The Power of Community Radio

KMRE 102.3 FM is a community radio station operating out of the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in downtown Bellingham. In the 1920s and 1930s the building was the location of a women’s clothing store called the Home Store.

The Collections of John Jenkins and Jonathan Winter

John Jenkins and Jonathan Winter both started collecting antique radios and electrical devices when they were kids. Now more than 50 years later the two have combined their collections and have them on display for the public to see at the SPARK museum of Electrical Invention. Both Jenkins and Winters find education to be the most important component of the museum and created this space to show kids how electrical inventions and radios work. They really see their world renowned museum as a gift to the community.

Sustainability at Western: Sustainable Action Fund

The Green Energy Fee is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus’ environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.

The Sustainable Action Fund (formerly the GEF Grant Program) provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. It is managed by the Office of Sustainability and supported by the AS Environmental and Sustainability Programs. Students, staff and faculty are all eligible to apply for grant funding. Projects funded through the fund aim to increase student involvement and education, reduce the university’s environmental impact and create an aware and engaged campus community.

Sustainability at Western: Sustainable Transportation

Western’s Sustainable Transportation Office:
– provides assistance to the WWU community with alternative transportation information
– supports student transportation
– is a campus resource for sustainable transportation news and information
– is a liaison between WWU, WTA and other transportation-related community groups
– fulfills the requirements of the state Commute Trip Reduction Act

Behind the Scenes of Bellingham Terror

Bellingham Terror is an original radio drama series set in 1935 Bellingham, written and produced by Riley and Bryna Sweeney. It is a historical horror series distributed by KMRE 102.3 FM which broadcasts out of the SPARK Museum in Bellingham, WA. You can find out more and stream the individual episodes at

Master Gardener

Sheilagh Brown is a master gardener and bird watching enthusiast. Twenty years ago she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Even though the disease has weakened her muscles, preventing her from moving around her garden very easily, she still manages to go outside almost everyday to check on her plants and watch birds fly around the yard.

Akers Drums

Ralph Akers estimates that he has worked on over 100,000 animal skin drums from his workshop located in Everson, Washington. Son of a taxidermist, Akers learned many of the skills necessary in working with animal skins from his father. Today he continues to make drums, specializing in Northwest Coast hand drum culture. Naturally skilled at working with his hands, he provides the public with an opportunity to make deep personal connections through both playing and learning to make drums.

Silent Forest 

The Hoh Rainforest is one of the best preserved examples of a temperate rainforest in the United States. Located on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington receives 21 or more feet of rain a year. Gordon Hempton the sound tracker has traveled the world searching for places undisturbed from human noise. He claims the Hoh Rainforest is the most quite spot in the Contiguous United States.