Question? Go ask your librarian

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Bellingham’s library system has a wealth of free resources for the business person that can make a real difference in your bottom line Margaret Ziegler is the head of reference services for the Bellingham Public Library. She should be the first contact on any information-gathering mission; as a library vet of 35 years, odds are [...]

Howard Hammer: No slowdown in sight

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

You’d think after more than 65 years in the logging business, a quiet retirement would be in order — not for Howard Hammer THE GIFT OF FORESIGHT: Howard Hammer knew Bellingham would be developed eventually, so he bought as much property as he could as early as he could — and that foresight has paid [...]

City residential-building surge continues

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Infill, development into UGA crucial to meet coming demand, say city officials The 100 condo units of Harris Square are just a drop in the bucket when looking at the big picture of the city’s residential development in 2005. DaveGallagher   For the past three years officials for the City of Bellingham have been forecasting the city [...]

PSP&T was waterfront predecessor to G-P

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Specialized in paper products made with local wood pulp The Puget Sound Pulp & Timber mill at night from the Whatcom Creek waterway, 1946. AlCurrierwhatcom historical society   For more than 70 years the manufacture of wood pulp and paper products was a significant industrial activity on the Bellingham waterfront.    Prior to 1920, Whatcom County’s extensive timber [...]

Local insurance company merges with Seattle’s Balcos

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Bellingham’s Barkley Associates announced in July that it had merged with Balcos Insurance, a rapidly growing regional company.   Barkley president Rob Knode said the merger would allow his 3-year-old insurance company to offer more markets to clients.   “(With the merger) we’ve probably more than doubled the options we have as far as service carriers to present,” Knode [...]

Local nurseries enjoying resurgence in native plants

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Required use in mitigation projects, blossoming popularity by homeowners leading to resurgence of many of these species — and a boom for those far-thinking nurseries that saw the trend coming Fourth Corner Nursery owner Todd Jones tends to a row of native plants at his growing area on Sands Road. Jones said native plants, long [...]

Trilogy Crabpots: Building a better mouse (crab) trap

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Years ago, former crabber Harvey Ives made a couple of changes to a 50-year-old crabpot design. Last year, he and his 35 employees made 30,000 crab pots, and his company continues to grow. Trilogy Crabpots owner Harvey Ives travels the West Coast from California to Alaska talking to commercial crabbers about his pots. A former [...]

Long-awaited parking changes on the horizon

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Downtown metered parking would rise from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour next year, then to 75 cents in 2008 and $1 in 2010; new rules would go into effect Jan. 1, 2006 Larry Farr, the new president of the Downtown Renaissance Network, said the proposed parking changes are great news for [...]

How about a few hot summer marketing ideas?

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

  With the temperatures rising and more people out and about, it’s time to look at a few quick and simple marketing ideas that could generate hot sales for your business.    Enjoy the summer!   Signature marketing program: Signatures. The small text files you set to appear at the bottom of each e-mail message you send out. Are [...]

Former classmates now atop county’s RV scene

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys say less disposable income hurting local sales Room to spare: Wholesale Travel Sales owner Howard Vande Kieft inside a park model RV. The Lynden dealership usually has around 40 different RV models on site. J.J.Jensen   Not unlike many classmates, since graduating from high school Howard Vande Kieft and Don Buys [...]

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