Tag Archives: COVID-19

Whatcom community forced to chart new territory online

As conditions with the Covid-19 virus took the world by storm, all non-essential local businesses have been ordered closed.

This immediate change left little time for any transition, and students were thrown right into it. Teachers were not immune.

“I’m learning from the experience,” said Whatcom Community College drama instructor Gerald Large. “One thing, for instance, is the Drama 110 Production class. Live on stage, I’m focused on getting the play on its feet for performing in front of a live audience. Putting it online, I’m forced to focus more on analysis.”

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When contact decreases, drivers see deliveries increase

Delivery drivers everywhere have found themselves to be more in demand than ever amid the COVID-19 crisis.

As restaurants and bars remain closed, drivers have been forced to put in more work in half the time, while maintaining new sanitary standards to keep themselves and their customers safe. With less staff and more regulations, drivers have found themselves facing their share of challenges while doing their best to serve the community as essential workers.

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Welcome to the ‘new’ Horizon

“In these uncertain/unprecedented times.”

“Now more than ever.”

“We’re all in this together.”

These are the refrains of our new reality. Zoom is how we hold meetings with colleagues and happy hour with friends.

We are online with students, communicating fleetingly with video conferencing tools but mostly by email.

Facebook and social media have become the go-to for family updates and connections. Memes are how we cope and find humor in “this thing of ours.”

These are indeed unprecedented times.

Here at the Horizon student newspaper, the decision to go online was always in the conversation, but COVID-19 made us voice it out loud and adapt to actually doing it… like, RIGHT NOW.

Feeling like the Whos in “Horton Hears a Who!” we are raising our collective voice to let you know: “We are here… we are here … WE ARE HEEERE!”

As advisor to the Horizon since January 2013, I have seen many changes and we seem to have weathered them all, so far.

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Shutdown: a view of Bellingham’s parks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Throughout the past couple of weeks, parks and other public places have closed due to the stay at home orders. Others stay partially open, while also attempting to limit the number of people that are visiting them by blocking parking spaces. To take a closer look, I put on a mask and headed to a few parks.

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