Articles

Whatcom County is a farming community — but for how long?

  Whatcom County is a farming community. Six out of 10 red raspberries grown in the United States comes from Whatcom County; this area is the nation’s largest producer of raspberries. Whatcom County is also No. 1...

Navigating Successful waters: Allure of water runs deep for Bellingham Yacht founders

By Tamara Anderson-Loucks What started as a small, three-person yacht brokerage in Bellingham over three decades ago is today a thriving full-service, family-owned yacht brokerage and charter service. Owners Dean and Donna Ouilette and Dean’s brother...

Education Initiative Putting Whatcom County students on the pathway to success

By Business Pulse Magazine & WBA STAFF We gauge our success or failure by many measures in the education system, but the most widely-used statistic is on-time graduation rates. While an 80 per cent graduation rate for...

Catalyst to success: Confidence in Capabilities. Design-based solutions put Innotech Processing Equipment on the map

By Tamara Anderson-Loucks When breaking into a new industry, Tim Kaptein said it’s never easy to be the ‘new guy on the block’ -  particularly when you’re young with no industry-specific experience. However, that didn’t stop...

Farm-to-Table at its finest

By Sherri Huleatt ACME’s weekly food delivery box brings local food straight to your doorstep. Several years before “local” food was a staple and brand of Pacific Northwest grocery stores, and before subscription boxes popped up for...

Axiom Construction & Consulting: From Despair to the Top 100

By Mike McKenzie, editor for Business Pulse Magazine Let’s begin this parable with NOW. It’s upbeat, an inspirational story of success and its moving parts. A pretty picture: Axiom Construction & Consulting, specializing in architectural metal in...

Top 100 Privately-held Whatcom County based Companies of 2017

Last year the local free-market economy was a very good year. Our annual Top 100 privately-owned companies in Whatcom County topped $4,927,600,000 in sales during 2016 – the highest total since this survey began over 20...

To bee, or not to bee? Reality check of beehive survival trend answers the...

By Todd Myers, Environmental Director, Washington Policy Center Honeybees have become one of the regular talking points among environmental activists who believe we are destroying the planet. Honeybees, they argue, are dying in huge numbers and...

Some lawmakers want to take away popular property tax limit

By Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research, Washington Policy Center With so much commotion in our national government, it is reassuring to know one effective policy in our state is working every day, quietly and effectively,...

Do local policies constrain local housing? Developers, realtors say yes

Article and photos by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy Bellingham ranks among the least affordable cities in the nation, comparing housing costs to local incomes. Are local governments’ policies contributing to that? The median home in Bellingham costs 7.3...