Tuesday, 16th September 2014

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Filed on 16. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Aquariums and fish tanks are notoriously difficult to maintain. Julian Friedman, owner of Crystal Reef Aquatics, said technology is making it easier. Inside the front door of the warehouse-like space he shares with Northern Lights Gardening at 4159 Hannegan Road, tanks blooming with colorful coral and other invertebrates fills a shelf. The 8-gallon tanks rely [...]

New State ferries leader will be agency’s first woman

Filed on 15. Sep, 2014 in Features, People On The Move

New State ferries leader will be agency’s first woman

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA – Two months ago, Pierce Transit Chief Executive Officer Lynne Griffith announced she was retiring. Then Griffith heard from state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson and others asking her to hold off and to apply to manage Washington State Ferries. She did, and Wednesday Peterson announced the hiring of Griffith as an [...]

Janicki Logging: operation accomodates trail users

Filed on 10. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

Janicki Logging: operation accomodates trail users

The jaws of a multi-ton harvester, operated by Paul Rogge, close around the base of a Douglas fir. It takes Rogge 10 seconds to sever the tree from the ground, de-limb it while feeding the trunk through the harvester’s head, and stack it on a pile of other fir, cedar, and alder logs. The multi [...]

Mountain Bike tourism: a boon to Bellingham’s economy

Filed on 09. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Data, Features

Mountain Bike tourism: a boon to Bellingham’s economy

Eric Brown calls Bellingham’s culture “bike-centric.” He’s sitting on a bench outside Kulshan Brewery, beneath a Whatcom Smart Trips sign that says “Ride your bike.” Pickup trucks carrying mountain bikes drive by on James Street. Their drivers honk and wave at Brown, who is the trail director at Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, a nonprofit trail [...]

Rep. Larsen tours Goodwill’s growing job training program

Filed on 08. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, Nonprofit Notes

Rep. Larsen tours Goodwill’s growing job training program

Carla Tye was living in a car with her husband and suffering from depression when she saw a sign at Goodwill for free job training programs. Now, Tye is enrolled in Goodwill’s customer service and job preparation programs. With the help of Lydia Place, a nonprofit that aims to end homelessness in Whatcom County, Tye [...]

Aerospace takes off: BTC will debut new programs this month

Filed on 03. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Aerospace takes off: BTC will debut new programs this month

Last November, as part of a deal to persuade Boeing to build its 777X airplane in Washington, the state Senate approved a bill to create 1,000 positions for students in aerospace programs at community and technical colleges. Bellingham Technical College received $860,000, enough for 77 new aerospace students. They got the grant last May after [...]

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location

Filed on 02. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location

In the two and a half years since David Vitt opened Kulshan Brewing Co., he’s tripled the amount of beer brewed per year. Now, his brewery and taproom at 2238 James St. is at maximum capacity and more stores and restaurants around Puget Sound want Kulshan beer. “People are thirsty,” Vitt said. Kulshan Brewing Co. [...]

AC installers stayed busy this summer

Filed on 02. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

AC installers stayed busy this summer

A long, hot summer kept local air-conditioning installers busy. Marr’s Heating and Air Conditioning installed about twice as many air conditioning and cooling units this summer compared to last summer. “You could pretty safely say it’s been the biggest year for cooling units in the last 10 years,” said Ken Marr, owner of Marr’s Heating. [...]

Bellingham foreclosure rate is down

Filed on 28. Aug, 2014 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Bellingham foreclosure rate is down

Foreclosures rates in the Bellingham area declined in June to 1.03 percent, according to new data from CoreLogic. That’s down 0.34 percentage points compared to June 2013, when the foreclosure rate was 1.37 percent. Foreclosure rates in Bellingham continued to stay below the national rate of 1.7 percent in June 2014. The mortgage delinquency rate [...]

Local magazine takes nuanced look at marijuana

Filed on 21. Aug, 2014 in Contents, Features

Local magazine takes nuanced look at marijuana

By Quinn Russell Brown For the Bellingham Business Journal Wes Abney sinks into a couch at his home office near Martha Lake in Snohomish County. On the floor nearby are zip-tied stacks of Northwest Leaf, the 100-page medical marijuana magazine he publishes each month. Framed covers of past issues hang on the wall behind him. [...]

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