Youngstock’s owner ready to pass the reigns to son

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

After 33 years at the helm of Youngstock’s Country Farms Nursery and Produce, seeing it grow from a simple roadside stand, John Chartier is finally ready to hand off the business to his son Johnny, left. by J.J. Jensen    After 33 years of working sunrise-to-sunset days as the owner of Youngstock’s Country Farms Nursery and [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Business licenses Top properties& building permits Building permits    The following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Bellingham1220 N. Forest St., $10,000 in tenant improvements. Owner: Shuksan 1220. Contractor: Owner will do the work. Tenant: Food Co-op.1301 W. Bakerview Rd., $28,000 in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Keep your business information assets safe

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Part III: Addressing your Technical Security   This is part three of a four-part series that identifies business information assets, helps owners understand the value of their information and then explains how best to protect information as a valuable business asset.   In the 13th century, a strong empire required protecting the riches of the kingdom, similar [...]

Thanks to those responsible for another great Ski to Sea

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

By now, you are probably quite familiar with the story of Ski to Sea, but in case you aren’t…   The annual Ski to Sea Race from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay can be traced back to the Mt. Baker Marathon held from 1911 to 1913.   The marathon pitted man and machine against rugged terrain, taking [...]

Microstaq building ‘The little valve that could’

Filed on 31. May, 2005 in Contents

Tiny silicon chip will regulate flow in auto’s air-conditioning system,replacing bigger, heavier valves Microstaq COO Jeff Chance holds up the silicon chip he hopes will soon replace the current valve that controls the flow of refrigerents in a vehicle’s air conditioning system by Dave Gallegher   A Bellingham company is hoping a new product smaller than [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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