Rhetoric is just throwing fuel on the fire of city’s growth debate

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

  What is “Growth”?When I use the word “growth,” what comes to your mind?    Urban Sprawl?    Private Property Rights?    Degradation of our environment?    Living-wage Jobs?   Each of these reactions carries politically charged rhetoric, concepts or ideas which are meant to incite strong feelings in people.   Those strong feelings, however, generally aren’t directed toward positive ends, like solving the [...]

Gather ‘round for the story of Glen, Mary — and Marge

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   The following story is true; the names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. Glen and Mary have been married for over 15 years (a success in itself).    Glen is a sole proprietor in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry (HVAC). For over 7 years Glen has provided HVAC sales and service throughout Whatcom [...]

PR Web taking marketing to the masses

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Ferndale firm hooking up small- and medium-sized businesses to the media using the Internet David McInnis, right, CEO and founder of Ferndale’s PR Web, and vice president Mick Jolly are changing the news-distribution world. Their company distributes some 10,000 news releases per month. J.J.Jensen   As a 27-year-old owner of a Web development and hosting company in [...]

Residents need to adapt a more realistic buyer-beware mentality

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   One comment from a recent community meeting between developers, city planners, and local residents regarding a proposed rezone of more than 200 acres on Samish Hill went something like this (paraphrased): “We need the city to support existing neighborhoods and not be involved in supporting this massive growth.”   Burying one’s head in the sand will not [...]

Survey finds confidence on the rise

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Index soars to highest point ever as economy grows Developer Ken Hertz, here in front of his Blossom Commons commercial building on the corner of Kellogg Road and Meridian Street, said while he has some concerns about growth issues, he expects the economy to continue to grow locally. DaveGallagher   Optimism continues to reign supreme among local [...]

The changing face of Whatcom County

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Who is coming to Bellingham, and why?A look inside the numbers Q&A: BILL HAGERTasked with riding herd on the disparate groups involved in the G-P site efforts, Hager knows he’s in for a wild ride Charly Myers planning Dupont Street mixed-use project GOING VERTICALLocal builders having to get creative to build luxury homes on increasingly [...]

Inside the BBJ: Looking back, looking ahead

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   After an eight-year run on page 2, I’ve moved my column back here to C15 and renamed it “The Last Word.”   I know, I know. Riveting.This is actually just one move in a coordinated series of ongoing changes we’re going to be making here at the paper.    We’re in the midst of a pretty major front-page [...]

Port wooing Delta Airlines

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Effort could result in nonstop service between Bellingham and Salt Lake City DaveGallagher   The Port of Bellingham is hopeful that within the next two months they will reach an agreement with Delta Airlines to offer nonstop flights from Bellingham to Salt Lake City.   Port of Bellingham Executive Director Jim Darling confirmed they had been negotiating with Delta, [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Business licenses Top properties& building permits ContractsThe following government contracts have been awarded in the past month: Building “R” remodel; $112,350 to Colacurcio Brothers Construction, Blaine. Issued by Bellingham Technical College.Skagit County auditor’s workstations; $94,450 to Roosendaal-Honcoop Construction, Bellingham. Issued by Skagit County commissioners.Nursing room remodel; $109,800 to Impero Contracting, Bellingham. Issued by Whatcom Community [...]

A few tips to reign supreme in customer service

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

   After waiting in a long line at a big chain store to buy a toothbrush holder, the cashier realized there was no price tag on my item. Now, I had other items too.    In fact, a pile of really cute pink clothing for my niece and some other goodies, and hadn’t noticed the lack of [...]

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