Bellingham Albertsons to close by May 7

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Albertsons plans to close its store at 1650 Birchwood Ave. in Bellingham, according to Sara Osborne, a spokesperson for the company. The store is scheduled to shut its doors by May 7. The store has 65 workers, Osborne said in an email. UFCW 21, a union that represents grocery store workers, worked out an agreement [...]

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions

By Don C. Brunell On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally. First, what really happens when our leaders impose punishing trade sanctions? Second, [...]

Walmart to raise wages to $10

Filed on 08. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Walmart will give 275 workers at the Bellingham store pay raises later this week. The retail giant is increasing most of its associates’ pay to $10 an hour starting with the March 10 paycheck. It’s part of a two-year effort for the company to increase wages and training for its workers across the country. The goal [...]

Home prices up in Whatcom County, statewide

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

BBJ Staff With spring coming soon — and hopefully sunnier weather along with it — more people will be out in neighborhoods checking out open houses. Odds are, they’ll be seeing higher price tags on those houses. In February Whatcom County home sellers saw higher prices for their homes than they did a year ago, [...]

Sustainable salmon nonprofit to celebrate 25th anniversary

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents, Events, Nonprofit Notes

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association will host its annual community celebration on March 10 from 6-8 p.m. at The Bellingham Cruise/Ferry Terminal at 335 Harris Ave. in Bellingham. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments and appetizers will be served. The event will celebrate the association’s 25 years of working to restore [...]

Bellingham cartoonist makes a living in a dying art

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents

Bellingham cartoonist makes a living in a dying art

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Despite the success he’s found in it, drawing cartoons and illustrating was not George Jartos’ first choice. “I was doing sculpture,” he said. “But I knew I could never make a living at it.” Before he went into semi-retirement, Jartos was a prolific cartoonist and illustrator. His work [...]

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