State to double the number of pot stores allowed in Whatcom County

Filed on 22. Dec, 2015 in Contents, Features, News

State to double the number of pot stores allowed in Whatcom County

By Jerry Cornfield and Oliver Lazenby OLYMPIA — The number of recreational marijuana stores in Bellingham and Whatcom County could nearly double under a plan to allow more retailers statewide. Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board has decided it might need 222 additional stores to accommodate an expected surge in demand from medical cannabis users starting next year. The [...]

Jobs that once seemed permanent could be gone for good with Alcoa’s curtailment

Filed on 14. Dec, 2015 in Features, News

Jobs that once seemed permanent could be gone for good with Alcoa’s curtailment

When Marc Norman started working at Alcoa Intalco Works in 1994, the plant west of Ferndale was one of five major aluminum producers in Washington. The aluminum industry paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in wages in the state and employed more than 7,500 people. Norman, 45, bought a house soon after starting at [...]

City Council to advocate for statewide paid sick leave

Filed on 06. Dec, 2015 in Features, News

City Council to advocate for statewide paid sick leave

Bellingham City Council changed course after months of exploring a city mandate requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to the estimated 21,000 Bellingham workers who don’t already have it. The council voted unanimously on Nov. 6 to take on an advocacy role at the state level, putting on hold action at the city level. [...]

Co-op celebrating completion of its downtown store remodel

Filed on 03. Dec, 2015 in Business Briefs, Contents, Events, Features, News

Co-op celebrating completion of its downtown store remodel

The Community Food Co-op is done with phase two of its three-part remodel and all that’s left in the multi-year upgrade is a parking lot expansion. The co-op is holding a celebration of its newly renovated downtown flagship store, at 1220 N. Forest St., on Friday, Dec. 4. Improvements to the store include a new [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Busy professionals are earning MBAs through WWU’s Weekend MBA program

Filed on 12. Nov, 2015 in Features, News

Busy professionals are earning MBAs through WWU’s Weekend MBA program

By Jocelyn Robinson For The Bellingham Business Journal A master’s degree in business may seem like an odd education for a nurse, but for Amanda Crain it was a perfect fit. Crain, the director of nursing services at the Puget Sound Kidney Centers, is in her final quarter of earning an MBA from Western Washington [...]

Haggen explores sale of all remaining assets

Filed on 10. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Features, News

Haggen explores sale of all remaining assets

This story was updated at 5:30 on Nov. 10. Haggen Food & Pharmacy took steps toward selling every last one of its stores, including profitable stores it has owned for decades. The Bellingham-based grocer has asked for court approval to allow an auction even of its “core stores” — the 37 successful Northwest stores around [...]

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