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July|August 2018 PULSE+

Locals Fish Alaska but Bring the Bounty Home

By Pete Granger Did you know that Whatcom County has a thriving commercial-fishing industry? Many people don’t. The Port of Bellingham estimates that commercial fishing and processing companies in Whatcom County employ more than 2,700 on...

Birch Golf Classic Tees Up Community Caring

Clockwise from top left: Team Birch Equipment (with Jake Locker, far left); Some of Carole Garguile’s team of volunteers with Sarah Rothenbuhler, far left; 2017 winning team Dunkin & Bush; Team/sponsor Mills Electric (with Ryan...

Back To The Future of Local Salmon

By Sherri Huleatt Experts mark 1985 as Whatcom County’s last great fishing season. Stakeholders from business, government, the Lummi Nation, higher education, and more have joined forces to raise the region’s fish population to 1985 levels. Doug...

Why the Cattlemen and the Farm Bureau are Suing the County

Ben Elenbaas Second Vice President, Whatcom County Farm Bureau, and Vice President | Whatcom County Cattlemen’s Association I submitted a research paper in May of 2014 to finish my degree at Western Washington University. It was titled,...

Lots of Whee! In Ski to Sea

A curious spectator's guide By Mike McKenzie Time to head out to watch Ski to Sea, coming right up—May 27, just like every Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend over the last 45 years. But, with seven...

Duty-Free Bargain Hunting in Canada?

Best Advice... Expert Says Forget It By Mike McKenzie A birdie told you: Take a quick, turnaround trip up through Blaine, or Lynden, or Sumas and shop for some bargains at the duty-free shop in British Columbia,...

Don Goldberg: New Man of the Hour in Port Development

Interview by Mike McKenzie The Port of Bellingham has hired its new Director of Economic Development, Don Goldberg, who previously held a similar position with the Port of Portland. He sat down with Business Pulse recently...

Hartnell’s ‘Aha! Moment’ Has Prevented Lots of Wrinkles—And Saved Lots of Salmon

By Mike McKenzie Randy Hartnell, President of Vital Choice Wild Seafood and Organics in Ferndale, and his brother, Terry, were fishing for herring off the shores of San Francisco in the late ‘90s when their boat...

OFF TO THE RACES

Bellingham Traverse, a five-leg relay race, was founded in 2001, to raise awareness of salmon’s importance to our environment, while also encouraging people to get outside and have fun. Photos by Brandon Sawaya By Sherri Huleatt Washington is...

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