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arge medical centers have slogged for years under inefficient, costly business models that health care experts say are no longer sustainable. So it follows that as American hospitals ready for a new world created through federal health care reform, cost-cutting measures are not just seen as means for improvement—many times, they are modes for survival. At the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, such shifts are underway on multiple fronts. Among the more visible changes are recent expansions that will put St. Joseph in a better position to leverage its skill and scale, according to leaders of the nonprofit, faith-based care provider. A new integrated Cancer Center opened last December at the hospital’s main campus in Bellingham. Prior to that facility’s opening, St. Joseph announced a collaboration with a public hospital district in San Juan County to open a new 10-bed critical-access hospital in Friday Harbor. The medical center is also hammering out details in a new affiliation with Public Hospital District 304 in Skagit County, which will have St. Joseph lease and operate United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley beginning in July. The hospital will then be called the PeaceHealth United General Medical Center. Below the surface at St. Joseph, practitioners prepare for a new era where they will be rewarded based on how effectively they treat patients, and not by the sheer amount of treatment they
NEW MAJOR PROJECT IN SIGHT AT BARKLEY VILLAGE $15.6M Cornerstone Building will add office, retail and apartment units By Evan Marczynski firstname.lastname@example.org
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provide. This shift will take financial incentives for doctors out of the traditional “fee-for-service” care model. “Today we’re in a business model that rewards volume, in the future we’ll be in a business model that rewards value,” said Nancy Steiger, CEO and chief mission officer of St. Joseph Med-
ical Center. (Steiger also leads the PeaceHealth Northwest Network, which includes the hospital in Bellingham, the two new affiliates in San Juan and Skagit counties, as well as the Ketchikan Medical Center in Alaska.) All of this happens as the entire PeaceHealth organization, which operates hospitals and care facili-
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ties in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, moves forward with a planned joint venture with Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationwide care provider based in Colorado. The partnership is on track to officially begin July 1, according to spokespeople from both organizations. It will create an entirely new health care system, combining PeaceHealth’s facilities and operations with CHI hospitals and care facilities in Washington and Oregon. CHI is probably best known locally as the operator of the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma. When the partnership was announced last August, Peace-
n the past half-decade, success stories of large construction projects have been hard to find. Unless one is talking about Bellingham’s Barkley Village. Some examples: the Drake Building, a five-story, 50,000-square-foot residential and commercial complex completed in October 2007. The Laurel Building, home of Scotty Browns Restaurant, was finished in 2008. A building at 1835 Barkley Blvd., which added more than 23,000 square feet of office space to the district, opened in 2009. And of course, the Regal Cinemas Barkley Village Stadium 16 movie theater, which held its grand opening last December. Having held its own during the shakeup of recession, Barkley Village has become an epicenter of
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from March 8-10 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. More than 200 exhibitors will be on hand to present their newest products. New events this year’s MAR at show include a Paint Chip Poetry Contest for teens, which encourages contestants to use the poetic names found on paint chips to create a poem about the home or garden. Another new addition is the Craft Beer Tasting and Homebrew talks scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights of the show from 5 p.m. Renowned garden guru Ciscoe Morris returns this year at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, for a presentation on “must have” plants for the spring season. For information on all the events and workshops, visit www. whatcomhomeshow.com or call the BIAWC at 360671-4247.
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PeaceHealth-CHI joint venture is a work in progress Health and CHI reported the new system, in which both organizations will be equal partners, will include about 26,000 employees and nearly 950 doctors. It is expected to generate annual revenue close to $4 billion. Since last August, the Franciscan system has announced plans for new partnerships with Highland Medical Center in Burien and Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, according to Michael Romano, a CHI spokesperson.
“Today we’re in a business model that rewards volume, in the future we’ll be in a business model that rewards value.”
—Nancy Steiger, CEO & chief mission officer of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center CHI and PeaceHealth continue to work out details of their coming partnership. Romano said, in an emailed response to questions, that while considerable progress has been made, there is still work to be done. Both organizations are in the midst of a due diligence process that Romano described as “lengthy and complicated.” It is still not known if the new system created through the partnership will be given a new name or what other changes might look like. But in terms of impact on patients, Romano said both organizations expect the July 1 transition to be seamless. Jenny Ulum, a communications director with PeaceHealth, said forging a new system with CHI will likely be an ongoing process over the next several years. Reconciling the two organizations’ missions and operating values is among the more complex components, Ulum said. Both PeaceHealth and CHI are Catholic-based institutions and in general share similar values. But each has its own set of policies, procedures and overall governing mis-
BBJToday.com sions. “It’s a lot of hard work,” Ulum said, about the process of creating the new system. “It’s the knitting together of two organizations.” Steiger said she has received assurances that no changes will be made to the operating values and care directives of PeaceHealth St. Joseph in Bellingham.
Change, challenge, controversy The consolidation and integration that come with such partnerships are integral to St. Joseph’s slowly evolving business model, Steiger said. She said one of her major challenges as leader of the medical center, which virtually controls the hospital services market in Whatcom County and employs more than 2,700 people locally, is managing the immediate needs of the organization while at the same time preparing for the future. While Steiger said the core strategy at St. Joseph remains in meeting the needs of its community, she knows that in the new age of health care, size will matter. With a larger popu-
The front lobby of PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s integrated Cancer Center. The new facility opened last December on Squalicum Parkway. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL lation to serve, and with a larger integrated system capable of sharing resources and services, spending can be done much more efficiently, she said. On another level, when doctors and hospitals are judged based on the overall health of the populations they serve, medical providers will need to acquire larger territory to make such systems work, she added. “If the population you’re overseeing is too small, and
you get adverse selection in patients, it could break the whole bank,” Steiger said. Growth and expansion for St. Joseph has not come without controversy. As large, regional medical centers look for partners, some advocates worry that when these combos involve alliances between public hospitals and privately run, faithbased providers, it could lead to restricted access to certain services including abortion and birth control,
as well as certain end-oflife care options—namely Washington’s Death With Dignity Act, which allows doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients wishing to end their lives. As a Catholic institution, PeaceHealth places restrictions on services that don’t line up with its religious values, including abortion, birth control and physician-prescribed lethal medication. The organization does not enforce blan-
ket bans on these services. For example, doctors will permit abortions in cases when a mother’s life is in jeopardy. The ACLU of Washington has raised concerns over St. Joseph’s expansions into San Juan and Skagit counties, saying in letters to public hospital districts in both locations that it has deep worries that state government might end up providing subsidies to a health organization that denies care based on its religious views. Such practices would violate the state’s constitution, ACLU leaders claim. Some critics point to last year’s alliance between the Seattle-based nonprofit Swedish Health Services and the Catholic-based provider Providence as an example of the ACLU’s concerns. As part of the alliance, Swedish agreed to stop providing abortions, except in emergency situations. Yet Steiger said St. Joseph’s affiliations in San Juan and Skagit counties will not lead to new restrictions on abortions or physician-prescribed lethal medication, since neither of its new partners provided
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Geary takes over as SMATE director at WWU Edward Geary has been hired as the new director of Western Washington University’s Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program, also known as SMATE. Geary succeeds retired former-director George “Pinky” Nelson. Edward Geary Before coming to WWU, Geary was program director for the Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal
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PeaceHealth doctor named American Heart Association “Fellow” Dr. Marvin Wayne, an attending physician at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s emergency department and the medical program director for Whatcom Emergency Medical Services, has
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BBJToday.com been designated a “Fellow” by the American Heart Association. Wayne’s fellowship was conferred by the AHA Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation in November. Dr. Tom Aufderheide, a colleague of Wayne’s and a professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, led the nomination process. Aufderheide said Wayne is exceptionally qualified and has demonstrated sigMarvin Wayne nificant involvement with the American Heart Association. “He was an early adopter of Automated External Defibrillation and was one of the first to implement out-of-hospital emergency medical services use of AEDs,” Aufderheide said. Wayne has received multiple honors and achievements through his career. In 2010, he was given the “Outstanding Contribution in EMS” Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and was also named “Physician of Excellence” by the medical staff of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. In addition to being named an AHA Fellow, Wayne is also a Fellow with the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
King joins Banner Bank in Sutherland hired at WhatBellingham as senior VP com Land Title Company Roland King has been hired as Banner Bank’s new senior vice president and retail division manager. King, who is based out of Banner Bank’s Bellingham branch on Cornwall Avenue, will oversee retail banking operations and sales for branches in the bank’s north Puget Sound division. He began his banking career in 1996 as a teller for Wells Fargo. In 16 years at that company, King held a number of positions, including most recently a spot as senior business relationship manager, working with retail branches and commercial banking units. Banner Bank is a Washingtonchartered commercial bank with 86 locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Industry group honors Bellingham contractor John Huntley, president of Mills Electric Co. in Bellingham, was given the Subcontractor of the Year Award by the Associated General Contractors of Washington during the group’s annual convention in January. Huntley was recognized for his community John Huntley leadership and AGC involvement. He is the president of the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and an active member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham. He also played a role in creating the Whatcom Hospice House as a member of the Whatcom Hospice Board. “As a Whatcom County resident myself, I know how much John means to our philanthropic community,” said Steve Isenhart of Tiger Construction, president of ADC. “His influence and generosity can be seen throughout the area.” Huntley was also a key player in the association’s support of Rob McKenna’s recent gubernatorial campaign.
Janis Sutherland has joined Whatcom Land Title Company Inc. as an escrow officer and limited-practice officer. Sutherland has more than 30 years of experience in the title and escrow industry in Whatcom County. Among her duties, she will be responsible for preparing purchase and sale and refinance transactions for closing, with a focus on commercial transactions.
Galloway, Weg promoted at Mgmt. Services NW Management Services Northwest in Ferndale announced the promotion of Wayne Galloway to director of operations and Terell Weg to director of sales and marketing. Both Galloway and Weg have been with the company for more than five years. Collectively, they have more than 30 years’ experience in the customer service industry. Management Services Northwest was founded in 1995 by Janelle Bruland. The company offers facilities management, janitorial, landscaping, maintenance and specialty services to clients in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Todd joins Launching Success Learning Store Teresa Todd has been hired as a new sales associate at Launching Success Learning Store in Bellingham. Todd earned a teaching degree from Western Washington University in 2011. She completed her student-teaching at Sunnyland Elementary School in Bellingham, and is currently a substitute teacher. Along with working at Launching Success, she also teaches a watercolors class in the store. Launching Success Learning Store offers educational materials, toys, and games for teachers, home-schoolers and parents in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island counties. The store is located at 133 Prince Ave., just off Meridian Street.
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Development continues in theater complex new development. “There’s always something going on in Barkley,” Jeff Kochman, president and CEO of Barkley Company, the district’s sole developer, said. “It’s a dynamic area.” In January, Barkley Co. filed an application with the city to build a new mixed-use building in an empty lot bordered by Barkley Boulevard, Newmarket Street and Rimland Drive. Called the Cornerstone Building, the $15.6 million development will have two parking levels, 10,000 square feet of retail and office space, as well as four stories of apartment units. Kochman said construction should start in May, as long as building permits and other regulatory factors are squared away. The target completion date is April 2014. The Cornerstone and the new theater are the two largest projects Barkley Co.
BBJToday.com has undertaken since the district began taking shape several decades ago, Kochman said. Development also continues in the theater complex, which Barkley Co. calls the district’s “southwest quad.” Phase one of that area’s construction includes the theater itself, along with three separate tenant buildings meant for food-service businesses. Kochman said the three buildings will be able to accommodate five tenants, and Barkley Co. projects the buildings will be filled by May. Who those tenants will be has been the source of much speculation since construction first began on the property. Last December, The Woods Coffee opened a location in an 1,800-square-foot building near the entrance to the theater. A restaurant called Zen Sushi is preparing to open in a building on the south end of the site. Recently, additional permits have been filed for a Subway restaurant and a frozen yogurt business. Also included in the theater complex’s phase one plan: the possibility of four additional buildings on the edges of the property
near Barkley Boulevard and Woburn Street. Kochman said that while there are no active deals in the works for this potential new development, he expects those sites to see construction within at least the next five years. Future progress on the property will be heavily “deal driven,” Kochman said. Barkley Co. also has plans for a second development phase, which include adding structured parking south of the theater and turning much of the surface parking currently at the site into space for new buildings. The goal is to eventually give the property a stronger urban village feel, Kochman said.
The $15.6 million Cornerstone Building (above and at left). which will be located on a lot bordered by Barkley Boulevard, Newmarket Street and Rimland Drive, will include 10,000 square feet of retail and office space, two parking levels and four floors of apartment units.
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New downtown brewery is the first local producer of kombucha sold as alcohol By Evan Marczynski firstname.lastname@example.org
here’s irony in Chris McCoy selling his kombucha “beer” as an alcoholic beverage, since as he sees it, kombucha might actually sober you up quicker than it will get you drunk. McCoy recently opened a microbrewery called Kombucha Town on the sixth floor of the Herald Building in downtown Bellingham. The business, in development since September 2011, is the first local producer of kombucha—a fermented sweet tea containing cultures of yeast and bacteria— sold as an alcoholic drink. Kombucha fans extol the beverage as a wonder tonic, although science has yet to document evidence of its supposed health benefits. Proponents say kom-
bucha acts as a detoxicant and can improve digestion, enabling the body to conserve energy that would otherwise be used to eliminate waste and toxins. McCoy brews what he calls “raw” kombucha, which is not pasteurized or diluted like many of today’s commercially sold varieties, he said. By keeping kombucha in its raw state, his brew carries an alcohol-byvolume level of around 1.5 percent, about one-third the alcohol found in a can of light beer. McCoy said this keeps the beneficial components of kombucha intact. It also requires him to be licensed by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Yet that fact McCoy considers somewhat quirky, since improved functioning of the liver, which is the body’s primary site for
metabolizing alcohol, is one benefit of kombucha its drinkers claim. “You’re not going to get more drunk from drinking kombucha,” McCoy said. “It’s kind of silly that it’s sold as an alcoholic beverage, because yes it has alcohol in it, but the way that it interacts with your body will actually eliminate alcohol much faster than it will intoxicate you.” McCoy opens the Kombucha Town brewery to the public from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays. In the facility, located in Suite 603 of the Herald Building at 1155 N. State St., customers can purchase bottles in two sizes: a 16-ounce for $3, and a 32-ounce for $6. First-time customers also pay a $3 bottle deposit. Kombucha Town bottles can be returned to the brewery, where they are washed and
Kombucha Town recently opened its taproom and brewing facility on the sixth floor of the Herald Building in downtown Bellingham. MITCH OLSON PHOTO | COURTESY OF KOMBUCHA TOWN reused. Production at Kombucha Town actually began in December 2012, and McCoy currently has his beer available in several local stores, including both locations of the Community Food Co-Op, along with The Market on Lakeway Drive and several Haggen stores. A few local restaurants, including Old Town Cafe and Dashi Noodle Bar, also serve Kombucha Town beer by the glass.
How it’s regulated While the Whatcom County Health Department has issued food-service permits to producers of similar products, McCoy is the first in recent memory to seek permitting to brew kombucha as an alcoholic beverage, said Tom Kunesh, the department’s environmental health supervisor. Kunesh said the county’s food-safety requirements for Kombucha Town are not much different from those that would be used for producers of other fermented drinks. The main element that stands out with kombucha, Kunesh said, is the need to maintain the drink’s acidity during the brewing process to inhibit the growth of
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WHAT IS KOMBUCHA? Generally a fermented drink made with a mix of steeped tea and sugar; might also have other flavors added during production. Cultures of yeast strains and bacteria are typically added to the mix. potentially harmful bacteria. McCoy had to ensure his production method met this guideline. He also had to secure a number of other permits and licenses before he could start brewing commercially. On the federal level, kombucha produced as an alcoholic beverage is regulated by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. According to the agency, kombucha that is fermented with sugar or another malt substitute and carries an alcohol-by-volume level of 0.5 percent or greater is classified as beer. The drink can also be classified as other types of alcohol products depending on its contents, how its made and how much alcohol it contains. Makers of such products are subject to federal alcohol laws, which dictate taxes and labeling requirements. Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for Washington’s liquor board, said state liquor licenses for produc-
ers of alcoholic kombucha are issued based on how their products are classified on the federal level. Kombucha sold as beer, or as any type of alcohol, is not yet a common product in Washington state, he added. Kombucha Town is licensed as a microbrewery. One side benefit to that: If kombucha doesn’t sell well, McCoy can still brew regular beer and have a backup product to offer.
Empty office space to microbrewery Getting licensing in line to brew alcoholic kombucha was actually the easy part of starting his business, McCoy said. Taking a 770-square-foot space in a historical downtown office building and transforming it into a production facility was more of a challenge. McCoy said he chose the space in part due to its affordable rent, but also because of the Herald Build-
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Natural chicken-feed company scratches its way to the top of niche market By Daniel DeMay Contributing writer
t turns out, chickens are particular about what they eat—or at least that’s what Diana Ambauen-Meade said she believes and is one of the motivations behind her feed mill in Irongate. Scratch and Peck Feeds is a small-scale feed mill, located at 3883 Hammer Drive in Bellingham, that uses only locally sourced grains and soy-free products to produce chicken, hog, turkey and goat feed. It is the first feed company in the U.S. to receive non-GMO status and will soon also receive official organic status. Though the feed business is dominated by behemoth companies, Ambauen-Meade said she has cornered a growing niche market for feed made from whole grains and high-quality ingredients. Her company sold more than $1 million worth of feed last year. A growing list of retailers around the Northwest and beyond are carrying Scratch and Peck products. Ambauen-Meade said that her company is now the number one seller of chicken feed on Amazon.com.
“We had no idea what we were in for, but it’s been quite a ride.” —Bryon Meade, Scratch and Peck
Beyond the roughly 175 tons of feed Scratch and Peck is currently shipping out each month, the company also sells garden hoop kits – called “Hooplas” – which consist of hoops, clamps and plastic for setting up a 4-foot-by-8-foot greenhouse garden plot. Neil Montacre, co-owner of Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply in Portland, Ore., said he began carrying Scratch and Peck’s mashstyle feed because his customers loved that type of feed, and Scratch and Peck
was able to deliver where another supplier couldn’t. “We had a lot of demand for that mash-style feed because it smelled better and the chickens got really excited about it,” Montacre said. “We’re really happy to have it.” Ambauen-Meade said she plans to build a silo at her current location as well as seek property for a larger
feed mill. She said building to suit her business’ specific needs will streamline production and allow her to meet her goal of being the largest producer of locally sourced feed by 2018. And it all started in her own backyard.
From backyard to barnstorm When Ambauen-Meade first started raising her own chickens in California during the late 1990s, neither her nor her chickens cared for the standard pellet-style feed available on the market, she said. “You can’t really tell what’s in a pellet,” AmbauenMeade said. As an alternative, she chose to mix her own feed and continued to do so when raising chickens later in Washington. Her friends began asking for her feed and soon she decided to see if there was market for it. “I bagged it up, I got a business license and I advertised it on Craigslist,” she said. After six months of handdelivering feed around the Seattle and Tacoma areas, Ambauen-Meade realized that she couldn’t handle the demand milling feed in her backyard and she contracted with a mill to do the work. The mill, however, was in Oregon, and there were high shipping costs with so much movement of the
product. So she decided if she was going to continue, she would need her own mill. “I decided that building a mill can’t be that difficult, people have done it for generations so it’s not rocket science,” Ambauen-Meade said. “So I just kind of started my own little feasibility study to figure out the cost and figuring out what to do ... it was months of doing the discovery process on my own.” Once she made up her mind that it could work, her husband Dennis Meade and son Bryon Meade— who had just finished a degree in business management from Western Washington University in March 2010—got on board with the project. Together, they decided to move from Bremerton to Bellingham to build the mill. The trio found a building, bought some old equipment and began to set up the mill in May 2010. But it didn’t happen overnight. “We were totally naive, we had no idea what went into it,” Ambauen-Meade said. “We thought we could just do it. It was a major learning process.” However, once things got going, they went quickly,
(Above) Anna Bozlinski laughs as she loads bags of mash-style feed onto a pallet after sewing them closed. Bozlinkski began working for Scratch and Peck a little less than two years ago. (Inset) Diana Ambauen-Meade says her chicken feed is healthier for chickens, and in turn, for people. Here, she sifts through a tub of finished feed, showing what her popular mashstyle feed looks like. DANIEL DEMAY PHOTOS | COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL Ambauen-Meade said. The person they hired to do the fabrication work in the mill arrived by coincidence and helped bring the project together. “He just randomly showed up in our lives. It was like he fell from the sky,” Ambauen-Meade said. “Then it was like: ‘We can’t not do this.’” Ambauen-Meade said her motivation for producing a natural feed product stems from her understanding that people are affected by what their animals eat. Soy, in particular, has become a major allergen and its prevalence in most feeds can cause people to be allergic to eggs due to the high levels of soy the chickens ingest, she said. Ambauen-Meade said she maintains the quality of her product by making connections with the local farms she buys from and visiting them to view their operations. Her son, Bryon Meade, said he also believes in producing a high-quality, natu-
ral product, and the experience with Scratch and Peck has been fun, to say the least. “My mom came to me with this idea and we just went for it,” Meade said. “We had no idea what we were in for, but it’s been quite a ride.” Though he initially did most of the production process, Meade has now backed off to mainly administrative and planning tasks as the business has grown. “I left Alex (Ekins, the mill production manager) to do that,” Meade said. “I like to think that I’m the allaround guy.”
Expansion plans Meade is currently looking at building the silo so they can store grain more efficiently and move it less. It is currently stored in large bags on shelves in the feed mill which require more work when unloading 30-ton trucks of grain and when moving it into the milling process.
Meade said he is looking at other ways to maximize the space they have for at least the next three years—the length of time they expect to stay in the Hammer Drive location. “I’m kind of just trying to plan our future demand and meet that with what we’ve got,” Meade said. Meade, a full partner in the business, said he plans to carry on once his parents retire. “I’ve always wanted to run my own business and this has a lot of potential,” Meade said. “And I don’t think my parents are going to want to run this 10 years down the road.” Meade said he expects Scratch and Peck to continue to grow in the backyard chicken feed market in those 10 years. “I see us here in Whatcom County still,” Meade said. “I see us at the lead of this market ... at the national level, but still maintaining our core values. The top dogs, or chickens.”
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An Everett-based real estate company has purchased an 171-unit apartment complex in Bellingham’s Birchwood Neighborhood for $16 million. Coast Equity Partners acquired the Brampton Court Apartments, located at 1470 Birchwood Ave., south of the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Among Coast Equity’s partners is Dino Rossi, the twotime Republican gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Senate candidate who has a long history in commercial real estate. The firm’s other partners include Mike Harmon, Shawn Hoban, Tom Hoban and Josh Jansen. Brampton Court was owned by Hollander Investments of Bellingham, a firm owned by Mike Hollander and his son, Mark. The Hollanders built the complex in 1990. They were represented in the sale by Troy Muljat of The Muljat Group in Bellingham. Muljat said residential sales on this scale in Bellingham are few and far between. The broker was also involved in a 2010 transaction when Coast Equity Partners bought the Barkley Trails and Barkley Park Apartments, located at 3126 Racine St., for $19.4 million. “Bellingham is really limited on the amount of large apartment complexes that exist,” Muljat said. “So, they don’t sell very often.” Hollander Investments also recently sold the 91-room Best Western Heritage Inn in Bellingham to a Seattle company for about $9.1 million, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. It still owns the Bellingham Towers in downtown Bellingham, as well as hotels in Puyallup, Tacoma and Portland, Ore., according to the company’s website. For Coast Equity Partners, of its 700 apartment units in the Puget Sound area, nearly 400 of them are located in Bellingham, according to the company. Mike Harmon, who serves as the company’s president, said in a statement that Coast Equity takes pride in being part of the Bellingham community.
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Kombucha Town’s business will be mainly wholesale ing’s history and iconic status, something he hopes will draw in curious customers. Kombucha Town’s home base sits on the south side of the building’s sixth floor, with windows facing out over State Street and the southern shoreline of Bellingham Bay. The space has a bar and a small taproom. McCoy plans to eventually offer a full drink menu that could include Kombucha Town beer and other local beers on tap, as well as kombucha cocktails and smoothies. The fermentation and brewing areas are set apart from the taproom. McCoy said he can produce up to 50 gallons of kombucha per week, and he has the potential to expand to as much as 300 gallons per week. However, that capacity would require him to find additional space to store fermentation equipment, he said.
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of his product makes for a good selling point, he said, McCoy emphasizes environmentally friendly production in his business. Kombucha Town’s reusable bottles are a good example. By charging his customers a small fee upfront, and then encouraging them to return bottles after they have been used, McCoy cuts down on what he said would be one of the more wasteful and expensive components of owning the brewery. His commitment to sustainable business practices is also apparent on other levels. Byproducts of the brewing process, mainly just spent tea leaves, are composted. The kombucha culture is also saved after brewing and reused. Aside from basic utilities used to power the brewery, McCoy said the only real non-sustainable component of Kombucha Town are the resealable caps used on its bottles. For food-safety reasons, those caps can’t be used more than once, he said.
A kombucha future McCoy, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies from Western
Washington University, is optimistic about the future of kombucha in the consumer market. As more established, large-scale producers begin selling the beverage, he said he thinks the industry will continue growing, much like it has in the past decade. “It’s gone from something people do in their closets to a several million-dollar industry,” McCoy said. Among the next steps for Kombucha Town are adding a couple of regular employees and finding new retail outlets for its beer. McCoy has so far operated the business with the help of a few good friends. He said he would like to hire two or three employees, as well as interns to help with marketing. Since 80-85 percent of his profits will likely come from wholesale distribution, McCoy is targeting larger grocery chains around the Pacific Northwest that cater to natural, locally made products. That strategy, he said, works in tandem with establishing Kombucha Town’s home base in Bellingham. “There isn’t a premier brand for kombucha that’s sold as an adult beverage,” he said. “That’s what I’m shooting to become.”
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The latest business briefs, tips and leads Statewide job vacancies up nearly 35 percent last year Job vacancies in Washington grew by about 35 percent from spring to fall 2012, and a quarter of the vacancies were new jobs, according to a new report from the Washington State Employment Security Department. The department surveyed employers last year to find out how many vacancies they had, and how many of those vacancies were new positions. According to the surveys, vacancies increased by about 18,500 openings between spring and fall, reaching an estimated total of 70,434 in the fall. About one-third of the increase occurred in the agricultural industry, which was reaching its peak seasonal hiring when the fall survey was taken. The three industries with the most vacancies in the fall were healthcare and social assistance; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; and manufacturing. The full report is available online at pnw.cc/hY4Y0.
More than 124K comments received on Gateway terminal Officials tasked to create the environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal received more than 124,000 submissions during a fourmonth public comment period that ended Jan. 22, according to a preliminary count. The EIS will analyze potential adverse impacts of the terminal, proposed by SSA Marine of Seattle, and of nearby railroad improvements. The three lead agencies that will create the EIS— Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—are in the preliminary phase of the process. During this phase, the agencies must decide which impacts will be included. Letters and emails made up approximately 108,000 of the total comments received, according to the preliminary count. The agencies also hosted seven public meetings during the comment period, which drew a total recorded attendance of more than 8,700. People at the meetings submitted 1,419 hand-
written comments and 1,207 verbal comments. Of the verbal comments, 865 were given in front of audiences, and 342 were recorded individually. An official website, at www.eisgatewaypacificwa. gov, provides additional details about the scoping process, project proposals and displays the comments received.
Nominees sought for “Whatcom Volunteers with a Heart” Whatcom Volunteer Center is introducing a new recognition, called Whatcom Volunteers with a Heart, to honor exceptional volunteers in Whatcom County. Nominations can be made online at www.whatcomvolunteer.org. The yearlong initiative seeks nominations of volunteers at active partner agencies of the Whatcom Volunteer Center. Those recognized will be highlighted on the center’s website and featured in its newsletter and social media profiles. They will also be eligible for recognition during the organization’s annual spring award celebration.
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Signs By Tomorrow has new owners The Bellingham franchise of Signs By Tomorrow is under new ownership. The signs and graphics production company is now operated by Dave and Sarah Koehler and their daughter, Rachel Vaughn. The new owners took control of the company in mid-January. Dave Koehler previously served as manager at Jerry
Artist and jewelry designer Chelsea Jepson makes earings in her downtown workshop, which is located in the Bellingham Hardware Building on Holly Street. Jepson recently opened a small gallery next to her workshop in part to take further advantage of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s monthly Art Walks. More local artists are finding benefits to the Art Walks, not just to sell their work, but also to gain exposure to a broader audience. (See story online at BBJToday.com) EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL
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Signs Plus expands to larger space in north Bellingham Signs Plus Inc. is undergoing the largest expansion in the company’s 20-year history. The Bellingham company recently purchased the
San Juan Building, located at 766 Marine Drive, and plans to be fully moved into the new facility by spring. Signs Plus had been located on N. Forest St. since 1999. The move to the new facility will be done in stages so as not to disrupt the company’s production process. Signs Plus is online at www.signsplusnw.com.
Frontier releases schedule for Bellingham-Denver flights Frontier Airlines has released details on its plans to bring back seasonal flight service between Bellingham International Airport and the airline’s hub in Denver. Nonstop service will begin on May 17. Flights will operate on 138-seat Airbus 319 aircrafts, according to the airline.Ticket and flight schedule information is online at www.flyfrontier.com.
Whatcom’s January home sales rose 20.3 percent from 2012 Closed sales of singlefamily homes and condominiums in Whatcom County were up 20.3 percent in January, according to figures released by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Local brokers reported 142 closings last month, up from 118 in January 2012. Prices on homes sold in Whatcom County jumped as well. The county’s median sale price was $230,000 in January, up 6.6 percent from the same month in 2012, when the median was $220,500. Whatcom’s average home sale price last month was $267,120, up 14.2 percent from the previous year, when the average was $233,942.
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dentist might not be the first person one calls when suffering from chronic headaches or migraines. But for patients of one Bellingham practitioner, that could change. Dr. Jeffrey Prager of Bellingham Smile Care and Sleep Center began offering a new treatment regimen last spring that targets imbalanced facial muscles, jaw bones and teeth, which recent research suggests could be the cause of nearly four-fifths of headaches, migraines or other facial pain. Prager’s treatment uses devices to evaluate the forces of a patient’s bite and identify any impairments or disabilities in the facial muscles. After evaluation, treatment can include
ultrasound, massage or low-level laser therapy. While comprehensive treatment for headaches and facial pain is not yet widely available in dentistry, Prager said his patients’ positive response to this new method is a good sign that such symptoms can be treated without prescription medication or needle injections. BBJ: Explain the details of this treatment. Prager: Our treatment is a total comprehensive system that allows rehabilitation and reversal of the causative elements of most headaches and migraines. We diagnose and treat the muscles, ligaments, nerves, jaws and joints in the head and neck that influence jaw motion and dental forces that contribute to more
than 80 percent of headaches and migraines. Dental headache treatment is the “missing link” in headache and migraine treatment. Unbalanced dental forces in the head and neck contribute in a significant way to most headaches, but first you have to have a way of diagnosing them which our TScan bite-force analyzer allows us to do. We are the only office in the area with this technology. We then implement a rehabilitative treatment program using a combination of dental orthopedic and sports medicine modalities including oral orthotics, ultrasound, micro-current electrical stimulation and cold laser along with patient-directed home care. Our treatment is 93 percent effective for those who are candidates for our care.
Dr. Jeffrey Prager uses a TScan bite-force analyzer to test the forces of patient Beverly Johnson’s bite. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL BBJ: Before you began utilizing this method, how did you treat people with chronic headaches and facial pain? How effective were those older treatments? Prager: It was more of a symptomatic piecemeal approach that might have involved making a mouth appliance to be worn by the patient who sought to modify jaw muscle grinding or clenching activity. These routes of treatment are less than optimal, because they are not comprehensive and do not rehabilitate overworked muscles, jaws and ligaments. Without being able to distinctly diagnose the balanced or unbalanced nature of dental forces, oldstyle treatment methods were not nearly as effective. BBJ: Why is this treatment option not more widely available? What obstructs its spread to more dental practices? Prager: This type of treatment is not taught in dental schools. It is available to any dentist who makes the commitment to invest in
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the time, training, technology and skills necessary to perform it at a high level. Every dentist has different areas of interest. We provide a number of treatment protocols that are not available in our area, because I feel there is a need to offer treatment choices that previously were not available in order to make a profound difference in our patients lives. BBJ: In pain treatment, do you think medical and dental practitioners rely too heavily on prescription medication, rather than exploring alternative care options? Prager: Certainly the pharmaceutical approach to headache and face-pain care is the most prevalent. Unfortunately, drugs just cover up a headache and don’t deal with the cause. Since 80 percent of headaches and migraines have a dental force imbalance component, unless that is dealt with the headaches will keep coming back. Effective alternative care options that are pain-free, needle-free and drug-free like ours definitely need to
be explored, so that hope can be given to the many headache and migraine sufferers we have. The diagnosis and treatment of unbalanced dental, jaw and muscle forces is the missing link in headache and migraine treatment. BBJ: How much of a role do you think dental care and dental health play (or should play) in the full realm of health care? Prager: Dental care is health care. You can’t have a healthy body if you don’t have a healthy, properly functioning oral apparatus . Some of the most important functions of our bodies (functions we can’t live without), such as swallowing, chewing, talking and breathing, depend on a stable balanced jaw, muscle, teeth, joint and nerve complex. Any imbalance in this foundation compromised by closing our teeth together 2,000 or more times per day will lead to overall health challenges and problems. Now we have a way to accurately and comfortably diagnose and treat these issues.
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Consumer-Driven Healthcare Plans (CDHP’s) - Plans that provide an incentive to employees who access health care in a costeffective way have been, and will continue to be, the most effective mechanism that employers can implement to control costs. - Health Savings Account (HSA) plans, for example, offer significant reductions in premium in exchange for a health plan with a high deductible (typically $1,250 to $3,500), where members pay the actual cost for day-to-day medical procedures (as opposed to a traditional plan where members pay a simple co-pay). Most employers who move to an HSA plan give a portion of the premium savings to their employees in the form of a contribution to their Health Savings Account, which is essentially an IRA that members can withdraw funds from on a tax-free basis for qualified medical expenses. Funds that are not used roll over from year to year (as opposed to a “use it or lose it” plan) and can be withdrawn penalty-free at age 65.
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- Simply put, the increasing cost of health care is a non-issue for people who don’t have health issues. Nearly 70 percent of every dollar spent on health care in this country is spent on conditions that are preventable (meaning they are a result of poor lifestyle choices, non-compliance with doctor-recommended treatment or an absence of preventive care). While larger organizations are more likely to see a quantifiable return-oninvestment on their health care costs, every organization with employees can benefit in some way by promoting a culture of wellness (for example: increased productivity and reduced absenteeism).
Funding Strategy - Partially self-funding medical insurance is a strategy that large organizations have used for years. A partially self-funded employer assumes the role of the insurance company for claims incurred up to a specific level (for example, the first $50,000 of claims that an individual incurs) for each individual on their plan, not to exceed an aggregate level for the entire company. Reinsurance is purchased to cover claims in excess of those amounts, thereby limiting the company’s exposure if there is a large claim or multiple large claims. Several
Andy Billingsley focuses on risk-reducing strategies for clients in the areas of human resources, compliance and alternative funding. The Unity Group, an insurance and employee benefits firm with a main office located at 110 Unity St. in Bellingham, offers a variety of services for clients, including a “Pay or Play” calculator and a self-insured feasibility analysis. The company is online at www.theunitygroup.com.
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these types of services to begin with. She emphasized that PeaceHealth’s values direct physicians to treat patients’ pain and suffering, not to provide services that deliberately end life.
Barkley Village Stadium 16 theater hosted its Dec. 14 grand opening with a premier of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The 16-screen theater can accommodate up to 3,300 moviegoers, according to Regal Cinemas. While it is too early to assess the full impact the theater is having on nearby businesses, Stowe Talbot, an owner of Barkley Co., said he’s heard from a number retailers and restaurateurs who are seeing more foot traffic and brisker sales these days. “Anecdotally, we’ve heard from most of our tenants that they have seen an uptick in their business because of the theater,” Talbot said. Regal’s design of the theater has been a sticking point for some locals. The complex’s architecture is quite different from early, more muted, conceptual drawings, and uses a mix of bright colors and large, flashy signage. The design does have its fans, but Talbot admitted the response to the theater’s final appearance has been somewhat mixed. Yet since Regal has control over design parameters for its facilities, he said Barkley Co. can only exert so much influence. “Ultimately, it’s really a question of do we want them there or not,” Talbot said. Talbot said that compared to Barkley District’s surrounding architecture, the theater’s design was a bit “out there.” But as more development goes
The right path? Consolidation of health care providers, particularly partnerships between larger care systems and independent hospitals, is an industry-wide trend, said Larry Thompson, executive director of the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement, a Bellingham-based nonprofit that promotes community access to health care. Change has been spurred by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as “Obamacare.” But Thompson said that in the health care world the need for new business models has been apparent for years. Thompson said organiza-
The Cancer Center’s library holds a variety of informational resources for patients diagnosed with cancer and their families. A small side room stores hundreds of women’s wigs and provides a private space for women to try on different styles—hair loss being a particulary demoralizing side effect of treatment. “This little area serves a lot of people,” Carol Brumet, the center’s program and outreach coordinator, said, about the library. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL tions that operate over large territories and with more facilities and practitioners are in better positions to handle cost cuts needed to keep their operations moving forward. But whether this move toward integration will make health care more financially sustainable, as well as more affordable for patients and providers, is an open question, he said. The answer largely depends on how changes are implemented, Thompson said. “I think the jury’s out on
it,” Thompson said. “I think in theory it should lead to improved care, if executed well.” At PeaceHealth St. Joseph, Nancy Steiger said a number of cost-cutting measures have already been implemented. In recent years, the organization has made efforts to streamline operations and remove wasteful or redundant services. Yet as health care costs remain high and the very nature of the industry changes, new strategies on a much broader level will be necessary, Steiger said.
Residential focus Within Barkley Co.’s development plan for the whole district, a little less than one-third has been completed, Kochman said. The focus up to this point has been on commercial growth, including retail and office space.
“There’s always something going on in Barkley. It’s a dynamic area.” —Jeff Kochman, president & CEO of Barkley Company But the Cornerstone Building will mark a shift. Kochman said the company is ready to begin developing more residential units on parcels of land on the periphery of the district. With an established commercial core along Woburn Street and Barkley Boulevard, new residents in the district should find a good base of amenities within walking distance, he said. “Our interest is to use it for development that makes a lot of sense, and residential makes a lot of sense,” Kochman said. “It also works to compliment all the commercial activity that has occurred out here.” This commercial-first timeline is an unique aspect of Barkley Village, Kochman said, as most largescale developments attract residents at the start, then fill in retail stores and other amenities. Residential development will be a regular component of future construction in the area, he said.
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On the commercial side, the Barkley area has attracted a number of Bellingham financial firms, including banks, accounting agencies and financial advisers. Mark Thoma, managing partner at the Bellingham office of Moss Adams LLP, a financial advising and accounting firm, said Barkley Village has developed into the city’s financial center over the past decade. Moss Adams moved into the Arch Talbot Building on Rimland Drive in 2001 after it was previously located in the Crown Plaza building in downtown Bellingham. Thoma said he supported the vision that Barkley Co., which has been a client of Moss Adams, has for the district. “To watch this area grow up along with our company’s growth and development had really been pretty satisfying,” Thoma said. Both Kochman and Talbot said is the fact that the district is owned by a single company is a key to Barkley’s success. Kochman said this enables Barkley Co. to be more responsive to its tenants. Kochman said a major challenge for the company moving forward is continuing uncertainty in the real estate market. Financing for new projects has been difficult to obtain, and as developers continue to act with more caution, deals take longer to close. Yet Barkley Co. has made it through the economic downturn relatively well, he said. Part of that might be due to luck, he said, but it also helps to have wellestablished, long-term tenants who have also shown resilience.
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BANKRUPTCIES CHAPTER 7 Kenneth Wayne Campbell and Gale Elizabeth Campbell, case no. 13-11517KAO. Filed Feb. 22. Gilbert Minjarez Sr. and Valeria Aragon-Minjarez, case no. 13-11508KAO. Filed Feb. 22. Edward Terry Wildeman and Debra Kay Wildeman, case no. 13-11473-KAO. Filed Feb. 21. Robert Aidan Viggers and Carmen Adriana Viggers, case no. 13-11dA440KAO. Filed Feb. 20. Nila Y. Andrushenko, case no. 13-11417KAO. Filed Feb. 20. Sharon Kay Nelson, case no. 13-11385KAO. Filed Feb. 19. John Feliz Castleman Jr. and Jennifer Lynn Castleman, case no. 13-11358-KAO. Filed Feb. 18. Randall Tyler Burtz, case no. 13-11311KAO. Filed Feb. 15. Glen Patrick Foster and Jamie Marie Foster, case no. 13-11280-KAO. Filed Feb. 15. Patrick Terry Russell Jr. and Laurie Lynn Russell, case no. 13-11264-KAO. Filed Feb. 14. Jaime Javier Olivarez, case no. 13-11195KAO. Filed Feb. 13. Nathan Randell Sanger and Jackie Marie Sanger, case no. 13-11176-KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Charity Rebekah Rideout, case no. 13-11164-KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Richard Gary Austerman and Helen Marie Austerman, case no. 13-11162KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Preston Gerard Cochran and Beatrice Ada Cochran, case no. 13-11156-KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Crisoforo Rodriguez Reyes and Desiree Michelle Rodriguez, case no. 13-11154KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Loc Van Nguyen, case no. 13-11153-KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Robert Edward Brombacher and Barbara Marie Brombacher, case no. 13-11152-KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Erika Lucienne Dearbh Rado, case no. 13-11151-KAO. Filed Feb. 12. Alejandro Serrato and Lisa Pauline Serrato, case no. 13-11137-KAO. Filed Feb. 11. Janet Lynn Smith, case no. 13-11126-KAO. Filed Feb. 11. Regina Sabino, case no. 13-11072-KAO. Filed Feb. 8. Karen Marie Buckenmeyer, case no. 13-11065-KAO. Filed Feb. 8. Cethanie Dare Kaster, case no. 13-11000KAO. Filed Feb. 6. Daniel Edward Marantette and Marie Anna Marantette, case no. 13-10992-KAO, Filed Feb. 6. Tyler T. Wate, case no. 13-10929-KAO. Filed Feb. 1. Frederick Fetty Jr. and Susan Jodine Fetty, case no. 13-10918-KAO. Filed Feb. 1 Robin Jean Kelly, case no. 13-10906-KAO. Filed Feb. 1. Rocky P. Pouliot Jr., case no. 13-10900KAO. Filed Feb. 1.
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John M. O’Brien, Highland Timber, $21,281.75 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. John M. O’Brien, Highland Timber, $276,815.47 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. JFB Inc., Cliff House Restaurant, $3,541.99 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Michael A. Nichols, $6,538.58 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Bethel E. Brumbelow, $30,163.26 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Thomas J. Fisher, $66,570.02 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 5. Arlene J. Doeden, Golden Dreams Adult Family Home, $3,462.34 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 5. Hillco Contracting Inc., $71,271.84 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 5.
Darren Katamay, $25,774.16 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 20. Van Zanten & Son LLC, Gary Van Zanten MGR, $5,850 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 20. Ro ll an Wo od ward and Ed ith Woodward, Classic Cleaners, $10,098.14 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 20. Downtown Bob’s LLC, Downtown Bob’s Burgers and Brew, $4,181.99 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Joseph W. Shahan and Elizabeth A. Olson, $2,366.93 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Wildwest Express Inc., $11,188.06 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Feb. 11.
Irvin L. Lauritsen, $18,294.02 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 25. David John and Lynne Kunze Berg, $32,292.79 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 25. Dennis E. Whelan, $6,290.24 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 25. Timothy D. Knowles and Young Ok Kim, $25,293.47 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 25. Tanner Mackiewicz, $34,238.81 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 25. Suzanne Blais, $4,875.04 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22. Lectronic Shoppe Inc., $2,944.64 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22. James E. Corrans, $17,472.78 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22. ADC Marketing Inc., $12,994.82 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22. Michael J. Evans, $28,420.01 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22. Copper Hog LLC, Aaron Matson MGR MBR, $2,597.53 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22. Richard L. Harkness, $16,242.10 in unpaid IRS taxes. Filed Jan. 22.
Kapoor and Grandson Inc., $13,416.50 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 14. Mohinder Kapoor, $13,416.59 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 14. Altus Industries Inc., $1,524.18 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 13. Jason Murphy, $13,725.98 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Rachel Lynn Cox, $1,228 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Glen Edwin Williams, $1,600.14 in unpaid
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Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Via Birch Bay Cafe & Bistro Co., $2,287.41 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. BR Crew Inc., $731.57 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Dezeeuw Construction LLC, $16,063.58 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Raindance Roofing Inc., $3,368.44 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Harkness Contracting Inc., $5,899.91 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Southside Chiropractic Inc., $495.68 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Anthony William Kesslau, $6,041.18 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. Anthony William Kesslau, $6,319.16 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 12. William Molnar, $439.02 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Peregine Expeditions LLC, $866.42 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Western Pumping & Excavating, $2,182.30 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Stanley Holmes Calhoon, $482.90 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Pacific Trans Xpress Inc., $1,036.74 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Northern Pacific Transportation, $369.63 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Lincoln Green Nursery LLC, $238.58 in
March 2013 unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Geleynse Inc., $319.83 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Tec Quest Electric LLC, $278.96 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Juan Vicente, $1,537.55 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Pioneer Trucking Company, $506.83 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. NW Choice Construction Inc., $1,873.43 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. JKJ Inc., $1,925.04 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Dee’s Country Diner LLC, $753.98 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 11. Accusearch LLC, $3,911.16 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. OFS Inc., $5,213.78 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. Fairhaven Fish & Chips Inc., $1,133.46 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. Cortney M. Covert and Joshua D. Covert, $133.77 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. B&J Fiberglass LLC, $15,558.34 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. Left Coast Enterprises Inc. dba La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza, $3,391.09 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. Lynden Chocolate & Candy Shoppe Inc. dba Lynden Chocolate & Candy Shoppe, $2,131.95 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Feb. 6. Katie Caroline Ofshe dba Johnson’s Flower Shop, $1,508.72 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes.
Filed Feb. 4. Katie Caroline Ofshe dba Johnson’s Flower Shop, $2,289,96 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Guilmettes Busy Bees LLC dba Guilmettes Busy Bees, $660.77 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Grand View Sign & Awning Company, $1,337.11 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Way To Go Travel Inc., $9,232.86 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Definitive Avionics LLC, $828.22 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Clark Wesley Casey Jr. dba Northwest Custom Insulation, $1,238.72 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Larry H. Montgomery dba Montgomery Scrap Processing, $2,654.85 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 4. Hagen’s Faster Freight LLC dba Hagen’s Faster Freight, $797.84 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed Feb. 1. Mason R. Stephen, $2,574.65 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Jan. 31. Cicchitti’s Pizza Inc., $872.29 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Pioneer Trucking Co., $4,496.57 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Bella Marina LLC dba Nicki’s Bella Marina, $1,205.39 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. H&A Management LLC dba Lighthouse by the Bay, $109 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Palermo Williams and Olga Baranets dba Palermo Construction, $8,591.96 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Butler Design Inc., $146.42 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Accusearch LLC, $491.13 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Mirela Giaconi dba Sandwich Odyssey, $548.84 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Platinum Builders Inc., $8,163,26 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. La Vie En Rose Bellingham LLC, $945.53 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Tyler J. Vankatwijk, $1,040 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Designated Drivers Takemykeys dba Designated Town Car, $2,752.82 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Max Management LLC dba Deagle Ridge Assisted Living, $10,447.28 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. B&J Professionals Inc. dba Servicemaster of Whatcom County, $1,740.69 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Pegasus Transportation Inc., $1,923.66 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. George Keizer and Sherry M. Keizer dba Keizer’s AA Meats, $4,910.33 in unpaid Department of Labor and Industries taxes. Filed Jan. 30. Baetz LLC, $5,163.27 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Jan. 29. TOG Inc., $2,754.92 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Jan. 28. Cheese Meats Beer Corp., $1,704.85 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed Jan. 28.
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