In the media

09 30 14
The Bellingham Herald
Voters can hear from candidates in five local races at the Whatcom Tea Party debate forum Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. The free forum will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the BIAWC, 1650 Baker Creek Place in Bellingham. Doors open at 5 p.m.
09 30 14
The Western Front
Pee Wee Halsell is on his 28th year at Western as head coach for the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country teams. Halsell is highly regarded for his success as a coach, and has been named coach of the year at the league, district, region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference level multiple times during his years at Western.
09 30 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University’s Nathan Richards has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Male co-Athlete of the Week for Sept. 21-27.
09 29 14
The Bellingham Herald
Neighbors of a proposed student-housing development are invited to a meeting on Monday, Sept. 29, to learn more about the project. Planning consultant Bill Geyer will lead the meeting on behalf of Rael Development Corp. of Newport Beach, Calif., that would build housing for Western Washington University students at the site of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 910 N. Forest St.
09 29 14
The (Longview) Daily News
Mikaela Gronseth’s life for the past year and a half has been divided among two continents, two languages and no fewer than 100 children. She’s a grandma, a sister, a mother and sometimes an aunt. She’s a teacher — both inside and outside the classroom. The 26-year-old from Centralia graduated college in 2011 before jetting off five months later to Honduras.
09 29 14
The Bellingham Herald
The top two in the men’s race and the first two in the women’s competition all turned the eighth annual Bellingham Bay Marathon into a family affair to remember. Repeat champion Steve DeKoker, a 33-year-old Western Washington University graduate who lives in Seattle, and runner-up Mark Burke, 27, from Bellingham, said they received cheers they’ll never forget from their wives and young daughters.
09 29 14
The Bellingham Herald
Oliver de la Paz, who teaches English at Western Washington University and is a recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Artist Trust, reads from his new book of prose poems, “Post Subject: A Fable,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Village Books, 1200 11th St.
09 29 14
The News Tribune
Technology advances so rapidly that public policy often can’t keep up. That’s what’s happening with electronic messaging, particularly as it pertains to texting and public open records law. Texting has quickly become pervasive in society, and many public officials find it a useful way to communicate with staff, constituents and other officials. But governments and courts now find themselves in something of a dilemma.
09 26 14
The Western Front
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership held a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss how to connect Western Washington University and downtown Bellingham. A small group of local business owners and individuals gathered together on the top floor of the Leopold Retirement Residence on Wednesday evening with the same concern, why isn’t Bellingham that quintessential college town? With the number of bike thefts continuing to increase a local policeman – Jeremy Harper – attended the meeting to speak about the crimes. A GPS system has been put on a trial basis to determine whether or not it can be an effective solution.
09 26 14
Alaska Dispatch News
In 2010, Heather Kelly was headed on a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon and realized she didn’t want to be eating instant oatmeal and ramen for 26 days. So she dehydrated 50 pounds of her own food to bring on the expedition instead. It ended up being a life-changing trip in more ways than one.