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 [...]

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 [...]

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