Monthly Archives: May 2011

Great Day for Ski to Sea

Good luck to all participants in today’s race. Bellingham brings out its best today. It’s the 100 year Anniversary of this great Bellingham event.    

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Bellingham’s Ski to Sea Race

Whatcom County’s annual Ski to Sea Race this Sunday consists of a 100 mile relay race of seven different sport venues beginning with cross country skiing and ending with a kayaking leg in Bellingham Bay. Don’t miss this  event starting … Continue reading

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New Home Sales get a Boost

More people bought new homes last month with new home sales rising 7.3%, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. It was the second straight month that new home sales were up. New home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate … Continue reading

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Home Inventory Lower

Bellingham’s available home inventory is currently running approximately 18% lower than last year at this same time giving buyers less to choose from. Though we still have a  long way to go, Seller’s putting off selling their home this Spring … Continue reading

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Gateway Pacific could link grain belt to Asian markets.

Asian demand for U.S. grain will soar in the years ahead, and U.S. farmers  will need more West Coast port capacity to meet that demand. That was a key theme Thursday, May 19, as grain producers and shippers  gathered at … Continue reading

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Whatcom County & Lummi Nation reach deal on Ferry

It looks as though the Lummi Island ferry will be running for another 35  years. Without releasing any details, the Whatcom County Council and Lummi Nation  issued a joint statement Tuesday, May 17, announcing an “agreement in concept”  on a … Continue reading

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Whatcom Home Affordability Index trails State average

While homes are much more affordable than in recent years, Whatcom County’s  home affordability index continues to lag behind the state average. In the first quarter of 2011, Whatcom’s index level was 128.9, down slightly  from 130.6 from the fourth … Continue reading

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Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point

A presentation was given yesterday, 5/13/2011, at Western Washington University by Brad Ferris, executive director of Re Sources for Sustainable Communities. SSA Marine has proposed its intent to ship 54 million metric tons of material through the Cherry Point facility. … Continue reading

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2011 Ski to Sea Race

The Ski to Sea Race has reached its cap of 500 teams in the 2011 race taking place on May 29, 2011. There are over 30 teams, presently, on the Waiting List to race.

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Fixed Mortages Rates at Lowest Level of the Year

Today, 5/12/2011, according to Freddie Mac, the average rate on 30 year loans fell to 4.63% from 4.71%. The average rate on 15 year fixed mortgages slipped to 3.82% from 3.89%. Both are at their lowest points since December. This … Continue reading

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