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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Alaska Airlines Adds Service between Bellingham and Kona, Hawaii

Passengers flying out of Bellingham International Airport (BLI) will have convenient access to some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and the world-famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting November 12 when Alaska Airlines begins new weekly service between...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2016

Major Cleanup Project Underway on Bellingham's Waterfront

Construction is underway on a major environmental cleanup project which will transform the landscape of Bellingham’s city center waterfront.

The Port has awarded local contractor RAM Construction with a $2 million contract to regrade over 20 acres of t...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Construction Begins on a New Manufacturing Facility for All American Marine

Construction has started on a $10 million project to build a new manufacturing facility for local boat builder All American Marine on Bellingham’s central waterfront.

To prepare the construction site for development, Whatcom County-based RAM Constructi...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2016

Choose Whatcom Launches Economic Development Website

Choose Whatcom, a collaboration of business service, economic development and workforce organizations, unveiled a new regional economic development tool to an audience of over 150 business and government leaders recently at the Pickford Film Center. With ...Read on...

Choose Whatcom Website
Posted on: May 10, 2016

Bellingham International Airport Wins Another Award

Bellingham International Airport was honored at an annual conference of Allegiant Airlines with an “Above and Beyond” award for cutting operating costs and maintaining a low-cost transportation facility.

Port Commissioner Dan Robbins attended the confe...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Bond Refinancing to Save the Port $860,000

The Port is refinancing the balance of a $5 million bond issued in 2005 to cash in on historically low interest rates and reduce debt payments by $860,000 over the next ten years.

“The Port is always looking for ways to reduce costs and operate more ef...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Bellingham International Airport Receives Highest Customer Satisfaction Rating in the Nation

Bellingham International Airport has scored the highest customer satisfaction rating for any airport in the nation.

Bellingham Airport received a 93% customer satisfaction rating according to data collected by AirportXP, a mobile platform from Phoenix ...Read on...

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Port Supports Small Cities with Economic Development Funds

Four small cities in Whatcom County will get extra help with economic development projects this year. The Port’s Board of Commissioners has approved spending $75,000 in matching funds for projects in Blaine, Sumas, Ferndale, and Lynden.

“The Port’s mi...Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2016

Public Invited to Attend Coast Salish Story Pole Dedication at Bellingham International Airport

Public Invited to Attend Coast Salish Story Pole Dedication at Bellingham International Airport

BELLINGHAM, WA (Tuesday, February 24, 2016) – The public is invited to a dedication ceremony to celebrate the first permanent public art installation at Bel...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2016

Community Open House for Reconstruction Alternatives to Blaine's Marine Drive

The Port of Bellingham and City of Blaine will be hosting a Community Open House at Blaine City Hall on January 19 from 6-8 pm to discuss reconstruction alternatives for the road leading to Blaine pier at the end of Marine Drive. The road is currently cl...Read on...

Marine Drive Reconstruction Alternatives
Posted on: January 6, 2016

Port Commission Selects 2016 Officers

Port Commissioner Michael McAuley was selected by the Commission on Tuesday to serve as president of the Port's Board of Commissioners for 2016. Commissioner Bobby Briscoe was picked to be vice president and Dan Robbins was chosen for secretary.

Commis...Read on...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Port Welcomes New Commissioner Bobby Briscoe

Bobby Briscoe was sworn into office as the Port’s newest Commissioner on Tuesday, January 5, 2015.

“I am pleased to welcome Bobby Briscoe to the Port’s Board of Commissioners,” said Port Executive Director Rob Fix. “Commissioner Briscoe brings a uni...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

New Ownership for Bellwether on the Bay Buildings

The Port of Bellingham announced a change in ownership for three mixed-use office buildings and the last developable parcel in the Bellwether on the Bay development area. The Port assigned leases for 21 Bellwether Way (Building A), 19 Bellwether Way, (Bu...Read on...

Posted on: December 1, 2015

Itek Energy Installs Large Community Solar Project on Bellingham's Waterfront

Bellingham-based itek Energy, Washington’s leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, has completed a solar installation on the banks of Georgia Pacific’s former Aeration Stabilization Basin. It is the largest community solar project in Wha...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2015

All American Marine to Move from Fairhaven to Bellingham's Central Waterfront

The Port and All American Marine have reached an agreement to relocate the boat-builder from Fairhaven to a Port-owned marine trades area on Bellingham’s central waterfront which will allow the company to expand and hire additional employees. The Fairhav...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2015

Port Reaches Agreement with Bellingham International Sailing Center

The Port has reached an agreement with the Bellingham International Sailing Center to locate a community sailing center on Port property when fundraising efforts prove successful. The sailing center would be located near the intersection of Cornwall Aven...Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Forest Product Companies to Study Feasibility of Exporting from Shipping Terminal

The Port of Bellingham has entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Bio-Fibre Manufactures Inc. (BFM) and DKoram Inc. to study the feasibility of exporting logs and bio-fuel materials from approximately 20 acres adjacent to the Bellingham Ship...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2015

Draft 2016 Strategic Budget Focuses on Jobs and Marine Infrastructure - Public Hearing Nov. 17

The Port’s draft 2016 Strategic Budget proposes keeping property tax rates flat, redeveloping the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, expanding marine trades, repairing marine infrastructure, completing major environmental cleanup projects and maintaining a str...Read on...

Draft 2016 Strategic Budget
Posted on: October 27, 2015

Squalicum Harbor Boat Launch to be Temporarily Closed for Improvements

The Squalicum Harbor boat launch will be completely closed to boater use November 16-20 for improvements to the site. The Port of Bellingham will be removing a scour hole at the end of the boat ramp and extending the concrete panels used to launch boats ...Read on...

Posted on: October 19, 2015

Port Appoints Director of Aviation

The Port announced today that Sunil Harman will join the team on November 2nd to manage the Ports aviation operations. Sunil brings a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, having worked at large hub airports (JFK, LGA, MIA, SAN) and small and non...Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2015

Bellstock Festival this Weekend

On October 3rd and 4th, the Port of Bellingham, Allied Arts and Bellwether on the Bay businesses are excited to invite the community down to 1 Bellwether Way on the Bellingham waterfront to enjoy free admission to a music, art and food festival. This eve...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2015

Whatcom Waterway Cleanup Update

A $30.6 million project on Bellingham's downtown waterfront to cleanup historic contamination in the Whatcom Waterway is in full swing. Large floating cranes, barges and other marine construction equipment have arrived to remove 159,000 cubic yards of co...Read on...

Whatcom Waterway Cleanup Update - Sep. 22, 2015
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Community Leaders Celebrate the Start of the Whatcom Waterway Cleanup Project

Community and State leaders gathered this week to celebrate the start of a $30.6 million project on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront to cleanup historic contamination in the Whatcom Waterway.

Large floating cranes, barges, and other marine construction...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2015

Marine Life Center Temporarily Closed

The Port of Bellingham’s Marine Life Center will be temporarily closed for roof repairs from August 7 until August 28th. The Marine Life Center, located on Bellingham’s central waterfront at 1801 Roeder Avenue, showcases marine life and habitat in Bellin...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Bellingham's Future Waterfront Tours - July 16 & 30 / August 13 & 27

Beginning tonight, San Juan Cruises will be offering four community boat tours to give local residents a chance to learn about the future of Bellingham’s central waterfront. Representatives from the Port and City of Bellingham will be on hand to discuss ...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Major Upgrades Planned for Fairhaven Waterfront Industrial Property

The Port of Bellingham is poised to change the layout of 7.66 acres of industrial property in Fairhaven and build new infrastructure to support the expansion of two major waterfront employers, All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard.

“All American M...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2015

Traveling Artwork Display Debuts at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Stunning images demonstrating the beauty and importance of light are on display at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 355 Harris Avenue, from June 1 through June 14, 2015.

“The Port of Bellingham is pleased to host this amazing exhibit” said Port Termina...Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2015

New Hotel Breaks Ground Next to Bellingham International Airport

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Bellingham HI, LLC has broken ground on a 153-room full service Holiday Inn Hotel to be located across the street from Bellingham International Airport.

The new hotel will include over 7,500 square feet of conference rooms and meeting space, a full ser...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2015

Port Awards $30.6 Million Contract to Clean-up the Whatcom Waterway

The Port has awarded Tacoma-based American Construction Company with a $30.6 million contract to clean-up the Whatcom Waterway on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront. Construction is set to begin this August and be completed by mid-2016.

The Whatcom Wate...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2015

Port of Bellingham Reaches Milestone Agreement for Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Project

The Port of Bellingham has reached a milestone agreement with Ireland-based Harcourt Developments to develop a new commercial and residential area on 19 acres of Bellingham’s downtown waterfront.

"This is a momentous day,” said Port Commission Pr...Master Development Agreement

Master Development Agreement
Posted on: March 20, 2015

Bellingham Airport Launches New Parking Website

Passengers now have new trip planning tools with the launch of Bellingham Airport’s new online parking guide.

The site includes a parking rate calculator that lets users put in arrival and departure information and easily see exactly how much it will ...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2015

Port Commission Considers Master Development Agreement with Harcourt

The Port of Bellingham is nearing an agreement with Ireland-based Harcourt Developments to develop a new commercial and residential area on 19 acres of Bellingham’s downtown waterfront.

Port Executive Director Rob Fix presented the details of a tentat...Read on...

Proposed Master Development Agreement
Posted on: March 11, 2015

Port Supports Small Cities with Economic Development Funds

Four small cities in Whatcom County will get some extra help with their economic development projects this year. The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners has approved spending $80,000 in matching funds for projects in Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, an...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Bellingham Airport Launches New On-Site Advertising Program

Bellingham International Airport has launched an in-terminal advertising program to allow companies of all sizes to reach the estimated 90,000 passengers a month that fly in and out of the airport.

Promotional opportunities include both digital video ...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2015

Port Commission Selects 2015 Officers

Port Commissioner Dan Robbins was selected by the Commission on Tuesday to serve as president of the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners for 2015. Commissioner Jim Jorgensen was picked to be vice president and Michael McAuley was chosen for secre...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2014

Staff Seek Commission Approval to Negotiate with Harcourt Developments on Waterfront

Agreement Would Launch Exclusive Negotiations for First 10.8 Acre Development Parcel

On Tuesday (Feb. 18) the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners will be asked to approve an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Harcourt Developments from ...Read on

Port Staff Recommendation
Posted on: January 14, 2014

Repair Work Will Temporarily Close Blaine Pier

[Blaine, Wash.] The Blaine Harbor public pier, known locally as the end-pier, will close temporarily on Jan. 16 for structural repairs. The closure will affect both pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and is expected to last for about six weeks.

The Port ...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Commissioners Dan Robbins and Michael McAuley Take Oath of Office

Commissioner Michael McAuley was chosen by the Commission on Tuesday (Jan. 7) to serve as president of the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners for 2014. Commissioner Dan Robbins was selected to be vice president and Commissioner Jim Jorgensen was ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2013

Port and City Approve Historic Waterfront Redevelopment Agreements

The Bellingham waterfront redevelopment project took a huge step forward this week when the City Council and the Port of Bellingham Commissioners adopted the complete package of master planning and development agreements for the Waterfront District.

Th...Read on...

Posted on: November 27, 2013

City Council, Port Commission Consider Final Action on Waterfront District Plans

The Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham Commission are expected to take action on the Waterfront District sub-area plan, regulations and all related documents at meetings scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3, 2013.

All documents being considered by t...Read on...

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Posted on: November 27, 2013

City, County and Port Work Together to Establish a Unified Emergency Center

The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County are joining forces with the Port of Bellingham to establish a new unified emergency operations center near the Bellingham International Airport.

“I’m pleased that the City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellin...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2013

Port Draft 2014 Budget Focuses Resources on Jobs and Infrastructure -- Public Hearing Nov. 5

[Bellingham, Wash.] The Port of Bellingham’s draft 2014 Strategic Budget proposes keeping property tax rates flat, completing major airport projects, repairing marine infrastructure and maintaining a strong focus on countywide job creation.

Details of ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 13, 2013

Fall Shoreline Project Will Create New Fish Habitat at Squalicum Creek: Ecology Providing $850,000

Improving fish habitat is a high priority for the Port of Bellingham and the State Department of Ecology. That’s why both agencies are working together to make the Bellingham Bay shoreline near Squalicum Creek more fish friendly.

In October work will b...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

State Auditors Give Port Clean Audit on $45 Million 2012 Budget

Port officials are pleased to announce that, for the sixth year in a row, Washington State Auditors have completed their Port audit and did not issue any findings. The recent audit was of the Port’s 2012 financial documents for its $45 million budget.
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Posted on: September 5, 2013

Ferry Tours and Travel Show Mark Alaska Marine Highway 50th Anniversary Event

The Port of Bellingham and the Alaska Marine Highway System are celebrating the Alaska Marine Highway’s 50th Anniversary with a major event at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 50th Anniversary celebration will includ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2013

Follow Waterfront District Flags to Public Walking Tours: Twilight Tours July 25 & Aug. 1

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Three new Waterfront District Flags are now flying alongside the Granary Building, marking both the excitement and energy for this proposed redevelopment area and the starting location for upcoming public tours.

If you’d like to explore the former Geo...Read on...

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Posted on: June 18, 2013

Port of Bellingham/Western Waterfront Partnership Moves Forward

Western Washington University took a major step closer to the Bellingham waterfront this week as both the university and the Port of Bellingham approved a memorandum of agreement that spells out how each could dedicate land to their shared waterfront deve...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2013

Bellingham Waterfront District Tours Offered This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and the Port of Bellingham and City of Bellingham are offering special tours to show people the Bellingham Waterfront District redevelopment project. A series of walking tours and boat tours will be occurring between June ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2013

Allegiant Starts New Non-Stop Service Between Bellingham and Reno

On June 6 Allegiant launched its new non-stop flights between Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The company is offering introductory fares for as low as $69.99* one way.

“We are pleased to bring another ...Read on...

Allegiant Air
Posted on: May 7, 2013

Halibut Henry’s Expands at Bellingham Airport; Re-Opens at Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Airline passengers will have expanded shopping options in the secure gate holding area at the Bellingham International Airport. Today Port Commissioners approved a five-year lease that provides more space to Halibut Henry’s for a “Grab and Go” food, bever...Read on...

Halibut Henry's
Posted on: May 7, 2013

Port and Bellingham International Maritime Museum Reach Agreement

Local and Northwest maritime history will continue to be featured at the Bellingham International Maritime Museum on Cornwall Avenue. This week the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners approved a one-year lease with the museum operators.

“The Be...Read on...

Bellingham Maritime Museum
Posted on: April 30, 2013

Bellingham Airport Completes New Baggage System with Carrousel

New baggage claim at the Bellingham Airport

[Bellingham, Wash.] One of the most-anticipated elements of the Port of Bellingham’s airport expansion projects was unveiled yesterday to an enthusiastic group of travelers.

The new baggage claim carrousel began operations just in time for nearly 300 p...Read on...

Posted on: March 28, 2013

Port Commission Considers Airport Hotel Development Letter of Intent

Travelers will enjoy a full-service hotel at the Bellingham International Airport, if a hotel development is approved and moves forward.

“We recognize that a full-service hotel is an important addition to our growing airport,” said Port Executive Direc...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2013

Scotty Browns Expands Airport Restaurant

Less than one year after opening, Scotty Browns Airport Restaurant is expanding.

The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners approved a lease modification that adds 526 square feet to the restaurant and another 576 square feet at the airport for Sc...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2013

Port Supports Small Cities with Economic Development Funds

Five small cities in Whatcom County will get some extra help with their economic development projects this year. The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners approved spending $80,000 in matching funds for projects in Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden ...Read on...

Posted on: March 22, 2013

Bellingham International Airport Parking Packed with Spring Break Travelers

If you are heading to the Bellingham International Airport during the next two weeks, be prepared for some creative parking solutions. Spring Break season has filled the Port of Bellingham’s airport parking lots and the port is working to accommodate tra...Read on...

Posted on: March 12, 2013

Overnight Airport Construction Creates Larger Ticketing Lobby and New Security Screening

passengers go through the new security checkpoint at the airport

While most of Whatcom County was asleep Monday night, workers at the Port of Bellingham’s International Airport were working non-stop to move the airport security checkpoint to a new location.

Because airport security, operated by the federal Transport...Read on...

Posted on: February 20, 2013

Frontier Announces Seasonal Service from Denver to Bellingham

Frontier Airlines announced today that it is bringing back seasonal service from its Denver, Colo. (DEN) hub to Bellingham, Wash. (BLI) starting May 17, 2013.

Fares as low as $134 each way are available for purchase through March 4, 2013 at FlyFrontie...Read on...

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Posted on: February 14, 2013

Port Launches New Whatcom County Website Aimed at Attracting New Business

Finding the right place to locate or grow your business just got easier; thanks to a new dynamic website that showcases Whatcom County’s available real estate. This month the Port of Bellingham launched whatcomprospector.com with a powerful Geographic In...Read on...

View the new site
Posted on: February 6, 2013

Three Local Governments Form Partnership on State Issues

Last week top officials from Whatcom County, the City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham joined together in Olympia to promote shared goals for this legislative session.

“When we can stand shoulder-to-shoulder and demonstrate our shared interests...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2013

Port Commission Selects 2013 Officers

Port Commissioner Jim Jorgensen was selected to serve as President of the Port's Board of Commissioners for 2013. The Commissioners voted on his selection during their first meeting of the new year and also chose Commissioner Michael McAuley to serve as V...Read on...

Posted on: December 17, 2012

City & Port Celebrate Completed Draft Waterfront Documents, Prepare for Next Steps

The Port and City of Bellingham announced today (Dec. 17, 2012) the full package of draft regulatory documents and plans for The Waterfront District are complete and are being handed off to the City Planning and Community Development Department to prepare...Read on...

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Posted on: December 13, 2012

Bellingham Waterfront Café Gains New “Lease” on Life

A prime Bellingham waterfront restaurant location will be back in business with a new name and a new look next year, if Port of Bellingham Commissioners approves a lease transfer on Dec. 18.

Last October the popular Bayside Café alongside Squalicum Har...Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2012

Port Commission Considers Purchase of Bayview Center Building at Bellwether on the Bay

At their regular Commission meeting on Tuesday, Port of Bellingham Commissioners will consider a proposal for the Port to spend $4.1 million to purchase as 36,000-square-foot office building at Bellwether on the Bay.

Bayview Center is owned by Bellweth...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2012

City/Port Waterfront Redevelopment Proposal Moving Forward

Port and City officials have made public the latest draft Waterfront District master plan and have scheduled meetings of the Waterfront Advisory Group, in anticipation of submitting a draft plan into the formal review process by the end of the year.

“...Read on...

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Posted on: November 9, 2012

Port of Bellingham Commission Selects Rob Fix as Executive Director

Today the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners met to announce their selection of Rob Fix as Executive Director for the Port. Fix had been serving as Interim Executive Director since April of this year.

The Commission approved his selection unan...Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2012

Port 2013 Budget Includes Over $50 Million in Local Projects: Two Public Hearings in November

Completing the $38.5 million Bellingham International Airport terminal expansion and launching the in-water work for the Whatcom Waterway cleanup will be the largest capital projects for the Port of Bellingham in 2013.

The Port recently released its dr...Read on...

Draft 2013 Budget Link
Posted on: October 16, 2012

Port Commission Announces Executive Director Candidates: Community Reception Oct. 29

The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners in their meeting today announced the finalists for the Port’s Executive Director position. Three finalists were chosen from among 95 applicants for the Port’s top administrative position. All of the candidat...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

Proposed Port/City Property Exchange Promotes Job Creation, Access to Waterfront

A proposed property exchange announced jointly today by the Port and the City is expected to boost economic development and job creation, and provide opportunities for early public access to the waterfront. The Port of Bellingham Commission and the Bellin...Read on...

View the Property Exchange Webpage
Posted on: September 28, 2012

Port Commissioners Invite Community to October Sessions of Coffee with a Commissioner

What do you think should be the focus of the Port of Bellingham? Do you have questions or concerns you’d like to share with this countywide government agency? Would you like to find out more about Port projects or add your ideas to the Port’s 2013 budget ...Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Work Underway to Find Waterfront Developer: Granary Site Included in First Phase

As the Port of Bellingham and City of Bellingham move ahead on waterfront redevelopment planning, work is underway to begin soliciting developers to launch the project. In addition to the Downtown waterfront area already targeted for the first develop...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2012

Port Commissioners Invite Community to July Sessions of Coffee with a Commissioner

What do you think should be the focus of the Port of Bellingham? Do you have questions or concerns you’d like to share with this countywide government agency? Would you like to find out more about Port projects or add your ideas to the Port’s 2013 budget ...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2012

Scotty Browns Opens Bellingham Airport Location

(May 14, 2012) – The Port of Bellingham and Scotty Browns USA are pleased to announce that Bellingham’s second Scotty Browns Restaurant opened successfully at the Bellingham International Airport over the weekend.

Scotty Browns USA President, Scot...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2012

Australian Boat Company Delays American Plant and Chooses Skagit Site

The Port of Bellingham learned this week that Aluminum Boats Australia (ABA) will not be opening its new United States operation in Bellingham due to delays in securing a foreign contract and ship launching issues.

In April the company entered into a 3...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2012

Seafood Café Opens at Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Next time you visit the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, be sure you arrive with a healthy appetite.

Halibut Henry’s Café just opened for business and plans to provide seafood and Northwest faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. On Fridays and Saturdays, when ...Read on...

Posted on: April 13, 2012

Airport Master Plan Community Meetings April 19

Everyone is invited to take part in community meetings about the future of the Bellingham International Airport from noon-1:30 p.m. and from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. Both meetings will be in the Harbor Center Conference Room, 1801 Roeder Avenue....Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2012

Fire Out at Squalicum Harbor, Two Still Missing and Cleanup Begins

UNIFIED COMMAND MEDIA RELEASE: SQUALICUM HARBOR BOATHOUSE FIRE

For More Information:
Shawn Aiumu, Bellingham Police Department (360) 778-8638Carolyn Casey Port of Bellingham (360) 303-0518
3 pm March 30, 2012

For Immediate Release

Fire Out at...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2012

Squalicum Boathouse Fire Update

April 11 Unified Command Update:

Bellingham Fire and Police investigators announced that they will be partnering with Fire investigators from private insurance companies to further investigate and attempt to determine the cause and origin of the Squali...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2012

Port Executive Director Charlie Sheldon Resigns: Deputy Director Rob Fix Appointed Interim

The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners in their April 3 regular meeting accepted the resignation of Executive Director Charlie Sheldon, effective immediately. Commissioners also appointed Port Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer Rob Fix t...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2012

Squalicum Harbor Boathouse Fire Update

April 5, 2012 11:59:21 AM PDT

Unified Command media update.

Divers have recovered two bodies from the debris of the Squalicum Harbor boathouse fire this morning. The first discovery was made at about 8:00 a.m, the second was at about 10:45 a.m.

...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2012

CharterFest at Squalicum Harbor Cancelled Due to Boat Fire -- Event will Return in April 2013

Due to a fire on March 30, the Port of Bellingham and participating boat sales and brokerage firms have cancelled the eighth annual CharterFest, which was to be held at Squalicum Harbor’s Gate 3 on April 21 and 22.

The fire swept through G dock at Gate...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2012

Squalicum Harbor boathouse fire update

9:30 a.m., April 3: Recovery and Clean up efforts continue at East G dock at Squalicum Harbor which was the location of a large boathouse fire.

On Friday, March 30 at about 5:27 a.m, a fire was reported in the boathouse. Two people living aboard their...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2012

Recovery, Investigations and Cleanup Underway at Squalicum Harbor Fire

Officials are continuing their investigation of the large boathouse fire at Squalicum Harbor that is believed to have killed two people and destroyed about 10 recreational boats.

Jim Langei, 43, and Sterling Taylor, 33, were aboard their 42-foot power ...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2012

Fire at Squalicum Harbor, Public, Boat Owners Should Stay Away

Update 11:14am There will be a press conferance at 11:30am at Squalicum Harbor. The Media may call 360-303-0518 or 360-739-4373 for additional information.

Update 7:30amThe Port of Bellingham asks that the public and boat owners stay away the Squalicum...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2012

Port Commission Awards Economic Project Funds to Small Cities

Several small cities in Whatcom County got an economic boost this week from the Port of Bellingham when Port Commissioners, acting as the Industrial Development Corporation, voted to fund their economic development projects.

Projects in Blaine, Everson...Read on...

Posted on: February 8, 2012

Regional Wild Seafood Conference Moves to Bellingham

Independent commercial fishermen, top-notch chefs, seafood buyers and other seafood industry stakeholders will gather in Bellingham on Feb. 22 for a daylong conference focused on specialty processing and direct marketing of wild seafood.

The 11th Annua...Read on...

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Posted on: February 1, 2012

New Bellwether Building under Construction

Work has begun on another office building at the Port of Bellingham’s Bellwether on the Bay™ development. The private developer, Bellwether Gate LLC., is constructing its third building in this popular waterfront development.

The two-story, 10,000-squa...Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2012

Port Reduces Weekday Rates for Meeting Rental Facilities

Community-owned waterfront meeting and event locations just got a little more affordable for local businesses and community groups with the introduction of new lower rates, some as low as $20 per hour, at the Port of Bellingham’s meeting and event facilit...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2011

Former Port Commissioner Doug Smith Wins State Port Award

The Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) selected former Port of Bellingham Commissioner Douglas “Doug” G. Smith for its Outstanding Service to the Industry Award earlier this month.

The award was given to Smith at the Ports Association’s Annual ...Read on...

Posted on: November 29, 2011

Aviation Director Art Choat Retires -- Airport Manager Daniel Zenk Promoted

After 29 years of service, Port of Bellingham Aviation Director Art Choat is retiring at the end of the month. Airport Manager Daniel Zenk is being promoted to Aviation Director, effective December 1.

Choat, who joined the port in 1982 as Harbor Super...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2011

Port 2012 Budget Focused on Jobs and Major Projects

Creating new jobs, working with businesses and moving forward on essential projects are the focus of the Port of Bellingham’s Draft 2012 Strategic Budget. About $32 million in capital projects on the Bellingham Waterfront and at the Bellingham Internation...Read on...

2012 Draft Budget
Posted on: October 22, 2011

Community Invited to Airport Open House to Learn About Airport Master Plan

The Bellingham International Airport has been adding new destinations, increasing the number of passengers served and building more parking and terminal space. It is one of the fastest growing airports in the Northwest region.

The airport is responsibl...Read on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2011

Port Executive Reorganizes Senior Staff - Focus on Development and Job Creation

[Bellingham, Wash.] Port of Bellingham Executive Director Charlie Sheldon today announced a re-organization of port senior staff to better focus the organization toward business development, greater job creation, and a more balanced staff workload.

“I’...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2011

Bellingham Airport Re-Opens

11:45 a.m.

The Bellingham Airport has re-opened and passengers will be returning to the terminal shortly. All outbound passengers will be going through security and screening.

The Bellingham Police Department’s Bomb Squad determined that two items ...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2011

Areas of Bellingham International Airport Evacuated After Suspicious Package Found at Checkpoint

[Bellingham, Wash.] Areas of the Bellingham Airport terminal have been evacuated after two pieces of suspicious luggage were found at a TSA screening checkpoint at approximately 9:40am today. As a precaution, law enforcement was called and portions of the...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2011

New Water Taxi Links Bellingham to San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands will seem a little closer this spring when Leap Frog Water Taxi begins operating at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

The Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a lease and operating agreement with Leap Frog...Read on...

Posted on: October 4, 2011

Port Innovation Partnership Zone Reauthorized by State Commerce

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today designated three new Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs) and reauthorized nine others to help spur regional economic growth through key sectors such as manufacturing, global health and techno...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2011

Port Commission Considers New Shipping Terminal Lease

Project Would Provide 100 Jobs and New Opportunities for Whatcom County

[Bellingham, Wash.] On Tuesday the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners will vote on a proposed short-term lease of deep-draft dock space and warehouse space at the Bellingh...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2011

Bellingham Airport Emergency Drill Saturday, Sept. 24

The Port of Bellingham and many community partners will conduct a full-scale airport emergency response exercise at Bellingham International Airport from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

The purpose of the response exercise is to test and evalua...Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2011

Port Commission Tours Blaine Properties Sept. 20 - Regular Commission Meeting Will Be in Blaine

The Port of Bellingham owns and operates the 629-slip Blaine Marina and 6.3 acres of marine industrial property alongside the marina. Efforts are underway to plan for environmental cleanup, infrastructure improvements, and business development for the mar...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2011

Bellwether Jazz Festival Brings FREE Concerts to the Waterfront this Saturday

Bellwether Jazz Festival Logo

Sponsored by the Port of Bellingham and the Jazz Project, the Bellwether Jazz Festival will bring a variety of jazz styles to Tom Glenn Common on the picturesque Bellwether on the Bay™ peninsula. Food vendors and a beer and wine garden (21 and over) will ...Read on...

Jazz Festival Website
Posted on: September 2, 2011

Port Commissioners Offer “Coffee with a Commissioner” Sessions Around County

If you have questions or comments for the countywide Port of Bellingham, the Commissioners would like to talk with you. In September they have scheduled four "Coffee with a Commissioner" sessions around the county so that they can hear directly ...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2011

Port Commission Approves Scotty Browns for Airport Restaurant

Count on more dining options at the Bellingham International Airport next spring when Scotty Browns opens a restaurant and lounge in the secure waiting area.

This week the Port of Bellingham’s Board of Commissioners approved a lease with the Bellingham...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2011

Scotty Browns Top Candidate for Bellingham Airport Restaurant and Lounge

Travelers flying out of the Bellingham International Airport may get to experience a full-service restaurant and lounge as early as this spring, if Port of Bellingham Commissioners approve a lease at the next Commission meeting on July 19.
Scotty Browns ...Read on...

Scotty Browns
Posted on: March 15, 2011

Port Commission Promotes Economic Development in Small Cities

Working with small city partners throughout Whatcom County to improve the local economy is a top Port of Bellingham priority. Today Port Commissioners approved funding to assist small cities with five important local projects.
For the past several years,...Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2011

Community Invited to Comment on Port Park Plan

Community members are encouraged to take part in a public hearing about the Port’s Comprehensive Park, Recreation and Public Access Plan at 3 p.m. , Tuesday, March 1, during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting, 1801 Roeder Ave.

This six-year pl...Read on...

View and Comment on the Plan Here
Posted on: February 15, 2011

Bellingham Early Risers Invited to Coffee Wednesday at the Cruise Terminal

What do you think should be the focus of the Port of Bellingham? Do you have questions or concerns you’d like to share with this countywide government agency? Would you like to find out more about Port projects or meet the new Port Executive Director?
Du...Read on...

Posted on: January 25, 2011

Port Commissioners Invite Community to February Sessions of Coffee with a Commissioner

What do you think should be the focus of the Port of Bellingham? Do you have questions or concerns you’d like to share with this countywide government agency? Would you like to find out more about Port projects or meet the new Port Executive Director?
Ea...Read on...