Birch Equipment awards new scholarship to BTC diesel mechanic student

Filed on 08. Nov, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

Birch Equipment has awarded its first scholarship with Bellingham Technical College. The $1,500 endowed scholarship supports eligible students in the diesel mechanic program. Scott Fuhrman was awarded the inaugural scholarship. Fuhrman has been invited to Birch Equipment’s Bellingham facility to meet the maintenance and management team and will receive a tour of one the company’s [...]

Coldwell Banker Bain makes new Bellingham hire

Filed on 08. Nov, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Coldwell Banker Bain makes new Bellingham hire

Coldwell Banker Bain of Bellingham hired Jacqy Shook as a new broker. Before getting her real estate license, Shook worked as an assistant to Lori Jo Smith, an established CB Bain Bellingham broker. In her free time, Shook works as an instructor at Bellingham Jazzercise, and serves on the board of directors for Excellence Northwest, [...]

WWU enrolls record number of students

Filed on 07. Nov, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

The freshman class at Western Washington University is the largest in the school’s history, according to the fall enrollment figures. Western enrolled 3,114 freshman students in the fall quarter and 1,181 new undergraduate transfer students. For fall 2016, there were 2,888 freshman and 1,141 transfer students. This year, 30.1 percent of new freshmen and 45.6 [...]

Annual turkey drive begins in Whatcom County

Filed on 07. Nov, 2017 in Business Briefs, Contents

SSK Insurance’s turkey drive began Oct. 16 and runs through Dec. 11. The goal is to help 200 local families this holiday season. SSK Insurance is matching contributions of $15 for each turkey donated, up to the first 100 turkeys. Turkeys will be distributed to families in need by Bellingham Food Bank and Lynden-based Project [...]

He helped pioneer beer in Bellingham

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

He helped pioneer beer in Bellingham

When David Vitt started Kulshan Brewing Company in 2012, Bellingham was not the craft beer destination it is today. “Beer in Bellingham, it wasn’t mature at all,” He said. “There was lots of potential there.” At the time, there were just two other breweries: Boundary Bay and Chuckanut. Vitt remembers talking to a friend about [...]

Using the power of flowers for good

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Using the power of flowers for good

Once when Natalie Ransom was a child, she escaped her grandmother’s watch and ran out of the house. Eventually, her family found her, in a neighbor’s yard, picking flowers. “As long as I can remember I have been incredibly drawn to flowers,” she said. “The colors. The symmetry. The smell.” Ask anyone when they last [...]

Using books to bring people together

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Using books to bring people together

Brian Hulsey has loved books his entire life. “I don’t have a single memory of not knowing how to read,” he said. “It was ingrained in me early on.” As a little kid, he would walk into his local public library and leave with stacks and stacks of books. “Literacy and reading were huge foundations [...]

She saw a need; she filled it

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

She saw a need; she filled it

Allyson Farrar’s day starts at 4:15 a.m. Before she gets to the office, she’s already made four stops at businesses around Bellingham. Depending on the day, she might head down to Bellevue for a full work day, followed by night classes. “I do a lot of driving,” she said. “I put like 25,000 miles a [...]

Born to lead

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

Born to lead

Courtney Rambo has always been a leader. “Thinking back to elementary school, middle school and high school, always being involved in (Associated Student Body),” she said. “I just think I have a lot of energy.” Rambo grew up in North Bend, where, coincidentally, she attended high school with other Top 7 Under 40 winner, Allyson [...]

No matter her job, she’s always giving back

Filed on 06. Nov, 2017 in Contents, Features

No matter her job, she’s always giving back

Shultzie Willows has always been on the move. She was born in Maine, but lived all over the country, including spending some teenage years in Bellingham. Her career has taken some twists and turns as well. Originally, she wanted to get into children’s television. She had an idea for a kid’s show, and her dream [...]

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