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About Northwest News


Northwest News is dedicated to producing a high-quality online newspaper specifically edited for use by adult literacy learners, while providing Bellevue College ESL students the opportunity to research and develop articles for an authentic purpose.

Northwest News is published twice quarterly in the school year. There are 6 issues from fall to spring. There are three levels of language/reading difficulty.

One star=beginning;

Two stars=intermediate;

Three stars=advanced.

Contact Information:

Northwest News

Bellevue College, R130
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007 USA
Phone: 425-564-4415

Editor: Garnet Templin-Imel
Instructor and writer: Garnet Templin-Imel and Cathy Smith
Website Design: Tyler Menezes
Technical Assistants: Irina Matveeva-Lazutina and Natalia Karimova
Appreciation to The Seattle Times for sharing their photographs and news for over twenty years.

Northwest News online uses Word Press.

Last paper issue for Northwest News

After 20 years of publication, Northwest News is printing its last issue. The paper began in 1990 as the inspiration of Arlene Springer and Cara Izumi. They saw the need for a newspaper to serve basic adult literacy readers and created Northwest News. Arlene was an ESL instructor at North Seattle Community College, and Cara worked at the University of Washington.

In 1997, after seven years of production, the paper moved into the able hands of Julie Malgesini and Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz. Both Julie and Lynn taught at several colleges around Puget Sound. Julie became sole owner, editor, publisher, and producer in 1999 and continued until 2004 when Bellevue College (formerly Bellevue Community College) took over its production.

Garnet Templin-Imel started as the main editor at Bellevue College, and she was succeed by Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz, and then Tonya Estes. Barbara Wright has produced the layout and design for 18 years.

While the primary focus of Northwest News was on news of the Pacific Northwest, it has been read and used worldwide in adult literacy programs.

The staff of Northwest News appreciates the sup­port of regional readers because the paper would not have continued so long without you. We thank the many students and volunteers over the twenty years who have selected the content and written the articles.

We reserve a special thanks to The Seattle Times for the use of their photographs, and the continual flexibility of our printer, Pacific Publishing.