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Making Connections

Anatomy of a Collection

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

It had been approximately six months since I last walked through the doors of Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, but when I entered the lobby Sunday afternoon on my way to explore the recently opened exhibit, “Anatomy of a Collection: Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts,” it seemed as if almost no time at all had passed.

Inside, of course, there were a number of differences to be found since my last pre-pandemic walk-through. Staff were masked and seated behind plexiglass, and…

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Fall Fruit

Harvest happenings are here

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We regret to inform you that the Cloud Mountain Farm Center has canceled its annual Fall Fruit Festival—a two-day affair taking place every October in Everson that gives visitors the chance to taste-test more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown at the teaching farm, purchase plants, query staff about small- and large-scale gardening projects, and take home piles of goodies for use in the kitchen.

Luckily, a Fall Fruit Extravaganza has been planned in its place and will…

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The virtual truth

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In a normal year, the Pickford Film Center staff would be putting the finishing touches on preparations for what is the nonprofit arthouse movie theater’s biggest annual undertaking: Doctober.

Those who manage the calendar would have long since made sure that each piece of the vast scheduling puzzle that is Doctober was in place and as it should be—while troubleshooting the various unforeseen issues that always arise. Those involved in film trafficking would be constantly updating…

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Similarity and Partisan Fears

Alicia Rule and Luanne Van Werven

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In a county often characterized by its divisions, the campaigns for Whatcom’s seats in the state House of Representatives show a remarkably unified focus on issues—fighting through pandemic crisis, and then carefully picking through the state’s damaged budget for priorities.

Incumbent Luanne Van Werven and her challenger Alicia Rule share similar backgrounds and mutligenerational histories in Whatcom County. And fundamentally the Republican and Democrat share similar concerns but…

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Tales from the trail

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In Heather “Anish” Anderson’s 2019 memoir, Thirst: 2,600 Miles to Home, the title refers not only to her desire to slake her longing for adventure by traversing the trails of North America, but also to the bodily reaction caused by severe dehydration—a condition that brought the author and adventurer nearly to the brink of death only eight days into a record-breaking thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

When Anish (Anderson’s trail name) set out from the border of Mexico in June of…

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Bellingham Irish Festival

Cayley vs. Cayley

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

After years of pretending to be her own booking agent and writing reviews of her own shows, Northwest-based fiddler, founder of the Bellingham Irish Festival, and highly qualified laptop owner Cayley Miranda Schmid has expanded her self-serving typing skills to include conducting her own interviews.

“It was nerve-wracking at first,” Schmid admitted. “I didn’t know if I had those homerun questions, you know? I wanted this interview to be personal, to get through to the real…

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The Gristle
Defining Family

DEFINING FAMILY: Construction—and, potently, home construction—has been one industry that has recovered aggressively from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown. Both new home sales and new home construction fell sharply in spring during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic; however,…

Census Countdown

Good news: Despite the many challenges of COVID-19—not to mention a late start, the citizenship question, underfunding, understaffing and a shortened timeline—Whatcom County has surpassed the U.S. Census self-response rate that we achieved in 2010. Our state ranks second in the nation…

Rumor Has It
Signs of the Times

It was a rough week for some of Bellingham’s mainstay cultural institutions.

I’m not sure who dropped what bomb first, but on the same day that What’s Up! Magazine announced they’d cease publishing and their last issue pre-pandemic would be their last issue ever, the Pickford Film…

A commitment to justice

Whatcom County soon will elect two Superior Court judges, positions 2 and 4.
In position 2, we have an opportunity to select a superior candidate, one with proven independence, a commitment…

Bridge the digital divide

Whatcom County Public Utility District 1 can be so much more than it is presently. It has the authority to provide power, water and telecommunication utility services to residents under its…

Vote for women’s rights

Make no mistake, the current power play in Washington, D.C., to rush through a conservative Supreme Court justice has nothing to do with the ethics of abortion, and everything to do with…