In the Media

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 10:38am
KNKX Radio

Authors of Initiative 1501 say its central aim is to protect seniors from scammers. But detractors argue the initiative itself has a hidden purpose.

Initiative 1501, on the ballot in Washington state this election, would impose harsher criminal and civil penalties on identity thieves and fraudsters who target seniors and other vulnerable people.

If SEIU 775 is packaging its main goal within a popular initiative, it wouldn't be anything new. The union has used the approach in the past to advance union goals -- and it works, according to Western Washington University political science professor Todd Donovan

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:31am
The Bellingham Herald

Waterfront condos, commercial office space and retirement living could be the next additions to the waterfront after Harcourt Developments finishes work on the Granary Building.

Pat Power, director, and Pat Doherty, chairman and founder of Ireland-based Harcourt Developments, were in town Tuesday, Oct. 4, to tell the Port of Bellingham Commission more about their plans for Bellingham’s former industrial waterfront.

Power also mentioned the developer’s vision for the Board Mill hotel as a project that could move forward soon.

However, more changes to site plans have to be approved by the Port Commission before a hotel could be put in that building because the structure sits in an area of land set aside for Western Washington University.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:19am

Freshman Ezra Arneson carded 9 birdies en route to a 7-under-par 65 to lead the Western Washington University men’s golf team to a tie for first place finish at the Chico State InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic played Monday and Tuesday at Butte Creek Country Club.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:17am
The Stand

My friend invited my wife and me to celebrate her husband’s 70th birthday. We enjoyed an evening of great food and wine, stories of the past and hopes for the future. The stories of the past were such powerful American anecdotes that we all thought that my friends should write up their family histories. But they are too busy or modest for that. So I am taking a stab.

This couple represents the backbone of America. Roy is a retired fire fighter. Raye is a family practice physician.

oy graduated from high school in Detroit and signed up for the army. He spent his military years in Korea, came back to Washington state, and stayed. He graduated from Western Washington University, tutored for a while, and then found his niche in firefighting.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:46am
Mother Jones

Last week, a swarm of 200 small earthquakes rumbled under the Salton Sea, a saline lake in Southern California. Although only three of the quakes measured above 4.0 on the Richter scale, seismologists worry that these temblors may portend a more dramatic earthquake to come.

According to research published in Nature by geologist Colin Amos of Western Washington University, the vast amount of recent groundwater extraction in the agriculturally productive San Joaquin Valley could actually be contributing to earthquakes along the San Andreas fault. The reason: Water is heavy, and when it's removed in great volumes, tectonic plates deep beneath the aquifer can move more freely.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 10:43am
The Bellingham Herald

In a possible sign that holiday shopping might be stronger this year, Whatcom County is expected to increase its seasonal hiring.

The Washington State Employment Security Department predicts Whatcom County retailers will hire 393 additional workers to handle the increased shopping in October, November and December. That’s up from 292 who were hired in 2015. Across the state, 12,726 people are expected to be hired for the holiday shopping season, up 20.7 percent compared to a year ago.

Canadian cross-border shopping also has an impact on local holiday sales. The Canadian dollar remains weak, hovering at 76 cents compared to the U.S. dollar. That’s about the same level as last year, so sales to Canadians shouldn’t be much different this year, said Laurie Trautman, director at Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 2:35pm
The Bellingham Herald

Byford said he became intrigued by the idea of solar power while attending Western Washington University and seeing the construction of a solar-powered car at the Vehicle Research Institute. The tipping point for him was not just the lower costs for the panels but also the tax incentives that are in place for commercial users. He said he would prefer to see solar power reach a point where it doesn’t need subsidies.

“I think the technology is great and right now the tax advantages are great,” Byford said.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 12:02pm
Seattle Times

Western Washington University is known for its linguistics department, and its students are avid learners of world languages. So the Bellingham university’s new president hopes to encourage them to take the next step: studying abroad.

Sabah Randhawa, who over the summer became WWU president after Bruce Shepard’s retirement, says interacting with people from around the globe will be an important part of students’ working lives.

And Western students are well primed to study overseas because so many already study languages other than English. Yet only about 600 WWU students, or about 4 percent of the student body, go abroad each year. That’s the national average, but Randhawa wants it to go up.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:59am

Washington has a problem. Nearly 56 percent of students attending four-year public colleges in the state did not graduate within four years, and 71 percent did not graduate from two-year public post-secondary schools within three years, according to a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The need for Washington to up its game is evident in other ways. In a recent draft statute, lawmakers noted that state ranks 47th of 50 in bachelor’s degrees awarded to population aged 20 to 34. As Opportunity Washington has reported, by 2020 some 70 percent of Washington jobs will require postsecondary education or training.

How to help students keep on track once they begin post-secondary classes is a central concern for key stakeholders, and students themselves.

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:44am
Peninsula Daily News

Along with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault III and Spokane tribal author Sherman Alexie, Galanda was recognized as one of 50 Native people who epitomize “the day-to-day struggle for Indian Country to regain what was taken and that it’s possible to achieve dreams without sacrificing our strength and beauty,” according to the citation.