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All Sound, No Fury

A week at the Wild Buffalo

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I am not ashamed to say I spent the entirety of last weekend inside my house, mostly in my pajamas. With the exception of one brief sojourn to find sustenance, I hunkered down in my hermitage, perfectly content.

But it’s time to break out and should I need an excuse to do so beyond impending cabin fever, the coming days at the Wild Buffalo are full of reasons good enough to get me out of my pajamas, into a proper pair of pants and out in the world again.

The first time I saw…

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Roadside Attractions

Treasure hunting in Skagit

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

As per the Lady of the House’s request, we’d spent the entire morning blazing trails through the streets of Bellingham methodically patronizing every garage sale in sight. Although the material effectiveness of this operation couldn’t be disputed, her hesitance to push the treasure-hunting process further afield threatened to unnecessarily curtail a good adventure. 

Henceforth and entirely of her own volition, she momentarily deferred navigational prerogative to me, her intrepid…

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Hope Never Dies

A bromance for the ages

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Joe Biden in retirement is not a pretty picture: grouting bathroom tile, napping and watching Barack’s globetrotting adventures with the likes of Bradley Cooper and Justin Trudeau on cable television. Barack has yet to call him and he feels the sting as would a jilted lover. “No late-night texting. Not even a friendly poke on Facebook,” he laments.

In Andrew Shaffer’s Hope Never Dies, Joe learns of the mysterious death of his favorite Amtrak conductor, Finn Donnelly, hit and…

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On Stage

Blues Bros

Catching up with Elwood and Jake

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Elwood Blues isn’t a real person, but he might as well be.

When Dan Aykroyd first channeled the character in 1978 during a memorable sketch on Saturday Night Live, he probably didn’t think he’d still be bringing the harmonica player and vocalist to life 40 years later, or that fellow actor and erstwhile musician John Belushi—who played his sibling and lead Blues Brothers singer, “Joliet” Jake Blues—could ever be replaced.

Sometimes, however, truth can be just as strange as…

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An edible exploration

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

“Are you as excited for the next SeaFest as I am?” my first mate queried recently.

“For the record, it’s called SeaFeast,” I replied, reminding him that I’d had to make the same correction numerous times during last year’s festivities, when we spent a sunny September afternoon at Squalicum Harbor slurping briny bivalves prepared in front of us by reps from Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, polishing off a plate of traditionally fire-pit grilled coho salmon perfectly executed by Lummi…

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From weapons to art

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tracy Powell’s “The Peacemaker” is not a typical work of art.

For example, the gun the simplistic figure beseechingly holds in his sturdy stone hands—bending it and making it inoperable—wasn’t originally created by the popular Pacific Northwest sculptor. Instead, it was the first firearm donated to the Anacortes Regeneration Project, which aims to turn decommissioned guns and other weapons into pieces of art as a way to jumpstart conversations about gun control.

“One of the…

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Best of Skagit
Best Tulip Farm


It’s tulip time, and the fields are alive with the light and color of spring. The word’s out, and this spectacular time in the Skagit Valley is no longer a secret.

But Skagit still holds a lot of secrets—mist-shrouded valleys, swollen and mighty rivers, and frosty high country thick with dark pines and devil’s club. And there are the hidey holes—the hamlets sprinkled along old forgotten highways, the winding sloughs and channels of the fertile delta, and the coast beyond—dotted with islands pungent from salt and rain. There are the bars and diners and coffeehouses, the playgrounds and trails. And there are the people who fill them, hearty and happy. And though our readers revealed some of these secrets, Skagit remains a treasure undiscovered.

Entries by Tim Johnson, Amy Kepferle, Carey Ross, Stephanie Young, and Trail Rat
Photos by Jessamyn Tuttle and Andy Porter

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The Gristle
Too Little, Too Late

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Even as careful plans were being laid to treat and rehabilitate J50, the ailing young breeding orca, biologists and trackers with the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island were reporting she had already died of disease and starvation. We watched from a distance…

Robert Reich
Meltdown Lessons Unlearned

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers.

America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn’t, to our…

2018 Cascadia Kids
Change needed in prosecutors office

A recent magazine article about prosecutors was headlined “The Most Powerful Elected Officials You’ve Never Heard Of.” On Nov. 6, Whatcom County will elect its first new prosecutor in…

Honor, courage, values

Honor, courage and commitment are three traditional values the United States Navy instills in the heart of every recruit. They are the key elements of leadership I developed as a Naval…

Logging prevents forest fires

Our forests are burning out of control. Why do they burn when for many decades we had the fires under control? Maybe we should look at the causes.
Many liberals believed it would be a great…

Blue Brothers
Today's Events
Eat Local Month


Sustainable Connections’ helms the annual Eat Local Month taking place throughout September in Whatcom County. Events include specials at approximately 20 restaurants, a Farm Fund Hootenanny…

Boating Center Open


The Community Boating Center will be open from 10am until sunset daily through the summer at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals include kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boards.

Bard on the Beach


Macbeth, As You Like It, Timon of Athens, and Lysistrata show in repertory through Sept. 28 at Vancouver, BC’s “Bard on the Beach” Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park. Tickets start at $24…

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market


Produce, crafts and more can be procured at the Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market from 3-7pm Wednesdays through Oct. 17 at Hammer Heritage Square, 118 Ferry St.

Young Artists Club


Students in grades 6-12 can join a Young Artists Club on Wednesdays starting today from 3-4pm at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. Meet new friends, work on your art style and be yourself.…

Group Run


All levels of experience are welcome at a weekly Group Run beginning at 6pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Running Company, 702 First St. The 3- to 6-mile run is great for beginners or for…

Kombucha Class


Julie Kamin-Martin, founder of Oly-Cultures, will lead a “Make Your Own Kombucha” class from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. She’ll go over the specifics of the…

Creekside Open Mic


Sign up to read your poetry and prose or play music—or simply listen in—at a Creekside Open Mic starting at 6:30pm at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Gate 2.…

Arete Quartet with Will Bernard


New York City-based jazz and funk guitarist Will Bernard will join the genre-bending Arete Quartet for a Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center concert at 7pm at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205…

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