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Bellingham Airport expansion driven by heavy traffic from Canadian travelers By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com

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ike many who own homes near the Bellingham International Airport, Ahwren Ayers has noticed the swelling number of jets cruising over her neighborhood just off Northwest Avenue. Fueled by an increase in Canadian passengers seeking cheap flights out of U.S. airports, about five times as many people will fly out of Bellingham this year than in 2005. With airport officials expecting more traffic, Ayers – who owns My Pet’s Place, a dog and cat grooming business on Dupont Street – and other residents and business owners are saying now is the time to address the potential effects of expansion. “This impacts all of Whatcom County, and unfortunately some people are not hearing about it,” she said. “We’re the ones who live here, who were born here, who have businesses here.” Port of Bellingham officials have begun gathering comments as they move through initial stages updating the airport’s master plan, expected to be complete by early 2013. Consultants from URS Corp. of Seattle, which is conducting the update process, projects the combined total of annual takeoffs and landings at the Bellingham airport could increase from 5,500 in 2011 to nearly 14,000 by 2031. If growth materializes, in two decades more than 1 million passengers could travel through the airport’s terminal each year. Lead consultant John Yarnish said the airport boomed with the

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2004 arrival of Allegiant Air, a low-cost carrier operating in 77 cities nationwide. Low-cost airlines attract customers with cheap fares and flights to locations generally not served by major carriers. To make up for losses in ticket

sales, they concentrate on quick turnarounds at gates and usually eliminate perks such as free beverage service, priority boarding and assigned seating. Allegiant began with direct flights to Las Vegas, Nev., where the airline’s parent firm, Allegiant

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ob Fix, the Port of Bellingham’s interim executive director, knows his agency’s economic hand reaches beyond city limits. “We’re called the Port of Bellingham, but we should really be called the Port of Whatcom County,” Fix said. In April, the port assumed a deeper role as an economic driver in the county: taking over management of its associate development organization, the primary authority for the region’s economic development and the county’s bridge between business and state government. Washington commerce officials first began utilizing ADOs to coordinate economic expansion and data collection in 1990. There

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SUSTAINABILITY THE FARE AT KULSHAN BUSINESS LUNCHEON Kulshan Community Land Trust is holding its seventh annual Business Leadership Luncheon from 11:30 to 1 p.m. MAY a.m. on May 10, featuring award-winning green building consultant and author Kathleen O’Brien as guest speaker. O’Brien’s talk is titled, “Leadership for an Affordable Sustainable Society.” Guests will be invited to give a gift in support of KulshanCLT’s newest homes and affordable homeownership in our community. The nonprofit organization, which holds land in trust and provides affordable access to housing for local residents, is celebrating the completion of its Madrona Street home and preparing to break ground on a series of homes on Indian Street in Bellingham, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 and can be purchased in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. The event will be held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St.

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The watershed walk is designed to help participants become familiar with green infrastructure techniques, find out where stormwater goes in Bellingham, and provide resources offering technical information about lowimpact development and stormwater management. The free event will start at 10 a.m. in front of the G building at the BTC campus, located at 3028 Lindbergh Ave. The walk will explore portions of the Birchwood neighborhood and the college’s campus to view green infrastructure examples and will last for approximately two hours. For more information, contact Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper pollution prevention specialist, at 360-7338307 or leef@re-sources. org.

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The Technology Alliance Group of Northwest Washington on May 18 hosts Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws, who both will discuss the state of business in MAY Whatcom County, economic development and the waterfront redevelopment project. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at NorthWood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave. in Bellingham. Registration, which closes May 14, is $15 for TAG members and $25 for nonmembers and friends. More information is online at www.tagnw.org.

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Who’s news in Bellingham & Whatcom business Bellingham banker Heather Vaughn to oversee KeyBank KeyBank has hired Heather Vaughn as an area retail leader to manage operations of 11 branches located throughout Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. Vaughn, who is based in Bellingham, comes to KeyBank with 20 years of retail banking experience and has served in a number of roles including teller, teller operations supervisor, personal banker, assistant branch manager, branch manager and consumer Heather Vaughn market manager. She is on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties and has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Washington State Youth Mentors organization.

Bank of the Pacific hires Jeff Morrison as VP Career banker Jeff Morrison has joined Bank of the Pacific as vice president and commercial banking officer. Morrison’s banking career in Whatcom County spans 25 years. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Central Washington University. He is also

a graduate of Western Agricultural Credit School. “Working at the Bank allows me to feel part of something bigger. It brings together my skill set and matching core values, enabling me to make a difference at a local level,” Morrison said. “Bank of the Pacific embodies all the qualities of a community bank: friendly, responsive, spirited, knowledgeable, Jeff Morrison locally focused and fair.” Morrison is currently a member of the Northwest Business Club and Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

PeaceHealth picks director for future integrated care center PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center has hired Dr. Jennie Crews, a practicing oncologist, as the new medical director for its integrated care center, set to open in December. Crews is the founding director of the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center Dr. Jennie Crews in North Carolina. She joined the PeaceHealth staff on April 6. “The PeaceHealth vision and values align with what is important to me,” Crews

said. “I am excited to develop and lead this new cancer center and continue practicing as a medical oncologist.” Crews has more than 15 years of clinical experience in oncology and hematology in both private practice and academics. She is a graduate of Duke University Medical School, where she completed her residency training in internal medicine, followed by a clinical and research fellow in hematology and oncology. The new integrated center will house all PeaceHealth outpatient cancer services including registration and appointments, coordinated specialty services, education, support and consultation. Currently, PeaceHealth provides cancer treatment in several locations including its main campus, the Cordata south campus and in a building two blocks east of the main campus. “I look forward to joining an exceptional team, as we all work to deliver healing and hope in this wonderful new center,” Crews said.

Wright named events director for Windows on the Bay Colin Wright has been named catering and events director for Windows on the Bay Events of Bellingham, a waterfront site for social and business gatherings. Wright plans caterColin Wright ing menus and events for Windows on the Bay Events. He also handles off-site catered events in Whatcom County for Hilltop Restaurant & Catering, as well as weddings

and receptions at Fountain Hill Events, an outdoor venue in Skagit County. “We help customers plan a wide variety of events, including weddings, business meetings, receptions and other special occasions, offering more than 40 different menus and a variety of cuisines,” Wright said. Windows on the Bay Events is is online at www.windowsonthebay.us.

Imhof honored for lifetime achievement at awards gala Frank Imhof, founder and president of IMCO General Construction, was named Northwest Business Monthly’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the 26th annual Whatcom County Business Person of the Year awards dinner. The event was at the Inn at Semiahmoo on March 28. Four award recipients and 11 nominees were recognized before an audience of about 400 people. Frank Imhof “Many who run into Frank in meetings or business dealings know him as a no-nonsense guy, exceptionally plain spoken, often gruff and even occasionally outspoken and opinionated – especially on political issues,” said Gerald Baron, a Bellingham businessperson and friend of Imhof, as he introduced him during the dinner. “But he matches these opinions with action, with personal commitment, with generous contributions, with whatever help he can give.

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I have met very few people with the generosity of spirit and tender heart, the capacity for love and loyalty of Frank Imhof.” Northwest Business Monthly publisher Tony Larson was the dinner’s master of ceremonies. The event was sponsored by Whidbey Island Bank, Larson Gross, Comcast and Dawson Construction. Awards were also given to Infusion Solutions for Start-up Business of the Year, Chuckanut Bay Foods for Small Business of the Year, and Jeff Kochman of Barkley Co. as Business Person of the Year.

Fletcher takes over as Sound Publishing president Gloria Fletcher has been named president of Sound Publishing, the owner and publisher of the Bellingham Business Journal. Fletcher comes to Sound from Gatehouse Media, where she was regional vice president responsible for 85 publications spread over 13 states based in Joplin, Mo. Prior to Gatehouse, she was division vice president for Community Newspaper Holdings from 2000 to 2007, Gloria Fletcher responsible for its Oklahoma group. She also worked for American Publishing Company from 1988 to 1999, after beginning her career working for a small daily in Woodward, Okla. She is an honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma and serves on the board of directors of the Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspapers of America). Fletcher is married with two sons, ages 14 and 17, and she and her family are excited about the move to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. She will take up her new position in April and will be relocating her family over the summer. “I’m honored to join Sound Publish-

ing and Black Press,” Fletcher said. “I’m anxious to be on site to learn about the area, the plethora of print and digital news products and really get to know the many talented people who produce them. My family and I are very excited to get there.” Fletcher’s appointment was announced March 26 by Rick O’Connor, chief operating officer of Black Press in Victoria, British Columbia – which is Sound Publishing’s parent company – and company owner David Black. “David and I are excited about the quality of leadership that Gloria brings to her new position and we hope to build on the new acquisitions we announced in the fall of last year,” O’Connor said. O’Connor thanked both Josh O’Connor and Lori Maxim, vice presidents of Sound Publishing, for their leadership and guidance of Sound over the past two years. He also thanked executives Mark Warner and Don Kendall for their work in bringing both the Port Angeles and Sequim newspapers into the Sound group over the past few months. “Gloria is inheriting a group of publishing titles and websites that I think is poised for strong growth given the quality of assets, the health of the marketplace and talented employees,” O’Connor said.

Attorney Doran opens practice in Bloedel-Donovan Mill Office James R. Doran, an attorney with more than 27 years of experience, has opened a Bellingham law practice specializing in personal estate planning and administration. Doran offers expertise in drafting wills, community property agreements, revocable living trusts and a variety of specialized trusts. He also assists clients with durable or limited powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, directives to physicians or premarital agreements. “By making arrangements now, people can ensure that assets are distributed as they wish and without delays,” Doran said. “Clients can avoid costly legal complica-

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Lehman steps down as Futurewise director Cathy Lehman has resigned as Futurewise’s Whatcom County chapter director, a position she had served in since 2008. Lehman intends to focus marketing and Cathy Lehman communications for small and medium Washington State businesses at the Center for Economic Vitality, run through Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics. She is also a current member of the Bellingham City Council, representing the city’s 3rd Ward. Futurewise Whatcom is the first and only local chapter of Futurewise, a statewide nonprofit group that advocates for local governments to manage growth responsibly, according to the organization’s website. “Cathy helped to create the foundation of our Whatcom chapter,” said Jean Meli-

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CASCADE CUTS NURSERY TO HOST BENEFIT SALE The Cascade Cuts wholesale nursery will open its doors 19 for MAY May a plant sale benefitting Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., shoppers can buy plants, hear local music and talk with local plant experts and master gardeners.

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ous, Futurewise Whatcom’s Steering Committee president. “Luckily, we’re in a great position to continue advocating for wise land use, stopping sprawl and protecting the environment.” Lehman’s last day with Futurewise was. Since announcing her intentions, staff members have been working with the steering committee to create and implement a transition plan. “We are completely committed to delivering results in Whatcom County,” Hilary Franz, the group’s executive director, said. “We have accomplished so much in the last five years thanks to Cathy’s great work, but we still have a lot of opportunities ahead of us to build transit-oriented communities and protect working lands.”

Port of Bellingham CFO Rob Fix to serve as interim executive Rob Fix, chief financial officer for the Port of Bellingham, will serve as interim executive director for the port, after executive Charlie Sheldon stepped down from the position on April 30. Fix will serve until a new permanent executive director is hired, according to an April 4 port press release. He was appointed by the port’s board of commissioners during an April 3 meeting, the same day Sheldon resigned the position. Commissioners also appointed port controller Tamara Sobjack as interim auditor.

Rasmussen moves to Peoples Bank in Burlington as manager Peoples Bank has promoted Marta Rasmussen to branch manager of its Burlington location. She recently served as assistant manager at the Peoples Bank in Bellingham’s Barkley Village, which she helped open in 2008. Rasmussen joined the bank in 2004 as an assistant manager in Lynden. “We are pleased to recognize Marta’s dedication and commitment to outstanding customer service with this new opportunity,” Dalen Harrison, the bank’s senior vice president and branch administrator. “She exemplifies a higher level of service in all that she does.” Rasmussen has more than 18 years’ experience in banking. As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, she is active in the Burlington and Sedro-Woolley chambers of commerce. Peoples Bank’s Burlington office in located inside the Haggen Foods store at 757 Haggen Drive.

“I look forward to this sale every year,” Erin McCainAnderson, Sustainable Connections events coordinator, said. “It’s so much fun to search the greenhouses for unique flowers and herbs and the hanging baskets are beautiful. The volunteers and staff are so helpful and everyone has such a great time.” A big draw for shoppers are the sale’s array of hanging baskets, as well as the greenhouses full of ornamental plants, vegetable and herbs starts. Cascade Cuts, located in the King Mountain

neighborhood at 632 Montgomery Road, offers annuals and perennials both familiar and unusual, and also carries oddities for viewing pleasure, including coffee trees, hops and compost tea machines. Music will be provided by the Bellingham Ukelele Group, and Mount Bakery treats and Moka Joe coffee will also be for sale. Parking for the plant sale is limited. Carpooling or other alternative transportation is encouraged. See www.sustainableconnections.org or call 360-647-7093.


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amenities for passengers. The port awarded a nearly $17 million construction contract for phase two of the project to Dawson Construction, Inc., a firm with corporate offices in Bellingham and Ketchikan, Alaska, in February. Work should finish by fall 2013.

AIRPORT | FROM 1 more air travel destinations, it is the influx of Canadian passengers attracting new service. “We’re not kidding ourselves as to what drove this market and what drove this growth,” he said during an April 19 community meeting organized by port officials. Bellingham is not the only U.S. city seeing more air travelers from Canada. Lured by cheap tickets and heavy marketing from American airlines, nearly 5 million Canadian passengers nationwide crossed the border last year to catch flights – a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to a March 2012 study from the Canadian Airports Council, a trade association for airports north of the border. Not only are base fares cheaper in the U.S., but fees and taxes for tickets bought in Canada are also much higher. According to the study, if a family of four from Vancouver, British Columbia, wanted to fly to Honolulu, Hawaii, their combined one-way fares would be $1,365 cheaper, taxes and fees included, if they drove south and flew out of Bellingham. The council found Canadian travelers don’t seem to mind driving over the border, even making commutes up to 3 hours long, to catch cheaper flights even if there are Canadian airports close-by offering flights to the same locations. U.S. airlines, particularly low-cost carriers, are seizing the opportunity.

Bellingham to expand AS LOCAL AIR HUB Dan Zenk, the port’s aviation director, said airlines are responding to changes in their customer bases. “They’re more or less redirecting the markets that are going to be profitable to them,” he said. Low operating costs have played a key role in Bellingham’s attractiveness for air travel.

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A ground crew prepares a Horizon Air flight for takeoff. The regional airline provides regular service to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO An airline will spend on average $1.25 per passenger at the Bellingham airport to cover fueling, ground leasing and other expenses. Across the border at the Vancouver International Airport, that cost increases to $16.50 per passenger. At the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, airlines spend $22 for each person boarding a flight. Zenk said by using Federal Aviation Administration grants and funding programs to pay for projects at the airport, including runway improvements and a terminal expansion, Bellingham kept outlays cheap for airlines. “We’ve done really well to keep those costs down,” Zenk said. “If you raise those costs, the airlines are going to go somewhere else.” Airport manager Mark Leutwiler said in addition to cutting costs, airlines are looking for locations with strong passenger bases. Zenk said the port measures the passenger base for Bellingham on two levels,

one that counts every potential air traveler within a 60-mile radius and another that counts travelers within 90 miles. There are 1.2 million potential passengers within 60 miles of Bellingham; within 90 miles, that number increases to 3.4 million, according to Zenk. The port has been gradually expanding the airport’s terminal over the last decade. In 2006, it added a modular gate building for passengers to wait for flights and also enclosed the airport’s bag claim, which had until then been left open air. The airport’s runway and taxiway were also reconstructed in 2010, allowing it to land planes as large as Boeing 757s. Now, with passenger levels rising, the port is in the middle of construction that will increase the terminal’s size to more than 100,000 square feet. The first phase, completed last year, included building a new, larger departure lobby. Phase two will add a baggage carousel, expanded ticket areas and more space and

U.S. airports accounted for 10.5 million jobs nationwide in 2010, a 56 percent increase in the industry since 2001, according to a February 2012 study from Airports Council International-North America, a trade group representing airports and aviation-related businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Looking at direct employment numbers, if all U.S. airports were combined they would be the nation’s second largest employer after Wal-Mart, the study found. In Bellingham, the airport supported 1,196 jobs in 2010, including workers directly connected to airport operations as well as people with jobs driven by airline and aviation services, according to a survey from Martin Associates, an economic consulting firm. During the same year, the airport generated $160,781 in business revenue and $13,498 in state, local and aviation taxes. “We do know there is a very real, positive economic impact being generated by the airport,” Yarnish said. Zenk said increased air travel options would help local business, particularly Whatcom County’s hotel and tourism industry. The airport also attracts airline industry jobs. Since Allegiant selected Bellingham to serve as one its operations centers in 2008, basing flight and maintenance crews in the area, about 60 jobs have been added to the region, Zenk said. Allegiant appears to have long-term plans

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in Bellingham. Airline officials are close to an agreement with the port to build a 9,000-square-foot commissary building on airport grounds. Zenk said the port is seeking a 30-year leasing agreement with the carrier. “They want to get started right away,” he said.

AIRPORT Noise stirRING backlash For Ayers, not enough has been said about the potential negative impacts of expansion, especially the increase in jet noise. If takeoffs and landings in Bellingham continue to grow, she said, she isn’t even sure how much longer she will want to keep living in the area. Thousands of Whatcom County residents will likely be faced with the same dilemma, she said. The question and comment period during the April 19 afternoon public meeting – the first of two meetings scheduled by port officials that day – brought out a litany of concerns from residents. Ayers said she thought the port was underestimating the impact an airport expansion could have on locals, and she didn’t think port officials were trying hard enough to get feedback. Zenk said the port was doing its best to reach out to the Whatcom community, including making announcements in local media and on the port’s website.

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The Bellingham International Airport has seen an increased number of flights and passengers over the past seven years. Airport officials expect more growth in the next two decades. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO “We are interested in dents also questioned both the positive and just how much those BBJToday.com the negative responsliving in the county ONLINE poll es so we get a good would benefit if the In the past year, understanding of how airport’s expansion was how often have you this impacts the comdriven to serve Canaused the Bellingham munity as a whole,” dian travelers. International Zenk said. Ayers said she always Airport? Future public meetthought it was a priviResults: ings will likely be lege to have an airport scheduled next fall nearby with flights to 0-1 time...............26 % once the port begins Seattle and other loca1-5 times.............50 % evaluating expansion tions. 5-10 times..........14 % options, identifying However, if expanpossible alternatives sion comes at the 10+ times...........10 % and performing enviexpense of county resironmental reviews. dents rather than their Ultimately, the port’s benefit, it’s not a deal board of commissioners will have the she wants to take. final say on which direction to take. “That’s not serving our commuIncreased noise was a common nity,” she said. “No matter how hard complaint at the meeting, but resi- you look at it.”

are now 34 ADOs serving 39 counties statewide. In the next BBJ, see The organizations receive how one Bellingham aerospace firm tips from the state Departmanaged to add ment of Commerce when more than 600 new new businesses or indusemployees to its tries seek to gain footholds workforce in two within their regions. years with help from They also receive state Whatcom County’s grant money to help fund ADO and other development projects. The regional economic state requires ADOs to organizations. come up with matching funds in order to receive grants. port’s management of the The port assumed the ADO will make it easier lead of Whatcom County’s to match and receive state ADO from the nonprofit grants to fund development Northwest Economic projects in the county. Council. As nonprofit groups Most ADOs in the state struggle to raise funds, cuts are run by nonprofit orgato state grants have reduced nizations. the effectiveness of ADOs Peggy Zoro, NWEC’s across the state to create executive director, said and retain jobs. during increasingly volatile Strong budgetincreases ary times, “We already have in state it’s much money – these expenditures; harder for lawmakers we didn’t have to go nonprofit increased groups raise the funds each ADO-grant to raise funding by year for a match.” matching 162 percent funds for Rob Fix, Port of Bellingham in 2007 – economic halted with developcuts as the economic downment programs. turn left the state struggling Since the port has capital to plug holes in its budget. available, and it already In 2009, total funding plays a major economic was reduced from $7.8 milrole in the county, it’s likely lion to $6.5 million. to have an easier time manGov. Gregoire announced aging the ADO system. an across-the-board reduc“This really will allow for tion of an extra 6.3 percent better stewardship of the the next year. ADO model,” Zoro said. At the same time funds “The port has great capachave been cut, jobs created ity; it has deeper pockets.” and retained by ADOs in

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Fix said he wasn’t sure the port is necessarily better suited than the NWEC to take the lead on the ADO. The nonprofit, which works to develop regional economic strategies and bolster private sector interest and investment, had done a great job managing development in the county, he said. However, the port’s capability of matching state grants without having to fundraise, along with the economic development activity it’s already accomplished, makes the government agency well-suited for the role. “We already have these expenditures; we didn’t have to go raise the funds each year for a match, which in these tight budgetary times is very problematic for an agency like the NWEC,” Fix said. Lydia Bennett, the port’s director of business development, agreed, saying the

the state decreased from 8,411 jobs in 2008 to 6,635 jobs in 2010, according to a report from the state commerce department. Commerce officials say the economic downturn and rising unemployment across the state likely played a larger role in the loss of ADO-created jobs. In Whatcom County, Fix said a major effort for the port moving forward is to meet with local business owners and find out what is standing in the way of expansion. Port officials are already in the process of gathering feedback, he said, and they should have answers toward the end of 2012. Fix predicted regulatory barriers would be a significant issue for business owners seeking to expand their operations, as well as barriers to securing financing for new projects and companies. “In this current economic climate, the financing is probably going to top the list,” he said.


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Both in the air and on the ground, the Port of Bellingham’s International Airport is a busy place. This year that activity includes a terminal expansion project, new flight destinations, a new airline, a new restaurant and an update of the Airport Master Plan. For an organization that measures its success in job creation, economic development and effective transportation terminals – this activity is welcomed. At the same time, the port is working to understand and address the concerns of some airport neighbors who are impacted by the airport growth. For example, due to increased traffic, the port contributed to upcoming improvements to I-5/Bakerview Road intersection improvements. In April Bellingham’s Dawson Construction began work on Phase 2 of the commercial terminal expansion project. This 18-month, $17 million project includes construction

of baggage carrousels and a larger ticketing and baggage check-in area. In 2011 the port completed Phase 1 with a new 20,000-squarefoot passenger gate holding area. Once both phases are complete, the terminal will be three times larger than

restaurant. Airlines are bringing new services to Bellingham this spring. The port is pleased to

The Airport has completed many upgrades and generated over 270 new direction jobs and 535 secondary jobs.

the original building. This month Scotty Browns opens its sleek new restaurant and lounge in the gate holding area at the airport, offering most of its menu that people are familiar with from its Barkley Village

welcome Frontier Airlines, which begins daily non-stop flights to Denver on May 24. These flights are scheduled through Sept. 16, while Frontier tests the Bellingham market. Alaska Airlines is adding a

seasonal non-stop service to Portland, Oregon, from June 4 through Aug. 25. And last month Allegiant Air began flying a Boeing 757 for its Las Vegas flights out of Bellingham. In 2011, the airport had more than 500,000 outbound passengers. An economic impact study in 2010 (at 400,000 passengers) found that the airport generated 270 direction jobs and 535 secondary jobs. It also found that the airport generated $123 million in business revenue, over $12 million in taxes and over $10 million in local business spending. This year the port is updating its Airport Master Plan. It already has had two community meetings and more are planned. The document will include estimates of future passenger growth, future infrastructure needs and an analysis of airport impacts. Find out more about this at www. portofbellingham.com/ BLImasterplan.

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Professionals share space, resources through Coworking LLC in the Wellspring Building By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com After running a consulting firm out of her bedroom for three years, Renata Kowalczyk realized working from home was not the dream it’s sometimes thought to be. Going solo was convenient; she didn’t pay for office space or drive to work. But the isolation was distracting and made it difficult to get things done. “When you’re in this energy of other people working next to you, you just crank stuff out,” she said. “I found myself looking around and saying, ‘Where are the people?’” Kowalczyk began seek-

ing other options and soon came across a concept she’d never seen – coworking – a collaborative workspace model allowing profession-

als to share an office yet still maintain their own businesses. Now the co-founder of Coworking LLC, Kowalczyk has partnered with Jessie and Mark Buehrer, owners of 2020 Engineering, to create Bellingham’s first

coworking space inside 2020’s Wellspring Building, located at 814 Dupont St. The 4,000-squarefoot building is divided between 2020 E ng i ne e r i ng , tenant companies that rent on a yearly or monthly basis, the coworking space – called “the pond” – and common areas including a kitchen, two restrooms and a conference room. Jessie Buehrer said before she met Kowalczyk, she ran her company’s office building much like a coworking space without even realizing. The parallel decor and dark wood desks in the main room of the Wellspring masks the fact the building

Jessie Buehrer, left, and Renata Kowalczyk in the Wellspring Building’s coworking desk cluster, called “the pond.” Opposite, Lukas Hovee, left, and Kowalczyk at their desks in the coworking area. Hovee joined the space after working from home for three years. “You would think that by yourself at home you’d get a lot done,” he said. “But you have to put up with so many home distractions.” EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTOS houses more than one company. Tenant spaces fit into a tangram of desks, computers and partitions. Common areas in the building are all shared, including two restrooms – one with a shower – a kitchen, a bike storage area and a conference room with a long desk that converts into

a pool table for after-hours billiards. The coworking cluster is in the back of the main room. Buehrer said the sixdesk space was designed to be easily moved or rearranged for parties and networking events. Coworkers enter a membership agreement for $225

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The idea has expanded to other metro areas. Kowalczyk estimates there are more than 750 coworking sites nationwide. Susan Evans, co-founder and owner of Office Nomads, a Seattle coworking community with more than 100 members, said coworking is more than just desk rental. The system is centered around an ethic of professional cross-pollination, where workers have freedom to partner, bounce ideas around and vent frustrations. “It’s really set up with those values in place,” Evans said. “There’s something very powerful that happens there. It just helps people be more human again.”

“It’s still a very young industry. I actually refer to it as a movement, because it doesn’t really have industry players or structures.” Renata Kowalczyk Evans said a person’s fit with the concept depends less on profession and more on attitude. Office Nomads has an array of members, including writers, researchers, salespeople and designers. The key is whether workers are open to taking advantage of the talents of those surrounding them, Evans said. “The exciting stuff is when people start bumping into each other and start doing cool things,” she said.

Coworking Wellspring Maintaining a creative, positive environment in the Wellspring has been a top priority, Buehrer said. As a sustainable-minded civil engineering firm, 2020 Engineering has worked hard to keep an eco-friendly ethic among its tenants, she said. Four years ago, the building was given a “green” makeover. Natural and fullspectrum lighting now flows through the office. Floors, walls and ceilings have nontoxic finishes, and sinks and toilets use low-flow water fixtures. Buehrer said an entrepreneur, perhaps an architect or engineer, with an interest in sustainable living would

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likely fit well within the building’s coworking space. The building’s current tenants include green design and engineering consultants, infrared heating and solar contractors, web designers, ecological service providers and construction consultants, as well as indoor air and water filtration companies. Lukas Hovee, a Wellspring coworker who consults for a building energy analysis firm, said he was drawn to the idea of working among a group of individuals within industries so similar to his own. Hovee said working within a building with other sustainable-minded professionals leads to a lot of chance networking he wouldn’t find if he worked from home or rented an office space elsewhere. Kowalczyk said the Wellspring’s space is unique compared to other coworking environments. It’s small, for one, but it also sits in a building that houses paying tenants and a large anchor company. Most coworking

spaces, particularly in large cities, are set up solely for coworking, Kowalczyk said. The unconventional nature of the Wellspring’s space is an example of the variation inside the coworking model, she said. “It’s still a very young industry. I actually refer to it as a movement, because it doesn’t really have industry players or structures,” Kowalczyk said. “Every coworking space is specific to the community that resides in that space.” With her new company, Kowalczyk said she’s hoping the synergic workspace model will catch on in small communities much like it has in major cities. Having spent years as a consultant on Wall Street before arriving in the Northwest, Kowalczyk said many professionals are beginning to escape urban bustle and seek life in suburbs and towns. The time is right to spread the coworking ethos, she said. “It’s kind of easy to create a coworking space in a large city,” she said. “But I’m really intrigued by bringing that model to smaller communities.”

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Jessie and Mark Buehrer, owners of 2020 Engineering, a Bellingham civil engineering firm anchoring the Wellspring Building on Dupont Street. The Buehrers, and their tenant companies, have emphasized a business ethic of “green” design, sustainability and waste reduction. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO

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Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray called for Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank during a tour of Esterline’s Everett facility April 10, where more than 600 workers manufacture cockpit hardware for Boeing Co. airplanes. As a government agency, the ExportImport Bank subsidizes the sales of American exports when private banks are unwilling to finance sales of goods to foreign buyers. Unless Congress renews the bank before May 31, it will close. In Whatcom County, eight companies have received loans from the bank since 2007 to support their exports, including firms in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and Sumas. Absorption Corp., a Ferndale-based manufacturing company in the small pet industry, has received the most out of all Whatcom County firms in the last five years. Absorption has taken more than $4.1 million in loans, while generating the same amount in export sales, according to the Export-Import Bank’s website. In March, Cantwell and Murray backed an amendment to reauthorize the ExportImport Bank for four years. It would extend the bank’s authority until 2015 and increase its lending ability from $100 bil-

lion to $140 billion. “Extending the Export-Import Bank is critical for American manufacturing competitiveness and jobs,” Cantwell said. The Washington Council on International Trade, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Small Business Association and the National Association of Manufacturers support the bank’s reauthorization, according to Cantwell’s office. Critics of the Export-Import Bank have knocked the amount of lending steered toward major corporate interests, saying the bank is a form of corporate welfare. An analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that in 2007 and 2008, nearly 65 percent of the $15.3 billion lent by the bank over both years went to Boeing. However, Cantwell and Murray say the bank’s operation is vital to small business owners; it creates jobs, doesn’t cost taxpayers and will reduce the deficit by $900 million over the next five years. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat representing Washington’s 2nd Congressional District, has introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House to extend the bank. According to Cantwell’s office, the Export-Import Bank supports 83,000 jobs in Washington state, including supporting $66 billion in sales from 172 Washington state exporters over the last five years. Of those 172 exporters, 121 were small businesses.

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Backers of proposed coal terminal say local employment would surge By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com

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n assessing the economic and employment impacts of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, consultants with SSA Marine, the Seattle-based company behind the project, as well as those with anti-terminal community groups have plenty of data, but few ironclad predictions. For Dave Eichenthal, a financial forecaster and consultant with Public Financial Management, which was hired last year by the nonprofit Communitywise Bellingham to assess the economic impacts of the proposed terminal, the more people know about the project, the greater chance they’ll have at making the right choices.

“Exports are a surefire way to get our economy moving and grow good jobs in the community. I am pleased to see a Washingtonbased company make a major investment in our nation’s investment infrastructure.” U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen “All anybody wants is certainty, and unfortunately when it comes to economic development projects like this, there usually isn’t very much,” Eichenthal said during a March 6 community presentation. “You do tend to generally reach better decisions the more information you have.” Eichenthal’s report is the first in a series Communitywise has planned examing the potential environmental and economic effects the terminal could have on the region. The group, which formed last year with to address the potential impacts of the Gateway terminal, says its intention with the report series is to provide solid, independently researched resources for communi-

ty members who may be affected by the project. Craig Cole, senior consultant to the Gateway Pacific Terminal, said in an April statement getting working families linked up with new, good-paying jobs is Whatcom County’s best path toward a sustainable future. “I know and respect the Communitywise folks, but we may have differences of opinion on the urgency of the need for high-wage job growth for working families through industrial development like the Gateway project,” Cole said. “Their report speaks in hypotheticals, whereas we are talking about real investment dollars and family-wage jobs.”

Terminal TOUTS thousands of jobs SSA Marine released its own report in July 2011, created by the consulting firm Martin Associates, which found the terminal would support more than 3,500 full-time equivalent jobs during its initial construction phase. The company plans to start construction after the

Supporters of the Gateway Pacific Terminal have pointed to the number of potential new jobs that could be created in Whatcom County should the project begin construction. However, a March 2012 study funded by Communitywise Bellingham showed the broader impacts of the proposed terminal could actually cost the region jobs. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO SECOND OF 2 PARTS Read the first story examining the proposed coal terminal, “Train, or Pain?,” online at www.bbjtoday.com environmental review and various regulatory hurdles for the project are cleared – a process that could potentially be completed by 2014. During its initial opera-

tion, when the company plans to use the terminal to ship up to 25 million metric tons of dry bulk materials – nearly all of which would be coal transported by train from mines in the Powder River Basin region spanning Montana and Wyoming – the Martin report found it would support up to 867 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The report defined direct jobs as those generated by

the physical movement of bulk cargo, as well as other daily business at the terminal, including railroad agents, workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, ship operators and freight forwarders. Indirect and induced employment were defined as ulterior jobs created in surrounding Whatcom County communities from purchases of goods and

services made by directly employed terminal workers, as well as as from firms in the area doing business with the terminal. Job creation is a major argument pushed by SSA to garner support for construction of the terminal. At a time when the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent in Whatcom County, and even higher in

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COAL | FROM 11 surrounding regions, more jobs can be a compelling factor toward gaining supporters. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat representing Washington’s 2nd Congressional District, has been an outspoken backer of the project, saying it’s a positive step to improving the state’s economy and attracting more employers to regions battling high unemployment. “Exports are a surefire way to get our economy moving and grow good jobs in the community,” Larsen said in a February 2011 statement. “I am pleased to see a Washington-based company making a major private investment in our nation’s export infrastructure.” The Bellingham/ Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry also voiced support for the project in a July 2011 resolution from its board of directors. A coalition of state labor and industry groups, including the Washington State Labor Council, the Puget Sound chapter of the ILWU, Puget Sound Pilots and the

The proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would initially be capable a handling up to 25 million metric tons of dry bulk goods and materials. If built, its main cargo, at least during the first decade of operation, would be coal. IMAGE COURTESY OF SSA MARINE Washington State Building and Construction Trade Council, sent a January 2011 letter to Gov. Gregoire saying their support of the terminal was driven by the need to create more familywage jobs, particularly in Whatcom County. “The local community has the work force available and the training programs ready for this project,” the labor leaders wrote. “The Gateway Pacific Terminal

project will produce much needed family-wage construction jobs and permanent jobs.”

OPPONENTS FeAR BROADER IMPACTS Taking a broader scope, the Communitywise study looked at the potential impact the Gateway terminal could have on established Whatcom County industries such as tourism,

as well as the impact the project could make on the Waterfront District redevelopment undertaken by the Port of Bellingham. The study found if other economic growth strategies underway were negatively impacted by the terminal, the end result could be a 17 percent loss in job growth from 2012 to 2021. “I think where our work begins to diverge from what’s already been done is the extent to which we at least raise issues related to

potential costs,” Eichenthal said. The greatest risk to job growth, according to the study, is noise and traffic that would come with the increase in trains carrying coal through Whatcom County to the terminal. SSA Marine estimates the facility would handle up to five coal trains daily during its initial stages of operation. The trains would have up to 125 cars loaded with coal, and each one would be about 7,000 feet long, according to a revised Project Information Document submitted by the company to county planning officials on March 19. The study predicted the extra trains could make Bellingham and Whatcom County less attractive to professionals and entrepreneurs, particularly those living in the city. About 60 percent of all jobs in the county are in Bellingham, according to the study. A group of anti-coal and community organizations, including the Sierra Club, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and the Power Past Coal Campaign, has been a visible and vocal force in the county against the terminal’s construction. Opponents of the terminal have focused their

efforts on the environmental review for the project. State ecology officials should start the review this spring, which will assess the impacts of the terminal on the region’s environment. Communitywise leaders say studies are needed on other aspects of the proposed terminal, including who would pay for rail crossing upgrades in the county likely to be needed to support additional trains and potential impacts to tribal fisheries near Cherry Point. Dozens of other communities along the rail corridor that would face risks similar to Bellingham and Whatcom County, yet would receive none of the potential economic benefits. “This study shows the coal port could be a net negative for job growth in Whatcom County,” Shannon Wright, Communitywise Bellingham’s executive director, said the day the study was released. “It is an important first step in helping neighbors and the business community better understand the economic trade-offs, but there are still many unanswered questions about how coal export could impact our economy, public health and safety and quality of life.”

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Look for common ground in coal terminal debate If we put to public vote the final say on whether the Cherry Point coal terminal plants its roots near town, do you think you could predict the outcome? Perhaps no debate is more polarizing than creating jobs versus protecting the environment, and with this proposed project the same fight is playing out right here in our corner of the country. Lines are drawn inside community meetings, in letters to local papers and on signs dotting front lawns around the county. With the terminal’s environmental review process finally taking shape, there’s no better time to shift the nature and temperature of the argument. If those on opposing sides can find common ground, we can focus on moving forward in this process. We can avoid pits of unproductive hyperbole. There is one aspect I think we should all agree on. With nearly twice the number of coal trains – at least that would be the number during the terminal’s initial operations – rumbling through our waterfront, they will most certainly have some effect on our quality of life. Whether that effect is a necessary byproduct of good jobs, or whether it’s as noticeable as the anti-coal crowd makes it out to be, can still be questioned, but those on the fence can’t ignore this point anymore: If the terminal is built, trains will come, and if you live near the tracks or within blast-radius of their whistles – you will notice. Narrow the debate. Yes, through corporate chains and power deals Warren Buffet and Goldman Sachs are tied to the project, and there’s a lot of study into the global implications of the Asian coal trade, but let’s keep this issue close to home. Focus your efforts, your action, on the players right here who will have the final say: our county council members. Evan Marczynski, Bellingham Business Journal

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an you imagine being a manager and not trusting people? I don’t necessarily mean specific people, I mean people in general. Unfortunately, I think many managers are unconscious of their biases in this regard, having “handy stories” justifying behavior that might otherwise be considered paranoid. I think you know the stories I mean, they usually include some element of “well you can never be too careful,” or “if you want something done right do it yourself.” Both of these are versions of how to avoid depending on others. These “stories” invisibly undermine accountability in any organization. Put in the simplest terms, no trust equals no accountability. Let’s take a closer look at trust in a way that opens space for accountability. Preparing for this article, it occurred to me that for many thoughtful people there are three truths about trust and no common definition. The three truths are: If I trust, I can count on being disappointed. If I do not trust, my life will likely be safe but it will feel more like surviving than thriving. If I am up to anything of consequence – anything that will really make any difference – then I will need the involvement of others. Therefore, trust is a foregone conclusion: I will trust or I will accomplish very little in this lifetime. With the above three truths in mind, I would do well to establish a tolerance for disappointment. If this sounds paradoxical to you I empathize. It appears that there is always a paradox to be dealt with where trust is involved, especially if I insist on defining trust as having anything to do with someone other than myself! In my consulting experience most people I encounter offer their definition of trust in terms of the behaviors of others. In contrast as I read through hundreds of quotes from “fairly famous” people to prepare for this article, a single insight became clear: there is no power in any definition of trust that depends on the behavior of others. None of these “famous people” defined trust as having anything to do with anyone other than themselves. Consider this: a definition of trust that generates power is a function of my relationship with myself. Do I have the confidence in myself to deal with whatever comes my way? Can I interact successfully with various personalities? Can I have direct reports who clearly have superior subject knowledge to my own? Can I honor my intentions when interacting with people of differing agendas? And most importantly, can I count on myself to

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Management Coach respond and deliver without excuses even when someone has let me down? As a manager, this perspective on trust gives me reason to think that I can be effective no matter what and no matter who is involved. I say perspective because after reading all those quotes I concluded that trust, like we often say about beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. By adopting this perspective I place the responsibility for trust in my own lap. My power comes from the fact that there never was anything I could do about your behavior except to ask for what I wanted and hold you to account for what you said you would do. I was blessed to have a manager who operated in this fashion early in my career. I made mistakes and each time he dealt with the situation gracefully and responsibly. If he had delegated something to me and it did not get done well he always held himself to account for having allowed me the opportunity to either meet his expectations, or let him down. This is not to say that he did not hold me to account; he did, and from our discussions around my accountabilities I learned from my mistakes. With him there was never any concern for being “thrown under the bus.” We sank or swam together and as an outcome I was able to gain the confidence of other senior managers at a very young age. His trusting that he could deal with whatever mistake I might make allowed me the freedom to bring the best I had to offer and rapidly learn what worked and what did not. Of course, like any truly great manager his trust in me cost him in the end; I was promoted and moved on. And of course, he trusted that whoever took my place would eventually be exactly what he needed, until they moved on as well. Have you trusted yourself to form relationships with people who know you rely on them? Mike Cook lives in Anacortes. He publishes a weekly business blog at www.heartofengagement.com.


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s he presented his opening words at the start of the Future of Business conference, Jason McLennen said to believe the way business is done would not soon face massive change is pure insanity. “Huge change is coming,” he said. “Sometimes we have a hard time imagining that.” McLennen, CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, was a keynote speaker for the conference, which took place April 26-27 at Whatcom Community College. The event, attended by several hundred local business owners and community members, was presented by Sustainable Connections and sponsored in part by the Bellingham Business Journal. It is a landmark event each year for the nonprofit organization. During the two days of speakers, expert panels and networking sessions, local business owners were given insight into various aspects of business ownership including financing, buying local, retaining top employees and keeping costs low during tough economic times. Change, and coming change, was a major theme throughout the event, and Sustainable Connections is no stranger to the concept. The nonprofit organization was founded in April 2002. It’s well-known “buy local” campaign was created one year later to encourage people to buy products from locally owned stores. Now at its 10-year anniversary, Sustainable Connections is launching a similar movement, called “bank local,” which pitches the value of using local and regional banks and credit unions instead of national chains. “Those banks will turn that money around to lend to small business owners and our neighbors,” Derek Long, Sustainable Connections’ executive director, said. Long said creating “radical change” in the world of business would be a long road, but by bringing together sustainable-minded people, it’d be more possible to make it happen. – Evan Marczynski

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Q&A | LYLENE JOHNSON

Bellingham real estate agent Lylene Johnson has followed local housing data for more than a decade.

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ive years ago, with the nation holding a teetering housing market, buying a new home was a gamble. Now the Whatcom County real estate industry, at least outside of Bellingham, is showing positive signs. Home sales in the county rose more than 12 percent during the first quarter of this year compared to 2011, according to an April report from Lylene Johnson, a real estate agent with the Muljat Group in Bellingham. The increase has been led by surges in Ferndale and Lynden, while in Bellingham sales fell 11.3 percent. Though more people are finding homes in the region, overall housing prices continue to fall. We asked Johnson about the uncertain future for home prices in the county and her insight into what buyers should keep in mind. BBJ: Is it better to be a first-time buyer today or a homeowner looking to move up? Johnson: It is always easier to buy if you don’t have to sell another house to do so. In a hot market it may be hard to find another if you sell yours. In a slow market, it may be hard to sell your house so you can buy another. A first-time buyer doesn’t have to work through that process.

To a certain degree, however, the answer to this question depends on when you bought your house. If you bought prior to 2005 and didn’t take money out via a refinance, you should be in good shape. You have equity in your house and can afford to sell at current prices, so you are still able to move up. On the other hand if you did take money out, or if you bought in the peak years of 2006 forward with less than a substantial down payment, you may very well have no equity in your home. That means you cannot count on it for the down payment on the next house, and you may be “underwater” or “short.” That means a sale of your home will not generate enough money to pay off the loan and costs of sale. In that case, the only way you can move up is if you have extra funds to pay off your loan and make a downpayment on the next house or have sufficient funds to make a downpayment on the new home and qualify for the payments while renting out your old home. The first-time buyer, on the other hand, does not have that deficit. BBJ: Do you think home prices will swing back, or should we brace for more declines? Johnson: I would hesitate to use the word “swing,” as it implies momentum, and while I see some good indicators for the future in the housing market, I think we will still see some price declines.

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There are several reasons for this. The move-up buyer has been a strong force in past markets, moving on average about every 7 years. We are now beginning the seventh year after the start of the boom. In the past, those buyers would now be coming into the market. Now, most of them can’t. They have either lost their down payment, have to make up the deficit between their loan amount and their home value, or must go through a short sale or foreclosure. Any of these circumstances will preclude them buying another home in the near future. Distressed homes will continue coming into the market. They are typically priced to sell, and non-distressed homes must compete with them. Much of the price increase during the boom was fueled by buyers from more expensive areas coming to Whatcom County with lots of cash from their home sales elsewhere. Our largest incoming markets were the

Seattle area and California. Home owners in those areas now have the same problems we do, only at higher levels. Possibly the most influential factor is that we are back to the days of responsible, rather than “fantasy” lending. That limits the pool of buyers, which means there is less competition for homes and less upward pressure on prices. BBJ: Why are Whatcom County communities outside of Bellingham more attractive for home buyers right now? Johnson: I don’t think that is true as a general statement. Bellingham is by far the largest market in Whatcom County. The first quarter of this year it comprised 37.5 percent of the total single family residential housing market in Whatcom County. In 2009, it was 41 percent. During the first quarter of 2012, 142 homes sold in Bellingham; next was Ferndale with 66. I think it is true in new and newer construction, and that is because there is more

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available at a lower price in Ferndale and to a lesser degree in Lynden. Much of the reason for this can be traced back to land development during the boom years beginning around 2005. I remember at one point hearing that Ferndale had more than 800 new lots approved. Bellingham didn’t have anywhere near that number, and the lots available in Bellingham were much more expensive. The lots developed in Ferndale then are being built out now, while the lot inventory in Bellingham is tight – and still more expensive. On the other hand, if one looks at the markets for smaller character homes or homes in neighborhoods with views of the water or waterfront, those are Bellingham dominated because Bellingham has more of them than any other place in the county. BBJ: Is it usual to see sales increase outside of Bellingham when prices drop? What are the major trends you’ve noticed in recent years? Johnson: No, it is actually more common to see sales in Bellingham increase as prices drop, because Bellingham becomes more affordable. I think the difference this time is related to the relative availability of new and newer construction, which was built outside Bellingham during the boom due to more available land and lower land prices. I discussed the trends with colleagues at The Muljat Group, and we came up with the following: • Buyers are coming into the market with much more information, some of it accurate and some of it not. • There is more regulation of the housing industry, from development standards

to disclosure requirements. • There is more interest among buyers in the possibility of raising their own food in an urban setting, whether vegetables, chickens or honey bees. • There is less interest in “mega-homes” on acreage – or anywhere else. Boomers are looking for smaller homes, but with the quality finishes. • If they are able, sellers are more willing to get their home in the best condition possible before putting it on the market. • Changes in the lending industry have been dramatic, not just in qualification of buyers, but also in scrutiny of appraisals and home condition. BBJ: How do real estate agents shift their sales strategies when the market slides? Johnson: From the perspective of selling a property, different agents approach sales differently in both good times and bad. In general, they tend to look for more effective ways to do what they think works and cut those things that aren’t productive. That could be shifting advertising from one venue to another, educating sellers to the importance of preparing their home for sale or changing how they spend their time or communicate with their clients. It could also be developing stronger market knowledge and doing more counseling with their sellers about the reality of today’s market, or even becoming more, or less, selective in the properties they are willing to represent. In our business, we have broken down the process a buyer goes through to buy a house, and then have developed methods of providing for that process in the marketing of every property we represent. We are constantly looking for changes in the process and new approaches or technologies to tap into it.

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A roundup of business and nonprofit activity Sedro-Woolley tech firm installing 50-foot-long autoclave Janicki Industries, a technical engineering company based in Sedro-Woolley, is installing a 50-foot-long, 12-foot diameter autoclave adjacent to the company’s new cleanroom at its facility in Hamilton, Wash. The autoclave, which the company says will be one of the largest production autoclaves in the Northwest, arrived in the Hamilton plant on April 15. Autoclave curing is required for certain types of high-performance composites. Preparation in a cleanroom environment, with highly-refined air quality, keeps dust and other particles from interfering with composite fabrication. “The autoclave, along with upcoming AS9100C accreditation and the newly certified cleanroom, will advance our composite tooling and add to our highperformance composite capabilities,” John Janicki, president of Janicki Industires. Installation and testing will take four to five weeks, and the autoclave is expected to be fully operational by June 4. The autoclave’s shipping is being handled by Active Machinery Moving of Lynden.

Bell-Anderson insurance opens new Ferndale branch Bell-Anderson Agency Inc., a Washington-based insurance company with eight offices statewide, has opened a regional branch in Ferndale.

Insurance agents Josh Wright and Chris White will lead the new office. “Bell-Anderson has been serving the Whatcom/Skagit/Snohomish County area for decades,” Jim Hunt, the company’s president and CEO, said. “By opening our Ferndale office, we are affirming our longterm commitment to the community. Josh Wright and Chris White are able to counsel clients for all of their insurance needs.” Both agents are longtime Whatcom County residents and alumni of Western Washington University. Wright is from Lynden, and White lives in Bellingham. Bell-Anderson is online at www.bellanderson.com.

Bellingham cement grinding plant receives safety award On April 16, the Portland Cement Association recognized the Lehigh Hanson Bellingham cement grinding plant with a Chairman’s Safety Performance Award for the plant’s outstanding safety record. The plant received the honor at PCA’s April 16 Spring Meeting in Chicago. PCA honored plants in three categories, designated by the number of hours employees collectively worked in 2011, for achieving superior safety records. The Bellingham plant was in the “Less than 179,000 employee hours” division. “Working to continuously improve their workplace, employees at the Lehigh Hanson plant set a standard for safety

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Leopold adds solar panels to roof of historic building One of downtown Bellingham’s most historic buildings has made a modern move by installing a solar panel system. The Leopold Retirement Residence, 1224 Cornwall Ave., installed 36 solar panels on its roof in March. The solar panels are expected to produce between 8,000 and 9,000 kilowatt hours of annual electricity, which is about 10 percent of The Leopold’s power consumption. “This continues our commitment to a triple bottom-line philosophy, implementing practices that create social, economic and environmental benefits,” said David Johnston, majority owner of The Leopold. The Leopold was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers both independentretirement and assisted-living rooms among its 91 apartments. Before installing solar panels, improvements were made to the building’s boiler system and lighting to save energy. Johnston said the solar-panel project

May 2012 became possible with the support of the Community Energy Challenge, a joint program administered by Sustainable Connections and The Opportunity Council. A federal grant covered 30 percent of the cost, and The Leopold will receive an annual cash rebate from Puget Sound Energy for using solar panels made in Washington by Itek Energy of Bellingham. “A commercial business can get a 100 percent return on their investment in around 5-6 years,” said Josh Miller of Western Solar, the Bellingham-based company that installed the system. The North Fork Brewery, Mountain Veterinary Clinic, Favinger Plumbing, Schacht Law Office and more than 10 residences are other Community Energy Challenge participants in Whatcom County that have installed solar panels, according to Alex Ramel, energy and policy manager for Sustainable Connections. More information about the program is at www.communityenergychallenge. org. The Leopold is online at www.leopoldretirement.com.


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BUZZ | FROM 18 excellence that promotes safety and health protections throughout the year,” Brian McCarthy, PCA president and CEO. This year, the records of 111 portland cement plants in the United States and Canada were reviewed to determine which ones achieved the best safety records. None of these plants had an accident rate above one and several had no accidents in 2011. Based in Skokie, Ill., the Portland Cement Association represents cement U.S. and Canadian companies. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education and public affairs programs. It is online at www.cement.org.

Five Whatcom County liquor stores find winning bidders Licensing rights for 167 state-run liquor stores were snapped up, liquor officials say, after an online auction earning the state $30.75 million ended with a flurry of bids on April 20. Initiative 1183, which will take the state out of the liquor business and allow private retailers to sell spirits, directed the Washington State Liquor Control Board to auction store properties. Since the state leases the properties rather than owning them, successful bidders earned exclusive rights to apply for liquor licenses within the stores’ current footprints. Rights to five Whatcom County stores were sold: four in Bellingham and one in Ferndale. The county’s highest successful bid was by Parveen Sidhu of San Mateo, Calif. Sidhu bid $461,100 for the rights to the store at 101 Stuart Road in Bellingham, according to liquor board records. Statewide, 551 bidders made 14,627 bids – including one bidder who put up $4.6 million in an unsuccessful attempt to win rights to every store in the auction. The state’s highest winning bid was $750,100 for a store in Tacoma. The 45-day online auction was hosted by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. The final day was by far the busiest, bringing in $23.7 million in bids. Successful bidders will need to secure a lease with property landlords. If they are unable to secure leases, they may re-sell

Bellingham Business Journal moves office downtown to 1909 Cornwall Ave. The Bellingham Business Journal has moved to a new office at 1909 Cornwall Ave., just outside of downtown Bellingham and across the street from Bellingham High School. The BBJ shares the space with the Echo Classifieds paper. “After over 10 years at our previous location, we look forward to our new address being closer to the downtown core and the increased visibility,” said Tony Bouchard,” BBJ business manager. “Sharing the building with ‘The Echo,’ another Bellingham landmark publication, should lead to a wonderful and prosperous relationship. I look forward to another 20 years.” The BBJ office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. their rights or request alternative locations within a one-mile radius, according to the board. None of the state properties meet the 10,000-square-foot threshold required by the initiative in order to be used to sell spirits. Winning bidders for state-run store locations in Whatcom County included: • Parveen Sidhu of San Mateo, Calif., $461,100 for Store No. 123 at 101 Stuart Road, Bellingham. • Dave Pannu of Abbotsford, British Columbia, $325,000 for Store No. 130 at 1022 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham. • Ronnie Biral of SeaTac, Wash., $305,100 for Store No. 140 at 1255 Barkley Blvd., Suite 107, Bellingham. • Manpreet Sidhu of Camas, Wash., $210,000 for Store No. 153 at 1730 Labounty Drive, Suite 8, Ferndale. • Sung Lee Kim of Issaquah, Wash., $105,100 for Store No. 48 at 3115 Old Fairhaven Parkway, Bellingham.

Chazzzam! New eco-friendly graphics shop opens on Ohio St. Chazzzam Signs & Graphics, a sign shop co-owned by brothers Chas and Sam Malich along with Jerry Spraggins, has opened in Bellingham. The company offers clients on-site graphic design services. In addition to traditional signage such as banners, awnings, A-frames and real estate signs, Chazzzam produces custom vehicle wraps, interior artwork, trade show displays and largeformat digital print projects, including wall murals and window graphics. “We’re more than just a sign shop,” Spraggins said. “We strive to be Bellingham’s visual communication hub.” The shop’s storefront is at 420 Ohio St.

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Bellingham stevia producer plants crops in Georgia, N.C. Sweet Green Fields, a Bellingham-based stevia extract producer, announced the expansion of its stevia crop production to the southeast United States, with crop plantings in Georgia and North Carolina. “We are investing heavily in our American grown crops and linking our advanced agriculture practices with our industry leading plant research in order to create stevia products that are competitive on a global level, while being grown right in our own backyard,” said Hal Teegarden, the company’s vice president of agricultural operations. “We believe we have one of the most extensive stevia research portfolios, and through our scientific innovations in plant breeding, growing and harvesting, as well as extraction processes, we achieve consistently high yields of sweetener product per

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The Markets donates more than $20,000 to support MD children The Markets grocery store chain raised $24,624 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, as part of a monthlong February fundraiser. Customers were given opportunities to make $1, $5 or $10 donations to the nonprofit organization, which represents 2,000 families in western Washington who have children affected by neuromuscular diseases. “I was positively humbled by the enthusiasm, support and competitive spirit I found at The Markets,” Andrew Shanafelt, MDA fundraising coordinator. “This year, The Markets raised enough money to send more than 30 kids to MDA summer camp. plant while maintaining industry leading quality standards.” The commercial stevia crops are the first of their kind to be planted in Georgia and North Carolina. The expansion is supported by both the Georgia Department of Agriculture and North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “Agriculture is Georgia’s number one industry, and we are always excited about the prospect of new and alternative crop opportunities in our state,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said. “With the ideal soil and climate conditions in Georgia, Sweet Green Fields has seen the potential for stevia to prosper as a new crop in the rotational system. We welcome their expansion here and look forward to working with them throughout the seasons to come.”

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Because of The Markets, and their commitment to supporting the community and fighting muscle disease, MDA will continue our quest to find a cure for muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other related neuromuscular diseases.” Those who made donations could write their names on paper shamrocks, which were placed around The Markets stores. Nearly 20,000 shamrocks were signed by donors throughout the fundraiser. The Markets has partnered with the MDA over the past decade to raise more than $100,000 to send kids to summer camp, fund research, offer support groups and make repairs to durable medical equipment.

In Georgia, the company is currently in the process of transplanting this year’s crop, and in North Carolina, Sweet Green Fields’ stevia crops are slated to be planted within weeks. “The entry of stevia crops into North Carolina represents an opportunity to expand agribusiness in our state and help advance local economic growth,” North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “The stevia industry is still relatively young, but we are excited to be at the forefront of this industry and we look forward to working with Sweet Green Fields as the crop expands in North Carolina.” Sweet Green Fields, known in the alternative sweetener industry for its plant research and agriculture practices, has stevia crops in the state of California, as well as globally.

Former NW Business Monthly editor buys Adventures NW

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Information in the public record BUSINESS LICENSES Old World Deli, Grippe-Adams Inc., 1228 N State

St., Bellingham, WA 98225. WildFISHwives, WildFISHwives Inc., 73 Windward Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Bayview Tax Service, Bayview Tax Service Inc., 1111 W Holly St. #D, Bellingham, WA 98225. Art Shadoworkshop, Susan M. Burke, 2628 Iron St., Bellingham, WA 98225. J & J Landscape, J & J Landscape Inc., 2829 St Clair St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Fehr & Peers, Fehr & Peers Inc., 1001 4th Ave #4120, Seattle, WA 98154 McGruff Safe Kids Total ID System, Sarah A. Fedecky, 25 Par Lane, Bellingham, WA 98229. Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns & Teas, Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns & Teas LLC, 1106 Harris Ave. #103 Bellingham, WA 98225. Wellness By Evy, Evgeny L. Olson, 1864 Emerald Lake Way, Bellingham, WA 98226. Infamous Distillers, Josh D. Covert, 2416 West St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Bellyful, Bellyful LLC, 3223 Sylvan St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Lummi Bay Cedar Products, Bill Emley, 3309 Robertson Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. De T. Duong, De T. Duong, 151 W. Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Halibut Henry’s, Halibut Henry’s LLC, 355 Harris Ave #102, Bellingham, WA 98225. Mark of Zoro Enterprises, Mark of Zoro Enterprises LLC, 2866 Leeward Way, Bellingham, WA 98226. Xfinity Home, Comcast Broadband Security LLC, 1 Comcast Center Floor 10, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Government Only Works When It Fears the People, James R. Costello III, 903 Chuckanut Shore

Road, Bellingham, WA 98229. Las Cazuelas, Ruben De La Garza, 2012 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248. Grizzly Gold, Grizzly Gold Inc., 1821 Valencia St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Cheese Meat(s) Beer, Cheese Meat(s) Beer Corporation, 250 Flora St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Chambers Chevrolet Cadillac of Bellingham,

Lithia of Bellingham LLC, 3891 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. Sara L. Axelson, Sara L. Axelson, 2825 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Salon Bellissima, Salon Bellissima of Bellingham, 1215 Old Fairhaven Parkway #D, Bellingham, WA 98225. Becca C. Johnson PhD, Rebecca C. Johnson, 1116 Key St #213, Bellingham, WA 98225. Excellent Investments, Excellent Investments LLC, 1409 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Viking Boat Works, Erick M. Van Beek, 2706 Ontario St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Far West Technologies, Far West Technologies Inc., 12914 144th St. E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Faulkner Consulting, Faulkner Consulting LLC, 110 S. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jessica I. Van Leeuwen LMP, Jessica I. Van Leeuwen, 3102 Birchwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Peak Fitness, Elsa P. Couvelier, 2316 36th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Patty Cakes, Oceana R. Kane, 3413 Robertson Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Radder Services, Radder Services Inc., 5878 Olson Road, Ferndale, WA 98248. Small Jobs Pressure Washing, Joseph M. Gonzales, 6780 Everson Goshen Road, Everson, WA 98247. Blue Skies Raw Pies, Lisa M. Greenacre, 314 E. Holly St. #206, Bellingham, WA 98225. Penny Lane Antique Mall, Berglund & Berglund, 27 W Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Atlas Plumbing Contractors, Atlas Plumbing LLC, 31020 NW 51st Ave., Ridgefield, WA 98642.

O’Halloran Design, Mitch A. O’Halloran, 2813 Erie

St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Kurly’s, River H. Mitchelle, 1330 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Northwest Fire Stop, Northwest Fire Stop LLC, 3785 Canterbury Lane #170, Bellingham, WA 98225. National Building Contractors, William B. Corcoran, 1650 Carroll Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104. KVOS TV, OTA Broadcasting (SEA) LLC, 1151 Ellis St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Matthew S. Bianconi, Matthew S. Bianconi, 1315 Wilson Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Grummel Construction, Michael S. Grummel, 3207 Vallette St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Marnie Manier, Marnella Manier, 1344 King St. #102, Bellingham, WA 98229. Just Because!, Lisa P. Christopher, 4283 Van Horn Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. Bellingham Hands, Brittainy L. Bolding, 1106 Harris Ave. #210, Bellingham, WA 98225. Fantastic Gardens, Charles H. McClung, 5548 Hillard Road, Everson, WA 98247. InfoPteryx, InfoPteryx LLC, 1713 Edwards Court, Bellingham, WA 98229. AMC Editing, AMC Editing LLC, 3832 Idaho St. #A, Bellingham, WA 98229. Interior Solutions & Services, Daniel V. Allison, 1454 Blaine Ave., Blaine, WA 98230. Roni Lenore Vocational Consulting Services,

Roni Lenore, 919 11th St. #2, Bellingham, WA 98225. Boice Video Works, Jeffrey J. Boice, 2304 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98229. West Holly Market, Tae Wook Hong, 120 W Holly St. #H, Bellingham, WA 98225. Debbie G. Reece, Debbie G. Reece, 1240 E. Maple St. #104, Bellingham, WA 98225. Wild Whatcom, Wild Whatcom, 1114 Franklin St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Wright Medical Technology, Wright Medical Technology Inc., 5677 Airline Road, Arlington, TN 38002. miCare, miCare LLC, 809 W Orchard Drive #4, Bellingham, WA 98225. Combined Construction, Combined Construction Inc., 4403 Russell Road #100, Mukilteo, WA 98275. SCI Distribution, SCI Distribution LLC, 300 S. Madison Ave. #2, Clearwater, FL 33756. Henken & Associates, Henken & Associates LLC, 12920 56th St. E, Edgewood, WA 98372. Boyce Natural Health, Boyce Natural Health LLC, 1400 King St. #108, Bellingham, WA 98229. Haggard Electrical Contractors, Haggard Electrical Contractors, 16702 65th Ave. SE, Snohomish, WA 98296. Born Electrical Services, Kristopher M. Born, 14037 Maccoys Court, Bow, WA 98232. Kissed by the Sun Spray Tan, Shannon J. Joneli, 1720 E. Hemmi Road, Everson, WA 98247. Seth M. Smith, Seth M. Smith, 1222 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Rumba Northwest, Jose Antonio Diaz, 706 Dupont St., Bellingham, WA 98225. S & S LifeTek, S & S LifeTek Inc., 15377 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Teadious, Teadious LLC,1310 Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Structured Communications, Structured Communications Inc., 4529 113th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208. Sunrise Dental of Bellingham, Senan DDS PLLC, 102 S Samish Way #103, Bellingham, WA 98225. Liberty Tax Service, Barrecca LLC, 1701 Birchwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Robinson Construction Company, Robinson Construction Company, 21360 NW Amberwood Drive, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Soma Massage Bellingham, Leah M. Grossman, 1000 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225.

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26th Court, Renton, WA 98056. West Codes, Michael J. Estes, 210 Texas St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Michelle Johnson Photography, Michelle Johnson, 4242 Wintergreen Circle #364, Bellingham, WA 98226. In-Your-Home Tutoring, Academic Partners LLC, 3411 Crestline Place, Bellingham, WA 98226. Bremen Contractors, Bremen Contractors LLC, 700 Highland Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225. Fast Accurate Bids, Fast Accurate Bids LLC, 138 Forest Lane, Bellingham, WA 98225. Allegro Software, Allegro Software LLC, 138 Forest Lane, Bellingham, WA 98225. Raincoast Georesearch, Elizabeth M. Kilanowski, 2621 S. Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225. Shannon Heights Heating, George A. Schmaus, 18933 59th Ave. NE #107, Arlington, WA 98223. New Life Electric, New Life Electric LLC, 5728 147th St. SE, Everett, WA 98208. Tracey T Vu, Tracey T Vu, 4204 Meridian St. #104A, Bellingham, WA 98226. E & D Excavating, E & D Excavating Inc., 24931 115th Ave. NE, Arlington, WA 98223. Kestrel Homes, Kestrel Homes Inc., 5368 E. 18th Ave., Bellingham, WA 98226. Creative Cleaning & Maintaining Services. Gerrie L. Erxleben, 3700 Alabama St. #324,

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Joanna Nesbit Communications, Joanna K. Nesbit, 2305 Victor St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Domino’s Pizza, NFG Seattle LLC, 1301 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Vital Medicine, Vital Medicine LLC, 1210 10th St. #201 Bellingham, WA 98225.

BUILDING PERMITS Issued 1101 N. State St., $24,575 for commercial

reroof: remove and replace one layer of torch down roofing: no structural or insulation work proposed. Contractor: Western Roofing Co. Inc. Issued March 21. 23 Bellwether Way 201, $293,750 for tenant improvement: finish entire second floor as suite of offices for financial services company. Contractor: Ebenal General Special Projects Inc. Issued March 23. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 532, $650,000 for tenant improvement: complete former shell space for new retail tenant: Forever 21. Applicant and tenant: Forever 21. Contractor: National Building Contractors. Issued March 26. 1399 40th St., $55,000 for modifications to an existing telecommunications facility: upgrade/ replace 10 antennas and add two new antennas. Applicant: Verizon wireless. Contractor: Turnure Telecom LLC. Issued March 28. 2210 Rimland Drive, $688,576 for a new singlestory commercial shell building. Applicant: Barkley Company. Contractor: Dawson Construction LLC. Issued March 30. 202 E. Holly St. 206-209, 309-312, $110,000 for commercial alterations: convert second and third floor tenant spaces to eight studio apartment units. Issued April 4. 4492 Meridian St., $25,000 for commercial alteration: convert existing residence to new restaurant: Pho & Bubble Tea Restaurant. Issued April 5. 1512 N. State St., $10,000 for one wall-mounted internally-illuminated blade type sign over right-of-way; replacement sign using existing framework from previous: Louis Auto Glass. Applicant and contractor: Signs Plus. Tenant: Louis Auto Glass. Issued April 6. 3001-11 Cinema Pl., $150,000 for two freestanding internally-illuminated signs identifying multiple tenants and providing electronic readerboard: Barkley Village entrance sign. Applicant and contractor: The Sign Post. Issued April 9. 2435 Strider Lane 105, $93,262 for tenant improvement/addition, Suite 205: add second story office and storage area, convert ground floor into office and shop. Contractor: Heritage Builders Co. LLC. Issued April 10. 1000 20th St., $15,000 for tenant improvement: construct three new interior offices within two

May 2012 separate areas of office building: SPIE. Applicant and contractor: Griffin Painting. Issued April 16. 3301-3343 Stonecrop Way, $25,000 for commercial permit: construct over-height sound-attenuation fence along Barkley Boulevard from 3001-3343 Stonecrop Way. Issued April 16. Contractor: Wellman & Zuck Construction LLC. 1115 Railroad Ave., $15,000 for tenant improvement: remodel existing tenant space into new distillery: includes upgrade in exiting system and new accessible bathroom: Chuckanut Bay Distillery. Contractor: Moceri Construction Inc. 1011-21 Harris Ave., $1.55 million for new commercial building: shell building for three future tenants—two restaurants and one retail store: Rocket Properties. Issued April 16. Contractor: Pearson Construction Corp. 2814 Meridian St., $81,000 for commercial alterations: remodel pharmacy and relocate customer service counter, floral display and two checkstands. Contractor: Henken & Associates. Issued April 17. 2901 Squalicum Parkway, $40,000 for commercial: installation of patient lifts in patient care areas: second floor MCU and medsburg and first floor SSU: St. Joseph Hospital. Applicant: PeaceHealth Medical Group. Contractor: Alpha Modalities. Issued April 18. Accepted 1836 Racine St., $125,000 for commercial

alterations: interior, structural remodel in existing warehouse, creating new areas; includes new 3-hour fire barrier. Applicant: Barking Dog Design. Accepted March 21. 2418 Alabama St., $625,000 for new commercial building: new convenience store/gas station (existing fuel canopy to remain in place): Yorky’s Alabama Street Market. Applicant: Grinstad & Wagner Architects. Accepted March 22. 3100 Woburn St., $490,000 for new elevated walkway between two existing commercial buildings: Peoples Bank. Applicant: Dykeman Architects. Accepted March 28. 3110 Woburn St., $219,015 for tenant improvement: interior removal of walls and new retractable wall. Applicant: Dykeman Architects. Accepted March 28. 2215 Midway Lane, $600,000 for new commercial warehouse and offices for Cesco Solutions. Contractor: Credo Construction. Accepted March 28. 120 W. Holly St., $13,000 for tenant improvements: minor interior remodel and change of use for new grocery store in previous restaurant. Tenant: West Holly Market. Accepted March 30. 3001-11 Cinema Plaza, $150,000 for two freestanding internally illuminated signs identifying multiple tenants and providing electronic reader board: Barkley Village site entrance signage. Applicant: Sign Post. Accepted March 30. 714 Lakeway Drive, $100,000 to install canopy structure with LED accent and can lighting. Applicant: Signs Plus. Accepted March 30. 1000 20th St., $15,000 for tenant improvement: construct new interior office walls. Applicant and contractor: Griffin Painting. Accepted April 3. 2814 Meridian St., $81,000 for tenant improvement: replacement of refrigeration cases, revise checkstands, pharmacy remodel and new finished. Contractor: Henken & Associates. Accepted April 4. 4365 Meridian St., $35,091 for commercial alterations/addition: demolish R-3 dwelling unit to enlarge restaurant seating area; add storeroom; enlarge parking lot. Tenant: Wonderful Buffet. Accepted April 6. 4176 Meridian St., $86,000 for tenant improvement: remodel existing building into family entertainment center. Accepted April 6. 103 E. Stuart Road, $25,000 for tenant improvement: conversion of existing taxpreparation office into small restaurant (cupcake manufacture & service): Cupcakes Like It. Accepted April 10. 2011 Knox Ave., $40,000 for commercial storm vault: underground vault in driveway for new apartment building: Savchuck. Applicant: Haven Design. Contractor: Arrow Construction & Excavation Inc. Accepted April 17. 2011 Knox Ave., $3,253,372 for commercial residential building: 18-unit apartment building (separate permits for parking structure and storm vault: Knox St. Apartments. Accepted April 17.

1707 N. State St., $210,000 for tenant improvement: conversion of previous night club into cafe and indoor kids play area. Tenant: Family Clubhouse Cafe LLC. Contractor: The Franklin Corporation. Accepted April 18.

LIQUOR LICENSES New Applications The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, West Shore

Hospitality LLC; John David and Diane McMahon Gibb, Blaine Alexander Llew Wetzel applied to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only, sell spirts/ beer/wine in a restaurant lounge and for offpremises consumption at 2579 W. Shore Drive, Lummi Island, WA 98262. Filed April 25. Jimmy’s Vietnamese Sandwich Bar, Jimmy’s Personal Care LLC; Jimmy Thanh Nguyen applied to sell spirits/beer/wine at a restaurant service bar at 1323 11th St. #C2, Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed April 19. Contract Liquor Store 260 Tobacco & Fine Spirits, Lummi Nation applied to sell beer/wine

at a specialty shop and be a CLS spirits retailer at 4940 Rural Ave., Ferndale, WA 98248. Filed April 17. Ocean Bay Restaurant, Yang Yang Inc.; Yuancai He applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 1210 3rd St., Blaine, WA 98230. Filed April 12. Ferndale Truckstop, Joann Previtera Hazelwood, Mark Hazelwood, Kenneth Marlin Parent and Leslie Elizabeth Parent applied to assume a license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store from Eagle Truck Stop Ltd., Pilot Travel Centers LLC; James A. Haslam III and Susan Denise Haslam at 1678 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248. Filed April 11. Beach Store Cafe, The Willows Inn Inc.; Judith Olsen and Riley D. Starks applied to be a direct shipment receiver-in/outside of WA, and sell beer/ wine in a restaurant and in a catering business at 2200 N. Nugent Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262. Filed April 11. Trader Joe’s #151, Trader Joe’s Company applied for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in/outside of WA, sell beer/wine in a grocery store, offer beer/wine tasting and retail spirits at 2410 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed April 11. Renates German Deli, Renates German Deli Inc.; Renate E. Whaley applied to sell beer/wine in a restaurant and for off-premises consumption at 312 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264. Filed April 6. The Community Food Cooperative, The Community Food Cooperative; Denise Black, Jon Christopher Edholm and Jeffrey Robert Voltz applied for a change of license to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only, sell beer/wine in a grocery store, offer beer/wine tasting and retail spirits at 1220 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225, and at 315 Westerly Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed April 4. Alexxian, Alexxian LLC; Ian Carlon and Alexandria Chanelle Smith applied to operate a domestic winery (less than 250,000 liters) at 2001 Iowa St., Suite F, Bellingham, WA 98229. Filed April 4. BelleWood Distilling, BelleWood Acres Inc., Dorene and John Belisle applied to operate a craft distillery and sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant lounge at 6140 Guide Meridian Drive, Lynden, WA 98264. Filed March 29. Nooksack Northwood Casino, Nooksack Indian Tribe applied to sell beer/wine at a speciality shop and retail spirits at 9750 Northwood Road, Suite B, Lynden, WA 98264. Filed March 29. Recently Approved Dickerson Distributors at 1313 Meador Ave.,

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beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed April 26. The Markets at 8135 Birch Bay Square St.,

Blaine, WA 98230, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in/outside of WA. Filed April 26.

Wal-Mart #2450 at 4420 Meridian St.,

Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a license change to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed April 26. Lynden Wine & Spirits at 610 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 24.

The Fair Food Pavilion at 8130 Guide Meridian,

Lynden, WA 98264, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 24. Everson Market #43 at 210 Main St. E, Everson, WA 98247, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 23. Fairhaven Market #25 at 1401 12th St.,

Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 23.

The Market at Lakeway at 1030 Lakeway Drive,

Bellingham, WA 98229, was approved for a license change to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed April 23.

Haggen Food & Pharmacy #163 at 1815 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248, was approved for a

license change to be a direct shipment receiverin WA only. Filed April 20.

Target Stores T-0348 at 30 Bellis Fair Parkway,

Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a license change to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed April 20.

Ferndale Cost Cutter #453 at 1750 Labounty Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248, was approved for a

license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 19. Haggen Foods No. 11 at 2814 Meridian St.,

Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 19.

Meridian Cost Cutter #67 at 4131 Guide Meridian Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a

license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 18.

Sunset Cost Cutter #448 at 1275 E. Sunset Drive,

Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a license change to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. Filed April 18.

T.C. Trading Company at 1755 Boblett St.,

Blaine, WA 98230, was approved to be a spirits importer. Filed April 18.

Everson Liquor Store at 103 W. Main St. 1B,

Everson, WA 98247, was approved to be a CLS spirits retailer. Filed April 16.

Haggen Foods No. 11 at 2814 Meridian St.,

Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a change of corporate officer on a license to be a direct shipment receiver-in WA only. April 10.

Starvin’ Sams #6 at 5296 Guide Meridian,

Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a change of corporate officer on a license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed April 6.

Wild Buffalo House of Music at 208 W. Holly St.,

Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a change of corporate officer on a license to sell spirits/beer/ wine in a restaurant lounge. Filed April 5.

Chuckanut Brewery at 601 W. Holly St.,

Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for permits to operate a microbrewery. Filed April 4.

Lighthouse Bar & Grill at 1 Bellwether Way,

Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a change of trade name of a license to sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant lounge. Filed March 29.

Discontinued Ferndale Truckstop at 1678 Main St., Ferndale,

WA 98248, was discontinued as grocery store selling beer/wine. Filed April 20.

BANKRUPTCIES Chapter 7 Carl Francis and Tanya Lee Hunter, case no.

12-13394-KAO. Filed April 2.

Michael Ashley Quinn, case no. 12-13403-KAO.

Filed April 2.

BBJToday.com Mark Eldon and Cynthia Corrine Assink, case no. 12-13434-KAO. Filed April 3. Deborah Lynn Parcells, case no. 12-13443-KAO. Filed April 3. Teresa Marie Coleman, case no. 12-13474-KAO. Filed April 4. Nicole Irene Jerozal, case no. 12-13501-KAO. Filed April 5. Timothy Andrew and Synthia Marie Huff, case no. 12-13575-KAO. Filed April 6. Michael Christopher and Holly Marie Spanier,

case no. 12-13620-KAO. Filed April 9.

Kay Diane Dayss, case no. 12-13651-KAO. Filed

April 10.

Theresa Marie Diekman, case no. 12-13709-KAO.

Filed April 11.

Bethany Dalene Johnson, case no. 12-13796-

KAO. Filed April 13.

Jeri Laura Mumma, case no. 12-13798-KAO. Filed

April 13.

Shawn and Michele Beth Davey, case no.

12-13807-KAO. Filed April 13.

Triad Electrical Contractors Inc., $101,244.70 in

unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 5. Robert Christoffer, $3,298.64 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 6. Naturally Decadent Affairs, $3,064.63 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 10. Lawrence N. Page, $8,232.19 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 11. Lee D. Theophilus, $39,959.56 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 12. Timothy A. Maguire, $105,306 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 16. Charles E. Marquart III, $5,657.66 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 16. Ridge Wine Bar LLC, $1,055.68 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 17. Colleen F. Koch, $1,408,569.72 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 17.

JUDGMENTS Eric Arthur and Tina Dee Weston fka Weston Roofing LLC, $2,182.97 in unpaid Department of

Filed April 20.

Filed April 9.

Diller Construction Enterprise dba Whatcom Waterfront Construction, $2,738.47 in unpaid

Stop Drop & Clean LLC, $2,412.24 in unpaid

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Hannegan Super Market LLC, $1,383.54 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Innovative Industrial Construction, $13,387.05 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Wildwest Express Inc. dba Point Roberts Auto Freight, $2,357.67 in unpaid Department of

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20.

Wildwest Express Inc. dba Point Roberts Auto Freight, $2,343.50 in unpaid Department of

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Premier Packing LLC, $24,405.29 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20.

Rollan S. and Edith Faye Woodward dba Pioneer CTR Cleaners & Laundry, $1,610.88 in unpaid

Darcie Patricia Williams, case no. 12-13930-KAO.

unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Lisa Diane Green and Christopher Allen Green,

Ben and Jane Doe Laveille fka 20-20 Motorsports LLC, $843.33 in unpaid Department

of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Hannegan Super Market LLC, $1,606.35 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Steve Anderson Construction Inc., $2,768.46 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Grand View Sign & Awning, $3,490.26 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 17.

Jared M. Lankhaar, case no. 12-13940-KAO. Filed

Fraser Sand and Gravel Inc., $9,539.96 in unpaid

Harold Herringa dba Ha Lo Herringa Dairy,

Mason Stuart and Ashley Nicole Gamble, case

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Elvin Duane and Barbara Edna Cline, case no.

Harjit and Jane Doe Kaur fka Pacific Trans Xpress Inc., $2,817.94 in unpaid Department of

Veronica and Antolin Bustamante Villa, case no.

Living Systems Restoration LLC, $373.68 in

no. 12-13821-KAO. Filed April 13. 12-13876-KAO. Filed April 16.

12-13877-KAO. Filed April 16.

Filed April 17.

case no. 12-13932-KAO. Filed April 17.

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

April 17.

DLI taxes. April 25.

Michelle E. Gitts, case no. 12-13972-KAO. Filed

Milts Pizza Place LLC, $1,529.07 in unpaid DLI

Matt Wendell Beck, case no. 12-13990-KAO. Filed

David and Jane Doe Vargo fka Elements Construction & Development LLC, $1,286.11 in

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April 18.

taxes. Filed April 25.

Michelle Leigh O’Keefe, case no. 12-14017-KAO.

unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Clark Wayne and Rachel Adele Geleynse, case

Doeden Enterprises LLC dba Golden Dreams Adult Family Home, $1,310,96 in unpaid

Filed April 19.

no. 12-14068-KAO. Filed April 20.

David Michael and Elizabeth Nicole Huerta, case no. 12-14095-KAO. Filed April 20. Ryan Leo Zimmerman, case no. 12-14101-KAO. Filed April 20. Matthew Allen Qualls, case no 12-14148-KAO. Filed April 23. Kimberly Kay Beeman, case no. 12-14153-KAO. Filed April 23. Warren E. Conrad, case no. 12-14263-KAO. Filed April 25. Robert Gordon Lipke, case no. 12-14274-KAO. Filed April 25. JoAnne Marie Folsom, case no. 12-14301-KAO. Filed April 26. Edward Samuel Myers, case no. 12-14378-KAO. Filed April 27. Michael Kenneth West, case no. 12-14389-KAO. Filed April 27. Tyler Jared Vankatwijk, case no. 12-14424-KAO. Filed April 27, Chapter 11 No cases reported. Chapter 13 No cases reported.

TAX LIENS Marianne Zweegman, $28,047.48 in unpaid IRS

taxes. Filed March 27.

Domenic Scianna, $43,892.14 in unpaid IRS

taxes. Filed March 28.

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Barbara and John Doe Bruland dba Hungry Bear Family Restaurant, $499.39 in unpaid

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25. Dogsport Gear USA Inc., $647.56 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25. Gabe 5 LLC dba Parkway Chevron LLC, $342.08 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25. Oynx Coffee LLC, $148.47 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25. Lincoln Green Nursery LLX, $1,029.56 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25. Edward Leigh and Jane Doe Howe dba House Painting by Ed Howe, $881.06 in unpaid

Lakeway Realty Inc., Fairhaven Realty ,

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Arlene J. Doeden, Golden Dreams Adult Family

Downtown Bobs LLC dba Bobs Burgers & Brew,

$50,983.38 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed March 28.

Home, $5,581.04 in unpaid IRS taxes. March 28. JFB Inc., Cliff House Restaurant, $65,036.22 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed March 28. Rolf G. Beckhusen, $6,849.86 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed March 29. Mark S. Decd and Renata L. Cunningham, $ 22,089.28 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed March 30. McKinnon Plumbing Inc., $7,100.66 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 4. Bill A. and Louis A. Sygitowicz, $25,888.48 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 4. Lonnie L and Rhonda Rouse, $14,969.23 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 4.

$12,029.25 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed April 24. Vanzanten & Son LCC, $9,188.72 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 23. Champion Drywall Inc., $2,205 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 23. Ad Ventures Publishing Inc., $290.07 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 20. Diller Construction Enterprises Inc. dba Whatcom Waterfront Construction, $8,504.24

in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes.

Downtown Bobs LLC dba Bobs Burgers and Brew, $3,774.82 in unpaid Department of Labor

& Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Ponytail LLC dba Honey, $1,169.76 in unpaid

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Larry B. and Myla Susan Musselwhite dba Liquor Agency #641, $5,635.39 in unpaid Department of

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Quality Trailers LLC, $224.98 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Harold Thomas and Louise Kay Heeringa dba Ha La Heeringa Dairy, $1,507.13 in unpaid

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Muscle Marketing USA Inc., $1,146.70 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Timothy Scott Moore dba Slide Mountain Bar & Grill, $873.83 in unpaid Department of Labor

& Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Northshore Hardscapes LLC, $2,149.73 in unpaid

Ronald Lewis Wolfmeyer dba Wolfmeyer Enterprises, $34,172.13 in unpaid Department

Revenue taxes. Filed April 16.

Clark Wesley Casey Jr. dba Northwest Custom Insulation, $6,239.59 in unpaid Employment

Maria Lissette and John Doe Hall dba SPA Painting, $15,450.05 in unpaid Department of

$6,431.74 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Danielle Kazemzadeh dba Danielles, $3,311.86

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

& Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

Michael W. Marquart dba Mikes R/C World,

Darlene B. Brandreth-Gibbs dba Ladybug Nurseries, $2,694.31 in unpaid Department of

$3,201.91 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 17.

B & J Professionals dba Servicemaster of Whatcom County, $4,217.01 in unpaid

Maria Lissette and John Doe Hall dba SCA Painting, $443.45 in unpaid Department of Labor

Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 2.

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Kris’s Mini Mart Inc., $587.90 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Platinum Builders Inc., $7,432.76 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed April 16. Raindance Roofing Inc., $2,420.24 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 12. Tera Lorimer dba Sorellas On The Bay, $1,253.33 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 12. Community to Community, $2,377.66 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 12. Triton Marine Industries, $1,217.44 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed April 10.

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25. Northshore Hardscapes LLC, $2,359.58 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 25.

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Security Department taxes. Filed April 10.

Anthony William and Jane Doe Kesslau dba Kesslau Construction, $4,264.86 in unpaid

Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9. La Vie En Rose Bellingham LLC, $963.16 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9. Pioneer Post Frame Construction, $25,544.28 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9. Joe Zender & Sons Inc., $20,660.13 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9. Brian Joseph and Jane Doe Trudeau fka BJT Holding Inc., $5,591.02 in unpaid Department

of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9. Railworks Inc., $4,971.83 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9.

George and Jane Doe Keizer dba Keizers AA Meats, $6,008.24 in unpaid Department of Labor

& Industries taxes. Filed April 9.

Jason R. and Janis Kathleen Pealatere dba Pealatere Construction, $4,044.81 in unpaid

Department of Revenue taxes. Filed April 9.

Bellingham Whatcom Radiator & Battery Repair, $4,829.82 in unpaid Department of

Revenue taxes. Filed April 9. Altus Industries Inc., $6,176.08 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed April 9. Reeves Cricket Ranch Inc., $217.89 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 9. C & H Management Services Inc., $10,647.85 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes.

of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Zippy Services LLC, $1,517.19 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Raindance Roofing Inc., $5,957.10 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Bellingham Whatcom Radiator & Battery Repair Inc., $2,505.53 in unpaid Department of

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Turtle Island Contracting Inc., $347.16 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. JMJP Pizza LLC dba Dominos Pizza, $8,230.64 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Champion Drywall Inc., $2,396.32 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Fairhaven Fish & Chips Inc., $443.89 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Fit for Bellingham LLC, $511.72 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. SK Motorsport Inc., $2,013.51 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Emad T. and Tamara I. Eyoub dba Starvin Sams XVII, $239.47 in unpaid Department of Labor &

Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Robert Joseph Boule dba Smugglers Inn Bed & Breakfast, $594.17 in unpaid Department of

Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Net Solutions North America LLC, $414.30 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Paul D. Twedt, $248.28 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. Gilles Funeral Homes Inc., $1,853.68 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Joseph Israel Murphy dba Better Off Road LLC, $246.54 in unpaid Department of Labor &

Industries taxes. Filed March 30.

Ryan David Caillier dba G P & J, $1,640.28 in

unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed March 30. B & B Painting Co. Inc., $21,400.99 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed March 29.


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