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The Buzz Mobilizing the food truck industry Bellingham entrepreneur hopes to represent the mobile food industry with her new statewide food truck association FOOD TRUCKS, 12

Murray says budget talks won’t be a repeat of 2013 The senator said does not anticipate a federal shutdown BUDGET TALKS, 23

Business Toolkit “Managers are appointed, leaders are elected.” TOOLKIT, 16 Hans Wendt, center, owner of Great Harvest Bread, put his business on the market this year. [OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL]

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Nationwide, 65 to 75 percent of businesses will go up for sale in the next five to 10 years Marty Maberry’s grandparents started Maberry Packing by planting a field of strawberries outside of Lynden in 1944. Now Maberry, 59, grows about 1,000 acres of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and owns two processing and packing plants in Whatcom County. He’s the third generation in the family business and he doesn’t plan to be the last. Two of Maberry’s four kids, in their late 20s, are

taking on larger roles at Maberry Packing and Business Enterprise Institute. plan to one day buy him out, he said. “So many businesses will be for sale with Maberry isn’t the only local entrepreneur only so many younger people with money to working on his exit strategy. Every day, 10,000 buy those businesses,” said Justin Remaklus, a of his generation—the baby boomers—reach senior manager with Bellingham accounting retirement age, according to the Pew Research Center. A wave of baby boomers have begun For sale, PAGE 7 selling their businesses and analysts expect the number of businesses for sale to reach unprecedented levels. Nationwide, 65 to 75 percent of businesses will go up for sale in the next five to 10 years, but only 25 percent will successfully sell, according to a report by the WE SELL AND BUY:

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Pacific Northwest Credit Union merges with North Coast Credit Union Two Bellingham-based credit unions are merging—North Coast Credit Union is preparing to take over Pacific Northwest Credit Union. The merger becomes official on Thursday, Oct. 1. North Coast Credit Union is planning a grand opening for the first week of November Bellingham’s Pacific NWCU branch, which will by then be a North Coast Credit Union branch. That branch, at 3250 Northwest Ave., will be the third North Coast Credit Union location in Whatcom County. Other locations are at 1100 Dupont St., in Bellingham and 5657 Riverside Drive in Ferndale. Pacific NWCU members voted to merge with North Coast Credit Union on Aug. 12, 2015, according to a press release.

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ÖVN serving traditional pizza in Fairhaven BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Chicago-style deep dish pizza, thin cracker-crust pizza, pizza on flatbread priced by weight, pizza from a food truck—these are just a few of the ways Bellingham restaurants interpret the Italian creation. Matt Brawner is betting there’s space for yet another style of pizza in Bellingham. He opened ÖVN Wood Fired Pizza in Fairhaven, within blocks of two two other pizza places, on Wednesday, Aug. 18 in the South Bay Suites building at 1148 10th St. ÖVN (it’s pronounced like “oven,” the umlaut is strictly for style, Brawner said) serves a traditional neapolitan-inspired pizza, an approach developed in Naples, Italy. Neapolitan-style pizza is simple, Brawner said, with a basic crust and mozzarella cheese. He cooks his pizzas for about two minutes in a 900 degree, applewood-fired oven—a few hundred degrees hotter than most other restaurants, he said—and serves it in one 12-inch size. “It’s a thin crust but it’s not crackery. It’s very light,” he said. It’s Brawner’s favorite style of pizza, and one that’s not available elsewhere in Bellingham, he said. “I’m not trying to copy anyone else’s pizza in town,” Brawner said. “I knew I needed to identify something

ÖVN Wood Fired Pizza sous chef Matt Walker preparing a pizza on the restaurant’s opening day on Wednesday, Aug. 19. [OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BBJ] that wasn’t encroaching on existing business models and had some more room in the market.” Besides pizza, ÖVN has a few appetizers, salads and desserts, as well as wine and seven beverages on tap. One tap will always be a cider, Brawner said. On opening day, six of the beverages on tap came from Washington and three were brewed in Bellingham. Brawner has 15 employees at ÖVN, most of whom were working the

first day. “A little more thyme,” he instructed a chef who had just slid a pizza off a wooden paddle and onto a tray atop the restaurant’s marble counter. If Fairhaven is oversaturated with pizza, it didn’t show on ÖVN’s first afternoon. In the first hour, Brawner sat 12 groups, he said. ÖVN is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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BRIEFS, FROM 3 Credit Union mergers have been increasing since 2008. One reason for this merger and others is the increasing cost and complexity of the technology and regulations required to operate, the press release said. “Even though the credit union had strong capital and we could continue to hold our own, it had become clear to our Board of Directors that we were too small to keep pace with technology and services needed to grow,” said Karin Pelan, president of Pacific NWCU, in the news release. “We explored a merger with several local credit unions and selected North Coast due to their strong financial health, commitment to member service and their outstanding community involvement.” Pelan said the merger will benefit members by giving them access to more options for loans, expanded services, and additional locations and ATMs. Pacific NWCU first opened in Bellingham in 1967. It has 2,168 members and $21,071,108 in total assets. All eight Pacific NWCU employees accepted jobs with BlaineCoast. , BirCh Bay & semiahmoo North

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Naked Clothing sells clothes made form hemp, organic cotton, silk, wool and other natural fibers. Kraus thinks many of her Bellingham customers will make the trip south to shop at her new location, as the store is one of the largest natural clothing stores in the state, if not the country, she said.

Bellingham’s Ben Kinney completed an acquisition of Kwkly, a mobile real estate app that connects buyers with agents, on July Naked Clothing moving 31, 2015. from downtown to SedroThe deal is Kinney’s second Woolley acquisition from Zillow Group, one of the largest online real Naked Clothing is moving out estate information companies. of it’s downtown location at 126 In June he bought ActiveRain, Building permits issued W. Holly St., between Lulu and a social networking and trainGary’s Mens and Womens Wear, for Bakerview Costco ing platform for the real estate on Oct. 1. The natural fiber clothCostco is one step closer to industry. ing store will reopen on Oct. 31 relocating its Bellingham store to “I’m excited to bring Kwkly in Sedro-Woolley, at 1912 HighWest Bakerview Road after the into the Ben Kinney family, and way 20. City of Bellingham issued permits to provide homebuyers with The move will allow store for site work on July 28. real-time ability to connect owner Amy Kraus to work closer The city announced in a press with agents,” Kinney said in a to home—she lives in Sedrorelease that it had issued permits press release. “As mobile search Woolley—and work under the to Costco, and also that the city increased over 57 percent from same roof as her husband Jeff has started construction on a last year, Kwkly stood out as the Kraus, who owns a recreational regional stormwater mitigation perfect product to add to our marijuana store called Smuggler facility for new business and city portfolio of tech companies, as Brothers. development in the area. well as a way to fulfill both con“The move is mostly personal,” The Costco and most of sumer demand and agents’ need Kraus said. “We feel like we’ve the development in the area is for quality leads.” been successful in Bellingham.” planned for the north side of Kinney’s plans for Kwkly In the new Naked Clothing West Bakerview Road, near Interinclude a rebranding and location, Jeff and Amy Kraus will state 5. “expanding the value proposition also operate a cafe called MunchThe future Costco warehouse to more closely reflect mobile’s ies, which will serve soups and will be 162,000 square feet and continuing growth,” the press sandwiches, Kraus said. The marinclude a 24-pump fueling starelease said. ijuana business will be separated tion, according to the city press Kinney’s other Drive companies from clothing store and 225 Marine • Blaine, WA • the F: 360/332-2777 • cafe P: 360/332-1777 release. The Costco currently in include seven Keller Williams by a wall, as required by state law. Email: • Bellingham, at 4229 Meridian St., offices in Washington and one in With the move, Naked Clothis 130,000 square feet, according the United Kingdom; a collection ing will also begin carrying more to city planning documents. of real estate-related training and books about hemp and mariThe stormwater facility the city software companies, including juana, Kraus said.

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People On The Move WWU Foundation hired former University of Hawaii Foundation director The Western Washington University Foundation hired Tim Szymanowski as its associate vice president for development and leadership giving, a newlycreated role. In addition to being a key Tim Szymanowski member of WWU’s University Advancement leadership team, Szymanowski will oversee Western’s development officers, according to a press release from the university. Stephanie Bowers, executive director of the foundation, said this marks a significant step forward in the Western Stands for Washington campaign, a fundraising project that aims to raise $60 million. Szymanowski’s career has spanned 30 years and 25 countries, encompassing multiple arenas from business, sales and marketing to higher education fundraising.

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Gene Bell receives accounRajeev Majumdar receives tant society’s speaker bar association’s Local award Hero Award Bellingham accountant Gene The Washington State Bar Association presented Blaine attorney Rajeev Majumdar with its Local Hero Award for his work with local nonprofits. Majumdar is board chair for LAW Advocates, a nonprofit that provides free legal help to lowincome individuals and families facing urgent, non-criminal legal problems. He also volunteers and serves on boards for Northwest Youth Services, which aims to foster self-reliance in at-risk youth, and for Sun Community Services, providers of emergency housing and permanent supported housing for people with serious, chronic behavioral health issues. Majumdar is the city prosecutor at Blaine Municipal Court, the special prosecutor for Bellingham’s newly-established Mental Health Court, an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, serves as a pro tem commissioner in Whatcom Supe-

Bell, owner of Gene Bell & Associates, received the National Society of Accountants Speaker of the Year Award this month at the National Society of Accountants national convention in Vancouver, B.C. He received the award for his educational presentations, which benefit and promote the National Society of Accountants, according to a press release from Gene Bell & Associates.

County library system welcomes new youth services manager The Whatcom County Library System recently hired Thom Barthelmess as its youth services manager. Barthelmess’ library experience includes 11 years at the Spokane County Library District, three years at the Austin Public Library District in Austin, Texas, and most recently, six years teaching

New manager at North Fork Community Library David Austin, a former Seattle librarian, is the new library manager at the North Fork Community Library in Kendall. Austin grew up in Moses Lake and moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where he worked as a student assistant at the Wilson Library, according to a press release from Whatcom County Library System. He moved to Seattle after graduation and worked at a small university library. He applied for and was accepted into the University of Washington’s Information School, then worked as a librarian for four years in Seattle.

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Loaves of bread in the oven at Great Harvest Bread. Franchise owner Hans Wendt is selling the business and offering to work for six months with potential new owners. [OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL] selling it to your key employee or your children,” Tjoelker said. “This is a process.” Selling Maberry Packing— one of the county’s largest berry businesses—should give Maberry a comfortable retirement. But his desire to see “life’s work” persist goes beyond his desire to cash out. “I was given an opportunity by my father and I feel an obligation to give my kids an opportunity as

well,” he said. “It’s been a tough business but it’s been a good business and I feel quite a large responsibility to my employees to keep it going. It’s something I would have a hard time seeing just go away.” If his kids weren’t interested in the business, Maberry would try to sell it to someone with similar values, rather than a developer, he said. Not all businesses can sell, Tjo-

elker said. Those with sole proprietors typically don’t have much value to a potential buyer. But planning and creativity can create opportunities. “Toward the end of their career they could hire someone and start the process of getting them up to speed so that when they retire there’s someone set up to buy it

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firm VSH CPAs. “There’s defiCPAs at the firm who is focusing nitely going to be a lot of compeon succession planning. tition.” “That’s how Remaklus is important we seeing the trend believe this is going locally. He works to be,” Sytsma said “I was given an oppor- at a seminar on with clients on how to sell or succession tunity by my father and business otherwise exit hosted by the Belltheir business, I feel an obligation to ingham/Whatcom called busiof Comgive my kids an oppor- Chamber ness succession merce and Industry planning. The in August. “We want tunity as well.” number of aging to get ahead of the boomers comwave.” ing to him for Retiring boomer MARTY MABERRY business succesbusiness owners OWNER sion planning have options. They MABERRY PACKING started swelling can liquidate and two years ago, sell their assets, or he said. He attrisell the company to butes the timing a competitor, vento the age of the dor, family member boomer generation, but also to or a key employee. For most busithe recession and recovery—most nesses, selling is a better deal than boomers’ businesses gained value liquidating, said Marv Tjoelker, in the last three years as the econ- Maberry’s accountant and board omy improved. chair for Larson Gross, a BellingThe number of businesses ham accounting firm. listed for sale on, Successfully selling requires an online marketplace, is at a starting early, Tjoelker said. Tjosix-year high, according to the elker has been working on the website. The site has 15 Whatcom transition with Maberry and his County businesses listed. kids for a few years, and Maberry Bob Sytsma, a partner in VSH doesn’t plan to retire for another CPAs, sees the surge as a potenfive years. tial area of growth for his firm, “If you want to retire at X date, he said. Remaklus is one of five you don’t wait until X date to start

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FOR SALE, FROM 7 from them,” Tjoelker said. “Any business has succession opportunities.” Business owners, whether or not they have a child or key employer interested in buying the business, can prepare for a sale by getting their accounting records in order and preparing the business to run without them, Tjoelker said. By starting early, Maberry can give his kids time to learn the business while he is still there to help. Many aspects of planning for succession have side benefits, Tjoelker said. Maberry said he can take more time away from the business now. And if something happened to him—an injury or medical condition—his kids would be in a better position to take over then if he hadn’t started the transition with them. Only about 30 percent of family run businesses survive into the second generation, and just 3 percent pull off what Maberry Packing has done and make it to the fourth generation. Far more businesses are like Hans Wendt’s Great Harvest Bread. Wendt

bought the franchise in downtown Bellingham 18 years ago after moving from Great Falls, Montana, where he worked at Great Harvest Bread’s headquarters. He’s 59, and ready to have more free time to see family and pursue other passions, he said. He put his business on the market in May. Wendt’s kids aren’t going to take over the business and Wendt doesn’t have a key employee lined up to take over either—another common succession strategy, CPAs said. Wendt isn’t doing the kind of preparation that Maberry is, but he is starting early. “It could take three or four years to sell, so we’re just starting that process before we’re too old or too burned out to really love what we do anymore,” he said. To ease the transition for prospective buyers, Wendt will offer to work with the new owner for six months. He has consulted his accountant to determine the value of his business— a step that accountants

specializing in business succession say is one of the most important, as business owners often get unsolicited offers for their businesses. “A lot of clients don’t prepare for succession, they react to unsolicited offers,” Remaklus, from VSH CPAs, said. “They get an offer and they’re not ready to entertain it. Most often they’ll take a discount and end up selling for less than they’re comfortable with.” Remaklus and other CPAs said that so far, their clients are seeing a lot of interest in their businesses. Multiple parties are seriously interested in Great Harvest Bread, Wendt said, and many more have shown casual interest. “But nothing is for sure,” Wendt said. “Now it’s time to order holiday stuff and I’m not sure I’ll own it by the holidays.”

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Haggen announces 27 store closures, mostly in Southwest One Washington state store to close in first round of closures after Haggen’s 146-store expansion earlier this year BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Haggen’s huge expansion earlier this year may have been a bit too much. The Bellingham-based grocer announced in August that it will close or sell 27 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in the next 60 days. The closures are the first round of a “right-sizing” process that will include additional closures and sales, said Haggen spokesperson Deborah Pleva. So far, Haggen plans to close 16 stores in California, five in Arizona, five in Oregon, and one Washington state store in Spanaway, south of Tacoma, according to a press release.

“This isn’t the first case where someone is going through some adjustments, lets say, after making an acquisition”


“Haggen’s goal going forward is to ensure a stable, healthy company that will benefit our customers, associates, vendors, creditors, stakeholders as well as the communities we serve,” said Haggen Southwest CEO Bill Shaner, in the press release. “By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner.” Haggen acquired most of the closing stores earlier this year in a deal with Albertsons. After reviewing Albertsons’ merger with Safeway, the Federal Trade Commission ordered Albertsons to sell 168 stores to avoid a monopoly. Haggen

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HAGGEN, FROM 8 bought 146 of the former Albertsons and Safeway locations. One store that Haggen owned before the expansion, a location in Tualatin, Oregon, is closing. Haggen began converting the former Safeway and Albertsons stores early this year, going from 18 stores in the Northwest with 2,000 employees to 164 stores with more than 10,000 employees in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The company doesn’t know yet how many total jobs will be affected by the closures, according to a press release. Haggen plans to layoff 62 employees from its Spanaway, Washington, store according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN). WARN notifications are part of a labor law that requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days notice of mass layoffs. The company has faced some challenges at its new stores. Newspapers in California and Arizona reported that customers complained about Haggen’s cost relative to other grocery stores in the area. The already competitive grocery industry in California, Arizona and Nevada reacted to Haggen’s entrance by cutting prices, Shaner said in a statement in July. “The competitive activity launched in response to our entry into the marketplace—while expected—has been unprecedented,” he said. Haggen is also facing a $36 million lawsuit from Albertsons, which accused the company of not paying for inventory at 32 stores, the Los Angeles Times reported on July 20. When the FTC decided last year that Albertsons had to divest stores, Albertsons got to pick who to sell the stores to. The FTC evaluated and approved the sales. “Sure, [Albertsons] got to pick who they were going to compete with but it only goes through if we’re satisfied,” said Dan Ducore assistant director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. In considering the deal, the FTC looked at Haggen’s business plan, financial projections and sources of capital, Ducore said, New Haggen stores are competing with many Albertsons-owned stores, including stores under the Safeway, Vons, and Pavilions banners. If Haggen sells stores, Albertsons could be allowed to buy them, but the FTC would have to analyze and approve those deals as well, Ducore said. Divestments can be especially tricky in the supermarket industry, he said. “This isn’t the first case where someone is going through some adjustments, lets say, after making an acquisition,” Ducore said.

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Coal company buys 49 percent stake in Gateway Pacific export terminal at Cherry Point In face of falling coal prices new owner Cloud Peak Energy has fared better than other coal mining companies BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal After announcing a new financial partner in the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point, project applicant SSA Marine hosted a group of export terminal proponents to tour the site on Tuesday. Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based mining company with three surface mines on public land in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming, bought a 49 percent stake in the terminal for $2 million. As part of the deal, they will also pay up to $30 million in future permitting costs, as well as 49 percent of construction costs, currently estimated at $750 million. Cloud Peak Energy representatives weren’t on the site tour. SSA Marine will remain the primary owner with a 51 percent stake in the terminal. The company has spent $11 million on permitting during the two-anda-half year process. “The initial $2 million payment and ownership flexibility allows us to take part in this opportunity with very limited risk,” Cloud Peak Energy’s president and CEO Colin Marshall said in a prepared statement about the deal. Tom Sanzillo, former New York comptroller and current director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, disagrees. He thinks Cloud Peak’s investment is risky due to changing coal markets. “Cloud Peak appears to have paid very little to buy into what could be a sizable and risky cash outlay,” he said in an email. If $2 million doesn’t seem like a small risk, consider this: Cloud Peak made 1.3 billion in revenue in 2014, according to its 2014 annual corporate report. Cloud Peak Energy representatives could not be reached for comment.

Changing economics Coal prices around the world have fallen in recent years and big coal companies including Peabody Energy and Alpha Natural Resources announced layoffs this summer. Cloud Peak Energy has fared better than its peers in the

Industry, but that’s not saying much, Sanzillo said. Shares of the company’s stock have gone from more than $17 at the beginning of the year to about $3 in August. Cloud Peak Energy’s contract with SSA Marine would allow the company to ship 17.6 million tons of coal per year. How much of the terminal’s 59.5 million ton capacity has been promised to coal companies is confidential, SSA Marine vice president Bob Watters said. But the company has had contract discussions with other coal companies, including the world’s largest—Peabody Energy, he said in a meeting with reporters after the Tuesday tour. Sanzillo said the overseas market for U.S. coal isn’t growing as fast as coal companies think. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that by 2040 the U.S. will ship 24.5 million tons of coal to Asia. In 2014, the U.S. exported 8.3 million tons of Coal to Asia, down from 8.8 million tons in 2013. Most of the coal burned in Asia currently comes from Indonesia and Australia. In 2014, Indonesia exported 404.8 million tons of coal to Asia and Australia exported 183 million tons, while the United States shipped 51.6 million tons of coal to Asia, according to the Energy Information Administration. Watters said coal shipped from his company’s proposed terminal would compare favorably in price with Australian and Indonesian coal because the Gateway Pacific Terminal could handle bigger ships than other ports, making shipping more efficient. “This facility would get a 50 percent cost savings in transportation. What that does for all U.S. commodities is make them much more price competitive,” Watters said. But would the $750 million terminal ship enough coal to make it profitable? “Between Canadian ports

and the two still on the table in Washington, plus now thoughts of a port in Oakland, you are way over capacity,” Sanzillo said in an email about the terminal’s prospects. A changing market for coal is not a big concern to Watters. “What happens in the future?” Who knows,” he said. “We’re five years from being operational.” China, once seen as the largest likely recipient of Powder River Basin coal, imported 28.6 percent less coal in May 2015 than in April 2015, and 38.2 less than in May 2014, according to a report by the news agency Reuters. Now, terminal proponents think South Korea, Japan and Taiwan will buy the most Powder River Basin coal. But that could also change. South Korea’s coal consumption is increasing, but in July the country dropped plans to build four coal-fired power plants and announced a strategy to reduce its reliance on coal and other fossil fuels. Despite one of the nation’s largest coal companies becoming a part-owner in the terminal, the facility wouldn’t just export coal, proponents said. “Coal is the backbone,” Watters said. “But it will serve other important commodities that will overtime increase.” The terminal could also ship wheat and other grain grown in Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington, said Hans McPherson, vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau.

Big coal companies including Peabody Energy and Alpha Natural Resources announced layoffs this summer

Montana’s appeal After touring the site with Glenn Oppel, government affairs director for the Montana Chamber of Commerce; Brad Owens, president of the Northwest Jobs Alliance and others, Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke stressed the importance of the terminal for his state, which has the nation’s largest recoverable coal reserves. Coal is an $80 million a year business in Montana. The challenge to growing the industry, Zinke said, is getting that coal to market. At full build out, the terminal would provide $11 million each year in tax revenue and 1,250 ongoing jobs (including direct, indirect, and induced jobs),

according to Gateway Pacific Terminal documents. As part of the recent deal with Cloud Peak Energy, the Crow Tribe of Southeastern Montana got an option to purchase 5 percent of Cloud Peak Energy’s stake in the export terminal. The Crow Reservation sits on billions of tons of coal, which some tribal leaders want to use to alleviate poverty. The unemployment rate on the Crow Reservation hovers around 50 percent. Montana’s unemployment rate is 3.9 percent and the national rate is 5.3 percent. Upon seeing the controversial terminal site at Cherry Point, Zinke thought, “What’s the big deal,” he said. The site is on industrial-zoned land between BP’s Cherry Point Refinery and Alcoa Intalco Works, two of the state’s biggest polluters, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Much of the opposition to the project focuses not on the site but on what the terminal will ship, as coal is one of the biggest contributors to the spike in global greenhouse gas. On that issue, Zinke said “the science isn’t settled,” and it shouldn’t prohibit projects that will emit heat trapping gases. Also, Zinke said the U.S. has stricter environmental regulations and labor standards than other countries that could potentially ship coal to Asia. “If coal is to be used, why not the highest grade produced under the highest standards?” he said. Those arguments have proven more convincing to people who would profit from the terminal than those who may be harmed by it. The Lummi Nation has requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reject the project due to its impact to treaty rights, which give them access to hunt and fish their native land at Cherry Point. Concern for their traditional livelihood led Lummi officials to refuse to negotiate with SSA Marine on the deal. The environmental review of the Gateway Pacific Terminal will take until mid-2016, the state Department of Ecology said.

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Market Indicators

Jobs: Unemployment up to 6 percent Bankruptcies

Unemployment rate

Labor force participation rate

July 2015: 6.0 % July 2014: 6.4 %

July 2015 total: 41 Annual change: + 24.24 %

Includes non-seasonally adjusted figures in Whatcom County

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June 2015: 63.5% June 2014: 63.4 %

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July 2015: $20,818,629 June 2014: $16,934,820

July 2015: $0.78 July 2014: $0.93

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Delinquency rate: May 2015: 1.85 % May 2014: 2.71% Foreclosure rate: May 2015: 0.69 % May 2014: 1.07%

Closed, July 2015: 372 Annual change: + 21.97 % Pending, July 2015: 504 Annual change: + 34.04 %

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Housing sales

Average: July 2015: $315,165 July 2014: $295,193 Median: July 2015: $277,882 July 2014: $265,000











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Other factors: Airport, border traffic lag Cruise terminal traffic

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July 2015: 1,442,295 Year-over-year: � 9.94 %

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July 2015: 3,734 July 2014: 3,585

July 2015: 34,954 Annual change: - 26.20%

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Mobilizing the food truck industry

Statewide association, based in Bellingham, hopes to give a voice to growing mobile food industry BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Washington’s growing food truck industry lacks a voice. State legislature considered a bill this year that would have created a license for mobile food vendors to sell beer and wine. Despite the popularity of all three industries across the state—beer, wine and food trucks—it didn’t pass. Lori Johnson, whose husband met with food truck owners in his work as a lobbyist for small businesses, said that’s because few mobile food vendors knew about or advocated for the bill in Olympia. “None of them really had enough time, being that they are busy food truck owners, to get organized,” she said. “When you have to focus so much on your business, it’s hard to advocate.” Johnson, a personal trainer and nutritional consultant in Bellingham with a long history of entrepreneurial ventures, plans to become the industry’s voice. She started the Washington State Food Truck Association in April after building a website and researching the patchwork of mobile food vending laws in cities and counties across the state. She signed up her first member in August. Though the association’s growth is slow, it’s a concept that has worked in other states. Several regional organizations already represent food trucks in Washington, including the Seattle Food Truck Alliance and the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association. Johnson plans to represent those who are not covered by regional organizations. Other states including Maryland, Minnesota, and New Jersey already have statewide food truck associations, and there’s even a national association that provides support and resources for statewide and regional food truck associations. In addition to lobbying for mobile food vendors, the association will serve as a business resource and information hub for mobile food vendors in the state, Johnson said. The organization could also connect vendors with new business.

Above: Condiments at Kermit Dogs, a

Bellingham-based mobile food stand. Right: Knut Christiansen, owner of Kermit Dogs, serving bratwurst from his mobile food stand at the Faithlife parking lot at the intersection of Bay and Champion streets. “This is the best brat I’ve ever had,” Lesley Fry said after tasting Christiansen’s bratwurst. She’s from Wisconsin and picky about her brats, she said. OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTOS | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL

“Already event planners all over Washington state are reaching out to the association so we can make connections for them to have trucks at their event, ”Johnson said. Johnson has a list of regulations in cities and counties across the state that she hopes to change. Examples include a rule in the City of Edmonds that limits the number of available mobile vending permits to 15 and a Thurston County rule that requires vendors that provide seating for customers to also provide a restroom within 200 feet— rules that Johnson doesn’t think are fair,

and limit the amount of places food trucks can operate. Many of the rules governing the industry predate the recent surge in popularity of food trucks. Washington state has more than 800 licensed mobile food vendors that sell everything from boiled hot dogs to meat smoked for 12 hours. And the industry is growing—the number of licensed mobile food vendors in Whatcom County has more than doubled in the last five years, health department officials said. Johnson doesn’t expect running the

statewide association from the northwest corner of the state to be hard. She can network and reach out to business owners online and she also plans to travel a lot, she said. Unlike the founders of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association and the National Food Truck Association, Johnson doesn’t own a food truck. She thinks her

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FOOD TRUCKS, FROM 12 diverse background makes up for that. She’s owned a small clothing company, and a small medical equipment company and done research analysis for a lobbying group. Ryan Fornes could have benefited from the association while starting his business, a Bellingham food stand called Danielle’s Back East BBQ that he co-owns. Health code, which is the same across the state, requires mobile food businesses to have a sink large enough to hold their biggest utensil. To comply, Fornes bought a sink just larger than his biggest tongs. During inspection, Whatcom County health department officials asked Fornes how his hotel pan—a rectangular stainless steel tray for serving food—was supposed to fit in the sink. The problem is, the word “utensil” as defined by the health department refers to any object that touches food. That’s not the way the restaurant industry used the word, Fornes said. With the help of the county health department, Fornes found a workaround—he uses disposable aluminum pans to serve his gumbo, smoked brisket, jerk chicken and other dishes. That’s not the only regulation that frustrates Fornes. “One funny one is our sink needs to be within 10 feet of where we’re working,” he said. “I get it, but if it happens to be 13 feet that’s not a huge

thing for us.” A food truck association could keep track of variances granted by health departments and let business owners know where they may have some legal leeway, Fornes said. He hasn’t joined the organization yet, but he said he plans to. Not all food trucks had a hard time navigating city and county regulations. Corina Collins and her husband started serving sandwiches and appetizers from their Bellinghambased food truck, Deli’cious Mischief, Corina Collins, left, with Lori Johnson, founder of the after traveling up Washington State Food Truck Association, outside Collins’ and down the West food truck Deli’cious Mischief. [OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BBJ] Coast in search of a place to live and work. Johnson thinks the cost is reasonTheir food truck opened on July able compared to the Washington 4, 2014, and Collins didn’t encounter Restaurant Association where memmany regulatory issues. She’s considbership costs $290 or more depending ering joining the association but she’s on the restaurant’s annual revenue. not sure if the $100 a year memberThe association’s budget, which ship would be worthwhile. will come mostly from membership fees, will pay for lobbying expenses and a “modest salary” for Johnson, she said. For now, she’s volunteering her time with the organization until she can quit her “morning job” as a fitness trainer and nutritional consultant. “There are new food truck permits and licenses being applied for every week. There are new trucks coming out all the time. It’s an industry that’s really growing,” Johnson said. “If only half join the association it would be enough to 360-398-0223 keep it going.” Visit us at or

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trucks. Meanwhile, at least one food truck —Super Mario’s—has opened a restaurant. Many food trucks have relationships with another expanding local industry— breweries. Food trucks park outside Wander Brewing and both of Kulshan Brewing’s locations daily. Whatcom County is

“I found Whatcom County to be very flexible and accommodating to new mobile food vendors seeking a permit.” LORI JOHNSON DIRECTOR WASHINGTON STATE FOOD TRUCK ASSOCIATION

more welcoming to food trucks and mobile vendors than many of the other counties Johnson has researched while starting the state food truck association, she said. “I found Whatcom County to be very flexible and accommodating to new mobile food vendors seeking a permit, and the regulations not as stringent as some other counties,” she said.

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Featured Chamber Program: Whatcom Young Professionals The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce serves its members and the business community through a wide variety of Chamber-initiated programs. Last month we featured the Government Affairs Committee. This month, we’d like to introduce you to the Whatcom Young Professionals, a “junior chamber of commerce” designed to attract professionals under the age of 40 who are interested in building relationships and professional development. By: Guy Occhiogrosso, President & CEO Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry Millennials. Gen Y. The “Me” Generation. These “kids” aren’t just entering the workforce, they are changing it. This is where Whatcom Young Professionals (WYPS) comes into play. WYPS is a program of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has been for almost ten years. At that time, only this generation’s oldest members were entering the workforce and the organization was mostly comprised of younger GenX’ers.

WYPS members attending a weekly Morning Buzz at The Woods Coffee in downtown Bellingham.

These young professional organizations exist all over the country and in generations past they have been called many things, including Junior Chambers. Over the course of the past 10 years, WYPS has had approximately 500 individual members. The premise of the organization hasn’t changed much at all in that time - it is simply to build the relationships of tomorrow’s leaders today.

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Managers are appointed, leaders are elected When I first got the idea to write a column with this title I wanted it to be profound, pithy, memorable and certainly tweetable. What I found in trying to write the piece is the title so says it all that there seems to be almost nothing left to write! Rats! Not much room for pithiness but it is a great title. So here goes anyway because I couldn’t imagine anyone reading just a title. Intuitively you probably agree with the above quote. The words are those of Ian Tyler, CEO of an international construction contractor called Balfour Beatty. It is always interesting to me what different perspectives come from readings of the same material by a diverse set of eyes. My eyes are always tuned to picking up insights into patterns companies have developed that unwittingly undermine their expressed intentions to encourage a highly engaged workforce. Tyler’s words struck me as the kind of obvious wisdom almost any manager would agree with before launching into one of those “wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a perfect world, one that allowed us to choose just the right people for management, blah, blah, blah,” speeches. Nothing discounts profound knowledge faster than a “Yeah, but…” It is certainly a matter of picking the right people for management but what

does that mean? What are the criteria that indicate the greatest chance of success? I’ve lost track of the number of people who complain about the quality of their managers when they really mean they are missing leadership. When asked, these same people will answer sheepishly that they usually find themselves selecting a top performer for the vacant manager spot or the most technically knowledgeable candidate available so they will have someone filling the spot, since as we all know if the employees don’t have someone watching them they will run amok or just sit at their desks idly. But should we be in such a hurry? “Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager…Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82 percent of the time,” Amy Adkins, writer and editor at Gallup said about a recent study. Are there some companies that do a solid job? Certainly. But based on my experience they seem to be few and far between. Why else would “my manager” be among the top reasons cited by employees leaving their positions voluntarily? In my career I can count on one hand the companies I have encountered where managers told me they felt well-prepared before

receiving their first management assignment. The number of companies that do a rigorous job of succession planning for first management positions may be more numerous Mike than my experience indicates Cook (Gallup suggests otherwise) and I’d On be happy to know Managers & more about that. However, even Employees when companies do a good job of selecting leaders—managers who have an understanding of how to become not only a leader of the people they manage but also a leader among peers and superiors—I think the recognition that their position as leader is granted by their audience is truly rare. Case in point: I interviewed a young manager last week who was struggling in his role as a leader, his superiors said. It didn’t take long to establish that he is exceptionally bright and one day may

become both a solid manager and a good leader. But not yet! In a period of maybe 30 minutes I heard at least five examples of how smart the manager was and how effective he would be if people would just listen to him. I recommended an immediate coaching engagement because this situation already smelled of burnout and it had only been 11 months since his appointment to manager. To just wrap this up quickly for now I suggest you recommend your managers to look up an article I found while searching the web last night. It is called “Connecting as a Leader” and it was written by Ivy N. Carter. It is a sweet little bit of personal wisdom and experience that I am sure almost any manager would benefit from. Are you trying to lead without preparing your audience? Do you know someone who is struggling because they think their title confers leadership on them?

Mike Cook lives in Anacortes. His columns appear on every other Tuesday. He publishes a semiweekly blog at and also facilitates a monthly business book reading group at Village Books.

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Public Records BUSINESS LICENSES Listings, which feature both new and renewed licenses in Bellingham, include business name, licensee name and the business’ physical address. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham. June licenses 1 Paperboat, Belle Provence, Inc., 1134 10th St. 24/7 Painting, Harjinder S Gandham, 4284 Spring Creek Ln. 56th Place, 56th Place Llc, 1621 E 56th Pl. 8las Inc, 8las Inc, 1000 F St. A & D’s House Cleaning, Angela M Nolasco, 3810 Pana Vista Dr. Aloha Maintenance And Janitorial Services, Eric J Higashi, 1309 Woodstock Way. Amma Logistics Llc, Amma Logistics Llc, 1926 Wildflower Way. Anderson Carey & Williams / Boat Law, Anderson Carey & Williams, Pllc, 1501 Eldridge Ave. Andrew Armstrong, Andrew Armstrong, 4224 Springland Ln. Annmarie Klug, Annmarie Klug Llc., 1200 Harris Ave. Atu-Lc Of Washington State, Atu-Lc Of Washington State, 1155 N. State St Ste 316. Ayurvedic Health Center And Wellness Shop, Llc, Ayurvedic Health Center And Wellness Shop, Llc, 203 W. Holly St. Ste 201. Baked Glass, Baker Austin Williams, 700 Sunset Pond Ln. Beauty By Miranda, Miranda Marlene Walker, 907 Harris Ave. Bekah’s Pocket, Rebekah Christine Vandermay, 4961 Columbus Ave. Belfair Therapeutic Counseling, Bellingham Therapeutic Counseling Llc, 2110 Iron St. Bellingham Engraving, Bellingham Engraving Llc., 1015 Railroad Ave. Unit 419. Ben Kinney Training Organization, Inc., Ben Kinney Training Organization, Inc., 2211 Rimland Dr. Ste 124. Bespoke Counseling Inc., Bespoke Counseling Inc., 1101 N, State St. Best Buds Fairhaven, Best Buds Collective Gardens Llc, 3724 Primrose Ln. Caring Hands, Roxanne M Klix, 385 Sudden Valley Dr. Cascade Diversified Industries, Cascade Diversified Industries Llc, 4725 Wynn Rd. Cellular Sales Of Washington, Llc, Cellular Sales Of Washington, Llc, 1200 E. Sunset Dr. Charity Dynamics Llc, Charity Dynamics, Llc, 1440 10th St. Unit 305. Chinese English Translation Company, Ping L Shih, 3107 Brandywine Ct. Christ The King Community Church, Christ The King Community Church, 4173 Meridian St. Christine Gracia Sutton, Christine Gracia Sutton, 3112 Laurelwood Ave. Chs Northwest, Chs Inc., 3125 Old Fairhaven Pkwy. Chs Northwest, Chs Inc., 3500 Meridian St. Clarice’s Grooming, Clarice Beatrice Taylor, 1079 Ross Rd. Coking.Com Inc., Coking.Com Inc., 520 Fieldston Rd. Commercial Maintenance Squared, Llc, Commercial Maintenance Squared Llc, 436 W. Bakerview Rd. Ste 111. D N Webb Cpa, David Newton Webb, 1229 Cornwall Ave. Ste 306. Darling Growers Llc, Darling Growers Llc, 1620 Humboldt St. Dave Nelson Memorial Foundation, Dave Nelson Memorial Foundation, 1 Huckleberry Ct. Db Goldstein Inc., Db Goldstein Inc., 4328 Cordero Dr. Deena Rathkamp, Phd, Deena Rathkamp, Phd, Llc, 1140 10th St. Ste 216. Dentz Plus, Abram Michael Veliz, 3225 Racine St. Discount Tire Co Of Wa – Was 27 2021, Discount

Tire Co. Of Washington, Inc., 750 Lakeway Dr. Doodlebug Pet Care, Joanne K Justesen, 9670 Mt. Baker Hwy. East X Northwest Construction, East X Northwest Construction, 3013 Meridian St. Ecoatm, Inc., Ecoatm, Inc., 1225 W Bakerview Rd. Ecoatm, Inc., Ecoatm, Inc., 800 Lakeway Dr. Enid Wilson Studio, Enid I Wilson, 2107 Young St. Evergreen Funds Recovery Llc, Evergreen Funds Recovery Llc, 336 36th St. Unit 312. Fateh Carrier, Sandeep Singh, 4709 Parker St. Fire-N-Ice Bbq, Melanie Kay Mcdaniel, 5422 Hannegan Rd. Fisher Strategies, Stephen Michael Fisher, 1508 F St. Flowers + Skin, Patricia Amaria, 2411 I St. Found, Found, Llc, 1000 Harris Ave Studio 2. Fourth Corner Home Inspections, Llc, Fourth Corner Home Inspections, Llc, 1205 Roland St. Gentle Dental Sehome Village, William J.K. Saiget, P.C., 224 36th St. Gilfillan Cpa Llc, Gilfillan Cpa Llc, 4639 Bedford Ave. Green Truck Weed, Llc, Green Truck Weed, Llc, 921 Cornwall Ave. Green Truck Zhang Llc, Green Truck Zhang, Llc, 921 Cornwall Ave. Hackett Holdings Llc., Hackett Holdings, L.L.C., 509 Fieldston Rd. Hair By Leila, Leilani C Halbert, 3356 Northwest Ave. Apt. 201. Happy Belly Nutrition Llc, Happy Belly Nutrition, Llc, 1155 N. State St. Ste 414. Hartman Northwest Real Estate, Hartman Northwest Real Estate Llc, 2221 James St. Ste 201. Heather Lynn Photographie, Heather Lynn Cournoyer, 1206 Cornwall Ave. Heidi’s Skin Care Spa, Heidi Katrin Mcmurray, 112 Grand Ave. Ste. E. Helpful Hands, Anita S Moore, 1401 E Illinois St. Home Port Interiors, Llc, Home Port Interiors, Llc, 4071 Hannegan Rd. Ste Q. Home Sweet Home, Amber Lingbloom, 5259 Noon Rd. Hong Phan, Hong Le Phan, 4406 Alice St. Humanitas Charities, Humanitas Charities, 3 Fawn Ct. Imbue Llc., Imbue Llc., 2000 Mill Ave. Apt 9. Invisible Touch Detail, George Malcolm Martin Jr., 1505 N. State St. Unit 101. Jansen Inc., Jansen Inc., 1215 W. Holly St. Jennifer Marie Hallett, Jennifer Marie Hallett, 6082 Old Guide Rd. Joetta Egan, Joetta Egan, 2821 Grant St. Johnny’s Donuts, Nansa Corp., 2201 Cornwall Ave. Jonas Thomas Linvog, Jonas Thomas Linvog, 3004 St. Clair St. Katie Fleischmann, Katie Fleischmann, 911 38th St. Kj Tax Assist, Kenneth L Jameson, 4771 Corona Ct. Kutamani, Kutamani, 1903 18th St. Lakeway Advisors Llc, Lakeway Advisors Llc, 140 S 46th St. Lauren Kapp Hair, Lauren Leslie Kapp, 2336 James St. Law Office Alexander F. Ransom, Alexander Floyd Ransom, 119 N. Commercial St. Ste 1420. Lazer Dyes, Noah James Crozier, 1212 W. Holly St. Live Edge Designs, N-Grained, Inc., 3132 Greenwood Ave. Lodestar Media Llc, Lodestar Media Llc, 1130 Dondee Ct. Matella International, Inc., Matella International, Inc., 1801 Summit St. Mayday Organics, Llc, Mayday Organics, Llc, 2605 Mill Ave. Megan Sylvester LLC, Megan Sylvester, Limited Liability Company, 203 W. Holly St. Metalbox Industrial Designs, Kevin Hall, 1602 Carolina St.

Mt Baker Farmers Market Llc, Mt Baker Farmers Market Llc, 4905 Guide Meridian. Naan & Brew, Chana Llc, 200 E Maple St Apt 101. Nathan J Holk, Nathan J Holk, 4202 Meridian St. Nelson WordPress Consulting, Joshua David Nelson, 202 Polo Park Dr. Nick’s Yacht Care, Nicholas Benjamin Overgaard, 16 Morning Beach Dr. Northwest Creative Content, Brendan Kerry Hancock, 1393 Bradley Ln. Northwest School Of Music, T. L. Tilley, 705 W. Holly St. Northwood Capital Management, Inc., Northwood Capital Management, Inc., 405 32nd St. Ste 303. Our Church, Our Church International, Llc., 4326 Pacific Hwy Ste C. Pacific Construction Management And Interiors, Pcmi, Llc, 4224 Dewey Rd. Pgi-Autodetail Llc, Pgi-Autodetail, Llc, 2100 Iowa St. Pizza Home Chef Llc, Pizza Home Chef Llc, 4328 Cordero Dr. Polecat, Inc., Polecat, Inc., 2726 Peabody St. Power Products Llc, Power Products Llc Dba Power Products Of Delaware, 425 Sequoia Dr. Ste 101. Practical Inspections, Greg L Seeligson, 2114 Young St. Ric Allen Verges, Ric Allen Verges, 2511 Erie St. Rob Conway Consulting, Robert Ernest Conway, 200 Harbor View Dr. Rolling Donuts And Cafe, Big D Foods Ltd., 3098 Northwest Ave. Rrad, Ride Run And Dig, Inc., 2284 Yew Street Rd. Rubedo Financial, Jeffrey Stiles, 255 N. Forest St. Shiloh Kovac, Shiloh Kovac, 2336 James St. Sleep Train Inc., The Sleep Train, Inc., 1315 W. Bakerview Rd. Sleep Train Inc., The Sleep Train, Inc., 4229 Meridian St. Smithsonite Contracting, Cameron Lyle Smith, 1320 Lakeway Dr. Splendid Torch, Splendid Torch, 2718 Grove St. Spr Properties, Llc, Spr Properties, Llc, 1344 King St. Stage Hackers, Angela Louise Kiser, 1400 Harris Ave. Still Life Massage And Float, P.S., Still Life Massage And Float, P.S., 120 Prospect St. Ste 1. Stokes&Company, Jonathan Whitney Stokes, 4240 Pacific Hwy. Supreme Express, Karmjit Singh, 3785 Canterbury Ln. Taco Tattoo, Stephen Maxwell Klapp, 1222 N State St. The Foot And Nail Rn, M And C Impero Companies Inc., 4712 Noon Rd. The Treadmill Guy, Rick Laursen, 1418 Portal Dr. Toandgo Corporation, Toandgo Corporation, 202 E. Holly St. Ste 101. Tom Dorr & Associates Consulting Inc., Tom Dorr And Associates Consulting Inc., 4426 E Oregon St. U n i te d B u i l d i n g Co n s t r u c t i o n A n d Maintenance, Steven Herrera, 5 Sparrow Ct. Vinh The La, Vinh The La, 2922 Seaview Cir. W.I.S.E. Birth Doula Collective, W.I.S.E. Birth Doula Collective, 2430 Cornwall Ave. Walgreens #16095, Walgreen Co., 125 Samish Way. Wear The Love, Wear The Love, Llc, 336 36th St. Yoga Now, Yoga Now Llc., 4004 Northwest Ave. Zero Emissions Racing Organization, Zero Emissions Racing Organization Lllp, 98 Sudden Valley Dr. July licenses 4 Starrs, Danielle Jean Starr, 1344 King St., Bellingham, WA. 6olumbia Distributing, Coho Distributing Llc, 2106 Pacific St., Bellingham, WA. Accident Data Center Llc, Accident Data Center Llc, 114 W. Magnolia St. Ste. 501, Bellingham, WA.

Adaptive Law Firm, Pllc, Adaptive Law Firm, Pllc, 1112 11th St. Ste. 302, Bellingham, WA. Advanced Property Management, Advance Property Management, Llc, 910 Gladstone St. Apt. 210, Bellingham, WA. Amwins Transportation Underwriters, Inc., Amwins Transportation Underwriters, Inc., 611 Starflower Ct., Bellingham, WA. Amy Marie Wharton, Amy Marie Wharton, 222 Grand Ave. Ste. E, Bellingham, WA. Anesthesia Mobile, Mobile Sleep Anesthesiology, Pllc, 3119 Maple Ridge Ct., Bellingham, WA. Artifacts Cafe & Wine Bar, Mcwick, Inc., 250 Flora St., Bellingham, WA. Be Great!, Be Great! Aligning Business Strategy With Soul & Spirit, Llc, 7 Lookout Mountain Ln, Bellingham, WA. Bellingham Bay Cleaning Services, Tina Lynn Marshall, 2027 Erie St., Bellingham, WA. Bellingham Coin Shop, Randall Bruce Wick Ii, 1302 Barkley Blvd., Bellingham, WA. Bread And Wine Fellowship, Bread And Wine Fellowship, 310 Gladstone St., Bellingham, WA. Brist, Brist Corp., 4208 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA. Cake Machine, Llc, Cake Machine, Llc, 2210 22nd St., Bellingham, WA. Caleb Simeon Johnson, Caleb Simeon Johnson, 994 Red Tail Ln., Bellingham, WA. Casey Blue Farris, Casey Blue Farris, 1400 N. State St. Ste 103, Bellingham, WA. Central Lutheran Church, The Central Lutheran Church, Bellingham, 925 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA. Chariot Adventures Llc, Chariot Adventures Llc, 3384 Opal Ter., Bellingham, WA. Chuckanut Community Forest Park District, Chuckanut Community Forest Park District, 233 Terrace Pl., Bellingham, WA. Claire Danielle Cassidy, Claire Danielle Cassidy, 605 Carolina St., Bellingham, WA. Clean Space, Mandy Larae Schneider, 516 Darby Dr. # 316, Bellingham, WA. Crux Collective, Crux Collective, 900 13th St., Bellingham, WA. Dean Thomas Wight, Dean Thomas Wight, 1306 Toledo St., Bellingham, WA. Diane Ripper Hypnotherapy, Diane Ripper Hypnotherapy Llc, 3023 Peabody St., Bellingham, WA. Donna Helen Gawron, Donna Helen Gawron, 2536 Queen St. Apt. 1, Bellingham, WA. Employment Migration Services Llc, Employment Migration Services Llc, 1200 Old Fairhaven Pky. Ste. 203, Bellingham, WA. Employment Migration Services Marketing Llc, Employment Migration Services Marketing Llc, 1200 Old Fairhaven Pkwy. Ste. 203, Bellingham, WA. Eric Ashley Photography, Eric Keith Ashley, 2020 Superior St. Apt. 201, Bellingham, WA. Foster Group Realtors, Douglas H Foster, 2211 Rimland Dr. Ste. 124, Bellingham, WA. Fourth Corner Cremations, Fourth Cornor Cremation, Pllc, 2505 Cedarwood Ave. Ste. 2, Bellingham, WA. Fractal Tree, Northwest Database Solutions Llc, 1717 Fairhaven Ave., Bellingham, WA. Francisco Caceres-Hernandez, Francisco CaceresHernandez, 3600 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA. Furst Impressions Media, Furst Impressions Media, 1053 N. State St. Apt. 204, Bellingham, WA. G&N Construction, G&N Construction, 3208 Cherrywood, Bellingham, WA. Genghis Fitness, Genghis Fitness, 3700 Alabama St. Apt. 119, Bellingham, WA. Glow Mediclinic Llc, Glow Mediclinic Llc, 1500 12th St., Bellingham, WA. Green Energy Experts Llc, Green Energy Experts Llc, 114 W. Magnolia St. Ste. 400-161, Bellingham, WA. Gsl Ventures Llc, Gsl Ventures Llc, 1225 E. Sunset Dr. Ste. 145, Bellingham, WA. Haley Group, Inc., Haley Group, Inc., 700 Chuckanut Dr. N., Bellingham, WA. Hammons Real Estate, Llc, Hammons Real Estate, Llc, 1217 Garland Ln., Bellingham, WA. Herkert & Associates Inc., Herkert & Associates Inc.,

114 W. Magnolia St. Ste 420, Bellingham, WA. Highland Finishes, Highland Finishes Llc, 926 Whitewater Dr., Bellingham, WA. International Regional Development, International Regional Development, 1015 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA. It’s Rich! Creative, Richard Angelo Mclean, 1627 Humboldt St., Bellingham, WA. J P Artworks, Joanne Marilyn Plucy, 1106 W. Racine St., Bellingham, WA. Jared Harris, Jared Harris, 03 E. Holly St., Bellingham, WA. Jen George, Jen George, 201 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, WA. Keller Healthcare Consulting Services, Llc., Keller Healthcare Consulting Services, Llc, 4219 Northridge way, Bellingham, WA. Kiosk Wireless, Swift Cellular Llc, 1307 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA. Klassik Vape Llc, Klassik Vape, Llc, 206 W Magnolia St., Bellingham, WA. Koma Kulshan Services, Koma Kulshan Limited Liability Company, 2499 Mt Baker Hwy., Bellingham, WA. L’dor, Lindsey Rice, 1213 N. State St., Bellingham, WA. L.I.F.E. Guide Llc, L.I.F.E. Guide, Llc, 2836 W Maplewood Ave., Bellingham, WA. Lab Athletics, Body Lab Athletics Llc, 4206 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA. Lincoln Professional Center, Llc, Lincoln Professional Center, Llc, 3800 Byron Ave. Ste. 104, Bellingham, WA. Local Electric Services, Aaron J Williams, 510 Chuckanut Dr. N., Bellingham, WA. Lookout Mountain Maintenance Fund, David Joseph Inscho, 2205 I St., Bellingham, WA. Lucas Hoekstra, O.D., Lucas Lonnie Hoekstra, 182 E Kellogg Rd. Apt. D9, Bellingham, WA. M&T Nails, Mai Thi Cam Nguyen, 436 W Bakerview Rd Ste 110, Bellingham, WA. Mad Men Cabinet Installations, Korey Craig Tiderington, 1960 Fraser St. Apt. 303, Bellingham, WA. Modsock Shop, Llc, Modsock Shop, Llc, 1323 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA. Modsock, Llc, Modsock, Llc, 1323 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA. Moo Moo & Poot, Amanda Bettis, 2411 Utter St., Bellingham, WA. Mop And Broom, Jennifer Grace Dorn, 1234 W. Racine St., Bellingham, WA. Myers General Contracting Llc, Myers General Contracting Llc, 3023 Hayward Ct., Bellingham, WA. Navigator Marketing, Claire Autruong, 1126 14th St., Bellingham, WA. Nerka Sea Frozen Salmon, F/V Nerka Llc, 5 Lost Lake Ln., Bellingham, WA. Netlinx, Netlinx Solutions, Llc, 851 Coho way Ste 308, Bellingham, WA. North Coast Parent Group, North Coast Parent Group, 1710 Express Dr., Bellingham, WA. North State Street Market, Chopra And Sons, Llc, 902 N. State St. Ste. 103, Bellingham, WA. Orion Cleaning Services, Laura Estrada, 3437 Redwood Ave., Bellingham, WA. Our Social Responsibility, Our Social Responsibility Llc, 363 W. Smith Rd., Bellingham, WA. Oyster Creek Canvas Llc, Oyster Creek Canvas Llc, 946 N. State St., Bellingham, WA. Pacific Continental Maintenance, Llc, Pacific Continental Maintenance, Llc, 114 W. Magnolia St. Ste. 302, Bellingham, WA. Pacific International Yachting Association, Michelle Lynn Labrie-Ripple, 3125 Chandler Pkwy, Bellingham, WA. Parkway Chateau Holiday, Al Management Sub Llc, 2818 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Bellingham, WA. Parkway Chateau, Winterfell Parkway Chateau (WA) Owner, Llc, 2818 Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Bellingham, WA. Pat Paints, Patrick A Cassidy, 1437 Iris Ln., Bellingham, WA. Paul Conrad Photography, Paul Conrad, 3434



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RECORDS, FROM 19 Northwest Ave., Bellingham, WA. Pnw Design Solutions, Evan Jensen Childs, 988 Red Tail Ln, Bellingham, WA. Rashaan Kalim Lightpool, Rashaan Kalim Lightpool, 2111 St. Clair St., Bellingham, WA. Rdmacs Llc, Rdmacs Llc, 2700 Iron St., Bellingham, WA. Rebel Health, Joseph Gann, 3820 Ohio St., Bellingham, WA. Red Dawg Llc., Red Dawg Llc, 913 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA. Rode Media & Publishing Llc, Rode Media & Publishing Llc, 5067 E 26th Dr., Bellingham, WA. Rogers Consulting & Investigations Llc, Rogers Consulting & Investigations, Llc, 4152 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA. Roxy Cleaning Services, Maria Del Rosari Rivera, 4739 Guide Meridian St.,Bellingham, WA. Rusty Cutlass L.L.C., Rusty Cutlass L.L.C., 508 Darby Dr. Unit 113, Bellingham, WA. Sake Solutions Llc., Sake Solutions Llc., 3011 Firwood Ave., Bellingham, WA. Scents Gourmet, Customized Vapor Ltd. Dba Customized Vapor Llc, 801 Newell St., Bellingham, WA. Seafloor Investigations Llc, Seafloor Investigations Llc, 1100 Larrabee Ave. Ste. 201, Bellingham, WA. Sellgren Painting Company, Nicholas W Sellgren, 5350 Belfern Dr., Bellingham, WA. Sierra Alizabeth Photography, Sierra Alizabeth Rodenberger, 3740 Canterbury Ln., Bellingham, WA. Simply Clean Cleaning Services Llc, Simply Clean Cleaning Services Llc, 3532 Skylark Loop, Bellingham, WA. Soar Back Massage Llc, Soar Back Massage Llc., 1200 Harris Ave. Ste. 202, Bellingham, WA. South Bay Health, Llc, South Bay Health Llc, 1140 10th St. Ste. 203, Bellingham, WA. Sprint Spectrum Equipment Company, L.P., Sprint Spectrum Equipment Company, L.P., 1050 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham, WA. Squalicum Valley Concrete Llc, Squalicum Valley Concrete Llc, 4241 Squalicum Lake Rd., Bellingham, WA. The Compliance Consortium, Donald Jone, 1 Morning Beach Dr., Bellingham, WA. The Polished Plan, The Polished Plan Llc, 1585 Avalon Ct., Bellingham, WA. The Roving Cfo, Renee Relin, 250 Shallow Shore Rd., Bellingham, WA. Tiana Joy, Lmp, Tiana Joy, 2415 Undine St., Bellingham, WA. Timblin Fisheries, Damon W Timblin, 2322 Michigan St., Bellingham, WA. Time2clean, Douglas Duane Hartl, 5846 Pacific Rim Way, Bellingham, WA. Titanium Software Llc, Titanium Software Llc, 4280 Meridian St. Ste. 120, Bellingham, WA. Torrid Llc, Torrid Llc, 1 Bellis Fair Pkwy., Bellingham, WA. Turner Tile And Floors, Llc, Turner Tile And Floors, Llc, 2623 Vallette St., Bellingham, WA. Unistar Trans Llc, Unistar Trans Llc, 3785 Canterbury Ln., Bellingham, WA. Vierra Creative, James Vierra, 9 Honeycomb Ln., Bellingham, WA. Visions And Perspectives, Stephanie Scott, 3607b Fraser St., Bellingham, WA. Witch Way Books, Witch Way Books, 3411 Woburn St., Bellingham, WA. You – Niversal Life, You – Niversal Life Llc, 1440 Birchwood Ave., Bellingham, WA. Young’s Market Company Of Washington, Young’s Market Company Of Washington, Llc 2106 Pacific St. Ste 101-102, Bellingham, WA. Yusefull Consulting Llc, Yusefull Consulting Llc, 509 N. Garden St., Bellingham, WA. Zen Motors Llc, Zen Motors, Llc, 4942 Pacific Hwy., Bellingham, WA.

BUILDING PERMITS Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Status updates on permits are available on the city’s website at http://

7/20/15 to 7/24/15 Issued permits 2901 Squalicum Parkway first floor central, $20,000 for nonresidential: construct non-bearing wall to create meeting room within medical library space in hospital. Contractor: Scoboria Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00296. 7/20/15. 2101 Woburn St., $44,760 for commercial: install two 40’6” sections of 17” tall cantilever racking in warehouse. Contractor: Wize Solutions Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00214. 7/20/15. 4104 Bakerview Spur, $3,291,793 for commercial: new 34,302-square-foot pre-engineered metal building for warehouse and offices. Contractor: Wellman & Zuck Construction, LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00185. 7/22/15. 600 Birchwood Ave., $142,000 for commercial: installation of a clean room within existing building for compounding and chemo: Walgreens. Contractor: J E Dunn Construction Co. Permit No.: BLD2015-00171. 7/22/15. 468 W. Horton Rd., $126,000 for commercial: installation of walk-in freezer with racking inside and outside of freezer. Contractor: Roosendaal Honcoop Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00157. 7/22/15. 4117 Stonecrest Ct 101 & 102, $39,572 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00319. 7/23/15. 4119 Stonecrest CT 101 & 102, $40,233 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00318. 7/23/15. 4121 Stonecrest CT 101 & 102, $40,233 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00317. 7/23/15. 4123 Stonecrest CT 101 & 102, $40,233 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00316. 7/23/15. 1270 Barkley Boulevard, $72,288 for tenant improvement: new branch bank. Contractor: Momentum Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00211. 7/23/15. NA Western Washington University, $124,000 for commercial: repair sections of existing roof and make weatherization improvements: Nash Hall. Contractor: CDK Construction. Permit No.: BLD201500152. 7/24/15. Pending applications 1001 C st., $50,000 for commercial: erect new 50-foot by 80-foot tent structure. Permit No.: BLD2015-00182. 7/20/15. 210 Lottie St., $95,000 for commercial alterations: ADA improvements to ramp, stairways and drinking fountains. Permit No.: BLD2015-00310. 7/21/15. 1200 Block Lincoln St., $144,000 for construction of box culvert over Lincoln Creek for access to multifamily development from Lincoln St. Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00313. 7/22/15. 207 Harris Ave., $243,379 for commercial: reroof with fluid-applied membrane. Contractor: Faber Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2015-00315. 7/23/15. 845 Viking Circle, $374,047 for foundation only for new 16-unit multifamily building (building Type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00251. 7/23/15. 835 Viking Circle, $374,047 for foundation only for new 16-unit multifamily building (building Type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00250. 7/23/15. 805 Viking Circle, $374,047 for foundation only for new 16-unit multifamily building (building Type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00249. 7/23/15. 916 Cornwall Ave., $131,635 for commercial: preengineered steel building addition to demineralizer building: enclose existing water filters and provide freeze protection. Contractor: Com-Steel LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00204. 7/23/15. 4400 Columbine Drive, $863,539 for foundation only: new 41,206-square-foot memory care facility: Silverado Care. Permit No.: BLD2015-00254. 7/24/15. 7/27/15 to 7/31/15 Issued permits 207 Harris Ave., $243,379 for commercial: reroof with fluid-applied membrane. Contractor: Faber Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2015-00315. 7/31/15. 2726 Alderwood Ave., $151,000 for commercial:

re-roof with duro-last PVC roofing system and shingles. Contractor: Broken Arrow. Permit No.: BLD2015-00308. 7/31/15. 3123 Old Fairhaven Parkway, $57,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel for new restaurant: Subway. Permit No.: BLD2015-00263. 7/31/15. Pending applications 519 E. Maple St., $40,000 for commercial: new roof deck with fire egress door and stairs and rebuilt loft with spiral staircase. Permit No.: BLD2015-00327. 7/27/15. 459 W. Stuart Road, $19,500 for tenant improvement: interior modification to existing office space. Permit No.: BLD2015-00328. 7/28/15. 1220 N. Forest St., $325,000 for tenant improvement: renovation of existing space with new seating in mezzanine, kitchen remodel with new exterior freezer, exit landing above with new ADA restrooms. Permit No.: BLD2015-00275. 7/29/15. 4051 Hammer Drive, $68,000 for tenant improvement: new marijuana growing facility. Permit No.: BLD2015-00281. 7/30/15, 1030 Lakeway Drive, $400,000 for tenant improvement: new grocery retailer within existing shell. Permit No.: BLD2015-00334. 7/31/15. 910 Harris Ave. 501, $20,000 for renovation of bathroom in one unit of multifamily building. Permit No.: CMB2015-00211. 7/27/15. Demolition permits None issued with a value of $10,000 or more. 8/3/15 to 8/7/15 Issued permits 4051 Hammer Drive, $68,000 for tenant improvement: new marijuana growing facility. Permit No.: BLD2015-00281. 8/6/15. 1220 N. Forest St., $325,000 for tenant improvement: renovation of existing space with new seating in mezzanine, kitchen remodel with new exterior freezer, exit landing above and new ADA restrooms. Contractor: Pearson Construction Corp. Permit No.: BLD2015-00275. 8/6/15. 459 W. Stuart Road, $19,500 for tenant improvement: interior remodel of office space. Contractor: The Franklin Corporation. Permit No.: BLD2015-00328. 8/7/15. Pending applications 2011 Young St., $20,000 for tenant improvement: construct new offices: 2 on first floor and 2 on second floor. Permit No.: BLD2015-00338. 8/3/15. 1255 Barkley Boulevard 102, $13,400 for tenant improvement: remodel space for new video game arcade. Permit No.: BLD2015-00337. 8/3/15. 521 Kentucky St., $13,400 for commercial: install new freestanding walk-in cooler. Permit No.: BLD201500335. 8/3/15. 1423 Railroad Ave., $10,000 for tenant improvement: reconfigure interior walls. permit No.: BLD2015-00341. 8/4/15. 2106 Pacific St., $40,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel and convert space to wholesale retail liquor store: Young’s Market. Contractor: Presidio Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00300. 8/4/15. 104 E. Maple St 101, $26,000 for tenant improvement: new brewery production and tasting room in existing building: Gruff Brewery. Permit No.: BLD2015-00222. 8/6/15. 808 W. Bakerview Road, $2,540,968 for new fourstory multifamily building: Building C. Permit No.: BLD2015-00150. 8/6/15. 812 W. Bakerview Road, $4,145,281 for new fourstory multifamily building: Building B. Permit No.: BLD2015-00149. 8/6/15. 804 W. Bakerview Road, $2,350,733 for new four-story mixed use building: Building A. Permit No.: BLD2015-00148. 8/6/15. 1800 Texas St., $25,000 for multifamily: new roof and truss system on existing flat roof building: building 4. Permit No.: BLD2015-00347. 8/6/15. 1800 Texas St., $25,000 for multifamily: new roof and truss system on existing flat roof building: building 3. Permit No.: BLD2015-00346. 8/6/15. 1800 Texas St., $25,000 for multifamily: new roof and truss system on existing flat roof building: building 2. Permit No.: BLD2015-00345. 8/6/15. 1800 Texas St., $25,000 for multifamily: new roof and truss system on existing flat roof building: building 1. Permit No.: BLD2015-00344. 8/6/15. 250 N. State St., $20,000 for multifamily: repair existing failing walkway with steel supports. Permit No.: BLD2015-00348. 8/7/15.

Demolition permits None with an estimated value of $10,000 or more for this date range. 8/10/15 to 8/14/15 Permits issued 2106 Pacific St., $40,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel and convert space to wholesale retail liquor store: Young’s Market. Contractor: Presidio Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00300. 8/10/15. 845 Viking Circle, $374,047 for foundation only for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00251. 8/11/15. 835 Viking Circle, $374,074 for foundation only for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00250. 8/11/15. 1423 Railwoad Ave., $10,000 for tenant improvement: reconfigure interior walls. Contractor: Braam Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00341. 8/12/15. 915 Cornwall Ave., $131,635 for commercial: Preengineered steel building addition to demineralizer building: enclose existing water filters and provide freeze protection. Contractor: Com-Steel LLC. 8/12/15. 4301 Harrison St., $40,000 for underground stormwater vault to serve four-lot subdivision. Permit No.: BLD2015-00077. 8/12/15. 2011 Young St., $20,000 for tenant improvementL construct new offices, (2) on first floor and (2) on second floor. Contractor: Franklin Corporation. Permit No.: BLD2015-00338. 8/13/15. 850 Viking Circle, $2,278,304 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type B). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00248. 8/14/15. 800 Viking Circle, $2,232,113 for new 1clubhouse for student housing complex to include fitness center, offices, a model unit, lounges, reception, cafe and 8-unit apartment units (building type A). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00273. 8/14/15. 870 Viking Circle, $1,901,346 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type B). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00240. 8/14/15. 860 Viking Circle, $2,901,346 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type B). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00239. 8/14/15. 830 Viking Circle, $2,377,074 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type B). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00238. 8/14/15. 820 Viking Circle, $1,901,346 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type B). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00237. 8/14/15. 810 Viking Circle, $1,901,346 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type B). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00234. 8/14/15. 865 Viking Circle, $4,307,747 for new 32-unit multifamily building (building type C). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00233. 8/14/15. 855 Viking Circle, $4,307,747 for new 32-unit multifamily building (building type C). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2014-00232. 8/14/15. Pending applications 2700 Lindsey Ave., $2,578,949 for new three-story, 20-unit multifamily building. Permit No.: BLD201500350. 8/10/15. 714 Lakeway Dr., $90,000 for tenant improvement: repair sidewalks and ADA access in parking lot area around existing building. Contractor: Credo Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00352. 8/11/15. 210 Lottie St., $95,000 for commercial alterations: ADA improvements to ramp, stairways, and drinking fountains. Permit No.: BLD2015-00310. 8/11/15. 2030 Division St., $20,000 for commercial alteration: install 8’ high manufactured walls to create separation of sleeping rooms in existing residential treatment facility. No change to use or exterior. Permit No.: BLD2015-00184. 8/11/15. 2162 Midway Lane, $4,000,000 for commercial: expansion of an existing pre-engineered metal building from 11k to 23k-square-foot development of the remaining 1.5 acres. Permit No.: BLD2015-00351. 8/11/15.

521 Kentucky St., $23,000 for commercial: install new freestanding walk-in cooler. Permit No.: BLD201500335. 8/13/15. 845 Viking Circle, $1,496,190 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00247. 8/13/15. 835 Viking Circle, $1,496,190 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type E) Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00246. 8/13/15. 805 Viking Circle, $1,496,190 for new 16-unit multifamily building (building type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00245. 8/13/15. Demolition permits None with an estimated value of $10,000 or more for this date range. 8/17/15 to 8/24/15 Issued permits 4101 Stonecrest Court 101 & 102, $40,542 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00323. 8/17/15. 4103 Stonecrest Court 101 & 102, $40,542 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00322. 8/17/15. 4107 Stonecrest Court 101 & 102, $40,542 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00321. 8/17/15. 4109 Stonecrest Court 101 & 102, $40,542 for foundation only: new two-story duplex. Contractor: Robinson Hardwood & Homes LLC. Permit No.: BLD2015-00320. 8/17/15. 1255 Barkley Boulevard 102, $13,400 for tenant improvement: remodel space for new video game arcade. Contractor: J Steele Construction Inc. Permit No.: BLD2015-00337. 8/18/15. 2200 Nevada St., $10,000 for commercial: remove two existing overhead doors at PBW OPS natural resource annex garage, increase height of opening and install two new doors. Contractor: NW Door Pro. Permit No.: BLD2015-00363. 8/19/15. 714 Lakeway Drive, $90,000 for tenant improvement: repair sidewalks and ADA access in parking lot area around existing building. Contractor: Credo Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00352. 8/19/15. 800 Block Viking Circle, $60,000 for constructing retaining walls at box culvert abutments. Contractor: Dawson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00329. 8/19/15. 800 Block Viking Circle, $144,000 for construction of box culvert over Lincoln Creek for access to multifamily development from Lincoln St. Contractor: Dawson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00313. 8/19/15. 100 W. Telegraph Road, $250,000 for tenant improvement: interior remodel of existing restaurant. Contractor: Alegis Construction. Permit No.: BLD201500225. 8/19/15. 805 Viking Circle, $374,047 for foundation only for new 16-unit multifamily building (Building Type E). Contractor: Dawson Construction. Permit No.: BLD2015-00249. 8/20/15. Pending applications 910 N. Forest St,. $25,000,000 for new multifamily student housing development with parking garage. Permit No.: BLD2015-00356. 8/17/15. 1313 E. Maple St. 103, $100,000 for tenant improvement: reconfigure interior offices. Permit No.: BLD2015-00365. 8/20/15. 200 E. Maple St 101, $110,000 for tenant improvement: Interior remodel for new restaurant in existing building: Naan and Brew. Permit No.: BLD2015-00266. 8/20/15. 3876 Hannegan Road, $191,000 for commercial: set 3 module buildings on site to serve as a temporary sorting facility. Contractor: USA Modular. Permit No.: BLD2015-00366. 8/20/15. 804-812 W. Bakerview Road, $18,000 for four new CMU retaining walls. Permit No.: BLD2015-00256. 8/21/15.

LIQUOR AND MARIJUANA LICENSES Records include license activity in Whatcom County.


September 2015

RECORDS, FROM 20 They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, online at Issued permits Buds Sos, at 6061 Portal Way, Ferndale, WA 98248, received approval on a new license to operate as a marijuana retailer. License No.: 413729. 8/19/15. Structures Brewing, at 1420 N. State St., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval on a new license to operate a microbrewery. License No.: 419642. 8/19/15. Fred Meyer #025, at 800 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on an addition/change of class/in lieu, on a license to operate as a direct shipment receiver - in/out (in Washington only). License No.: 359846. 8/17/15. Masquerade Wine Company, at 2001 Iowa St., Suite F, Bellingham, WA 98229, received approval on an addition/change of tradename to a license to operate a domestic winery. License No.: 408302. 8/17/15. Drizzle Tasting Room, at 444 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264, received approval on a new license to operate as a direct shipment receiver (in Washington only). License No.: 081117. 8/14/15. Amber Brick, at 5473 Guide Meridian Suite B & C, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new license to operate as a marijuana processor. License No.: 416929. 8/12/15. “Oh” McDonald Farms, at 250 W. Axton Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new license to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 413650. 8/10/15. Cascade Restaurant & Pizza Inn II, at 2431 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval on a change of corporate officer to a license to sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant/lounge. License No.: 362522. 7/28/15. Mt Baker Greeneries, at 1761 W. Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new license to operate as a tier 2 marijuana producer. License No.: 412303. 7/27/15. Beach Store Cafe, 2200 Nugent Road, Lummi Island, WA 98262, received approval to change privileges to an existing license to sell beer/wine/spirits in a restaurant


The Bellingham Business Journal lounge. License No.: 076795. 7/15/14/ Quick E Mart, 6105 Portal Way, Ferndale, WA 98248, received approval for an assumption to an existing license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store. License No.: 402841. 7/15/14. Liquor and Tobacco, 1873 Main St. suite 5, Ferndale WA 98248 received approval for a change of corporate officer to an existing license. License No.: 410023. 7/9/14. The Local, 1427 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225, received approval for an addition and change to the current privileges of an existing license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant. License No.:400974. 7/9/14. 2020 Solutions, 2018 Iron St. Suite A, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new application to operate as a marijuana retailer. License No. 415470. 7/6/14. Top Shelf Cannabis, 3863 Hannegan Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a new application to operate as a marijuana retailer. License No. 414256. 7/6/14. Hannegan Speedway, 4212 Hannegan Road, Bellingham, WA 98226, received approval on a sports/ entertainment facility license. License No. 359573. 7/2/14. Pending applications Starvin’ Sam’s XIX, Starvin Sam’s XIX LLX; Massad Fawzi Boulos, applied for a name change to a license to sell beer/wine and growlers in a specialty shop (new name: Starvin Sam’s X1X) at 3310 Slater Road, Ferndale, WA 98248. License No.: 365675. 8/27/15. Bob’s Burgers & Brew, Richard Mark Kildall and Karen Jean Kildall applied for an addition/change of class/in lieu on a license to sell spirits/beer/wine and kegs to go at 819 Cherry St., Sumas, WA 98265. License No.: 078497. Fairhaven Pizza, Fairhaven Pizza LLC; Barbara Wadkins, James Wadkins and Jon Wadkins applied for an addition/change of class/in lieu on a license to operate as a direct shipment receiver (in Washington only) and to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 1307 11th St., Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 080359. 8/21/15. The Beach at Birch Bay, The Beach at Birch Bay LLC; Janet Russell, Kenneth Russell, Randall Sheriff, Peter

Van Der Zalm and Anne Van Der Zalm applied for a new license to sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant lounge at 7876 Birch Bay Dr., Blaine, WA 98230. License No.: 358364. 8/21/15. Welcome Grocery Store, Patterson Construction Inc; Charles Patterson applied for a new license to operate as a direct shipment receiver (in Washington only) and sell beer/wine in a grocery store at 5565 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming, WA 98244. License No.: 356425. 8/18/15. Wenatchee Bob’s Burgers and Brew, Wenatchee Bob’s Burgers and Brew, LLC; Judy Kildall, Robert Kildall, Howard Vroman, and Mary Vroman applied for a license to sell spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant and lounge at 9464 Axlund Road, Lynden, WA 98264. License No.: 419998. 8/17/15. Inn at Lynden, Forefront Hospitality LLC; Matt Treat and Teri Treat applied for a new hotel license for a hotel at 100 5th St., Lynden, WA 98264. License No.: 419995. 8/14/15. Crave’n Burgers and Brew, Crave N Burgers & Brew LLC; Marc WIlson applied for a license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 7471 Mount Baker Highway, Maple Falls, WA 98248. License No.: 082945. 8/13/15. Fred Meyer #025, Fred Meyer Stores, inc, applied for an addition/change of class/in lieu to a license to operate as a direct shipment receiver (in/out in Washington), sell beer/wine in a grocery store, sell spirits, operate as a wine retailer reseller, hold beer and wine tastings, and fill beer/cider growlers at 800 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 359846. 7/31/15. North State Street Market, Chopra and Sons LLC; Nisha Chopra and Karunesh Chopra applied for an assumption to a license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store at 902 N. State St. Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 419311. 7/31/15. Artifacts Cafe & Wine Bar, Mcwick Inc.; Brandon Wicklund and James D McClure applied for a new license to sell beer and wine in a restaurant and off premises at 250 Flora St., Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 405020. 7/29/15. Overflow Taps, Overflow Taps Inc.; Jesse Nelson, Adam Stacey and Josh Libolt applied for a new license to operate as a direct shipment receiver (in Washington only), sell beer/wine off premises and in a tavern at

106 5th St., Lynden, WA 98264. License No.: 419888. 7/29/15. Punjabi Junction, Mangat Bhinder LLC; Taranpreet Mangat and Gurdev Singh applied for a new license to sell beer and wine in a restaurant at 4370 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 419897. 7/27/15. Naan and Brew, Chana LLC; Harbhajan Chana, Sandip Chana, Manginder Chana and Kellie Chana applied for a new license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant at 200 E. Maple St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 410127. 7/20/15. Milano’s, Milano’s Inc.,; David M. Reera applied for an assumption of an existing license to sell beer and wine in a restaurant and off premises, and also to operate as a direct shipment receiver. 9990 Mount Baker Highway, Glacier, WA 98224. License No.: 076246. 7/15/14. Taquiria Tecalitan, Juan and Olivia Carrillo applied for a new license to serve beer/wine in a restaurant. 1263 Barkley blvd. Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 409866. 7/11/14. Pho & More, JS Gold Monkey Inc., Jin Won Soung applied for a new license to serve beer/wine in a restaurant. 4285 Meridian St. Suite 102d, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 404311. 7/8/14. Indi Thai Restaurant, Indi Thai Inc; Dilawar Singh applied for a new license to serve spirits/beer/wine in a restaurant and lounge. 505 32nd St., Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 418264. 7/8/14. Indian Flavors, RG Bahia LLC.; Gurdeep Kaur and Rurh Singh applied for a new license to serve spirits/ beer/wine in a restaurant and loundge. 3930 Meridian St. Suite 107, Bellingham, WA 98226. License No.: 072758. 6/27/14. Portal Way Station, MSJM Enterprises Inc.; Lakhwinder S. Mahli and Rajvinder Kaur Mahli applied for a change to the privilege of a current liquor license to serve beer/wine in a restaurant and off premises. 6000 Portal Way, Ferndale, WA 98249. License No.: 350248. 6/26/14. Quick E Mart, Ferndale Quick E Mart LLC; Amritpal Singh Sidhu, applied for a new license to serve beer/ wine and refill growlers in a specialty shop. 6105 Portal Way, Ferndale WA 98248. License No.: 402841. 6/25/14. Famatik Bike, Fanatik Bike Co.; Kathy and Mark Salisbury applied for a new license to sell candy

containing liquor in a snack bar. 1812 N. State St.k Bellingham, WA 98225. License No.: 418199. 6/24/14. Discontinued licenses El Alazan y el Rocio, 1538 Birchwood Ave., Suite B, Bellingham, WA 98225, had a license to sell spirits/ beer/wine in a restaurant and service bar discontinued. License No.: 078921. 7/11/14. Shrimp Shack, 1200 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225, had a license to sell beer/wine in a restaurant discontinued. License No.: 084811. 7/11/14. Smokin’ San’s, 300 Sunset Dr. E., Bellingham, WA 98225, had a license to sell beer/wine in a grocery store discontinued. License No.: 352701. 7/714.


Tax liens of $5,000 or more issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Listings include taxpayer name(s), lien amount, document number and filing date. Records are obtained locally from the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office. Federal tax liens Bryan Erickson, $50,559.45, 2150702285, 7/21/15. Caline & Joshua Bruyn, $20,550.67, 2150702287. 7/21/15. Roger Jones, $31,110.00, 2150702290, 7/21/15. Karen Hogan, $110,977.64, 2150703122, 7/27/15. Michael Elmer, $30,194.01, 2150703123, 7/27/15. Verna Sciscoe, $20,798.10, 2150703124, 7/27/15. Frederick Bartels, $300,949.51, 2150703125, 7/27/15. Van Zanten & Son LLC, $14,800.36, 2150703126, 7/27/15. Custom Prescription Shoppe LLC, $29,176.06, 2150703518, 7/30/15. Glen Scott, $34,354.75, 2150703519, 7/30/15. Downtown Bobs LLC, $23,280.08, 2150703520, 7/30/15. Hui-Chun Yu, $287,439.60, 2150703521, 7/30/15. James Jefferson & Hana Wilhelm, $11,155.16,


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The Bellingham Business Journal

September 2015

RECORDS, FROM 21 2150800063, 8/3/15. Dodsons Market Inc., a corporation, $192,115.40, 2150800064, 8/3/15. James & April Pierpont, $40,832.54, 2150800065, 8/3/15. Robert & Jeana Reimer, $25,849.90, 2150800066, 8/3/15. Bryan & Loretta Mangum, $143,899.09, 2150800067, 8/3/15. Gary Van Zanten, $41,755.27, 2150800069, 8/3/15. Roger Wiegand, $49,814.26, 2150800070, 8/3/15. JFB Inc, a corporation, $53,432.32, 2150800072, 8/3/15. Trojan Tracks USA Inc., a corporation, $32,464.77, 2150800073, 8/3/15. Mark Conover, $91,432.03, 2150800074, 8/3/15. Kolleen Olsen, $33,081.60, 2150800969, 8/10/15. Ian & Erica Butler, $36,803.37, 2150800972,

8/10/15. Cathy Van Zanten, $138,691.99, 2150800974, 8/10/15. Robert & Martha Kusche, $55,052.37, 2150801696, 8/17/15. Brad Gablehouse, $32,543.25, 2150801697, 8/17/15. Bryan Erickson, $26,143.53, 2150801698, 8/17/15. Robert Christoffer, $28,566.75, 2150801700, 8/17/15. David Jennings, $433,283.86, 2150801701, 8/17/15. Herbert & Nan Argo, $7,211.00, 2150801702, 8/17/15. Bay Bus Ticketing, a Corporation, $20,541.68, 2150801703, 8/17/15. Sol De Mexico Inc, $16,965.33, 2150802650, 8/24/15. Stephen Walter, $57,895.41, 2150802651, 8/24/15.

John Gustafson, $26,733.25, 2150802652, 8/24/15. Luxe Thai Enterprises LLC, $20,701.81, 2150802653, 8/24/15.

RELEASE OF FEDERAL TAX LIENS Jack Hall, $5,702.06, 2150702291, 7/21/15. Michael Nguyen, $25,525.80, 2150702292, 7/21/15. Kestrel Homes Inc., $9,472.17, 2150702293, 7/21/15. Timothy Knowles & Young Ok Kim, $25,293.47, 2150702294, 7/21/15. David & Betty Mcmaster, $10,932.64, 2150800971, 8/10/15. Bel Core Cutting, $5,971.80, 2150801699, 8/17/15.

STATE TAX JUDGMENTS Tax judgments of $5, 000 or more issued by

Washington state government agencies and filed locally in Whatcom County Superior Court. Listings include taxpayer name(s), judgment amount, the state agency filing the judgment, originating case number and filing date. Judgments can later be lifted or paid; listings are only current as of their filing dates. Records are obtained from the Whatcom County Superior Court Clerk’s Office. Devine Interiors Services LLC, $16,191.71, Revenue, 15-2-01505-9, 8/17/15. Dillercorp LLC, $66,480.59, Labor & Industries, 15-201574-1, 8/18/15., $67,996.23, Revenue, 15-201494-0, 8/13/15. Fairweather Management Corp., $20,785.44, Labor & Industries, 15-2-01499-1. 8/13/15. Saints Trim and Paint, $5,251.57, Revenue, 15-201432-0, 7/31/15. JRG Distributing, $9,687.51, Revenue, 15-2-014338, 7/31/15.

Nonnos Tradition, $5,200.91, Revenue, 15-201435-4, 7/31/15. American Logistics LLC, $19,367.50, Labor & Industries, 15-2-01397-8, 7/28/15. Milts Pizza Place, $32,274.32, Revenue, 15-201415-0, 7/29/15. Guidos Italian Cuisine Steakhouse & Pizzeria, $10,022.31, Revenue, 15-2-01378-1, 7/23/15.


Whatcom County business bankruptcies filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. Chapter 7 Venessa Lee Evans, Range of assets: $100,001 to $500,000, Range of liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000, Case no.: 15-14955-MLB. Filed 8/17/15. No Chapter 11 or chapter 13 filings reported.

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Murray: Budget discussions won’t be a repeat of 2013

Murray said it is wrong to hold the federal budget hostage to pass other legislation, as she said Sen. Ted Cruz tried to do in 2013. [BELLEVUE REPORTER FILE PHOTO] BY ALLISON DEANGELIS The Bellevue Reporter


With the 2013 budget deal set to expire on Oct. 1, U.S. Senator Patty Murray will be heading back to the negotiating table when the session reconvenes on September 8. “The reason that the government shut down last time is Sen. Ted Cruz hijacked the budget and said that he would not let the budget out unless we voted to repeal Obamacare,” she said when asked

if she foresees Congress being able to pass a new budget plan by the prior’s expiration date. “My belief is that we should never subject our budget or the government of this country to any hostage, no matter what.” Murray also identified Planned Parenthood as a potential hot button issue for the Republicans, including Sen. Cruz, but said she and Sen. Mitch McConnell will not let that happen. Sequestration still plays a factor in the negotiations, and Murray said she

is anticipating potential one- or two-month budget extensions. The senior senator from Washington, Murray led the charge on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 along with Congressman Paul Ryan. The deal set overall discretionary spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion—about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion. At the time, she said the budget deal “...breaks through the partisanship and gridlock, and shows that Congress can function when Democrats and Republicans work together to make some compromises for the good of the country.” While talking to reporters at the Bellevue Reporter’s headquarters on Aug. 13, Murray stressed longevity, despite the looming change in regime with the upcoming Presidential election. “We just keep limping along with Band-Aids here

and our infrastructure is really hurting because of that,” she said about transportation. Murray decried extensions and short-term deals, saying that the planning, contracts, and necessity for an end date for transportation projects makes no sense. “You need to be able to know you can complete projects, so It is absolutely horrible way of doing policy,” she said.

Murray reiterated the same sentiment on issues like education and veterans services. However, when it comes to the federal budget, Murray said she believes the wisest course of action would be a two year budget. When asked why she was hoping for another two year plan instead of a longer term budget plan, Murray responded that the budget needed to give and

take to the dynamic nature of the country and politics. “The budget’s not just about numbers– its about what we set for our priorities at the time. So, I think that longer than that would be very hard to do, and we may be missing a lot.” Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are scheduled to reconvene their legislative sessions on Sept. 8.

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Planning intensifies for SeaFeast, city’s new signature event Whatcom County seafood industry gets behind event that aims to raise it’s profile BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Commercial fishing and seafood processing employ more people in Whatcom County than Western Washington University, more than breweries and more than bike shops. Bellingham is on the water, with a waterfront soon to be redeveloped. But Bellingham’s myriad events, for the most part, ignore the waterfront and the county’s maritime heritage. Deborah Granger is trying to change that. Granger is the lead planner for a seafood and waterfront festival called the SeaFeast, which will be held in Bellingham next fall. The event won $75,000 from the City of Bellingham’s lodging tax fund after the city made a call for pitches for a new off-season “signa-

ture event”—an event on a similar scale to Ski to Sea to bring visitors to Bellingham’s ample new hotel rooms. The inaugural event, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, (and possibly spilling into Sunday) 2016, will include a salmon barbecue cook-off with professional and nonprofessional teams, oyster shucking and slurping, relay races where participants wear heavy neoprene survival suits, knot-tying and net-mending demonstrations and competitions, beer and spirit pairings with shellfish, nautical and marine art, information booths, boat and dock tours, and music. Granger started planning the event months ago, but planning will intensify in mid- to late-September when many involved with the SeaFeast finish sockeye fishing and the commercial


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the seafood industry for 40 years, doing everything from working in Alaskan salmon canneries, to serving on boards for the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County and the Whatcom Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Currently, she’s a member of Lummi Island Wild, a sustainable fishing cooperative. Granger isn’t the only person who thought Bellingham’s maritime heritage needed a celebration. Tara Sundin, a member of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, said the committee narrowed the initial 20 proposals down to four before unanimously

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voting for the SeaFeast. The number of volunteers and donors who came forward to support the festival is one reason the committee chose the event, she said. Supporters range from seafood processing businesses to the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association—a salmon habitat advocacy group. “It was an impressive group who came forward,” Sundin said. Commercial fishing and seafood processing at Squalicum and Blaine marinas generated 1,781 direct jobs in 2013, and those employed in the industry earned $94.5 million, according to a study

commissioned by the Port of Bellingham and done by Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. By comparison, Western Washington University employed 1,541, as of January 2015, Western communications director Paul Cocke said. “We really don’t celebrate that part of our community very much,” Sundin said. The $75,000 in seed money for the event came from lodging tax paid by hotel and motel visitors within the City of Bellingham. The City sought an event to help establish Bellingham as a destination, give people a reason to visit during the tourism off-season and fill up some of Bellingham’s 650 hotel rooms that either opened recently or will open soon. The event is eligible for an additional $50,000 for both the 2017 and 2018 festivals. “Our intent and commitment is to make this successful so that it is sustainable and lives on,” Granger said. “We have every hope and desire of securing that funding.”



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Unemployment rate up 0.2 percent BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Whatcom County’s unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June, according to the latest report from the state Employment Security Department. The latest report estimates that the private sector lost 400 jobs during the month and the public sector lost 2,500 jobs. The unemployment rate has risen slowly from a low of 5.4 percent in April. State labor economist Anneliesa Vance-Sherman said the rise is seasonal, as the unemployment rate is not seasonally-adjusted. Jobs in tourism, agriculture and other industries increase in summer. But the number of people looking for jobs also increases in summer. The civilian labor force— the number of people 16 and older employed or looking for work—grew between April and June, but shrank by 895 people from June to July. One factor in that change, Vance-Sherman said, is that much of Whatcom County’s crops are harvested in early summer. Some workers don’t look for work when those jobs are finished and are no longer counted in the civilian labor force, VanceSherman said. Industries that saw the biggest jobs losses were state government, with 2,200 lost jobs in July and leisure and hospitality; and trade, transportation and utilities, with 100 lost jobs each. The construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services sectors saw the largest employment gains from June to July, with an increase of 100 jobs each. Year-over-year job growth remains strong. The county gained 2,400 jobs between July 2014 and July 2015. The county unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last July. In the past year, construction saw the largest employment gains, with an estimated 900 new jobs. Leisure and hospitality added 500 jobs. The slight increase in unemployment in the County data tracks statewide numbers. Washington state’s revised unemployment rate in July was 5.4 percent, up from 5.2 percent in June.

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Real estate sales up 22 percent, but data points to overpricing BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal The number and price of homes sold in Whatcom County in July rose compared to the same month in 2014, according to the latest report from the Northwest Multiple Listings Service. But the price of homes listed grew more than twice as fast as the price of homes that actually sold, which suggests that sellers are overpricing their homes. In July, 372 homes sold in Whatcom County—a 21.97 percent year over year increase. The median sale price for those homes was $277,882. That’s a 4.86 percent increase from


the median sale price of $265,000 in July 2014. Sale prices have been increasing in Whatcom County and across western Washington in recent months and sellers may be paying too much attention to housing headlines and overpricing their homes, said Frank Wilson, branch managing broker at John L. Scott’s Poulsbo branch, in a NWMLS press release on the recent report. The median price for active listings in July 2015 in Whatcom County increased by 11.86 percent when compared to July 2014. The median price for active listings in July 2015 was $334,450. That’s $56,000 more than the median price of homes that actually sold.

Housing inventory continued to drop in July, according to the NWMLS. There were 1,289 active listings on the market; That’s 24 percent fewer than in July 2014, when 1,697 homes were on the market. Whatcom County has 3.47 months of housing inventory, according to the NWMLS. In July 2014, the county had 5.56 months of supply. Many realtors consider 4-6 months a balanced inventory. NWMLS figures show about 2.2 months of inventory system-wide in Western Washington, according to a press release on the report. King County has the tightest supply, with less than 1.2 months of inventory.


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Film is Truth becomes a nonprofit to preserve collection As a nonprofit, the video rental store will change its mission to promote cinema as art, education and entertainment BY OLIVER LAZENBY The Bellingham Business Journal Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, one of Bellingham’s two remaining video rental stores, isn’t in financial trouble. But last year its owners realized that without making a change, it would be eventually. Longtime employee Dee Dee Chapman worried less about losing her job and more about the possibility of Bellingham residents losing access to the store’s collection of 17,000 films, “100 years of movie history at your fingertips,” she said. To preserve its collection, the video rental store at 211 W. Holly St., is becoming a nonprofit. Film is Truth incorporated with the state as a nonprofit in January, and the group has applied for and is still waiting on Federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. The change from retail store to nonprofit will ease the organization’s financial worries by making it eligible for grants, allowing it

to hold fundraisers, and grant tax write-offs for donations. As a 501(c)3 status organization, Film is Truth won’t pay federal income tax, but will still pay sales tax on goods and retail services, and employment-related tax, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue. To qualify for tax exempt status with the federal government, potential nonprofits must limit their mission to what the Internal Revenue Service calls “exempt purposes,” which include—relevant to Film is Truth—educational and literary purposes. According to its new mission statement, Film is Truth aims to be a cultural resource that serves the community by promoting the appreciation of cinema as art, entertainment and education by providing access to an extensive collection of media. The new nonprofit will achieve this with classes and workshops, in addition to providing movie buffs and anyone who enters the

Customer Jeff Mitchell, right, rents a movie from Eliot Glassner at Film is Truth 24 Times a Second, a video rental store at 126 W. Holly St., in Bellingham. [OLIVER LAZENBY PHOTO | THE BELLINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL]

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