Briefs: Is Uber coming to Bellingham?

Uber coming to Bellingham?

If Craigslist hiring ads can be believed, Uber may be coming to Bellingham. The San Francisco-based company that has provided cheap rides to customers through eschewing the regulations and overhead costs that traditional taxi services face, posted a hiring ad for drivers in Bellingham on Craigslist and several other online job boards. Uber connects people in need of a ride with contracted drivers through a smart phone app.

People who applied online received this form about an Uber “onboarding” event at Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn on Nov. 11 and 12. Uber hasn’t responded to inquiries from the Bellingham Business Journal, and Best Western officials wouldn’t confirm whether the event is a hiring event.

The four-year-old company was valued at more than $17 billion by its investors earlier this year. It currently operates in 45 countries and has been banned from cities and countries including Brussels and Germany.

Port of Everett awards $1.78 million contract to Bellingham company

The Port of Everett Commission awarded a $1.78 million contract on Oct. 28 to Strider Construction in Bellingham to build an access road and install utilities on the Mukilteo Tank Farm, a 22-acre waterfront property. The road and utility construction will require the closure of the recently opened Edgewater Beach in Everett during the construction period, which is expected to begin as soon as December, and be complete by June 2015.

Sustainable Living Farm & Garden closed

Sustainable Living Farm & Garden closed its retail store at 6931 Hannegan Road in October. According to the company’s Facebook page, owners John and Lea York plan to work on their own farm. They’ll offer heritage animal breeds, heirloom plants and seedsand a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program next spring, according to the page.

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