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 [...]

How we give here, Pt. II

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   Last month, part one of this column’s summary of the recent Cornerstone Strategies report on charitable giving in Whatcom County focused on some key indicators comparing Whatcom County philanthropy to the rest of the state and the nation.    In this second and final look at the study, I want to take a look at some [...]

Summer: Students leave and take their revenue with them

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Many local retailers make up this shortfall with the seasonal boost to tourism; staffing problems can also be a hassle Dave Rasmusson, store manager at the Southside Food Pavilion, says it can be difficult finding employees when students leave in the summer. He also notices, not surprisingly, a sag in beer sales. J.J.Jensen   There’s no doubt, [...]

Horizon Bank protestorsalienating themselves from mainstream

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   The group of protestors who picketed Horizon Bank in July because it was backing the proposed Chuckanut Ridge development project only managed to do one thing: push itself further away from the mainstream support it needs.   Horizon Bank, one of the few local banks left in the area, did not deserve to be the epicenter of [...]

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