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Published on Thu, Jan 10, 2008
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Meeting to discuss border security

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) will attend a roundtable discussion with Whatcom County community leaders to discuss security issues on the northern border.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10 at the Whatcom County Courthouse at 311 Grand Avenue in room 514.

Topics of discussion include border enforcement, federal funding of local prosecution efforts and potential impacts of the 2010 Olympic games scheduled for Vancouver.

For more information, call 206/553-5545.

Arts council schedules third in Middle Eastern film series

The Arts Council of White Rock & District has scheduled a viewing of the film Kandahar, the third movie in their “Get Reel” independent film series that highlights the troubles of many people living in the Middle East.

The film follows a young Afghan-Canadian female journalist, Nafas (Nelofer Pazira), as she sneaks through the border of Afghanistan and Iran. Nafas escaped her country with her family at a young age but returns in hopes to find her suicidal sister before the next solar eclipse. Persian with subtitles.

Other films scheduled as part of the series include Offside, a comedic look at the struggle of women to view men’s sporting events in Iran (Persian with subtitles), in February, and Turtles Can Fly, a documentary of the lives of young children in worn-torn regions along the Iraqi-Turkish border (Kurdish with subtitles), in March.
Kandahar is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 23 at the Caprice Theatre at 2381 King George Hwy in White Rock, B.C. Tickets are $11. The council will donate $2 from each ticket sold to UNICEF.

For more information, call 604/536.8333 or visit

Forum discusses immigration reform

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham and Whatcom County has scheduled a roundtable discussion and panel presentation about local, regional, national and international concerns regarding immigration policy and reform.

Speakers for the event include Community to Community executive director Rosalinda Guillen, Whatcom Farm Friends directors Paul Grey and Henry Bierlink, Whatcom immigration attorney Hannah Stone, and Western Washington University anthropology professor James Loucky.

The forum is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 19 at the Whatcom Educational Credit Union meeting room.
For more information, call 756-0730.

Day trips offer outdoor opportunities for all seasons

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation has scheduled a series of wildlife watching excursions this winter:

The first trip “Safe for Salmon” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Janurary 13 will lead participants around the south fork of the Nooksack River and Hutchinson Creek to witness firsthand the recovery of native salmon species near Acme. Naturalist David Bean will lead the expedition. Meet at the Parks & Recreation office at 3373 Mount Baker Highway to carpool. Cost is $2.

The next “Eagle Watching on the Nooksack” trip is planned from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 17 and will travel to river bars along the north fork of the Nooksack River to watch bald eagles feed on spawned out salmon carcasses. A one-mile walk with naturalist David Bean is included.

Meet at Deming Homestead Eagle Park on Truck Road off Mt. Baker Highway, 15 miles east of Bellingham. Cost is $2.

On February 2, experienced birder Paul Woodcock will lead a group around the mudflats and beaches of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor to view migratory birds, which are in their seasonal peak for diversity and numbers. Meet at Semiahmoo Park museum at 9 a.m. Expedition ends at noon. No cost.

For more information about the programs, call 733-2900 or visit

By Tara Nelson