Fairhaven shipyard to sail into the sunset

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Padden Creek Marine, Inc., a Fairhaven shipyard that builds and repairs fiberglass pleasure boats, plans to close sometime this year, after 16 years of operation.   The business was not making enough money, said general manager Chris Duppenthaler. The cost of oil-based products used to manufacture fiberglass boats doubled in the last two years, he said, and [...]

RACE DAY

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

For these local business people, getting away from the Rat Race means entering a different kind of race altogether — the Bellingham Yacht Club’s Wednesday night regattas. KristaGrunhurd   The sound of wind blowing through the sails, a fresh breeze on his face and the joy of pushing a sailboat through its paces are just a few [...]

Local marinas are proven economic engines

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

      When the business community thinks about economic development, new high tech companies and corporate headquarters often are the first images to surface. But too often we neglect to see the economic development that is occurring right within our local community.   Marinas are a perfect example of this.   The Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham are [...]

Chris Strelau:

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Dancing with the dragonBecoming a master and teacher of martial arts is incrediblydifficult. Doing it while suffering from epilepsy is an even bigger testament to courage and determination. Chris Strelau, owner of the Chinese Martial Arts Academy on State Street, has faced challenges his entire life as an epileptic — challenges that he said have [...]

John Thompson

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

- The last word J.J. Jensen – Off The Clock Don Drake – Focus on Philanthropy Humphrey Blackburn – Newcomer’s Diary Carolyn Casey – Port Report Frank James – Guest Column  

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. 3410 Woburn St. #203, $57,000 for tenant improvements at Barkley Chiropractic. Owner: FFP Inc. Contractor: The Franklin Corporation.3680 Iron Gate Rd., $372,371 [...]

Downtown construction update

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

HeidiSchillerLately, downtown’s crane index — an unofficial measurement used by planners and developers to gauge construction activity — has been high. Literally translated, it’s hard to turn a corner downtown these days without running into hard hats, the sounds of jackhammers and the buzz of upward building. With all of this development, some clarification on [...]

TV Timeout: Reality check needed

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

Local business people say their counterparts on the small screen lead far more interesting lives J.J.Jensen   Most of the journalists I know live in basement suites and drive the same cars they’ve had since they graduated from college — even the ones from the class of 1986.   So why is it every time I see a newspaper [...]

Living on philanthropy’s leading edge

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

   This philanthropy column has emphasized the important role gifts of money and volunteer time play in making this community great.    An impressive event I attended recently in the Whatcom Museum’s Rotunda Room reminded me of an additional essential component of effective philanthropy: leadership.   Philanthropic organizations play a leadership role by identifying critical issues, focusing the necessary [...]

Growth surge continues at WECU

Filed on 31. Mar, 2006 in Contents

New Holly Street loan center needed as local credit union outgrows present facilities; growth pace far outstrips national average ABOVE: WECU’s Jennifer Kutcher and Robert Langei in front of the credit union’s new loan center, currently under construction on Holly Street.    A thin web of wooden framework supports a grout-dusted brick wall. Workers in white [...]

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