Monday, 1st September 2014

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. [...]

Haggen hires new CEO

Filed on 15. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Haggen hires new CEO

Haggen Inc.’s board of directors selected John Clougher as new chief executive officer. Clougher will join the Bellingham-based grocery chain on Sept. 8, 2014. Clougher recently worked as CEO of Andronico’s Community Markets in the San Fransisco Bay Area, where he guided the company through a major reorganization, according to a Haggan news release. Before [...]

Port update: agreement likely after 2nd negotiation period

Filed on 14. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Port update: agreement likely after 2nd negotiation period

Port of Bellingham commissioners voted unanimously on July 15 to enter a second 120-day negotiation period with Harcourt Developments Limited over the future of the city’s central waterfront. The port is evaluating whether Dublin-based Harcourt will become the lead developer for a 10.8 acre slice of the 237-acre former industrial waterfront at the west edge [...]

Who is Harcourt: a look at the potential port redeveloper

Filed on 14. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Who is Harcourt: a look at the potential port redeveloper

Who is Harcourt? Dublin-based Harcourt Developments Limited, the firm with the potential to develop 10.8 acres of Bellingham’s industrial waterfront, is a development, management, and investment company with a portfolio of international projects. Their work includes retail and residential developments, as well as award-winning hotels and offices in Ireland, London, Las Vegas and the Bahamas. [...]

A month of retail weed: high prices and low supply

Filed on 12. Aug, 2014 in Contents

A month of retail weed: high prices and low supply

Don Murphy, security guard at Top Shelf Cannabis, sees putting people at ease as part of his job. Some are nervous about entering the retail marijuana store at 3857 Hannegan Rd., in Bellingham. “You can’t come in here, you have more hair than me.” Murphy told a customer while checking his ID – buyers must [...]

WCC developing health care programs with $567,500 grant

Filed on 07. Aug, 2014 in Contents

WCC developing health care programs with $567,500 grant

Picture a patient talking to a doctor after being diagnosed with a serious illness. As the doctor discusses treatment plans, prescriptions, and prognosis, the patient’s mind is reeling. Often, the patient’s eyes glaze over and they don’t retain information about the illness or treatment plan. To combat this and other problems, the Affordable Care Act [...]

Woods Coffee sales soar thanks to in-house roasting

Filed on 05. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Woods Coffee sales soar thanks to in-house roasting

Standing beside a fire engine red, 7-foot-tall coffee roaster at Woods Coffee’s Lynden base, Shea Hagan describes coffee with terms like flavor profile, structure, acidity, and sweetness. He can taste a difference between regular and decaf coffee. He can even tell by taste which decaffeinating processes is used. As head roaster at Woods Coffee, having [...]

Community Food Co-op begins construction this month

Filed on 04. Aug, 2014 in Contents

Community Food Co-op begins construction this month

Work on phase one of the Bellingham Community Food Co-op’s three phase expansion project should begin in September, co-op outreach manager Adrienne Renz said. Last November, the co-op bought a nearly 10,000-square-foot building at 405 E. Holly St., across Holly Street from its current location. The new building, previous home to Better Than New clothing [...]

Governor Inslee talks energy with Community Energy Challenge

Filed on 31. Jul, 2014 in Contents

Governor Inslee talks energy with Community Energy Challenge

Governor Jay Inslee toured the Building Performance Center at 3406 Redwood Ave., in Bellingham, on Thursday as the fourth stop on his statewide climate tour. The Building Performance Center is home to a weather proofing, insulation, and energy efficiency training house, with models of walls, roofs, ducts, attics, and other parts of a house. Every [...]

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