Online streaming clouds future for movie rental stores

Filed on 03. Jun, 2014 in Features

Online streaming clouds future for movie rental stores

At noon on a recent Tuesday, Rob Olason, as usual, opened Trek Video, his movie rental shop in Bellingham’s Fairhaven District. But when one of the day’s first customers asked Olason to stand out front and pose for a photograph, it was clear that this Tuesday would be different than any of the other hundreds [...]

New hotels are underway, and more are coming to Bellingham

Filed on 02. Jun, 2014 in News

New hotels are underway, and more are coming to Bellingham

Several new hotel developments have begun operations in Bellingham over the past year, and even more are in the process of construction or set to start soon. All total, Bellingham stands to gain close to 450 new hotel rooms by the end of 2015. The largest new development is a Holiday Inn planned on about [...]

Report: Bellingham seen as a construction “hot spot”

Filed on 01. Jun, 2014 in News

Report: Bellingham seen as a construction “hot spot”

With a number of new building projects in the pipeline, Bellingham was recently placed on a list of U.S. cities where construction activity is expected to grow rapidly over the next 12 to 18 months. Bellingham is among 20 cities nationwide designated as “hot spots” of future building activity, according to Reed Construction Data, a [...]

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Filed on 21. May, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was initially estimated at 5.8 percent in April, the first time since 2008 the county’s jobless level has dipped below 6 percent, according to the latest report from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The 5.8 percent initial estimate is down from a 6.8 percent estimate from the same month last [...]

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

Filed on 20. May, 2014 in News

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

PeaceHealth directors, employees and supporters are urging the Bellingham City Council to consider a compromise to a proposed ordinance that would repeal an exemption of local business and occupation taxes for nonprofit health care providers affiliated with religion. The repeal could cost PeaceHealth’s St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham up to $1.2 million in new [...]

Logos Bible Software adding more downtown offices

Filed on 19. May, 2014 in News

Logos Bible Software adding more downtown offices

Logos Bible Software plans to remodel a former music shop on Holly Street into new office space, which will eventually connect to the company’s building on Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham. The company, which publishes electronic Bible study tools, has a building permit for the project currently pending with the City of Bellingham. City officials [...]

First pot producer licenses issued in Whatcom County

Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News

Six months after the Washington State Liquor Control Board opened a 30-day window to accept applications to legally grow, process and sell marijuana, Whatcom County’s first commercial pot producers have received licenses. The liquor board issued producer licenses to two businesses in Whatcom County on May 13, including one located in Bellingham’s Sunnyland Neighborhood. More [...]

Little Tiger Toys closing shop in downtown Bellingham

Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News

Little Tiger Toys in downtown Bellingham will close for good later this month. Store manager Selah Tay-Song announced the decision in an email to customers on May 14. Little Tiger Toys has begun a liquidation sale of its merchandise; the store carries toys and games for customers of all ages. The store’s final day will [...]

City Council to consider ending PeaceHealth’s tax exemption

Filed on 12. May, 2014 in News

City Council to consider ending PeaceHealth’s tax exemption

Bellingham City Council will hold a May 19 public hearing on an ordinance to repeal a business and occupation tax exemption for religion-affiliated, nonprofit health care providers, including the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. The proposed ordinance would also adopt health care deductions and exemptions from Washington state’s business and occupation tax code. The hearing [...]

Local housing sales slower in April, but listings increase

Filed on 11. May, 2014 in News

Sales of single-family homes and condos slowed in April across Whatcom County, according to the latest data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. There were 190 residential closings in Whatcom County last month, a 10.38 percent drop from the same month in 2013. The local median sale price was $243,150 last month. The average sale [...]

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