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  • ABC airs Acme murder cold case story
    by <div class="byline">September 18, 2019 6:13 am</div> on September 18, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Nearly 30 years after Mandy Stavik went missing in 1989 and was found three days later in the Nooksack River, 20/20 will televise the story of how the cold case was solved The post ABC airs Acme murder cold case story appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Federal disaster loans available to Whatcom, Skagit businesses
    by <div class="byline">September 17, 2019 10:10 am</div> on September 17, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers or those directly affected by this summer's drought may be eligible for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration The post Federal disaster loans available to Whatcom, Skagit businesses appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • State declares statewide vaping-related illness outbreak
    by <div class="byline">September 17, 2019 7:18 am</div> on September 17, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Two more Washington residents have received treatment for vaping-related lung disease, pushing the total to three statewide The post State declares statewide vaping-related illness outbreak appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Fall’s first gale warning issued
    by <div class="byline">September 17, 2019 6:47 am</div> on September 17, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Wave heights are expected to build up to four feet overnight during the gale warning in effect from 5 AM to 5 PM Tuesday The post Fall’s first gale warning issued appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham named state’s top college town
    by <div class="byline">September 17, 2019 6:36 am</div> on September 17, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Bellingham was ranked first in the state and ninth in the nation according to a new study comparing college towns with fewer than 250,000 residents The post Bellingham named state’s top college town appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Invasive crab species found in Blaine
    by <div class="byline">September 17, 2019 6:25 am</div> on September 17, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    The Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to set traps for the invasive European green crab in areas surrounding Drayton Harbor The post Invasive crab species found in Blaine appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Bellingham Police make indecent exposure, voyeurism arrest
    by <div class="byline">September 17, 2019 6:15 am</div> on September 17, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Officers responded to a report of a man masturbating outside an apartment window, leading to the arrest The post Bellingham Police make indecent exposure, voyeurism arrest appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Activist must disclose source of contributions
    by <div class="byline">September 16, 2019 7:44 am</div> on September 16, 2019 at 2:44 PM

    It's the latest in a series of setbacks for Tim Eyman in an investigation in which the AG claims Eyman violated state campaign-finance laws The post Activist must disclose source of contributions appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • Organization kicks off Winter Warmth Drive
    by <div class="byline">September 16, 2019 6:59 am</div> on September 16, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Donations of gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for children and adults are being accepted at Banner Bank locations for the Winter Warmth Drive The post Organization kicks off Winter Warmth Drive appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • WWU panel examines settler colonialism
    by <div class="byline">September 16, 2019 6:42 am</div> on September 16, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    A panel discussion will explore stories of settler colonialism and the ways they were narrated and contested by various communities The post WWU panel examines settler colonialism appeared first on 790 KGMI.

  • My Trafficman’s American road trip: The Happiest Smiles of America
    by Admin on September 13, 2019 at 10:02 PM

    By Ziad Youssef  When I set out on the road, I look forward to the adventure and feel like a child exploring a playground for the first time. Every encounter is ripe with a new friendship or an interesting story from someone’s life experience. This summer, my wife and I packed our […]

  • New end-of-life event planning business opens in Bellingham
    by mathewroland on September 13, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Epic Memorials, owned by Sandi Heinrich, is a full-service event production business that specializes in unique end-of-life celebrations. Recently opened in Bellingham, Heinrich offers clients help with the stressful details of planning an end of life celebration. By focusing on sensitive, fully […]

  • County burn ban lifted
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Permanent ban remains in effect on open burning for cities, urban growth areas   WHATCOM ­— Wetter weather means the county’s summer open burning ban is lifted effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.   However, a permanent ban on open burning remains in effect […]

  • Local author John Lovchik discusses book on racism at Village Books
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Lovchik is a social justice activist, takes a historical view of topic; event Sept. 25 FERNDALE — Ferndale social justice activist John Lovchik will discuss his book, “Racism: Reality Built on a Myth,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Readings Gallery of Village Books, 1200 […]

  • Artists take to the sidewalks for Chalk Art Festival
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    The post Artists take to the sidewalks for Chalk Art Festival appeared first on Ferndale Record.

  • New art installed at the Ferndale Library
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    The post New art installed at the Ferndale Library appeared first on Ferndale Record.

  • Forum tonight at Meridian High School on housing costs, water resource issues
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:15 PM

      LAUREL ­— A public forum on housing costs and water resource issues will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Meridian High School, 194 W. Laurel Rd.   The full topic is “The Hidden Causes of Rising Home Prices and ‘our’ Water Resource […]

  • Teen climate speaker Sept. 21 at Peace Arch
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:14 PM

      BLAINE — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change, is at Peace Arch Park on the U.S.-Canada border from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.   The theme of Thunberg’s visit to North America […]

  • Roberta Tate
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:14 PM

      After an adventurous 95 years and 349 days, Roberta “Bobbe” Tate passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2019, in Bellingham.   Any who knew Bobbe and wish to celebrate her life are invited to her memorial service, which will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the […]

  • Frank Longo Jr.
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:13 PM

      Frank Longo Jr., of Lynden, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Bellingham. He was 78.   Frank was born in Renton on Jan. 16, 1941, to Rose Marie (Scaramuzzo) and Frank Longo Sr. After finishing school, Frank worked as a truck driver and then supervisor for the […]

  • Shirley Scholten
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:13 PM

      Shirley Mae Scholten went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was known for her kind, faithful and selfless ways. Shirley was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1929, to William and Gertrude (Verrips) Gorzeman in their 17th Street […]

  • Reka Engels
    by Brent Lindquist on September 11, 2019 at 8:12 PM

      Reka Janet Engels, 85, transitioned into glory from this earth to be with her Heavenly Father and Savior on Sept. 1, 2019, at the Christian Health Care Center.   She is survived by her dear and faithful husband, Herman Engels, and their five children: Michael (Sally) Engels, […]

  • Winners of the 2019 Top 7 Under 40 announced
    by mathewroland on September 10, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    These seven individuals represent the future of business in Bellingham. The finalists of the 2019 Top 7 Under 40 have been selected. For the fourth year community members nominated business and community leaders. A selection committee comprised of representatives from The Bellingham Business […]

  • Three unique uses for SBA loans
    by Admin on September 10, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    By Sarah Chambers The SBA is every entrepreneurs’ best friend. Or, at least, it should be. It is a shame that the agency does not receive more attention than it does. Founded in the 50’s by Congress and signed into existence by President Eisenhower, the SBA exists to give the American […]

  • Litzia LLC welcomes new network engineer
    by mathewroland on September 9, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Josh Mayer will be joining the Litzia tech team as a network engineer. Mayer has experience as an IT account manager, a background in customer-facing positions and five years in the MSP industry. Mayer earned an associate of science in computer information systems at Whatcom Community College and […]

  • Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker
    by Admin on September 9, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Despair in the workplace, an invisible stalker. By Mike Cook For the Bellingham Business Journal A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from my daughter-in-law in Portland. The call was remarkable from a couple of perspectives; I had not spoken to or seen my daughter-in- law in over four […]

  • Drones planting trees in burned wildlands
    by Admin on September 6, 2019 at 6:05 PM

    By Don C. Brunell While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers around the world watched Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up in flames. It has stood for […]

  • Bellingham business featured in the Investopedia 100
    by mathewroland on September 6, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Flow Financial Planning LLC was recently listed as one of the most influential financial advisors of 2019 and was included in the Investopedia 100. Financial planner, Meg Bartelt, with Flow, put Bellingham on the list. This is the third year the awards list has been compiled. Investopedia 100 […]

  • Special-T Signs transitions ownership
    by mathewroland on September 4, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Family owned and operated since 1979, Special-T Signs is transferring ownership from the founder, Tim Donnelly to its second-generation owner Dave Donnelly. At the same time, the business will celebrate its 40th anniversary on August 28. Special-T Signs started with stripping cars at local […]

  • New housing outpaces job growth in Bellingham, data suggests
    by mathewroland on September 4, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    It’s no secret that Bellingham offers prime real estate opportunities for those looking to live, work and play in the city of subdued excitement. The housing market is so popular that approved housing construction in Bellingham is starting to outpace job growth. Folks are moving here because […]

  • When it Comes to Company Culture, it Pays to Put Community First
    by Admin on September 4, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Business leaders have a lot of things to think about: delivering products and services, managing people and logistics, minimizing risks, maximizing efficiencies, and countless other day to day details. With so many critical processes to balance, it’s easy to imagine how […]

  • Bellingham-based Zorganics owner wins esteemed certification
    by mathewroland on September 3, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Frida Emalange was recently awarded the top certification from the National Coalition of Estheticians. Emalange is one of only seven estheticians in Washington state to earn the award. The certification highlights advanced knowledge and skills in the field of facial/body treatments, skin […]

  • Keller Williams hires new director of operations
    by mathewroland on September 3, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    The Ben Kinney Real Estate Team with Keller Williams hired Alivia Jelinski as director of operations. Jelinski is currently working on her masters of business administration at Washington State University and has more than 10 years of experience in operations throughout the hospitality industry. In […]

  • New business’ goals: educate parents and build community
    by mathewroland on September 3, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    The Parenting Academy is now open for business at 114 W Magnolia St. A program of Brigid Collins Family Support Center, the Parenting Academy began operations in early April of 2019. The new resource connects parents with professional coaches to mentor children and help build family relationships. […]

  • PeaceHealth employee retires after 37 years of service
    by mathewroland on August 29, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Dale Zender will retire on September 30, after 37 years of serving the Bellingham community. Zender was responsible for valuable contributions such as opening PeaceHealth Island and integrating PeaceHealth United General into the Northwest network family. Zender was awarded the Whatcom Business […]

  • The Bellingham Business Journal is now on Instagram
    by mathewroland on August 29, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    More and more people are receiving their news via smartphones. Now the BBJ offers a presence on the social media platform Instagram. The BBJ is where business leaders turn for vital news and features that identify market trends and new business opportunities relevant to Whatcom County. To see […]

  • Liquor and Marijuana Licenses July 24 – August 16
    by mathewroland on August 28, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. July 24 – August 16 Applied Wake N Bakery, Andrew Schwehr, David Henson and Jennifer Lynn applied for a direct shipment reciever-in/out WA; […]

  • Building Permits July 22 – August 16
    by mathewroland on August 28, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. July 22- 26 1420 N State St. $11,100 for Structures Brewing wall sign. Contractor: Western Neon Inc., Permit no.: […]

  • Ferndale Farmstead wins 1st in 2019 American Cheese Society Competition
    by mathewroland on August 27, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Located at 2780 Aldergrove Rd. Ferndale Farmstead received a total of three medals at the 2019 American Cheese Society Competition, hosted in Richmond, Virginia. The Ferndale Farmstead, which specializes in crafting Italian style cheeses won1st place medals for their Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine and […]

  • The Community Food Co-op opens new funding opportunity ‘Pitchfest’
    by mathewroland on August 27, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    The board of directors for the Community Food Co-op are now accepting pitches from artists, entrepreneurs and innovators in Whatcom County for projects that generate inclusion and cooperation within the community. This first-time event is open to people between the ages of 18 to 30, or if a group, […]

  • Best value colleges in Whatcom County
    by mathewroland on August 27, 2019 at 10:12 PM

    Higher education has the power to advance your skills, multiply career opportunities and increase net worth. However,investing in yourself and good college education has become an increasingly expensive endeavor. Luckily, colleges in Whatcom County offer students some of the best value education in […]

  • AbiliTrek launches its Accessibility Certification Program
    by mathewroland on August 27, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    The new certification program launched on July 2, 2019, and promotes disability accessibility to be incorporated into good business practice. The ACP has been designed as an accessibility indicator to express where it is and is not accessible to the disability community and promote the existing […]

  • Mayor Kelli Linville announces City Center Awards
    by mathewroland on August 21, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Three businesses were honored with the mayor’s third annual City Center Award at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building on July 25. The winners included the Cascade Laundry Building, Pickford Film Center and Black Sheep. The general criteria for the award are actions, on the behalf of […]

  • Sanitary Services Company gains new general manager
    by mathewroland on August 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    Ted Carlsonhas been the directorof Bellingham’s Public Works since 2009 but will start his new role as general manager for Sanitary Services Company on August 15. For 30 years Carlson has been in Public Works and began as a maintenance worker before he advanced to become superintendent at […]

  • Outwit the Bad Guys with a Strategy to Prevent Fraud
    by mathewroland on August 21, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    By Randy Fredlund High-profile data security breaches, such as Equifax and more recently Capital One, serve as good reminders about the vulnerability of our personal information online. Unfortunately, small businesses are a prime target and, therefore, must be especially vigilant. According to […]

  • Whatcom County insurance agent launches Stauffer Insurance
    by mathewroland on August 20, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    With more than 10 years of insurance experience, Marty Stauffer launched Stauffer Insurance on August 7. Stauffer Insurance is located in Lynden at 1903 Front St. and will offer policies for homes, vehicles, motorcycles, boats, earthquakes and small businesses. Stauffer said the most valuable […]

  • Spark your marketing efforts with modern tactics, here’s how
    by Admin on August 16, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Hannah Stevens for the BBJ Today’s marketplace is more competitive and cutthroat than it has ever been. With increasing globalization (both of businesses and the financial markets), the ever-expanding competition online, and consumerism at an all-time high figuring out which exact strategies […]

  • Two experienced brokers join Muljat Group Realtors
    by mathewroland on August 16, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Jen Moldver will be bringing her 13-years of real-estate sale experience in Whatcom County to Muljat Group Realtors. Moldver is a graduate from both Washington State University and Stanwood High School. “My experience makes me quite knowledgeable about property values in many different […]

  • Comcast expands affordable, high-speed internet in Bellingham and Whatcom County
    by mathewroland on August 16, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comcast announced that it is expanding eligibility for its low-cost internet adoption program, Internet Essentials. On August 6 approximately 208,000 total households and 832,000 residents across the state will be eligible for high-speed internet. “This expansion is the culmination of an […]

  • Western student dies in Happy Valley shooting
    by Julia Berkman on August 15, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    By Julia Berkman and Esther Chong A 22-year-old woman was shot and killed in an apartment on the 900 block of 20th Street just past midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 14, according to a press release from the Bellingham Police Department. Stephanie Cresswell-Brenner, a Western student and senior in [...] […]