Kulshan Community Land Trust awarded $10,000 State Farm grant

Filed on 15. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Kulshan Community Land Trust announced that it has received a $10,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant. The grant will be used for the land trust’s affordable homeownership programs and for financial literacy and education. Since 2016, State Farm has granted a total of $23,500 to the land trust. Kulshan Community Land Trust holds land [...]

Bellingham hotel making renovations, affiliates with Best Western Plus

Filed on 15. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Hotel Bellingham, located off Interstate 5 near the Bellingham International Airport, is making millions of dollars in renovations and will become a Best Western Plus property. New owners of the 132-room hotel are upgrading the furniture, televisions and bedding the rooms, as well as tripling the size of the fitness center, adding fire pits by [...]

Former Bellingham Housing Authority leader receives statewide honors

Filed on 15. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission honored seven affordable housing advocates with its 2018 “Friends of Housing” award. The awards were presented Oct. 3 in a ceremony at the annual Housing Washington conference in Tacoma. Awardees included John Harmon, the recently-retired leaders of the Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing authorities. While at the agency, Harmon [...]

From manure into clean water: Deming dairy tests new filtration tech

Filed on 14. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

From manure into clean water: Deming dairy tests new filtration tech

By Emily Hamann A Whatcom County dairy is testing out a new technology that has the potential to make farms cleaner, greener and more efficient. Coldstream Farms, a 3,500-cow dairy in Deming, will be the first dairy farm in the state to install filtration technology that turns cow manure into clean water. The system was [...]

Lummi Nation purchases Blaine golf course

Filed on 14. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

The Lummi Nation has announced the acquisition of Loomis Trail Golf Course. Lummi Nation will take the formerly private course and open it to the public as a public golf course. “This is much more than a golf course. Loomis Trail land holding within our St’l’elnep, our ancient ground or village,” Jeremiah Julius, chairman of [...]

Kulshan Community Land Trust announces staff changes

Filed on 13. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Kulshan Community Land Trust has announced staff changes at its Bellingham office. Christina Olsen will transition away from her position as programs director to become grant writer. She has held the position since November 2016. In 2018 alone, she helped the land trust obtain $600,000 in grant funding. Homeownership Coordinator Nikki Quinn will start a [...]

Whatcom Food Network to hold food and farming forum

Filed on 13. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events

The Whatcom Food Network is inviting the community to its Fall Forum on Nov. 14. The forum will take a look into the world of workers, the foundation that enables the food system to function. The forum will include a presentation by Michelle Stelovich from the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council. Stelovich will present employment [...]

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

Filed on 09. Nov, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

‘A second renaissance of retail’: How some downtown Bellingham stores are thriving in the age of the internet

It has been a tough couple of years for many big box retailers. Last month Sears and Mattress Firm became just the latest in a series of major companies to file for bankruptcy and close stores. While it may be bad news for chain stores, things are looking up for small, local retailers. That’s especially [...]

PeaceHealth recognized as one of the healthiest workplaces in US

Filed on 08. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

PeaceHealth has been recognized as one of the healthiest 100 workplaces in America, a award presented by the Healthiest Employers and Springbuk. The award acknowledges the success of PeaceHealth’s employee wellness program spanning all PeaceHealth facilities across Alaska, Oregon and Washington. More than 1,000 top wellness programs across the country, which measures participation, health outcomes, [...]

Unity Care awarded $285K to fight opioid crisis

Filed on 08. Nov, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Unity Care NW has been awarded $285,000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand mental health and substance abuse services at its community health center. Unity Care NW plans to use the funds to create a chemical dependency and medication assisted therapy program. Unity Care plans to hire a full-time licensed [...]

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