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SEE STORY ON PAGE 9: Dancer Alona Christman and community member Brittaney Schunzel perform in “Leave my shoes by the door” by Pam Kuntz, artistic director of Kuntz & Company, a nonprofit that combines the work of professional artists and community members in dance performances. The next performance from Kuntz & Company will be a response the the art of Lesley Dill at the Whatcom Museum from Feb. 25-26. Photo by Cheryl Crooks

PeaceHealth cuts $9 million, 81 positions from budget BY ISAAC BONNELL Tough times have prompted PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to trim its budget by $9 million, about 2.4 percent, and eliminate the equivalent of 81 full-time positions. Cuts to state programs and federal reimbursement rates for health care combined with an

increase in the number of uninsured and underinsured patients led the Medical Center to do a six-month-long internal costcutting initiative. The reductions were achieved through a combination of layoffs, restructuring of staff and changes in the purchasing and usage of supplies. Thirty-three employees have accepted early retirement offers and the hospital will lay off

an additional 17 non-nursing employees. Combined with a partial hiring freeze and shift in workloads, the hospital has seen a reduction of hours equivalent to 81 full-time positions. “While painful, these staff reductions will not diminish our commitment to safe, evidencebased and compassionate patient care,” Chief Operating Officer Stephen Omta said in a press

release. “Healthcare is changing rapidly and we need to stay ahead of the curve and learn to live with less.” Starting in December, direct care staff such as nurses will switch to working 8-hour shifts, rather than the traditional 10- to 12-hour shifts. Recent studies have shown that employee

The first phase of environmental cleanup of the former Georgia-Pacific waterfront site started Monday Nov. 7. Workers from Strider Construction of Bellingham are removing an estimated 8,000 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil and debris from the northeast end of the site. The soil will be taken to a licensed facility for disposal and contaminated groundwater will be treated and disposed of in the industrial wastewater treatment lagoon. The project is expected to take about two months, said Brian Gouran, environmental site project manager for the Port of Bellingham This first phase of the cleanup will cost about $1 million, though the state Department of Ecology, which is overseeing the work, will reimburse up to half of the port’s cost. Reimbursements come from the state’s remedial action grant program, which helps pay to clean up publicly owned sites. The state Legislature funds the grant program with



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Newsworthy and notable items for Bellingham business in Whatcom County. Crystal Creek here The company also has facilities in Hastings, Neb. Logistics and Richmond, Va. buys former Johnson Continuous Outdoors Motion building moves to Crystal Creek Logistics, a company that offers ship- Ohio Street ping and warehousing for Workstudios online retailers, recently purchased the former Johnson Outdoors building on Grandview Road in Ferndale and moved its operations there. The new space is about 41,000 square feet, nearly four times larger than the company’s previous facility, said co-owner Michael Bradburn. “It’s working out great for us,� he said. “Now we have ample square footage to accommodate any customer.� Crystal Creek Logistics opened in May 2007 with a staff of seven and has grown to 21 employees


Continuous Motion, a fitness studio for pregnant women and new moms, is moving this month into its own space in the Ohio Street Workstudios. Owner Haley Kensok started teaching prenatal fitness classes in January at Anytime Fitness in Cordata. Moving into her own space will allow her to start offering postnatal classes for new moms and their babies. “Since I’m at a gym right now, we can’t have kids running around. Now we’ll be able to do the ‘Mommy and Me’ classes,� Kensok

said. The new space is about 500 square feet and offers more privacy than a traditional gym setting, Kensok said “The idea was to have a place for pregnant women and new moms to feel comfortable, something that’s not a gym. Sometimes they can be scared to be at a gym with people staring at them,� she said.

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wants to establish a more permanent location for the business. “I’ve watched other bars not be able to sign new leases,� he said. “I feared the idea the of owning a business and not having the space for it.� Waller said he hopes the new location will give him a little more foot traffic. But he said he would also be happy if it stayed the same and doesn’t plan to change much about the business. The new building is nearly the same size as the current location at about 3,000 square feet. “I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel,� he said. “The system I have works for us and the customers. I’m just trying to make

it better for everybody; cleaner, better, but still be the Beaver.�

SSK Insurance sold to Brown & Brown Inc. Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance, a local insurance agency with offices in Bellingham and Lynden, has become part of Brown & Brown of Washington, a subsidiary of Brown & Brown Inc. The agency will continue to do business under the name Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance and will

Brian Waller, owner of the Beaver Inn, is remodeling a building he purchased at 115 E. Holly St., the former location of House of Orient. He plans to move the bar in by Jan. 1, 2012. He is leasing the current space for the bar on North State Street and

keep its staff of 30 employees. Former agency principal Paul Kenner will continue to lead both offices as a vice president of Brown & Brown of Washington. “This is the best of both worlds for our customers and employees,� Kenner said in a press release. “Brown & Brown owns agencies, but doesn’t run them. Most of our customers won’t even notice any changes, but this will give us more resources to serve businesses who operate nationally or internationally, as well as some clients who have complex insurance needs.� Brown & Brown Inc. is the nation’s seventh-largest insurance intermediary.




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Newsworthy and notable items for Bellingham business ‘Tis the season for holiday art shows With the holidays approaching, dozens of Whatcom County artisans have set up shop around Bellingham offering delectable treats and arts and crafts. So if you’re looking for just the right locally made present, check out these seasonal shopping bazaars.

Northwest Gifts Numerous artisans and gourmet food producers have joined forces to reopen Northwest Gifts, a seasonal holiday market located at 4131 Meridian Street, Suite 102 near the Cordata Cost Cutter. Since 2008, local family farm operators and artisans have gathered to create a festive boutique where shoppers can find a variety of products grown and produced in Northwest Washington.

Visitors to the store can purchase items individually or create custom gift baskets using an assortment of jams, jellies, chocolate, nuts, smoked salmon, music, pottery and crafts, photography, and more. Pre-assembled, ready-to-deliver gift baskets are also available and the shipping services are available at the store. “Each year Northwest Gifts customers tell us they appreciate being able to give unique holiday gift baskets filled with local

products, and they love being able to find everything in one convenient location,” Richard Buford, spokesperson for the group and owner of Bellinghambased Aldrich Farms, said in a press release. “As business owners we are proud to provide products that are shipped all around the world and shared with friends and family members during the holiday season; it’s definitely a feelgood operation.” Northwest Gifts is open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pacific Arts Holiday Market Pacific Arts Holiday Market is celebrating its 14th year as an established holiday craft show. The



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December 2011 market features more than 50 artists who hail from the Northwest and will be present at the show to discuss their trade. A wide variety of products will be available at Pacific Arts to suit every taste, including: jewelry, pottery, woodwork, bath and body products, book arts and paper, leather, 3-D art, clothing, accessories, painting, and photography. “The goal of Pacific Arts is to provide the public with a chance to meet face to face with the vendors, and give a platform for artists to show and sell their work,” Erin Boyd, event organizer and owner of Redboots Design, said in a press release. “Pacific Arts also encourages people to buy locally and support our regional, local economy. This is a unique venue and provides a more personal, off-the-beaten-path shopping alternative, which in turn enhances the culture of downtown Bellingham.” This year the holiday market will be in the former Bellingham Flea Market space at 1522 Cornwall Ave. next to the Public Market. The show will run Friday to Sunday for the first three weekends in December. It will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The market will host a kickoff party from 6 p.m. to 9 pm. Dec. 2 in conjunction with the monthly Bellingham Artwalk. For more information about the market and participating artists, visit

The Woods Coffee opens new location in Sehome Haggen store The Woods Coffee opened its 12th coffee shop Tuesday, Nov. 15 inside the Sehome Haggen grocery store, in a kiosk previously occupied by Starbucks and Tully’s Coffee. The partnership with Haggen is a first for The Woods Coffee. “The Woods Coffee has long admired the Haggen brand and what it stands for,” Wes Herman, owner of The Woods Coffee, said in a press release. “We’re proud to be in the Sehome Haggen, and we’re looking forward to serving the local community from this spot.” For its first day, the new

Sehome location will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. After that, it will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. This will be the third new coffee shop this year for the business. In January, The Woods Coffee opened a location in the historic Flatiron Building in downtown Bellingham and then in July opened in the former Tully’s Coffee space at 102 W. Stuart Road near United Furniture Warehouse.

BTC awarded $573,767 grant for retraining program Bellingham Technical College was awarded $573,767 for the Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) Program Grant for the Moving Forward project allocated by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. This is the third consecutive year BTC and its partners have received this grant. Specifically, this new grant promotes the combination of education, job retraining, intensive academic and career advising, as well as provides funding for necessary services, such as childcare and transportation, that existing healthcare workers need in order to meet their full potential. The goal of this new project is moving precollege and college-level workers through all necessary coursework needed to apply or enroll in health degree and certificate programs. “This project addresses one of the most intractable issues in education – increasing the success rate of academically underprepared, working adults seeking career advancement through education,” project director Gabriel Mast said in a press release. “All three community and technical colleges in our region, along with hospital employers and labor partners, are working together to pilot a single education pathway leading to the completion of college-level requirements for admission to nursing and other allied health programs. This pathway includes innovations such as common courses and pre-requisites, shared admissions requirements, as well as a variety of practical accommodations for working students.”

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Mt. Baker builds new $3.5 million lodge The 1920s Cascadia-styled Raven Hut, the third lodge at the Mt. Baker Ski Area, is set to open to the public in December BY CELESTE ERICKSON Mt. Baker Ski Area will debut a $3.5 million lodge this season that will seat about 300 guests with about 10,000 square feet. The lodge, called Raven Hut, is set to open around the first week of December at the location of the former Raven Hot Cafe and will be accessible by ski or snowboard only. It will feature a full-sized kitchen, two fireplaces and the 1920s Cascadia-style architecture of other lodges at the ski area. “There are many great features for people to see inside and out,� said Duncan Howat, president and general manager. Local craftsmen and artisans joined in the effort to provide custom detail to the lodge. The logs for the lodge came from Deming, the shingles are hand split, handles are made out of cables from chair lifts and the fireplace is made from

a native stone from the ski area. Howat’s favorite part of the lodge is the outside entry with 9-foot doors and bronze sculptures of ravens on each door in addition to the fireplace and kitchen. The kitchen will start off with a standard menu and will delve into specialty items such as pasta dishes, possibly some Mexican food, custom sandwiches and, of course, homemade french fries, Howat said. Construction began on the lodge in July with a sewage and water system after having to plow about 12 feet of snow out of the way. “It was a very cold spring and early summer,� Howat said. “It made it very difficult to get started.� Between 20 to 50 people from local subcontractors worked on the lodge throughout the summer, he said. The existing White

Salmon lodge was becoming overcrowded, Howat said. As the lodge reaches completion, Howat is looking to hire an additional 20 employees for the weekend shifts. Ticket prices will remain $51 for adults on the weekends. Congress passed the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act in October, allowing eight Washington ski areas to expand summer operations. Mount Baker, though, is currently not looking into adding additional activities to the summer season. “We are not in that mode right now,� Howat said.

Heavy snowfall last winter meant a late start for cosntruction on the lodge. Crews had to plow about 12 feet of snow out of the area in July to begin working on the building. Photos courtesy of Mt.

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New location for NW SilverStars allows room for athletes to grow BY CELESTE ERICKSON Northwest SilverStars, a Bellingham cheerleading club, moved to a new location on Division Street in July and is completing the final touches. At 10,000 square feet, the new location is twice as large as their former location on Jills Court. The program now has more space to train the athletes after offering three additional classes and starting a hip-hop team for the elementary age last year, said Christina Archer, president of Northwest SilverStars. Construction started on the building around April, said Morgan Longwell, a tumbling coach. With the new location, two teams are able to practice at the same time

and parents have room to watch, he said. “There’s room to breathe for everyone now,� he said. Athletes come to Northwest SilverStars for a number of reasons including classes on dancing, cheering and gymnastics. For younger students, some can’t join a school cheerleading team until their sophomore year of high school and this gym gives them the opportunity to begin at a younger age. Older students join because it is an elite team, Archer said. “We win a lot of championships and this is a character-based program. Families see the high values and strong ethics we teach and instill in our athletes,� Archer said. The club began in 2000 and the year-long program now has nine teams

including four competitive cheer teams, three hip-hop teams, a special needs team and a recreational team, which practices for only three months. The gym has 104 athletes enrolled in the various programs coming from both Whatcom and Skagit counties. Archer has been coaching since 1999. She visited Whatcom County for a cheer camp and after learning there was not an allstar program in the area, she set out to begin one. “We started as a smaller gym and we’ve continued to work hard and set realistic goals,� Archer said. Several teams with the program have won international and regional awards. Archer is the recipient of awards including the 2010 Washington State Cheer Coaches Association AllStar Coach of the Year and

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BBJPEOPLE Wendy Wixson becomes VSH partner Wendy Wixson joined VSH, a Bellingham accounting firm, as a partner. She will work to expand the company’s Canadian-U.S. relations business consulting team along with the other partners. Wixson has worked as a certified public accountant for 20 years and has experience in international taxation. Her specialties include structuring business entities for foreign real estate developers, business investors and entertainers. She focuses on assisting foreign and domestic clients expand internationally and avoid double taxation. “I enjoy working most with international entertainers and other specialty markets because they present unusual circumstances and new challenges,” Wixson said in a press release. “I’m most excited about being a partner at VSH because I feel the work/life balance and goals of the firm are more aligned with my personal values.” Wixson earned a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and previously studied at the University of Washington.

Bellingham Bells hires Nick Caples as general manager Nick Caples joined the Bellingham Bells, a summer collegiate baseball team, as general manager. “We are thrilled to have Nick on board and we look forward to the many contributions that he will make to our team and the community,” said Eddie Poplawski, the team’s owner, in a press release. Caples previously worked with the Wenatchee AppleSox for seven years. “The goal is simple. We want to weave the Bells into the fabric of Bellingham and all of the surrounding communities by providing a fun and affordable entertainment oppor-


tunity for families and friends to enjoy,” Caples said in a press release. “After a record breaking season in 2011 under the new ownership group, a solid foundation has been laid that we are very excited to build upon during the summer of 2012.” The upcoming season will include 30 home games from June to August.

Yvonne Gasperetti promoted at Bank of the Pacific Yvonne Gasperetti, Ferndale branch manager of Bank of the Pacific, was promoted to vice president. Gasperetti’s promotion follows more than 30 years of experience in banking including a focus on SBA and commercial lending in the Ferndale and Birch Bay areas.

Anthony Repanich advances at Peoples Bank Peoples Bank promoted Anthony Repanich to chief retail banking officer. Repanich will work in branch banking, mortgage lending, investment services and the bank’s marketing and training programs. Repanich’s work has helped the bank grow in numerous communities in Washington. He has been at the bank since 1993 and held various positions such as branch manager, vice president and senior vice president of retail and sales marketing. “We want to recognize Tony’s outstanding leadership, production achievements, and increasing responsibility within the organization,” said Charles LeCocq, president and chief executive officer, in a press release. “This new role better reflects Tony’s authority within the bank and his commitment to strengthen Peoples Bank’s reputation as the premier community bank in the state of Washington.”

Craig Lee hired as executive director at Whatcom Land Trust Craig Lee joined the Whatcom Land Trust in late October as executive director to lead the organization’s Board of Directors, staff and supporters in conservation of Whatcom County. “Whatcom Land Trust has been very successful at conserving the county’s signature landscapes and sensitive places, thanks to tremendous community support, partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, tribes and enormous volunteer commitment,” said Board President Mary Dumas in a press release. “The board felt that WLT had matured to a point that it would benefit from having its first executive director to guide the organization during its next quarter century of operation. We want to continue to assist landowners and Whatcom County communities in securing their natural resource protection objectives, and increase WLT’s capacity to be a permanent steward of the lands that have been entrusted to us.” Lee founded the National Audubon Society and the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts, an organization that works to conserve land in Canada owned by U.S. citizens. Lee also helped start 30 local land trusts with the Trust for Public Land along with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Cascade Land Conservancy. “I wanted to return to the Pacific Northwest but was primarily considering positions with statewide or national organizations. However Whatcom Land Trust’s achievements and big thinking inspired me to apply,” Lee said in a press release. “I have been infatuated with this county ever since my first visit. After I met with the board and learned about its plans for the future I was really sold.” Lee began working for the Trust for Public Land 27 years ago as a young field representative. He led a small group to form WLT and worked on the transactions of Miller Farm and Clarks Point.

“I look forward to continuing to assist landowners and communities in the urgent mission of protecting Whatcom County’s working farmlands, forests, streams and shorelines and keeping them in good health for future generations,” he said in a press release. “WLT is a leader in Northwest regional conservation and I’ll work hard to ensure that our organization evolves and innovates to meet the needs of a changing community.”.

Ramona Abbott hired as MBT marketing coordinator Ramona Abbott was hired as the marketing coordinator at the Mount Baker Theatre. She will help the marketing team promote music, dance and theatrical events. “We are pleased to welcome Ramona to our staff. She helped with our recent first-ever self-produced

main stage production, ‘Into the Woods,’ and was a great asset,” said Kim Laskey, the theater’s deputy director, in a press release. Abbott is also an adjunct professor at Bellingham Technical College and will continue teaching classes. She also works as an artist, business consultant, educator, public speaker and writer. She has more than 30 years of experience in business and marketing. “I am very much looking forward to joining such an outstanding organization,” Abbott said in a press release.


NONPROFITNEWS Whatcom Children’s Advocacy Center raises more than $24,000 Sponsors and community members attending Brigid Collins’ Breaking the Cycle Breakfast on Nov. 9 helped raise more than

$24,000 to further fund the Whatcom Children’s Advocacy Center. This was the largest amount raised at any of the five annual breakfast events to date. Children benefit from the CAC at Brigid Collins, where they come for investigatory interviews, medical exams, support and therapy all in one location. Some of the event’s most generous business and individual sponsors

include: Absorption Corp., Frank and Patti Imhof, Bob Olson, Pepper Sisters, KeyBank, Larson Gross PLLC, Group Health, and Alcoa Intalco Works

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affordability in homes. Although the grants may not be used to pay for the staff time and expenses to run KulshanCLT’s programs, the funding helps bridge the affordability gap for homebuyers and goes directly toward purchasing properties. “During these times of budget reductions, it’s encouraging to see funding commitments to grow more affordable homeownership for our community,� Dean Fearing, KulshanCLT executive director, said in a press release. “This funding will make homes more affordable for our homebuying partners, and will help KulshanCLT build on its track record of success, growing a community everyone can afford.�

Peace Builder Award Gala raises $18,000 for WDRC The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s ninth annual Peace Builder Awards Gala, held Nov. 18 at the Majestic in downtown Bellingham, raised

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Kuntz & Company explores humanity through performing arts COVERSTORY BY CELESTE ERICKSON When Pam Kuntz was pregnant with her second child she was nervous about being a mother for two children. She sought advice in the usual places such as books and magazines, but needed more. She wanted to learn from the challenges other mothers experienced personally, so she put out a call for just that. “I heard from a mother who’s child had died from cancer, a mother who had survived cancer, a single mother who survived drug addiction,” Kuntz said. “These are huge topics and these women are living productive healthy lives. I thought, ‘Surely I could learn from them,’ and I did.” It was through this experience that Kuntz began the “Mom Project,” a community-based dance performance in 2005.

The project paved the way for nine other community-based dance performances and eventually Kuntz & Company, a nonprofit that aims to explore issues of universal interest with professional artists and members of the community, said Kuntz, the artistic director of the organization. The organization invites community members and aspires to create a dialogue with them through dance performances. “Up until the ‘Mom Project’ I choreographed with trained dancers for dances about music or a response to visual art,” Kuntz said. “The ‘Mom Project’ was very different. I worked in the community about stories from the community.” Kuntz began teaching at Western Washington University in 1999. She is a senior instructor and teaches a variety of dance classes from anatomy to movement and culture.

A founding member of the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, she continues to dance and choreographs musicals and theater productions. Since the “Mom Project” she has choreographed pieces about women’s body issues, parenting, generational differences, death and dying, bipolar disorder, prison, health, aging and people living with disabilities. Kuntz began the nonprofit a year and a half ago after creating several pieces with community members. She learned that by becoming a nonprofit, rather than an individual artist, there were more ways to support her mission and bring it more into the community, other than ticket sales.

Connecting a community Most community members come to her without any performing experience — and that’s how she prefers it. “They’re doing some-

Pam Kuntz (second from right), artistic director of Kuntz & Company, leads a class for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement and neurological disorders through exercises. The class began through interest after a performance by the nonprofit on living with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Celeste Erickson | BBJ thing they’ve never done before and they’re sharing a story, but sharing something about themselves that may not be the easiest thing to share,” Kuntz said. “My work doesn’t have someone stand in front of an audience and say ‘I was

raped when I was five years old,’ but use that information in the rehearsal process to create a physical piece that delivers the ideas and the feelings of that experience,” she said. “And because we’re not saying exactly what the story is,

the audience can relate.” Richard Scholtz, a board member with the organization, said part of Kuntz’s approach in including community members as principal


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dancers and taking on these topics makes dance much more interesting and accessible to the audience and community. Her work is meaningful to those who aren’t normally interested in dance. Before he worked with the organization he saw Kuntz’s performances and thought they were fantastic. Part of her work is to find insight in the way different people live, he said. “Pam is unique in her curiosity and courage to take these (issues) on,� he said.

Scholtz first worked with Kuntz on a project about health. He invited many professionals to help with his research, including Kuntz. She eventually choreographed the piece. “I think of (art) as a way to do research that’s different than doing surveys and graphs — it’s research done by artists and musicians,� he said. “I think it’s crucial that arts be a companion for research. Sociological and medical data are important, but these other languages exist because people need it to express

themselves.� These experiences resonate beyond the audience. Kuntz has had many people approach her after performances to choreograph pieces on other issues important to them. One woman approached her about doing a piece on people living with disabilities. She said she had thought about it, but was terrified and would not know how to begin. “(I said) ‘I’m afraid to say the wrong things and who the hell am I, this able-bodied person, to think I can tell your story,� Kuntz said. “I was honest with her and she was hon-

est with me back. She said, ‘I can help you do it.’� From there blossomed “Stories from Jim & Jo,� a piece that explored living with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. From the audience of this piece came another request: to begin a class for people living with movement and neurological disorders. The twice-weekly class started with about eight people last year and has grown to 24 people. Kuntz’s current project is to raise money to make a short film for research on Parkinson’s disease and to show dance is a valid form of physical therapy.

December 2011 The film will feature Rick, who approached her about the class, dancing and his challenges with Parkinson’s disease. “Stories from Jim & Jo� opened the door for more possibilities of future work about neurological disorders, she said.

Learning through performance Suzanne Fogarty has been working with Kuntz since the “Mom Project� as a photographer and collaborator. She wasn’t sure what she was getting in for or what it the organization

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Online education growing as colleges face budget cuts Enrollment in eLearning classes at Whatcom Community College is growing 25 percent a year BY ISAAC BONNELL With all of the state funding cuts that higher education has sustained the past two years, universities and colleges are struggling to find ways to increase enrollment and keep up with demand from students. One solution that is proving popular for students and educators alike is online classes.

“Higher education has borne as much cuts as it can without seriously affecting the community,” said Michael Shepard, eLearning director at Whatcom Community College, adding that there is still hope. “We’re at capacity and have been for years, but eLearning allows us to increase opportunity and enroll more students.” In his position at WCC, Shepard oversees all of

the college’s online classes, which have seen enrollment grow 25 percent to 45 percent annually over the past three years. This year, about 2,100 students are enrolled in an eLearning class at WCC. More than 100 classes — about one out of every five — now have an online component and a majority are entirely online, Shepard said. For students, taking classes online allows them to work and fit school into their own schedule, and for the college, they are an affordable way to offer more classes and increase enrollment. Also, it helps that tech-

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with all of the core classes online and a once-amonth, three-day weekend of intensive lab work at the college. “We almost doubled the size (of the program) by adding an online component,” Shepard said. “It’s really allowed us to expand. We get students now who fly in from Alaska, Texas and California to take part in this program.” The success of the physical therapy assistant program spurred the college to offer on online AA transfer degree and switch all five of its health care degrees — massage therapy, nursing, nursing assistant, medical assistant and physical therapy assistant — to an online hybrid model.

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The flexibility of online classes was a key factor for Jeannine Lyon, a project coordinator at St. Joseph Medical Center who is pursuing an MBA in health care administration through WGU Washington, a nonprofit online university that earlier this year was endorsed by the state Legislature. “For me it’s absolutely great. I can work when I can and no one’s going to beat me over the head if I can’t,” Lyon said, adding that it’s a different experience from when she got her undergraduate degree. “It’s definitely different to work outside of a traditional class setting where they have a pace that’s set. In the online world, you get to set

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Online classes cheaper for students and colleges “People are place-bound and time-bound, and online education is faster, more affordable and can be scaled up.” Jean Floten, WGU Washington Chancellor

ber of students, earning a college education will involve a username and password rather than a pen and paper. “It’s come a long way over the years as the technology has improved,”




Maier said. “We’re moving more of our programs to an online hybrid model, and the enrollments continue to increase.”


your own pace.” Lyon chose WGU Washington because of its competency-based structure, meaning students can test out of subjects they already know. This allows students to move at their own pace and ensures that they understand the subject before moving on. “I’m a pretty quick study. If I really want to focus on something that is meaningful to me, I can spend as much time as I want,” Lyon said. “I’m not in a hurry to get through my classes.” Still, Lyon said she is planning to complete her degree in a year and a half. She studies on evenings and weekends and estimates she puts in 15 hours to 20 hours a week. Lyon is also represents the average student at WGU Washington, said Chancellor Jean Floten. Of the 1,000 students in Washington, most students are older than 35, working full-time, and a majority of them are women. They choose online programs over traditional universities because the classes fit into their lifestyle, she said. “People are place-bound and time-bound, and online education is faster, more affordable and can be scaled up,” Floten said. Online classes are also proving to be cheaper for students. WGU Washington charges a flat rate of $2,890 per six-month term no matter how many classes a student takes — and there is no additional charge for textbooks, most of which are ebooks. One year of classes would cost $5,780 compared to $6,468 for one year of tuition at Western Washington University. At WCC, students can use the Open Course Library, a project that compiles course materials for the highest enrolled classes around the state and offers them for no more than $30, said Linda Maier, dean for Workforce Education. “That really helps students because textbooks continue to rise in price and faculty across the state can access those resources,” Maier said. Though online classes are growing in number each year, they may not be right for every student, Maier said. Taking classes online requires students to be self-motivated, have the ability to work independently, and be comfortable with with technology. But for a growing num-

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From the reporter’s desk There is an undeniable and sometimes overlooked relationship between the business world and the nonprofit sector — a relationship that I believe benefits both sides. Nonprofits play an important role in our community, oftentimes offering services that the private sector doesn’t. Whatcom County is blessed to have many nonprofits doing all kinds of work and we are proud to highlight their accomplishments each month in our Nonprofit News section. Just as you would support local businesses, I challenge you this holiday season to support local nonprofits and charities. ~ IB

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Business owners can make the most of charitable giving Charitable giving often comes to mind around the holidays when many are inspired to help the needy or fund a worthy cause. While reducing taxes is not the main reason many of us give, donations can certainly help a company’s bottom line. However, business owners need to understand the rules for tax-deductible charitable contributions, which, like taxes in general, can get pretty complicated. That’s why it’s important to establish a corporate gifting strategy to ensure not only that IRS corporate gifting rules are followed, but also that the charitable organizations your business selects put donations to good use. If you don’t already have a strategy, here are a few tips to help you get started. Establish your priorities. After highlighting causes important to you, you’ll want to identify bona fide charitable organizations that are tax-exempt so contributions can be deducted. Sites such as can help. Then consider how much you can donate in terms of time and money. If you want to donate assets other than money, consider what forms they will take. You’ll also want to decide whether to disclose your identity or remain anonymous. Make giving part of your business plan. Understanding tax limitations on charitable deductions can help your company make the most of the amounts you gift. While your company can make any amount of contributions, the IRS limits deductions at 10 percent of net taxable income. Contributions above 10 percent can be carried over into future years. For flow-through businesses, such as an S corporation, partnership, or LLC, the limitation is determined on the owner’s tax return and could be up to 30 or 50 percent of income. Document the value of your charitable activities. This includes any in-kind donation of services or products, which may also qualify as a tax deduction. Reporting on charitable activities to employees and other stakeholders


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BBJDATA Public records related to business

Bankruptcies Chapter 7 — Straight bankruptcy; debtor gives up non-exempt property and debts are discharged. Chapter 11 — Business reorganization; protection from creditors while business devises a plan of reorganization. Income/ expense reports must be filed monthly. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by individual to pay a percentage of debts based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay. The following bankruptcies are from Whatcom County.

Jordan A. Tarrida, case no. 11-22639-KAO, filed Oct. 28. Frank J. and Miriam D. Meyer, case no. 11-22732-KAO, filed Oct. 31. Daniel and Judith Jones, case no. 11-22739-KAO, filed Oct. 31. Diane L. Douglass, case no. 11-22766-KAO, filed Oct. 31. Guenter G. Schneider, case no. 11-22771-KAO, filed Oct. 31. Trevor D. and Nancy E. Toner, case no. 11-22772KAO, filed Oct. 31.

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James S. and Carol J. Hagen. case no. 11-22789-KAO, filed Oct. 31.

Jacqueline L. McCallum, case no. 11-22532-KAO, filed Oct. 27.

Adam S. and Nicole L. Burke, case no. 11-22798KAO, filed Oct. 31.

Donna M. McCallum, case no. 11-22538-KAO, filed Oct. 27.

Sharon J. Statema, case no. 11-22812-KAO, filed Nov. 1.

Delbert J. and Marcia J. Otter, case no. 11-22621KAO, filed Oct. 28.

Kate L. Ingram-Gueno, case no. 11-22815-KAO, filed Nov. 1.

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Bradley L. Gillespie, case no. 11-22816-KAO, filed Nov. 1.

David A. Waddell, case no. 11-23134-KAO, filed Nov. 11.

Jacob L. Clark, case no. 11-22818-KAO, filed Nov. 1.

John J. Olsen, case no. 11-23166-KAO, filed Nov. 11.

Gerald J. Leavitt, case no. 11-22828-KAO, filed Nov. 2.

Jason L. Mercier, case no. 11-23292-KAo, filed Nov. 16.

Thong Chunphakvenn, case no. 11-22856-KAO, filed Nov. 3.

Michael V. and Kelly J. Burgess, case no. 11-23303-KAO, filed Nov. 16.

Ilana D. Phan, case no. 11-22873-KAO, filed Nov. 3. Mitchell A. Williamson, case no. 11-22933-KAO, filed Nov. 4. Stephen M. and Victoria A. Nelson, case no. 22936-KAO, filed Nov. 4. Charlene E. Lenn, case no. 11-22958-KAO, filed Nov. 7. Mabel L. Henderson, case no. 11-22962-KOA, filed Nov. 7. Todd and Kimberly Bell, case no. 11-22965-KAO, filed Nov. 7. Carla G. VanDyk, case no. 11-22969-KAO, filed Nov. 7. James L. and Lynn C. Wade, case no. 11-23059KAO, filed Nov. 9. William K. and Laura L. Barnes, case no. 11-23113-KAO, filed Nov. 10.

filed Nov. 21.

Vadim C. and Vera A. Yarovoy, case no. 11-23337-KAO, filed Nov. 17. Christopher S. Collins, case no. 11-23362-KAO, filed Nov. 17. Rebecca R. Kelly, case no. 11-23408-KAO, filed Nov. 18. Ram and Chandra K. Raju, case no. 11-23413KAO, filed Nov. 18. Eric I. Nunez, case no. 11-23427-KAO, filed Nov. 18. Amber N. Blackman, case no. 11-23428-KAO, filed Nov. 18. Ramona A. Aarstol, case no. 11-23469-KAO, filed Nov. 21. Daniel Sotelo Jr., case no. 11-23478-KAO, filed Nov. 21.

Timothy A. Brown, case no. 11-23562-KAO, filed Nov. 23. Muriel K. Gibbons, case no. 11-23565-KAO, filed Nov. 23. Chapter 11 Michael E. Reid, case no. 11-22970-MLB, filed Nov. 7. Chapter 13 Daniel T. and Joan A. Walsh, case no. 11-22934KAO, filed Nov. 2. Michael G. Van Parys, case no. 11-22862-KAO, filed Nov. 3. David S. Peterson, case no. 11-22895-KAO, filed Nov. 3. Gary L. Benjamin, case no. 11-23009-KAO, filed Nov. 8. Douglas J. and Vicki L. Saunders, case no. 11-23056-KAO, filed Nov. 9. Brent J. Peterson, case no. 11-23142-KAO, filed Nov. 11. Ninnie L. Chamberlain, case no. 11-23384-KAO, filed Nov. 17.

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Building permits The following recent building permit activity includes permits for commercial projects in Bellingham valued at $10,000 or more. Accepted 2825 Roeder Ave., $800,000 to replace ice house at Bellingham Cold Storage. Applicant: Zervas Group. 3005 Cinema Place, $12,485,519 for new commercial building: 69,080-square-foot, 16-screen movie theater. Applicant: Barkley Lifestyle LLC. 23 Bellwether Way, $1,160,544 for new twostory office building above existing concrete parking garage at Bellwether Gate. Applicant: Grinstad & Wagner Architects. 2432 E. Bakerview Road, $185,937 to enlarge ground floor showroom and shop, increase size of upper floor level within existing building footprint. 1414 Cornwall Ave., $15,000 to overframe portion of roof to improve drainage.


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December 2011 2432 E. Bakerview Road, $185,937 to enlarge ground floor showroom and shop, increase size of upper level within existing building footprint. 2726 Alderwood Ave., $65,000 to enlarge sitting room to create small dining area. Tenant: Alderwood Park Convalescent Facility. Applicant: Urban Design Group LLC. Contractor: Rose Construction Inc. SB Western Washington University, $85,000 to renovate softball fields, install dugout roofs. 126 E. Champion St., $25,000 for tenant improvement: new hair salon in existing tenant space. Tenant: Plum Salon. Contractor: JM Structures Inc. 3930 Meridian St., $20,000 for tenant improvement: convert former food prep/ sales business into hair salon and spa. Tenant: Zorganics. Applicant: Lincheild Construction. Issued 2023 Grant St., $48,200 for commercial foundation for future 10,000-squarefoot building. 115 E. Holly St., $100,000 for tenant improvement: remodel former Asian restaurant into tavern/ eatery. Tenant: Beaver Inn. Contractor: DSDNEY Inc. 405 32nd St. Suite 205, $30,000 for tenant improvement: remodel northeast corner of second story. Applicant and contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. 2901 Squalicum Parkway ET first floor, $375,000 to convert storage/treatment area into limited menu cafe at S. Joseph Hospital. Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. 1835 Barkley Blvd., $264,880 for commercial addition of 2,365 square feet to ground floor of 23,600-square-foot commercial building. Applicant: Barkley Company. Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. 1100 Lakeway Dr., $22,000 for five signs: Washington Federal Savings Bank. Applicant and contractor: Signmart LLC. 4029 Northwest Ave. Suite 101, $10,000 to remodel existing janitor closet into second entry for data center, move existing water heater and mop sign into new janitor closet. Applicant and contractor: Pearson Construction. 306 W. Holly St., $20,000 to replace upper level

17 office windows facing the street. Tenant: Rocket Doughnuts. Applicant: RMC Architects. Contractor: West Coast Windows.

1196 Lingbloom Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 Trace Environmental Systems, Trace Environmental Systems Inc., 7 Park Lake Road #9, Sparta, NJ 07871

Business licenses

ABW Construction, ABW Construction Inc., 8510 Maltby Road Unit B, Woodinville, WA 98072

The following business licenses are from the city of Bellingham.

Energy Electric, Energy Electric LLC, 9318 NE 255th Circle, Battle Ground, WA 98604

Wilson Medical Specialties, Wilson Medical Specialties Inc., 14360 NE 21st St., Bellevue, WA 98007

The Rustic Crust, Ross M. Thiessen, 3060 Peabody St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Scratch & Peck Feeds, Scratch & Peck LLC, 3883 Hammer Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226

Hao V. Khong, Hao V. Khong, 1304 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229 Clarity Massage & Wellness, Marian C. Cunningham, 1005 20th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 PNW Services, PNW Lighting Services LLC, 18338 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052 The Archives, Banksia Dell LLC, 1216 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Bellingham Sports & Spine Physical Therapy, Bellingham Sports & Spine Physical Therapy, 3120 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225 Cafe Curry, Patel & Panchal, 4260 Cordata Parkway #108, Bellingham, WA 98226 Accessible You Construction, Accessible You Construction LLC,

ZOC Corporation, ZOC Corporation, 629 Briar Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

98225 Carmen’s, Dennis B. Ansell, 1530 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Courtyard Dementia Care Community, Silverado Senior Living Management, 848 W Orchard Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225 AmerisourceBergen, AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, 19220 64th Ave. S, Kent, WA 98032 3Wire, 3Wire Group Inc., 22322 20th Ave. SE, Bothell, WA 98021 Coldwell Banker Bain, The Landover Corporation, 3610 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Good2Go Professional Cleaning Services, Jerri J. Shadle, 3700 Alabama St. #109, Bellingham, WA 98229

Explore America, Silvia E. Reed, 424 W. Bakerview Road #105 PMB 349 Bellingham, WA 98226 Communitywise Bellingham, Communitywise Bellingham, 412 16th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 Obey Your Body, Bassad Revivo Inc., 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98226 El Patron, El Patron LLC, 4451 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226 Cedar Grove Veterinary Housecalls, Cedar Grove Veterinary PLLC, 5613 Knight Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 The Cobalt Group, The Cobalt Group Inc., 605 5th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98104 Margaret Oliver Digital Design, Margaret Oliver

Digital Design, 112 Ohio St. #117, Bellingham, WA 98225 Marshalls #1162, Marshalls of MA Inc., 3922 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226 Oil on Canvas, Eileen A. Reardanz, 1301 Fraser St. #A9, Bellingham, WA 98229 Mascott Equipment Company, Mascott Equipment Company Inc., 435 NE Hancock St., Portland, OR 97212 R F Installations, R F Installations LLC, 1475 Avenue S. #306, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 Madhurya Yoga, Brent M. Kuecker, 401 16th St. #3, Bellingham, WA 98225


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Dan’s Automotive, Dan’s Automotive LLC, 705 Sunset Pond Lane #5, Bellingham, WA 98226 Light Tech, Inc., 823 W Main St. #4, Sumner, WA 98390 Street Dogz, Kevin R. Wright, 2301 Old Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229


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King Enterprises, King Enterprises Sales & Service, 6921 164th St. SE, Snohomish, WA 98296 La Patisserie, La Patisserie LLC, 3098 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 Western Mechanical Contractors, Western Mechanical Contractors, 1030 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023 Trimaxx Construction, Trimaxx Construction Inc., 12903 Wayward Way, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Liquor licenses Smoke Hut, Ace Investors Inc., Harsharn S. Bhangav have applied to be a beer/ wine specialty shop at 4220 Meridian St. Suite B, Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed Nov. 18. Tubbs Tavern, Jessika L. Bowman, David A. Campbell, Samantha R. Campbell have applied to sell beer/wine at a

tavern at 118 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Nov. 17. Blue Fin Sushi #2, DC Mun Inc., Mun Chong have applied to assume the license from Ui S. Chong to sell beer/wine at a restaurant at 102 S. Samish Way Suite 105, Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Nov. 16. Tobacco Plus Jewelry Clinic, HTJJS LLC, Amin C. Hasham, Zeenat Hasham have applied to assume the license from Ismaili LLC to sell beer/wine at a grocery store at 123 W. Main St., Everson, WA 98247. Filed Nov. 15. Twin Sister’s Lodge, Stauffer Stains LLC, Ryan S. Stauffer, Jennifer L. Stauffer have applied to sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant lounge at 7461 Mount Baker Highway, Maple Falls, WA 98266. Filed Nov. 14. Jeckyl And Hyde Deli and Ale House, Burning Applewood Inc., Richard K. Van Dommelen, James

D. Skinner have applied for a snack bar liquor license at 794 Kentucky St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Nov. 14. El Patron, El Patron LLC, Miguel A. Rios, Gricelda Rios, Jose Parra Morales, Silvia Cruz Merino have applied to sell spirits/ beer/wine in a restaurant service bar at 4451 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed Nov. 8. Super Gas, S. Gurmej Malha, Sarabjit K. Malhi have applied to assume the license from Chahal Sanghera Enterprises Inc. to sell beer/wine in a grocery store at 4209 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed Nov. 8. Jake’s Barbershop, Julie M. Wilson have applied to for a snack bar liquor license at 1411 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Nov. 8. El Albanil, Rafael AlvaradoMora, Rosario Alvarado have applied to sell spirits/ beer/wine in a restaurant service bar at 3619 Byron St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Nov. 8. Redlight Wine Bar and Coffee Roasters, Rebecca Teresa, Shea R. Hagan have applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 1017 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed Oct. 28.

December 2011

Tax liens 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 how much is sought. Ryan Caillier dba Arlis’s Restaurant, $12,153.39 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 19. Kenneth W. and Louisa Haveman, $7,043.98 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 19.

Jason W. Bailey, $63,248.77 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 26. Douglas F. Karlberg, $54,433.63 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 27. Haines Tree & Spray Service Inc., $7,642.08 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 27.

Daisuke D. Nakajima, $54,713.32 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 20. William B. Wicker, $45,714.06 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 25. Computer Services Northwest Inc., $17,132.30 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 25. Geleynse Inc. dba Nina’s Cafe, $4,346.79 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 26.

Ellen R. Wats, $42,445.73 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 4. Bryan K. Berndtson LLC, $106,611.69 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Leslie Lynch, $76,461.95 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 8.

Witold Lewicki, $78,643.25 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 28.

Ebenal General Inc., $59,006.99 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 8.

Bellingham Whatcom Radiator & Battery Repair, $33,058.59 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 31.

Hearing Specialties LLC, $9,463.69 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 8.

Summit Lift Company Inc., $39,006.60 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 31. Big Fat Fish Company Inc., $9,161.75 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 31.

Maureen R. and Steven N. Kinley, $5,219.79 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 19.

Nov. 3.

Richard and Betty A. Feenstra, $68,471.42 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Oct. 31. Tac Systems LLC, $51,552.78 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 1. Peggy L. Reynolds, $14,403.11 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 2. David L. and Darla J. Hanson, $31,170.16 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 3. Ned and Marilyn K. Russell, $13,894.84 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed

Professional Plumbing LLC, $58,650.53 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 10. Twentieth Century Bowling Inc., $5,343.19 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 11. Catherine A. Fast LLC, $11,876.19 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 15. Fast Medical Solutions LLC, $25,170.21 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 15. Ad Ventures Publishing Inc., $8,487.69 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 15. Rick W. Carlson, $2,296.40 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 15. Eddy’s Corp. dba NW Pacific Rim Fire Safety Co., $6,879.02 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Nov. 15.

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December 2011

Judgments When an individual or business becomes delinquent in tax payments, the state can obtain a judgment against any property or business. Judgments are filed in Whatcom County Superior Court, as are records of judgments paid or satisfied. The following information is taken from the Whatcom County Superior Court clerk’s office: Scott B. Clifton, $269.95 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. David S. Gibson, $2,463.52 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Jose J. Olvera-Monroy, $8,203.06 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Michael E. Cunningham, $2,789.00 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Les M. Gabriel, $7,133.80 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Jay C. McDowell, $544.74 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Kendall A. Skinner, $1,127.68 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Timothy Z. Tschetter, $39,118.32 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Robin L. Robar, $1,290.42 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Northwest Pro Concrete, Paul R. Vargas, Gary L. and Christman M. Lagerwey, $5,669.06 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Crazy Bobs LLC, $11,744.67 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Cornerstone Natural Stone LLC, $4,975.90 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Backyard Abundance LLC dba Seven Loaves, $1,796.93 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 17. D&K Auto Sales LLC dba DK Auto, $4,532.60 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 15. William J. and Della M. Hanegan dba

19 Black Bear Lawn & Landscape, $3,643.90 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 15. Darin J. Holman dba Elite Homes, $11,054.55 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 15. Eagle PT Charters Inc. dba Bellingham Salmon Charters, $89,952.81 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 14. Wisteria Corporation, $14,447.83 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Katia L. Cano, $146.40 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 17. Mad Pizza Company Inc. dba Dominos Pizza, $21,591.58 in unpaid Department of Labor an Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 9. West Coast Pizza Co. Inc. dba Dominos Pizza, $3,488.16 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 9. Pacific Pole Buildings Inc., $1,040.00 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 9. Aleksey and Tatyana Andrushenko dba ALS Auto Works, $3,469.27 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 9. Leonard Sansone dba Perfect Timing, $477.51

in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Guidos Italian Cuisine Steakhouse, $1,058.91 in Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Nebula Glass Studios Inc., $1,112.31 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Roadlink Workforce Solutions, $367,661.04 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Eagle Point Charters Inc., $15,091.02 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Becklund Ferari Group LLC dba Tivoli, $180.67 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7.

All public records collected by The Bellingham Business Journal can be found online at Business licenses and building permits are updated every two weeks. Liquor licenses, tax liens, judgments and bankruptcies are updated monthly.

Happy Holidays!


Chad J. Booth dba Core of Life Chiropractic, $78.29 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. McKinnon Plumbing Inc., $774.69 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Van Zanten & Son LLC, $2,919.53 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Nov. 7. Richard C. Bachelder dba Lynne’s Kitchen, $4,790.37 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Nov. 9.

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