It’s slippery, it’s slimy, it’s salty and it’s briny — and it may be the next “it” food. Whidbey Island has a bonafide cornucopia of seaweed along its shores and there are a variety of ways an adventurous eater can try a bite.
Indigenous cultures from all over the world have cooked with seaweed since time immemorial, but it’s not been very popular in Western cooking. Many Asian cultures also use various types of seaweed in soups and salads, and most people are familiar with the nori that chefs use in sushi.
“Seaweed is a food that has been questioned and kind of poked fun at,” said Western Washington University researcher and instructor Jennifer Hahn.
For Pittsburgh native (and WWU Kenesiology student) Josh Schaff, wrestling is a passion that he has followed to success and he may just have an even brighter future with it.
After spending the first years of his childhood in Bethel Park, his wrestling journey began when he was 22 years old, just having finished his service with the Navy right out of high school, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life.
Whatcom County saw eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no new related hospitalizations or deaths added to its totals on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Friday, July 2.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 9,506 confirmed cases, 476 hospitalizations and 103 related deaths during the pandemic, according to the dashboard. An additional 425 probable cases — unchanged from the last report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
While one of Whatcom County’s seven school district regions saw its COVID-19 infection rate increase for the second straight week, five others saw their rates continue to drop.
The region covered by the Blaine School District was the only region to see its rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks increase, when the Whatcom County Health Department released its newest location data on Tuesday, June 29.
Despite that slight increase, Blaine remained one of four regions with rates below triple figures.
Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia could drift south to Western Washington over the next several days, according to computer models.
But its potential effect on Whatcom County was uncertain according to meteorologists and air-quality officials in the Puget Sound region.
“We know it’s a possibility that we may get smoke,” said Seth Preston, spokesman for the Northwest Clean Air Agency in Mount Vernon said Thursday, July 1.
On the first day of July, Whatcom County saw 15 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and one related hospitalization added to its totals on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard Thursday, but no related deaths were reported.
Overall, Whatcom County has seen 9,498 confirmed cases, 476 hospitalizations and 103 related deaths during the pandemic, according to the dashboard. An additional 425 probable cases — unchanged from the last report — have been reported in Whatcom County during the pandemic, resulting from positive antigen tests not confirmed by a molecular test.
Whatcom’s infection rate was unchanged at 75.9 — its lowest mark since it had a rate of 71.0 on Nov. 19 — based on the state’s most recent complete epidemiological data between June 10 and 23, according to the state’s Risk Assessment dashboard.
After 16 long months of living in the coronavirus pandemic, life is returning to normal in Washington, and it’s time for us to (safely) celebrate. This is where our Washington Reopening Guide comes in.
Take a quick look at the guide below, and in the meantime, head to a restaurant or the mountains or a local shop.
It’s time to reopen.
Whatcom County needs approximately a thousand more residents old enough to drive to initiate a COVID-19 vaccination to reach the golden goal of 70% the state has set — OK, 1,001 people, to be exact.
The Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard on Wednesday, June 30, reported that 134,674 Whatcom County residents have initiated vaccination, which works out to 69.3% of the county’s population that is 16 or older.
After two suicidal crises during pandemic isolation, 16-year-old Zach Sampson feels stronger but worries his social skills have gone stale.
Amara Bhatia has overcome her pandemic depression but the teen feels worn down, in a state of “neutralness.″ Virginia Shipp is adjusting but says returning to normal “is kind of unnormal for me.”
After relentless months of social distancing, online schooling and other restrictions, many kids are feeling the pandemic’s toll or facing new challenges navigating reentry.
On the day before Washington state officially reopened from pandemic restrictions, Whatcom County saw 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday, June 29, on the Washington State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard. The county also had one COVID-related hospitalization reported, but no new deaths.
“Because folks listened to science and stayed home to stay healthy, wore masks and got vaccinated, we can now safely fully re-open our state’s economy and cultural centers after 15 long months,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday in a statement about fully reopening the state’s economy and cultural centers. “It hasn’t been easy, but I’m proud of how Washingtonians came together, persevered and sacrificed to fight this virus, and now we’re finally in a place that is safe enough to end this chapter.