Chamber working for changes in WHTI

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

Recent lobbying trip to the nation’s capital paying dividends Canadian shoppers and visitors crowd the border crossing on a recent weekend, a sight which local chamber officials fear could be in short supply once legislation requiring passports to cross the border is enacted in 2008. Below is a prophetic inscription from the Peace Arch. KennyBrown   Although [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building pemrits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Applications4058 Hammer Drive, $350,000 for a new commercial warehouse with offices. Owner: Vera L. Hawkins, Patricia Woodburn, John Kienast. Applicant: John McDaniel.4054 [...]

Coming soon! Truck-sized computers! Really!

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

   I never drive by A-1 Builders on Northwest without looking at their sign. It almost always has something interesting or funny or thought-provoking on it, and one recent message struck me as particularly humorous. It was a quote from a 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics: “In the future, computers could weigh as little as 1.5 [...]

Business confidence continues to rise

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

BBJ’s quarterly survey returns with a new record-high rating Ken Hertz: The former mayor of Bellingham and current president of Blossom Management said that while construction remains strong, Bellingham may soon reach a point of oversaturation of new units, especially on the residential side. Still, he remained optimistic that Bellingham’s economy was continuing to move [...]

Ron Mueller: It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

Wayland Marine owner says he enjoys the sense of freedom, fun his business gives him Ron Mueller sells both kits and fully rigged, completed rowing shells from his business, Wayland Marine. Mueler is the company’s lone employee, mostly, as he said, because “If you have employees, you can’t goof off.” J.J.Jensen   All work and no play, [...]

CITY WITHIN A CITY

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

A day in the life of Bellis Fair mall HUSTLE and FLOW: Bellis Fair averages about 35,000 shoppers a day, with about 40 percent of these customers stopping for a meal in the food court. Of these 35,000 customers, about 20 percent are Canadian, according to statistics from General Growth Properties, owners of the mall. [...]

Lynden prepares for industrial expansion, annexes 104 acres

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

KennyBrown   Although Lynden is known as an agricultural community, it is also a place where, in recent years, the business community has been growing. To maintain its economy, the city’s economic development plan includes allowing space for local businesses to expand.    In its most recent move, the city annexed 104 acres of agricultural land, to the [...]

Steetcar system pushed city’s expansion

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

Routes led from city core out into sparsely populated fringes ripe for development Before heading to Garden Avenue, the North Street trolley pauses in front of Arthur Watts’ house at 2530 Dock St. (Cornwall Avenue) in 1909. JeffJewellwhatcom historical society   In July 1905, Louis H. Bean arrived in Bellingham to accept his promotion as the new [...]

Prize pooches: Locals hit the dogshow circuit

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

   About midway through last month, I realized it was that time of year again.   No, it wasn’t pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training that piqued my interest — although I’m 100 percent on board the “Crazy” Carl Everett bandwagon.   And while noticing the days getting longer was a joyous occasion, reminding me that Bellingham’s two weeks [...]

‘Lack of affordable housing’

Filed on 28. Feb, 2006 in Contents

It’s a buzzphrase used by both sides of the growth argument — but what does it mean for the local economy when so many residents can’t buy a house in Bellingham? Paul Schissler of the Kulshan Community Land Trust said it is often a city’s most vital workers — teachers, nurses, nonprofit workers, police, and [...]

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