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City officials, stakeholders assess future of Bellingham’s center

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ob Camandona believes in a simple mantra for the futurity of downtown Bellingham: Growth is good. “The thing I want more than anything else downtown is people,” said Camandona, executive director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership. “This is one of the crown jewels of Whatcom County, and I feel like we need to act soon.” Along with Bellingham city officials and local nonprofit groups, the partnership is reaching out to downtown stakeholders, property developers, business owners, residents and others to refocus the area’s master plan. Organizers hope to identify barriers to downtown development and determine the best approach to maintain vitality in the city center. They plan to present a new Sub-Area Plan for the downtown core to the city council by spring 2013. It is one the first major attempts at strategizing downtown planning since Bellingham implemented its 2002 City Center Master Plan. Darby Galligan, a development specialist for the city of Bellingham, said one major goal of the process was to define the borders of a downtown area amid other surrounding neighborhoods and districts. Various regulatory overlays have sectioned off Bellingham’s center into a mosaic of zones all with differing rules, restrictions and master plans. Galligan said zone overlaps

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have made it more challenging for business owners to figure out which development areas they fall into. “That’s a big part of the discussion,” Galligan said. “Let’s figure out where the Downtown SubArea boundary is.”

Survey highlights the good and bad Organizers spent the fall of 2011 gathering input on various aspects of the city center from local residents and business owners with the help of an online

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survey dubbed “myDowntown.” They released the results in March. Of the 230 survey respondents who said they had business interests downtown, 81 percent said it was a “good” or “fair” place for commerce. The downtown’s central location, its character and its proximity to services were the top factors business owners cited in the survey that drove them to set up shop in the area. On the other end, parking, permitting fees and land or buildinguse codes were picked as the three biggest barriers to downtown business development. Camandona said since the

fter Aluminum Boats Australia picked the Fairhaven waterfront to base its new American subsidiary, the Port of Bellingham stood ready to gain a job-generating tenant with an international footprint. However, less than one month after leasing plans were drawn up for Building 7 in the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park, the company backed out saying it would be too expensive to use the facility. The reversal was a total surprise for port officials as a sevenmonth wooing process, once thought a done deal, was dashed in early May. “I think that everyone involved believes we all gave it our best shot,” said Shirley McFearin, the port’s real estate development manager. “It came down to just our facility did not meet the needs of ABA.” Company owners found the property unsuitable mainly due to federal salmon habitat and tidelands protections restricting them from building a facility in the bay waters that would give them

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Who’s news in Bellingham & Whatcom business Grimstead joins WWU’s Small Business Development Center Eric Grimstead has been added to the staff of certified business advisers at Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics’ Small Business Development Center. Grimstead has more than 20 years of experience in direct response marketing, business development and financial analysis. He also has extensive experience in Internet marketing including search engine optimization, social media marketing, Eric Grimstead and e-commerce development. Grimstead earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound. He first joined the Small Business Development Center in March 2008 where he becoming certified in the SBDC state network. He spent the past three years working as a business strategist for Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality.

Stan Snapp elected new Opportunity Council president Bellingham City Council member Stan Snapp has been elected the new president of the Opportunity Council. The nonprofit’s board of directors voted on new officers for 20122013 during an April 26 meeting. Other new officers are vice president Mamie Lackie, Whatcom County senior deputy public defender; treasurStan Snapp er Terry Greer, a CPA in Island County; secretary Ramona Menish, supervisor of the Early Head Start Program in Snohomish County;

PLANNER | FROM 2 “Tour attendees can expect to see innovative remodels and urban landscapes that incorporate unique ideas full of flavor and attitude,” Sustainable Connections events coordinator Erin McCain Anderson said. “Each site has a story onto itself and is packed full useful tips, takeaways and onsite experts to help jumpstart your next green project.” New this year, the tour will offer audio tours of select sites. The short audio segments, which can be downloaded to a smartphone, will highlight aspects of the home from the homeowner or builder perspective. Admission includes access to all tour stops, and

past president Judi Edwards, a Bellingham business owner; and officer-at-large Crystal Garvin, who also serves as chair of the Head Start Policy Council. The board officers were elected for oneyear terms. The Opportunity Council is a community-action agency governed by a volunteer board equally representing the private, public and low-income sectors of Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties. See www. oppco.org.

Uerling joins Ferndale’s Corion Landscape Management Jayne Uerling as been appointed as field supervisor of Ferndale-based Corion Landscape Management, which provides comprehensive maintenance services for businesses, condominium associations, assisted-living facilities, medical facilities and multi-family properties. Uerling earned a bachelor’s from Cornell UniJayne Uerling versity in floriculture and ornamental horticulture with an emphasis in ornamental landscape. She studied landscape architecture and has designed private gardens, courtyards and village greens. She also holds degrees in surveying and mapping, as well as civil engineering technology.

Quinn named managing partner at Barron Smith Daugert firm Sallye Quinn has been named managing partner at the Bellingham law firm Barron Smith Daugert. Quinn joined Barron Smith Daugert’s business solutions team in 2004, Sallye Quinn becoming a partner in 2010. As managing partner, she will oversee

a detailed tour map and resource guide all about the products and services featured by local design enthusiasts. Tickets are $12 and available starting in early June at www.sustainableconnections.org, and for sale at Village Books, the Community Food Co-op and other locations throughout Bellingham.

EXPORT ADVISING SEMINAR The Bellingham office of Moss Adams LLP accounting firm has partnered with the Washington Small Business Development Center and the International Trade Alliance to offer small and midsize businesses a twoday seminar on export-

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ing products and services overseas. The seminar will take place at Moss Adams June 27-28 and cover many critical topics, including tax considerations, financing, logistics, international marketing and certifications, intellectual property, risk and expansion. “This is a unique opportunity for businesses looking to enter the world market for the first time,” David Parlato, senior manager at Moss Adams, said. Following the seminar’s last session, Moss Adams will host a social networking event for attendees, advisers and other exporters at Jalapeno’s Family Mexican Restaurant in Barkley Village. See www.wsbdc.org/ training-calendar for registration information.

day-to-day management for the firm, as well as policy making and implementation. She will continue to focus her practice in real estate, business formations and transactions, and creditors’ rights. The company is online at www.barronsmithlaw.com.

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Bellingham law firm announces new hires, including one former Whatcom County prosecutor Zender Thurston P.S., a Bellingham civil practice law firm, has hired Evan Jones and Jolyn Hunt as associates. Jones will work in the areas of litigation, municipal law and estate planning. He earned his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, Cum Laude. He comes to the firm after working as a prosecutor for Whatcom County.

Hunt will primarily practice in the area of insurance defense and litigation. She earned her Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. Hunt has extensive experience in insurance defense and medical malpractice litigation.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph honors six nurses for excellence The 2012 PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Nurses of Excellence Awards were awarded Monday, May 7, in a ceremony honoring the contributions nurses make to patients, families and the communities they serve. The ceremony took place during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. PeaceHealth honored registered nurse Diane Rientjes-Green with the “Distinguished Nurse of the Year” award. The capstone honor is awarded to a nurse, selected from the year’s Nurses of Excellence, who has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, skills and behavior in all aspects of nursing practice. Other nurses honored include: “Advocacy for Patients” – Cathy Sue Allen, RN, Intensive Care Unit. “Leadership” – Diane Rientjes-Green, RN, Behavioral Health. “Advancing the Profession”—Michelle Corzine, RN, Surgical Services. “Legacy of Nursing” – Kathryn Rose Goss, RN, awarded posthumously. “Mentoring” – Mary-Ann Kolozsy, RN, Observation Unit. In 2009, the Nursing “Wall of Excellence” was established in the corridor by the hospital’s East Tower with an art piece, titled “Healing Garden,” by Seattle artist Kim Drew. The piece is on permanent display along with the nursing awards.

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Small-scale baseball owners rarely earn profits, but for them the game’s worth it By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com

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ather than catch the action on the diamond during Bellingham Bells’ home games last season, team owner Eddie Popwalski decided to spend each night at Joe Martin Field standing near the front gates. As fans trickled down from the stadium’s green grandstands, he’d ask them questions any baseball lover would want to know: How many outs left in the inning? Who made that last play? How’s our pitcher looking? The fans often wouldn’t have answers, Popwalski said. They’d just want to talk about how great a time they’d been having. “There’s a real positive energy about being involved in baseball that really gets my heart beating,” Popwalski said. “I’m hoping to help build a community center where baseball is played; where lifetime memories are created.” Entering his second season owning the Bells, a collegiate summer team that plays in the West Coast League, Popwalski said his focus on the fans’ experience was key to running the club. As the WCL’s nine teams take the field to

start the 2012 season this month – opening day was June 1 –they’ll be playing in a league that attracts a steady stream of top college talent, and which last season saw a 29 percent increase in league-wide attendance figures. Despite the signs of success, owning a small baseball team is rarely a moneymaking enterprise, league president Ken Wilson said. Though a couple of West Coast League teams are usually able to turn a profit at the end of each season, Wilson said for team owners, bringing in dollars isn’t the point. “That’s not the main focus of these businesses,” Wilson said. Popwalski said he bought the Bells in November 2010 for both his love of baseball and the fact his son, Danny, a college player at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., wanted to play summer ball in the Pacific Northwest where the family lives. Danny ended up playing for the WCL’s Walla Walla Sweets during the 2010 season, which had recently been bought by a family friend. After the season, Popwalski decided he wanted in on the business of baseball. His timing was perfect.

Bellingham Bells owner Eddie Popwalski, left, and the team’s general manager Nick Caples stand at home plate on Joe Martin Field. (Cover) Bells outfielder Derek Atkinson at bat during a 2011 game. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO/COVER PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BELLINGHAM BELLS Brett Sports & Entertainment, which had owned the Bells since 2008, had just put the team on the market. Popwalski said he jumped at the chance in part due to Bellingham’s proximity to his home in Bellevue, where he runs a real estate investment firm. Bellingham is no stranger to baseball. From 1973 to 1996, Joe Martin Field was home to a “single A” minor league team, which played in the Northwest League and featured a number of baseball greats throughout its history, including a young Ken Griffey Jr. Popwalski was convinced Bellingham locals had passion for the Bells due to baseball’s long history in the city. “It’s really second-to-none in the West Coast League,” he said. “I had a feeling there’d be a lot of pent-up demand.” He wasted no time placing his mark on the team. The Bells received a complete makeover with new uniforms and a new logo prior to the 2011 season. He had new stadium seats installed down the baselines. The bullpen area was also rebuilt, and a new patio for fans was placed just off third base. Nick Caples, the Bells’ general manager, said the additions to the stadium would also benefit the youth, high school and amateur players who use the field – reflecting a desire of Popwalski and himself to support local baseball in all its forms. “When we make these capital improve-

ments, it’s not just for the Bells, it’s for the greater good of baseball,” Caples said. By far the largest expense for the Bells, and true for any small baseball team, is travel. Caples said the WCL has managed to find ways to keep travel costs manageable for its teams, including using buses instead of planes and tweaking the game schedule of the two-month season to save as much money as possible. Wilson said team owners coordinate closely to set dates for games, ensuring a team won’t have to play back-to-back nights on either end of the league’s territory, which spans from Oregon to British Columbia. Another big money-saver is the league’s host-family system.Rather than pay to put up its full roster in a hotel for the summer, the Bells partner with local fans who volunteer to feed and house players for the duration of the season. As the Bells open their 2012 campaign with a home series against the Wenatchee AppleSox, Caples said while there’s always a focus on winning games, going forward most of his attention will be centered on the fans. “As competitive of a guy as I am, and as competitive a guy as Eddie is, we can’t control anything that happens on the field,” he said. “All of our attention is focused on making sure when those gates open, it’s a fun, clean, safe place for families to be.”

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and its lack of staff doesn’t help counter the unsettling vibe, he said. Camandona said he’s heard reports of vandalism and other shady activities in the parkade. “It’s not merely vandalism here and there,” he said “There seems to be something out-of-control about it.” Looking at the planning process ahead, Camandona said he thinks all parties involved need to step outside their biases and point themselves in a direction that will benefit as many interests as possible. The biggest obstacle to growth is really just a fear of failure, he said. “People are really worried about failing,” he said. “If the fear of failure guides every decision, we’re only going to bump along.”


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suggestions for additional things to do, places to visit, and foods to try. No one knows a community like those who live there. After all, the best people to “sell” a destination are the ones who experience it. At Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism we provide a lot of tips and suggestions to visitors. We provide a lot of maps too! But we have a small staff, and although we do our best to personally experience as much of the recreational, culinary, cultural, and natural offerings of our county as possible, we can’t do it all. We rely upon you to help fill the gaps – to

share your stories and recommendations as well. Make it personal. Tell us where you saw the first spring flowers poking through the snow at your favorite trailhead. Better yet, send us a picture. Send lots of pictures! You could even win a prize in the Tourism Bureau’s bi-monthly photo contest. Make it easy. If you’re a blogger, send us a link. If you’re on Facebook, go to Bellingham-Mt. Baker and “like us”, add your comments to our posts. Follow us on Twitter. Upload video snippets to our YouTube account. Make it business. Add media@bellingham.org to your press release

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distribution list so we can share news about your business. If you hold special events that would appeal to visitors, post your information on the Bellingham.org calendar. If you are part of an association or organization who holds

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Public-private partnership makes quick work of Bellingham firm’s employment need that would help her reach her company’s employment needs. With collaboration from the Northn spring 2010, HeathTecna’s human west Economic Council, the Northwest resources director Laura Henderson had Workforce Council and the Washington a nearly impossible task in front of her. State Department of Commerce, HeathNew production contracts for the Tecna created a pre-employment training Bellingham-based manufacturer of pasprogram that not only met the company’s senger aircraft interiors were booming, and immediate need, but in the two years since Henderson needed to has hired and trained hire more people – a lot more than 600 new SECOND OF TWO PARTS more. employees for the BellRead the first installment of HeathTecna needed ingham firm. this series covering Whatcom to recruit, hire and train Gary Smith, regional County ‘s bridge between enough new workers manager for the Northstate government and private take its employee base west Workforce Council, business interests, “Port from around 185 people said HeathTecna’s situstepping up as economic to more than 300, all ation is an example of driver,” at BBJToday.com. within about a month. how even if there are “That couldn’t be large numbers of availdone by myself,” Henable workers, it doesn’t derson said. “We needed to formulate a automatically mean employers will start team.” hiring, especially for employers requiring The firm needed more than just workworkers with specific skills. ers. It needed skilled hires able to read “You hear over and over and over again blueprints, calculate mathematics and get that employers aren’t able to find workers quickly up-to-speed on the computer softwith the skill sets they need,” Smith said. ware HeathTecna used for its manufactur“It’s hard for people to understand if you ing process. can have such a high unemployment rate, Henderson decided to reach out to a why aren’t those people working? But what coalition of government, nonprofit and educational groups to develop a program WORK | Page 13 By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com

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ACME’S ZENITH

Whatcom business delivers local food to more than 300 area residents each week. By Evan Marczynski evan@bbjtoday.com

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hen Cara Piscitello and Joy Rubey began a local food delivery service in June 2011, they set out to create a system that would benefit northwest Washington farmers and food suppliers. As they developed the model that would eventually become ACME Farms and Kitchen, they realized that to accomplish that goal they would need to approach their business from a perspective usually thought to be completely opposite. “We’re the consumer, we’re the demographic, we’re the target audience. That’s what we just stuck with,” Rubey said. “We created this basically for ourselves, and we gambled on the fact that there’s got to be people like us out there.” Now in their second year in business, Piscitello and Rubey are moving into a 5,400-square-foot location in the Dalquist Building at 1313 N. State St. in downtown Bellingham. The new storefront will eventually include a commercial kitchen, a distribution facility, an event space and an office. They plan to open by late June. ACME operates almost entirely with consumers in mind. Members of the service, which supplies

local food to more than 300 people in Whatcom County, purchase weekly orders online that are delivered straight to their homes. The owners grow about 90 percent of the company’s produce and raise bison on a 115-acre plot of land in the county. They also buy from more than 30 food growers and suppliers, most of which are located within 100 miles of Bellingham. Piscitello said they started the business in order to connect their members with the source of their food and also to get them out of the supermarket. “They can do almost all of their grocery shopping online with us and buy all local,” she said.

‘THE LOCAVORE BOX’ The service’s “locavore box” is by far its most popular product. Each box includes a selection of meat, seafood, bread, pasta, cheese, eggs, dairy and seasonal produce. Boxes also include recipes for meals that can be created with the “locavore” ingredients. Rubey said ACME’s first year in operation was used as more of a test run to see how well customers would respond. Initially, they didn’t offer prepackaged boxes or meal plans. Instead they allowed

Joy Rubey, left, and Cara Piscitello inside ACME Farms and Kitchen’s new State Street location. They expect to move in by late June. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO people to just pick whatever produce they’d want off the company’s website. They realized fairly quickly that in order to get more people eating local, they would have to not only sell food but also help people learn to cook with the food they offered. “We rolled it out and we realized – they actually want us to tell them what to eat,” Rubey said. “Our focus has shifted to putting more local meals on the table, rather than just selling produce.” Giving their members more direction also helped them clear hurdles in their supply process, including getting people used to cooking and consuming more uncom-

mon food products such as homogenized milk, raw beans and bread made without preservatives.

A NEW STOREFRONT Once ACME Farms and Kitchen moves into its new location, it will be one of the first businesses inside the neglected Dahlquist Building, which has a long history on State Street but has remained mostly empty for years. Along with ACME, Dashi Noodle Bar, a downtown Asian restaurant located on Unity Street – run by Josh Silverman, the

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aCme | FROM 10 former owner and chef of the upscale Nimbus restaurant that closed in July 2011 – will move into the building this summer. Rubey said the move to the heart of Bellingham would help them get more face-to-face time with their members. It will also provide a central base for delivery. Until now, the company has had to coordinate deliveries between members, suppliers and its farm in Acme, which has proved challenging, Rubey said. Piscitello said the commercial kitchen space will allow them to expand the business to create “valueadded” items such as sauces and dressings.

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“The biggest obstacle for people eating more local food is time. ... If we can eliminate the majority of that time spent, then we’ve run out of excuses.” Cara Piscitello They also plan to make the kitchen available to local chefs, food-truck vendors and others who need commercial cooking space. The new location should serve as a good spot to develop the next phase of their business, Piscitello said, offering pre-prepped or even pre-prepared meals for members in order to make the mission of ACME Farms and Kitchen much simpler to accomplish. Getting people hooked on eating local is a multifaceted process, Rubey said. By keeping members out of grocery stores, they can help reduce the amount of food that winds up going to waste, while saving their members money, she said. Piscitello said developing all the tools to help consumers eat local helps people conquer the timedraining drawback of having to run to the supermarket multiple times each week just to get enough ingredients to put meals on the table. “The biggest obstacle for people eating more local food is time. It’s time for shopping, time for cooking, time for meal planning,” Piscitello said. “If we can eliminate the majority of that time spent, then we’ve run out of excuses.”

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Shipping Terminal Project Boosts Local Economy Sponsored content provided by Port of Bellingham

With huge cranes, a 315foot barge and up to 335 workers, a Bellingham maritime construction project has been attracting a lot of positive interest recently. This project at the Port of Bellingham’s Shipping Terminal is an example of the economic benefit the community can gain when its maritime assets are put to use. Last fall Greenberr y Industrial, a Va n c o u v e r, Wash.-based firm with manufacturing facilitie in nearby Ferndale, Wash., and Superior Energy Services of Houston, chose Bellingham to construct and assemble huge components of a specialized modular process that needed to be built on land and then installed atop the barge, before being towed to Alaska in June. Locations in Seattle and Vancouver, Wash., were also considered for

this timesensitive project. C o m p a ny officials said they c h o s e Bellingham because it was the closest

to Dutch Har b or, Alaska, did not require moving the barge over the Columbia River bar and the area was known for a strong skilled workforce. “The Port of Bellingham is one of the best kept secrets,” said Captain Scott Powell, Superior’s

Vice President for Marine Te c h n i c a l Services. “It is the closest deep-water US port to Alaska with very good intermodal transportation options.” They also credited the Port with offering a very

affordable lease rate and with working w i t h t h e companies to m a k e s e v e n modifications to their original leases so that the companies could have the fu l l amount of space they needed for their project. The shortter m l e a s e s provided over $195,000 to the Port, but that was just part of the Port’s equation in evaluating the lease. “ E c o n o m i c development and job creation are two of the highest priorities at the Port and this project fully met those goals,” Port Interim Executive Director Rob Fix said. “Throughout the organization, our staff works very hard to provide good customer service to our tenants and to create jobgenerating opportunities for our community.”

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the employers are saying is they don’t have the skills that I need to make my operation run.” Smith said the successful collaborative project would likely be used as a model for other companies in the future also desperate for large numbers of new workers.

efforts LAUDED as job RATE steadIES In November 2011, the training program received special recognition as a recipient of the Governor’s Best Practice Award, which recognizes programs and projects that create jobs and economic activity in the state while at the same time giving new workers the training they need to land living-wage jobs.

“This company is a job creator in our community. We had a business with a big need. It was a clear need, so it gave us all a common goal.”

PIECING TOGETHER THE PROCESS At the start of its training program, HeathTecna ran two weeklong training sessions each month. Potential new employees went through 40 hours of training in eight-hour daily sessions. From start to finish, workers could be on the production floor in less than a month, Henderson said. Due to a drop in its current employment need, the company is now running just one session per month as the program continues

BBJToday.com moving forward. Smith said a major hurdle organizers managed to clear was securing waivers for trainees who were collecting unemployment, which allowed them to continue receiving benefits even if they didn’t have additional time outside of training to actively seek jobs. “That made a big difference on people’s willingness to sit in a classroom unpaid for two weeks,” he said. “They didn’t need to be out hitting the bricks looking for work.” Henderson said it was great to have nonprofit

entities and government officials be able to step in and handle such red-tape issues.Before enrolling in the sessions, trainees are put through a prescreening process—the same process HeathTecna uses for all potential new hires—including drug tests and criminal background checks. Trainees go through the same process again if they are later offered a job.

GETTING WORK IS NO GUARANTEE Henderson said there are usually 30 to 35 people in

each session, and HeathTecna expects at least 80 percent of the trainees in each one to finish the training program. At the very end, trainees are given a test to assess what they’ve learned. HeathTecna selects which ones will be given jobs based on their attendance in training and how well they acclimate to the demands of the company’s production process. There is no guarantee people will be offered a jobs, even if they complete the program. The company funds the training through grants

from the federal Workforce Investment Act, which it is required to match with its own money. Smith said he thought the most unique aspect of the program was the collaboration between public and private entities to create a solution that would benefit everyone. “This company is a job generator in our community,” Smith said. “We had a business with a big need, and we looked at our capacities in the community to see which components of that need we could meet. It was a clear need, so it gave us all a common goal.”

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“By introducing our unemployed to our companies seeking additional talent, we’re helping our economic recovery two-fold,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said after the award announcment. “We’re putting our unemployed back to work, while ensuring our companies have the workforce needed to succeed and expand.” Washington’s unemployment rate has dropped significantly in the past year, but in recent months has remained at about 8 percent. The rate reached 10 percent in October 2009 after steady spikes in jobless numbers each month since February of that year, when economists say the recession first began to impact Washington workers. The state has remained mostly on par with national jobless numbers in 2012, according to an April report from the Employment Security Department. Manufacturers, particularly aerospace products and parts makers such as HeathTecna, have been at the head of Washington’s job growth.

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ith the ceremonial toss of a cabbage, the Bellingham Farmers Market’s annual opening each April serves as a call for local residents to shake off the dreariness of another winter and head downtown. Now in its 20th year, the Bellingham Farmers Market is beginning to attract national attention. In 2011, Sunset magazine ranked the Bellingham market number one on its top 10 list of farmers markets across the western U.S., beating out markets in Hawaii, Santa Fe, N.M., and the Central Valley of California. As the Wednesday Fairhaven market gets set to open in June on the Village Green on Mill Street, we asked market director Caprice Teske what’s new and what’s to come as the event enters its third decade. BBJ: What are the biggest changes visitors will likely notice this year? Teske: Since this is our 20th Season, we are creating fun ways for the community to celebrate with us over all 38 Saturday Market days. The first Saturday of the month we are featuring “20 Percent Off Days” to thank our customers for their continued support. Vendors are encouraged to feature at least one of their products at a 20 percent discount on these days. We hope this will create a fun way for customers to

consider trying something new or to purchase that one item they’ve been eyeing for a while. The second Saturday of each month will be “Garden Talks,” featuring master gardeners sharing their knowledge and information about various aspects of starting or caring for gardens. The third Saturday of each month is our “Chef in the Market” program. This year it’s even better, with two different chefs doing demos each time – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The demos include information on local produce, recipes and free samples. The last Saturday of each month is our “Kids in the Market,” featuring local children selling their handcrafted items. We also have special kids’ activities on these days, hosted by Common Threads Farm. BBJ: The Wednesday market in Fairhaven always seems to have a different feel from the one downtown. Is it meant to be distinct? Teske: It really feels like our markets have taken on the personality of the specific spaces and communities that support them. The Wednesday market is able to take a much more laid-back approach, since we have the benefit of the Fairhaven Village Green, where families can relax and stay awhile. With 20 to 25 vendors each Wednesday, its smaller size really enables customers to spend time getting to know the farmers and other vendors, so I think a

Market director Caprice Teske outside Depot Market Square. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO lot of great customer/ vendor relationships are forged. BBJ: The Farmers Market functions as both a shopping center and a weekend community event. How do you balance the business with the fun? Teske: It certainly takes a lot of finesse. The atmosphere that the buskers and other entertainment bring is certainly a cornerstone of the market’s identity and has developed over the years as the market has gained popularity. Our mission also includes providing educational opportunities for customers, so we often host local nonprofits wishing to share their message. Since our primary mission is to connect customers with local

producers, our priority has to be making sure that customers can access the vendors easily. Some days it’s easier to reach this balance than others. BBJ: What do you think about the independent vendors who usually set up outside the market while it’s open? Teske: We understand that we can’t be all things to all people, and it’s clear that we also don’t have the space to accommodate everyone that wants to be a part of the market. It’s a compliment that people feel that setting up near the market is a benefit. If these vendors are respectful of the community that is coming to shop and of the local businesses they are setting up in front of, then the hope is that there is enough community support to go around, and it can be a win-win for everyone. BBJ: After two decades in operation, what does the future hold for the market? Teske: In the short run, we are already researching the possibility of creating a once-a-month winter market to run January through March. This would be a way for us to test the waters for creating a yearround market down the road. With more and more of our farmers growing in greenhouses, we have already begun to see the wealth of produce that they can bring early in the season. It would be so great to be able to provide fresh, local produce to consumers during those long, dark days. Beyond that, we are proud to be working closely with Sustainable Connections’ Food and Farming program to promote the Eat Local First campaign, helping consumers identify how their food and shopping choices can improve the availability of local food options and our local economy.

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A roundup of business and nonprofit activity Allegiant announces new flights from Bellingham to Hawaii Allegiant Air will begin nonstop jet service from Bellingham to two Hawaii locations starting in November. The airline will operate one flight to Maui via the Kahului Airport beginning Nov. 14 and a second flight to the Honolulu International Airport starting Nov. 15. “We are pleased to add Hawaii as another affordable, convenient destination option for northwest Washington and Vancouver residents,” said Andrew C. Levy, president of Allegiant Travel Company. Both new flights will operate twice weekly.

Northwest Indian College gets $400,000 technology grant Northwest Indian College was recently awarded a $400,000 challenge grant by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for campus technology improvements, designed to help bring the college’s technology into the 21st Century. The grant will support campuswide technology infrastructure at the college’s main Lummi campus and improve distance learning capabilities throughout its six fullservice extended campuses at reservations in Washington and Idaho. The college must raise another $325,000 to unlock the full challenge grant and to complete $725,000 in technology improvements.

“Access to technology in rural areas and reservations is more limited than most places in the U.S. This grant will help create more technological access for our students and the communities we serve,” said Cheryl Crazy Bull, NWIC’s president. “We recognize that this is a substantial gift from the Murdock Trust, and we are honored to have the Trust join us as a partner in Native higher education.” The technology improvements are part of college’s $44 million capital expansion, through which the college is creating a four-year university and sanctuary of learning for Native students.

Port officials agree to ballot measure that may expand commission to five Depending on how voters decide, the Port of Bellingham may be put under control of five elected officials instead of three after this year’s general election. Port commissioners voted 2-1 May 14 to ask Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein to place a resolution on the 2012 ballot adding two new “at-large” positions to the governing body. The vote was in response to a petition drive already underway to put a similar measure on the primary ballot in August. Organizers of the drive wanted voters to decide in August whether to expand the commission, then elect the two at-large commissioners during the general election in November. Josh Zandstra, Branch Manager

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Bellingham office equipment firm and local photographer win national contest A pair of Bellingham businesses recently teamed up to win a national photo contest. Blackburn Office Equipment, using a photo taken by Jeanne McGee of The Art of Photography, won the contest, which sought creative settings for the new OM5 Series of office chairs from Office Master. The winning photo depicts Tom Allen, sales manager of Blackburn Office Equipment, leaning back in an OM5 chair while fishing from a boat on Lake Whatcom. “Jeanne McGee’s creativity and technical

expertise were the difference among all the entries submitted for this contest,” Allen said. “The judges told us our photo was a unanimous selection.” For the winning entry, Allen won airfare to Chicago and a hotel room during the NeoCon design exposition and conference for commercial interiors from June 11-13.

Instead, according to the resolution, county residents will vote on the expansion in November, moving the actual election of new commissioners to a later date. If voters approve the measure, the new at-large candidates could run for office regardless of where they live in Whatcom County. The port’s three current commissioners, all of which represent one of three commission districts, must live within the district they run for. By asking commissioners to place the expansion on the ballot through a resolution, petition organizers hoped to avoid the rush to gather enough valid signatures to get the measure in the primary. Commission president Scott Walker said

he wasn’t opposed to placing the measure on the ballot. He thought it should be done through a petition drive rather than a resolution from the commissioners. He also said he was unconvinced having five commissioners on the board instead of three would lead to smoother governing process. “There’s just no proof either way that you’re going to make better decisions,” Walker said. But proponents of the expansion said with Whatcom County’s growing population and the increase in the number of projects under port control, moving to a five-member commission would allow residents more say in the process.


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Information in the public record BUSINESS LICENSES Sexton Construction, Mark R. Sexton, 1253 Jamison St., Lummi Island, WA 98262. Jimmy’s Vietnamese Sandwich Bar, Jimmy’s Personal Care LLC, 1327 11th St. #C2, Bellingham, WA 98225. Mt. Baker Surgery Center, Mt. Baker Surgery Center LLC, 4029 Northwest Ave. #301, Bellingham, WA 98226. Pinnacle Pain Services, Pinnacle Pain Services Inc., 4029 Northwest Ave. #301, Bellingham, WA 98226. Bratlien Law Firm, Mark E. Bratlien, 119 N. Commercial St. #195B, Bellingham, WA 98225. Copylicious, Michael A. Battaglia, 1410 Girard St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Elkins HVAC Company, Jesse J. Elkins, 8236 Chilliwack Road, Blaine, WA 98230. Affolter Construction, Ben A. Affolter, 5034 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226. Metro Electric, Metro Electric LLC, 2225 1st Ave. S #105, Seattle, WA 98134. A-1 Landscape Design, A-1 Landscape Design Inc., 802 38th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Emergency Training & Exercise Solutions, Andrew D. Day, 4714 Willis St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Quigg Bros, Quigg Bros Inc., 819 W. State St., Aberdeen, WA 98520. A B Crepes, A B Crepes Inc., 1311 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. PrimeLending, PrimeLending a Plains Capital, 4265 Meridian St. #104, Bellingham, WA 98226. Off the Top Studio, Off the Top Studio Inc., 2315 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Terra Firma NW, Terra Firma NW LLC, 99 Mountain View St., Eastsound, WA 98245.

Adam Nash Photography, Adam Nash, 2210 Xenia St. #A, Bellingham, WA 98229. Northsound Tap Cleaning, Northsound Tap Cleaning Inc., 1373 Admiral Plaza #101, Ferndale, WA 98248. TDK Electric, TDK Electric LLC, 7720 87th Ave. NE, Marysville, WA 98270.

See complete listings at BBJToday.com Holy Shihtzu!, Holy Shihtzu! LLC, 2025 James St #101, Bellingham, WA 98225. B N Natural Stone, B N Natural Stone LLC, 4781 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Edge Electric, Edge Electric Inc., 4112 157th St. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292. WorkflowOne, WorkflowOne LLC, 11241 Willows Road NE #215, Redmond, WA 98052. C J’s Home & Lawn Maintenance, Cathleen J. Mullins, 4000 Flynn St. #113, Bellingham, WA 98229. Tony Harris, Antonio B. Harris, 4200 Meridian St. #104, Bellingham, WA 98226. Change Your World,Bystrom & James, 813 13th St ., Bellingham, WA 98225. 1 Alpha Federal Logistics, 1 Alpha Federal Logistics LLC, 301 W. Holly St. #D15, Bellingham, WA 98225. A Fresh Cut Express, Gonzalez & Gonzalez, 1508 C St., Lynden, WA 98264. PRO Unlimited, PRO Unlimited Inc., 999 Stewart Ave. #100, Bethpage, NY 11714. Sunshine Vending, Sunshine Vending LLC, 3239 Eagleridge Way, Bellingham, WA 98226. AeroVironment, AeroVironment Inc.,181 W. Huntington Drive #202, Monrovia, CA 91016.

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Bellingham, WA 98225. Westcoast Counseling, Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatry, 1200 Dupont St. #1A, Bellingham, WA. C C Food Company, C C Food Company LLC, 215 W. Holly St. #H22, Bellingham, WA 98225.

BUILDING PERMITS 516 High St. (WWU), $96,200 for commercial alterations, Performing Arts Building: remodel room 47. Applicant: RMC Architects. Tenant: Performing Arts Building. Contractor: Colacurcio Bros. Inc. Issued May 8. 516 High St. (WWU), $195,000 for commercial alterations, Humanities Building: remodel rooms 109 and 304. Applicant: RMC Architects. Tenant: Humanities Building. Contractor: Colacurcio Bros. Inc. Issued May 8. 516 High St. (WWU), $1,159,600 for commercial alterations, Environmental Studies Buidling: remodel labs/classrooms 128-131, 213, 218, 223, 322, 331 and 418. Applicant: RMC Architects. Tenant: Environmental Sciences. Contractor: Colacurcio Bros. Inc. Issued May 8. 516 High St. (WWU), $153,400 for commercial alterations, Bond Hall: remodel rooms 325 & 400/404. Applicant: RMC Architects. Tenant: Bond Hall. Contractor: Colacurcio Bros. Inc. Issued May 8. 516 High St. (WWU), $678,600 for commercial alterations, Arntzen Hall: remodel classrooms 14, 16, 30, 317 and 421. Applicant: RMC Architects. Tenant: Arntzen Hall. Contractor: Colacurcio Bros. Inc. Issued May 8. 103 E. Stuart Road, $25,000 for tenant improvement: conversion of existing tax-preparation office into small restaurant (cupcake manufacture & service): Cupcakes Like It Sweet. Tenant: Cupcakes Like It Sweet. Contractor: Bishop Builders. Issued May 9. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway 326, $125,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel of existing space for new retail: Best Buy Mobile. Tenant: Best Buy Mobile. Contractor: Horizon Retail Construction Inc. Issued May 9. ACCEPTED 1323 11th St., $18,000 for tenant improvement: convert retail clothing store into sandwich shop, add

outdoor seating, provide access door into neighboring tenant space. Contractor: Professional Contracting Inc. Tenant: Jimmy’s Deli. Accepted May 7. 1707 N. State St., $210,000 for commercial alteration: convert night club into cafe and indoor kids play area. Tenant: Family Clubhouse Cafe LLC. Contractor: The Franklin Corporation. Accepted May 7. 1311-13 N. State St., $95,000 for tenant improvement: expand ground floor space for commercial kitchen, restaurant, office and storage areas; restore historic storefront. Tenant: ACME Farms & Kitchen. Accepted May 9.

BANKRUPTCIES CHAPTER 7 Genny Marie Moore, case no. 12-14453-KAO. Filed April 29. Bradly Steven Wilske, case no. 12-14454-KAO. Filed April 29. Martin J. and Jayne M. Witman, case no. 12-14562-KAO. Filed April 30. Valerie Jean Reagan, case no. 12-14606-KAO. Filed May 2. Shirley Ann Palmer, case no. 12-14617-KAO. Filed May 2. Kevin Leslie and Camillia Rose Smith, case no. 12-14623-KAO. Filed May 2. Wendy Lynne Bloom, case no. 12-14680-KAO. Filed May 3. Drew Allan West, case no. 12-14801-KAO. Filed May 7. Randy Douglas Park, case no. 12-14874-KAO. Filed May 8. Clifford Merton and Darla Gene Running, case no. 12-14875-KAO. Filed May 8. Jose de Jesus Padilla Marquez and Lucila Maria Loza Padilla, case no. 12-14902-KAO. Filed May 9. Bonnie Cherie Brandao, case no. 12-14903-KAO. Filed May 9. Michael John and Deanna Peetoom, case no. 12-14905-KAO. Filed May 9.

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Stephen Ray Park and Cassandra Marie Garipee, case no. 12-14910-KAO. Filed May 9. Matthew Steven and LouAnn Leona Renfrew, case no. 12-14912-KAO. Filed May 9. Christopher and Lisa Mortimer, case no. 12-14921-KAO. Filed May 9. Jeanne Marie Lamphiear, case no. 12-14922-KAO. Filed May 9. Ryan Burton Hanks, case no. 12-14933KAO. Filed May 9. Veronica Nichole Bean, case no. 12-15081-KAO. Filed May 11. John Michael and Cindy Sue Jones, case no. 12-15082-KAO. Filed May 11. Brian Edward George, case no. 12-15087KAO. Filed May 12. Caine Eugene Hand, case no. 12-15100KAO. Filed May 14. Steeven Andrew Smith, case no. 12-15116-KAO. Filed May 14. Jerry L. and Carol L. Hopson, case no. 12-15117-KAO. Filed May 14. Chantal Marcelle Piscopo, case no. 12-15126-KAO. Filed May 15. Gerald Scott and Debra Kay Gorsuch, case no. 12-15128-KAO. Filed May 15. Jeannina Alisa Larson, case no. 12-15136KAO. Filed May 15. Genelle K. Fowler, case no. 12-15137-KAO. Filed May 15. William Eugene Todahl Jr., case no. 12-15178-KAO. Filed May 16. Robert Lee and Laura Jean Fairchild, case no. 12-15208-KAO. Filed May 17. Yvonne Ehricke Cartwright, case no. 12-15220-KAO. Filed May 17. Eli and Karri Anne Coyle, case no. 12-15238-KAO. Filed May 17. Dennis Wade and Suzanne Lawrence Pate, case no. 12-15247-KAO. Filed May

17. Agustin and Mona Marie Galindo, case no. 12-15319-KAO. Filed May 18. Bonnie Lynne Dunbar, case no. 12-15365KAO. Filed May 21. Sabrina M. Sniffen, case no. 12-15387KAO. Filed May 22. Angie Marie Martin, case no. 12-15418KAO. Filed May 22. Robert W. and Teresa C. Slyter, case no. 12-15419-KAO. Filed May 22. Holly Lynnelle Neria, case no. 12-15426KAO. Filed May 23. John P. Hall, case no. 12-15479-KAO. Filed May 24. Spencer Dwight Santenello, case no. 12-15484-KAO. Filed May 24. Norman Thomas and Kristin Leigh Peterson, case no. 12-15511-KAO. Filed May 24. Priscilla Dawn Ray, case no. 12-15539KAO. Filed May 25. Jeremy James and Mindy Jean Simmons, case no 12-15581-KAO. Filed May 26. CHAPTER 13 John Joe and Vivian Marie Urban, case no. 12-14455-KAO. Filed April 29. Brenden David Charcas and Jennifer Ann Murphy, case no. 12-14560-KAO. Filed April 30. Janet Rae Kilmer, case no. 12-14760-KAO. Filed May 4. Vivian Sue Reece, case no. 12-14768-KAO. Filed May 4. Cheri Marie Wagar, case no. 12-14986KAO. Filed May 10. Apuleyo Delacruz and Natalia Lopez, case no. 12-15332-KAO. Filed May 18. Michael James Marshall, case no. 12-15376-KAO. Filed May 21. Nathan R. Elson and Cheryl CeraldeElson, case no. 12-15417-KAO. Filed May 22. Jim Wright and Wilma Jean Smith, case

no. 12-15421-KAO. Filed May 22.

TAX LIENS Lakeway Realty Inc., Fairhaven Realty, $8,391.95 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 23. Chang-Hao Chen, $243,520.84 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 23. HB Hansen Construction Inc., $28,088.01 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 23. D&R Services Inc., $17,661.08 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 24. Ryan Caillier, Arliss Restaurant, $73,736.88 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 24. TA Maranda Consultants Inc., $166,789.02 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed April 30. Gerald P. McAuliffee, $141,975.88 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 7. Alvin K. and Marivic C. Fitzsimmons, $32,429.92 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 7. Timothy A. and Rita L. Maguire, $3,461.58 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 7. Cheryl L. O’Connor, $575,913.81 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 8. Hawley Farms LLC, $14,591.40 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 2. Carl Hagen, $7,830.58 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 3. Excel Physical Therapy Inc., $15,299.03 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 3. Robert Christoffer, La Cantina, $6,912.83 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 3. Angela Y. Griffin, $9,050.13 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 3. Marianne Zweegman, $4,094.21 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 4. Family Foot Care PS, $31,412.63 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 9. Douglas J. and Cindy L. Sortor, $59,852 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 10. Peggy L. Reynolds, $5,983 in unpaid IRS

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DATA | FROM 18 taxes. Filed May 11. Dairy Best Inc., $43,649.92 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 11. Kestrel Homes Inc., $9,472.17 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 14. Jeffrey Meier, $12,472.22 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 15. McKinnon Plumbing Inc., $5,899.42 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed May 15.

JUDGMENTS A 1 Kirby Enterprises LLC dba Express Cab, $2,119.50 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 23. Coast Landscape Inc., $4,498.47 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 23. K D Investments Inc., $6,028.42 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 23. Steven L. and Vicki L. Lockhart dba Lockharts Enterprises, $2,523.56 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 23. Jodi Ann and Waylon Lee Valnes dba Valnes Lawn Maintenance, $1,324.87 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 23. Brandon G. Werder dba Port Orchard Painting, $3,201.91 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 23. Jaswant Singh, $19,223.05 in unpaid Department of Licensing taxes. Filed May 22. NY Holding LLC dba New York Pizza & Bar, $3,152.66 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 22. Guidos Italian Cuisine Steakhouse & Pizzaria, $2,552.48 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 22. Steven R. and Pamela A. Guyer dba Steven Guyer Boatworks, $25,884.49 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 22. Supreme Bean Coffee Cafe LLC, $1,920.36 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 22. Janet M. and Michael R. Zaddack dba J&M Services, $1,800.75 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 22. Nu Growth Industries LLC dba Perfect Timing Watch Repair, $5,642.10 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. Vincent and Lori A. Manduchi dba The Enchanted Florist, $1,011.16 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. Hans S. Kleinknecht dba HSK Construction, $1,399.34 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. Jason Murphy LLC dba Better Off Road, $4,569.17 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. William J. and Della M. Hanegan dba Black Bear Lawn & Landscape, $4,185.17 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. James R. and Susan J. Fusaro dba Western Chimney, $4,100.81 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. Durham Design LTD dba X Fire, $6,164.89 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 16. MR M LLC, $69,099.63 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 16. Ricky L. and Marjorie M. Bachtal dba BBS/Bachtal Builders Service Inc., $19,957.51 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 16. Anthony William Kesslau dba Kesslau Construction, $2,989.60 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 16. Market LLC dba Bellingham Cost Cutter #67, $2,312.50 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 16.

BBJToday.com Pacific Pole Buildings Inc., $3,040 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 16. Timothy Scott and Jane Doe Moore dba Slide Mountain Bar & Grill, $741.46 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Sunset Seafood Diner LLC dba Bay City Fish & Chips, $252.01 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Raein Mohebtash and Melissa Safe fka Vhaul Towing LLC, $1,953.27 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Pacific Packetting Inc., $2,530.02 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Henry H. King, $1,050 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Robert Ridley Taylor, $1,050 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Halldorson Homes Inc., $1,050 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Mirela Giaconi dba Sandwich Odyssey, $255.62 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Larry and Christy Whitman fka On Point Industries Inc., $980.47 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Jerry Huisman fka Auction Barn Cafe, $3,713,49 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 14. Wildwest Express Inc. dba Point Roberts Auto, $4,678.73 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed May 10. Barbo Furniture & Enterprises LLC, $1,854.64 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 9. Border Tire LLC, $5,541.19 in unpaid

Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 9. Saving Lives From Fire LLC, $4,236.14 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 9. Van Zanten & Son LLC, $2,146.01 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 9. Alvaro Vicente-Ortiz dba Vicente Labor Contractor, $2,407.66 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 9. Christopher Shea and Barbara Faith Heston dba Heston Hauling, $21,068.15 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. International Composite Design dba Triton Marien Industries LLC, $11,965.20 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. Emad T. and Tamara I. Eyoub, $529.50 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. Mount Baker Powder Coating, $343 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. Alvaro Vicente Ortiz dba Vicente Labor Contractor, $4,864.88 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. NW Choice Construction Inc., $5,575.09 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. Diane M. Weber, $318.95 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. Mt. Baker Powder Coating Inc., $1,187.18 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed May 8. Sukhraj Brar and Kamaldeep Bassi dba New Moon Enterprises LLC, $43,975.84 in unpaid Department of Licensing taxes. Filed May 7. Lakeside Marine Inc., $2,945.12 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 2. Pegasus Corportation, $1,153.32 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed

May 2. La Cantina Birch Bay LLC dba La Cantina, $10,348.13 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 2. Ink Spot Art Studio Inc., $1,930.43 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 2.

Claassen Enterprises LLC dba Book Fare Cafe, $6,319.18 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 2. Haines Tree & Spray Service Inc. aka Archer Group PS, $9,393.76 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed May 1. Kelly R. and John Doe Becklund dba

Becklund Ferari Group LLC dba Tivoli, $1,102.63 in unpaid Department of Labor taxes. Filed April 27. Mark and Jane Doe Alexei dba Ford Design Studios, Alexei, $581.57 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed April 27.

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LaValley, N.F. Jackson & Eric Humphries*, Tim & Tracy Johnson, Mark Hollingsworth, Kelli J. Holz, Sandi Howard*, Kathy M. Hughes, James R. & WE ARE PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE 393** MEMBERS OF OUR Johnson, Kirk Kamrath, Bill & Colleen Kidd, Duncan A. Kirk, Cindy & Kathleen A. Hutchins, Katie Welch & Rob Hysell, Larry & Margaret Ishii, 2012 LEAD ERSHIP SOCI ETY ($1,000+ CONTRIBUTORS): Jamie Klein*, Wayne & Kathy Langei*, Phil & Sue Latendresse*, Faye Rick & Elisabeth Jansen, Guy & Kathy Jansen*, Julie Johansen & Bob Lindquist, Steve & Rhonda Lowry, Karin Luce, John R. MacKenzie & Moles, Brian L. Johnson, Rod & Loretta Johnson, Michael & Sheree TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY ($10,000+): Ruth Flucke*, Randy & Patricia Manthey, Robert & Cheryl McCarthy, Johnston, Nancy M. Keel, Thomas Kenney, Mark & Shawna Kitzan, Paul & Claude E. 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McKitrick, Kathleen McNaughton*, Michael Salstrom, George Schmidt & Marybeth Manning*, Steve & Tara Melcher, Craig S. Miller*, Matthew Miller, Robert Morgan, Marilyn Peter & Holly Telfer* Sundin, Steve & Barbara Swiackey*, Tamara Tregoning & Caleb Morrissey, Lisa & Mike Morse, David C. Morse, Jr., Benjamin & Meridith SILVER LEVEL($2,500 - $4,999): Pat Atkinson, Pete & Elizabeth Sanders, Susan & Loch Trimingham*, Shawna M. Unger, Robin Van Mossman, Maggie Murphy, Tim & Janet Murphy, Colin & Sarah Naylor, Lori Beglin*, Staci Blow & Amy Kennedy, Steve & Vicki Burton, Ann B. Den Berg, Burton & Dr. Carletta Vanderbilt*, Eli & Elizabeth Vignali, Nichols*, Lori Nightingale, Maureen O'Brien, Fumio Otsu & Mary Jensen*, Caldwell, Royce & Brandi Civico, Kym A. Clift, Troy R. Comfort, SB Darlene & Robert F. Wagner, Jr., Jim & Karen Wakefield, Jason & Liz Dr. Clark Parrish & Tina Cummings, David & Carmen Patton, George & Dunavan & B. Clarke, Bob & Dianna Gay, Terry Hinz & Paula Kobos, Walker, Robert Wallace, Nancy Webster, Rebecca L. Williams Diane Pearson, Kathleen Pennington, Chris Phillips, Dan Pike, Kamillie T. Pinkett, Greg & Mimi Poehlman*, Patrick & Renetta Pollock, Herbert G. & Eric & Susan Hirst, Brian D. Jones, Jim & Christine Krell*, Michael & LEADERSHIP CIRCLE ($1,000 - $1,499): Justin M. Adams, Spencer Albin, Mona M. Porter, Mel & Sue Prather*, Michael E. Protzeller*, Judy C Jennifer Kutcher, Preston Lamp & Wendy Movat, Nils Landis, TJ & Jorge V. & Susie Alvarez, John & Cindy Andersen, Erik Axelson, Ken & Cecilia Lee, Dr. & Mrs. Richard J. Leone, Steve Liu & Liz Gabay, Linda Karen Bachenberg, Sheri Baker, Patrick Baker & Holly Hinman, Trisha Rathje, Rick & Wendy Reavill, Chris Rehberger & Alisha Shirley, Harold R. & Mike Long, Tim & Diane Miller*, Travis & Kara Millhollin, Spencer T. Bannerman, Joe & Elissa Barker, Jim & Janet Barnhart*, Leon & Vickie Reid, Michael Reinke, Hans Rensvold, Cody & Tasha Repp, Charles E. Palmer, James & Linda Ryan, Michael & Betsy Schneider, Charlie Barry, Geoff D. Beaumont, Kevin J. Bedlington, Karen Beebe, Terry & Cheri Reynolds, Dale & Susan Rhodes, David & Ida Richards*, Teresa Roberts, Mary R. Robinson*, Bill & Marla Rodgers, Patti Rodgers-Marette*, Gordon Sheldon & Randa Williams, Peter Theisen*, Doug & Laura Williams, Belcoe*, Randy & Lori Bellville, Matthew Bennett, Dennis & Joyce Bennett, W. Rogers, José Roqués & Katie Walton, Dr. Steve Wallace & Dr. Jen Shelly A. Zylstra* Mike Bergen, Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Biggs, Leroy & Yoshie Blakeslee, Matthew J. Rosquist, Wendelin L. Sanderson*, Robert & Moira Schjelderup, Justin N. Blanton, Kenneth Block, Jim & Dianne Bochsler, David S. Boyer & Family*, BRONZE LEVEL ($1,500 - $2,499): David & Jean Abbott, John & Susan Harte & Jan Bressler*, Dan Burrow Jr., Glenn & Janice Butler*, Ed & Val Schoonover, Kevin Scott, Daniel Scott, Charles & Phyllis Self*, Dean Arrigoni*, Wayne Dibble & Sheri Baker, Steven & Janis Ban*, Tracy A. Bynon, Jr., Rachel Lucy & Jason Cecka, Chad & Kathy Chambers, Coleen & Shintaffer, Floyd & Patricia Shoemaker, Kimberly & Julian Silva, Shelley & Barnard, Brent & Slavica Belsher, Doug Bestle & Alyson Batchelder- Rob Cheesman, Michael Christensen, Bob & Sandy Christie, Jeffrey Clark, Pat Simons, Desmond Skubi, Gregory & Cynthia Sluys*, Kami M. Smith, Steve & Norma Sodergren, Gary & Tami Solari, Ron & Shirley Spanjer, Bestle*, Dr. Michael Geist & Dr. Nancy Bischoff, Ria Bordian, Patrick Catherine Conahey, Tom Cooke & Nancy McMaster*, Roberta L. Creim, Ssebanakitta Family*, Nancy Steiger, Greg Stern & Naomi Rudo, Dana & & Dianne Bradshaw, William & Barbara Brausieck*, Charlie & Susan Dan & Helen Dahlgren, Lisa-Marie Darmanin, Elvis & Georgia Dellinger*, Barbara Stiner, Annette Stocklass, Debra Strom*, Diane M. Strout, Glen R. Brown, Gordon J. Bullivant, Tom Burkland & Jacqueline Nicolai, Judith Brian & Colleen Deveau, Gurpreet Dhillon, Mike Donnelly, Doug & Tanya Swenson, Tony & Rayna Swope, Stowe & Nina Talbot, Ken Tarr, Alice E. Calhoun & Peter Stark*, Melody & Marcus Chambers, Janet & Ross Dostal, Jeff Dykstra, Rod & Andrea Elin*, Lisa Elliott & Kacy Kadow, Taylor, Lori & Tom Taylor, Ralph & Cathy Tepel, Doug & Sandy Thomas, Clawson, Jeff & Amanda Cook, Andrea Cooley, Joe & Judy Coons Richard & Sally Emerson, Maureen & Ben Enegren*, Sara Enstron, Rob Linda Tibbot, Rick & Nancy Tieman, Bob & Betty Tull, Lee & Mamiko Community Fund of the Whatcom Community Foundation*, Eileen Farrow*, George M. Ferrini, Bill & Nancy Finkbonner, Kevin & Diane Van Horn, Bruce Veale, Pamela I. Visser, Kessa L. Volland, Susan Delana Coughlin, David & Mary Lynne Courtney*, Robert & Gerri Dale*, Formway, Cliff & Anne Freeman, Michael S. Fry, Nancy J. Garrett, Mike & Walker, David R. Webster, Darrel & Diane Weiss, Sharon E. Welensky, Jacque Dunn, Gail & Gary Fortenberry*, Vincent & Dianne Foster, Deanna Gartner, Jason & Kelda Gauer, Al, Marilyn, & Nathan Gill, Dave Patsy Willia ms, Brad Wil lia mson, Russ & Kathy Wilson*, Judy Foster & John Pickett, Joan Gaaslan-Smith & Steven L. Smith, Glasgo, Commissioner Martha V. Gross, Kirk Gulden, Tim Hall, Christine Eric & Tonda Zimmerman Anita & Roger Goecke, J. & Krista Gordon*, Daryl & Marie Groves, Hansberry, Rich Harbison, John & Diane Harmon*, Doug & Lisa Haveman, *Individuals who have been giving to United Way for 20+ years. John & Linda Hodge, Paul A. Hohne, Michael A. 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Bellingham Business Journal, June 04, 2012  

June 04, 2012 edition of the Bellingham Business Journal

Bellingham Business Journal, June 04, 2012  

June 04, 2012 edition of the Bellingham Business Journal