In the Media

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:52am

Emma Place moved from Colorado to Northeast Portland in 2008, when her dad, Kent Place, became lead pastor at First Covenant Church.

That year Emma Place met Emily Lang. The two would become best friends at Laurelhurst Elementary School then go on to St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 2016.

And while they would travel their separate ways after high school -- Place to Gonzaga University and Lang to Western Washington University – their friendship endured freshman year at college. They were to have gone on an overnight backpacking trip at Mount Hood on Saturday and return Sunday – 6 miles out, 6 miles back.

Instead, at 5:46 p.m. Saturday, another hiker called 911 to report seeing two bodies at the bottom of a rocky slope below a waterfall near the Timberline Trail/Pacific Crest Trail. The pair are believed to have set up a tent off trail, near Paradise meadow. The 911 caller descended to the victims, one of whom was dead, authorities said. Soon after, the other died.

On Tuesday night, the St. Mary's community came together for a memorial for Place and Lang, both 19.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:49am

Groundbreaking solar panel technology developed at two Washington universities has been licensed by a company out of Los Alamos, N.M., and could signal a shift in the way energy is collected from the sun.

The luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) technology panels were created at Western Washington University’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center in partnership with the University of Washington. Nanotechnology development company UbiQD has signed an exclusive agreement with the schools.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:48am

Ruth Steele, archivist for the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, said Funk’s impact as a photojournalist stretched far and wide.

“There is a lot to learn with what Wallie did and how engaged he was,” Steele said.


The center, which has about 50,000 prints and negatives of Funk’s, had a hard time deciding which photos to display during a Western Washington University exhibit of his work last year, Steele said.

“You have the whale capture images that are haunting,” she said. “You also have the ordinary images of people in the community like a young boy and a bird cage that are also stunning ... It was hard to choose.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:18am

Guangyu Meng says he arrived in the U.S. from China eager to begin studies at Western Washington University. But he was unsure how to start academic life. So, he joined the university's first-year interest group, a program that helps new undergrad students ease into their studies.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:32pm
KNKX radio

One day nearly a decade ago, a Canadian-born colleague came knocking at cartographer Stefan Freelan’s door.

Bert Webber, a professor of Geography and Environmental Social Sciences at the time, was trying to spread the word about a newly-named body of water. He asked Freelan to help him by making a map of the Salish Sea.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:18pm

As waves rocked the boat, a group of citizen scientists watched lines take shape on a computer screen.

The blue, red and black lines represented temperature, salinity and depth, which were measured by a device called a CTD as it was lowered into the water from the back of the boat.

The group aboard Western Washington University’s research vessel Magister on Aug. 1 was getting a look at how scientists gather data used to study the marine environment.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:17pm
Everett Herald

Tuesday’s schedule reflects more than wall to wall Cougar crimson and gray.

At 2 p.m., visitors can meet Scott Gordon. He’s provost and vice president of academic affairs at Eastern Washington University.

At 2:45 p.m., there’s a similar opportunity with Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa. A year ago, he became Western’s 14th president. Western’s presence in Snohomish County dates back more than 30 years with programs offered by Woodring College of Education.

The 3:30 p.m. ribbon cutting is expected to include comments from several academic leaders, including Randhawa, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre, WSU President Kirk Schulz and Everett Community College President David Beyer as well as business and civic dignitaries.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:03pm
Kansas City Star

A young Jim Sterk pulled on his football pads and helmet for the first time at Western Washington University in August 1974.

Sterk, a farm boy from Nooksack, Wash., would set a Vikings record with 164 tackles as a senior linebacker in 1977 — a record that stands today — but he started his career as a wide-eyed cornerback.

And he’ll never forget the rude introduction, a sort of welcome-to-college-football moment, from Western Washington linebacker Gary Gilmore.

“He was a Vietnam vet, like 26 (years old), and I was barely 18,” Sterk said. “He hit me harder than I’ve ever been hit in my life. He hit the guy (with the ball) and that guy hit me. I’d never been hit like that before. Oh, my gosh.”

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:01pm
Kitsap Daily News

It was Friday at 4 or 5 a.m. and Austin Nettleton was up, no matter the weather, placing his newspapers in plastic wrappers, tying them off and then setting off on his route.

At dawn, more than 100 residents would be reading the week’s top stories, thanks to Austin, who would at that time be getting ready for a full day.

Here’s the kicker: Austin was only 12 years old.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:59am
The Bellingham Herald

The massive water main break in the Happy Valley neighborhood that left thousands of residents without running water Friday afternoon has been fully restored by Bellingham Public Works crews.

Service was restored by 7 p.m. Friday and no other disruptions are expected, according to Eric Johnston, assistant director of operations for Public Works.