Waterfront planning hits rough seas

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

Waterfront planning hits rough seas

By Isaac Bonnell After four years of planning and community discussions, the waterfront redevelopment project came to a dead stop last month as port and city officials battled over the last remaining hurdles of this complex project. Some say the impasse was in the making back in January when the city took issue with the [...]

Decreased consumer spending leads to national, regional unemployment

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

  Unemployment rates by county show that Whatcom County is faring better than other counties.   Lance Hendeerson As the economy continues to dominate headlines, the American marketplace has slammed on the breaks leading to a rise in unemployment across the nation. In Northwest Washington alone, Arrowac Fisheries closed and cut 30 jobs; Alcoa reduced [...]

Top property sales, November 2008

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Data

The following is a list of recent commercial and high-end residential property sales in Whatcom County. Top properties is compiled by Wendy Darling with assistance from the county treasurer’s and assessor’s offices.   Residences above $700,000 Seller: Andrew and Marci LoderBuyer: Sirva Relocation, LLC (Plymouth, MN)Description: 1 -story house with 2,733 square feet, 3 bedrooms, [...]

Tax liens, November 2008

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Data

A tax lien is a legal claim filed in court by a government against a person or business owing taxes. Liens are civil, not criminal claims, and normally seek to attach money and/or property to pay the taxes. A list of liens is kept at the county courthouse showing whom the government is pursuing and [...]

Recession-proof industries: fact or fiction?

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

Food stores, guns, repair shops typically fare better   Jonathan and Gina Johnson, owners of Survival Solutions, recently opened their gun store in response to local law enforcement agents who wanted to shop local.   Lance Henderson As an economic climate, recessions affect all businesses differently. Some businesses are hardy and attractive during a recession. [...]

City strikes deal to move railroad

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

  Isaac Bonnell The city of Bellingham reached an initial agreement last month with Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway to begin the process of relocating a section of rail on the waterfront. The agreement validates the city’s feasibility study — a two-year-long project that concluded in 2007 — and sets the stage for BNSF to [...]

Keeping Up with People, December 2008

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents, People On The Move

  Unity Group congratulatesPoehlman, Billingsley The Unity Group congratulates Greg Poehlman, commercial insurance broker and partner, on successfully completing the Certified Risk Management designation. The Certified Risk Management program involves academics as well as practical application and is offered by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. With 20 years of insurance experience and [...]

Nonprofit Notebook, December 2008

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

Items for Nonprofit Notebook need to be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication.   REI distributes nearly $400,000 to Puget Sound-area nonprofits Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) has provided nearly $400,000 in 2008 to 33 nonprofit organizations in Puget Sound that share the company’s commitment to increase participation in outdoor recreation and [...]

Morse Square to get smaller buildings

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

  Developer Rick Westerop’s new design for the Morse Square site at the corner of East Maple Street and Railroad Avenue features apartments, commercial space, townhouses and covered parking. Graphic courtesy of Bellingham Planning Community Development Department.   Lance Henderson Rick Westerop, local developer and owner of West-Lind Construction, has submitted new plans to develop [...]

Meetings and Clubs

Filed on 30. Nov, 2008 in Contents

  Bellingham Referral Network Meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at The Bellingham Golf and Country Club. For more information, call Tim Villhauer at 714-8661, or visit www.bellinghamreferral.org.   City Club Noon to 1:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. The public is invited to monthly luncheon meetings [...]

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