacks on the right to read escalate, a celebration of…

Langar in Lynden


All are welcome at a Langar event from 11am-2pm in Lynden at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara, 176 E. Pole Rd. Langar is the sacred community free kitchen of the Sikh people and every temple…

Brunch and Learn


As part of a new series, sign up for “Brunch and Learn: Flower Arranging with Pozie by Natalie” at 11am at Ciao Thyme, 207 Unity St. After your bouquet is complete, enjoy a nourishing,…

Your Vote Counts! Block Party


Register to vote, update your voting address and empower yourself at a “Your Vote Counts!” Block Party helmed by Indivisible Bellingham from 12-3pm at the Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad…

Audubon at the Museum


Join experts from North Cascades Audubon Society for a monthly “Audubon at the Museum” gathering from 1:30-3:30pm at the new John M. Edson Hall of Birds at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121…

South Side Stories


The Good Time Girls will lead the final “South Side Stories” excursion of the season beginning at 2pm near the statue of Dirty Dan Harris at the Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St. Entry…

Trivia Time


Bring your thinking cap when host Jeff Zwiers presents brain-busters about history, sports, science, pop culture, music and more at a weekly Trivia! event starting at 3:30pm Sundays through…

Waiting for the Whales


Lifelong Bellingham resident and poet Ann Carlson reads from her debut collection, Waiting for the Whales, at 4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single


Adults can attend a “Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who are Single and Want to Fall in Love” led by multi-disciplinary performing artist Jenna Bean Veatch from 6-8:30pm at the Mountain Room…

Moon Walk


Area women can join Wild Whatcom for a “Ladies Night: Moon of the Harvest” excursion from 6:30-8:30pm in Whatcom County (locale will be revealed when you register). These programs are…

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