In the media

07 06 15
The Bellingham Herald
Rick Osen, the newest trustee at Bellingham Public Library, knows a thing or two about libraries, having worked in one for more than 35 years. The former interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University, Osen was appointed in February to serve alongside fellow trustees J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor and Tom Barrett. Osen, 66, has long considered libraries vital to the communities they serve. After retiring from Western last year, he decided he wanted to contribute his knowledge and years of experience to the library community.
07 06 15
The Bellingham Herald
The state Legislature will provide $70 million in its capital budget for the long-sought renovation of Western Washington University’s Sam Carver Gymnasium. In addition to the athletic activities held there, more than 300 classes and labs are taught in the building each year, according to the school. The university began relocating occupants of the building and securing it for construction earlier this year. The full cost of the construction project has been estimated at $73 million and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.
07 06 15
Bellingham Business Journal
Western Washington University Extended Education’s Life Launch, a four-day professional development course, aims to help recent college graduates figure out what’s next.
07 06 15
Bellingham Business Journal
Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of signing a lease. Now imagine that space moving from one vacant downtown storefront to the next, leaving behind new businesses with each move. That’s Nick Hartrich’s vision for filling downtown vacancies and, in the process, giving entrepreneurs a place to try out new ideas.
07 02 15
Cascadia Weekly
Despite the long and pretentious, preening moment of silence and quiet reflection the conservative caucus of the Whatcom Charter Review Commission invokes at the start of their meetings, caucus members nevertheless failed to gain divine insight on several key realities:
07 02 15
The Bellingham Herald
Dr. Mitchell Kahn is in his fifth year as general director of Skagit Opera and is on the board of directors of Bellingham Festival of Music. He’s the kind of person who fits the adage: “Ask a busy person” to do something. When asked how he balances everything in his life, he answer, “How do I manage to do so much? I may be the only doctor in Bellingham who doesn’t play golf, doesn’t boat and hasn’t had cable TV in years. I spend about two minutes a day commuting (15 minutes if I bike). Most importantly, I have a very understanding and supportive wife, and excellent office staff.”
07 02 15
The Bellingham Herald
Aiming for the school’s first NCAA Division II national playoff appearance in men’s soccer, Western Washington University will play 11 home games, two of them exhibitions, during the 2015 season at Robert S. Harrington Field on the WWU campus. Making that announcement was WWU head coach Greg Brisbon.
07 02 15
The Bellingham Herald
Looking for another run deep into the NCAA Division II national playoffs, the Western Washington University women’s soccer team will be making two exhibition appearances and playing nine regular-season games at Robert S. Harrington Field during 2015 season. Making that announcement was WWU head coach Travis Connell.
07 01 15
The News Tribune
State agencies stayed open Wednesday and government officials took steps to make amends with the state Supreme Court – those were two of the main accomplishments of the new two-year operating budget that Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law late Tuesday evening.
07 01 15
Skagit Valley Herald
Don Wick has a quote or punchline for just about everything. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much” is a quote from Helen Keller he cites often that encapsulates the success of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County under Wick’s leadership. After 28 years as executive director, Wick is retiring. He leaves behind a legacy of economic vitality throughout the county.