But this study is important beyond just providing a long, long, long-term forecast for Portland and points east. It represents a step forward for tree ring science.
“This is a great example of where the field has been trying to go for a long time,” says Andy Bunn, an environmental scientist and tree-ring researcher at Western Washington University. “It’s an important, super novel paper.”
The North Cascades Institute has been teaching visitors about the natural history, environment and wildlife of the mountainous region since 1986. The institute today offers a variety of programs that help make the North Cascades accessible to visitors of all ages.
The institute’s learning center was built not far from the banks of Diablo Lake in 2005. It offers lodging and a home base for activities such as guided hikes and canoe trips.
The center also houses full-time staff and students who are working toward master’s degrees in environmental education through Western Washington University.
In college, Burcar sailed on the racing team at Western Washington University. After graduating, he worked as a “sailmaker” for North Sails in Seattle, where he sold and repaired sails. He often sailed with customers on the weekend.
Ilwaco High School graduate Charity Fleck was literally a track star. In her junior year season she placed second at district and fourth at state in both the 100 and 200 meters, was a key to the girls 4x100 team winning district and placing fourth at state, as well as the girls 4x400 team winning a whopping 10 times that season, plus taking second at district and third at state. She also made it to state in multiple events both her freshman and sophomore years as well.
But when senior year came around, Fleck had started looking for a different direction to find her joy. Art had been something that was gaining interest with her, but once she found painting it changed her path and she chose to not compete her senior year.
The 17-year-old, who has lived in Ilwaco the last nine years, will be moving to Bellingham in the fall to attend Western Washington University.
Finally, Western Washington University’s award-winning sketch comedy troupe The Dead Parrots Society offers zany improvisational theatre on July 28 and 29. Dead Parrots Society specializes in long-form comedic improv, and the accomplished students regularly perform on and off campus.
When thieves broke into an Olympia storage locker in April and hauled away an 85-pound locked safe, they set in motion a series of events that forced Washington State University to send letters to 1 million people advising them their data might have been compromised.
This summer, Western Washington University is building a “cyber range,” a computer lab that runs on a private computer network — reachable through the internet, but isolated from it.
On a cyber range, students can let a virus loose to see what harm it does, or run an attack against the system to find vulnerabilities, said Erik Fretheim, director of the university’s Computer and Information Systems Security Program.
Western Washington University junior soccer player Sierra Shugarts has been named the 2016-17 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday from the conference office.
Maddy and Sophia Marinkovich are mending net for their dad among a sea of men preparing for the salmon season.
Both girls use their fishing money to put themselves through college at Western Washington University. They also have a 12-year-old sister who will eventually join them in Bristol Bay.
But for now, they are focused on mending nets for the season ahead.
This spring Ana Ramirez became the first undocumented student elected to Western Washington University's Student Board of Directors.
It was one of the happiest days in the 19-year-old's life.
"I literally cried," she said on the Bellingham campus, Wednesday. "I knew a lot of other people would be proud of me so that made me happy."
Soon thereafter, however, the University told Ramirez she could not assume that office even though she won it fair and square.