In the Media

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:06am
Q13 Fox TV

And on the day– someday– when this giant pile of rocks stacked 10,741 feet tall does eventually fail– the now empty Emergency Operation Center will be filled with hundreds of people coping with a massive crisis. One that’s expected to make Whatcom County the bulls eye of ten billion dollars in damages and lost economic activity, according to a Western Washington University study.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:37am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University is investigating an arson with possible political motivation Saturday night, May 4, outside the Environmental Sciences Building.

WWU spokesman Paul Cocke told The Bellingham Herald that a large poster advertising an anti-abortion activist’s speech on campus was burned intentionally.

Cocke said the fire was out when WWU Police arrived shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:28am
The Journal of the San Juan Islands

When a cool breeze ruffles the waters encompassing the San Juan Islands on a hot summer day, locals may be reminded of their beloved free-thinking friend Michael Kramer.

“Dozens of captains relied on him, not just to find whales but to understand what was happening with the weather and currents,” Brian Goodremont, owner of San Juan Safaris where Michael worked as a captain, said. “He was a true waterman.”

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:23am

Especially now that other presidential candidates, notably former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, are starting to unveil their own detailed plans for fighting climate change, Inslee’s recent legislative accomplishments could help set him apart, said Todd Donovan, a professor of political science at Western Washington University.

“He doesn’t just have a vision, he’s got something actually done — so when Beto takes his lines, he can say he’s actually doing stuff," Donovan said, referring to a recent dust-up in which O’Rourke used language similar to that used by Inslee to talk about climate change.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:58pm
Northwest Public Radio

A legend about a great flood has been passed down through the centuries among the Klallam people on the north side of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. As re-told by Klallam elder Ed Sampson on a recording preserved by a University of North Texas linguist, the people noticed the fresh water turning salty -- a detail from which we infer a tsunami. 

In the story, a wise man warned the people to get ready. They scrambled into canoes provisioned with food and water. The survivors rode out the flood by tying cedar ropes to the tops of the tallest mountains of the nearby Olympic Range.

Lower Elwha Klallam tribal chairwoman Frances Charles said now there's proof this story "is not a myth."

A team of researchers from Portland State University, Western Washington University and the University of Rhode Island found evidence that as many as five tsunamis hit an ancient Klallam village at present-day Port Angeles harbor. The research papers, funded by the National Science Foundation, were published in a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:17am

For years, Washington state has failed to fully fund its financial-aid program for low-income college students. This school year, about 18,000 people qualified for Washington’s State Need Grant, but didn’t get an award because of the program’s limited budget.

That is now set to change. Not only did Washington lawmakers approve a plan to fully fund the college grant program, eliminating the wait list over the next two years, they’re expanding who qualifies — and making the awards guaranteed.

The expansive higher-education plan the Legislature approved last month will make college tuition free for families making up to 55 percent of the state’s median family income, or up to $50,400 for a family of four. The plan will do so by creating a dedicated account for college and workforce-education investments, paid for by an increase in taxes on certain professional service businesses, as well as on high-tech companies.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:39am
Peace Corps

I became interested in the Peace Corps while studying abroad in Kenya and Rwanda in 2014 as a student at Western Washington University.

While in East Africa, we worked on a tree nursery project with a community organization. We developed relationships first, just as we do in Peace Corps, and our work grew organically during our time there. While in Rwanda I also met a WWU alum serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her work in the local health center and her stories of daily life inspired me. I specifically remember her story about helping her community raise rabbits to help bridge the nutritional gap. Like any good Peace Corps story, it came with a twist: she was allergic to rabbits.

After learning about everyday life and the adventure of Peace Corps, I knew I wanted to serve. But there was a problem: although I had lived in the U.S. since the age of two, I was a Canadian citizen and therefore didn’t qualify. Through my research I also learned that Canada didn’t have opportunities for the grassroots level of international work offered by Peace Corps.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 8:53am
American Planning Association

Jurisdictions across Washington State are facing an unprecedented increase in the number of unsheltered individuals and families. While continuing efforts focus on the development of long-term housing, little effort has been spent on developing standards and best management practices for communities to effectively regulate temporary encampments (in existing buildings, tents or tiny homes) and safe parking areas.  

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:42am
Peninsula Daily News

The team from Portland State University, Western Washington University and the University of Rhode Island have examined more than 1.2 million remains from shell, fish, bird and mammals since 2012. Those remains represent more than 100 animal species, such as herring, butter clams, ducks, deer and dog.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 9:36am
KPUG Radio

Western Washington University students are launching Whatcom County’s first-ever disaster awareness and preparedness survey this spring.