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; [...]

Habitat for Humanity opening store in former Mayberry location

Filed on 17. Mar, 2014 in News

Habitat for Humanity opening store in former Mayberry location

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County plans to open its first Bellingham store in a retail building at 1825 Cornwall Ave., a spot once home to Mayberry Sporting Goods. John Moon, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, said the new store will allow Habitat for Humanity to have a location closer to its donor and volunteer [...]

Teen tanning ban among new Washington state laws

Filed on 13. Mar, 2014 in News

By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald It is becoming clearer what new laws will emerge from the two-month legislative session set to end Thursday night (March 13). For those keeping count, 11 had been added to the books as of Wednesday afternoon (March 12) with dozens of bills still to be sent to Gov. Jay Inslee [...]

Whatcom County’s January job growth data corrected

Filed on 13. Mar, 2014 in News

Whatcom County’s January job growth data corrected

Editor’s note: The Washington State Employment Security Department has corrected elements of its January 2014 employment data for Whatcom County, and the change was significant enough to warrant an update to this article, which was first published March 11. The initial version of this story reported that the county’s private sector had added approximately 6,000 jobs [...]

WWU ending on-campus sales of bottled water

Filed on 12. Mar, 2014 in News

Sales of bottled water will end at Western Washington University, starting in April. The decision follows efforts of a student-led campaign that urged the university to eliminate on-campus sales, citing unsustainable impacts of bottled water distribution. The move affects only single-use bottled water varieties without flavoring, carbonation or additives. A task force of WWU students, faculty [...]

Allegiant Air unlikely to return Bellingham-Reno flight service

Filed on 10. Mar, 2014 in News

Allegiant Air unlikely to return Bellingham-Reno flight service

Allegiant Air quietly discontinued its flight service between Bellingham and Reno. Nev., several months ago, and it appears unlikely that the route will return. Jessica Wheeler, the Las Vegas-based airline and travel company’s public relations manager, confirmed that nonstop service between the Bellingham International Airport and the Reno-Tahoe International Airport ended Jan. 19. She said [...]

Sustainable business challenge offers cash prize, inventor support

Filed on 09. Mar, 2014 in News

Sustainable business challenge offers cash prize, inventor support

The Northwest Innovation Resource Center is putting aspiring entrepreneurs’ ideas to the test when it comes to sustainable products or business practices. And at stake: $25,000 in cash prizes and business support. The Bellingham-based nonprofit’s Northwest Washington Sustainability Challenge will assemble teams from regional colleges to pitch proposals to a judging panel made up of [...]

Burlington Coat Factory plans to open Bellingham store

Filed on 07. Mar, 2014 in News

Burlington Coat Factory plans to open a new location at 4131 Meridian St. in Bellingham, where a Cost Cutter grocery store closed last year. Bill Cummings, a senior project manager with the company, said the proposal is currently in the bidding process, but construction is expected to begin by April 1. The store’s projected opening [...]

County’s home sales up nearly 6 percent in February

Filed on 06. Mar, 2014 in News

Closed sales on single-family homes and condominiums in Whatcom County increased 5.59 percent in February, compared to the same month last year, according to the latest report from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. NMLS brokers in Whatcom County reported 151 closed sales that month, compared to 143 closings in February 2013. Fewer Whatcom County homes [...]

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