Reporting from the heart of Cascadia



Man on a mission

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

At the same time I was sitting behind a desk writing this story, Scott Poindexter was embarking on a 25-mile sojourn heading east out of Port Angeles.

By Thursday or Friday, he’ll arrive on foot in Whatcom County as part of Walk4WildlifeCrossings, an ambitious undertaking that will see him ambulate across vast portions of the United States to raise awareness about the need to support federal and state funding for roadway wildlife crossings.

In addition to drawing attention to the…

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Rhythmic Unrest

A new kind of protest

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

One afternoon not too long ago, I opened my front door to find a couple of fliers on the porch. They were from StandSpeakListen, a collective I later found out was comprised of local artists, students, business people and activists who support anti-racist ideologies and community growth through demonstration, art and intentional connection. One of the fliers urged readers to support Black and Indigenous leaders in the community, and to also seek to understand the history of racial…

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The Scoop

An ice cream insider

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

“Presidential Proclamation” isn’t a phrase normally associated with a popular dessert, but I’m here to tell you National Ice Cream Month is a real thing, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984.

While the public directive doesn’t legally require every American to consume their weight in the frozen treat each annum, it does draw attention to the summertime staple by declaring each July National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of that same time period as…

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Dinner Theater

Culture Cafe’s Phase Tunes

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

I always considered dinner theater to be a thing my parents would do. You know, going to a slightly shabby restaurant/theater space for some kind of overpriced-yet-bland dinner of prime rib, mashed potatoes and green beans while a bunch of world-weary thespians perform Death of a Salesman or seen-it-all singers belt out torch songs for a slightly distracted audience.

I don’t know where I got my likely erroneous notions about dinner theater from—likely from repeat viewings of White…

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All the President’s Movies

Politics on the big screen

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Because I love Jon Stewart like I love few other people who exist in the overlapping spheres of politics and media, I was eager to watch the movie he wrote, directed and produced, Irresistible, released June 26 on various streaming services. I paid the $19.99 premium that new movies net these days and settled in to be entertained by a top-notch cast that includes Steve Carell and Rose Byrne as dueling political consultants from either side of the aisle, and Chris Cooper as a small-town…

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Unhealthy wages

Washington’s food banks are in desperate need of funds, as more-and-more families turn to them in hunger. With the state’s unemployment exceeding 15 percent in late May—more than three times the unemployment level at the same point last year—thoughts of Washingtonians overwhelming…

Robert Reich
Exceptional in All the Wrong Ways

As our incompetent president flounders in the face of crises—leading the worst coronavirus response in the industrialized world, and seeking to crush nationwide protests for black lives—the hard truth about this country comes into focus: America is not exceptional, but it is the…

James Erb for judge

I find three compelling reasons to vote for James Erb in his race for Whatcom County Superior Court Judge: his breadth of experience; his widespread community support; and his commitment to…

Empower your values

Are you tired of state representatives who reject environmental protections, deny the reality of climate change, and would take away a woman’s right to choose?
In the upcoming election, we…

Protect the integrity of elections

You may never have heard of Gael Tarleton, but she’s one of the best candidates on the ballot you’ll be receiving soon. Currently a state Representative who served as House Majority Floor…