In the Media

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:09am
The Bellingham Herald

One’s a sci-fi writer who’d never, ever, fly in space. The other’s a NASA scientist who won’t rule out a trip aboard a rocket ship.

But in a sense, both of them have been to the Red Planet – and they took many space enthusiasts with them.

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 10:07am
The Bellingham Herald

As a rash of voyeurism and lewd conduct incidents continue at Western Washington University and surrounding neighborhoods, more people on campus are using the “Green Coats” public safety assistants, officials said.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 4:06pm

San Diego is Wandke’s favorite travel spot. Sunshine and better-than-average accessibility. But he’s traveled across the country for work and pleasure, including rock climbing in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and navigating the subway systems in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Boston.

“I’ve put myself out there for every opportunity,” said Wandke, who has Cerebral Palsy. “You never know what will happen.”

Wandke at the beach in San Diego using a power beach wheelchair. (Wandke Photo)

Last year that included winning the Bellingham Startup Challenge with his pitch for an AbiliTrek prototype. This year, AbiliTrek won “Best Consumer Product Idea” at the University of Washington Business Plan Competition.

Wandke attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, earning a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Business Administration. It was through Western that he met Flint and Travis Heller, who works as AbiliTrek’s CTO. While a student, Wandke started the university’s only club for students with disabilities and helped create its Disability Outreach Center.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:31am
The Brookings Institute

In the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War, Americans began to develop a robust school system.  Yet back then, like today, disagreement was pervasive regarding the kind of education that was needed, who should pay for it, and how schools should be governed. In a recent book titled “Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America,” Western Washington University's Dr. Johann Neem tells the story of how and why Americans decided that schooling should be a public good, and explores the significance of the debates that shaped the creation of our contemporary public school system.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:02pm
The Bellingham Herald

Police have identified the three people found dead Monday afternoon in a Cordata neighborhood home as the victims of a homicide-suicide.

Lt. Danette Beckley said Tuesday the victims are Tanya Rowe, 43, her 5-year-old son Benton, and her husband and the boy’s father, Kevin Rowe, 45.

Beckley didn’t say whether a weapon was used or who was the killer. She said the public isn’t in any danger, and no suspect is being sought.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:05am
NW Public Radio

Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington state. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.

There's a line on a map for an active earthquake fault running through the forested hills on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula. But unless you have expert guides, you'd never know you standing right on top of it.

A short bushwhack from the side of a logging road will bring you to a low ridge. It’s basically a linear bump on the landscape.

"Probably multiple earthquakes raised it up,” Western Washington University geologist Liz Schermer said. “It's flat up here. It's flat down there. They used to be aligned and now they're offset."

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:45am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Police now say a composite sketch of a man initially suspected in recent lewd conduct cases around Western Washington University is “no longer valid” because he was arrested in connection with unrelated crimes.

“The sketch is no longer valid as it relates to the prolific voyeur,” said police Lt. Danette Beckley.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:39am
Spokesman-Review (Spokane)

The Western Washington volleyball program is among the elite in the nation year after year. Last week the Vikings were ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II and are Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions for the eighth time.

At the heart of that success this season are four players from the Spokane area – the Buckner sisters, senior opposite Joellee and junior libero/defensive specialist Aubrey from Colville, sophomore middle blocker Joslyn Boprayfrom Lewis and Clark and sophomore outside hitter Kazlyn Roullier from Central Valley.

“The Spokane area has always been a hotbed for volleyball and it continues to grow with each passing year,” said 18th-year WWU head coach Diane Flick-Williams.

The Buckners and Bopray are starters and Roullier provides a spark off the bench.

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:12am
KGMI Radio

The academic success of Western Washington University student-athletes has earned national acclaim.

The Vikings were one of 32 NCAA Division II schools to earn the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, awarded to schools having an Academic Success Rate of 90 percent or higher in the latest NCAA Graduation Rate report released in October. Western student-athletes entering college from 2007 to 2010 had an ASR of 90 percent, the school’s best mark in the 12 years of reporting ASR data.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:04am
KNKX Public Radio Seattle

Visionary Bert Webber, a Canadian professor emeritus at Western Washington University, is the man who came up with the term, Salish Sea and fought for decades to get it recognized. He says back in the 80s, it was concern about crude oil from Alaska coming through the Strait of Juan De Fuca that got them thinking about the need to name and protect the whole ecosystem. 

“Vessel traffic has increased in number, especially in the last five years and will even more in the next four or five years,” Webber says. “There is major concern about the impacts of a vessel going aground or being in a collision and having to deal with a major oil spill.”