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SUMMER HIRING BUSY FOR BUILDERS, RETAILERS Whatcom County’s unemployment rate stays on similar track to 2012 trends By Evan Marczynski email@example.com
The Port of Bellingham received eight responses to its recent call for proposals on a 10.8-acre chunk of property in the future Waterfront District. Port staff, along with city, county and Western Washington University officials, are starting a review/ interview process with the eight firms—some local, others global—wanting to be the first to get a crack at redevelopment on Bellingham’s waterfront. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL
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Local home sales reaching six-year high By Evan Marczynski firstname.lastname@example.org
ome sales in Whatcom County have reached their highest level since 2007, according to an analysis of market activity in the second quarter of 2013 by Lylene Johnson of The Muljat Group.
Sales from the second quarter this year rose 18.6 percent to 656 compared the same quarter one year ago, according to Johnson’s analysis. The Whatcom County communities of Bellingham, Blaine/Birch Bay, Ferndale and Sudden Valley saw sales increases of more than 20 percent. It is the strongest activity since
803 homes were sold in Whatcom County during the second quarter of 2007. Johnson, who has tracked trends in the local market for more than a decade, based her report on data from the Northwest Washington Multiple Listing Service, a broker-owned organization based in Kirkland that
serves 21 counties in Washington and includes more than 21,000 broker members. The upward trend in sales activity is good news for the county’s housing sector, Johnson said. The median price on homes
onstruction industry hiring in Whatcom County jumped more than 10 percent in June this year compared to the same month in 2012, according to the latest employment data from the state’s Employment Security Department. In the midst of the building season, the construction industry gained 600 more jobs in June than it supported during the same month last year. Total private sector employment in Whatcom rose year-overyear in June, as well, with 1,500 new jobs added. Whatcom’s unemployment
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PAWS ACROSS THE BORDER Bay Cafe at Birch Bay, Cronkguitars.com and The C Shop are uniting to present the annual AUG third Birch Bay Music Festival benefiting the Whatcom County Alternative Humane Society, Creatures Comfort Cat Rescue, Silver Cloud Cat Services and the British Columbia SPCA. The festival will take place from Aug. 9-11 on the corner of Birch Bay Drive and Alderson Road. It is sponsored in part by BP Cherry Point Refinery, Safway Scaffolding and Thunderbird Food Machines. Along with live music, the event will feature arts and crafts vendors, a kids’ corner featuring a train ride, a bounce house, pet photos, a dog fashion show, a custom Cronk Guitar raffle, as well as a K-9 exhibition by the U. S. Border Patrol and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department. Food will be available from Bay Cafe and the C Shop, and a beer and wine garden will serve wine and locally crafted beer from Kulshan Brewing Company. More information is online at www. birchbaymusicfestival. com.
MOTHER OF ALL GARAGE SALES Thousands of items, including home furnishings, toys and lightly used will AUG clothes, be available at Lydia Place’s 15th annual Mother of All Garage Sales, considered the largest single-site garage sale in Whatcom County. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Bellingham Sportsplex, at 1225 Civic Field Way, across the street from Civic Field and Joe Martin Field. A “pre-sale” will be offered from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, for a $15 entry fee. T The garage sale is an important fundraiser
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PINTS FOR PARKS The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation will host its Pints for Parks fundraiser from p.m. on AUG 4-8 Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the beer garden at Kulshan Brewing Company on James Street in Bellingham. The event will feature live music, games, a raffle and parks trivia. The Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation promotes and encourages public and private support for parks, trails, and recreational opportunities throughout Whatcom County, its cities and communities. For more information, visit www.wprfoundation. org or email info@ wprfoundation.org.
UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is offering a six-hour Understanding AUG Conflict Workshop over Tuesday 20, 27 two evening sessions, Aug.
20 and Aug. 27, both from 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m., at 13 Prospect St., Suite 201 in Bellingham. Thie interactive workshop is designed to develop participants’ awareness of their own approaches to conflict, and to increase their skills and capacity to better manage conflict as it arises in their homes, communities and work environments. Cost of the workshop is $75 and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 360-676-0122 or visit www.whatcomdrc.org.
FARM FUND HOOTENANNY The Community Food Co-op will host its Farm Fund Hootenanny Benefit from 6 p.m. to p.m. on AUG 9:30 Saturday, Aug. 24, at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. in Bellingham. The all-ages event will feature live music, art and dancing. Entry is granted with a suggested donation of $5 to $20, with all proceeds directly benefitting Whatcom and Skagit counties’ food and farming projects. Since 2000, the Farm Fund has worked in partnership with Co-op shoppers and the community to provide more than $122,000 in grants, micro-loans and training for local farmers using sustainable and organic practices.
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Mixed results on private liquor sales, so far Some ups, some downs as retailers, distributors and consumers adapt to new system By Evan Marczynski firstname.lastname@example.org
ashington retailers selling spirits have had a little more than one year to adjust to their roles in the state’s private liquor system, and the new marketplace has produced mixed reactions from those involved. The state is raking in millions of dollars in tax revenue, large-scale retailers are reporting thousands of dollars worth of net liquor sales and consumers have far more outlets to choose from to buy spirits. Yet prices today are higher than they were before privatization, greater competition among distributors has hurt business for some small operators and groups concerned about alcohol’s negative social impacts worry about the implications of making liquor more widely available. Retailers sold 26.6 million liters of spirits between June 1, 2012—when Initiative 1183, which shifted liquor sales from state-run stores to privately owned ones, took effect—and the end of March 2013, an increase of 6.4 percent from the same period one year earlier, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue. Costco stores are dominating sales across the state. The grocery chain gave massive financial help to I-1183 during the 2011 election. Costco spent about $22 million in an effort to get the measure passed. Bellingham’s Costco, which brought in $1,588,514 in net liquor sales from June 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, had the highest sales out of all Whatcom County stores and also ranked 11th out of all stores in the state during the same time period, according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board. On the tax revenue side, between July 2012 and May 2013, the state brought in $223.5 million in liquor spirit taxes, an 11.2 percent increase from the same period the previous year. Prices per liter remain higher, post-privatization, than they were in the days of state-run liquor stores. In March 2013, the average price was $24.28, while at state-run stores the pre-
vious year the average was $22.67, according to the Department of Revenue. State officials have blamed price increases on added fees on retailers and distributors that were included in I-1183, which was done to let the state recoup the money it lost by closing its own liquor stores. Retailers pay a 17 percent fee, and distributors pay 10 percent during the first two years they operate in the state, then the fee drops to 5 percent. Sue Cole, spokesperson for The Markets LLC, said that while some shoppers in the Bellingham-based grocery chain’s stores are still commenting on the prices of spirits, the “sticker shock” many of them felt when retailers first began selling liquor last summer has begun to mellow. “Things have sort of settled down in that regard,” she said. With higher prices on spirits across the shelf, less expensive varieties are gaining popularity, Cole added.
New market, more availability Retailers have jumped at the chance to sell liquor. Compared to 329 state-run and smaller contract liquor stores that operated before privatization, there are more than 1,400 locations selling spirits in Washington today, according to the state Liquor Control Board. The privatized market has opened new opportunities for large retailers that focus entirely on selling alcohol. One of those, California-based BevMo! (Beverages and More!), opened Bellingham’s first large-scale alcohol beverage retail store in April. BevMo! has opened several new locations in Washington state over the past year, including stores in Seattle and Bellevue. The Bellingham location is the company’s first outside of the Puget Sound area. The chain’s business banks on offering customers a different experience than what they might find in a standard grocery store or big-box outlet. It highlights its wide selection, employees with extensive knowledge of it products and stores that are given
autonomy to adjust their inventories and respond quickly to local customer demands. Alan Johnson, BevMo!’s CEO, said Bellingham’s well-established retail sector made the city a good fit for the company’s expansion efforts. On the retail side, working through the transitory period of liquor privatization in Washington went much smoother than Johnson initially anticipated, he said. “Now we’re left to iron out some of the remaining kinks,” Johnson said. Establishing relationships with vendors, working out product supplies and understanding how I-1183’s retailer fees would impact pricing were some key challenges BevMo! faced while trying to gain a foothold in Washington, Johnson said.
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The interior of Bellingham’s new BevMo! location just after it opened in April. The first year of Washington’s privatized liquor market has seen an increase in outlets selling spirits statewide. BevMo! is the first large-scale retail store devoted entirely to alcoholic beverages to open in Bellingham. BEVMO! PHOTO | COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL
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Who’s news in Bellingham & Whatcom business Bank of the Pacific names new Bellingham manager Christian Christensen is the new Bellingham branch manager of Bank of the Pacific. He replaces Kamyar Monsef, who is transferring to manage branches in Clatsop County, Ore. Christensen has more than 15 years of banking and finance experience C. Christensen with expertise in lending, investments, and retail banking. He has worked in Whatcom County for the past eight years, most recently in Ferndale.
City’s finance director to become CFO at Port of Everett Bellingham Finance Director John Carter will leave his position with the city in mid-August to become the chief financial officer for the Port of Everett. Carter, 58, grew up in Everett where his father worked at the Simpson Pulp and Paper Mill on the Snohomish River. “I am very excited to work for the Port of Everett, a great organization with outstanding opporJohn Carter tunities,” Carter said. “To do so in a place where I have deep family roots is an added bonus.” Carter’s career has taken him across the country and then back to the Pacific Northwest, where he first worked in private business, then for many years at the Port of Bellingham (1990-2007), before being appointed as the city’s finance director in January 2008. He was the first finance director to be appointed instead of elected, after voters in 2007 approved a city charter amendment that gave appointment power to the mayor, with City Council approval. Carter succeeded former elected finance director, Therese Holm, when her second term was complete at the end of 2007. The finance director serves as a key member of the city’s executive management team, responsible for providing financial stewardship of the city’s resources and managing the city’s finance and business operations. Bellingham mayor Kelli Linville said Carter’s financial strategy and guidance had been invaluable to her administration and the city as a whole, according to a statement released by the city. “I am very grateful for his service to the city, and will miss his contributions to our management team and his honest, straightforward, highly ethical advice,” the mayor said.
WWU names dean for college of humanities, social sciences LeaAnn Martin has been appointed to serve for a fixed term as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Western Washington University. Next month, Brent Carbajal, the college’s current dean, starts a two-year fixed term as WWU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. He succeeds current pro-
vost Catherine Riordan, who is resigning in July. Under the fixed-term appointment, there will be a national search for a new dean during the 2014-15 academic year should Carbajal’s appointment as provost become indefinite. “I want to congratulate Dr. Martin and thank her for her willingness to step up to this important leadership role in [the College of Humanities and Social Sciences],” Riordan said. “I’m pleased for Western, pleased for the College LeaAnn Martin of Humanities and Social Sciences, and I wish Dr. Martin all the best in her new role.” Martin is now associate dean of the college and a professor in WWU’s Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation. She teaches in the kinesiology and physical education program. Martin, who began at WWU in 1991, has a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a doctorate from the University of Texas. Her honors and awards include WWU’s Peter J. Elich Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), the Washington Award for Excellence in Teacher Preparation by the State Board of Education (2003), and the College Professional Physical Educator of the Year by the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (1995).
Rosenberg, Stecca join Appliance Depot Albert Rosenberg and Elena Stecca have recently joined Appliance Depot as general manager and office manager, respectively. Rosenberg was formerly the inventory control coordinator at Altair Advanced Industries in Bellingham, and warehouse manager with Albert Rosenberg Ferguson Enterprises in Burlington. Stecca was a payroll and human resources specialist at the Whatcom Humane Society, and a former housing manager for Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington. Elena Stecca Rosenberg and Stecca will manage the daily operations at Appliance Depot, a nonprofit that repairs and sells donated appliances in their job training program.
Bellingham Marine manager earns recognition John Spragg, general manager of Bellingham Marine’s operations in Australia and Asia, has received top honors from the Marina Industry Association during the group’s Marine 13 Conference, held in Sydney, Australia, in April. He was given the organization’s Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Marina Industry award, which recognizes the industry’s top contributors. Spragg entered the marina design and construction industry in 1994 after 25
years in major construction in Australia. In 1996, he joined the Bellingham Marine team and helped set up the company’s operations in Australia. In Australia, Spragg has overseen the construction of over 10,000 marina berths, a number of which have been awarded Marina of the Year in past years. He was also involved with the iconic Yas Island Marina in Abu Dhabi and Keppel Bay Marina in Singapore. On an industry level, Spragg was a founding member and director of the Marina Industries Association, which formed in 1997. He has also made a significant contribution to the Association in his 16 years of involvement with the MIA. “It’s a great honor to be recognized but I am especially humbled by my nomination for the award,” Spragg said. “Even though this award is for individual achievement, it’s only through the efforts of our teams worldwide and a very supportive family that I am able to do what I do. Together, along with our trusting clients and esteemed colleagues, we’ve driven the success of the marina industry around the globe. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a great group of people.”
BP Cherry Point manager joins United Way board Stacey McDaniel, refinery manager of the BP Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, has been named as a new member of the board of directors for United Way of Whatcom County. The announcement was made during the nonprofit organization’s recent annual meeting. As manager of the largest refinery operation in Washington state, McDaniel leads a permanent staff of 800 BP employees and between 600-3,500 contractors at any given time. Prior to her current role, McDaniel was the head of technology development for BP’s Global Refining business, having accountability for the development and deployment of innovative refining solutions, ranging from improved process technologies to real-time monitoring devices and predictive models. McDaniel has 20 years of industry experience, and has held leadership roles in operations, supply and technology. She spent time in London at BP’s corporate headquarters developing technology strategy for the BP Group and business plans and strategy for the global refining business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and attended the University of Chicago for MBA coursework. Also at United Way’s annual meeting, retiring board members, Sandi Howard from Sargento’s, Mary Humphries from ForestEthics and Jeff Pitzer from BP Cherry Point, were honored for their dedication and years of support.
Sanderson hired at RE/MAX Whatcom County Laura Sanderson has joined the Bellingham office of RE/MAX Whatcom County. Sanderson earned her real-estate license in 2011. She is a specialty buyers agent, focusing on residential and new construction. Sanderson has resided in Whatcom County for 23 years.
Keller Williams Western Realty hires three Three new agents have joined the team at Keller Williams Western Realty in Bell-
August 2013 ingham. Robert Affolter arrives as Keller Williams from RJR Realty, and the company’s Bellingham location has also added Jim Browder and Joe Smith, according to a press release. Keller Williams Realty Inc., a real-estate franchise operation, is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
Mortgage adviser marks 25 years in business Leena Kirschman of Neighborhood Mortgage in Bellingham is celebrating 25 years in the lending industry in August. Kirschman has been part of the Neighborhood Mortgage Team since November 2006, and currently serves as the company’s development manager, as well as being a licensed mortgage adviser. Born in Seattle, Kirschman relocated to Bellingham in 1988 with her husband, Pat. She also manages Neighborhood Mortgage’s hiring and training needs.
Stylist joins Studio 910 Salon in Fairhaven Professional stylist Carolyn Hatch Haas has joined Studio 910 Salon in Fairhaven. The Bellingham native has more than 20 years’ experience in hairstyling and make up. Haas studied at Bellingham Beauty School. “Carolyn is a great addition to our staff,” C. Hatch Haas said Amy Electra Squires, Studio 910 Salon owner. “She is a good match for us in both in skill and concern for our clients. Fairhaven is a great location for her and she loves the neighborhood.”
WWU selects interim dean for performing arts college Christopher “Kit” Spicer has been appointed to serve a one-year term as interim dean of Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts starting Aug. 1, according to an announcement from WWU Provost Catherine Riordan. Spicer will succeed Dan Guyette, who resigned the position to become dean of the College of Fine Arts at Western Michigan University. Plans are to initiate a national search for the college’s next dean in the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. “I’m pleased to join the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WWU. I’ve long admired Western for its unyielding commitment to student-centered education,” Spicer said, in a press release. “I’m especially looking forward to continuing to support and build ongoing collaborations within the college, across the university and with the broader community.” Spicer has a doctorate in organizational communication from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2003 to 2011, he was dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communications at Towson University, in Towson, Md., a college with 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students in six departments. He has also held positions at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
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With low inventory, market pressure will remain on buyers sold in Whatcom County rose 1.9 percent to $265,000 in the second quarter of 2013, compared to the same quarter from the previous year. The average price was $297,711, a 3.4 percent increase. The amount of time a house sits on the market before it sells is also reaching new lows, according to the analysis. For Whatcom County homes sold in the second quarter of 2013, the average number of days on the market was 106, the shortest amount of time since the second quarter of 2006. Johnson said the shorter amount time homes sit on the market could be a strong sign that more houses that have been available for extended periods of time are beginning to sell. It also indicates that there is simply more demand from buyers, she said. But while sales are up, the inventory of homes in many price ranges is still tight, Johnson said. With fewer options, pressure will remain on buyers, who are going to have to compete with the multiple offers that sellers are likely to receive, she added.
“The pressure for buyers is going to stay there,” Johnson said. “I don’t see that changing, not in the short term.” Buyers and sellers must also contend with a recent rise in mortgage rates. But Johnson believes rate spikes might actually help sellers in the future by pushing undecided buyers, fearful of rates going even higher, into the market.
Bellingham Median sale price: $300,000 (up 2.7 percent) Average sale price: $347,263 (up 0.3 percent)
Lynden Median sale price: $266,806 (down 0.4 percent) Average sale price: $295,868 (up 4.0 percent) Units sold: 59 (down 10.6 percent) Days on market: 112 (down 17.6 percent)
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The county lost 1,780 people from its workforce between June 2012 and June 2013, when initial estimates showed there were 103,840 people either working or out of work and actively seeking jobs in Whatcom County. Along with construction, other industries with job growth included: - Retail trade (up 4.8 percent compared to June 2012, 500 jobs added compared to June 2012, 100 jobs added compared to May 2013). - Leisure and hospitality (up 3.3 percent compared to June 2012, 300 jobs added compared to June 2012, 300 jobs added compared to May 2013).
Whatcom County’s financial activities sector lost 100 jobs in June compared to the same month last year. It was the only local private industry to post a job loss in the latest report. In the public sector, year-over-year employment levels for local state government agencies rose by 7.5 percent in June. There were 400 more state government jobs in Whatcom County in June 2013 than there were in June 2012, although the county did lose 300 jobs within that sector between June and March of this year. Local government added 100 new jobs in June compared to the same month last year. Federal government job levels
was at 7.5 percent in June, according to initial estimates from state economists. It’s the same rate the county posted in June 2012, but an increase from a revised 7.1 percent unemployment rate in May 2013. Despite a rise in unemployment from May, most private-sector industries in Whatcom saw both short-term and longterm job gains. Yet the size of the county’s workforce continues shrinking, according to Employment Security statistics.
Whatcom County housing market activity, Q2 2013 Entire county Median sale price: $265,500 (up 1.9 percent from Q2 2012) Average sale price: $297,771 (up 3.4 percent) Units sold: 656 (up 18.6 percent) Days on market: 106 (down 21.5 percent)
Units sold: 317 (up 29.4 percent) Days on Market: 85 (down 23.4 percent) Birch Bay/Blaine Median sale price: $237,450 (up 3.2 percent) Average sale price: $265,601 (up 1.4 percent) Units sold: 70 (up 22.8 percent) Days on market: 125 (down 34.2 percent) Ferndale Median sale price: $266,500 (up 3.1 percent) Average sale price: $267,071 (up 0.6 percent) Units sold: 88 (up 22.2 percent) Days on market: 97 (down 31.7 percent)
Mount Baker Median sale price: $100,000 (up 20.5 percent) Average sale price: $133,535 (down 14.1 percent) Units sold: 36 (down 2.7 percent) Days on market: 183 (up 15.1 percent) Nooksack Valley Median sale price: $228,000 (up 10.7 percent) Average sale price: $212,350 (down 8.5 percent) Units sold: 20 (down 20.0 percent) Days on market: 137 (down 1.4 percent) Sudden Valley Median sale price: $213,900 (up 8.5 percent) Average sale price: $223,126 (up 6.9 percent) Units sold: 47 (up 46.9 percent) Days on market: 138 (down 6.8 percent) Source: Lylene Johnson, The Muljat Group remained the same. Whatcom had one of the lower unemployment rates in northwest Washington in June, according to initial estimates. Skagit County posted an 8.7 percent jobless rate. Island County was at 8.1 percent. San Juan County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region in June, at 5.7 percent. San Juan’s jobless rate tied with Snohomish County for the second lowest in the entire state. King County has the lowest unemployment statewide, at 5.2 percent. Grays Harbor County had the highest, at 12.1 percent.
2013 Election Coverage
PORT OF BELLINGHAM Candidate Q&As for Commission Districts No. 1 & No. 2
The Questions 1. The commissioners elected this year will soon face big decisions regarding Bellingham’s waterfront. Do you think plans for the Waterfront District are on the right track? And if you are elected, what would be your main focus as the planning moves forward? 2. The growth of the Bellingham International Airport has been a major economic story in recent years, and the facility’s latest expansion is nearing completion. But last year’s public meetings regarding the airport’s master plan process brought to light concerns from some residents who say increased jet traffic is creating more negatives than positives. Do you think a “win-win” situation is possible here? And how should these competing interests be handled as activity at the airport continues? 3. Do you think the port has a good relationship with the local business community? And if you are elected, what are some specific things you will do to reach out to business owners in Bellingham and Whatcom County?
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Dan Robbins Question 1
In the past it seemed as if there were some unnecessary delays and that the city of Bellingham and the port were not on the same page. Now there is a shared vision so the project can move ahead. It is important to develop this prime property correctly for generations to come. This exciting opportunity should provide the public with a great place to enjoy and revenues from jobs that will improve our economy and support the services we all like. I am excited about participating in this very important process and gathering opinions from Whatcom County residents before making decisions as a commissioner for the Port of Bellingham. Question 2 Whatcom County should be proud of its international airport. When I grew up in Bellingham there were no jets flying in and out taking people from our little airport to their destinations. It is a great convenience to fly out of Bellingham instead of having to drive to Seattle. There were 79,890 passengers flying out of Bellingham in 2004. This year that number will be over 600,000! The need for expansion is a symptom of the success of the airport. The airport contributes greatly to the economic development of our county. Every effort should be made to minimize the impacts to the airport neighborhoods, and I will seek out solutions from the neighbors and experts in airport expansions.
spending even more public dollars fixing it tomorrow. It’s important that we are able to deliver the kind of predictability and stability that developers and businesses come to expect in a big project like this. We must have a working waterfront—fresh seafood that can ship direct to restaurants and grocery stores from our waterfront processors is something most places no longer have; new jobs in sustainable manufacturing and industry are possible. We have a great opportunity to connect our farming industry to food processing and shipping directly from the port rather than trucking products—and jobs—elsewhere. And we can build new markets for our local businesses. My main focus on the project will be to ensure that whatever happens, it happens with three things in mind: the broadest community benefit, the best environmental stewardship and the best financial return for the least cost for our community. This project will require a lot of public financial investment, and it’s important that we are responsible with every single dollar. We need meaningful public access so the public can once again enjoy this waterfront after a century of being cut off from it. We have to make sure the site is safe and healthy for development, habitat and future generations.
The waterfront redevelopment plan requires careful, methodical attention. Though most of the heavy lifting will likely be done before I’m elected, in some ways the plan can be smarter. We want to ensure that we are planning and implementing our plans with future generations in mind. We must get it right today to avoid
I hear and understand the residents’ concerns about the jet traffic noise. I lived 15 minutes south from La Guardia airport in Queens, N.Y., and the planes flew so low over our neighborhood, we could read serial numbers on them. I think we need to be open to a dialog about how to balance our fantastic economic expansion and our
One of the reasons I respect the Port of Bellingham is its successful efforts in keeping the property tax contributions to a minimum. In 2007, the tax was $94.11 for a $275,000 home. In 2013, the tax is $81.97 for the same home. Your taxes have dropped every year for the past seven years for the Port of Bellingham’s share. I would continue with efforts to keep the Port’s portion of the property tax from increasing. I have met personally with many of the port’s business owners to hear the pros and cons of leasing from the port, and I have found that the majority of businesses are very happy with the port as their landlord. As a business mentor, I will continue to talk with the business community, both those on port property and businesses that are affected by port business. It is important that the needs of local businesses as well as those of individuals be considered in all port decisions. I will continue to foster job creation as one of the main goals of the Port of Bellingham.
quality of life. I am always looking for winwin solutions. I have begun reaching out to other port commissioners in our region for examples and recommendations of what has been done at other expanding airports, and how they address the concerns of nearby residents. I believe the port has done well to hold several public meetings on this subject, and I’d like to ensure that the concerns expressed at those meetings are fully considered and addressed. The competing interests should be handled by first acknowledging the concerns of the residents and engaging in a good faith dialog. We need to explore all the options. Question 3 Based on the conversations I have heard thus far, the relationship between the port and the business community lacks trust, which is the key ingredient of workability in any relationship. Trust, once broken, takes time to rebuild and it can only happen through commitment and consistent actions. That begins with listening—not just for agreement, but also for furthering dialogue. In my corporate career I designed and implemented a system that managed and reflected feedback, creating open and transparent communication between the providers and their customers. This feedback loop established accountability and safeguarded transparency. With this same view in mind, if elected, I will: 1. Listen first by meeting with every current business tenant at the port and meeting with our business organizations to understand what port needs to start doing, stop doing and continue doing in support
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economy without direct competition to our existing business sectors.
of our business community. 2. Champion a creation of a feedback loop when the information gathered can be made visible, including the follow ups and actions taken or not taken by the port in response to the feedback from our business community. 3. Ensure that relationships—either with the public, businesses, tenants, agencies or other governmental representatives— engender respect, work toward shared goals and reflect our community’s values.
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Michael McAuley (incumbent) Question 1 The waterfront master plan is a suitable starting point but it does need some minor modifications so we can ensure any new construction is a high quality, long-lasting product that is ready to embrace future advancements, especially in energy and water use or reuse or a district wide heating system. My focus for the past two years has been on the working waterfront part of the plan. We have 130 miles of marine shoreline in Whatcom County but only a few thousand feet of access for our marine trades and marine dependent uses. Rising to the top of my efforts has been: construction of Cornwall Beach Park with the potential for a new, recreational use boat ramp; securing appropriate tenants for the shipping terminal now that we’ve secured more land to support it; working with Western Washington University to reuse the Boardmill building or partner with a private firm that can make that building available to them now rather than some unspecified years from now; and working with the city of Bellingham to ensure we build a through street right away to connect Roeder Avenue to Cornwall Avenue. My biggest challenge, however, has been to push our commission to redesign the Whatcom Waterway cleanup which is actually removing critical access facilities for our marine trades. This is one of those rare win-win scenarios we all hope to achieve. If successful, we can have the same cleanup without removing our only barge loading ramp and at the same time improve the shoreline for marine trades access with no new structures, over water coverage or improvements in the waterway itself. Investments such as this in our marine trades land will ensure a long life for regional marine trades businesses. Regarding the actual “urban infill” part of the project, I have instructed all our staff and consultants that I am only interested in developers who see the value of our geography and can attract business interests, especially those businesses working in the broadly categorized Clean-Tech sector. These businesses can further diversify our
We have nearly finished more than $60 million in upgrades at Bellingham International Airport (BLI) that have given us a better runway, better terminal and some modest parking increases. However, the problems most associated with the airport do not, in my opinion, lend themselves to a win-win outcome. With more air traffic comes more ground traffic and much more noise from aircraft operations. We can engineer traffic solutions given enough money but noise pollution is incredibly difficult. In the past six years we have seen a massive increase in leisure travel from BLI. We know that most of those passengers originate from outside Whatcom County, which tells me we have plenty of leisure travel service available for our local population, which is my first concern. What we don’t have are strong east-west hub connections and direct-to-Alaska flights, these would be modest increases in flights but would serve local business needs. The noise problem with all of the operations’ increases is one I’ve been working on since my first days on the commission. In my first budget negotiations, I sought a dedicated fee of $0.25 per passenger that would be spent on off-airport noise mitigations. That effort was not supported by the commission. I then worked with our executive director to devise a plan that would deal with off-airport noise impacts, but that effort was lost when he was forced to resign. I am working with our new director to resurrect our plans. This is important locally because the Federal Aviation Administration only steps in to help on noise if we meet their criteria, but I believe their standards are too low. We shouldn’t hide behind them while claiming that if the FAA says it’s not too noisy, then our citizens have to suffer at the hands of the very government they put in place. The airport has clearly enhanced our local economy, but the port should never stop at just building the economy. Just as we do in our marine landscapes, we must address the negative environmental side effects of growth and increased activity at our airport. Question 3 The port’s relationships are getting better. There was a time where the port seemed to be operating as its own entity outside the broader economy, almost as if it were its own private enterprise. With the hiring of Charlie Sheldon we began a turnaround based on his relationship building skills. Since then, our new executive director, Rob Fix, has carried that forward. The port real estate staff has been accused in the past of hoarding leads, but now have a directive to aggressively share leads with the commercial real estate community. We also implemented Whatcom Prospector, a new website where any commercial real estate in the county can be marketed for free. The site gives prospective business interests from outside the county access to not just the properties but also demographic data for each city in the
county. The port also has an economic development division. Before I took my seat on the commission I had noticed that the port has two broad goals in its mission: transportation and economic development. What I found, however, is that there was only one person out of the 90 employees who was directly charged with economic development even though it was half of the mission. We have since added an additional person, whose position is partly funded by state grants, and I am hoping to add just one more person so that our economic development division is staffed at a level to bring real value to the people of Whatcom County. With the expanded economic development division and our executive’s guidance, we have been able to focus the budget to better target opportunities rather than just blanket financial grants to organizations that couldn’t show job creation or retention. In the past our economic development person would work mostly with local, non-government organizations, but I pushed back on this shift of funding outside of the port with unverifiable results. We now work closely with the county and the city of Bellingham with EDI funding. We have trimmed our grants to outside organizations but increased our staff time reaching out county businesses to determine gaps whether financial, regulatory, lack of infrastructure or even identifying missed opportunities. One successful finding is that we have at least five companies in Whatcom County shipping their steel fabrications to Seattle for galvanizing. Until we sent staff out on its new mission nobody was aware of that, which means we may have the volume and an opportunity to develop our own galvanizing company here in Whatcom County. We have also made incredible strides in our marine trades. For decades the marine trades people, especially our local fishermen, have felt that the port is not on their side. While we do have work to do, especially in the new C St. Terminal area with the Landings at Colony Wharf, we are moving in a positive direction. So much so that the port is being discussed favorably from Alaska to California. The port’s relationships in many sectors has been strained in the past, but we have made some leadership changes, we will make more leadership changes and you should see the port doing a much better job of supporting local business than you may remember from the past.
Ken Bell Question 1 The process for developing the waterfront is going as it should. It is vital that the port receive all information and the opinions of stakeholders prior to making any decisions on the waterfront. We can then make our decisions with that input in mind. Our first priority must be to ensure that we have cleaned up any contamination left behind by G-P. The progress of that effort cannot be delayed or impaired in any way. The quality of life on the waterfront and
the types of development we can initiate depend on the quality of the cleanup effort. Any delay in our implementation of our cleanup plan could jeopardize our agreements with the Department of Ecology and that would be devastating to the progress already made. It would be my desire to see as much light industrial activity as possible on the waterfront. What a unique opportunity we have here in Whatcom County, an undeveloped industrial property with ocean access. You don’t get this kind of opportunity very often. We should be working toward making this asset work for us by creating the infrastructure necessary to attract job creators. We need to keep the customers we have prosperous. There are numerous industries already in place from Fairhaven through Colony Wharf and up to Blaine that need our support. Question 2 Win-win propositions are difficult to achieve. There is room for all parties to recognize that the impacts of their activities need to be mitigated. Realistically speaking, however, no one is ever satisfied in disputes like the one at the airport. The port can do everything in their power to mitigate noise by working with the airline industry and by creating sound buffers where possible. We cannot, however, stifle the huge asset we have in our airport. This is an essential tool in our toolbox for introducing people to our county. We need to enhance the airport experience so that we can keep the traveling public in our area to participate in growing our economy. A new parking structure is also a hot button item for me. We have limited close-in parking and yet we pay a shuttle service to transport our passengers from as far away as I-5. I would like to see a three-layered or four-layered parking structure that would accommodate rental car activity, shuttle services and minimize the distance travelers must go to access the terminal. The outlying areas could then be sold to private operators for development purposes. Question 3
The port’s relationship is good but not great. Progress on the waterfront has been too slow and the decisionmaking process too contentious for the business community to be comfortable. One of the reasons I am in this race is to facilitate a better environment for the port. Internally, we need stability and direction. Externally we need to sell the vision. We have a perfect opportunity with a new mayor and county executive, who have set the tone, to bring all Whatcom County parties together for a unified plan and to bring prosperity to our port properties. Selling a vision is what I do best. As the owner of my own business, it has been important for me to make sure the vision is sound and that all parties are in agreement on our direction. Then we sell it. That is the plan for the port. Bring a big picture vision to the process, take away the impediments that would slow down the process and move forward.
Future election coverage in the The Bellingham Business Journal will feature candidate Q&As in election races for the Bellingham City Council and the Whatcom County Council. Candidates’ Q&As can also be read online at BBJToday.com.
Allegiant grounds talks on Everett expansion Low-cost carrier unable to reach terms for commercial terminal at Paine Field Alaska Airlines, which also had expressed interest in flying commuter planes lans for passenger air service from from Paine Field, said it Paine Field appear dead, at least for could agree in principle to now. the county’s terms, Camp Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, the prisaid. Alaska, however, also mary carrier interested in flying from the stuck to its recent posiSnohomish County-owned airport, did not tion that it would not serve agree to the county’s financial terms for Paine Field unless it was building a passenger terminal. The airline first served by another airinstead offered to build the terminal but line. wanted the land for free, without a lease. Alaska officials weren’t “We can’t do that,” said Peter Camp, an keen on the idea of another executive director the county, at a County airline being allowed to Council committee meeting Monday. build and run the terminal, Allowing one airline to build and operCamp said. ate a terminal could give it a competitive “After a long pause, the advantage over any others that come in response was, ‘We have afterwards, and it opens the door to a host deep concerns,’” he said. of other problems, Camp said. The three That’s correct, Alaska County Council members at the meeting spokewoman Bobbie Egan agreed. said Monday. If Allegiant were to somehow run the “We feel it’s important terminal to its advantage over other airfor there to be a level, lines, the county could be found liable, competitive playing field Allegiant Air, which has substantial operations at the Bellingham International Airport, is one of the priunder federal law, for discrimination, and that the county is an mary carriers to have shown interest in future commercial air service to Everett’s Paine Field. Camp said. appropriate entity to build EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL “A fundamental principle of operating and an operate a new the airport is that the playing field be level,” terminal at Paine Field,” he wrote in a memo to the council. “The she said. county has a legal obligation not to allow Allegiant spokeswoman its airport to be used in such a way as to Jessica Wheeler said Camp’s give one airline an advantage over another characterization of the airline.” airline’s position is “mostly Under the plan pitched by Allegiant, the accurate,” but wouldn’t discounty would not have control over concuss details. struction, maintenance or concessionaire’s “There’s not a lot we leases, but would still have to make sure can say publicly,” she said. all of these are up to county standards and “Commercial service at any would have to mediate any disputes, Camp airport is extremely comsaid. petitive so we tend to hold lawsuit over a recent federal environmental The county offered to build the terminal, these negotiations as close to the vest as we Camp said. Under federal law, the operator of any study that concluded that the number of estimated at $3 million, and be reimbursed can.” airport large enough for commercial air flights proposed by Allegiant and Alaska through revenue from parking fees and Wheeler wouldn’t rule out an agreement service is required to make space availwould not significantly increase noise or concessions. If Allegiant were to commit of some kind, but wouldn’t say what form able to airlines for that service. It is not pollution in communities near the airport. to service, and then withdraw, the county it could take. obligated, however, to pay for any needed That study took three years to complete. wanted the airline to agree to reimburse “I think we’re going to continue to talk improvements. In its lawsuit, filed in the ninth U.S. Circuit the county for any uncovered costs. with county officials and airport officials County Executive John Lovick attended Court of Appeals, Mukilteo contends that a “It is what it is. They can take it or leave and see what possibilities are there,” she the meeting. He said afterward that he larger scale environmental study should be it,” Councilman John Koster said. said. “But the door on that proposal has agreed the county should stick to its origidone that takes into account the possibilA couple of years ago, “we received a likely closed.” nal terms. ity of more flights beyond those originally pretty strong statement from the (Federal Councilman Brian Sullivan also attended “What’s most important is that we fulfill proposed by the two airlines. Aviation Administration) that they did not the committee meeting. With three of the our legal and financial obligations, ” he said. The lawsuit would be applicable to any want the carrier to build the terminal, they five council members present and unaniAllegiant in 2008 proposed to start runair carriers’ overtures in the future, Marine wanted us building the terminal,” Councilmous in their position, there would be no ning four flights per week from Paine Field said. man Dave Gossett said. need to take the matter to the full council, and increase that to about 20 each week “I don’t think this is the last we’ve heard over the first five years. of the airlines,” he said. Alaska said it wanted to run 140 comThose who support commercial flights, muter flights per week from the airport. including members of the county business The total would come out to an average of community and others, tout the conve23 flights per day. nience of being able fly from Everett as Commercial air service has been strong- opposed to getting to Sea-Tac Airport or ly opposed in south Snohomish County Bellingham and back. They say this concities, particularly Mukilteo, where people venience could bring jobs and help the say noise could erode property values and county’s economy. ••Precision quality of life. Todd Brunner, owner of Brunner ConPrecisionDentures Dentures Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine welcomed struction in Lynnwood and co-chairman of PartialDentures Dentures- -Cast CastMetal, Metal,Resin Resin&&Flexible Flexible ••Partial Monday’s news but stopped short of celCitizens Right to Fly from Paine Field, said Implant-SupportedDentures Dentures ••Implant-Supported ebrating. his group isn’t giving up hope. • Repairs, Relines & Soft Liners “It’s like the vampire, it’s never dead,” he “It’s an ongoing battle,” he said. “It’s a Unhappy With Your Dentures? • Emergency & New Patients Always Welcome said of the possibility of commercial flights. market driven issue right now. When the Call a free Consultation & Evaluation “It can always come back to life. 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“I think we’re going to continue to talk with county officials and airport officials and see what possibilities are there. But the door on that proposal has likely closed.” —Jessica Wheeler, Allegiant Air spokesperson, on the recent negotiations
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By Evan Marczynski firstname.lastname@example.org Local shoppers with lingering fondness for Sears could soon have a similar store to visit in Bellingham. A preliminary application was filed with city planning officials on July 17 to open a Sears Hometown Store in a vacant building at 3548 Meridian St., across the street from the Bellingham Golf and Country Club and next to Whatcom Farmers Co-Op’s Bellingham Country Store. A spokesperson for Sears Home-
town and Outlet Stores Inc., parent company of Sears Hometown Stores, confirmed the store’s future location, but could not provide further details, saying the development is still in its early stages. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. was spun off in 2012 from Sears Holdings Co., and now operates as a separate entity. According to the building application, the company plans to make $93,307 in tenant improvements to the Meridian Street location, including interior remodeling and a new
exterior loading dock canopy. Hometown Stores focus on smaller specialty markets and retail merchandise including hardware, appliances and lawn-and-garden supplies. There are six locations in Washington state, including stores in Oak Harbor and Marysville. Bellingham’s former full-line Sears department store at the Bellis Fair Mall closed in early 2013. A new Sports Authority store is preparing to open in the vacated space.
Downtown pub to replace Cicchitti’s By Evan Marczynski email@example.com A Ferndale microbrewery has announced plans to open a new pub in downtown Bellingham, in the former location of Cicchitti’s Pizza at 1427 Railroad Ave. The new pub will be called The Local, and will be operated by Menace Brewing of Ferndale, a brewery opened by Benjamin Buccarelli and Brandon Petersen in 2012.
The two, along with business partner Tom Rader, filed an application with the Washington State Liquor Control Board on July 9 to assume a license to sell beer and wine in a restaurant from the former operators of the Cicchitti’s Pizza, which closed its operations at the location in March of this year. A “coming soon” sign has been posted in a front window of the Railroad Avenue tenant space, next to a public notice of the pending liquor
license. According to July 10 update on Menace Brewing’s Facebook page, The Local will offer a pub setting to showcase beers from Menace Brewing and other local breweries, with an emphasis on food and beer pairings. The announcement also says the company will maintain its brewing operations at its Ferndale facility, and the new Bellingham location could open within the next few months.
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authorize unannounced inspections of all massage businesses. According to the new section in the law, investigators can inspect businesses “within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner.” However, businesses can’t be shut down if violations are found. Possible violations could result in an investigation, which may lead to department action and possible referral to local authorities. Inspections should ensure busi-
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Local business briefs, tips and leads Community Energy Challenge gets $2M in new funding Bellingham’s Community Energy Challenge has received $2 million from the Northwest Clean Air Agency to fund projects that increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses in northwest Washington. The program, a collaborative effort between the Opportunity Council and Sustainable Connections, both nonprofits, was one of three local environmental projects selected by NWCAA through a competitive process. The BP Cherry Point Refinery provided the funding in an effort to partially offset an increase in carbon emissions from its new low-sulfur diesel fuel production. “We are pleased that NWCAA found that energy efficiency is among the most cost effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas pol-
lution,” said Shawn Collins, Community Energy Challenge manager with the Opportunity Council. “This is a success for the environment, and a success for the local economy.” In the past four years, the Community Energy Challenge has worked with 1,200 homeowners and more than 275 small businesses to identify ways to reduce energy bills. During that time, it has also created more than 47 jobs and has generated more than $10 million in local economic activity, according to Alex Ramel, energy and policy manager with Sustainable Connections.
Local foreclosures unchanged in May Foreclosure rates in Bellingham remained the same in May compared to the same month in 2012, according to the nationwide data and analytics firm CoreLogic. Th rate of Bellingham
area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 1.39 percent in May 2013, the same rate reported in May 2012. Foreclosure activity in Bellingham was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 2.61 percent for May 2013. Also in Bellingham, the mortgage delinquency rate decreased: 3.68 percent of mortgage loans were 90 days or more delinquent compared to 4.32 percent for the same period last year, a decrease of 0.64 percentage points, according to CoreLogic.
Materials Testing and Consulting moves local office Materials Testing and Consulting Inc., a geotechnical engineering and construction inspection firm, has relocated its northwest division headquarters to Dupont Street in downtown Bellingham. The company’s Bellingham office was previously
located in the city’s Irongate District. MTC has additional offices in Burlington, Olympia and Silverdale. “The goal of MTC’s relocation is to strengthen and expand our relationships with the Bellingham-area engineering and architectural community by offering greater accessibility to our services and increased opportunity for collaboration,” said Andy Wiser, the company’s northwest division manager. The company provides geotechnical engineering, materials testing and special inspection services to the construction industry throughout Western Washington. It also operates mobile laboratories capable of providing project-specific materials testing services. MTC works with local municipalities and regional agencies, engineering and architectural firms, general contractors and private developers to minimize risk associated with site development and construction
activities. The company has been in business for more than 30 years and employs 53 people. The Bellingham office, which is located in the Bellingham Legal Center Complex at 805 Dupont St., Suite 5, has been in operation for more than a decade, and the company has been locally owned and operated since 1995.
All American Marine awarded nearly $1M shipyard grant All American Marine, a Bellingham-based boat manufacturer, will receive nearly $1 million in federal grant money to invest in capital improvements, according to an announcement from U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat representing Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. The grant, which totals $999,100, is made possible by the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Small
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Blaine company acquires Aldrich Farms of Bellingham Jovan’s Pure Nutrition in Blaine has acquired Aldrich Farms, a Bellingham company that sells gourmet jams, jellies, mustards, sauces and more. Jovan’s will continue to utilize the brand name of Aldrich Farms. Founded in 1997, the Bellingham company began by selling at local farmers’ markets and has expanded to festivals and markets throughout the Pacific Northwest, plus several retail outlets. “We’re pleased to offer the high-quality products of Aldrich Farms,” said Jovan Johnson, president of Jovan’s Pure Nutrition. “We would like to expand its reach to markets around the Pacific Northwest.” Jovan’s Pure Nutrition is a wholesaler of Jovan’s All Natural Instant Breakfast and Jovan’s Whole Food Gluten Free Artisan Crackers throughout the U. S. and now in Canada. The company plans to launch three new product lines this fall that will add to its all-natural emphasis in the wholesale market. Johnson founded Jovan’s six years ago.
State’s June unemployment held still, but jobs surged Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from May to June, at 6.8 percent, while the economy gained an estimated 9,800 jobs. “On balance, this is a
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strong jobs report that is split between a re-energizing private sector and a sagging government sector,” said Paul Turek, a labor economist for Employment Security. Industries with the most estimated job gains in June were construction, up 4,100; professional and business services, also up 4,100; leisure and hospitality, up 3,800; education and health services, up 1,600; wholesale trade, up 600; retail trade, up 500; transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 400; information, up 400; and financial activities, up 200. Only two industries showed job losses last month. Manufacturing had a slight drop of about 200 jobs. Meanwhile, government shed an estimated 5,900 jobs in June, more than offsetting the large estimated increase of 3,800 jobs in May. Turek noted that the large swings in the government numbers, principally in public education, are likely due to hiring and layoff patterns occurring earlier or later than usual, which throw off the seasonal adjustment factors. Economists use seasonal adjustment to remove or discount normal seasonal changes, thus making underlying trends easier to identify. When seasonal changes occur earlier or later than normal, it can cause preliminary estimates to appear larger or smaller than they really are. “Overall, government employment has trended downward the past few years, and that probably hasn’t changed,” said Turek. So far, Washington has regained about 84 percent (172,400) of the 205,000 jobs it lost during the recession. In June, an estimated 237,100 people (seasonally adjusted) in Washington were unemployed and looking for work. That includes 114,479 who claimed unemployment benefits last month.
United Way community grants total more than $1M United Way of Whatcom County will give $1.16 million in grants to 42 local organizations that advance education, income and health, according to a recent announcement from the nonprofit organization, which is based in Bellingham. Additional grants of more than $263,000 were contributed to donor-specified programs. More funds will be invested in community initiatives throughout the year, such as an early literacy outreach program with the Ferndale School District, financial literacy support through the Whatcom Asset Building Coalition and fiscal sponsorship of Project Homeless Connect. “United Way of Whatcom County has a vision of a community where all children have the necessary skills to succeed in school, where all families have the resources to achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency, and where all individuals have access to crucial healthcare services,” said Peter Theisen, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. Funding will be given to a healthy lifestyles program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. The program provides ways for youths to receive healthy meals and snacks and learn about healthy habits by targeting school-age children with after school food and nutrition programs. Pre-teens learn prevention programs for healthy bodies and minds, and there is also a gardening component so that youth can grow and prepare their own food. The program serves more than 500 youths. Several other education-based programs
BBJToday.com received funding: Birth to Three Program at the Whatcom Center for Early Learning, early learning and day-care programs at the Whatcom Family YMCA and Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center, GRADS Teen Parent program through Squalicum High School, and the Academic Success Program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. United Way of Whatcom County has allocated a significant increase in funds for the Literacy Services for Adults program at the Whatcom Literacy Council. Demand for the program is growing. It has a waiting list of more than 20 adults seeking literacy services. In addition to the Literacy Services for Adults program, several other incomebased programs received funding in order to support basic needs, financial literacy, skill building, and housing stability: the Food Distribution Program through the Bellingham Food Bank, the Domestic Violence Shelter and Housing Program at Womencare Shelter, the Homeless Housing Program at the Opportunity Council, and Sun House. The Core Services at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service of Whatcom County, also known as DVSAS, received increased funding due to recent increases in client cases with complex needs and heightened violence. DVSAS supplies a 24-hour helpline, advocacy counseling, legal assistance and medical appointment support for individuals who have experienced abuse. Along with the Core Services Programs at DVSAS, other health-related programs that received funding include: Child Abuse Prevention program through Brigid Collins, Integrated Behavioral Health Program at Interfaith Community Health Center, Support Group Services through the Health Support Center, and Rainbow Recovery Center through Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic.
New Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop opens on Bakerview A new Bellingham Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop has opened at 1301 Bakerview Road. It is the second Menchie’s location opened by Robert Penney and Dayna Penney, a Bellingham married couple. The Penneys opened a Menchie’s in April 2012 in Bellingham’s Lakeway Center shopping area at 1070 Lakeway Drive. The opening celebration for the Bakerview shop, which began on June 29, includes free giveaways of T-shirts and other Menchie’s merchandise, familyfriendly activities and free servings of frozen yogurt. Menchie’s, which has more than 300 locations in the U.S. and worldwide, has been among the fastest-growing franchises in the restaurant industry over the past several years. The company says it expects to open 400 additional stores in 2013. Menchie’s stores are known for their self-serve stations and rotating variety of yogurt flavors and toppings. The chain’s frozen yogurt is made through its own private label.
City accepting applications for local marketing grants The city of Bellingham is accepting applications for its 2014 tourism promotion grant program. The program is designed to fund marketing and promotion of projects or events
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Cost freeze gives repreive for in-state undergrads; board of trustees approves capital budget Tuition will not increase next year for resident undergrads at Western Washington University—who make up approximately 88 percent of WWU’s student body—according to the university’s 20132014 operating budget, approved last week by its board of trustees. Resident ungraduate students at WWU pay about $7,503 annually for tuition, according to WWU. For non-resident undergraduates, resident graduates, non-resident graduates and MBA students, tuition will increase 3 percent during the next school year. An undergrad tuition freeze at Washington’s public universities was directed by lawmakers as part of the latest state budget. Students at public universities have faced tuition increases in recent years due to state budget cuts. WWU’s $145.5 million operating budget also includes increased funding appropriated by the state Legislature for the highdemand fields of computer science and engineering. The school will spend nearly $3 million to expand those programs. The trustees also approved Western’s 2013-2015 Capital Budget, totaling $29,936,000, which includes $7,547,000 in re-appropriations and $22,389,000 in new
appropriations. Capital projects will include: $4,746,000 in classroom and lab upgrades, $2,947,000 to upgrade seriously degraded exterior cladding and roofing systems on the Performing Arts Center, $3,582,000 for a north campus utility upgrade, as well as $7.5 million in preservation minor works projects that will address some badly needed preservation projects throughout the campus during the 2013-15 biennium. WWU has both an operating budget —which keeps the university going on a day-to-day basis, paying salaries, utilities, supplies, etc.—and a capital budget, which is used for building projects such as renovation or new construction of campus buildings. The money for these comes from two different funding sources: operating money comes from state operating appropriations and tuition; the capital budget is primarily financed by long term state-issued bonds, a financing mechanism similar to a home mortgage. The state does not allow capital appropriations to be used for operating expenses. —BBJ Staff Reports
New waterfront proposals head under review Eight firms submit plans to get first crack at redevelopment opportunity expected to be ready for new development for several more years. s deliberations on Though it is possible that the city’s Waterfront selections could be made District master plan by early fall 2013, Casey continue, the Port of Bellsaid, a firm timeline for the ingham is ready to parse process has not been set. development proposals for “We want to be able to a section the future shorebe flexible and nimble, and line quarter. respond to what we see Eight developers, includin this interview process,” ing a mix of local, national Casey said. and international interests, Additionally, Casey have submitted responses added, no waterfront develto the port’s official request opment can actually hapfor waterfront propospen until a master plan for als that was released May the site is approved by the 15. The request offers a port commission and the 10.8-acre piece of property Bellingham City Council, surrounding the historic which is set to begin its waterfront Granary Buildown waterfront planning ing, where the first phase of talks this month with a goal redevelopment on a total of of approving a master plan 237 acres of former indusby the end of the year. trial land is expected to Casey said the comtake place. mencement of any potential The responses—which project hinges on adoption include proposals to take of the site’s master plan. the role of “master develThree firms have submitoper” for the entire site, ted proposals to assume the The historic Granary Building features prominently in responses to a recent Port of Bellingham call for development proposstandalone projects for the role of master developer als in the city’s future Waterfront District. Three of the eight proposals submitted by developers for a 10.8-acre portion of Granary Building, as well for the entire site offered by Bellingham’s waterfront involve renovation of structure. EVAN MARCZYNSKI PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL as additional proposals for the port in its request. The a hotel and an affordableproposals vary in scope housing complex—were versity relations at Western Washington commissioners to receive an update by and focus, but all call for made public during a July 16 meeting of University, will review proposals and inter- Aug. 20, during their next public meeting. mixed-use development, including new the port’s elected commission, which will view developers, said Carolyn Casey, the With the process just starting—Casey office space, housing, parks and room for approve final selections. port’s director of external affairs. likened the current stage to the “beginning marine business. Throughout August, Port Executive That group will make recommendations of a conversation”—development details The developers include: Rob Fix, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, to the port commission. are limited. The eight proposals focus - Harcourt Developments Limited Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws Casey said the initial reviews and intermainly on general visions and developer and Steve Swan, the vice president of uniWATERFRONT | Page 13 views should be complete in time for port capabilities. The waterfront site is not
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of Ireland, along with local partner Tin Rock Development Inc. One of Harcourt’s notable projects is the Titanic Quarter on the site of the former Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, where the famous yet ill-fated ocean liner was built in the early 20th Century. - Williams/Dame and Associates of Portland, Ore., with partner Loci Inc. This group’s past work includes several redevelopment projects in Portland, including in the city’s Pearl District and South Waterfront District. - David Ebenal of Bellingham, under the company name Viking Development LLC. Ebenal has completed a number of developments in Bellingham, including Bellwether Gate and the Waldron Young Building in Fairhaven. The Granary Building, located at the intersection of Roeder Avenue, Central Avenue and Chestnut Street, also has three developers interested in its redevelopment. The 1920s-era structure is seen by many as a historical icon of Bellingham’s waterfront. Once marked for demolition due to its decrepit state, the Granary was saved last year after the port commission reversed course following public outcry to keep the building. The proposals for the building’s redevelopment share similarities, but each also has unique elements: - Quay Property Management, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, seeks to create a public market in the building, along with restaurants and office space. Quay has developed similar markets in B.C. Quay’s proposal says the company would place an emphasis on attracting local business tenants. It also suggests outdoor space surrounding the building would be used for a pedestrian promenade and an entertainment venue. - A proposal from Tollhouse Energy Company, along with Zervas Group Architects, both from Bellingham, features a fish market, in addition to restaurants, offices and residential units. The Tollhouse/Zervas group proposes a project that will meet the Living Building Challenge, an eco-friendly
BBJToday.com design certification considered to be one of the most rigorous in the green-building field. The proposal also includes plans to extend a currently inactive water line— once used by Georgia Pacific to carry water from Lake Whatcom—and connect it to a hydropower turbine capable of generating up to two megawatts of electricity. In addition to supplying enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 2,000 homes, the waste heat from the turbine could heat the Granary year-round, according to the proposal. - A plan from a Bellingham-based group led by developers James Willson and John Blethen emphasizes office and business use over residential units in the Granary. Several eco-friendly building elements are also part of the proposal: a partial green roof, solar voltaic panels and rainwater storage to be used for the building’s grey water and irrigation systems. The proposal also features plans for a fish market. Blethen presented an architectural illustration of his group’s plans for the Granary during a port commission meeting in fall 2012. Aside from the master developer proposals and visions for the Granary, the Bellingham Housing Authority has expressed interest to work with the future master developer to build a 100-unit affordable housing complex on the site. Sycan B Corp. and InnSight Hotel Management Group, both from Springfield, Ore., has also submitted a response wishing to work with a master developer to build a new waterfront hotel. Discussions between port commissioners and port staff during the July 16 meeting focused mainly on the interview and review process. But when it came to selecting developers, commissioners appeared to favor quick movement. “I think you have an aggressive schedule, and I think you need to keep it,” Commissioner Scott Walker told Port Executive Rob Fix. On the Granary Building, Commissioner Michael McAuley said he wants to see redevelopment start as soon as possible. He noted the existing damage to the building’s roof, and said repair and rebuilding needs to start quickly before winter weather hits
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The nonprofit Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is seeking nominations and contest entries for the 11th annual Peace Builder Awards Gala. Members of the public can nominate an individual, group, or business to receive a Peace Builder Award, which recognizes community members and organizations that have contributed to local peaceful conflict resolution within the past year. This year, the Peace Builder Awards Gala will also include a youth poetry and video contest called the Resolution Reels and Peaceful Poems Youth Contest. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 13. Award recipients and youth contest winners will be recognized during the Peace Builder Awards ceremony on Friday, Nov. 15. In addition to the awards, the event will feature music, appetizers, a silent auction and a grand prize raffle. Nomination and contest forms are online at www.whatcomdrc.org and at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s office, located at 13 Prospect St., Suite 201 in Bellingham.
later in the year. “I don’t think we need to wait until fall 2013 to decide on that,” McAuley said. But there was disagreement on that point from Walker and Fix. Fix said that securing a master developer first will allow port staff to get valuable insight before making a choice on the Granary. Walker felt that whomever is chosen
as the master developer should get some say, or at least awareness, of any decision regarding the building. “I think you have to play this out on all of the parcels,” Walker said.
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State’s attorney general talks privacy, scams, budget Q&A with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson By Seth Truscott The Snoqualmie Valley Record
ven as the state tightens its belt, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to do more. Ferguson shared his goals and challenges in consumer protection, privacy, a highprofile discrimination lawsuit and the latest scams, when he met with staff of the Snoqualmie Valley Record, a Sound Publishing newspaper, Wednesday, July 10. (The Bellingham Business Journal is also a Sound Publishing newspaper.) Ferguson was on an East King County tour that included a stop at the city of Auburn and a visit with council members of the Snoqualmie Tribe. Ferguson has made a commitment to visit all 39 tribes in Washington. Elected to the state’s top legal job last November, Ferguson beat fellow King County Council member Reagan Dunn by about 200,000 votes. Ferguson replaced Rob McKenna, who unsuccessfully faced Jay Inslee in the 2012 state governor race. Q: You’ve made helping veterans a priority. What are you doing to serve Washington vets? A: My father was a veteran. Both my grandfathers, and my great-great-grandfather, were veterans. I’m from a large family. All my uncles served in World War II. Fortunately, they all returned home. I’ve always had strong views about veterans issues—about mental health issues related to vets, the disproportionate number of homeless who are vets, job training. On the King County Council, I got very involved in veterans issues, and proposed the Veterans and Human Services Levy, which voters approved in 2005. I wrote it, I proposed it. One thing I did in taking office was seeing what we do, currently, in the AG’s office around veterans. The answer was ‘Not a whole lot.’ We changed that. We have a robust web presence. We’re about to go public with resource guides related to veterans’ legal rights. We want to make sure we’re educating veterans. When someone calls in with a consumer complaint, one question we ask is, ‘Are you a veteran?’ We want to know that, and be able to track cases that are targeting vets…. Veterans (and) active-duty (service-people) have certain rights other folks don’t. Q: Why did the state file suit against Arlene’s Flowers, the Tri-Cities business that refused to serve a gay customer? A: Under our consumer protection laws, we have broad authority to make sure businesses follow our laws.… Our law against discrimination has a group of protected classes. You can’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion… In 2006, the legislature added sexual orientation as a protected class. In our view, it’s clear the owner discriminated against an individual because of
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ifty-six percent of Americans now have a smartphone. Are you one of them? If so, you most likely have access to free video apps that can be used as marketing tools for your small business. Vine, a smartphone app released in January 2013, allows users to shoot 6-second videos that can be shared with consumers on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Video on Instagram, released in June 2013, offers similar features but allows users to film and share 15-second videos. National brands like Red Vines, Taco Bell and Jeni’s Ice Creams have jumped on the video app bandwagon and are using Vine and Video on Instagram to create and distribute mini ads online. Not sure how a small, local business could use video apps as a marketing tool? Here are a few ideas that would work in several key industries:
—Restaurants: Use the videos to describe a menu item. Showcase an On Social employee of the Media & week. Show how food is cooked Marketing and served. Scan and share scenic views or outdoor seating areas. Scan the menu or show a daily “specials” board.
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display or product line every week. Interview happy employees or customers. Show viewers a welcoming entry way or the neighborhood where your business is located.
parks. Showcase live entertainment venues or performers. Share a Top 10 attraction list (one video at a time). Show the inside of hotel rooms or B&B suites. Feature local tour companies or adventure guides. —Building Industry: Showcase select building materials like stonework or tile. Offer a quick do-it-yourself tip. Share a safety tip of the week. Scan a tidy job site or shoot a quick before-and-after video of each project. —Manufacturing: Show consumers the machines that make your products. Record video that shows finished products in action. Shoot a panorama of the inside of your manufacturing plant. Talk about any eco-friendly processes that may be used. The amazing thing about these new video apps is that they are free to use and easy to distribute. In theory, a local business with a small marketing budget could create a mini video ad that looks and feels like one cre-
ated by a larger corporation with a much larger budget, like this Video on Instagram ad for retailer Urban Outfitters. It simply shows a cute dog chewing on a tennis ball. That’s pretty basic, right? When you’re ready to try video marketing for your small business, just download the platform of choice from any smartphone app store. The apps are designed to be very user friendly, but if you need help, both Vine and Video on Instagram offer tutorials and user guides on their websites. Vine: https://vine.co/ Video on Instagram: http://instagram.com/ Patti Rowlson of PR Consulting Services is a publicist and marketing consultant in Whatcom County. Connect with Rowlson on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for additional marketing tips, or visit her website at www.pattirowlson.com.
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How to secure the small-business loan you need Small businesses are often touted as the backbone of the economy, but starting a business and keeping it growing can be a risky proposition that requires plenty of capital. Fortunately, business owners have several resources at hand to secure financing for a variety of needs, from start-up and operating costs to purchasing property or equipment for expansion. The Great Recession has affected the lending environment. Generally, banks have tightened standards and require additional documentation, but are willing to lend to qualified customers. If business owners can’t get traditional bank financing, the Small Business Administration is a great alternative. When applying for a loan, do some homework to determine how much money your business needs. Some borrowers think that submitting applications with an unspecified loan amount means that banks will offer a number that represents how much they qualify for, which could exceed what’s needed. What banks want is to see that business owners have done due diligence and are realistic about how much money they need and how the loan will be repaid. Be prepared to support your loan request with necessary documentation. For new businesses, such paperwork may involve providing a business plan that explains your purpose, systems, projections and any additional sources of capital. For existing businesses, banks may require up to three years of tax filings and operating statements to develop confidence in a firm’s
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BUSINESS LICENSES 2013 M&T Investment Partnership, 2013 M&T Investment Partnership, 258 W. Bakerview Road, Suite 105, Bellingham, WA 98226. A Maker Of Things LLC, A Maker Of Things LLC, 2808 Woburn St., Bellingham, WA 98226. A Pinch Of Love, Robert J. Currie, 1208 11th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. A Window Washing, Leon Joseph Nishball, 1409 G St. #B, Bellingham, WA 98225. Advanced Heating Storage of Stanwood, Wesche Properties LLC, 1941 Lake Whatcom Boulevard #3, Bellingham, WA 98229. Airbrush Tan by Heidi, Heidi Kristine George, 2833 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Airhead Rentals LLC, Airhead Rentals LLC, 1902 Midway Lane, Suite 113, Bellingham, WA 98226. Al’s Handyman Services, William Allen Loftus, 903 E. Maple St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Andrea Halsell Photography, Andrea Jane Halsell, 1537 Lowell Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Animal Attraction, R.B. Inc., 5206 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226. Areca, Areca Julia Hollingsworth, 2825 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Ariel Court Development Inc., Ariel Court Development Inc., 1015 Red Tail Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. Artisan Designs, Jenna Estefan, 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98226. Ashkelar LLC, Ashkelar LLC, 4530 Merlin Court, Bellingham, WA 98229. AVA.AI LLC, AVA.AI LLC, 1201 Cornwall Ave., Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225. Barbara J. Wood Phd. Psychologist LLC, Barbara J. Wood Phd. Psychologist LLC, 1313 E. Maple St., Suite 201-593 (Gateway Centre), Bellingham, WA 98225. Beer Gang Creations, Brian Joseph Anderson, 1211 Newton St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Bella Stylez, Natasha Jurena Capaldi, 2621 W. Maplewood Ave., Apt. 209, Bellingham, WA 98225. Bellingham Flatbread and Bakery, Christie Marie Jaquette, 2500 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Bellingham Foot Spa LLC, Bellingham Foot Spa LLC, 133 Telegraph Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Bellingham Tax Service, James Velox & James, 1721 St. Paul Lane, Bellingham, WA 98229. Bicymple LLC, Bicymple LLC, 2821 Russell St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Bill Nolan Astrological Consultation, William Kenneth Nolan, 37 N. Summit Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Bloom Bellingham Prenatal Massage, Jennifer Reid LMP LLC, 1229 Cornwall Ave., Suite 203, Bellingham, WA 98225. Bloomington Botanical, Bloomington Botanical, 1733 King St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Brittany Dawn Schnelle, Brittany Dawn Schnelle, 1616 Baylon Road, Bellingham, WA 98225. Caring Companion Care, Patricia Ann Roe, 3604 Sylvan Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226. Carly Hartwick, Carly Renee Hartwick, 1201 11th St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98225. Carne Bellingham, Carne Bellingham LLC, 902 N. State St., Suite 104, Bellingham, WA 98225. Cascade Transcription Services, Cascade Transcription Services, 1521 James St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Cassandra Bazhaw Photographic Art, Cassandra Elise Bazhaw, 1900 Roeder Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Charles Cooper Construction, Charles Duane Cooper, 3453 Highfield Court, Bellingham, WA 98226. Christy’s Interiors, Christy Earlene Dahms, 238 Terrace Pl., Bellingham, WA 98225. Coen Cleaning, Amber Leigh Coen, 829 W. Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. College Pro Painters of East Bellingham, Zachary James Balvanz, 2836 Jensen Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Compass Christian Counseling LLC, Compass Christian Counseling LLC, 1313 E. Maple St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Compel Fitness LLC, Compel Fitness LLC, 1504 Iowa St., Bellingham,
WA 98229. Computer and Online Liquidators, Daniel Clyde Metcalf, 4189 Y Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Creative Openings, Tom David Anderson, 929 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Daniel C. Best OD PS, Daniel C. Best OD PS, 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98226. Date and Paint, Lorea Hokanson, 4071 Hannegan Road, Suite R, Bellingham, WA 98226. David Matthew Caulfield, David Matthew Caulfield, 444 S. State St. #201, Bellingham, WA 98225. Dog Gone Gorgeous, Dog Gone Gorgeous LLC, 4120 Meridian St., Suite 10, Bellingham, WA 98226. Downpixel, Robert Joseph Harvey, 5826 Pacific Rim Way, Apt. 34, Bellingham, WA 98226. Drake’s Cleaning Services, Julie Anne Drake, 4268 Van Horn Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. DSDNEY Inc., DSDNEY Inc., 2422 Franklin St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Dusty Jacket Booksellers, Kristi I. Folger, 1400 12th St., Apt. 606, Bellingham, WA 98225. Energy Consultants NW, Jaime Javier Olivarez, 3771 Westhills Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226. Equilon Enterprises LLC, Equilon Enterprises LLC, 1801 Roeder Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. ESS Support Services, Statewide Services Inc., 629 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Everbaron, Ever Baron LLC, 1319 Cornwall Ave., Suite 200, Bellingham, WA 98225. Festival Espresso, Festival Espresso, 2300 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. FHB Consulting Services Inc., FHB Consulting Services Inc., 114 W. Magnolia St., Suite 422, Bellingham, WA 98225. Forest Garden Urban Ecology Center, Forest Garden LLC, 905 E. Victor St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Friendly Fulks Hair Care, Shannon Nicole Alvarado, 109 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Gallant Design and Construction, Gallant Design & Construction Inc., 2514 Huron St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Gdaigou Purchasing, Globaleasybuy Enterprises Corporation Inc., 1313 E. Maple St., Suite 596, Bellingham, WA 98225. Grant Gunderson Photography Inc., Grant Gunderson Photography Inc., 10 Louise View Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Gridcoders, Reginald Gaines, 1800 Alabama St., Apt. 6, Bellingham, WA 98229. Hamsters Thrift Boutique, Dearbhla Maria O’Leary, 1051 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Henderson Lawn Care, Douglas Edward Henderson, 1688 Sapphire Trail, Bellingham, WA 98226. Hers, Lynn Marie Billington, 401 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Holcomb Cards and Consulting, Richard C. Holcomb, 1581 Avalon Court, Bellingham, WA 98226. Hotties Mobile Auto Detailing LLC, Hotties Mobile Auto Detailing LLC, 2618 Michigan St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Huntco LLC, Huntco LLC, 4326 Pacific Highway, Bellingham, WA 98226. J Meyers Property Management and Construction Services LLC, J Meyers Property Managements and Construction Services LLC, 3204 Alderwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jacobo’s Flooring, Jackson Jacobo Martinez, 1408 Birchwood Ave., Apt. 208, Bellingham, WA 98225. Jaymac Plumbing LLC, Jaymac Plumbing LLC, 379 W. King Tut Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Jenevieve Neros Physical Therapy, Jenevieve Lyn Neros, 2511 Keesling St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Jon Lee Van De Wetering, Jon Lee Van De Wetering, 1466 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Julia Dolores McNerthney-Campos, Julia Dolores McNerthneyCampos, 1305 Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Just The Tip Piercing, Ashley Nicole Lortz, 209 E. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Kelly Anne Nolan, Kelly Anne Nolan, 3617 Westridge Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226. Klipsun LLC, Klipsun LLC, 1231 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham, WA 98229. Leaf and Ladle, Leaf and Ladle LLC, 1113 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225.
Life Cycle Pet Cremation, Life Cycle Pet Cremation, 801 W. Orchard Drive, Suite 4, Bellingham, WA 98225. Lisa Jeffries Counseling, Lisa Jo Jeffries, 1031 N. State St., Apt. 108, Bellingham, WA 98225. LSV Solutions, LSV Solutions LLC, 2015 24th St., Unit 61, Bellingham, WA 98225. LTC Solutions Inc., LTC Solutions Inc., 3329 Sussex Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Lumilite Special Markets, Lumilite Special Markets LLC, 5373 Guide Meridian, Unit E6/E7, Bellingham, WA 98226. Lydia Estelle Blakeway, Lydia Estelle Blakeway, 4073 Hannegan Road, Suite B, Bellingham, WA 98226. Lyndz Goforth, Lyndz Brooke Goforth, 1202 17th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Manntechnik, William Charles Mann, 2721 St. Clair St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Mara Marie Makeup, Mara Marie Makeup, 1450 Greenville Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Maria Dalzot RD, Maria Lyn Dalzot, 510 E. Laurel St., Unit B, Bellingham, WA 98226. Matthew Hogan, Matthew James Hogan, 4164 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Medical Reserve Corps of Whatcom County, Medical Reserve Corps of Whatcom County, 1200 Duval St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Melanie J. Lankhaar, Melanie J. Lankhaar, 114 W. Magnolia St., Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225. Menchie’s Bakerview Road, Penneycandy Inc., 1301 Bakerview Road, Suite 106, Bellingham, WA 98226. Michelle Gordon, Michelle Louise Gordon, 2818 Flint St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Mikols, Sandra Rae Henderson, 2833 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225. MK Consulting, Sarah Kathleen Murphy-Kangas, 2700 W. Crestline Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Mobilemedia Services, Geoffrey Taylor Jones, 3305 McAlpine Road, Bellingham, WA 98225. Mt. Baker Candy Co., Horgen Enterprises LLC, 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, Suite 434, Bellingham, WA 98226. NR Ventures LLC, Vasanthan Sitampalam, 1926 Wildflower Way, Bellingham, WA 98229. Nathan Anthony Romano, Nathan Anthony Romano, 1200 Lincoln St., Unit 195, Bellingham, WA 98229. Nathan L. McAllister Attorney at Law, Nathan L. McAllister Attorney at Law, 1313 E. Maple St., Suite 208, Bellingham, WA 98225. Nicole Isaacson, Nicole Ailene Isaacson, 4260 Cordata Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98226. North Seattle Sailing Charters, North Seattle Sailing Charters, 2615 S. Harbor Loop Drive, Suite 1, Bellingham, WA 98225. North of Life Farms, Andrew Donald Simpson, 1359 Welling Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Old School Tattoo, Old School Tattoo LLC, 209 E. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Olympic Outdoorsman, Olympic Outdoorsman LLC, 336 36th St. #613, Bellingham, WA 98225. Perfect Windows, Jacob Isaac Azulay, 2808 Huron St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Pet Stylist, Analisa Marie Aragon, 4120 Meridian St., Suite 150, Bellingham, WA 98226. Pettis Consulting, Pettis Perry, 1001 N. State St., Apt. 207, Bellingham, WA 98225. Preview Properties Whatcom LLC, Preview Properties Whatcom LLC, 1313 E. Maple St., Suite 206, Bellingham, WA 98225. Rachelleye, Rachelle Suzanne Jones, 2156 E. Birch St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Relonavigator, Feliciano Taeza Terrenal Jr., 3150 Orleans St., Unit 32535, Bellingham, WA 98228. Restore It by Byron, Byron B. Cordova, 3240 Cherrywood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Riderpak, Nancy K. Braam, 4672 Van Wyck Lane, Bellingham, WA 98226. Rixrubz, Rick William Monrean, 1515 38th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. RMJ, Randy Michael Johnson, 1001 C St. #F, Bellingham, WA 98225. Rosewolf Scientific, Jeannie Rose Gilbert, 2717 W. Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Rowcliffe’s Handyman Service, Casey Scott Rowcliffe, 1516 Fruitland Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. RV Davis Design Consultant, Richard Van Davis, 428 Kline Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Rx-Mart Pharmacy, Rx-Mart Pharmacy, 300 E. Sunset Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225. Ryan Lambert, Ryan Alan Lambert, 4242 Wintergreen Circle, Apt. 367, Bellingham, WA 98226. Sabre Composites Corporation, Sabre Composites Corporation, 4131 Hannegan Road, Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98226. Schneider Investments LLC, Schneider Investments LLC, 1321 King St., Suite 1, Bellingham, WA 98229. Sea-Mar Community Health Center, Sea-Mar Community Health Center, 1603 E. Illinois St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Second Date Consulting, Heather K. Davidson, 1119 Newton St., Bellingham, WA 98229.
August 2013 Sehome Village Merchant Association, Sehome Village Merchant Association, 330 36th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Serenity Business Solutions, Stephanie J. Opsteegh, 430 S. Garden St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Seth Carson Agency, Seth Carson Agency Inc., 1200 Old Fairhaven Parkway, Apt. 107, Bellingham, WA 98225. Simply Fanciful, Elisabeth Anne Hanson, 4380 Tull Road, Apt. 404, Bellingham, WA 98226. Sprial Studios, Laura Michelle Banks, 505 N. Garden St., Apt. 4-C, Bellingham, WA 98225. Staged Right Home Staging and Redesign, Stacy Denise Phelps, 4707 Fir Tree Way, Bellingham, WA 98229. Steve Hall Woodworking Inc., Steve Hall Woodworking Inc., 814 Donovan Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Subdued Spirits Small Craft Distillery, Subdued Spirits Small Craft Distillery, 1409 Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Sunny Books, Sunny D. Hill, 4401 Alice St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Super Duper Burger & Teriyaki, Jina Chung, 2019 Harris Ave. #B, Bellingham, WA 98225. Tailor’d Web Design, Jesse Crowell, 826 Queen St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Taqueria Tecalitlan, Juan Carrilo, 1263 Barkley Blvd., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. The Loft at Latitude 48.5, Latitude Restaurants Bellingham Inc., 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 120, Bellingham, WA 98225. The Urban Accountant, Linda Marie Ford, 115 S. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Three Track Mind, Desirae Louise Hill, 1119 N. Forest St., Apt. 301, Bellingham, WA 98229. Timothy Daniel Ferguson, Timothy Daniel Ferguson, 3806 Bennett Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229. Ultratees, Rachel Marie Kennedy, 1020 N. Forest St., Apt. J, Bellingham, WA 98225. Urban Greene Gardens, Michael Doyle Greene, 1205 N. State St., Apt. 37, Bellingham, WA 98225. Vertex Marine Inc., Vertex Marine Inc., 140 W. Axton Road, Suite 1, Bellingham, WA 98226. Vimi Productions, Victor Bradley Gotelaere, 1548 E. Maryland St., Bellingham, WA 98226. Vintage Touch Rentals, Bellhaven Unlimited LLC, 1305 39th St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Visionnaire Hair, Danielle Kristine Good, 3514 Northwest Ave., Apt. 2, Bellingham, WA 98225. W.I.G., Whatcom Investment Group LLC, 2665 E. 39th Terrace, Bellingham, WA 98226. Wafl Stop LLc, Wafl Stop LLC, 1219 N. Garden St., Apt. B, Bellingham, WA 98225. Whatcom Windows & Gutters Inc., Whatcom Windows & Gutters Inc., 3374 Northwest Ave., Apt. 201, Bellingham, WA 98225. WinCo Foods, WinCo Holdings Inc., 300 E. Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98226. Zazen Salon Spa, Lotus Blossom Corp., 11 Bellwether Way, Suite 102, Bellingham, WA 98225. Business licenses are obtained from public records kept by the city of Bellingham. This list includes both new licenses and licenses that have been renewed.
BUILDING PERMITS 7/22 to 7/29/2013 Issued 2901 Squalicum Parkway, $115,000 for commercial alteration: architectural ceiling work, remodel and equipment replacement in existing CT scanner suite #2: PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital. Applicant and contractor: Boss Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD201300368. Issued July 25. 410 W. Bakerview Road 114, $90,000 for tenant improvement: complete shell space for retial sporting good tenant on first and second floors: Trader’s Depot. Applicant and contractor: By The Bay Construction. Permit No.: BLD2013-00236. Issued July 25. PENDING 1029 22nd St., $1,944,914 for new four-story, 16-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD2103-00389. Accepted July 24. 3005 Cinema Pl., $162,000 for commercial alteration: construct new roof system above auditorium 7 & 8 to provide sound remediation: Regal Cinema. Contractor: Robinson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2013-00366. Accepted July 24. 210 36th St., $125,000 for tenant improvement: remodel to existing bank space within grocery store for new tenant. Tenant: Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Permit No.: BLD2013-00384. Accepted July 22. 1204 Cornwall Ave., $86,000 for tenant improvement: convert office space to restaurant. Permit No. BLD2013-00279. Accepted July 24. 2938 Lindbergh Ave., $65,000 for commercial alterations: upgrades to existing classroom for nursing simulation control room. Permit No.: BLD2013-00387. Accepted July 22. 2001 Masonry Way 103, $20,000 to install ADA-compliant restroom, tenant improvement for office for interest-based distributor: Canfield Brothers Bikes. Permit No. BLD2013-00312. Accepted July 24. 303 Potter St., $15,500 for repair and restoration of existing office building, update windows, add insulation, replace light fixtures
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and baseboard heaters, improve staircase, replace existing wooden walkway, relocate kitchenette. Permit No.: BLD2013-00388. Accepted July 23. 7/15 to 7/22/2013 Issued 516 High St. (WWU Commissary), $100,000 for tenant improvement: construct classrooms and faculty office for the theater and dance department. Permit No.: BLD2013-00254. Issued July 16. 316 E. McLeod Road 101-102, $12,000 for commercial tenant improvement: install interior non load-bearing walls to divide one tenant space into two, and provide internal divisions to this tenant space. Permit No.: BLD2013-00266. Issued July 15. PENDING 1010 Railroad Ave., $5,539,766 for new 60-unit multifamily building (partially over new parking garage): Phase three of Morse Square Development. Permit No.: BLD2013-00114. Accepted July 16. 2075 Barkley Blvd. 101, $580,000 for tenant improvement: interior renovations to an existing medical office/outpatient facility. Contractor: Allied Clinic Builders LLC. Permit No.: BLD2013-00239. Accepted July 18. 1297 E. Sunset Drive, $375,000 for commercial: new restaurant with drive-thru. Permit No.: BLD2013-00383. Accepted July 19. 3920 Meridian St., $175,000 for tenant improvement: provide new unisex fitting rooms, two family restrooms, selective demolition of interior walls and new finishes. Applicant: MCG Architecture. Tenant: Ross Dress For Less. Permit No.: BLD2103-00379. Accepted July 18. 3548 Meridian St. 101, $93,307 for tenant improvement: interior remodel and new exterior loading dock canopy. Tenant: Sears. Permit No.: BLD2013-00375. Accepted July 17. 4700-block Cordata Parkway, $80,875 to construct 483 lineal feet of retaining walls to support extension of Cordata Parkway and one edge of south pond: Larrabee Springs Inc. Applicant: Jones Engineering. Permit No.: BLD2013-00297. Accepted July 17. 905 Squalicum Way 107, $55,000 for tenant improvement: construct stairs, restroom and offices for new Pilates studio. Permit No.: BLD2103-00380. Accepted July 18. 400 W. Orchard Drive, $50,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel for pet food production. Permit No.: BLD2013-00280. Accepted July 17. 119 N. Commercial St. 165, $12,000 for commercial: addition of mezzanine within existing office suite. Permit No.: BLD2013-00220. Accepted July 17. 7/8 to 7/15/2013 ISSUED 2815 Meridian St., $39,700 for tenant improvement: remodel of existing tenant space, increase sales floor area, provide additional exit and dressing rooms: Assistance League of Bellingham. Applicant and contractor: Braam Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00296. Filed July 11. 20 Bellis Fair Parkway, $23,000 for commercial: install racking system in remodeled retail store for new tenant: Sports Authority. Applicant: PM Design Group Architects. Contractor: James E. John Construction Co. Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00117. Filed July 9. 902 N. State St. 104, [no valuation listed] for tenant improvement: convert former tavern into retail butchershop and sales (only construction work is installing new plumbing fixtures): Carne Bellingham. Contractor: Signature Maintenance. Permit No.: BLD2013-00277. Filed July 11. PENDING [no street number given] Meridian St., $309,837 for new commercial shell building. Contractor: Com-Steel LLC. BLD201300364. Filed July 8. 3005 Cinema Pl., $162,000 for commercial alteration: construct new roof system above auditorium 7 and 8 to provide sound remediation. Contractor: Robinson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2013-00366. Filed July 10. 2901 Squalicum Parkway, $115,000 for architectural ceiling work, remodel and equipment replacement in existing CT scanner suite #2. Applicant and contractor: Boss Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD201300368. Filed July 12. 4229 Meridian St., $71,000 for tenant improvement: interior renovation of mattress retailer. Contractor: Horizon Retail Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00367. Filed July 11. 7/2 to 7/8/2013 ISSUED 3015 Squalicum Parkway 200, $567,000 for tenant improvement: remodel offices and expand into adjacent space for orthopedic clinic: Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Applicant: Ross Architecture NW. Contractor: The Franklin Corp. Permit No.: BLD201300252. Issued July 3. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, $420,000 for commercial alterations: remodel common areas of mall including two entrances, new flooring, column wrap and ceiling modifications, food court bulkhead modifications: General Growth Corp., Bellis Fair Mall. Contractor: Culp Construction Co. Permit No.: BLD2013-00148. Issued July 1. 516 High St. (WWU Ross Engineering Technology), $146,000 for commercial: partial re-roof membrane with EPDM. Contractor: Axiom Division 7. Permit No.: BLD2013-00304. Issued July 3. 2600 Squalicum Parkway, $17,619 for commercial addition: replace existing play area canopy with new structure: Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center. Applicant: Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center. Contractor: Emerald Builders Inc. Permit No.
BBJToday.com BLD2013-00234. Issued July 1. 770 E. Holly St., $12,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel on main floor for new office tenant (no change of use). Contractor: Pearson Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2013-00308. Issued July 5. PENDING 516 High St. (WWU Commissary), $87,000 for tenant improvement: construct classrooms and faculty offices for the theater and dance department. Permit No.: BLD2013-00254. Accepted July 2. 2940 Squalicum Parkway 203, $50,000 for tenant improvement: remodel clean and dirty rooms for Bellingham Ear Nose & Throat. Permit No.: BLD2013-00288. Accepted July 5. 316 E. McLeod Road 101, $12,000 to install non-load bearing interior partitions in an existing office space. Permit No.: BLD201300266. Accepted July 3. 902 N State St. 104, [no valuation listed] for tenant improvement: convert former tavern into retail butcher shop and grocery (only construction work is installing new plumbing fixtures). Permit No.: BLD2013-00277. Issued July 3. 6/25 to 7/2/2013 ISSUED 112 Samish Way, $200,000 for commercial alterations: eliminate mansard roof and replace with parapets, update dining and restrooms; optimize drive-thru lane: McDonald’s at Samish Way. Applicant: Freiheit & Ho Architects. Contractor: Corstone Contractors LLC. Permit No.: BLD2013-00138. Issued June 28. 137 Samish Way, $90,000 to construct small room to install walk-up ATM in exterior wall (includes improvement to accessible parking and basic route of travel to ATM): Bank of America. Contractor: Rushforth. Permit No.: BLD2013-00213. Issued June 24. 1000 Harris Ave., $30,000 for removal of brick veneer as needed to replace rotted sheeting, repair mortar joints, brick and re-point west wall; replace southwesterly plaster. Contractor: Construction By Champion LLC. Permit No.: BLD2013-00295. Issued June 25. 220 36th St., $28,000 for tenant improvement: remodel and refurbish portions of the interior of existing retail store for pharmacy and checkout: Rite Aid. Contractor: James E. John Construction Co. Inc. Permit No. BLD2013-00275. Issued June 27. 3545 Northwest Ave., $10,000 to replace/repave portion of parking area and provide new accessible parking stalls and accessibility ramp for church. Applicant: Northwest Baptist Church. Contractor: Western Refinery Services Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00143. Issued June 26. PENDING 805 Home Lane, $6,589,750 for new 106-unit hotel. Permit No.: BLD2013-00354. Accepted June 28. 1122 Cornwall Ave., $5 million for new four-story, 42-unit affordable housing, mixed-use building. Permit No. BLD2013-00309. Accepted June 26. 2837 W. Maplewood Ave., $526,584 for new four-unit building and surface parking. Permit No.: BLD2013-00355. Accepted June 28. 1330 N. Forrest St., $250,000 for tenant improvement: change of use from sign fabrication to restaurant/brewery. Contractor: Slab Design. Permit No.: BLD2013-00357. Accepted June 28. 930 Lincoln St. 101-106, $250,000 for tenant improvement: finish main floor shell spaces and construct loft for residential use. Applicant: Oracle Contracting Services. Permit No.: BLD2013-00356. Accepted June 28. 155 E. Kellogg Road, $185,000 for 807-square-foot connector addition between existing Highgate Senior Living Cottage and Manor Structures. Permit No.: BLD2013-00344. Accepted June 27. 113 N. Samish Way, $55,000 for tenant improvement: existing Subway deli remodeled for new tenant, also deli. Permit No.: BLD2013-00310. Accepted June 26. 2815 Meridian St., $39,700 for tenant improvement: remodel space to accommodate new retail use. Applicant and contractor: Braam Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00296. Accepted June 28. 2001 Masonry Way 103, $20,000 to install ADA-compliant restroom, tenant improvement for office for Internet-based distributor: Canfield Brothers Bikes. Permit No.: BLD2013-00312. Accepted June 27. 770 E. Holly St., $10,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel on main floor for new office tenant (no change of use). Permit No.: BLD2013-00308. Accepted June 24. 6/18 to 6/25/2013 ISSUED 3200 Pinewood Ave., $5,700,684 for commercial construction of new elementary school. Contractor: Colacurcio Brothers Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00102. Issued June 19. 2600 Lakeway Drive, $35,000 for interior remodel of classroom area within existing church. Tenant: Christ the Servant Lutheran. Contractor: Emerald Builders Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00215. Issued June 21. 2020 Cornwall Ave., $30,000 for one portable classroom and associated ramp for people with disabilities: Bellingham High School. Permit No.: BLD2013-00232. Issued June 19. 2713 Alderwood Ave., $30,000 for one portable classroom and associated ramp for people with disabilities: Shuksan Middle School. Permit No.: BLD2013-00231. Issued June 19. 2925 Newmarket St., $25,644 for commercial re-roof. Applicant and contractor: Hytech Roofing Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00290. Issued June 21. 2915 Newmarket St., $27,222 for commercial re-roof. Applicant and contractor: Hytech Roofing Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00289. Issued June 21. 715 W. Orchard Drive 3, $15,000 for tenant improvements: removal
of restroom and construction of new partition walls to expand work areas for company re-packing chemical products. Tenant: Toku-E. Applicant and contractor: Scoboria Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00112. Issued June 21. PENDING 1010 and 1020 Railroad Ave., $5,539,766 for new 60-unit multifamily building (partially over new parking garage): Phase three of Morse Square Development. Permit No.: BLD2013-00014 and BLD2013-00114. Accepted June 21. 1 Bellis Fair Parkway, $420,000 to remodel common areas of mall including two entrances, new flooring, column wrap and ceiling modifications, food court bulkhead modifications. Tenant: General Growth Corp., Bellis Fair Mall. Permit No.: BLD2013-00148. Accepted June 19. 516 High St. (WWU Ross Engineering Technology building), $146,000 for partial re-roof. Contractor: Axiom Division 7. Permit No.: BLD2013-00304. Accpeted June 21. 4770 Cordata Parkway, $80,875 to construct retaining walls to support extension of Cordata Parkway. Applicant: Jones Engineering. Permit No.: BLD2013-00297. Accepted June 18. 2815 Meridian St., $39,700 for tenant improvements: remodel space to accommodate new retail use. Applicant and contractor: Braam Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2013-00296. Accepted June 18. 1000 Harris Ave., $30,000 for removal of brick veneer as needed to replace rotted sheeting, repair mortar joints, brick, and re-point west wall; replace southwesterly pilaster. Contractor: Construction By Champion LLC. Permit No.: BLD2013-00295. Accepted June 18. 2600 Squalicum Parkway, $26,150 for addition of play-area canopy. Applicant: Bellingham Childcare & Learning. Permit No.: BLD2013-00234. Accepted June 21. 119 N. Commercial St., $22,000 to extend exterior exit stairway to roof of building, add service equipment ladder to access equipment areas behind parapet walls. Tenant: Bellingham Towers. Permit No.: BLD2013-00265. Accepted June 18. 119 N. Commercial St. 165, $18,000 for addition of mezzanine within existing office suite. Permit No.: BLD2013-00220. Accepted June 21. Building permits are obtained from public records on file with the city of Bellingham. These listings include commercial building activity with an estimated valuation of $10,000 or more.
LIQUOR LICENSES New license applications The Will’O Pub & Cafe; Andrew Lance Weightman and Stacy Lee Weightman applied for a new license to sell beer/wine/ spirits in a restaurant lounge at 7714 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine, WA 98230. Filed July 17. The Guide Hilltop Restaurant, The Guide Hilltop Restaurant LLC applied for a license change to sell beer/wine/spirits in a restaurant lounge and for catering operations at 5645 Guide Meridian Road, Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed July 12. The Local, Menace Industries LLC; Benjamin Jacob Buccarelli, Brandon Jerome Peterson and Tom Rader applied to assume a license from Cicchitti’s Pizza, Cicchitti’s Pizza Inc., to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 1427 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed July 9. Bob’s Burgers and Brew, B3 Birch Bay LLC; Jerry L. Blankers, Teresa K. Blankers, Cody W. Hulburt and Erika B. Hulburt applied for a license change to sell beer/wine/spirits in a restaurant lounge and for catering operations, as well as sell kegs to go at 8120 Birch Bay Square St., Blaine, WA 98230. Filed July 9. Pho & More, JS Gold Monkey Inc.; Jin Won Soung applied to assume a license from Pho & More, San Ton Yi and Sun Mi Yi, to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 4285 Meridian St., Suite 102D, Bellingham, WA 98226. Filed July 9. Starvin’ Sam’s XIX, Massad F. Boulos applied for a license change to sell beer/wine and growlers in a specialty shop at 3310 Slater Road, Ferndale, WA 98248. Filed July 2. Soy House Restaurant, Soy House Restaurant Inc.; Ngoc-Tam Thi Bratt, Phuong-Uyen Dao Huyhn and Tony T. Nguyen applied for a new license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 400 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed June 28. A Que Tacos, Joaquin Martinez and Virgina Martinez applied for a new application to sell beer/wine/spirits in a restaurant service bar at 2012 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248. Filed June 21. Liquor and Tobacco, Ferndale Liquor Store Inc.; Manpreet S. Sidhu and Hakam Sidhu applied a license change to sell beer/wine in a specialty shop, be a SLS spirits retailer and well as make sales of growlers and kegs at 1873 Main St., Suite 5, Ferndale, WA 98248. Filed June 21. Swillery, Swillery LLC; Bill James Lohse and Katherine Rosser applied to assume a license from Tubb’s, Tubb’s Tavern, A Partnership, to sell alcohol in a nightclub at 118 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed June 19. El Agave #2, El Agave #2 Inc.; Marin Tirado applied for a new application to sell beer/wine/spirits in a restaurant lounge at 4 Clubhouse Circle, Bellingham, WA 98229. Filed June 14. Open Kitchen, Brandon Bates applied for a new license to sell beer/ wine in a restaurant and be a direct shipment receiver (in/out of WA) at 1330 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed June 13. 7-Eleven #36791H, 7-Eleven Inc.; Joseph Michael Depinto, Janet Elaine Henry, Lawrence Garfield Hughes, Ena Williams Koschel and Arthur Edwin Rubinett applied for a new license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store at 141 S. Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98225. Filed June 13.
Recently approved licenses Hannegan Speedway at 4212 Hannegan Road, Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a change of corporate officer on an existing license to sell alcohol at a sports entertainment facility. Filed July 23. Kombucha Town at 1155 N. State St., Suite 603, Bellingham, WA 98225, had changes approved on an existing license to operate a microbrewery. Filed July 23. The Loft at Latitude 48.5 at 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 120, Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a new license to be a direct shipment receiver (in WA only). Filed July 17. Leaf and Ladle at 1113 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a new license to be a direct shipment receiver (in WA only). Filed July 10. 7-Eleven #36791H at 141 S. Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a new license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed July 8. Alexa’s Market at 102 Jackson St., Nooksack, WA 98276, was approved for a new license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. Filed July 2. Da Vinci’s Market at 1480 Electric St., Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for a change of trade name of a license to sell beer/ wine in a grocery store. Filed July 1. Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar at 70 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for a license change to sell beer/ wine/spirits in a restaurant lounge. Filed June 25. Hannegan Speedway at 4212 Hannegan Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, was approved for added fees on a license to sell alcohol in sports entertainment facility. Filed June 20. McKay’s Tap House at 1118 E. Maple St., Bellingham, WA 98225, was approved for trade name change on a license to be a direct shipment receiver (in WA only). Filed June 19. Discontinued licenses None reported. Whatcom County liquor licenses are obtained from public records on file with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
BANKRUPTCIES Chapter 7 — Straight bankruptcy; debtor gives up nonexempt property and debts are discharged. Chapter 11 — Business reorganization; protection from creditors while business devises a plan of reorganization. Income/expense reports must be filed monthly. Chapter 13 — Plan is devised by individual to pay a percentage of debts based on ability to pay. All disposable income must be used to pay. Chapter 7 Jose Erasmo Olivera, case no. 13-16757-KAO. Filed July 24. Danny Joe Joy and Diane Marilyn Joy, case no. 13-16739-KAO. Filed July 24. Roger Lee Brown and Jennifer Dale Brown, case no. 13-16734KAO. Filed July 24. Amanda Loa DeRosa and Christopher Michael DeRosa, case no. 13-16712-KAO. Filed July 23. Caelyn Alexander Hamner and Amy Kathrine Hamner, case no. 13-16706-KAO. Filed July 23. Jose J. Magallon and Ana M. Magallon, case no. 13-16655-KAO. Filed July 22. Jose C. Delgadillo and Maria De Jesus Magallon, case no. 13-16654-KAO. Filed July 22. Hugh A. Smith Jr. and Serena K. Smith, case no. 13-16579-KAO. Filed July 18. Ian Timothy Hogan and Shiela Lorene Hogan, case no. 13-16565-KAO. Filed July 18. Jennifer Lori Deshaies, case no. 13-16562-KAO. Filed July 18. Rosemary Lyn Sterling, case no. 13-16503-KAO. Filed July 17. Steven S. Husby and Veronica S. Husby, case no. 13-16499-KAO. Filed July 17. Corey James Cheney, case no. 13-16472-KAO. Filed July 16. Edward Leigh Howe and Rosa E. Howe, case no. 13-16459-KAO. Filed July 16. Harcharan Singh and Tawinder Kaur, case no. 13-16449-KAO. Filed July 15. Naithen Bennett Brown and Sarah Ann Brown, case no. 13-16438-KAO. Filed July 15. Gary Douglass Evans and Patsy Lou Evans, case no. 13-16400KAO. Filed July 12. Kenneth James Perrin, case no. 13-16380-KAO. Filed July 11. Theodore Robert Majdiak Jr., case no. 13-16319-KAO. Filed July 10. Shielah Ann Ensley, case no. 13-16311-KAO. Filed July 10. Manuel Samuel Emanuel and Harriet Ruth Emanuel, case no. 13-16296-KAO. Filed July 9. Arturo Eliodoro Telles and Crystal Lynn Telles, case no. 13-16265-KAO. Filed July 8. J. Guadalupe Cortes and Lori Lynn McCarthy Cortes, case no. 13-16211-KAO. Filed. July 4. Mark G. Morenz and Mary Lynn Morenz, case no. 13-16157-
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his year the state of Alaska is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Alaska Marine Highway System. These big ocean-going ferry boats visit Bellingham twice a week during peak season and every Friday for the rest of the year. The Port of Bellingham is proud to sponsor a special day of celebration with Alaskan officials on Saturday, Sept. 14. During that day, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven will have a day-long Alaskan travel show, live music, kids’ activities and public tours of the Alaska ferry. Be sure to mark your calendars so that you can take part in a community photo in front of the terminal just after lunch. Bellingham hasn’t always been
the southern terminus for the Alaskan ferry system. Seattle used to be the destination. But on September 7, 1988 -- after more than 20 years of significant lobbying by the Port, City and Chamber of Commerce -- the Alaska Marine Highway System announced Bellingham as its new southern terminus. The Port invested over $10 million in a building, docks and terminal facilities for the ferry. The headline of the Bellingham Herald’s October 3, 1989, edition proclaimed, “It’s Here: Alaska Ferry Docks. Port Hopes Ship Will Anchor Continued Economic Boom.” And since then, the Port and the state of Alaska have worked together to keep this service in Bellingham because it provides economic opportunities and raises the profile of Bellingham throughout
the country. The Alaska ferries will make over 60 sailings from Bellingham this year. They can carry 499 passengers and between 95 and 125 cars (depending on the vessel). These trips are very popular and travelers seeking a cabin during the summer months typically book their trip nearly a year in advance. In 2012, over 27,000 Alaska Marine Highway passengers arrived or departed from the Port’s Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Back in 2008, when about the ferry route through Bellingham included about 26,000 annual passengers, an economic impact study estimated that 23 local direct jobs were supported as a result of passengers using the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. For those people directly
employed by AMHS operations in Bellingham, over $500,000 in personal income was earned. But most of the economic impact of the AMHS service occurs throughout the Bellingham community with travelers staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and shopping. The other largest impact is from the businesses that supply the ferry system itself with food, fuel and other services. Excluding the money the Port received in passenger fees, in 2008 the local business community earned nearly $3 million in spending that was directly related to the Alaska ferries coming to our local terminal. We hope the community will join us on September 14th when we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway System.
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ellingham Whatcom County Tourism ambassadors, volunteers and staff are asked a myriad of questions every day. Visitors seek recommendations for places to stay, things to do, restaurant choices, event information, and much more. Two of the most common requests are almost identical: Where can I hike, bike or walk with a view? And can you recommend a nice scenic drive? Whether the mode of transportation is two feet, two wheels or four wheels (or an even less common conveyance) visitors consistently want to surround themselves in our scenic splendor. Whatcom County boasts hundreds of miles of trails, offering diverse urban and rural environments that include expansive mountain and valley views, cozy forested paths, waterside vistas, parks and playgrounds. We also proudly refer travelers to our two State designated scenic drives – the Mt. Baker Scenic Byway and Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway. The Mt. Baker Scenic Byway encompasses the 58 miles between Bellingham and Artist Point along State Route 542. The route meanders through pastoral farmlands and a succession of charming towns with peak-a-boo views of Mt. Baker and the Nooksack River. A gradual climb in elevation through cedar forests will transition quite noticeably as you
ascend the Mt. Baker foothills until the dramatic “reveal” of spectacular Mt. Shuksan, Picture Lake and the surrounding craggy peaks of the North Cascades. The final leg of your journey takes you through a series of switch backs to Artist Point, open only in the summer when adequate snow melt permits the plowing of the road. Here, at last, you can bask in the shadow of Mt. Baker, the northernmost peak of the Cascade volcanoes. With the right timing and standing in just the right spot – with the merest swivel of your head, you can catch the sun’s waning rays reflecting off Mt. Shuksan before setting beyond Mt. Baker. The Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway follows the 21 miles along State Route 11 between the Historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham and the Skagit Valley. The dramatic cliff side highway weaves its way through a narrow passage carved into the Chuckanut Mountains. Between the geology of the sandstone cliffs and the spectacular water views, it’s hard to know where to
look. We recommend keeping your eyes focused on the curvy road (the driver at least) and taking advantage of the many
pull outs and parking areas to soak in the views. Along the way, you’ll pass Larrabee State Park – a beachfront park featuring fascinating rock formations creating tide pools teaming with tiny sea life. Larrabee, created in 1923, holds the distinction of being Washington State’s first State Park. The shallow, protected waters of Chuckanut Bay provide prime breeding grounds for oysters, geoduck, and other shellfish. Although most of the beds are
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the state general fund than the state gave to the entire Consumer Protection Division…. Salaries were frozen for our attorneys for a number of years. A first-year attorney makes $50,000. A second-year, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-year attorney makes $50,000 a year. You have a challenge recruiting and retaining the top talent with that system…. Our attorneys handle huge tort cases, where the state is being sued for millions. You have to have good attorneys. We’re losing attorneys all the time…. Thankfully, the
LIQUOR | FROM 3 freeze was eliminated this year…. Addressing it is tough when our budget is being cut, but I felt something has to be done, because it’ll ultimately cost the state more, as well as being unfair to those who are working extremely hard. Seth Truscott is the editor of The Snoqualmie Valley Record, a partner publication of The Bellingham Business Journal. Both are part of Sound Publishing’s Washington state newspaper group.
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Small distributors hit More spirits wholesalers have moved to take advantage of the increased number of outlets needing distribution contracts. But in Whatcom County, greater competition from large-scale companies, including the national Southern Wine and Spirits and Oregon’s Columbia Distributing, has made business more difficult for smaller, local distributors, said Mike Shintaffer, manager of Sound Beverage Distributors Inc. in Bellingham. With larger scales and inventories, major wholesalers are able to offer very competitive price points to restaurants and retailers, Shintaffer said. And the major wholesalers are not just offering spirits—Sound Beverage does not sell hard liquor—but also other products such as as wine, which makes up about onethird of Sound’s business. Shintaffer said Sound Beverage, which has operated in Bellingham for 63 years, has lost about 30 percent of its total sales volume in wine since I-1183 took effect last year. The company has also shed seven employees within the past year, which is about 8 percent of its total workforce. Aside from losing business, Shintaffer said he doesn’t think the new private marketplace has led to greater consumer freedom and choice, which was a major point I-1183’s campaigners pushed in 2011. He worries that large distributors able to undercut smaller operators might wind up with greater power over the variety of products offered to retailers, focusing on the ones that sell, while ignoring others, he said. Shintaffer said he doesn’t believe such a system will be able to handle shifts in consumer preference. “Whether that’s a better consumer choice option, I don’t have the answer to that question,” he said. Shintaffer said he wasn’t certain how the market would play out in the coming years. He said Sound Beverage will continue emphasizing its local roots, and strong customer and merchandise support services to attract and retain clients in the area. They are also positioning themselves to take advantage of the growing popularity of craft beer, he said. “Craft beer is the hot trend right now,” he said.
DATA | FROM 19 KAO. Filed July 2. Joshua Michael Davies and Noelle Vanessa Jorgensen, case no. 13-16141-KAO. Filed July 2. Carlos Norberto Santos, case no. 13-16140-KAO. Filed July 1. Charles Jeff Cushman and Susan Pinson Cushman, case no. 13-16138-KAO. Filed July 1. Tamara Lorraine Packard, case no. 13-16122-KAO. Filed July 1. Mark Phillip Klotzer, case no. 13-16095-KAO. Filed June 30. Michael Lee Phelps and Chera Joy Phelps, case no. 13-16075KAO. Filed June 29. Tanya Faye Johnson, case no. 13-16047-KAO. Filed June 28. Jordan Guy McConnell, case no. 13-16032-KAO. Filed June 28. Moises Apreza Garcia, case no. 13-15981-KAO. Filed June 27. Elliott Charles Smith, case no. 13-15953-KAO. Filed June 27. Aaron Andrew Kirby and Ilia Jeanne Kirby, case no. 13-15923KAO. Filed June 26. Oona Zoya Sherman, case no. 13-15856-KAO. Filed June 25. Michelle Rae Stamey, case no. 13-15818-KAO. Filed June 24. Chapter 11 No cases reported. Chapter 13 Erin Jessica Johnson, case no. 13-16616-KAO. Filed July 19. Benita Harmony Williams, case no. 13-16539-KAO. Filed July 18. Gregory Ralph Keeler and Lynda Marie Keeler, case no. 13-16529-KAO. Filed July 17. Riad Iskandar Youssef, case no. 13-16410-KAO. Filed July 12. Jerry DeLeon and Amanda Herald DeLeon, case no. 13-16289KAO. Filed July 9 Pascale Helene Barnett, case no. 13-16286-KAO. Filed July 9. Pamela K. Syvertsen, case no. 13-16120-KAO. Filed July 1. Delaynee Nicole Bice, case no. 13-16020-KAO. Filed June 28. James Michael Griffin, case no. 13-16001-KAO. Filed June 28. Peter Falk Lottsfeldt, case no. 13-15992-KAO. Filed June 27. Michelle Louise Gordon, case no. 13-15899-KAO. Filed June 26. Whatcom County bankruptcies are obtained from public records on file with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Seattle. Listings are only current as of their filing dates.
TAX LIENS A tax lien is a legal claim filed in court by a government against a person or business owing taxes. Liens are civil, not criminal claims, and normally seek to attach money and/or property to pay the taxes. Ryan K. Oord and Katherine L. Oord, $105,667.15 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 17. Michael S. Nylander, Michael Stuart Nylander per rep, $13,081.10 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 17. Mark L. Bjorklund, $32,365.03 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 17. Platinum Builders Inc., $15,530.03 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 15. Hindman Construction Inc., $12,212.45 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 15. K&D Trucking Inc., $13,924.89 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 15. Melvin B. Fitzgerald, $62,837.30 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 15. William S. Cummins, $12,247.01 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 2. Glen A. Friedl and Betty L. Friedl, $31,133.39 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed July 2. Leonard Braumberger and Patricia A. Braumberger, $72,145.71 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 28. E. Jeanne Roussellot, $366,981.67 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 25. Mark L. Bjorklund, $24,210.83 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 25. James M. Sofie and Debra Sofie, $86,796.47 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 25. Pegasus Transportation Inc., $19,321.50 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 21. Michael A. Nichols and Lori C. Nichols, $2,079 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 21. Michael A. Nichols and Lori C. Nichols, $1,491.97 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 21. Platinum Builders Inc., $14,410.72 in unpaid in IRS taxes. Filed June 21. Tax liens are obtained from public records at the Whatcom County Auditor’s office. Liens can be lifted or paid after they are filed. Listings are only current as of their filing dates.
JUDGMENTS State agencies can obtain a judgment against any property or business when an individual or business becomes delinquent in tax payments. GNA LLC, $14,695.19 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 26. GNA LLC, $13,173.18 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries
BBJToday.com taxes. Filed July 26. Fraser Sand and Gravel Inc., $15,319.20 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 26. NY Holding LLC, $9,597.11 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 26. Way To Go Travel, $772,80 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 26. David A. Perry and Carrie Ann Locke-Perry, $243.27 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 26. Lana Carleen Boykiw, $635.90 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 24. D.J. Bates Enterprises Inc., $540 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries safety and health penalties. Filed July 24. Black Diamond Builders NW LLC, $3,200 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 24. GNA LLC, $27,527.47 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 24. Net Solutions North America LLC, $22,937.56 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 24. Platinum Builders Inc., $14,509.02 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 22. La Cantina Birch Bay LLC, $1,584.99 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 22. George Keizer and Sherry Keizer, $3,174.75 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 22. Dale E. Smith and Heidi D. Smith, $4,591.84 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 23. B&J Fiberglass Repair LLC, $2,791.10 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed July 22. Way To Go Travel, $7,712.04 in unpaid Employment Security Department taxes. Filed July 22. Ramirez Yenith, $3,440.53 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 15. Cicchittis Pizza Inc., $282.89 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. Premier Packing LLC, $16,832.04 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. David W. Bredman and Saroeut Voeut, $945.33 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. Marianne L. Zweegman, $1,053.44 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. Pacific Packetting Inc., $1,430.11 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. James Scott Hagen, $21,810.28 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. Harjinder Gandham and Buorth Oy, $506.46 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 11. Xinix Packaging Corp., $4,996.13 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 11. The Kleman Agency LLC, $728.53 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 11. Captain Jack Jr.’s Family Entertainment Center, $8,418.74 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 11. B&J Fiberglass LLC, $10,023.43 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 11. Hurricane Holdings Inc., $364.35 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 9. Rick R. Henderson and Debra Henderson, $1,035.94 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 9. Via Birch Bay Cafe & Bistro Co., $857.83 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 9. Big Tiny Unlimited, $168.27 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 9. Ballard Auto Enterprises Inc., $2,008.17 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 9. John B. Leenstra, $2,484.68 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 8. William J. Hanegan, $1,806.40 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 8. Blair’s Repair LLC, $15,057.61 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 8. Custom Fit Drywall LLC, $1,894.06 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 8. Hillco Contracting Inc., $435.22 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 3. Hot Dogz and Kool Catz, $906.35 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 3. B&B Paint Co. Inc., $7,858.50 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 3. C&H Management Services Inc., $5,340.61 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed July 3. Birch Bay Hostel, $3,495.18 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Cash Corp., $2,885.52 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Karen J. Grafwallner, $29,757.37 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Jim Alan Neer, $1,871.14 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Nu Growth Industries LLC, $6,860.76 in unpaid Department of
Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Jessa A. Perea, $6,481.41 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Matthew J. Simmons and Jessica M. Simmons, $2,104.02 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Western Pumping and Excavating, $1,146.28 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed July 2. Big Tiny Unlimited $4,563.81 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27. El Amigo Mexican Restaurant Inc., $6,378.35 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27. Hurricane Holdings Inc., $2,464.56 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27. Jay Douglas Lawrence, $12,148.38 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27. Mass Automotive Repair LLC, $1,102.90 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27. NY Holding LLC, $46,268.73 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27.
Darin J. Holman, $53,982.52 in unpaid Department of Revenue taxes. Filed June 27. Jordan Fredrick Barrett and Carey Lyn Barrett, $6,694.44 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries. Filed June 27. Max Management LLC, $12,536.93 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries. Filed June 27. Harkness Contracting Inc., $2,570.25 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries. Filed June 27. Remarkable Structures Inc., $1,691.51 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries. Filed June 27. Modern Interior Systems Inc., $4,089.77 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed June 26. 5th on 6th Inc., $232.91 in unpaid Department of Labor & Industries taxes. Filed June 26. Judgments are obtained from public records kept in the Whatcom County Superior Court clerk’s office. Judgments can later be paid or satisfied. Listings are current only as of their filing dates.
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August 05, 2013 edition of the Bellingham Business Journal