Train to be rerouted along waterfront

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

City working with BNSF to relocate tracks across site BBJ photo/VINCENT AIOSA Tom Rosenberg, city assistant public works director, said the city has been in discussions with BNSF and Washington State Department of Transportation’s rail office for about a year. BNSF is interested in relocating its tracks because as they currently lie, trains must cut [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Accepted applications 2901 Squalicum Parkway, $62,000 to install temporary 5,400-square-foot modular building. Owner: Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Health Hospital Services. [...]

Self-awareness important for capable leadership

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

    According to the February 2007 Harvard Business Review, there may be something to all this talk about self-awareness. Self-awareness has just been recognized as the most important capability for leaders to develop. I would add that this is a quality that is beneficial for anyone to develop. After all, we are all leaders somewhere in [...]

Culligan Northwest hires Janie VanderBrink

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

Culligan Northwest hired Janie VanderBrink as its new human resources and marketing coordinator. VanderBrink will be responsible for human resources management, community outreach, and customer follow-up. She will also be enhancing the company’s information technology systems. VanderBrink grew up in Whatcom County and graduated from Meridian High School before earning her Human Resource Certification from [...]

Sunset Building stood on Holly for 80 years

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

Built in 1890, tenants included saloons, theaters, dentists, lawyers The Sunset Building, the former de Mattos Block, after expansion gave it a fourth floor in 1907. The Hannah Block is on the left and the two-story Model Block is on the right. (Photo by J.W. Sandison #2410, Whatcom Museum of History & Art) Jeff Jewel   The [...]

Paid family leave has employers asking who pays

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

New unfunded law gives employees five paid weeks to care for newborn Elizabeth Grant, president of Stewart Title, is concerned about how this new law will be funded and its fairness. If employers are stuck with the bill, it may result in some businesses cutting benefits or even salaries. Heidi Schiller   In May, Gov. Chris Gregoire [...]

Rep. Larsen goes to bat for small businesses

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

photos courtesy/REP. RICK LARSEN Rep. Rick Larsen (left) visited with local business owners like Steve Roguski, owner of Fairhaven Runners & Walkers. Larsen said businesses expressed the need for more trained workers. Vanessa Blackburn   Rick Larsen is no stranger to doing business in that other Washington.   As representative of the second district, which includes Whatcom, Skagit and [...]

‘Rocky’ Balboa KOs the karaoke scene

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

They come for the fame, they come for the applause — and they come to sing "Rocky" Balboa, owner of SingWithRocky.com, got into karaoke both because he loved to perform and because it was a natural progression from his broadcasting background. Heidi Schiller   As the lights dim and the stereo’s clanging guitar solo fades, a sudden [...]

County, city struggle to define growth

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

Three recommendations differ on how to manage Bellingham’s urban fringe Hal Hart, the county’s outgoing planning director, here shown with county planner Cathy Craver, said the state’s Growth Management Act mandates to first grow inside a city before looking at new areas for growth. The County Planning Commission and county staff assert that while infill [...]

Long-time business owners adapt to green market

Filed on 31. May, 2007 in Contents

Shoppers seeing green as they look to local stores for environmentally friendly products Rick Wilson, owner of Wilson Motors, said the green wave is much bigger than it was even a few years ago. He used to sell only one or two hybrid cars a month — these days, he’s selling 20 to 25. Matt [...]

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