It has been a fall to remember here in Bellingham, with temperatures hovering around 60 and sunshine well into October. I cannot recall a more colorful display in the 30 years I have lived and played in the Pacific Northwest. But this too shall pass. We have reached a turning point and now the rains and cold weather are upon us.
What does this mean for families with young children as the outside grows cold and wet, and the dark hours grow longer? One shudders to think of the wind and rain, the night hours longer than the day, and the walls suddenly feeling closer. The good news is, each season holds a gift of its own, and for this season it’s time to connect with each other. What better time to contribute to your family’s repertoire of memorable traditions than when the outside brings you inside for the long run?
Guest column by WWU's Carolyn Mulder of the AS Child Development Center
Students took over the president's office at Western Washington University on Monday night to show their outrage over the handling of a hate crime investigation.
Their concern is that a fellow student was arrested for vandalizing the school with racist and homophobic graffiti, but the university is still allowing him limited access back on campus.
“We don't feel that the university is responding in the best way that they could,” said Kiaya Wilson, one of the students taking part in the sit-in.
The Gold Bar man, a former student at Sultan High School and now enrolled at Western Washington University in Bellingham, was arrested late last month in connection with a string of vandalism reports that involved racist and homophobic slurs and a threat of sexual violence.
Shayne Robert Merwin, 20, was booked into Whatcom County Jail on charges of residential burglary the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Name tags on the doors of student dorm rooms were vandalized and racial epithets were scrawled on a large outdoor sculpture and a building pillar on campus.
Friday’s earthquakes that rocked Alaska do not have a direct connection to the fault lines near Whatcom County, but it does serve as a reminder about the importance of being prepared.
That’s the message from Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a professor in the geology department at Western Washington University. She spent five years in Alaska studying seismic activity at the Alaska Volcano Observatory before coming to Western in 2006.
While earthquakes are not uncommon in Alaska, the quakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 just north of Anchorage Friday morning do have unusual aspects that will give seismologists new information worth studying, Caplan-Auerbach said in an interview Friday.
It should also be noted that plenty of new restaurants have been opening and many popular places are changing hands, said CJ Seitz of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center. Simmering Tava recently opened in downtown Bellingham, for example, while Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven was recently purchased by Brad Haggen.
The key for restaurant owners to handle the changes is planning, said Seitz in an email. That includes looking at the financial impacts and what can be done to offset the new costs. That could include raising prices, cutting staff hours or trimming menu items.
“I was originally a junior high science teacher and a camp counselor,” Wolfson says. “I saw how I loved seeing changes in kids when they gained confidence.”
Thus, she returned to college and obtained a master’s degree in exercise science from Western Washington University. The result has been untold thousands of kids gaining confidence at Bellingham Bay Gymnastics and Pre-School.
“From 2000 to 2007, there was a gradual increase in the level of people in need in the county. But in 2008 (as the Great Recession unfolded) our need to serve people doubled,” she says. “It has never gone back (to pre-2008 levels). The housing (price) situation is horrendous and eats up everything (with the costs of rent, utilities and food). There are a lot of hurting people in the community,” says Woolsey, who earned a degree in human services from Western Washington University.
Small businesses are much more likely to be negatively affected than larger, more diversified businesses, which typically have deeper pockets and more flexibility to change their product mix, said James McCafferty, co-director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
The most striking trend across the U.S.-Canada border since 2000 is a “severe reduction in passenger traffic.”
That’s one change outlined in the “Border Barometer,” a recent report on the U.S./Canada border crossing corridor Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute was one of the report’s authors.
The report looks at the three busiest crossing regions: Detroit-Windsor, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, and the “Cascade Gateway” – the reports name for the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway crossings in Blaine.
Western Washington University’s Title IX Coordinator Sue Guenter-Schlesinger said administrators are committed to a fair process, but want to make sure they are following federal policy and are closely reviewing the proposal.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee called on DeVos to withdraw the proposal at a Wednesday news conference in Washington, D.C.