In the media

03 26 15
The Seattle Times
Calvin Watts will become the next superintendent of the Kent School District, the fourth-largest district in the state. He earned his teaching certification from Western Washington University.
03 24 15
The Bellingham Herald
The university announced it has signed a two-year lease to put in a 2,500-square-foot office on the ground floor of Herald Building at 1155 N. State St. The office is expected to be ready by Friday, June 19 and will be a place where the public can drop in and find out more about campus life. It will have a conference room and office space for nine Western Washington University employees.
03 24 15
The Bellingham Herald
Graduate students in Western Washington University’s psychology department are offering free individual counseling sessions from April 1 until June 5.
03 23 15
KGMI
Western Washington University’s Ryan Macdonald (Sr., Bellingham/Sehome) set school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records in winning the men’s discus with a provisional national qualifying mark of 177-4 (54.07 meters) at the Rose City Preview meet Saturday, March 21, at Earl Klapstein Stadium on the Mt. Hood Community College campus.
03 19 15
Spokesman-Review
The region’s lack of snowpack, including record lows in portions of the Cascades, means less runoff followed by shallower river levels and higher than average summer water temperatures, experts say.  “It’s bad news for salmon,” said James Helfield, associate professor of environmental science at Western Washington University.
03 19 15
USA Today
College students in Washington state might end up with quite the bargain next year as the state looks to reinvest in higher education. Last week, the Washington State Senate passed Senate Bill 5954 in a 37-12 vote, a law that would link college tuition rates to average salaries in the state. If passed, it would effectively cut tuition rates by up to $5,000 per year at public schools. “If you try and make your decision based on what’s best for the students, this bill makes a lot of sense,” says Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond), the Senate’s budget writer. What doesn’t make sense, says Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle), is that no one knows how to pay for it yet.
03 18 15
KOMO News
Police in Bellingham are sounding the alarm over toxic trash. Plastic bottles used to make methamphetamine turned up last week at Sehome Arboretum, said Lt. Bob Vander Yacht of the Bellingham Police Department. The plastic containers are used to cook meth and are often tossed into the brush or onto the roadside still laden with harmful ingredients. "These are nasty chemicals. We don't want people to come in contact with it," Vander Yacht said, while walking through the popular park Tuesday. "We recognize that this might be a growing trend, so we feel like we're in front of it pretty well."
03 18 15
The Bellingham Herald
Bellingham native Alona Christman is among the dancers from Bellingham Repertory Dance in “The Night in the Gallery,” which recently received support for a choreograpic project with Seattle dancer Mary Sheldon Scott. The performance, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Western Washington University’s Western Gallery, will include excerpts of that work-in-progress, as well as poetry readings from the Chuckanut Writers Group who took inspiration from the project.
03 17 15
The Bellingham Herald
A new preclearance agreement between the U.S. and Canada could make it easier for private companies to move people across the border. The agreement, signed Monday, March 16, by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, would allow for some inspections to take place prior to arriving at the border, potentially reducing congestion and delays. Both countries must enact legislation for the agreement to be implemented.
03 17 15
The Seattle Times
An Illinois superintendent and a Georgia assistant superintendent have been named finalists in Kent School District’s search for a new schools chief. The Kent School Board will choose between David Moyer, superintendent of Moline-Coal Valley School District in Moline, Illinois, and Calvin Watts, assistant superintendent in Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Georgia. It plans to announce its decision at its meeting March 25.