Navigating water and property rights in the state of Washington

originally published April 11, 2017— “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Washington State can feel like this sometimes. Though it seems abundant, water isn’t necessarily always available for use ― even for those who…

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Business flexibility is a major key to success

originally published April 10, 2017— In an era of turbulent markets, rapidly advancing technology and fickle consumer habits, the most successful businesses tend to be the most agile. Take Trayvax Enterprises, for example. Owner Mark King’s original vision was to create a better way to reuse plastic bags. But as he developed the product, he…

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Recent decisions severely impact property owners

originally published March 27, 2017— By: Jim McKinney, Executive Director, Common Threads Northwest The WHATCOM COUNTY COUNCIL moratoriums on Cherry Point industrial growth and drilling previously exempt home-use wells have a dramatic impact on our economy and tax base.  They cost businesses and individual property owners hundreds of millions of dollars.  Because of the Council…

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Step Up for Business Advocacy: Update

[Originally published March 2017] Take Action to Support Cherry Point The saga continues! The Cherry Point Amendment to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan is being introduced to the full Council on Tuesday, March 21st with the anticipated vote scheduled for Tuesday, April 4th. The language moving forward continues to concern the Cherry Point businesses: the…

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Fortiphi-HR Awards Women In Business Scholarship

originally published March 2017— Mount Vernon, WA.  Fortiphi-HR, a Human Resources and Benefits Management Company with offices in Mount Vernon and Blaine, Washington, announces the name of the recipient of their first Women in Business Scholarship. Heidi DeBauge, who has recently been accepted into the nursing program at Everett Community College, was thrilled to accept…

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What Cherry Point taxes mean to local schools

originally published March 2017— A significant portion of income for Whatcom County public school districts comes from: Maintenance and operations (M&O) levies, which help fund the ongoing costs of running the school, and Bonds, which typically are used to fund larger school renovations, new construction, and other capital projects. In the Ferndale School District, for…

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Water rights decision bogs down water rights on wells

originally published March 2017— Perry Eskridge | Executive Officer and Government Affairs Director Whatcom County Association of REALTORS® “Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin’.” – Mark Twain The Washington Supreme Court upended established water law several months ago with the October 6, 2016 decision in Hirst vs. Whatcom County.  Prior to the decision, water appropriation…

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10 positive behaviors for Lean Leadership

Randall Benson | Lean Operations So how do we lead a Lean transformation?” I was recently asked this question by the owners of a small manufacturing company, so I came up with 10 behaviors that could help them get started as leaders in Lean. How many of these behaviors do you embody? Lead a journey.…

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Business Person Lifetime Achievement Award – Ed Brandsma

Passion and hard work take Edaleen Dairy from small family farm to thriving independent dairy brand and beyond Article by Tamara Anderson-Loucks originally published March 2017 in Business Pulse magazine— Ed and Aileen Brandsma, owners of Lynden’s Edaleen Dairy Farm and stores, have steered their farm in many new directions during the 52 years they’ve…

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