State’s minimum wage moves to $9.19 an hour on Jan. 1

Filed on 31. Dec, 2012 in Contents

Washington’s minimum wage increases 15 cents to $9.19 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Washington’s minimum wage applies to workers in all industries, including agriculture, although workers 14 and 15 years old can be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage, or $7.81 an hour. The Department of Labor & Industries adjusts the state’s minimum wage [...]

Dark Tower enters Bellingham game scene | 2012 Top Hits #5

Filed on 31. Dec, 2012 in Contents

Dark Tower enters Bellingham game scene | 2012 Top Hits #5

Note to readers: This week, we’re counting down our five most popular articles from 2012, as ranked by number of page views. This article was originally published on Jan. 31, 2012.  Surrounded by glass cases full of intricately painted tabletop-gaming miniatures, walls lined with comic books and tables laid out as battlefields for epic fantasy [...]

The BBJ Buzz: Most-viewed articles for December 2012

Filed on 31. Dec, 2012 in Contents

Most-viewed articles on BBJToday.com for December 2012 1. Haggen appoints new leadership team after CEO resigns Haggen CEO C.J. Gabriel Jr. has resigned his position with the Bellingham-based grocery chain, a senior executive with the company has confirmed… 2. Leasing rift has Heritage Flight Museum considering new home Citing unfavorable lease terms for an aviation museum, directors [...]

Local artists sought for Allied Arts’ recycled resource expo

Filed on 30. Dec, 2012 in Contents

Local artists sought for Allied Arts’ recycled resource expo

Allied Arts of Whatcom County is calling for artists for its Recycled Arts and Resource Expo from April 21-22. In addition to its events and entertainment, the expo will host educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths that will give attendees ideas on how to use recycled resources creatively, rather than let them go to waste. Applications [...]

Whatcom building group names annual award winners

Filed on 30. Dec, 2012 in People On The Move

The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County has announced honors granted to four members for outstanding contributions during 2012. Remodeler of the Year: Marinus Van de Kamp, president and CEO of the design and construction firm Landmark Enterprises Inc. in Bellingham. Van de Kamp earned a degree in construction technology in 1978 at the MTS in Ede, Netherlands. He worked in [...]

United Way divvies up $82K in emergency food, shelter funds

Filed on 29. Dec, 2012 in Contents

United Way divvies up $82K in emergency food, shelter funds

United Way of Whatcom County has allocated $82,000 in federal funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The nonprofit organization serves as the administrative agent in charge of allocating the funds, which are awarded to each county in the U. S. based on demographics, local employment rates and economic data, and convening a committee of [...]

Kiplinger rates WWU among best-valued public colleges

Filed on 29. Dec, 2012 in Contents

Kiplinger rates WWU among best-valued public colleges

Western Washington University is one of the 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. In its February 2013 issue, Kiplinger’s magazine ranks WWU 74th on its list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2013.” WWU was [...]

Richardson joins Wells Fargo Business Banking in Bellingham

Filed on 28. Dec, 2012 in People On The Move

Richardson joins Wells Fargo Business Banking in Bellingham

Ron Richardson has been named senior business banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Bellingham. As a relationship manager, Richardson works with small and medium-size businesses to provide customized financial solutions. Richardson, a 13-year financial services veteran with eight years at Wells Fargo, is based in Bellingham and serves business customers throughout Whatcom, Skagit and Island [...]

Expect stronger enforcement of “call-before-you-dig” law

Filed on 28. Dec, 2012 in Contents

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission says it will beef up enforcement of the state’s “call-before-you-dig” law beginning Jan. 1, including higher penalties, mandatory damage-reporting and clearer procedures for utilities, excavators and the public. The new law, passed by the Washington Legislature last year at the request of the Utilities and Transportation Commission, affects all utilities and [...]

Liquor licenses, December 2012

Filed on 28. Dec, 2012 in Data

New Applications Vinostrology Wine Lounge & Merchant, Vinostrology Inc.; Katherine Gaaslan Bechkowiak applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant and for off-premises consumption at 120 W. Holly St., Suite H, Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Dec. 21. Maple Fuels Wash-A-Ton; Bethnie Ann Morrison and Jeffrey Scott Morrison applied for a license change to be a CLS [...]

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