Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


Tomato Tabbouleh

Farmer meets blender

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The world has its share of tabbouleh recipes. The bulgur and parsley salad from the Lebanese hill country has made the rounds, finding homes in many cultures, with countless regional variations. And I can improve all of them, as if by magic wand, thanks to a trick I learned from a farmer friend. Thousands of years of culinary evolution is no match for a farmer with a blender, and the creativity to put it to use.

The tabbouleh innovation comes from the heart of tomato season, when the…

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The Buff is Back

Music for the masses

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

If there was ever a doubt that the Wild Buffalo House of Music was back in action, a recent announcement proclaiming the downtown Bellingham venue’s perennially popular Lip Sync Battle would resume on Mon., Aug. 9 and continue every Monday through October erased lingering questions.

Hosted by Wild Buffalo co-owner Craig Jewell and the Magnificent Mariah, the longtime lip-syncing event puts locals in the spotlight when they sign up to perform three songs—two they picked beforehand, and…

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Anacortes Arts Festival

Return to Commercial Avenue

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Last weekend, in advance of the 60th annual Anacortes Arts Festival taking place Aug. 6-8, a number of volunteers helped load in panels and paint the Port Transit Shed Event Center walls white for the “Arts at the Port” exhibit. The smiles on their faces indicated they were happy to be back on the scene after last year’s in-person event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“Who would have thought something so basic, like decorating an empty transit shed, would feel so good?” volunteer…

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On Stage

Westlot Readers Theater

When the stage is a parking lot

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

On a recent Saturday afternoon, the parking lot at the Bellingham Theatre Guild was buzzing with action. Wannabee thespians had gathered to audition for the inaugural Westlot Readers Theater Series, and even though they were doing so on hot tarmac, they were thrilled to be there. To find out more about the series, we caught up with director Sean Walbeck, who will debut the parking lot plays Sat., July 31 with Qui Nguyen’s oft-produced dramatic comedy, She Kills Monsters.


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The Gristle
‘Free Dirt’

‘FREE DIRT’: The Washington State Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on a $31.3 million stream restoration project to improve salmon passage along 2.7 miles of Padden Creek between Padden Lake and Bellingham Bay. The City of Bellingham, meanwhile, has…

On Police Reform

Washington recently enacted a myriad of new “police reform” laws. While law enforcement leadership in Whatcom County supports efforts to enhance training, professionalism, and accountability, as well as to provide treatment alternatives to arrest, the new laws will significantly affect…

Rumor Has It
Happy Days Are Here Again

Things are happening, folks. All kinds of things, all over the place.

It does the heart good.

Before I get into the happenings at hand, I wish to be clear about where I’m at with events re: COVID. I feel very strongly that venues and event planners are free to get down to business as…

Oppose farm workforce bill

A dangerous bill disguised as a path to citizenship for farmworkers may soon be voted on by Congress.
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 would expand the exploitative H-2A…

A nation in decline

The New York Times recently reported on lower life expectancy in the United States.
“It’s hard to imagine a more alarming sign of a society’s well-being than an inability to keep its…

Dumbing down

Bellingham City Council has suspended public comments at meetings. The reason: Lengthy comments about COVID-19 conspiracies led to YouTube suspending a video of a meeting.
While concern about…

Today's Events
Piano Nights with Paul Klein and Aaron Guest


Pianist Paul Klein plays from 6pm-8pm every Tuesday in the Tap Room at Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave. From 6pm-8pm Wednesdays, Aaron Guest takes a turn at the piano.

Party in the Park


Bellingham Public Library staff from the Children’s Department will be on hand for a “Party in a Park” gathering from 11am-1pm at Squalicum Creek Park, 1001 Squalicum Way. Kids of all ages…

Whatcom Art Market featuring Karen Silvernale


Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm daily at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St. Through Aug. 1, Karen Silvernale’s acrylic mixed-media work will be…

Mars Talk with Bellingham City Club


“Are We Alone in the Universe?” will be the topic of an virtual Bellingham City Club presentation at 12:10pm on Zoom. A scientist from Dr. Melissa Rice’s Western Mars Lab will shed some…

Rainbow Reads


Students in grades 6-12 can join Whatcom County Library System for a virtual “Rainbow Reads” discussion from 3pm-4pm on Zoom. Do you love reading and stories with LGBTQIA+ characters? No…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


Attend the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3pm-7pm every Wednesday through Oct. 13 at the city’s Hammer Heritage Square located at Ferry and Metcalf streets.

Wednesday Market at Waypoint


Bellingham Farmers Market’s Wednesday Market takes place from 4pm-7pm weekly through Sept. 29 on the waterfront near the pump track at Waypoint Park, 300 W. Laurel St. Approximately 40…

Jam on the River


Join the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce for the third “Jam on the River” concert of the summer from 5pm-7pm at the city’s Centennial Riverwalk Park. Mark Nichols will be sharing some classic…

Jeffrey Slough and Michael Handron


Acoustic Americana will be on the musical menu when Jeffrey Slough and Michael Handron perform from 6pm-8:15pm at All That Jazz Boutique Gallery, 015 Railroad Ave., STE 105.

Bellinghistory Tours with the Good Time Girls


The Good Time Girls will lead free “Bellinghistory” tours at 6pm Wednesday in Fairhaven, and 6pm Thursday in downtown Bellingham. The Wednesday tour will highlight the Fairhaven district’s…

Brewers Cruise


San Juan Cruises continues its popular Bellingham Bay Brewers Cruise from 6:30pm-8pm every Wednesday through Sept. 22 leaving from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Ave. Tickets are…