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 [...]

Tradespeople scarce as building boom rolls on

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

Building industry groups, local tech colleges working to promote trades to high schoolers in the hopes of boosting critically low numbers BTC President Gerald Pumphrey said the school is working to develop new programs that will increase the number of tradespeople it graduates. J.J.Jensen   With Bellingham and Whatcom County officials predicting nearly 32,000 new residents moving [...]

New arrivals bring wealth of experience, knowledge

Filed on 30. Jun, 2005 in Contents

As new residents pour into the county, the BBJ talks to a number of these new arrivals to see what brought them here and what they plan on contributing to their communities Christopher and Marion Clizbe recently moved to Lynden from the Silicon Valley area of California, in search of a better quality of life. [...]

Blue Water, Green Buildings

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Group aims to show that the differing sides of the Lake Whatcom watershed building moratorium can both get what they want – new homes without causing environmental impacts on the city’s water supply. Bob Ross, owner of Ross Architecture, believes low-impact building techniques could not only convince people that some development can take place in [...]

Former Ocean Kayak owner floating new project

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Tim Niemier’s new venture, Wild Designs, will focus on small craft, such as kayaks, canoes, and drift boats Wild Designs owner Tim Niemier, former owner of Ocean Kayak, holds a prototype for a new kayak design. by Dave Gallagher   Tim Niemier is having some trouble getting rid of the boating bug.   Niemier, who started Ocean [...]

Local entrepreneur riding surge in interest in bocce

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Tom McNutt’s boccemon.com helping grow the sport both locally and nationally Tom McNutt’s interest in bocce began a few years ago when he played at a barbecue. His interest became something of an obsession, eventually leading him to launch boccemon.com, which sells plans and materials for making bocce courts. by J.J. Jenson    Local residents [...]

Telegraph venture left indelible mark on county

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Effort to join U.S., Russia via telegraph through Bellingham ultimately failed Remnants of the old Telegraph Road, made of split cedar planks, could still be found north of Bellingham in May 1949, when this photo was taken. by Al Currier   Samuel Morse’s demonstration in 1835 of the first telegraph, an instrument for transmitting electric signals [...]

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