Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


City and Colour

Life after post-hardcore

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dallas Green looks like a rock musician. There’s no getting around it. To put a finer point on it, what with his many tattoos combined with an overall clean-cut sensibility, he looks like a certain breed of post-hardcore musician.

That is, of course, what he is. At least, it’s what he was.

Before Green adopted the moniker City and Colour, he was a founding member of Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. They described their music as the “sound of two Catholic high-school…

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Grand Larchery

A quest for autumnal art

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As September unfurls its autumnal colors, my thoughts turn to the realm of the magnificent larch forests, high on the eastern slopes of the North Cascades. Actually, forest is too strong a word. Larches gather in “stands,” not forests. The high country they inhabit cannot support forests. These scattered stands are made even more beautiful by their aesthetic placement, each tree a work of standalone autumn art.

The larch—Larix lyallii—is unique among the trees that inhabit these…

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Get an edible education

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

If you’re under the impression the second annual Bellingham SeaFeast is all about the food, you’re only only partially correct.

While it’s true the two-day event offers myriad ways for people to sate their appetites via the ingestion of locally and regionally sourced seafood, the gustatory gatherings taking place Sept. 22-23 by the waterfront and in the downtown core are also bracketed by a number of happenings that pay homage to the hardworking humans involved in the maritime and…

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Sew Excited

A time for textiles

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ever since I attempted to make a flannel nightgown as part of a home economics class in junior high school, I’ve been in awe of people who can sew.

While my finished frock looked like something someone in a mental institution might wear instead of a straitjacket—one arm was approximately four inches shorter than the other one, and the longer limb’s elastic wristband was almost cinched too tight to allow a hand to fit through—other students created attractive, wearable works that…

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SVCR Live Music

The Midwife

Catherines the Great

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The French-language title of director Martin Provost’s latest femme-centric drama is Sage Femme, a term that technically means midwife, as in the medical profession, but also literally describes a “well-behaved woman.” The double meaning is particularly apt when applied to the film’s heroine, Claire—a single mom in her 50s whose spick-and-span life is thrown amuck by the arrival of Beatrice, a woman who is Claire’s polar opposite in every way, but who could possibly change her…

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The Last Ballad

Finding the courage to create change

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Working the night shift six nights a week to support her four kids (with another on the way), Ella May Wiggins is tired, and desperate, and her $9-a-week paycheck barely keeps enough food on the table.

Her oldest daughter, Lilly, takes care of the younger children while Ella is at work. When three-year-old Rose gets a cough and high fever, Ella stays home to care for her, losing pay and falling further behind. She has lost a child before, though, and cannot bear to lose another…

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Border Imperialism

Day of Peace observes those displaced by war

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
― —Martin Luther King Jr.

As almost 400,000 refugees flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, world leaders at the United Nation’s General Assembly this week acknowledged that they have not only failed on promises to take in more refugees, but refugee rights have been dismantled in many parts of the world.

The UN marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for…

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On Stage

Return Engagement

Back to the basics with Paula Poundstone

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Many years ago, during an early morning telephone interview with Paula Poundstone, the standup star fell asleep on me, and I retaliated by subtitling my story something along the lines of “famous comedian gives local reporter the nod.”

We’ve both grown up a lot since then. In the intervening years, I’ve learned what to do when a celebrity snores during a prearranged verbal volley (hang up immediately and make plans to call back later instead of waiting on the line like a dolt for 20…

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The Gristle
Ounce of Prevention

OUNCE OF PREVENTION: Behavioral health factor large in discussions among Whatcom County Council members this week.

With the capital budget held up in Olympia in a quarrel over residential wells, County Council created a fund to begin expansion of a Crisis Triage Center to decrease the use…

Robert Reich
Dynasty Dystopia

White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that “only morons pay the estate tax.”

I’m reminded of Donald Trump’s comment that he didn’t pay federal income taxes because he was “smart.” And billionaire Leona…

Credit where it is due

Kellyanne Conway is a senior advisor to the President. Sarah Sanders is the press secretary. Mercedes Schlapp is coming into the White House as a communications advisors. Hope Hicks is now in…

Silence equals complicity

The Rohingya people and other Muslims in Northern Myanmar are the victims of a government campaign of terror and murder and forced deportation. The military, which controls the government…

Plenty of blame

There is plenty of blame that can be shared all around for slavery. The Northern states may not have held slaves and worked them directly but many investors benefited from their holdings of…

Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections’ annual “Eat Local Month) taking place…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Eat Local Month's Restaurant Week


Nineteen restaurants will serve up locally sourced specials—with 50 percent or more of the ingredients coming from Whatcom, Skagit, or San Juan, or Island counties—as part of Eat Local…

Pizza Class


Redefine your idea of pizza using sourdough and whole grain when Andy Walton helms a “Make Your Own Sourough Pizza” course from 6:30-9pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. This…

Open Mic


Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience when they share their stories, poems and essays at a monthly Open Mic hosted by local writer and…

Scrooge the Musical Auditions


Men, women and children can audition for upcoming performances of the Lynden Performing Arts Guild’s rendition of Scrooge the Musical at 7pm Monday and Tuesday at the Claire vg Thomas…



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.

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