Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

Filed on 16. May, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Inside Whatcom County’s new effort toward economic development

By Emily Hamann For the first time in a long time, the governments and institutions in Whatcom County are working together toward building the economy of the whole region. In 2016, that collaboration resulted in the launch of the Choose Whatcom portal, aimed at drawing more businesses to the area. Now it’s going a step [...]

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

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

The fall and rise of oyster farming in Blaine’s Drayton Harbor

By Emily Hamann On a sunny summer day, it’s not uncommon for a line to stretch out the door and down the street at Drayton Harbor Oyster Company’s tiny oyster bar in Blaine. The barbecue is set up on the sidewalk, full of grilled oysters. As more people have heard about this hole-in-the-wall oyster spot, [...]

Bellingham considering new rules for vacation rentals

Filed on 11. Apr, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann It is Bellingham’s turn to wrestle with the question: What to do about Airbnb? Over the past 10 years, new sites like Airbnb and VRBO have popped up, making it easy for people to rent out extra space in their homes to visitors. It’s given homeowners new options, and a new income [...]

First tenant planned for Fairhaven’s Orca Building

Filed on 06. Apr, 2018 in Contents, News

First tenant planned for Fairhaven’s Orca Building

By Emily Hamann Fairhaven’s Orca Building could soon have its first tenant. Peter James Photography Gallery and Studio plans to lease a gallery and studio space in the building. It’s expected to open in June, in the southwest corner on the second floor. Photographer Peter James said he plans on signing the lease in the [...]

Bellingham explodes with new bar, eatery, nightlife options

Filed on 04. Apr, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Bellingham explodes with new bar, eatery, nightlife options

By Emily Hamann Bellingham’s nightlife is coming alive again. Friday and Saturday nights see crowds of people eating dinner, seeing concerts, movies and getting a drink at one of the many breweries and bars. In the past six months, almost a dozen new bars and restaurants have opened or are in the process of opening [...]

Allegiant introduces new flight from Bellingham to Denver

Filed on 07. Mar, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Allegiant introduces new flight from Bellingham to Denver

By BBJ Staff Allegiant plans to offer a new flight to Denver from Bellingham, the airline announced today. The twice-weekly, seasonal service from Bellingham International Airport to Denver International Airport will begin on May 18. “Nonstop flights to Denver is something our community and region has wanted for some time, and we are thrilled that [...]

After a year in limbo, rural landowners have hope after the state Hirst decision fix

Filed on 07. Mar, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

After a year in limbo, rural landowners have hope after the state Hirst decision fix

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Buddy Breakey thought he was buying his piece of the American Dream. He and his wife, Deborah, found a beautiful piece of property in rural Whatcom County, near where her dad built his own house. It was a 10-acre plot covered in huge old cedar trees. They bought [...]

Local banks raise wages after federal tax cuts

Filed on 14. Feb, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, News

Peoples Bank and HomeStreet Bank have both announced that the institutions intend to raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour. The pay raise comes after the recent federal tax cut passed last month by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump. Peoples Bank, which is headquartered in Bellingham, planned to [...]

What will the new Everett airport mean for flights in Bellingham?

Filed on 07. Feb, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

What will the new Everett airport mean for flights in Bellingham?

By Emily Hamann The skies over western Washington are about to get more crowded. And Bellingham may be in for some competition. Commercial air service at Paine Field in Everett is set to begin this fall. United Airlines, Southwest and Alaska Airlines will serve the two-gate, 27,000-square-foot terminal building. The new airport, around 70 miles [...]

Sumas blueberry farm fined, found not at fault in worker death

Filed on 02. Feb, 2018 in Contents, News

By Emily Hamann A Sumas blueberry farm has been fined $149,000 after a state investigation found violations related to late or missed rest breaks and meal periods for hundreds of workers. Sarbanand Farms received the largest fine of its kind, according to the state Department of Labor & Industries. Investigators started looking into the farm’s [...]

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