Boeing’s new mantra: incremental tech development

Filed on 26. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald Boeing Co. CEO Jim McNerney has a new religion on airplane development: Steadily deliver incremental innovation rather than bank on “moon shots,” such as the 707 and 787. On Boeing’s annual investor conference webcast on Wednesday, March 21, top executives emphasized company-wide efforts to cut costs, minimize risk [...]

Washington’s 777X tax breaks could be challenged by EU

Filed on 22. May, 2014 in News

By Dan Catchpole The (Everett) Daily Herald European Union officials are considering challenging tax breaks passed by Washington last November to encourage the Boeing Co. to assemble the new 777X jetliner here, Reuters reports. The challenge would be the latest in a decade-old trade dispute between the EU and U.S. over aid for the aerospace industry. Each side [...]

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Filed on 21. May, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: County unemployment estimated at 5.8 percent

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was initially estimated at 5.8 percent in April, the first time since 2008 the county’s jobless level has dipped below 6 percent, according to the latest report from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The 5.8 percent initial estimate is down from a 6.8 percent estimate from the same month last [...]

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

Filed on 20. May, 2014 in News

City Council asked to consider compromise on PeaceHealth tax issue

PeaceHealth directors, employees and supporters are urging the Bellingham City Council to consider a compromise to a proposed ordinance that would repeal an exemption of local business and occupation taxes for nonprofit health care providers affiliated with religion. The repeal could cost PeaceHealth’s St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham up to $1.2 million in new [...]

Logos Bible Software adding more downtown offices

Filed on 19. May, 2014 in News

Logos Bible Software adding more downtown offices

Logos Bible Software plans to remodel a former music shop on Holly Street into new office space, which will eventually connect to the company’s building on Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham. The company, which publishes electronic Bible study tools, has a building permit for the project currently pending with the City of Bellingham. City officials [...]

Washington gained 7,700 jobs in April

Filed on 15. May, 2014 in News

Washington state employers added 7,700 jobs in April, according to the latest estimates from the state’s Employment Security Department. Job gains from March were also revised upward to 8,300. In 2014, the state’s employers have added about 6,900 jobs on average each month, according to Paul Turek, a labor economist with the Employment Security Department. [...]

First pot producer licenses issued in Whatcom County

Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News

Six months after the Washington State Liquor Control Board opened a 30-day window to accept applications to legally grow, process and sell marijuana, Whatcom County’s first commercial pot producers have received licenses. The liquor board issued producer licenses to two businesses in Whatcom County on May 13, including one located in Bellingham’s Sunnyland Neighborhood. More [...]

Little Tiger Toys closing shop in downtown Bellingham

Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News

Little Tiger Toys in downtown Bellingham will close for good later this month. Store manager Selah Tay-Song announced the decision in an email to customers on May 14. Little Tiger Toys has begun a liquidation sale of its merchandise; the store carries toys and games for customers of all ages. The store’s final day will [...]

FDA rule threatens grain sharing between brewers, farmers

Filed on 14. May, 2014 in News

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald What beer makers don’t want, farmers do. It’s those soggy used-up grains, a by-product of the brewing process, that farmers relish as feed for their livestock. Brewers give the grain away to those willing to pick it up. This practice, considered sustainable and environmentally responsible, has gone on [...]

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 [...]

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