8 Interesting People

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

by the friends and colleagues that know them best    Bellingham has more than its fair share of interesting and unique businesspeople, each with their own personal, introspective, or even humorous stories to tell. Getting these stories out of them is the tough part – so instead of writing them ourselves, we decided to ask [...]

There are no easy answers to Chuckanut Ridge dilemma

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

    After the smoke clears and the situation involving the proposed Chuckanut Ridge development finally comes to some sort of a resolution, one thing will be clear: People just shouldn’t build or live next to a huge piece of privately owned property and expect that property to never be developed. That’s not real-world thinking.   That said, [...]

Wanted: New economic development job priorities

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Job creation has historically been the prime objective of economic development programs.  By this standard we have done very well.   New job creation in Whatcom County has replaced most of the jobs lost from contraction of the region’s primary employment sources such as timber, fisheries, mining, and agriculture.  Local labor markets are tight and unemployment [...]

Pest control takes a deft hand – and a tough stomach

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Operators say never knowing what they’re going to find at each service call is one of the things that keep the job interesting Randall Kiesser and Brandon McElrea, operators for Environmental Pest Control, saddle up before entering a crawlspace. by J.J. Jenson   Spiders and rats and roaches, oh my.    For many people, seeing one [...]

Welcome to Deadwood

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

I don’t watch tons of TV.   The vast majority of my time in front of the tube, if looked at in toto over the course of a week, would consist mostly of a combination of Sesame Street and the Koala Brothers, the Disney Channel’s continuing saga of pair of koalas (surprise, surprise) in the outback [...]

Bloggers unite! Internet tool making its way into businesses

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave GallagherWhen employees at Logos Bible Software began using blogs -an online public diary or journal – to talk about a variety of topics, the company’s president, Bob Pritchett, found it to be an interesting way to learn about what was going on within the business. 3D Computer’s Michael Dodd said many business are [...]

Outlook bleak for local longshoremen

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

City dock lies idle and Longshoreman’s Hall sits empty, save for a few port veterans swapping stories about Bellingham’s glory days by J.J. JensenThere was a time, reminisced longtime local longshoremen Darren Williams and Ken Maneval on a recent morning, when scores of workers could find employment at Bellingham’s marine terminals, loading and unloading seagoing [...]

Getting past the gatekeeper

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave GallagherIn the business world, the gatekeeper is usually looked upon with disdain by salespeople.The gatekeeper’s job is to make sure only certain calls go through to the boss. For those who are making a cold sales call to that company, they are definitely not on the list of people who can get an [...]

Alaska Building a downtown fixture for more than 60 years

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Al Currier     For sixty years, 1909-1969, the busy downtown Bellingham intersection of Holly and State streets was home to the curved-fronted, three-story Alaska Building. Home to numerous businesses and professional offices during its lifetime, the classic brick was part of a surge in construction resulting from the 1903 consolidation of Whatcom and Fairhaven to [...]

Multi-use buildings becoming the rule, not the exception

Filed on 30. Apr, 2005 in Contents

by Dave Gallagher    Jeff McClure thought change for the better would happen, but not this quickly.    McClure, who has an office in the Marketplace Building on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Holly Street, said he was surprised at how different the atmosphere is on that oft-maligned corner since the new Starbucks went in last month.    ”I’m amazed [...]

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