Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


‘Stay Home’

Governor issues new orders to halt COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Governor Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians on Monday and announced he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.

“The less time we spend in public, the more lives we will save,” Inslee said. 

Inslee ordered nonessential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavrirus,…

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Ski to Sea

Annual relay race cancelled

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

For the first time in 47 years the Baker-to-bay run won’t usher in summer.
Event organizers have cancelled thus year’s annual Ski to Sea relay race on Memorial Day.

“It is with great disappointment that we must announce that the 2020 Ski to Sea race is canceled due to the circumstances associated with the coronavirus,” Anna Rankin, Whatcom Events executive director, said. “The decision to interrupt this tradition of 46 years was difficult and painful. However, cancellation…

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The Chair

Life lessons at Kayostia Beach

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I was backpacking on the Olympic Coast last week (social distancing indeed) with two companions. The weather was stormy—howling wind and sideways rain—when we arrived at Kayostia Beach, near the Norwegian Memorial, 10 miles from the closest National Park trailhead.

We had the beach to ourselves.

We set about establishing a camp in the contorted trees, strung a tarp and coaxed a smoky fire to life beneath it. The evening was somewhat challenging, as we hunkered down on wet beach…

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Dash and Dine

Beat it, then eat it

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The night before an emergency declaration signed by Governor Jay Inslee went into effect temporarily shutting down bars and restaurants in Washington state and capping public gatherings at 50 people or less, my boyfriend and I made one last happy-hour stop at the Jalapenos restaurant on Holly Street in downtown Bellingham.

In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the wisest decision, but in an effort to keep the coronavirus at bay, we made sure to socially distance ourselves from other…

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On Stage

Crowd Control

An audience alert

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

What a difference a day makes.

When Cascadia Weekly prepared to go to press on Tues., March 10 it was business as (almost) usual. An array of entertainment options had been collected, catalogued and set in print, and although concerns about COVID-19 had caused a few events to be canceled, the fact that no cases of the coronavirus had yet been discovered in Whatcom or Skagit counties meant the gigs of most theater and dance companies, bands and assorted performers were still intact.…

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Life in the Future

Welcome your new overlords

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We live in the future now. Sure, maybe you thought it was 2020 not long ago, a time when people met for after-work drinks and wandered the streets in packs and had, you know, weddings and funerals in person with other people who were also in person, but that was then and this is now.

Back in 2020, we went to watch live music in actual music venues. We congregated with our friends, we drank, we danced, we sang along—it was a whole thing. An entire music scene was built around this…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood


The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle

SIDESHOW: Continuing his fatuous and frightening campaign to be Washington’s governor, carnival barker Tim Eyman brought his sideshow to Bellingham this week to mock and tip over legislative adjustments to an emergency service ordinance that has been on the books since 1977. The current…

Alan Rhodes
Staying Silly in Troubled Times

I had considerable hesitation about running a humorous piece on such a serious topic, but finally decided that a bit of levity might be just the thing in these difficult days.

Since this coronavirus thing started I’ve been keeping a journal, a sort of ‘Hamster version of Defoe’s A…

Rumor Has It
Strange Days

As I type this, I have no idea what’s about to take place, but things look real uncertain for the Cascadia Weekly.

Despite an outpouring of community support—that came with donations from some of our longest and staunchest readers—it’s not enough to counterbalance the breathtaking loss…

Rethink hospital exemption

Tax exemption is a gift provided by the community and should be treated as such. PeaceHealth’s community benefit should be defined more explicitly in terms of tangible medical benefits for…

Transcendent thoughts

I have been giving quite a bit of thought and meditating upon why this pandemic has been brought upon us.
I do not feel it is random or punishment, but is a call to awaken and pay attention.…

Total recall

The letter about Kitty Stimpson presented some facts about the Chicago Bridge and Iron project. I thought people not living in the county at the time might be interested in some additional…

Today's Events
Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest


Single-poem submissions will be accepted through March 31 for the annual Sue C. Boynton Contest. The contest is open to county residents regardless of age and poetry experience. Twenty-five…

Skagit Folk Dancers


Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…