Lottery for pot retail licenses will start April 21

Filed on 03. Apr, 2014 in News

A lottery to determine which marijuana business startups will receive one of the state’s limited number of retail licenses will be held April 21-25, with the licenses being issued no later than the first week of July, the Washington State Liquor Control Board announced April 2. The board approved a staff recommendation to utilize a [...]

Whatcom Community College remains in expansion mode

Filed on 31. Mar, 2014 in News

Whatcom Community College remains in expansion mode

Leaders at Whatcom Community College plan to continue a recent spate of building activity for several more years as they move to meet the needs of a growing student population. Some of the school’s new capital projects include renovations to its gym and student recreation center and the development of a new campus services and [...]

Property owners face double financial hit after Oso mudslide

Filed on 31. Mar, 2014 in News

Property owners face double financial hit after Oso mudslide

By Jim Davis The (Everett) Herald Business Journal People who own property in the landslide area near Oso probably didn’t have insurance that protects against such a disaster — and, worse, they’re still on the hook for their mortgages. Standard homeowner and business policies specifically exclude damage caused by earth movement such as a landslide. [...]

Mayor Linville names recipients of local arts awards

Filed on 28. Mar, 2014 in News

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville has announced recipients of the 35th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Seven individuals are being honored this year as having significantly contributed to community arts. Award winners were selected based on nominations submitted by community members. The honorees include: Tore Ofteness, photographer; Margaret Bikman, entertainment news coordinator for The Bellingham Herald; Laurel [...]

Jobs Report: Construction industry hiring grows

Filed on 26. Mar, 2014 in News

Jobs Report: Construction industry hiring grows

Construction job gains that labor economists have anticipated for the past year in Whatcom County appear to be materializing, according to new employment data released by the Washington State Employment Security Department. While sector-specific numbers for construction are tough to pin down—estimates can sway depending on which firms economists contact for surveys during any given [...]

Tidal energy turbines proposed near Whidbey Island

Filed on 25. Mar, 2014 in News

An effort to install two energy-generating turbines in waters off Whidbey Island received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Whidbey News-Times reported Sunday, March 23. The pilot project is proposed by the Snohomish County Public Utility District. If it receives all necessary approvals, it could become the first attempt in the Puget Sound [...]

Meeting will cover new boating requirements for local lakes

Filed on 24. Mar, 2014 in News

Staff of the Lake Whatcom Management Program will share information about new boating requirements for Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Bloedel Donovan Gymnasium. The event will also feature a presentation on results from the 2013 aquatic invasive species program. Last year, the Lake [...]

BTC dental students seek patients for teeth screenings

Filed on 24. Mar, 2014 in News

Second-year dental hygiene students at Bellingham Technical College are seeking members of the community to serve as patients for free teeth screenings as part of the students’ training prior to their final examinations. The students are required to take seven board examinations during their final two quarters in the program. Finding qualifying board patients can [...]

Premera Blue Cross CEO to retire later this year

Filed on 24. Mar, 2014 in News

By The (Everett) Herald Business Journal Staff The CEO of Premera Blue Cross announced last week that he plans to retire this year. Gubby Barlow, who joined the insurance company in 1997, will stay until Sept. 30. He then will continue to work through the end of the year helping in the transition with his [...]

Washington’s February unemployment stays at 6.4 percent

Filed on 19. Mar, 2014 in News

No month-to-month change was reported in Washington state’s unemployment rate in February, which was estimated at 6.4 percent, the same level from January, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. Labor economists said the steady jobless rate coupled with new job gains and an expanding labor force—they estimate Washington’s employers added 2,500 jobs in February; [...]

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