BLAINE, Wash. — This town near the border of Canada is home to only 5,500 residents, but it has about 20 mailbox stores — so many that the town recently banned new ones from being constructed along the main drag. The stores were built on their allure to Canadians, who save in shipping and customs costs by having their waders from L.L. Bean or mock Tiffany lamps from Amazon mailed to the stores, then carry the packages back over the border.
But this year, the packages have slowed. The mailbox stores have quieted. And Canadians say politics and pride are keeping them away.
“For Canadians, Whatcom County is a kind of near-abroad — it’s seen as not quite American,” Tom Roehl, a professor of international economics at Western Washington University in Bellingham, said of the county closest to the Canadian border, which includes Blaine. “We kind of take advantage of that.”
The Asia-Pacific region looks beyond the United States.
Faced with the decline of American hegemony, what are the United States’ trade and security partners in the Asia-Pacific doing to protect their respective national interests? To answer this question, we look closely at Australia, Japan, and Vietnam. Each of these was a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, from which the United States withdrew in 2017.
Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is the northernmost university in the contiguous United States and one of the nation’s top Green Colleges. It’s located in Bellingham and is one of the six public universities in the state of Washington. WWU sits 50 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and less than one-hour drive to 10,778ft Mount Baker and North Cascades Mountain Range, the most popular ski areas in the region. The WWU Associated Students’ Outdoor Center offers a variety of outdoor-related activities and opportunities for all students, faculty, and the community. Skiing and snowboarding are some of the most popular and most successful winter sporting activities at WWU.
The 20-year-old man charged with racist vandalism and writing hate-filled slurs on doors of a Western Washington University residence hall and around campus has been expelled from school and trespassed from the Bellingham campus.
According to a WWU release Tuesday, Shayne Robert Merwin of Gold Bar has been permanently removed from campus and will not be allowed to re-enroll — the most significant discipline the university can levy through the student conduct process.
As Canada moves closer to legalizing marijuana, it may have consequences for Whatcom County residents who cross the border, including increased wait times.
That's one conclusion in a new report from Western Washington University's Border Policy Research Institute. The report looks at the impact legalization of marijuana in Canada will have in the Cascadia region, which includes Washington state and British Columbia. Canada is expected to have full implementation of legal cannabis later this year, possibly this summer.
Another factor that explains this year’s legislative backlash is the proliferation of ballot measures regulating the political process itself. After voters approved two anti-gerrymandering measures in Ohio, for example, lawmakers have attempted to restrict citizens’ ability to get measures on the ballot next election. Todd Donovan, a political scientist at Western Washington University, said legislatures are most likely to water down initiatives that limit their power to govern and their likelihood of being re-elected.
This also explains why lawmakers in Florida may be moving to limit the impact of the constitutional amendment giving felons the right to vote. “A changing electorate challenges a party’s power,” Donovan said. “Representatives in Florida might be thinking, ‘We’ve got to do this because it’ll be a different electorate next time and we’re toast.’ They’re abandoning the norm that when you lose an election you lose power.”
he early buzz was all lucky-duck pluckiness: We can make the entire thing a signature green space! The public will own all the land! Think not of tall buildings, but tall trees and higher purposes. Nearby Western Washington University can be connected — by a cloud-skirting gondola! Etc.
But the blank canvas presented by the mill’s demise revealed an instructive lesson about a town where passion sometimes overwhelms practicality, and folks are not always on the same page: Market realities often dampen enthusiasm and can even nurture paralysis.
Kids Night Out at Western is WWU’s quarterly event designed to give parents a “date night” and offer a stimulating activity for their children.
It’s aimed at students in kindergarten through fifth grades and features a science-oriented program in the university’s SMATE Building.
Afterward, there’s optional swimming in the campus rec center, Jiasong Yuen, interim manager for WWU Youth Programs said in an interview.
“Kids can learn about some kind of academic topic, and then they have pool time,” Yuen said. “It’s for kids to learn something that they don’t get in everyday school life.”
The Western Washington University student arrested Nov. 25 in connection with on-campus racist and homophobic vandalism has been charged with a hate crime.
Shayne Robert Merwin, 20, of Gold Bar is now facing one count of malicious harassment, Washington state’s felony hate crime statute, in addition to the second-degree burglary charge, also a felony, according to Whatcom County Superior Court records.
Merwin’s arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday.