I recently met Mark Miyake when our daughters connected at the Bellingham Girls Rock Camp this past summer and was delighted to hear all the cool things Mark and the audio crew are doing at (WWU's) Fairhaven College, which has included Champion Street Studios the last couple years. As we chatted I was struck by the passion and excitement he has for the students, music, and program at Fairhaven.
Highline Public Schools is filling a need for more bilingual teachers. The district partnered with Western Washington University to train bilingual employees like aides and tutors to become certified teachers.
The weakening of the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar in recent years has had an effect at the land border crossings closest to the Vancouver metro area. Traffic is down, but the percentage of border crossers who said they drove across to pick up mail is rising. This detail comes from a survey of drivers at the U.S.-Canada border crossings in Whatcom County, Washington, commissioned by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University and the Whatcom Council of Governments.
In this survey, people crossing in both directions were asked for the main reason for their trip. In 2007, 2 percent of trips were spurred by wanting to pick up mail. In 2013, it was 7 percent. In this year's survey, 8 percent of all border crossers and 10 percent of Canadians said their primary mission was to pick up mail.
Border Policy Research Institute director Laurie Trautman estimates that adds up to about 686,000 trips across the border annually for mail, which goes a long way toward explaining how so many competing mailbox stores can thrive along the northern border in Whatcom County.
There was never a pop, any searing pain or signs of swelling in U.S. downhill ski racer Breezy Johnson’s right knee. She even took a few more runs after her recent crash while training in Chile.
That’s what made the diagnosis so difficult to process: Torn ACL. Season over.
Johnson had a list of goals this season , too. Among them on the heels of finishing seventh in the downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics last February: Earn her first World Cup win. A top-five finish at the world championships in Are, Sweden. Relish hanging out with Lindsey Vonn as the winningest female World Cup ski racer (82 victories) chases after Ingemar Stenmark’s record (86) in what figures to be Vonn’s final season. Maybe even share a podium with Vonn.
After receiving the news, Johnson spent nearly an hour in the doctor’s office by herself — just thinking. The racer who grew up in Idaho and is attending Western Washington University during the spring quarter when she’s not on the slopes doesn’t have a date for surgery just yet.
Myah Rodriguez’s favorite subject is history, but she’s failing in the all-important subject of North Central High School Sports Trivia.
Last week, the NC senior and volleyball player walked into the main office the morning after a big win over Rogers High School. She was greeted by principal Steve Fisk, who offered a high-five along with a question:
“Do you know the last time NC started the volleyball season 2-0?”
Fiske let the question hang. Rodriguez shrugged, and Fisk let the room know that it had been six long years.
Everyone smiled because everyone loves a winner. That’s fine with Rodriguez, whose specialty is helping others win – on the court as a setter, in volunteer work in the classroom and as leader of a record-setting food drive at North Central.
Rodriguez also has a 3.8 grade-point average and plans to major in history next year at Western Washington University.
One day she hopes to teach history.
Features work by WWU English student Marielle Stockton
Interview with WWU Finance instructor Paul Meeks
Extensive story about Western alumnus and former Trustee Ralph Munro
Bellingham ranks in the top 10 college towns in the U.S., and ranks first in all of Washington, according to a new study.
Reviews.org released a study comparing the population, student cost, education rate, transportation access, unemployment rate, cost of living and nightlife of college towns with less than 250,000 residents.
To live well, you have to let much of life recede into the background.