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Port plans to build faster internet access for rural areas

Port plans to build faster internet access for rural areas

By Mathew Roland The Port of Bellingham has a plan to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of Whatcom County, including a 113-mile, $6.8 million system of fiber optic cable to deliver affordable, high-speed internet to sparsely populated areas. Recently the port received $750,000 in grants from the county Economic Development Investment Program to fund [...]

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New owner of solar panel plant doubles output and is hiring

New owner of solar panel plant doubles output and is hiring

By Katie Hayes A Bellingham solar panel manufacturing facility will continue to hire additional employees in coming months as its new Canadian owner, Silfab Solar, continues to grow. “We have been in active recruitment mode and currently employ 126 permanent employees with eight new being added this week and 10 additional temporary employees,” Silfab Solar [...]

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Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

Tony’s Coffee still has that freshly roasted smell

By Brooke Strickland The scent of freshly roasted coffee has been coming from Tony’s Coffee since 1971, when the business first opened its doors. The company is focused on high-quality organic and fair-trade coffee, and they roast all their beans in Bellingham. The original coffeehouse in Fairhaven on Harris Avenue is still going strong. People [...]

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Emergency Reporting looks to take on international clients

Emergency Reporting looks to take on international clients

By Brooke Strickland Founded in 2003, Bellingham-based Emergency Reporting offers cloud-based software for fire and emergency medical departments and agencies nationwide. Services include reporting tools and records management, and the company says it serves 6,500 agencies of all sizes, including 170 Department of Defense installations around the world. Under CEO David Nokes, the company has [...]

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Old building finding new purpose as hotel, apartments

Old building finding new purpose as hotel, apartments

By Emily Hamann After more than three decades, a historic Bellingham building will be restored to its original purpose. In April, owners of the Leopold Hotel building announced that it would again be used as a hotel, along with apartments. Renovations are currently underway to restore parts of the building’s original features, including tile floors, [...]

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Eateries rush to adapt to increased costs, changing customer

Eateries rush to adapt to increased costs, changing customer

By Emily Hamann One of Bellingham’s newest restaurants is also a bit of a blast from the past. Last month Kim Fox celebrated the grand opening of Grant’s Burgers in Bellingham. Grant’s is an old-fashioned burger shop with a seating area and a walk-up window. Everything, from the sliced tomatoes to the hand-scooped milkshakes, is [...]

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With new CEO, Barkley Village prepares for more growth

With new CEO, Barkley Village prepares for more growth

After several years of quiet, building at Barkley Village is kicking off again. The Barkley Company, which owns the majority of the land and buildings at the 250-acre urban village in Bellingham, plans on breaking ground on an apartment complex this summer, with several other projects to follow. “We’ve taken a break for a few [...]

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Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

Ferndale’s only craft brewery will honor city’s history, future

By Emily Hamann Soon, Ferndale beer lovers won’t have to drive to Bellingham anymore to drink at a neighborhood brewery. Fringe Brewing is set open early this year in downtown Ferndale. “I thought it would be fun to open up my own brewery,” Head Brewer Scott White said. He has been brewing for 10 years, [...]

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A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

A few good journeymen: Why skilled tradespeople are so hard to find

By Emily Hamann Anyone who has recently tried to retrofit a new restaurant or retail space, remodel a house, or even just hire a plumber has probably noticed there’s a lack of skilled tradespeople in Whatcom County. As unemployment recovered from the recession and the labor market got tighter, construction was one of the first [...]

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