Third quarter housing sales hit 10-year high; Canadian dollar affecting market for second homes

Filed on 26. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Third quarter housing sales hit 10-year high; Canadian dollar affecting market for second homes

More Whatcom County homes sold in the third quarter of 2015 than in any other third quarter in more than 10 years, according to a new report by Lylene Johnson of the Muljat Group. Johnson compiles and analyzes data from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service quarterly. Countywide, 917 homes sold from July to September—12 percent [...]

Fairhaven Pharmacy closed, new tenant coming in 2016

Filed on 25. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

The Fairhaven Pharmacy closed on Oct. 20, after 126 years in business. Owner Rob Johansen is retiring after running the business for 45 years. He tried to sell the pharmacy, but the increasing cost of drugs and dealing with the companies that process prescription requests has made the business less viable over the years, he [...]

Michael’s Books may stay open, change hands

Filed on 25. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Michael’s Books may not be closing after all, said a sign hanging from the door of the shop, at 109 Grand Ave., in downtown Bellingham. Owner Michael Elmer announced in early October that the bookstore would close at the end of the year, because his wife got a job in Vancouver, Washington, and they’re moving. [...]

New women’s clothing boutique open in the Herald Building

Filed on 23. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

New women’s clothing boutique open in the Herald Building

Rhiannon Troutman realized a long-term goal last week when she opened Fringe Boutique, a women’s clothing store at 1147 N. State St., in the Herald Building. Troutman will host an opening party at the shop from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The 1,300-square-foot store has a “fashion-forward” focus with products geared toward [...]

Boeing could benefit from Canadian election

Filed on 21. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Boeing’s flagging Super Hornet fighter jet might get a boost from Canadians electing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to prime minister, Reuters reports. The company’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is nearing the end of its production life, surpassed by competitor Lockheed’s F-35. Lockheed’s fighter jet is more advanced and a lot more expensive [...]

Boeing’s new Pegasus refueling tanker in flight-test phase

Filed on 20. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Boeing’s new Pegasus refueling tanker in flight-test phase

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald Writer EVERETT — Boeing is moving through flight testing for its KC-46A Pegasus, a new aerial-refueling tanker ordered by the U.S. Air Force. Military pilots have joined Boeing pilots behind the controls of the program’s two test planes. The first, called EMD-1, is a non-military version known as a 767-2C. The [...]

County unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent

Filed on 20. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, Data, Market Indicators, News

County unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.7 percent in August to to 5.4 percent in September, according to the newest monthly report from the state Employment Security Department. Most of the new jobs were in construction, according to the report. Whatcom County had a 5.4 percent unemployment rate this April but the rate rose throughout [...]

Though legal, marijuana is still forbidden for most workers

Filed on 15. Oct, 2015 in Features, News

Though legal, marijuana is still forbidden for most workers

Before she crashed the company car, Cyd Maurer, 25, was climbing a ladder of television news jobs. She got her first gig as a reporter at KMTR-TV in Eugene, Oregon, in 2012 while still a senior at the University of Oregon. The station promoted her within five months. When the station sold and its new [...]

New women’s organization hopes to donate $10,000 to a local nonprofit

Filed on 14. Oct, 2015 in Events, News

A new women’s organization plans to write 100 checks for $100 each to a local nonprofit on Oct. 15. The group, 100+ women of Whatcom, formed with a goal of making a positive impact through charitable giving, according to a press release from the group. Members plan to gather twice a year to learn about nominated [...]

Business briefs, 10/15/15

Filed on 14. Oct, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

Gary’s Plumbing and Heating moves, expands Gary and Mary Gibb, owners of Gary’s Plumbing and Heating, recently moved their company to 4760 Pacific Highway, between Bellingham and Ferndale. The new location includes office space, two shops, parking for fleet vehicles, and an employee training room on two acres. “We chose this particular site—along Interstate 5—because [...]

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