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. [...]

Workers say Boeing tax breaks should come with jobs

Filed on 24. Nov, 2015 in Contents, News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — Machinists and aerospace engineers hiked the halls of Olympia on Friday, asking lawmakers to scale back a lucrative tax break for the Boeing Co. if it continues moving jobs to other states. They went office-to-office to let lawmakers know much has happened in the two years since the [...]

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 [...]

Boeing plane production greater than market forecasts call for

Filed on 18. Nov, 2015 in News

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — The world’s two biggest airplane makers are making more airplanes than ever before, and plan to make even more. But based on analysis of their own market projections, the Boeing Co. and Airbus Group are making more airplanes than the market needs. Either current production levels will [...]

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. [...]

Two local builders win statewide awards

Filed on 15. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Building Industry Association of Washington recognized leaders from two Whatcom County companies at its annual awards ceremony on Nov. 5. Roger Almskaar, of Almskaar Land Use & Consulting, took home the Associate of the Year award. Almskaar is a land use consultant based in Bellingham. He mainly works on short plats, zoning and environmental [...]

“Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County” talk on Nov. 18

Filed on 15. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute will host a talk titled “The Changing Canadian Economy and Whatcom County” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 18 in Viking Union 565. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be a roundtable discussion featuring Chris Lawless of the British [...]

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