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.
While most students are away from their classrooms on summer break, a lecture hall at Western Washington University’s Miller Hall bustled last week with students.
That’s a message the staff leading the Dare to Dream Academy through the university’s Woodring College of Education hoped the 100 students from migrant farmworker families would take to heart as they strive to achieve their own dreams.
“For the younger students, it’s about thinking about who they are and where they come from,” said Woodring associate professor Maria Timmons Flores.
The university recently received a $174,375 grant from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to bring students from throughout the region to campus for the weeklong program, which immersed the students in college life.
It’s an opportunity to expose students to college, Timmons Flores said, since many of them may not hear about college regularly from their parents.
“I would say probably every single one of them is going to be a first-generation college student,” Timmons Flores said.
COMMON THREADS KIDS CAMP: Children will learn cooking basics and how to create meals from ingredients found in the garden. The camps run Monday through Friday until Aug. 9, and are held at the Outback Farm at Western Washington University. Three tiers of camps are held for kids in different age groups and skill levels. $165-$235 per week. Register: commonthreadsfarm.org.
“She was a very popular and beloved teacher at Oakville Elementary,” former student Paul Robnett told the Mehlville board June 12, 2014, asking them to honor the former teacher in some way. She was his teacher in the 1979-1980 school year.
Among her students at Oakville was former Board of Education member Rita Diekemper, who wrote on a memorial Facebook page, “Best teacher ever. Felt so fortunate to have her as a teacher. She taught so much about life!”
Robnett said he would like the district to honor Ban for her time in the Holocaust, because it wasn’t widely known at the time she served in the district.
“I will always remember her for helping a kid with ADHD before it was a thing,” wrote Mark Ocallaghan. “Thank you and rest in peace. (Class of 68-69).”
The 26th season of the Bellingham Festival of Music kicks off Saturday, June 29.
The opening program will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, 516 High St. The lineup includes: Glinka: Overture to “Russlan and Ludmilla”; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 in C Major, Op.26; George Li on piano; and Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2 in E Minor, Op. 27.
Memes do come true.
Josh Cashman’s meteoric rise from football fan to Twitter video star took another turn on Monday as the college student officially became a part of the creative team promoting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Cashman replied that he was “unbelievably pumped to be able to create with such an awesome group of people.”
“I’m going to work with him and West2East as part of his creative team to make cool/unique videos that you won’t see anywhere else,” Cashman told GeekWire on Monday. “I’m currently still at school, but we’ll see what the future holds. For now I’m just trying to work as hard as I can every day to make something that people will like.”
Cashman, a 23-year-old student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, had been making plenty of content that Wilson and lots of other people liked during the 2018 Seahawks season. He quickly gained celebrity status on “Seahawks Twitter,” an online universe with a unique collection of characters and team analysis, thanks to his humorous, meme-filled video posts.
Western Washington University can check one project off its list of what will be a busy year for construction.
Earlier this month construction crews finished the main portion of the multicultural center at the Viking Union/book store complex. The $20 million project will create a new home for the Ethnic Student Center and other programs, according to Western’s website.