Caleb Heeringa

Journalist, Editor and Digital Storyteller

Location icon United States of America

I am an accomplished writer, editor and digital journalist, having won awards for my writing and photography.

A card-carrying member of the digital age with the heart of an ink-stained wretch, I believe in good old-fashioned data-driven reporting and writing packaged for the tastes of a 21st Century audience.

I like my cities dense, my wilderness wild and my baseball teams winning.

Portfolio
The Urbanist
06/16/2016
Backyard Cottages: The New Bungalows Of The Middle Class

Councilmember Mike O'Brien's legislation that seeks to encourage more backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments hit a snag last week, as the Queen Anne Community Council filed an appeal with the City's hearing examiner that will delay the legislation for at least three to six months.

The Bellingham Herald
03/09/2008
Police seek identity thief with area ties

Steven Stewart. Bradley Allen. Edward Flemming. Detectives say a man with ties to Whatcom County has hopped from one of these identities to the next, committing crimes and racking up thousands of dollars of debt that has ruined the lives of the real Stewart, Allen and Fleming.

The Seattle Times
02/21/2008
Whatcom County jail creaking, leaking

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office employees are used to dealing with criminals' abusive language every once in a while, but their urine and... Share story Whatcom County Sheriff's Office employees are used to dealing with criminals' abusive language every once in a while, but their urine and feces are a different story.

Wonder as we Wander
02/23/2014
A Lady and a Prayer

Our Myanmar guidebook instructed us against starting political conversations with locals, who have spent decades under the thumb of a repressive and occasionally vindictive military dictatorship. Tourists who visited the country a decade or two ago generally had to come through a government-run package tour that shuffled you from tourist site to tourist site and...

DCI Engineers
06/19/2015
Rethinking the Possibilities of Wood

Steel and concrete have long been the preferred tools for constructing high-rise buildings thanks to their exemplary strength and structural simplicity. But steel and concrete aren't without their downsides, particularly in an increasingly environmentally conscious world. Scientists estimate that more than six percent of global greenhouse gas emissions comes from the production of steel; the production of concrete adds an additional five percent.

Sammamish Review
02/16/2011
State moves to close adult home

A Sammamish home used as a care facility for aging and vulnerable adults may be shut down by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

The Seattle Times
04/13/2008
Job application leads police to Blaine shoplifting suspects

Here's one way to get your job application put at the bottom of the pile. Police say two people's scheme to shoplift from dutyfree stores... Share story Here's one way to get your job application put at the bottom of the pile.

YouTube
04/17/2015
Google - Kirkland Campus Bridge Construction

Short video featuring sped-up drone footage of the assembly of a 190-foot pedestrian bridge at the new Google - Kirkland Campus. Edited on Windows Movie Maker, for DCI Engineers.

The Seattle Times
12/20/2007
Closure of jail adds to problem of overcrowding

Officials say the recent closure of a privately run minimum-security jail facility will have little financial impact on taxpayers but it... Share story BELLINGHAM - Officials say the recent closure of a privately run minimum-security jail facility will have little financial impact on taxpayers but it could make the county's crowded jails even more cramped.

The Bellingham Herald
03/08/2008
Ramsay hired as police chief

Twenty-five years after Todd Ramsay became president of the student body of Bellingham High School, the 42-year-old has moved into an even more important position in the community.

DCI Engineers
11/25/2015
The Sky is the Limit

As demand for the urban lifestyle grows, so does the demand for urban housing. But with many cities having reached the limits of suburban sprawl, the only option remaining is to build up. Cities have been building high-rise construction for more than a century, but the limits of zoning, financing and elevator technology act as ceilings to how high towers can go.

Sammamish Review
11/10/2013
Sammamish could save under new EFR funding plan

Sammamish could trim its fire service costs by between $156,000 and $314,000 a year if Eastside Fire &Rescue partners agree to a new funding model that reflects the amount of calls each jurisdiction produces.

DCI Engineers
01/14/2016
How can an engineer help?

In the aftermath of a natural disaster like an earthquake or hurricane, structural engineers are in high demand as governments struggle to ensure that damaged buildings are safe for public use. That's especially true in the developing world, where building codes are often ignored and qualified structural engineers are fewer.

Bellingham Herald
04/10/2008
Cat Power confident at cover-heavy WWU concert

Chan Marshall's tumultuous career, both on-stage and off, begs the question: Who will play the troubled-but-brilliant songstress in her feature-length biopic? Johnny Cash had "Walk the Line" and Bob Dylan was immortalized in "I'm Not There" - why not Marshall? The woman known as Cat Power has a life made for the silver screen.

The Seattle Times
04/12/2008
Blaine teen attempts balloon record: blows them up with nose

Determination, perseverance and a strong nasal cavity - that's what a local teen needed during his attempt to get his name in the... Share story Determination, perseverance and a strong nasal cavity - that's what a local teen needed during his attempt to get his name in the record books Friday afternoon.

DCI Engineers
02/06/2015
The Next Generation of Engineers

The old days of "reading, writing and arithmetic" are over. Today's jobs - to say nothing of tomorrow's - need high school and college graduates with much more specialized skillsets geared towards critical thinking, technological prowess, problem solving and analysis.

Wonder as we Wander
12/30/2013
Bruises that don't go away

On our first jet-lagged night in Bangkok, we met a group of ex-pat English teachers that had done some traveling around Southeast Asia. When we mentioned Cambodia, one of them - a talker with a flair for the dramatic - got real dark all of a sudden.

Tibetan Magazine for Tibet News & Issues
03/31/2014
Life in Tibet Under Xi Jinping - Tibetan Magazine for Tibet News & Issues

For Tibetans who live every day under Chinese oppression, last year's change of leadership in the Communist Party brought about optimism - would the new President, Xi Jinping, ease up on the government's systematic assault on Tibetan identity? Despite that optimism, little has changed in the lives of Tibetans living in China one year later.

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