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 [...]

Heritage Bank continues push into Seattle

Filed on 14. Dec, 2015 in News

By Jim Davis Everett Herald Business Journal Editor When Whidbey Island Bank merged with Heritage Bank last year, one of the unstated goals was to expand the combined bank’s presence in Seattle. It made sense geographically. Whidbey Island’s coverage reached from the Canadian border to north King County. Heritage’s area was from Oregon to south [...]

Local housing sales slower in November, but prices still high

Filed on 10. Dec, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Local housing sales slower in November, but prices still high

Home and condo sales in Whatcom County slowed in November, as is typical, but prices didn’t change, according to the latest report from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service (NMLS). NMLS brokers reported closing 214 sales last month. That’s actually down about two percent from November 2014. But almost 14 percent more deals were underway this [...]

State imposes full $71,700 fine on BNSF for hazardous spills

Filed on 08. Dec, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA – The state Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday imposed a $71,700 fine on BNSF Railway for failing to timely report several spills of hazardous materials, including one at Cherry Point. And commissioners ordered the company to pay the full penalty, axing a provision in a proposed settlement to suspend $40,000 of the fine if [...]

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. [...]

Chamber selects annual award winners

Filed on 04. Dec, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced local business winners in a variety of categories during its 11th annual awards dinner on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa. The winners were: Small Business of the Year: Radley Muller Photography Large Business of the Year: Biolife Plasma Services CEO of the [...]

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 [...]

Deal cuts BNSF’s potential hazardous spill fines by 90 percent

Filed on 30. Nov, 2015 in News

Deal cuts BNSF’s potential hazardous spill fines by 90 percent

OLYMPIA — Burlington Northern Santa Fe would be fined $71,700 for failing to timely report several hazardous materials spills, including one in Blaine, under a settlement reached with Utilities and Transportation Commission staff. Under the proposed deal, commissioners would suspend $40,000 of the penalty as long as the company commits no new violations of the statewide accident reporting rules [...]

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 [...]

Port to hold dedication ceremony for new mini solar plant on Nov. 30

Filed on 27. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

Port to hold dedication ceremony for new mini solar plant on Nov. 30

Bellingham-based itek Energy and the Port of Bellingham will host a dedication for itek’s new solar panel installation on the downtown waterfront. The dedication is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the site, which is next to Georgia Pacific’s former aeration stabilization basin on the new waterfront trail that starts at Hotel Bellwether. [...]

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