State average annual wage grew by 4.2 percent last year

Filed on 24. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, Market Indicators, News

It may not be growing as fast as Whatcom County home prices, but Washington’s annual average wage grew by 4.2 percent in 2014 — the biggest percentage change since 2007, according to the state Employment Security Department. The state’s annual average wage increased to $54,829, and the average weekly wage went from $1,012 in 2013 [...]

Women in business still seeking Woman of Year nominations

Filed on 23. Jun, 2015 in Events, News

The Whatcom Women in Business is seeking nominations for its annual Professional Woman of the Year award. Deadline for entries is July 15. The group is looking for someone who is accomplished, mentors others, and donates time and resources to the community. Nomination forms are online at the Women in Business’ website. The group announces [...]

Records detail drug deals at Boeing Everett plant

Filed on 23. Jun, 2015 in News

By Rikki King Everett Herald writer EVERETT — A small group of Boeing workers last year used the company’s instant messaging service to arrange drug deals at the Paine Field plant, according to public records. Boeing conducted an investigation and shared the findings with the Everett Police Department, six months later. The police department says [...]

Lacking a budget, most state agencies could close July 1

Filed on 21. Jun, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — State officials on Thursday explained what will happen if a partial government shutdown occurs July 1, even though the governor is confident it won’t happen. Thirty state agencies will completely close and another two dozen will sharply curtail services if lawmakers do not deliver a new budget to Gov. [...]

Deal in motion to allow All American Marine, Fairhaven Shipyard to expand

Filed on 18. Jun, 2015 in Features, News

Deal in motion to allow All American Marine, Fairhaven Shipyard to expand

The Port of Bellingham took steps this week toward facilitating the expansion of two Fairhaven marine businesses in a deal that would change 7.66 acres of Fairhaven industrial waterfront by July 2016. Under terms in a memorandum of understanding between the organizations, the Port plans to help All American Marine and Fairhaven Shipyard expand on [...]

Commissioners recommend ferry fare increases this year and next

Filed on 18. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer A state panel took the first step Tuesday to increase fares on Washington State Ferries this fall. The Washington State Transportation Commission unanimously proposed a 2.5 percent hike for vehicles and 1 percent for passengers in cars and walk-ons. The increases would occur Oct. 1 and again May 1, 2016, under the recommendation endorsed [...]

Birch Bay hairdresser moving salon to Bellingham

Filed on 16. Jun, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business, News

Jaymi Bivens, owner of Jaymi Bivens Hairdressing in Birch Bay, is planning to open a new salon called Lucy Be Hair on June 25 at 2336 James St., in the Sunnyland neighborhood. Her Birch Bay salon is now closed. The space, just south of Trader Joe’s, was vacated by Polished a Petite Spa in November [...]

Economic recovery? Not at local food banks

Filed on 16. Jun, 2015 in Features, Market Indicators, News

Economic recovery? Not at local food banks

Vikki Warner probably waited too long to get help. When she finally got in line at the Bellingham Food Bank, her savings were gone, her cupboards were empty and her bills were past due. That was in April 2015, nearly six years after the recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. [...]

Bellingham Whole Foods will be full-store model, not value line

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

The Whole Foods Market coming to Bellingham in 2016 will be a full-store model, and not the value model the company is launching. “The Bellingham store will not be that new model,” Whole Foods spokesperson Susan Livingston said in a phone interview. A Whole Foods Market press release describes the new line of stores, called [...]

Boeing says commercial airplane demand will keep rising

Filed on 14. Jun, 2015 in News

By Dan Catchpole Everett Herald writer Boeing says it sees the already historically high demand for commercial airplanes only going up over the next 20 years. Its latest market forecast, released Thursday, projects demand for 38,050 new airplanes through 2034, a 3.5 percent increase over last year’s projections. Those new airplanes are worth an estimated $5.6 [...]

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