Western Washington University Communications photographer Rhys Logan compiled a look back at the 2018-19 year from the Bellingham, Wash., university.
It’s that time of year again! Goats are swinging from helicopters from the Olympics to the North Cascades. David Wallin is a mountain goat researcher at Western Washington University.
Stemma Brewing Co. may have just opened, but it’s been a nearly decade long dream for Jason Harper.
Harper and his wife, Kim, opened the brewery on June 29 at 2039 Moore St., near Interstate 5 and Iowa Street. It currently offers five Stemma beers and two locally made ciders on tap. A food truck called Mr. Frank’s “The Bus” is expected to open there in coming weeks.
Jason Harper has been home brewing since 2010. While at Western Washington University he wrote a business plan on a brewery for one of his classes in 2011, a time when Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery were the main local breweries in Bellingham. After graduating from Western he needed to make some money for his brewery idea to happen, so he landed a job at Dickerson Distributors.
One of the first classical festivals of the summer is upon us: the latest edition of the Bellingham Music Festival, which began over the long weekend. This summer’s audience will hear from guest artists including pianist George Li, violinist Benjamin Beilman, guitarist Pepe Romero, the Calidore String Quartet, and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who is making the music of Brahms his festival assignment.
With a population of just under 100,000, Bellingham, like the festival, boasts a cheerful small-city atmosphere. Its one major drawback for casual visitors is an extremely frustrating street grid — a mishmash created when four smaller Victorian-era centres merged at the turn of the last century. Fortunately, Western Washington University, festival ground zero, is just off the I5, parking is plentiful, and the views from the campus across Bellingham Bay to the North Shore mountains alone are worth the trip.
Four undergraduate students at Western Washington University will visit the translocated goats, now dispersed throughout the mountain range, over a seven-week stretch this summer.
The students will take four-day trips, traveling several miles toward the goats’ GPS coordinates and then observing the animals from a distance with binoculars or a spotting scope.
“Sometimes there’s trails, but most of the time they’ll have to do quite a bit of bushwhacking,” said David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University leading the project. “The terrain these animals are in is quite challenging.”
On June 24, Donnell Tanksley was sworn in as Blaine’s new police chief.
Tanksley, or “Tank” as he says most people call him, was previously the chief of police for Portland State University in Oregon since 2017. Prior to that, he was the assistant chief of police for Western Washington University for over three years. Tanksley was with the St. Louis Metropolitan police department in Missouri from 1993 to 2014, and held the position of commander from 2007 to 2014.
Bellingham’s 2018 Residential Survey Report, conducted by the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University, showed that homelessness and housing were the top concerns of residents citywide.
And housing costs just keep climbing in Bellingham and across the Northwest.
When geoscientist and mountaineer John All started studying the impacts of climate change on world’s highest mountain glaciers over a decade ago, he said it was like monitoring a sick patient. Now, it’s more like doing an autopsy.
“We’re just watching the glaciers decay, effectively,” All told Earther.
And yet All, who directs Western Washington University’s Mountain Environments Research Institute, continues scaling Earth’s sky-high glaciers for science, despite the ever-present and growing risks of doing so, because the mountains are still, in many ways, a frontier. His most recent field expedition to the Himalayas was testament to that. After close to two months hiking through valleys and up snow-covered mountains breathing progressively thinner air, All and his colleagues managed to collect snow and ice samples from 26,000 feet up Mount Everest and 28,000 feet up neighboring Mount Lhotse.
Xiaohui Chang, an assistant professor in OSU's College of Business and Chang and co-author Jiexun Li of Western Washington University developed a tool that uses data collected through a social commerce site, including details such as types of businesses in a neighborhood, their hours, parking availability and other consumer features, to help determine whether one location is more likely to be successful than another.
"Small business owners, in particular, have a lot of choices when opening a new business, including where to locate," Chang said. "With this model, we use existing social commerce data to help you determine which location is going to perform the best."
Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre is a program under the established theatre-based nonprofit Bellingham TheatreWorks, which was founded by Mark Kuntz and Lyons and has been focused on producing stories representing the Pacific Northwest since 2014, with an emphasis on local actors and local playwrights.
Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre’s 2019 fundraising goal is $10,000 and they have been actively working toward it with a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2,000 and through collaborations with businesses in Fairhaven and other connections, like Dr. Marie Eaton of the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University. Dr. Eaton informed Lyons and Kuntz that if they produced a play with a focus on death and dying, the Palliative Care Institute could partner with the theatre.