Deal cuts BNSF’s potential hazardous spill fines by 90 percent

Filed on 30. Nov, 2015 in News

Deal cuts BNSF’s potential hazardous spill fines by 90 percent

OLYMPIA — Burlington Northern Santa Fe would be fined $71,700 for failing to timely report several hazardous materials spills, including one in Blaine, under a settlement reached with Utilities and Transportation Commission staff. Under the proposed deal, commissioners would suspend $40,000 of the penalty as long as the company commits no new violations of the statewide accident reporting rules [...]

Port could bring wood exports to Bellingham Shipping Terminal, but proposal draws criticism

Filed on 30. Nov, 2015 in Features, New Business, News

Port could bring wood exports to Bellingham Shipping Terminal, but proposal draws criticism

Logs and other forest products could soon be shipped from the Bellingham Shipping Terminal for the first time since the late 1990s. The Port of Bellingham is negotiating with companies that want to export logs and timber products to Asia from a 20-acre site at the log pond area of the Bellingham Shipping Terminal, near [...]

Unemployment rate down in October, but it doesn’t reflect recent layoffs

Filed on 30. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Data, Market Indicators

Unemployment rate down in October, but it doesn’t reflect recent layoffs

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.4 percent in September to an estimated 5.2 percent in October, according to the latest date from the state Employment Security Department. That’s the county’s lowest unemployment rate since 2008, but it doesn’t reflect the nearly 600 layoffs that CH2M Hill and Alcoa Intalco Works announced in the last [...]

One-stop interior design shop opens at Hannegan Square

Filed on 29. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, New Business

A new Bellingham store aims to be a one-stop shop for interior design, HomePort Interiors at 4071 Hannegan Road, carries flooring, carpet, furniture, lighting and decor accessories. Pam Muller of Options Cabinetry and Interiors, Radley Muller of Radley Muller Photography, and Jerry and Terry Zwiers of Flooring Connections in Anacortes own the store. The store’s [...]

Port to hold dedication ceremony for new mini solar plant on Nov. 30

Filed on 27. Nov, 2015 in Business Briefs, Events, News

Port to hold dedication ceremony for new mini solar plant on Nov. 30

Bellingham-based itek Energy and the Port of Bellingham will host a dedication for itek’s new solar panel installation on the downtown waterfront. The dedication is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the site, which is next to Georgia Pacific’s former aeration stabilization basin on the new waterfront trail that starts at Hotel Bellwether. [...]

Court approves 47 Haggen store sales

Filed on 25. Nov, 2015 in Contents

Court approves 47 Haggen store sales

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware approved the sale of 47 Haggen stores on Nov. 25. The deals include stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada, but no Whatcom County locations, according to a Haggen press release. The transactions aren’t final and remain subject to “certain conditions,” the press release said. If those conditions are [...]

People on the move, 11/24/15

Filed on 24. Nov, 2015 in People On The Move

People on the move, 11/24/15

Dodd joins Chuckanut builders Chuckanut Builders hired Kendall Dodd as office manager and bookkeeper this fall. Dodd founded The Hive, a community workshop and makerspace in Bellingham, and used to work as a youth development specialist and community educator at a nonprofit healthcare organization in Bellingham, according to a press release from Chuckanut Builders. Chuckanut [...]

Workers say Boeing tax breaks should come with jobs

Filed on 24. Nov, 2015 in Contents, News

By Jerry Cornfield Everett Herald Writer OLYMPIA — Machinists and aerospace engineers hiked the halls of Olympia on Friday, asking lawmakers to scale back a lucrative tax break for the Boeing Co. if it continues moving jobs to other states. They went office-to-office to let lawmakers know much has happened in the two years since the [...]

Liquor and marijuana licenses, 11/10/15 to 11/23/15

Filed on 23. Nov, 2015 in Data, Public Records

Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. Issued licenses Leef, at 3210 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine, WA 98230, received approval on a new license to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 413085. 11/20/15. Virtual Services, at 2018 Iron Street Suite [...]

Fairhaven business takes new approach to treating eating disorders

Filed on 22. Nov, 2015 in Features

Fairhaven business takes new approach to treating eating disorders

One spring day Deena Rathkamp approached Sarah Voth at Western Washington University’s Student Health Center, where Rathkamp worked as a counselor and Voth as a dietician. They both worked with students suffering from eating disorders. “Hey Sarah, I’ve been thinking…” Rathkamp said. Voth finished her sentence: “About opening a practice together?” They moved quickly and [...]

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