As of April 1, the county added 3,760 people in the past 12 months for a total population of 216,300, according to a report released last week by the state’s Office of Financial Management.
That’s the largest year-over-year increase for Whatcom County since 2007, the data indicated.
Could tiny homes, or a community of them, be used to provide housing for people who are homeless in Whatcom County, like they do now in Olympia and Seattle?
It’s among the suggestions made by Western Washington University students in their Sustainable Design class, and the idea could become a reality in Bellingham in the coming years – provided changes are made and certain factors are in place.
Washington’s prepaid tuition plan has been frozen for nearly two years — closed to new investors and lump-sum investments.
But if a state committee votes to revive it this week, it may soon come back to life.
As Everett Community College expands degree offerings and strengthens ties with universities, it also has added student housing, citing the need for higher education options in Snohomish County.
This fall, on-campus apartments are to be open for students who choose to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees through Everett’s partnership with Western Washington University. The community college also hopes to open its housing for other four-year schools it works with, including Washington State, Central Washington and Eastern Washington universities.
The Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation announced that Grace Yatsko, a graduate of Kapaa High School, is the recipient of the Hawaii High School Humanitarian of The Year. Yatsko will attend Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., in the fall. She intends to pursue a degree in English with a concentration in education.
But this study is important beyond just providing a long, long, long-term forecast for Portland and points east. It represents a step forward for tree ring science.
“This is a great example of where the field has been trying to go for a long time,” says Andy Bunn, an environmental scientist and tree-ring researcher at Western Washington University. “It’s an important, super novel paper.”
The North Cascades Institute has been teaching visitors about the natural history, environment and wildlife of the mountainous region since 1986. The institute today offers a variety of programs that help make the North Cascades accessible to visitors of all ages.
The institute’s learning center was built not far from the banks of Diablo Lake in 2005. It offers lodging and a home base for activities such as guided hikes and canoe trips.
The center also houses full-time staff and students who are working toward master’s degrees in environmental education through Western Washington University.
In college, Burcar sailed on the racing team at Western Washington University. After graduating, he worked as a “sailmaker” for North Sails in Seattle, where he sold and repaired sails. He often sailed with customers on the weekend.
Ilwaco High School graduate Charity Fleck was literally a track star. In her junior year season she placed second at district and fourth at state in both the 100 and 200 meters, was a key to the girls 4x100 team winning district and placing fourth at state, as well as the girls 4x400 team winning a whopping 10 times that season, plus taking second at district and third at state. She also made it to state in multiple events both her freshman and sophomore years as well.
But when senior year came around, Fleck had started looking for a different direction to find her joy. Art had been something that was gaining interest with her, but once she found painting it changed her path and she chose to not compete her senior year.
The 17-year-old, who has lived in Ilwaco the last nine years, will be moving to Bellingham in the fall to attend Western Washington University.
Finally, Western Washington University’s award-winning sketch comedy troupe The Dead Parrots Society offers zany improvisational theatre on July 28 and 29. Dead Parrots Society specializes in long-form comedic improv, and the accomplished students regularly perform on and off campus.