Washington�s tax-cut fever just won�t go away

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   As the debate over gas taxes heats up in Washington state, all eyes in the nation are on Colorado, which is in the midst of its own tax fight.   In 1992, Colorado residents enacted the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR. TABOR established a formula that limits the growth in state tax collections and requires the [...]

Using TV and radio to your advantage

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   This past election, I’ve learned first-hand the challenges of marketing by committee. The candidate wanted to do television ads, and everyone in the group offered a different visualization of what they should be like. At one point, there were six completely different commercials offered up, and the producer was ready to walk away from the [...]

Some quick tips to spruce up your holiday bash

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Providing an opportunity for youremployees to overindulge is not only poor judgment, it could land you in big trouble Tim Donnelly, owner of Special T Striping & Design Inc. said he liks to mix things up, some years it’s prime rib at Chuckanut Manor, other years it’s waterskiing or parasailing. J.J.Jensen   Ah, the company holiday party.   To [...]

Smaller gyms aiming for niche clientele

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

David Adamson’s Fitness Together franchise on Bellwether Way, built around an instructor/client model, has proved so successful he plans on opening two more locations in Bellingham soon. J.J.Jensen   Some things are in decline at gyms these days, like medicine balls and vibrator belts, the old motorized machines that shook the midsection.   Something else members of larger gyms [...]

Grand reopening on Grand Avenue

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

   The Grand Avenue Ale House will reopen its doors to customers this weekend.The longtime establishment has been closed for remodeling since early September. According to bar manager Laura Nelson, the building was almost completely redone, including the bar and kitchen. New mahogany flooring was put into the kitchen and bar, while the fir floor, which [...]

Life in the fast-food lane

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

The "Home of the 5-cent hamburger"closed in 1942 Matthew Luby behind the counter at Luby’s “5-cent Hamburgers,” 1224 State St., in the Windsor Hotel building. AlCurrierwhatcom historical society   Montana’s mining economy was in steep decline in 1929, leading Vern Luby, a young messenger for Western Union in Missoula, to eagerly accept a job offer with the [...]

Canadian businesses heading south of the border

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Rob Pochert, executive director of the Bellingham/Whatcom EDC, said Whatcom County offers many positives to Canadian companies looking to relocate or open a cross-border facility, including lower employee costs and fewer taxes. KennyBrown   Canadian businesses have long been a part of Whatcom County’s economy. Depending on their industry, some find it advantageous to operate in the [...]

Old Town Cafe: The little eatery with the big heart

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Annual Thanksgiving feast for the local needy is just one example of this restaurant’s commitment to community Diane Brainard bought the Old Town Café in 1995. While she described her early years as ‘running a café on a shoestring,’ a loyal following has allowed her to add needed items and keep a welcomed consistency to [...]

‘I took to drawing like a fish to water’

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

Dave Christensen always knew he wanted to be an architect, and the area’s growth has him in the right place at the right time These are busy times for architect Dave Christensen, who works on anywhere from 20 to 50 projects each month. J.J.Jensen   Architect David Christensen is, to say the least, busy. Take last month [...]

Port seeking waterfront input from all sectors

Filed on 31. Oct, 2005 in Contents

CarolynCasey   It is no secret — business people don’t like to attend government meetings unless they have a specific item on the agenda. Even then, they might not actually like being at the meeting. Many business people are just too busy running their businesses. Others say they’ve had negative experiences from being the only business voice [...]

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