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  • Battle Ground weaver Connie Ford collaborates with local artists to expand her artistic horizons

    Cheasanee Hetherington, The Reflector|Updated Feb 12, 2024

    Using locally sourced materials, multimedia artist Connie Ford combines traditional and unusual fibers to weave unique artworks in her Battle Ground studio. Ford seeks to stretch the boundaries of fiber weaving by collaborating with other local artists and combining their artistic mediums. Ford was inspired to pursue basket weaving while viewing a Native American art exhibit showcased at Elma Elementary, where she was the principal. The beautiful woven baskets on display...

  • What's for dinner takes on new meaning for roadkill harvesters

    Elliott Almond, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Feb 12, 2024

    Most of us have seen poor little critters on the road smashed, bashed or otherwise mutilated. Roadkill, it seems, is a gruesome byproduct of the automobile age. So, it was heartening to meet Bellingham newbie Kai Wians, aka "Kai.ote Jack." We recently spent a morning at Lettered Streets Coffeehouse talking about roadkill harvesting and honoring animals who have perished on the highways through no fault of their own. Wians, 26, is mastering the art of roadkill harvesting for food and providing community service. Wians is one...

  • Washington State Ferries gets $4.8M for six aging vessels

    Beacon Staff, Mukilteo Beacon|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $4.8 million to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to refurbish aging passenger spaces on six Issaquah-class ferries. The grant will pay for upgrades on all six of WSF’s Issaquah Class Vessels, originally constructed between 1979 and 1982 and currently serving travelers in Mukilteo, Fauntleroy, Vashon, Southworth, Clinton, Anacortes, and the San Juan Islands. Funds came from the FTA’s 2023 Ferry Programs Grants, which was reauthorized in the Bip...

  • Whatcom industrial site owners fined nearly $1M for dangerous waste violations

    Isaac Stone Simonelli, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    The Washington Department of Ecology issued a $900,000 fine to Treoil Industrial site's owners in Whatcom County on Tuesday, Dec. 5, for non-compliance with the state's dangerous waste laws. The action comes after years of environmental negligence at the 34-acre site, historically used for refining biodiesel and processing tall oil - liquid rosin from pine trees. The site, owned by Jagroop Gill and Campbell Land Corporation, has been a matter of environmental concern for decad...

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