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Weekend Newsletter

Saturday, November 20, 2021
Welcome back to the weekend newsletter!
Today, find out what Gov. Inslee said about Whatcom County's record flooding during his visit. Also this week, read about some funky fungi, an online career and internship fair, and what it means to be an athlete at Western. 
Off Campus
Gov. Jay Inslee addresses the press regarding the state’s response to record flooding which occurred this weekend across Whatcom County on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

Gov. Inslee visits Whatcom County in wake of record flooding

Governor Jay Inslee visited Whatcom County to talk about the impact and damage the county faced following record rainfall and unprecedented flooding, two days after declaring a severe weather emergency on Nov. 15. 

Visiting Whatcom County for the day, Inslee talked to reporters in front of a flooded parking lot outside the Whatcom Transportation Authority Station in Ferndale. He was joined by Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu and state Rep. Alica Rule. During the press conference, he vowed to “aggressively” seek federal aid to help recovery efforts in Whatcom and other counties...

Read more about Gov. Inslee's visit on The Front

Reporters wait for Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at the flooded Ferndale Station parking lot in Ferndale, Wash., on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
Watch: Jay Inslee press conference to discuss flooding in Whatcom County here.
A view of the Bellingham International Airport at sunset, where Southwest Airlines has just begun service. This new development will provide new opportunities for the community of Bellingham.

Port of Bellingham looks ahead following election and Southwest Airlines’ arrival

The Port of Bellingham has big plans for 2022 following the re-election of two commissioners and new development at the Bellingham International Airport. 

Whatcom County voted in two incumbents for port commissioner positions in the Nov. 2 election, Michael Shepard and Ken Bell, who approved the 2022 strategic budget on Nov. 16...

Read more about the Port of Bellingham on The Front

Letter from the Editor
Satellite photograph of the ‘bomb cyclone’ off Washington State’s coast on Oct. 24.

Satellite photograph of the ‘bomb cyclone’ off Washington State’s coast on Oct. 24. // Photo by NASA

Just as the COP26 ended in Glasgow this week, Whatcom County witnessed the floodgates of the climate crisis unleashed as an unprecedented storm hit our shores and swole our watersheds to breaking point.

Even though we pride ourselves in getting wet and shunning umbrellas in the Pacific Northwest, this storm proved that our communities will need to organize a resilient, sustainable future against the evermore intensifying threat of climate change.

In a visit to Whatcom County on Nov. 17, Governor Jay Inslee said “we have to realize that we are going to face decades of increased floods in our state of Washington;, this is one flood of unfortunately many that we will be experiencing.”

Our community has known this for years, as part of the many leaders in the state and country to call for climate remediation. Keeping up with the implementation of local environmental efforts and climate action plans will be crucial for our ongoing public discourse.

The Front will continue covering these issues as we have since branching out from strictly Western news. Earlier this week, a story was published about the Port of Bellingham’s developments and environmental commitments following the Nov. 2 election. Measures like these are important parts of Bellingham’s economic rebound from the pandemic and its initiative for sustainability; they will remain an integral part of our coverage moving forward.

As we await another round of precipitation in the coming days, I would like to extend our gratitude to those who participated and volunteered in rescue operations and those who are raising funds and donations for our impacted neighbors.

The Whatcom Community Foundation has set up a Resiliency Fund reserved exclusively for local cleanups and financial aids, donations can be made here.

Whatcom County Library System has also created a database for relevant community services in this time of emergency.

~ Clifford Heberden, fall ‘21 City News Editor

Campus News
Colorful and bountiful mushrooms crop up all around Western Washington University’s campus and in the Sehome Hill Arboretum located in Bellingham, Wash. The Pacific Northwest region has a unique environment that allows for all sorts of fungi to flourish.

Fantastic fungi and where to find them

The soil, decaying logs and fallen leaves of Western Washington University’s campus play host to residents that many don’t notice, but are incredibly fascinating. They are mushrooms.

From up in the arboretum to down in between academic buildings, a vast variety of mushrooms grow all over campus, helping to decay rotting plants and animals...

Read more about fantastic fungi on The Front

The Career and Services Center is located on the second story of Old Main at Western Washington University. The Career and Internship Fair which is hosted through this center will be held virtually for fall quarter through Handshake on Oct. 27.

The quarterly career and internship fair happened online this quarter, but why?

Western Washington University's quarterly Career & Internship Fair took place on Oct. 27 through the virtual platform Handshake, but in-person career fairs may make a comeback in Spring 2022.

Britta Eschete, administrative assistant of Westerns’ career services, said that when large events like the Career & Internship Fair could no longer occur because of the pandemic, rather than abandon the events, there was learning to be done to continue offering spaces that build connections between students, employers and the campus community...

Read more about the fair on The Front

This Week's Opinion
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Weekend Recreation
Viking forward Jenna Killman (middle) takes a shot against Northwest Nazarene University on Nov. 11, 2021. Killman led the Vikings with three goals in just 13 minutes and 15 seconds of play.

Western women’s soccer makes GNAC history with performance against Northwest Nazarene

With a win over Northwest Nazarene University, Western Washington University women’s soccer team advanced to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in Bellingham on Nov. 11.

Western came in as the second seed against the third seed NNU Nighthawks. Western had lost the prior matchup against the Nighthawks on Oct. 28...

Read more about WWU women's soccer on The Front

RJ Secrest stands in the middle of an empty Sam Carver Gymnasium after his 9 a.m. workout on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Secrest is a senior guard for the Viking Men’s Basketball team.

A day in the life of a student-athlete at Western

Student-athletes do more than just go to practice after attending classes. Western Washington University’s men’s basketball player RJ Secrest has lived the true life of a student-athlete heading into his fifth year at Western.

Secrest begins every day at 9 a.m. by putting in shots at Sam Carver Gymnasium by himself while the facility is still empty...

Read more about a day in the life on The Front

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