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‘A Win for Whales’

Court pauses Cherry Point refinery expansion

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Hailed as a victory for orcas, Whatcom County Superior Court revised a project application from the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery to install a 300,000-barrel crude oil storage tank and an 80,000-barrel floating storage tank for fuel oil in a tank farm within the refinery at Cherry Point.

The decision could require the Phillip’s 66 refinery to provide additional details about the purpose and specifics of the proposed storage facility.

In early 2019, the Phillips 66 Refinery applied…

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Visual

Jesus Guillén

An artistic legacy in La Conner

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jesus Guillén was born in 1926 in Texas. As a child, his father moved the family to Mexico for several years, where the festivals, culture and art of the Tarascan people made a lasting impression upon him—as evidenced by his painting of a flamboyant warrior, “Guerrero Aguila,” currently showing as part of “The Work of Jesus Guillén: An Artistic Legacy of Love and Courage” at the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner.

The oil painting is Guillén’s most extravagant work in the…

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Film

Oscars 2021

The show will go on

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Anyone who’s ever attended an Academy Awards screening at the Pickford Film Center knows Bellingham audiences don’t mess around when it comes to celebrating cinema.

Pre-pandemic, patrons filled the seats of the independent movie theater on Bay Street even on nights when dressy attire wasn’t encouraged, content with perfectly popped popcorn, a beverage close at hand and a quality flick. But when the annual awards ceremony recognizing cinematic achievements rolled around and they had…

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Words

Academy Adjacent

Red carpet read-alikes

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The results of a Google keyword search for “watch Academy Award movies” are full of invitations to stream and watch online using various paid-subscription platforms. In past years, the Oscars—a celebration of stories that are considered exceptional, at least by the 8,469 eligible Oscar voters—were accessible to anyone who could afford the price of a movie ticket. Experiencing the Oscar-nominated films this year requires paid subscriptions to several streaming platforms, as well as…

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Music

The Lowest Pair

A new era of music at the MBT

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

When the Lowest Pair performs at the Mount Baker Theatre on Thurs., April 29, it probably won’t resemble the Violent Femmes concert I attended at the historic venue years and years ago—but I’m OK with that.

At the latter show, audience members packed the 1,500-seat theater to the rafters, sang along loudly to the group’s well-known anthems of dissent, and crowded into the aisles to dance even as well-meaning ushers attempted to get them back into their seats. The event was rowdy and…

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Food

Earthy Eats

Waste not, want not

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Americans are a wasteful bunch. Even rabid recyclers come up short in certain areas. Some ignore their leftover Trader Joe’s pork dumplings hanging out in the back of the fridge until they’re too far gone to save—thus adding to the 42 million tons of food that gets thrown away in the United States each year—and others occasionally order takeout that comes in styrofoam containers despite being fully aware that the non-biodegradable pollutant takes as many as 500 years to decompose.…

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The Gristle
Third Time’s A Charm

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: Washington made history last week after the state Senate in Olympia narrowly passed a Clean Fuel Standard. This marks the first time the Senate has voted on the policy, after a majority of the state House of Representatives passed an earlier version of the…

Alan Rhodes
Celebrating Spring

I probably spent too many years teaching English and as a result my brain is stuffed with poetry—lines, stanzas, entire poems. At times these swim up to the conscious level and bounce around like higher quality earworms. But it certainly seems preferable to have a Shakespearian sonnet on…

Rumor Has It
Party in the Park

All in all, when it comes to the pandemic, I have little about which to complain. I remained healthy, am now vaccinated (go get poked, people!) and am still able to write about such things and have you read them. In a year marked by so much loss, simply treading water feels like…

Letters
Help children thrive

A heartfelt thank you to Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan Delbene for voting to pass the important supplemental package with $10.8 billion…

Wireless debate is important

I realize there are people in our community who are concerned by technological change and don’t necessarily understand the reasons why some technological changes are beneficial and others…

5G debate is important

In response to the letter “5G Malarkey,” I would propose that the author re-read my original letter on 5G more carefully, and read the massive number of peer-reviewed studies available on…

Today's Events
Art in a Pickle Barn

10:00am

As part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Skagit Art Association presents its annual “Art in a Pickle Barn” exhibit and sale April 1-30 from 10am-5pm Wednesdays through Fridays, and…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am

After taking a year off because of the pandemic, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival will return to local fields, art galleries, restaurants and more through April—with COVID-19 modifications in…

Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition

10:00am

Amateur and pro photographers of all ages are invited to submit photos that capture the heart of living, working or playing in Bellingham as part of the 16th annual “Essence of Bellingham”…

Skagit Valley Tulip Fest Photo Contest

10:00am

Putting the world in focus is the goal of the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Photo Contest taking place through April. Thousands of petal-powered images are captured by attendees each…

Art in the Schoolhouse

10:00am

View works by Camano/Stanwood Arts Guild members at the annual “Art in the Schoolhouse” exhibit and sale from 10am-4pm daily through May 2 in Mount Vernon at the Meadow Schoolhouse at…

Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Roadshow

11:00am

Visit 13 breweries throughout Skagit County as part of the Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Roadshow taking place throughout the month of April. Tickets are $55 and will include a FEST guide, a…

An Artist's Universe at Hotel Bellwether

9:00am

Starting April 9, view painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and…

PNW Artisan Marketplace

10:00am

As part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, find fiber arts, local photography, watercolors, pottery, jewelry, glass and yard art, raw local honey, gourmet foods and more at a PNW Artisan…

Minor Differences

10:00am

The Pickford Cinema and Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival present free virtual showings of Minor Differences through April. The documentary by Orcas Island filmmaker Heather Oaksen…

Deception Pass Cracked Crab Cruise

11:00am

San Juan Cruises will host Deception Pass Cracked Crab Cruises from 11am-1:30pm daily from April 10-25 leaving from La Conner’s Channel Lodge, 205 N. First St. The cruises feature…

Art-iversary Exhibit

10:00am

From 10am-5:30pm Mondays through Saturdays through April 30, celebrate 20 years of ownership for Sheri Wright of Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St. A wide variety of works are for sale as…

Sip & Savor Skagit

10:00am

In lieu of its annual Spring Wine Festival, Anacortes Chamber of Commerce will offer “Sip & Savor Skagit.” The “gift box event” is unique to Skagit County, and will feature curated boxes with…

Art-iversary Exhibit

10:00am

From 10am-5:30pm Mondays through Saturdays through April 30, celebrate 20 years of ownership for Sheri Wright of Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St. A wide variety of works are for sale as…

Recycled Art & Resource Expo

11:00am

A “Recycled Art & Resource Expo” can be visited from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through April 30 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. In addition to providing a platform for…

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Laugh Your Tail Off

10:00am

From April 11-17, the NOAH Center—the Stanwood-based animal adoption and spay and neuter center dedicated to stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable and treatable homeless cats and…

Art-iversary Exhibit

10:00am

From 10am-5:30pm Mondays through Saturdays through April 30, celebrate 20 years of ownership for Sheri Wright of Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St. A wide variety of works are for sale as…

An Artist's Universe

10:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

Recycled Art & Resource Expo

11:00am

A “Recycled Art & Resource Expo” can be visited from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through April 30 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. In addition to providing a platform for…

Briggs Shore at Good Earth

11:00am

Vases, planters and drinking vessels by Briggs Shore will be on display and for sale from 11am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays) and 12pm-5pm Sundays through April 30 at Good…

Scatter Sunshine

11:00am

From 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, visit La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display are “Scatter Sunshine: La Conner in Bloom…

Spring Into Art

11:00am

View works by Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild members from 11am-5pm Wed.-Sat. in Stanwood at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. A “Spring Into Art” regional juried art show can be seen through…

A Courtship of Place

11:00am

“Beloved: A Courtship of Place,” a solo exhibit by Skagit painter Maggie Wilder, can be seen from from 11am-6pm daily through April 30 (closed Tuesdays) in Mount Vernon at Perry and Carlson…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Tulip Poster Artists, Past and Present

11:00am

The fifth annual “Tulip Poster Artists, Past and Present” exhibit can be seen from 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday through May 2 in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave.…

Legacy of Hope Gala and Auction

12:00pm

Animals as Natural Therapy will host its annual “Legacy of Hope Gala and Auction” fundraiser at a virtual event taking place at 7pm Sat., April 17. Expect stories from the barnyard, surprise…

Teen Events with WCLS

3:00pm

Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including “Teen Reads” from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, “Whatcom Teen Writers” from…

An Artist's Universe

10:00am

View painter and mixed-media master David Syre’s latest installation, “An Artist’s Universe,” hanging throughout the corridors, lobby and dining room of Hotel Bellwether and the Lighthouse…

Art-iversary Exhibit

10:00am

From 10am-5:30pm Mondays through Saturdays through April 30, celebrate 20 years of ownership for Sheri Wright of Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St. A wide variety of works are for sale as…

Briggs Shore at Good Earth

11:00am

Vases, planters and drinking vessels by Briggs Shore will be on display and for sale from 11am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays) and 12pm-5pm Sundays through April 30 at Good…

Origins and Evolutions Exhibit

11:00am

“Origins and Evolutions: Five Generations” can be seen from 11am-4pm Tues.-Thurs., and by appointment, at least through May 22 at Gallery Syre, 465 Stuart Rd. The show gathers together…

Spring Into Art

11:00am

View works by Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild members from 11am-5pm Wed.-Sat. in Stanwood at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW. A “Spring Into Art” regional juried art show can be seen through…

Recycled Art & Resource Expo

11:00am

A “Recycled Art & Resource Expo” can be visited from 11am-4pm Tuesdays through Saturdays through April 30 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. In addition to providing a platform for…

Tulip Poster Artists, Past and Present

11:00am

The fifth annual “Tulip Poster Artists, Past and Present” exhibit can be seen from 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday through May 2 in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave.…

Scatter Sunshine

11:00am

From 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, visit La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display are “Scatter Sunshine: La Conner in Bloom…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

A Road Well Traveled

12:00pm

“Max Benjamin: A Road Well Traveled” can be seen from 12pm-4pm Thursdays through Sundays at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. The solo exhibit featuring the work of the…

Seeds of Culture at Whatcom Museum

12:00pm

View “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Voices of Native American Women,” “Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest,” “Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Indigenous,”…

Spring Juried Exhibit and More

12:00pm

A “Spring Juried Exhibit,” “Winter Textile Explorations,” Lisa McShane’s “A Decade of Landscapes,” and Ron Pattern’s “The Seasonal Forest” can be viewed from 12pm-4:30pm Thursdays through…

Great Skagit Scavenger Hunt

12:00pm

Individuals and teams can participate in COVID-safe activities and challenges during the Great Skagit Scavenger Hunt taking place April 16-18. Participants will have the opportunity to earn…

Food Bank Distribution

1:00pm

Bellingham Food Bank distributes pre-packed food boxes from 1pm-4pm Thursdays at 1175 Jersey St. People can join a car queue and, when it’s their turn, volunteers will offer food boxes…

What We're Reading Book Club

4:00pm

From 4pm-5pm, Deming Library staff member Erin Suda will host a virtual What We’re Reading Book Club meeting on Zoom. The club is for folks who love to share books they’ve enjoyed and hear…

Finding Humanity During the Global Poaching Crisis

7:00pm

At 7pm, author and wildlife photographer Rick Wood will join Whatcom County Library System to discuss global poaching and wildlife trafficking and how it affects us all during a “Finding…

Quarantrivia with Aireekah

7:30pm

Sign up a socially distant team to take part in virtual Quarantrivia with Aireekah from 7:30pm-9:30pm Thursdays. Teams can be one to six players, and whoever signs up will be the team…