Port could bring wood exports to Bellingham Shipping Terminal, but proposal draws criticism

Filed on 30. Nov, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Port could bring wood exports to Bellingham Shipping Terminal, but proposal draws criticism

Logs and other forest products could soon be shipped from the Bellingham Shipping Terminal for the first time since the late 1990s. The Port of Bellingham is negotiating with companies that want to export logs and timber products to Asia from a 20-acre site at the log pond area of the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, near [...]

Unemployment rate down in October, but it doesn’t reflect recent layoffs

Filed on 30. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Data, Market Indicators

Unemployment rate down in October, but it doesn’t reflect recent layoffs

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.4 percent in September to an estimated 5.2 percent in October, according to the latest date from the state Employment Security Department. That’s the county’s lowest unemployment rate since 2008, but it doesn’t reflect the nearly 600 layoffs that CH2M Hill and Alcoa Intalco Works announced in the last [...]

One-stop interior design shop opens at Hannegan Square

Filed on 29. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business

A new Bellingham store aims to be a one-stop shop for interior design, HomePort Interiors at 4071 Hannegan Road, carries flooring, carpet, furniture, lighting and decor accessories. Pam Muller of Options Cabinetry and Interiors, Radley Muller of Radley Muller Photography, and Jerry and Terry Zwiers of Flooring Connections in Anacortes own the store. The store’s [...]

Court approves 47 Haggen store sales

Filed on 25. Nov, 2015 in Contents

Court approves 47 Haggen store sales

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware approved the sale of 47 Haggen stores on Nov. 25. The deals include stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada, but no Whatcom County locations, according to a Haggen press release. The transactions aren’t final and remain subject to “certain conditions,” the press release said. If those conditions are [...]

Fairhaven business takes new approach to treating eating disorders

Filed on 22. Nov, 2015 in Features

Fairhaven business takes new approach to treating eating disorders

One spring day Deena Rathkamp approached Sarah Voth at Western Washington University’s Student Health Center, where Rathkamp worked as a counselor and Voth as a dietician. They both worked with students suffering from eating disorders. “Hey Sarah, I’ve been thinking…” Rathkamp said. Voth finished her sentence: “About opening a practice together?” They moved quickly and [...]

2016 port budget includes flat taxes, marine infrastructure updates

Filed on 19. Nov, 2015 in News

Port of Bellingham commissioners approved a budget for 2016 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, with a 3-0 vote. The new port budget maintains the current property tax levy and shifts the focus of port capital projects from the airport to the waterfront and marine infrastructure. The port will collect roughly 28.22 cents per $1,000 of assessed [...]

Could Chinese investment return to Whatcom County?

Filed on 17. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Could Chinese investment return to Whatcom County?

In his office on Newmarket Street in the Barkley District, Patrick Starr entered search terms into an online real estate database and came up with a list of properties for sale for more than $4 million in King County. An untrained eye might not have noticed the prevalence of the number eight in the listings. [...]

Free holiday parking at downtown parkade starts Nov. 27

Filed on 17. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs

Free parking is returning to downtown Bellingham for the holidays, starting Nov. 27. This year, the City of Bellingham and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership will allow free parking for up to four hours on the first floor of the Commercial Street Parking Garage, at 1300 Commercial St. The promotion continues until Dec. 25. Regular rates [...]

Can Albertsons buy back stores from Haggen? FTC agreement casts doubt

Filed on 13. Nov, 2015 in Contents, Features

Can Albertsons buy back stores from Haggen? FTC agreement casts doubt

Albertsons outbid competitors on 33 closing Haggen stores in an auction this week at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. But an agreement between Albertsons and the Federal Trade Commission casts doubt on whether the grocery giant will be able to go through with the purchases. Albertsons or Safeway used to own every [...]

Albertsons is top bidder on 12 of 13 Haggens in Washington

Filed on 13. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Albertsons outbid competitors on 12 of the 13 Washington state stores that Bankrupt grocer Haggen auctioned off this week. Bellingham-based Haggen auctioned off 55 stores throughout Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California and Arizona between Nov.9-11, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Nov. 13. Albertsons plans to convert former Haggen stores in [...]

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