Paul Wright prepares to go to his internship at the State Auditor’s office, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Bellingham. Wright was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare disorder characterized by contracted limbs and weak muscles. His hands are permanently bent backwards but are fully functional. When he started his internship at the State Auditor’s office during the summer, it took him two hours to get dress. During the past two months he has cut his preparation time down to 30 minutes.
Justin Bigelow (center), 15, gives Kayla Henson, 14, both of Texas, a massage on August 23, 2013, as Jon Hibbs (left), 16, and Louie Heiges, 15, look on at Camp Phoenix, a summer camp for children with severe burn injuries at Lake Samish in Bellingham. The week-long annual summer camp helps children emotionally recover from their burn injuries. Justin sustained his burns during a car fire a little more than a decade ago.
Western Washington University students react to the men's basketball team losing a close game to Montana State University Billings 102-101 in overtime on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Western. The dedicated Viking fans split their attention between a women's basketball home game, which had ended about 10 minutes earlier and the laptop which displayed the men's game.
A man runs from a smoke bomb on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the corner of Indian and East Laurel streets in Bellingham. After police broke up a Bellingham block party, young adults threw beer bottles and other objects at idling police cars. Police used pepper balls, smoke and flash grenades to disperse the crowd of about 500 people.
Dressed up in a giant chicken suit Tom Sheanan, of Edison, walks his chicken Kernel on a lease down Cains Court at the third annual Edison Bird Festival on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Edison. Nick Gonzales / Skagit Valley Herald
Mary Jo Gran stands at Larrabee State Park’s Wildcat Cove on Monday, July 23, 2012, where her son Jim Robinson and his friend, Braden Talbott Lindholdt, launched kayaks 11 years ago and never returned. Searchers later found their kayaks, but their bodies were never recovered. Gran successfully lobbied for a life vest loaner program at the cove, to help other people be safe while on the water. Gran said if her son had had access to such a program, he might have grabbed a life jacket.
Western Washington University junior defender Pat Cole (14) battles for the ball with Saint Martin University senior midfielder Ivan Gonzalez as Western's men's soccer team beats Saint Martin's 3-0 during a physical contest on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Orca Field in Bellingham.
Lib Tech skater Kyle Ward drops into the bowl on Sept. 15, 2013, at the Sedro-Woolley Community Skate Park during a break in the first Sedro-Woolley Skateboard Contest. The event sponsored by the Parks and Recreation department and Hidden Wave Board Shop drew 34 skaters and many spectators to watch local talent and the Lib Tech professional skaters, who judged the contest.
First year performer Lilly-Ann Geren, 8, reaches for the rope as she spins around on the Spanish web during a Wenatchee Youth Circus performance on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Thousand Trials in Bow.
Dressed as mad scientists, Russ Leighton, left, and his fiancee Allie Copeland stand in the "MegaZapper" at the Spark Museum, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash. Copeland said standing in the Tesla Coil and walking out alive reaffirms her faith in science. The 9-foot-tall Tesla Coil sends four million volts of electricity through a steel faraday cage, which makes it safe for spectators to stand in.
Western Washington University's Chris Mitchell (42) goes for a loose ball during Western's 86-77 win victory California State University San Bernardino on Monday, March 18, 2013, during the semi-final game of the NCAA II West Regional playoffs in Bellingham.
Western Washington University senior Richard Woodworth crowd surfs after making a buzzer-beater half court shot to beat arch-rivals Central Washington University 94-91 on senior night, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at WWU. The Western caption rode out his final home game in Carver gym as a hero.
Artist Point opened Tuesday, June 24, 2012, for the first time since 2010. Washington State Department of Transportation officials reported that Mount Baker Highway was buried under 20-30 feet of snow when they started to clear the road in early June.
Jason King rubs his face after being involved in an motor vehicle accident at the corner of Iowa Street and Racine Street, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash. King was taking a left turn from Iowa Street onto Racine Street when a Honda motorcycle collided with the Nissan Titan he was driving. The motorcycle driver died in PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center that night.
Sherry Welch serves Duke Ploeg, 6, of Burlington, his favorite flavor snow cone, bubble gum mixed with blueberry, at the Snow Shack on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Blaine. Welch said people get hooked on the first flavor they try. "I think that's the best part about the flavors, they taste like they are supposed to," Welch said.
Western Washington University's women's golf head coach Bo Stephan, left, and sophomore golfer Kristen Hansen reach for a ball to drop it back into the sand trap on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Hansen finished tied for sixth in the 20th Viking Women's Golf Invitational.