In the Media

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 11:41am
The (Vancouver) Columbian
Surrounded by children, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition. The Early Start Act makes the state's quality-rating system mandatory for licensed child care facilities that receive state dollars. It also provides money for training of teachers, coaching and technical assistance to help these child care centers reach a higher rating. Participation by centers and day care homes that do not receive state dollars continues to be voluntary.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 11:39am
The Seattle Times
College debt has gotten a bad name in recent years, fueled by headline-grabbing stories about broke college graduates who owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans. But not all student loans are inherently bad, the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) argues in a new study. The center’s analysis shows that Washington residents appear to be getting their money’s worth when they take out student loans because they’re more likely to finish their degrees.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:44am
The Bellingham Herald
If the product that promises to help you sleep, erase your wrinkles, and ease your arthritis pain sounds too good to be true — it probably is. Americans spend $25 billion a year on fraudulent health products, and 60 percent of the victims are over the age of 60, says Jeanne Freeman, associate professor of community health and a certified health education specialist at Western Washington University.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:41am
The Bellingham Herald
Each weekday morning, a core group of cribbage players stands outside Lynden Community/Senior Center waiting for the doors to open at 8. The men play for exactly two hours. Many of them have been keeping score for years. The women play later in the morning. The cribbage ritual is but one of the unique attributes of the Lynden center. Unlike other senior centers in Whatcom County, Lynden doesn’t take federal money for its lunch program. As a result, the center serves its own homemade meals instead of the frozen ones required for centers that accept federal funds, says manager Cathi LeCocq.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:38am
The Bellingham Herald
Award-winning stage and screen actor Megan Cole presents a one-night sharing of “Storytime for Grownups: Turning Points,” a solo piece about anticipated and unanticipated transitions in one’s life, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave.
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 1:12pm
The Bellingham Herald
Rick Osen, the newest trustee at Bellingham Public Library, knows a thing or two about libraries, having worked in one for more than 35 years. The former interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University, Osen was appointed in February to serve alongside fellow trustees J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor and Tom Barrett. Osen, 66, has long considered libraries vital to the communities they serve. After retiring from Western last year, he decided he wanted to contribute his knowledge and years of experience to the library community.
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 12:37pm
The Bellingham Herald
The state Legislature will provide $70 million in its capital budget for the long-sought renovation of Western Washington University’s Sam Carver Gymnasium. In addition to the athletic activities held there, more than 300 classes and labs are taught in the building each year, according to the school. The university began relocating occupants of the building and securing it for construction earlier this year. The full cost of the construction project has been estimated at $73 million and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 12:36pm
Bellingham Business Journal
Western Washington University Extended Education’s Life Launch, a four-day professional development course, aims to help recent college graduates figure out what’s next.
Monday, July 6, 2015 - 12:34pm
Bellingham Business Journal
Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of signing a lease. Now imagine that space moving from one vacant downtown storefront to the next, leaving behind new businesses with each move. That’s Nick Hartrich’s vision for filling downtown vacancies and, in the process, giving entrepreneurs a place to try out new ideas.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:14am
Cascadia Weekly
Despite the long and pretentious, preening moment of silence and quiet reflection the conservative caucus of the Whatcom Charter Review Commission invokes at the start of their meetings, caucus members nevertheless failed to gain divine insight on several key realities: