About 42 percent of rental units failed an initial inspection in the first round of city-required rental inspections for problems ranging from wobbly or missing handrails to exit windows that wouldn’t open or missing carbon monoxide detectors.
About 536 rental units were involved in the first round of inspections which started in June and are expected to be finished by the end of September in the Sehome neighborhood, located north of Western Washington University.
Of those, 231 units passed or passed with conditions at the first appointment.
Many of those conditions had to do with minor issues, such as smoke or carbon monoxide detectors that needed to be put back on a wall or have a battery installed, said Emma Burnfield, Bellingham’s rental registration specialist.
In other OC construction news, the college will add a modular building on its Poulsbo campus to accommodate a growing partnership with Western Washington University. The two institutions recently added a multidisciplinary bachelor's degree. Next fall Western at Olympic College will offer a new cybersecurity degree. The modular building will be designed to look attractive and blend with the rest of the campus.
The new sign atop the Herald building is again able to illuminate downtown, and will show off its color chops when it glows Viking blue for a special Western Washington University event on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The 10-foot-tall steel letters – a matching set of H, E, R, A, L, D – were taken down in August while Signs Plus of Bellingham finished making replica aluminum ones with LED lighting to replace the old neon.
On Monday, Sept. 12, workers used a large crane to lift the new letters to the roof and to lower the old ones to the street. The new letters were then attached to the sign’s 40-foot frame on Tuesday and Wednesday, and electricians checked them Thursday and Friday. The programmable LED system will allow the building’s owners to show moving, changing colors across the letters in various patterns.
Plans are to keep the sign red, to mirror traditional neon red, before switching to Viking blue for “Paint B’ham Blue” on Wednesday, a new event for incoming freshmen. Wednesday is the first day of fall quarter classes at Western.
Welcome to Bellingham, college students. Whether you’re returning old hands or first-timers, I’m sure you’re busy settling in – especially if you’re one of the 2,800 first-year students at Western Washington University – because Wednesday, Sept. 21, is the first day of classes at Western.
Local literature lovers are being handcuffed, flying planes, shooting arrows, spraying Silly String and skateboarding – all while balancing books on their heads – as part of a whimsical online effort to promote Whatcom County Library System as a modern, tech-savvy place.
New research aims to help reverse decades of failed efforts to increase the percentage of women in engineering in the United States by studying nations where the disparity is not as severe: Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
"The U.S. engineering shortage weakens the country's position as a leader in the global market and restricts the country's capacity to solve key infrastructural challenges," said Jennifer DeBoer, a principal investigator of the study and an assistant professor of engineering education at Purdue University. "For decades, the U.S. government, industry and professional societies have contributed billions of dollars to increase women's participation in engineering with minimal impact. If you look at overall women's participation in engineering it's on the order of 15 to 20 percent. Identifying factors that inhibit the participation of competent and interested women in engineering fields is a precursor to the nation gaining a competitive edge in sectors reliant on science and technology."
One strategy to more effectively attack the problem is to learn from Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, where the percentage of women in engineering careers ranges from 24 to 50 percent.
The project is a collaboration involving researchers from Purdue, Washington State University and Western Washington University Professor of Sociology Karen Bradley. The other principal investigator is Julie Kmec, a professor of sociology and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at Washington State. The team also includes three co-principal investigators.
The No. 14 Western Washington University volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat No. 25 Cal Baptist 3-2 (25-15, 14-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-9) Friday evening in the second day of the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase.
The Vikings (4-3) won their fourth consecutive match after opening the season with three consecutive loses vs. ranked opponents, including a pair vs. top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul. Four of Western’s first seven matches this season have come against ranked opponents, and six of seven vs. teams that are either currently ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Division II poll.
A few downtown blocks are about to turn blue – Viking blue – as Western Washington University gears up to start classes Wednesday, Sept. 21.
That afternoon, the university’s alumni association will host Paint B’ham Blue for WWU. The new freshmen orientation event aims to bring students downtown to get to know the city they will call home for the next four years (or so). Chris Roselli, director of young alumni and student programs for the WWU Alumni Association, said he hopes it will be the first of an annual event.
“We want to make this a new tradition,” Roselli said Wednesday, Sept. 7.