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Quarantine Cinema

Lincoln Theatre’s screen scene

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

It says a lot about the resilience of the Lincoln Theatre that it was only at the beginning of 2021 that the longtime performance venue and movie theater in downtown Mount Vernon needed to furlough half its staff.

In a Jan. 8 COVID-19 update from Roger Gietzen, the Executive Director of the Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation noted that since the theater shut down 10 months ago, they’d been able to keep the staff fully employed with support from donors, financial reserves, a PPP…

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Front Lines

Recapturing the revolutionary spirit

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

As a freshman member of Congress, Cori Bush was inside the Capitol building on Weds., Jan. 6 when the President of the United States incited a mob attack designed to halt the counting of Electoral College votes solidifying President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. A crowd of rioters forced their way through barricades and past Capitol security before breaking their way into the building, where they roamed through the halls of Congress, the Rotunda, and the Senate chamber waving Confederate…

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Skagit Eagle Festival

A private affair

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

For those contemplating a Skagit Eagle Festival day trip during the month of January, keep in mind that you should limit your interactions with the majestic birds of prey the same way you would if you were following human-related pandemic protocols.

For example, stay away from places where bald eagles are known to congregate en masse, watch them from inside vehicles whenever possible to allow for adequate social distancing, and bring along backup equipment such as telescopes, camera…

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A guidebook for difficult times

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Life is full of times when events may cause us to drop out of the flow for a time. These fallow periods, often unexpected, can contribute to feeling isolated, frozen and cut off from others. Sounds a lot like 2020, doesn’t it?

Katherine May (pictured) writes about these times, and the inherent power in them, in her incredibly timely recent book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times. Published in early November in the United States, Wintering is both a guidebook…

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Amy Goodman
Trump’s insurrection

Congress convened Wednesday to perform the largely ceremonial counting of Electoral College votes and to declare Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump countered with a rally that he had been planning for weeks. “Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will…

Improve election outcomes

The election season last year showed clearly that our election system—in stark contrast with many states—is exemplary: easy registration; open (not party) primaries favoring moderate,…

The lasting effects of COVID

The story recently published in local media about the 10-year-old Bellingham boy who suffered life-threatening illness from SARS-CoV-2 should be a wake-up call that all ages are at risk of…

A call to arms

The Kitsap County Health Department officer gives new meaning to “a call to arms” in a reecnt guest column entitled “Vaccines Present a Community Challenge.“
Few people realize that…

Today's Events
Sip for a Cause


Quaff beer for a cause through Wednesday night at Kulshan’s K2 Brewery, 1538 Kentucky St. One dollar from every pint or six-pack sold will go to the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center. The…