Posted by: sweeneyblog | January 3, 2014

Friday Odds and Ends: Hostel, Gorman and Habib

Hello Loyal Readers,

Welcome to 2014! We are kicking off the new year with some stats. Last year, I published 145 articles on this blog drawing over 110,000 visitors visits. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of making 2013 a success! Onwards and upwards, as they say.

Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue)

Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue)

Speaking of success, Governing Magazine, a national trade magazine aimed at local governments, highlighted their 12 state legislators to watch in 2014. Among them, Washington state’s own Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue). Who is he? Just a Rhodes Scholar, law professor, karate expert and, oh yes, he is blind on top of that. Definitely keep Habib on your radar this session.

In other news, Bill Gorman has stepped down as interim director of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce. Gorman was quite open about seeking to make that a permanent appointment but considering that the executive committee of the Chamber is now accepting new resumes, it sounds likely that they are not going to hire Gorman.

Finally, tragic news out of Birch Bay. The Birch Bay Hostel and Guesthouse has closed down after they lost their lease with the county parks department at the end of 2013. The hostel had struggled to make ends meet but had done a marvelous job of renovating the former World War II bunker into a beautiful and art filled space. Hostel’s serve a vital role in creating affordable places for people to stay while traveling and it is sad to see another one close.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned this weekend for a story of inside politics within the state Democrats and more coverage of your state legislature.



  1. What is sad is that I never even knew there was a Hostel operating in Whatcom County.

    • That too. I had been up there a couple of times for my wife’s photography business but it is definitely tucked out of sight and mind.

  2. Bellingham is a “hostile environment”.

  3. 100,000 visits not visitors.

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