City Council to consider ending PeaceHealth’s tax exemption

Filed on 12. May, 2014 in News

City Council to consider ending PeaceHealth’s tax exemption

Bellingham City Council will hold a May 19 public hearing on an ordinance to repeal a business and occupation tax exemption for religion-affiliated, nonprofit health care providers, including the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. The proposed ordinance would also adopt health care deductions and exemptions from Washington state’s business and occupation tax code. The hearing [...]

Local housing sales slower in April, but listings increase

Filed on 11. May, 2014 in News

Sales of single-family homes and condos slowed in April across Whatcom County, according to the latest data from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. There were 190 residential closings in Whatcom County last month, a 10.38 percent drop from the same month in 2013. The local median sale price was $243,150 last month. The average sale [...]

L&I urges safety for teens in summer jobs

Filed on 09. May, 2014 in News

As teens across the state get ready to search for summer jobs and the Department of Labor & Industries is urging employers, parents and others to support safety during “Safe Jobs for Youth Month.” A total of 477 youth ages 12-17 were injured at workplace in 2013, according to L&I.  Of those, 156 were in [...]

Utility mishaps temporarily halt several downtown businesses

Filed on 07. May, 2014 in News

A couple of unlucky utility accidents caused temporary disruptions and closures for several downtown Bellingham businesses early this week. Construction crews replacing a water main in the area of Magnolia and State streets struck a natural gas line on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 6. Emergency crews from the Bellingham Fire Department, the City of [...]

Boeing got huge tax breaks, state got no job guarantees

Filed on 06. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole and Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald When Washington lawmakers rushed to extend a monster tax break to Boeing Co. for the 777X, a few argued in vain for assurances the aerospace giant wouldn’t ax engineering jobs in the process. Democratic lawmakers wanted provisions to stem the flow of billions of dollars in savings to [...]

Whidbey Island, Heritage banks merge, but changes will be slow

Filed on 04. May, 2014 in News

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal Customers probably won’t notice many changes immediately after Whidbey Island and Heritage banks merge. Shareholders for the banks overwhelmingly approved the deal in April at meetings in Oak Harbor and Olympia. The merger was to take place by May 1. “Two strong banks coming together and continuing to [...]

Regulators issue lottery list for pot retail licenses

Filed on 02. May, 2014 in News

Twenty-seven applicants are in the running to receive Bellingham’s first marijuana retail licenses from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Regulators released results May 2 from an independent, double-blind lottery performed last month that will be used to determine who will be able to open pot stores across the state. In Whatcom County at large, [...]

Sales growth slows in Whatcom County’s retail industry

Filed on 01. May, 2014 in News

Whatcom County’s retail industry sales increased in the fourth quarter of 2013, but not nearly at the same pace merchants and store owners have grown accustomed to in recent years. The county brought in more than $907 million in total retail sales between October and December last year, according to the Washington State Department of [...]

Property sale axed at former paper mill on Everett’s waterfront

Filed on 01. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole and Noah Haglund The (Everett) Daily Herald A deal to sell Kimberly-Clark’s former waterfront mill to a Seattle-based shipbuilder has fallen through, both sides announced Wednesday afternoon, April 30. Saltchuk had planned on buying the vacant mill property for its subsidiary Foss Maritime Co., which operates a shipyard and maintains a fleet of tugs, barges [...]

Jobs Report: Modest local gains as spring begins

Filed on 24. Apr, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: Modest local gains as spring begins

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate shrank in March, but with new local hires growing at about the same rate they did the previous month, the latest jobs data brought few surprises, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. “For the most part, we’ve got a repeat of last month,” said Anneliese Vance-Sherman, a regional labor [...]

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