Overall retail sales have been climbing, but as a percentage, Blaine and other areas have been climbing faster. That could mean that some shoppers outside of Bellingham are redirecting a trip to the mall or other brick-and-mortar stores to an online source, said James McCafferty, director at Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research.
Op-ed by WWU Assistant Professor of History Sara Zarrow
16. Bellingham, Washington
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"Several Washington cities makes the list, thanks in part to the $11.50 minimum wage that would result in $8,970 a year working 15 hours a week. After paying the $7,933 in annual tuition and fees for Western Washington University, a resident student would have $1,037 left to cover remaining college and living expenses."
Growing up in Washington State, Katrina has been constantly influenced and driven by the outdoors and her community. After attending the UW for a degree in oceanography, she became inspired to bridge the gaps between communities and marine sciences. She then attended graduate school at Western Washington University in environmental policy with a focus on marine policy. Between analyzing ocean acidification and collaborative barriers in the Salish Sea, and interning at Re-Sources Bellingham, her professional and personal goals to work with the community and marine science continued to grow. As a WSG State Fellow at the Nature Conservancy, Katrina will work on developing and conducting outreach for the Washington Coastal Resilience Project, engaging and implementing a network with the Community, Economy and Place Initiative, and develop a tribal engagement training for staff.
Due to the raised level of concern over the poor air quality in the area, the Western Washington University women’s soccer exhibition game against Trinity Western University in Langley, BC has been cancelled.
The Vikings were set to face their boarder rivals in a preseason friendly Tuesday night, but the game was called off due to air quality that has hit unsafe numbers in the Whatcom County and Western British Columbia areas.
Sunrise Tuesday was nothing but an orange disc against a dusky brown sky as air quality pushed into the “very unhealthy” range, the worst in a week across Whatcom County.
Breezes from the north and northeast carried smoke from several hundred wildfires across British Columbia, and meteorologists said relief remained a day or more away.
Haze was so thick that residents in Geneva could barely see across Lake Whatcom.
Merrill Peterson knows few people are as passionate about insects as he is.
But you don’t have to share the Western Washington University biologist’s obsession to appreciate his new guide to the bounty of beetles, spittlebugs, antlions, lacewings, stoneflies, treehoppers, katydids and other six-legged invertebrates that make their homes in the Pacific Northwest. All it takes is curiosity and a question: “What’s that bug?”
While Sharon Shewmake doesn’t have a statement in her syllabus about her obligation to report sexual misconduct, she said she thought doing so was a good idea, especially in courses whose students often talk and write about their experiences. Shewmake is an associate professor in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University.
In Shewmake’s economics courses, students don’t typically write personal essays. But sexual assault has come up, she said, when students have fallen behind in their work and visit her office to talk about it.
She immediately explains what being a mandatory reporter means. Then she tells students that her main goal is to help them get back on track, and offers to connect them to any resources they might need.
“That has almost always been met with, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you,’” Shewmake said. She’s glad she’s a mandatory reporter because she believes it puts her in a position to better protect her students.
To better understand what’s going on within Kīlauea’s south flank and help determine how it has been affected by the eruption, a group of scientists from Western Washington University, Rice University, and the University of Rhode Island deployed 12 ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) on the submarine Kīlauea south flank in July.
Construction projects and more motor vehicle purchases contributed to an about 9 percent increase in taxable retail sales in Skagit County for the first fiscal quarter of 2018, according to a Department of Revenue news release.
From January to March, sales were 8.8 percent greater than the first quarter of 2017, according to department data.
Construction sales rose $32 million, from $80 million to $112 million.
James McCafferty, co-director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University, said a few big construction projects are enough to cause a large increase in taxable retail sales in low-density counties such as Skagit.
“If you start with a smaller base, it doesn’t take as much of a dollar amount to make a percent change,” McCafferty said.