Gender gap in aerospace workers persists

Filed on 22. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Gender gap in aerospace workers persists

By Jim Davis (Everett) Herald Business Journal editor The percentage of women working in the aerospace industry in Washington has remained stagnant for more than 20 years, according to a state labor market economist. Women account for one in four jobs in aerospace and that has changed little since the 1990s, said Anneliese Vance-Sherman, an [...]

Local pharmacist talks marijuana investment

Filed on 18. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Local pharmacist talks marijuana investment

A 2012 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 10.2 percent of Washington residents had used marijuana in the past month. Perhaps not since 1933, when prohibition ended in the United States, has a product with such a large existing market become legal to sell for the first time in [...]

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Filed on 16. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, New Business

Crystal Reef Aquatics: saltwater aquarium shop serves niche market

Aquariums and fish tanks are notoriously difficult to maintain. Julian Friedman, owner of Crystal Reef Aquatics, said technology is making it easier. Inside the front door of the warehouse-like space he shares with Northern Lights Gardening at 4159 Hannegan Road, tanks blooming with colorful coral and other invertebrates fills a shelf. The 8-gallon tanks rely [...]

New State ferries leader will be agency’s first woman

Filed on 15. Sep, 2014 in Features, People On The Move

New State ferries leader will be agency’s first woman

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA – Two months ago, Pierce Transit Chief Executive Officer Lynne Griffith announced she was retiring. Then Griffith heard from state Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson and others asking her to hold off and to apply to manage Washington State Ferries. She did, and Wednesday Peterson announced the hiring of Griffith as an [...]

Janicki Logging: operation accommodates trail users

Filed on 10. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

Janicki Logging: operation accommodates trail users

The jaws of a multi-ton harvester, operated by Paul Rogge, close around the base of a Douglas fir. It takes Rogge 10 seconds to sever the tree from the ground, de-limb it while feeding the trunk through the harvester’s head, and stack it on a pile of other fir, cedar, and alder logs. The multi [...]

Mountain bike tourism: a boon to Bellingham’s economy

Filed on 09. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Data, Features

Mountain bike tourism: a boon to Bellingham’s economy

Eric Brown calls Bellingham’s culture “bike-centric.” He’s sitting on a bench outside Kulshan Brewery, beneath a Whatcom Smart Trips sign that says “Ride your bike.” Pickup trucks carrying mountain bikes drive by on James Street. Their drivers honk and wave at Brown, who is the trail director at Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, a nonprofit trail [...]

Rep. Larsen tours Goodwill’s growing job training program

Filed on 08. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, Nonprofit Notes

Rep. Larsen tours Goodwill’s growing job training program

Carla Tye was living in a car with her husband and suffering from depression when she saw a sign at Goodwill for free job training programs. Now, Tye is enrolled in Goodwill’s customer service and job preparation programs. With the help of Lydia Place, a nonprofit that aims to end homelessness in Whatcom County, Tye [...]

Aerospace takes off: BTC will debut new programs this month

Filed on 03. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News

Aerospace takes off: BTC will debut new programs this month

Last November, as part of a deal to persuade Boeing to build its 777X airplane in Washington, the state Senate approved a bill to create 1,000 positions for students in aerospace programs at community and technical colleges. Bellingham Technical College received $860,000, enough for 77 new aerospace students. They got the grant last May after [...]

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location

Filed on 02. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features, News, People On The Move

Kulshan Brewing Co. expanding to second location

In the two and a half years since David Vitt opened Kulshan Brewing Co., he’s tripled the amount of beer brewed per year. Now, his brewery and taproom at 2238 James St. is at maximum capacity and more stores and restaurants around Puget Sound want Kulshan beer. “People are thirsty,” Vitt said. Kulshan Brewing Co. [...]

AC installers stayed busy this summer

Filed on 02. Sep, 2014 in Contents, Features

AC installers stayed busy this summer

A long, hot summer kept local air-conditioning installers busy. Marr’s Heating and Air Conditioning installed about twice as many air conditioning and cooling units this summer compared to last summer. “You could pretty safely say it’s been the biggest year for cooling units in the last 10 years,” said Ken Marr, owner of Marr’s Heating. [...]

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