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Consumer's Resource Handbook

Published by the Consumer Information Center, this site features valuable information that no consumer should be without. Also, included is the Consumer Assistance Directory with contact information for national consumer organizations, trade associations, state and local consumer protection offices, and state and federal agencies.

The Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau provides instant access to business and consumer alerts as well as many other helpful resources, you can even file your complaint online. This web site is provided by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc., and the BBB system of over 150 Bureau's located throughout the United States and Canada.

Top 10 Scams

Billing consumers for optional services that they never ordered was the number one scam reported by the National Fraud Information Center last year. Discover what other schemes made the list and learn how to avoid them.


The Internet is an exciting tool that puts a vast amount of information at your fingertips. With a click of a mouse, you can buy an airline ticket, book a hotel, send flowers to a friend or purchase your favorite stock. Keep in mind the following tips to help ensure that your online shopping experience is a safe one.

Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book...don't buy or sell a car without checking out this invaluable guide. Learn your car's trade-in and resale value or get free new car pricing reports with specs, photos, invoice and more.

Consumer Line

Consumer Line is the online service of the Office of Consumer and Business Education of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. The full text of approximately 150 consumer publications on a wide range of categories is provided.

United States Postal Service

This site helps the consumer to protect themselves from chain letters, free–gift scams, telemarketing, lotteries and more.

AARP Consumer Protection

Frauds, scams and common mistakes are something you can avoid if you have the right information. Protect yourself and your loved ones with important information about all the latest scams out there.

School Information

This site will give you school locations, MEAP scores and a variety of statistics.

Puget Sound Shoreline

Explore, enjoy, and help preserve our Puget Sound shorelines and read advice on buying property, building or maintaining a home on Puget Sound.

Western State Maps

View for free or purchase Western state maps from this site.

Shoreline Aerial Maps

The collection of over 10,000 photographs provides a valuable educational monitoring tool for coastal managers and the public. The true-color photos comprise a continuous series, panning left to right along the shoreline. The photos were taken to optimize sun angle, shoreline orientation, and low tides. Oblique photos are useful for interpreting bluff geology and land-sliding, riparian vegetation, and shoreline modifications such as bulkheads and seawalls.

Whatcom County Map

Middle Fork GIS publishes the premiere maps of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and its cities and towns. These maps are provided by MFGIS as a free service to the community.


Don't know the address?
Find millions of places: airports, hotels, post offices, restaurants, schools, theaters and more.

Bellingham Herald

The best news and information source in Whatcom County. We are a world of different voices and different opportunities, both locally and nationwide.

Local Weather

This site provides local news and weather updates as well as continuous forecasts for up to one month ahead.

Bellingham Business Journal

Bellingham's single best source for serious business news.
Each month, the Bellingham Business Journal delivers clear, concise, and balanced reporting on local business news in our community.