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 [...]

Washington issues first pot producer, processor licenses

Filed on 05. Mar, 2014 in News

By Steve Hunter Kent Reporter The state Liquor Control Board on Wednesday issued the state’s first licenses to produce and process recreational marijuana. The board issued the license during a board meeting at its headquarters in Olympia. The licenses were issued to Spokane’s Sean Green who will operate his business under the trade name Kouchlock [...]

Washington’s jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent in January

Filed on 05. Mar, 2014 in News

Washington’s unemployment rate in January was 6.4 percent, the lowest jobless estimate since fall 2008, according to the state’s Employment Security Department. The state gained about 3,800 jobs during that month, led by growth in construction, a sector that added an estimated 2,500 jobs, according to the recent report. Labor economists also revised a jobless estimate from last [...]

City planners release preliminary draft of new downtown plan

Filed on 03. Mar, 2014 in News

City planners release preliminary draft of new downtown plan

Bellingham city planners have issued a preliminary draft of a new downtown plan as the city’s Planning Department prepares for a public hearing later this month concerning the direction and regulation of the city’s central district. That hearing is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Bellingham City Council [...]

Cities want cut of Washington’s anticipated pot tax revenue

Filed on 03. Mar, 2014 in News

Cities want cut of Washington’s anticipated pot tax revenue

By Christopher Lopaze WNPA Olympia Bureau A new economic forecast predicts recreational-marijuana businesses will bring millions to the state, and the fight is underway for how the proceeds will be spent, with cities vying for a share. Recreational-marijuana business is expected to bring in $51 million in state revenue during 2015-2017, according to a recent [...]

Survey suggests more cross-border shoppers are staying home

Filed on 02. Mar, 2014 in News

Survey suggests more cross-border shoppers are staying home

The Canadian dollar’s fall in value over the past year has caused some residents north of the border to make fewer shopping trips into the U.S., according to a recent poll of people living in lower British Columbia. Steve Mossop, president of Insights West, a Canadian market research firm, shared the results from his company’s [...]

Clean Green facility increases rates, shortens season

Filed on 25. Feb, 2014 in News

Residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County can begin dropping off their residential yard waste at the Clean Green Transfer Facility on Saturday, March 1. But they should prepare for a disposal-fee increase in April, according to an announcement from the City of Bellingham. The disposal fee for the public facility, located on the corner of [...]

As snow melts, public urged to watch for falling trees, floods

Filed on 24. Feb, 2014 in News

Here’s a message from the City of Bellingham, released Monday afternoon, Feb. 24: National Weather Service forecasts call for rising temperatures in Bellingham over the next 24 hours. Bellingham residents are encouraged to continue to use caution while outdoors and while traveling. Heavy, wet snow continues to cause downed trees and falling branches. Be cautious outdoors [...]

Due diligence starts as Port courts Irish developer for waterfront

Filed on 23. Feb, 2014 in News

Due diligence starts as Port courts Irish developer for waterfront

A deal is not complete, but the Port of Bellingham made a significant stride forward last week in setting framework for the first private development on the city’s central waterfront in decades. Port commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 18 to allow executive director Rob Fix to enter a 120-day negotiation period with Harcourt Developments Limited of [...]

State regulators set new limits on future pot growers

Filed on 23. Feb, 2014 in News

State regulators set new limits on future pot growers

Regulators of Washington state’s recreational pot industry issued new guidelines last week reducing the number of licenses that will be issued to pot producers and limiting the total growing capacity producers will be allowed to maintain. Along with these new rules, officials with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the state agency implementing the new [...]

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