BTC prepping for August groundbreaking

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

Rendering of the David and Joyce Morse Center, courtesy Bellingham Technical College.   DaveGallagher   Construction will begin this month on what will be Bellingham Technical College’s largest building on campus.   The 47,500-square-foot welding repair technology center will cost $11.72 million to build and is scheduled to be completed in December 2006. The building will be constructed by [...]

Time to brush up on your tourist skills

Filed on 31. Jul, 2005 in Contents

   They come out during the hottest of the dog days of summer, demanding to eat, drink, shop and take up space. They are the tourists. Every community with anything of interest gets them. When we leave town, to visit Winthrop, LaConner, Leavenworth, Seattle or Vancouver, we become them. And all of us have good and [...]

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 [...]

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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