Whatcom Business Newsletter


Denser Bellingham rezone approved over objections of Sunnyland neighbors

BELLINGHAM - The City Council cleared the way for home construction on a long-vacant lot in Sunnyland by bending its rules to allow smaller one-story...

One of the signs protesting a denser zoning on a 4-acre property in Sunnyland July, 24, 2014 in Bellingham.

Official: $20M in projects could make Bellingham state's No. 1 bicycling town

BELLINGHAM - More people per capita bicycle to work in Bellingham than in Seattle. Officials expect even more bicyclists on the street after the City...

Bellingham resident Charles O'Connor commutes on State Street from his home to the Fairhaven shipyard on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Tech group to host Bellingham panel discussion on net neutrality

BELLINGHAM - The Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington will host a panel discussion, "Net Neutrality and the Future of Internet Access," on Friday, Aug. 15.

Whatcom County retail sales slow down in first quarter of 2014

Whatcom County retail sales slowed in the first three months of 2014, with a sluggish economy, a weaker Canadian dollar and the weather likely factors.

Southbound border traffic into Whatcom picks up in second quarter

Southbound border crossings picked up the pace in the second quarter, but the boost wasn't significant enough to indicate a new trend.

Whatcom retailers getting ready for back-to-school craziness

Fair week tends to be a quiet one for local retailers, but shopping activity will kick into in high gear for the following six weeks.

Sunnyland Elementary first grade teacher Cami Burfeind, left, helps her friend Kacey Emerson, look for school room supplies, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. at Launching Success in Bellingham. Emerson is starting a new job as a first grade teacher in Mukilteo.

Market Report: Building permits on the rise in parts of Whatcom County

Local economic data continues to steadily improve, but one area that's doing particularly well is building permits.

RAM Construction employee Bill Treadaway, left, installs a window with the help of a coworker in the Barkley Village Cornerstone Building Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Bellingham.

IMCO to pay $200,000 settlement in federal program dispute

FERNDALE - A local construction company has settled a dispute with the U.S. Department of Transportation over the use of a federal program.