Alcoa suspends power deal as aluminum drops

Filed on 31. Jan, 2008 in Contents

Alcoa suspends power deal as aluminum drops

By Isaac Bonnell There are times when Whatcom County feels like its own little world, sequestered between the Chuckanut Mountains and the border. Our little cove seems to weather the economic storms and what happens here tends to stay here. But along the shores of Cherry Point, all eyes are looking abroad. For the three [...]

Trader Joe’s impact on market levels off

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Sales pick up for local grocers after 60-day downturn   Brian Casey, Bellingham Trader Joe’s general manager — or “Commander” as his nametag reads — said the new grocery store continues to do better than was expected before it opened Sept. 28.   Ryan Wynne The bells and whistles of Trader Joe’s opening day on [...]

Top properties

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The following is a list of recent commercial and high-end residential property sales in Whatcom County. Top properties is compiled by Wendy Darling, with assistance from the county treasurer’s and assessor’s offices.   Residences above $700,000 Seller: Mark WienerBuyer: Robert and Laura Emmerichs (Herndon, VA)Description: 1 -story house with 1,834 square feet, 1,738 square foot [...]

Tech trends: easier Web sites, more services

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Technology for 2008: Web development to become more user-friendly   Ethan D’Onofrio, vice president of business development for Northwest Computer, predicts that managed services will become the new wave of tech solutions in 2008. The company already offers remote technical support for customers, and D’Onofrio said it could make up as much as 75 percent [...]

Tax Liens

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A tax lien is a legal claim filed in court by a government against a person or business owing taxes. Liens are civil, not criminal claims, and normally seek to attach money and/or property to pay the taxes. A list of liens is kept at the county courthouse showing whom the government is pursuing and [...]

New county planning director steps up

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David Stalheim takes on the challenge of county planning   Whatcom County’s new planning director, David Stalheim, said he is trying to recruit new staff to the planning department, but it’s a tough job in the face of competition from private firms.   Heidi Schiller Whatcom County’s new planning director has a lot on his [...]

Terminating an employee a difficult job for most bosses

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  Although Donald Trump may be confident pointing his finger at his apprentices and announcing “you’re fired,” research shows that terminating an employee can be a difficult job. The reality is that many small operations do not have a human resources department, which leaves the owner with a responsibility they may or may not be [...]

Port releases 1,300-page draft EIS

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement to help guide final master plan for site   Mike Stoner, environmental director for the Port of Bellingham, peeks between the two volumes of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the former G-P site. The port released the 1,300-page document in early January and will host a public hearing about the [...]

Keeping up with People

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  Brunkow joins radio museum board of directors The American Museum of Radio and Electricity (AMRE) announced Brian Brunkow, Esq., as the newest elected member to its board of directors. Brunkow, of the Law Office of Brian Brunkow, is a Washington and California attorney whose office assists small and startup businesses with regulatory compliance and [...]

On again, off again

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Businesses find ways to even out the ups, downs of the seasons     Ryan Wynne Most businesses are impacted by natural market drops and surges at some point in the year, especially in a waterfront community with a long rainy season, an abundance of agriculture and a university with a student population exceeding 12,000. [...]

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