Irish architect John Reid has come all the way to Bellingham, and believes he has found the city's pot of gold.
“It's almost a piece of treasure to find this kind of thing,” he says.
Katie Reichert is a month removed from earning bachelor’s degrees in communications studies and graphic design from Western Washington University, but she isn’t polishing her cover letter and resume for potential employers just yet; she already has a post-graduation internship lined up with Lifetime Brands near Boston.
An excavator ripped through the dilapidated annex of the Granary Building along the waterfront last month.
The demolition paves the way for the remaining structure to be rebuilt into offices and restaurants.
Apartment buildings are popping up all over the city, with more on the way.
The reason? Demand remains very high. Many apartments are snatched up within minutes of being listed as available.
In a recent report, the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington said the apartment vacancy rate this spring in Whatcom County was 0.8 percent. That’s an improvement compared with September 2015, when the vacancy rate was estimated at 0.2 percent.
“Spread your wings when you retire,” advises Lynne Masland of Bellingham.
She has taken her own recommendation. Since retiring as communications director at Western Washington University, Masland, 75, has written a book about the history of the Bellingham YWCA, published a collection of poems, served on the boards of nonprofits and foundations, and helped start the President’s Circle at Whatcom Community College Foundation.
Bruce Shepard, Western Washington University’s president for the last eight years, will step down at the end of the day Thursday, June 30.
Shepard’s last day comes nearly eight years since he took the helm and just more than a year after he announced his retirement.
“I think you want to retire when a university is strong,” Shepard said at the time, adding that the seven- to nine-year mark was just about the right amount of time to serve.
A performance of Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D minor,” Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and appearances by guest soloists Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Kuok-Wai Lio, Peter Serkin, and the resident Calidore String Quartet highlight the 23rd season of the Bellingham Festival of Music, July 1-17, under artistic director Michael Palmer.
Palmer will conduct the Festival Orchestra and Chorus in performances at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center. In addition, there will be chamber music performances by the Calidore Quartet at WWU’s PAC on July 7 and by members of the Festival Orchestra for a Chamber Music by the Bay concert July 10 at Bellingham Cruise Terminal.
The commute for (WWU alumna) Allyson Cundiff just got a little longer.
A Poulsbo resident who works at a Bremerton school serving students in prekindergarten through third grade, Cundiff is preparing to make the commute to the North Olympic Peninsula as Helen Haller Elementary School's newest assistant principal.
It’s a busy weekend for a tract of scrub land next to Interstate 5 that is being turned into an environmentally minded mini-farm in the heart of Bellingham.
York Community Farm will hold its summer solstice party Saturday, June 25. The same day, the farm will be the first of its kind featured in the annual tour of eco-friendly homes and landscapes hosted by Sustainable Connections.
“It’s a great opportunity to showcase urban gardening and its impact on a neighborhood,” said Erin McCain-Anderson, event and volunteer coordinator at Sustainable Connections.
Graffiti scrawled across 200 yards of rock at scenic Clayton Beach will be removed with the help of volunteers on Saturday, June 25.
The work will be done as the investigation continues into who spray-painted a swath of rock, much of it sandstone, in an area that’s popular with families at Larrabee State Park just south of Bellingham.
“It’s time for our revolution,” read one inscription underneath a swastika and “SS.” Another simply read “no crime,” while other sections of rock were spray-painted with profanities, penises and the phrase “stay high cuz pigs can’t fly.”