Hana Kim at Q-13 Fox News covered gay teen Jace Taylor’s termination from his camp counselor position by the Firs, a christian organization that runs a variety of camps and retreats. This article includes the full statement from Firs Executive Director Tom Beaumont.
Bellingham teen let go as camp counselor by Christian organization because he is gay (Q13-Fox)
by June Hathaway
I’m going to miss the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The walk along the bay from downtown to Fairhaven is lovely in the summer. I enjoyed wandering among the market stalls, people watching, and stretching out on the grass to catch some rays while half-listening to the buskers.
I must admit, however, that I never bought so much as single radish.
It seems I wasn’t alone in this. Citing declining sales, the Wednesday Farmers Market has pulled up stakes and moved to Barkley Village. The new Barkley Market kicks off this afternoon from 2pm-6pm with a grand opening featuring music from Lefty and the Right Hand Band. The market will continue every Wednesday through September.
Aslan Depot on North State Street is kicking off its Monday Movies series tonight with Richard Linklater’s 1993 stoner comedy Dazed and Confused.
Monday Movies will be screened in the beer garden at sunset.
June 10: Dazed and Confused
July 8: Jurassic Park
August 12: Wayne’s World
September 9: Beetlejuice
Aslan Depot is located at 1322 N. State St.
Starting June 17, Whatcom Transit Authority’s number 3 bus will stop right outside the baggage claim area at Bellingham International Airport.
Currently, WTA Route 3 gets as close to the airport as Bakerview Road and Airport Way. Passengers could then call a shuttle to take them the remaining half mile. The new service will take passengers right to the terminal building.
Route 3 departs the WTA Downtown Station hourly from 6:40am to 6:40pm Monday through Friday, and from 7:40am to 5:40pm on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.
Citing public interest in food trucks and “more creative uses of underutilized parking spaces,” the city announced new rules governing food truck, sidewalk vendors and “parklets,” curb-level decks that extend the sidewalk into the street. The parklets can be used as sidewalk cafes where the existing sidewalk in front of a restaurant is narrower than the required eight feet.
Previously, food trucks had to park on private property. Now they will be able to reserve metered street parking spaces. It’s not a free-for-all, though. The new rules limit food truck parking space permits to ten per district, and each permit must be approved by the abutting business or property owner, as well any restaurants within 50 feet.
Sidewalk vendors aren’t limited in number, but will require similar approval from neighboring businesses.
Read the full guide with new rules here.
Here are the bands scheduled to play at Elizabeth Park this summer. Concerts are on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Bring a sweater – the park’s canopy of old-growth trees keep it cool even on warm summer evenings.
June 20: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, “Gypsy jazz and swing.”
June 27: The Kaeli Earle Trio, “Jazzfunk originals, covers and jams.”
July 4: Brian Butler and Bridge, “Rockin’ rock and steamy blues.”
July 11: Sir Reginold Cosgrove and His Nighttime Singers, “Eclectic, throwback, folk rock.”
July 18: The Di Young Combo, “Sultry jazz and pop ensemble.”
July 25: Fossil Rock, “’50s and ’60s hits.”
August 1: Dr. Jimmy and the Swing Time Serenaders, “Big band.”
August 8: Whitewing with The Soul Shaker Horns, “Sassy soul, funk, blues and R&B.”
August 15: Those Guys, “Oldskool and newskool dance covers.”
August 22: Heroes Rock Band, “Youth rock band.”
Western Washington University has some big construction projects in the works, including a new science building, academic support offices, and the replacement of an old dormitory with a larger one.
The Highland Hall dorms are slated for demolition this fall. They were built in 1956, and house 136 students. The new building will house 400, and will include amenities to make them more appealing to students beyond their first year of school, according to WWU Director of University Communications Paul Cocke. It’s expected to be completed in time for the 2021 fall semester.
WWU’s student housing includes 16 dormitories and an apartment complex, accommodating more than 4,000 students. In the fall of 2018, WWU had 16,121 enrolled students, including a record number of incoming freshmen, who are more likely to live on campus. Eight-eight percent of WWU freshmen spend their first year in the dorms.
Crews will be busy in Boulevard Park all summer, removing the wooden pedestrian overpass at the north end of the park and rerouting utility lines that the overpass currently supports. Both the main park entrance off Bayview Drive and the entrance at the end of the South Bay Trail will be closed intermittently while utilities are rerouted underground. Pedestrian access via the Taylor Street Dock will remain open.
“New underground utilities will be installed in Bayview Drive up to State Street, resulting in predictable services to the park for decades to come,” said Leslie Bryson, Bellingham’s Park and Recreation Director. “The City asks for everyone’s patience while contractors move around the site with large equipment.” Completion expected in September.
Boulevard Pedestrian Overpass was built in the 1970s to provide pedestrian access to the park from State Street prior to the opening of the South Bay Trail in 2004. The overpass is in poor condition, and has been closed for safety reasons since 2016.
Student journalist Hailey Hoffman’s article Lights Out at the Leopold provides a poignant look into the last few months of the iconic downtown building’s operation as a retirement home.
Lights Out at the Leopold, Klipsun Magazine, March 2019
Here ya go – bars that will be open Christmas Day/Night, listed in order of opening time. The Wild Buffalo and Cap’s will both have karaoke tonight, with Aireekah Laudert and Zach Zinn as the respective hosts.
Waterfront – 8am
State Street – 4pm (note: the Beaver will be closed)
Rumors – 4pm
Cap’s – 5pm
Galloway’s – 5pm
Grand Ave – 5pm
Jack’s – 6pm
Uisce – 6pm
McKay’s – 6pm
The Orion – 7pm
Wild Buffalo – 9pm