Workers’ comp rates will see average 2.7 percent rise in 2014

Filed on 02. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

The average premium rate on workers’ compensation insurance in Washington state will rise next year, according to a Dec. 2 announcement from the state’s Department of Labor and Industries. The average rate increase on 2014′s premiums will be 2.7 percent, according to state officials, which would represent a rise of less than two cents per [...]

Local roadwork report, 12/1/13 to 12/7/13

Filed on 01. Dec, 2013 in Business Briefs

City of Bellingham Berry Street near the Wharf Street Roundabout Berry Street may be closed between State and Forest streets to accommodate pedestrian improvements including bulb-outs and crosswalks on Berry Street. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic around the construction. For additional information visit http://www.cob.org/government/departments/pw/projects/waterfront-wharf-street.aspxor contact Sam Shipp, P.E., Project Engineer at 778-7942 or sshipp@cob.org E. [...]

Whatcom’s first marijuana business applicants revealed

Filed on 27. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Whatcom’s first marijuana business applicants revealed

With business names ranging from the more generic, Emerald Acres and Pacific Bionetworks, to others that might elicit chuckles, like Green Stop or Bearded Bro’s Buds, Whatcom County has its first glimpse of the local entrepreneurs vying to snatch up licenses in Washington’s emerging recreational marijuana industry. The Washington State Liquor Control Board released a [...]

Local foreclosures, delinquencies below state, national trends

Filed on 27. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Local foreclosures, delinquencies below state, national trends

Foreclosure rates and mortgage delinquency rates decreased in the Bellingham area in September 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. The Bellingham-area foreclosure rate among outstanding mortgage loans was 1.12 percent for September 2013, a decrease of 0.40 percent compared to September 2012, when the rate was [...]

Barron Heating, Interfaith Center earn Chamber awards

Filed on 26. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Barron Heating and Air Conditioning and the Interfaith Community Health Center have been recognized as winners in the annual Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards. Barron Heating won for Green Business of the Year; Interfaith won Nonprofit of the Year. The announcement was a sneak peek at this year’s list of Chamber awards. The remaining [...]

Damage, response costs of Oct. 12 riot exceed $20K

Filed on 25. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

City officials estimate the cost of an Oct. 12 riot near Laurel Park in Bellingham at more than $20,000, including damages to public property and the cost of extra staff responding. But in a letter published Nov. 22 on the City of Bellingham’s website, Mayor Kelli Linville and Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard write [...]

Local roadwork report, 11/24/13 to 11/30/13

Filed on 25. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

City of Bellingham Hannegan Road, City Limits to E. Bakerview Road Monday, Nov. 25, temporary lane closures are expected on Hannegan Road at E. Bakerview Road. Stremler Construction crews, under contract with the City of Bellingham, will raise the final manholes. Flaggers will direct motorists through the construction. For additional information visit the City webpage [...]

State job growth slows, unemployment rate stays flat

Filed on 20. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

A 22-month streak of job growth in Washington state ended in September and October, while statewide unemployment stayed flat through both months, according to the latest report from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The number of seasonally adjusted jobs in Washington fell by an estimated 1,400 in September and 8,100 in October, according to [...]

Port of Bellingham adopts 2014 strategic budget

Filed on 20. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

The Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners adopted its 2014 strategic budget with a 3-0 vote on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Highlights of the $24.9 million budget include the completion of the commercial air terminal expansion at the Bellingham International Airport, new repair work to key marine infrastructure around the county, and the start of several [...]

Pickford Film Center to host anniversary exhibit, events

Filed on 19. Nov, 2013 in Business Briefs

Pickford Film Center to host anniversary exhibit, events

The Pickford Film Center  is hosting a three-week exhibit on the history of film theaters in Bellingham in honor of its 15th anniversary and its outgoing executive director, Alice Clark. The exhibit will feature information and historical photos of the Pickford and other theaters that have operated in Bellingham. It will premiere at 4 p.m. on Sunday, [...]

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