Inslee signs tougher oil train laws, says situation still unsafe

Filed on 26. May, 2015 in Features, News

Inslee signs tougher oil train laws, says situation still unsafe

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald OLYMPIA — Washington will hire more rail inspectors and let fire departments know ahead of time when train shipments of crude oil are coming though town under a new law signed Thursday. It also calls for more training of emergency responders, new analyses of risks posed by shipping oil on [...]

Business input needed for regional freight system analysis

Filed on 21. May, 2015 in News

The Whatcom Council of Governments is looking for feedback from Whatcom County businesses about how the county’s transportation system is working for them. Specifically, the council is interested in county infrastructure for moving freight. The council posted an online survey at www.wcog.org for its analysis, called the Freight System Analysis. So far, about 75 companies [...]

WCC working toward offering a 4-year IT networking degree

Filed on 20. May, 2015 in News

Whatcom Community College is working toward offering its first four-year degree program, which could start in fall 2017. On May 7, the state Board for Community and Technical Colleges approved WCC for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in IT networking. Next, WCC needs accreditation approval form the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. “Having [...]

Whole Foods gets building permit for Lakeway Center

Filed on 20. May, 2015 in New Business, News

The City of Bellingham issued Whole Foods Market a building permit for its planned store at 1030 Lakeway Drive. The upscale grocery chain announced plans to move into the space in February and started applying for permits in April. The permit is for work to the front of the store, entrance and skylights. It was [...]

HomeSkillet expands, but commits to staying small

Filed on 19. May, 2015 in Features, News

HomeSkillet expands, but commits to staying small

Tina White’s mother danced on the Moulin Rouge stage in Paris and White carried on the tradition in her own way. Her quick footwork happens in the tight spaces between tables at Homeskillet, a tiny but popular breakfast and lunch restaurant that she owns with her husband, Kirby White, at 521 Kentucky St., in the [...]

Opportunity Council director retires after 29 years with the organization

Filed on 19. May, 2015 in News, People On The Move

Opportunity Council director retires after 29 years with the organization

The Opportunity Council announced that executive director Dave Finet will retire at the end of the year. Finet has been with the Opportunity Council since 1986 and was chosen to be executive director after a national search in December 2006. Before leading the organization, Finet directed the nonprofit’s energy and home repair programs and served [...]

After 2 weeks, legislators still not negotiating a budget

Filed on 17. May, 2015 in News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — You can call them budget talks or you can call them budget briefings. Just don’t call them negotiations. That’s not what the House and Senate are doing in the 30-day special session that crossed the halfway point this week. Democratic and Republican envoys from the caucuses in both chambers met [...]

Striking PeaceHealth workers upset by closed facilities

Filed on 15. May, 2015 in Features, News

Striking PeaceHealth workers upset by closed facilities

After a one-day strike over contract negotiations on May 14, PeaceHealth workers were not allowed to work on Thursday and Friday. It wasn’t a surprise – the nonprofit hospital told striking workers that they would not be allowed to work for two days following the strike due to the hospital’s three day obligation with a [...]

New space for makers will host grand opening party on May 17

Filed on 15. May, 2015 in Events, News

Bellingham’s newest makerspace is throwing a grand opening party from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. The Hive, at 1208 Bay St. #102, in the alley behind the Upfront Theatre, lets members use woodworking tools, sewing machines, dyeing and printmaking equipment and other creative tools in a shared space. The space opened [...]

Fairhaven clothing boutique closing after 10 years in business

Filed on 14. May, 2015 in Features, News

Fairhaven clothing boutique closing after 10 years in business

Four Starrs Boutique, a men’s and women’s clothing and accessories store in Fairhaven, is closing after 10 years in business. The store, at 960 Harris Ave., Suite 101, next to Sirena Gelato, will close on June 12. Owner Danielle Starr said several things led to her decision to close the store. Sales at the store [...]

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