What’s happening in Whatcom County for Sept. 8

Pianist Susan Tang performs Sept. 9 and 10 in the Bellingham Music Club’s centennial season.
Pianist Susan Tang performs Sept. 9 and 10 in the Bellingham Music Club’s centennial season. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Sehome sensation: Bellingham Music Club begins its 2015-2016 Centennial Season with pianist Susan Tang, who will perform at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., and in the club’s “Night Beat” series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Tang won student awards in 1997 and 1998 from the club while attending Sehome High School, and went on to study at the Eastman and Manhattan schools of music.

Plunging at the pump: Gas prices continue to drop in Whatcom County. The average price for a gallon of gas was $2.79 on Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to AAA Washington’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That’s down 32 cents a gallon in the past month and down $1.17 compared to a year ago. The average price for a gallon of diesel on Tuesday was $2.65, down $1.51 from a year ago.

Close encounter of the San Juan kind: Kayakers got an up-close look at a pod of orca whales near San Juan Island recently. See for yourself in their (reasonably) shaky video of the exciting moment:

Forest leader: Jamie Kingsbury has been selected the new forest supervisor for Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Kingsbury, who is now the deputy forest supervisor for Coronado National Forest in Tucson, Ariz., will arrive for her new job in mid-October. She replaces Jennifer Eberlien, who was promoted to a deputy regional forester position in the Pacific Southwest Region 5 in California.

Jail negotiations continue: Bellingham City Council will work on changing a plan to pay for and use the new Whatcom County Jail during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the Mayor’s Boardroom on the second floor of City Hall, 210 Lottie St.

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Stephen Colbert makes his debut on CBS’ “The Late Show” on Tuesday night, Sept. 8. CBS Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Late night switch: Stephen Colbert takes over the “Late Show” starting Tuesday night, Sept. 8, stepping into the late-night fray for viewers, according to a Fortune article.

No more white? Should you wear white after Labor Day? Digg assembles some thoughts on the tradition.