A Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute report found that Canada accounts for 31% of Washington state’s imports, a bigger proportion than any other country, and U.S. federal trade statistics show that bilateral trade between Washington state and Canada was worth $19.8 billion in 2016, with $12.8 billion of that being Washington imports from Canada.
For a week at the end of August, a small army of Western Washington University students, wearing aquamarine WWU hats and orange safety vests, will be a normal sight around Stanwood.
The students, under program director David Davidson, will collect data, Aug. 21-25, including elevations above sea level, which they’ll use to create a web-based, visual flood map of the city.
Melissa Lewis started Melissa Lewis and Associates with a laptop, printer, cellphone and lobbying license.
“I’ve always had a pretty hardy work ethic – I’ve been an entrepreneur since age 7 when my brother and I started a lawn business,” she said. “I paid my way through college, and that’s a big part of who I am because from an early age I’ve had to pull myself up by the bootstraps and do it myself.”
The 39-year-old is the first person in her family to graduate from college, and she has staked a career in state and national politics. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in 2001, she got started working on former Sen. Max Baucus’ 2002 re-election campaign.
Person I admire most and why: “One of my professors, Wendy Walker, always really inspired me. She really connected with her students on a level I’ve never seen before.”
Port Angeles native Elizabeth Huston won a $60,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in June to execute a presentation of KLANG, Karl Stockhausen’s unfinished and final cycle of 21 compositions, in Philadelphia.
SEA Discovery Center Volunteer and Program Coordinator Lauren Kemper put poster paint on a rubber fish and then stamped its impression on a piece of paper.
“This is a traditional way of identifying and measuring fish … We use rubber fish for the demonstrations, of course, because they don’t spoil,” Kemper said.
Stamp a fish. Balance an eagle on your finger tip. Float a rock. Program a robot car to drive through a maze. Make a battery with pennies and vinegar. Make the Eiffel Tower (or your name) in 3-D with a plastic extrusion pen.
On July 25, all these and more were the activities that folks from Kitsap Regional Library, (WWU's) SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Puget Sound Navy Museum and the USS Turner Joy brought to the Sylvan Way branch of the Kitsap Regional Library.
Bellingham’s population visibly shrinks every summer, when Western Washington University students either head to their hometowns to chill until fall or graduate and vamoose. However, a crew of educatees from WWU’s theater and dance department stick around, working to craft creative offerings for Western Summer Theatre, which, since being revived three years ago, brings performances to campus and beyond from late July through early September.
It was the trip to Montana, Tony Jobanek says, that finally killed his Toyota Prius.
Tony and his wife, Andrea, calculated they had driven 57,000 miles to watch their daughter Caitlyn play soccer for Western Washington. They attended all 91 of Caitlyn’s college games, traveling as a far as Augusta, Ga., and Pensacola, Fla., to watch her compete.
Driving the 6 1/2 hours from Springfield to Bellingham, where the Division II Vikings play their home games, wasn’t so bad. It was the road trip to Montana State Billings that finally caused the Toyota to give out, though at least they’d been getting good gas mileage.
Some expect the loonie rally to be short-lived. Laurie Trautman, director at the WWU Border Policy Research Institute, believes it has peaked and the current rally will not immediately change border crossing shopping habits.
“I do expect the volumes to continue a trend similar to what we saw last year,” Trautman said in an email.
Western Washington University students in the Computer Information System Security program will practice cyberwarfare training in its new CyberRange, thanks to a gift of 50 computer servers from Boeing, Western officials said.