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February 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Snow, snow, snow in Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C.

Planning to drive north?  Be ready for snow and more snow.  A winter storm has blanketed Northwest Washington and the Vancouver, B.C., area with snow, making the drive along Interstate 5 and other roads tricky.  Bellingham could get another 3 to 5 inches Monday, and  Vancouver, B.C., could get another 7 inches. Get travel updates, and see…

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November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Bellingham’s ‘Vanishing Ice’ exhibit blends climate politics, art

"Adelies, 2008" by Alexis Rockman, an artwork of oil on wood, is part of the "Vanishing Ice" exhibit in Bellingham. (Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold)

“Adelies, 2008″ by Alexis Rockman, an artwork of oil on wood, is part of the “Vanishing Ice” exhibit in Bellingham. (Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold)

Get in the latest conversation about global warming, through art, with a trip to Bellingham to see the Whatcom Museum’s groundbreaking new exhibit, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012.”

Promoters describe the exhibit, which opened Sunday, thusly:

“Showcasing the beauty and attraction of Earth’s frozen frontiers through 90 works of art from 12 countries, ‘Vanishing Ice’ frames a unique body of art within the context of climate change. This cultural perspective reveals the importance of alpine and polar landscapes in shaping Western consciousness about nature, and helps inform the environmental challenges faced today.”

Featured works range from Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen’s image of

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October 14, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Spark Museum’s Halloween event will make your hair stand on end

John Jenkins, president of Bellingham's Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, sits inside the "Lightning Cage" while a 9-foot-tall Tesla coil, the "MegaZapper", generating 4-million volts, showers him with lightning sparks. (photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times, 2012)

John Jenkins, president of Bellingham’s Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, sits inside the “Lightning Cage” while a 9-foot-tall Tesla coil, the MegaZapper, generating 4 million volts, showers him with sparks. (photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times, 2012)

Want a Halloween-season outing that will make your hair stand on end? Maybe permanently? Head for Bellingham later this month.

“Nightmare at the Spark Museum” is billed as a series of Frankenstein-inspired electrical shows, Oct. 25-31, featuring jaw-dropping devices such as the MegaZapper, one of the largest Tesla coils in the nation.

It would be hard to top the words straight from the museum’s press release:

See the incredible Cage of Death! Hear Elvis, the singing Tesla Coil! Feel the power of Franklin, the museum’s schizoid robot! Witness 4 million volts of mind-blowing excitement from

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