Employers set record on tax credits earned for hiring

Filed on 30. Jan, 2014 in News

Employers in Washington state set a new record when they took in $82 million in federal tax credits last year for hiring certain hard-to-place job seekers, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. The federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit rewards employers who hire military veterans, people with disabilities, ex-inmates, food-stamp and welfare recipients and individuals [...]

Guy Occhiogrosso named Chamber’s new CEO

Filed on 28. Jan, 2014 in News

Guy Occhiogrosso named Chamber’s new CEO

Guy Occhiogrosso has been selected to serve as the next president and CEO of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The chamber announced the news Tuesday, Jan. 28. Occhiogrosso has served as the executive director of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce since August 2006. He will begin his new role March 3. Occhiogrosso’s first [...]

Banks relieved over new federal stance on pot business

Filed on 28. Jan, 2014 in News

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Attorney General Eric Holder’s willingness to allow banks to deal with marijuana businesses is welcome news for state leaders, entrepreneurs and bankers worried by the prospect of conducting all transactions in cash. And they want the Obama Administration’s top law enforcement official to roll out his promised rules before the [...]

Housing markets across region saw gains in 2013

Filed on 26. Jan, 2014 in News

Home sales and prices in residential markets around western Washington saw increases in 2013 compared to 2012, according to a report released last week by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The NMLS, a member-owned real estate organization, includes more than 20,000 brokers in 21 counties in Washington state. NMLS brokers reported 75,517 closed sales in [...]

Skrinking workforce pushes state’s unemployment down

Filed on 23. Jan, 2014 in News

Unemployment in Washington dropped in December and the state’s total estimated jobs increased, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Paul Turek, an Employment Security labor economist, said the drop in December’s unemployment rate was caused primarily by a shrinking labor force as discouraged job seekers stopped looking for work. Yet Washington state economists say [...]

Police arrest suspect in Bellingham business burglary spree

Filed on 22. Jan, 2014 in News

Bellingham police have arrested a man suspected of committing dozens of burglaries to businesses in Bellingham and in several other cities along the Interstate 5 corridor. Douglas Leif Jones, 44, of Mount Vernon, was contacted and detained by police detectives at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the home of an acquaintance in [...]

Lawmakers consider lifting advertising ban in state parks

Filed on 21. Jan, 2014 in News

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Washington officials are looking to end the ban on commercial advertising in state parks in hopes of generating much-needed dollars for the cash-strapped agency. But visitors won’t be subjected to gaudy displays of corporate logos anytime soon, insist lawmakers and leaders of state parks. House and Senate bills [...]

State’s top lawyer says I-502 allows cities, counties to block pot

Filed on 20. Jan, 2014 in News

A formal opinion from Washington’s attorney general that says cities and counties can ban marijuana businesses has brought a new wrinkle to the state’s effort to build an industry around the once-illegal, psychoactive plant. Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the opinion Jan. 16 in response to a request from Sharon Foster, chair of the Washington State Liquor [...]

Bellingham Farmers Market to open 2014 winter season

Filed on 16. Jan, 2014 in News

Bellingham Farmers Market to open 2014 winter season

For the second year in a row, vendors at the Bellingham Farmers Market will have a chance to see if they can attract enough business to extend the popular downtown market beyond its regular April to December season. The market’s first winter edition of 2014 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on [...]

Bellingham officials seek name suggestions for waterfront park

Filed on 07. Jan, 2014 in News

Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is asking local residents to suggest names for a future waterfront park that will be located south of State Street and the South Bay Trail. Suggestions can be submitted online or sent to the Parks and Recreation Department/Administration Office at 3424 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. They will be accepted through [...]

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