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 By Ken Stern    Business

Losing newspapers in state continues

When newspapers close, communities lose and democracy declines. It is happening in Washington state. A new study by the League of Women Voters of Washington is blunt: “Local newspapers are in crisis.” Since 2004 over 25... — Updated 12/14/2022

 
 By Brian Soergel    Business

Under the domes

If you strolled by SanKai recently, you've seen what appears to be a trio of see-through igloos outside its Fourth Avenue North location. Nope. They are geodesic domes constructed... — Updated 12/8/2022

 

Border economy is a mixed bag

Mail Boxes International owner Brant Baron stands in his H Street company's storage room lined with boxes. Holiday sales have returned to normal this year, which is about 50... — Updated 12/8/2022

 
 By Jeff Clemens    Business

Weyerhaeuser employees return to work divided

RAYMOND - Weyerhaeuser workers reported back to work on Monday, Oct. 31, less than a week after 54% of union voters from the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace... — Updated 11/3/2022

 
 By Rick Bannan    Business

Local winemakers seek federal recognition

Winemakers across Southwest Washington hope to federally recognize the region for its grape-growing and production. On Aug. 15, the Southwest Washington Winery Association... — Updated 9/1/2022

 

Exploring History: Interstate system affected Stanwood's retail growth patterns

Driving through Stanwood on Highway 532, shoppers find an assortment of familiar chain stores like QFC, Haggen, Grocery Outlet, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree. But just a block or so... — Updated 8/18/2022

 

Swipe right, get a job interview

An "anti-resume" app. When it comes to new tech startups that show up on national radar, the Whatcom and Skagit county region has often been a no-fly zone. Or perhaps it's just an... — Updated 6/30/2022

 
 By Assunta Ng    Business

Thank you for 40 amazing years

When you wake up after a dream, the dream fades away because it wasn't real. I dreamt of starting the first Chinese newspaper in the Pacific Northwest in October 1981. I woke up... — Updated 4/28/2022

 
 By Pat Grubb    Business

Border reopening offers no magic pill for border towns

News that the U.S. would open its land borders to vaccinated travelers on November 8 was met with relief by border towns along the northern border and recognition that much more... — Updated 3/16/2022

 

Employment test for marijuana use questioned

Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test if a proposal under consideration in the state Legislature wins approval. SB 5517 would update the Washington law that currently allows employers... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
 By Brian Soergel    Business

Beacon Publishing observing a milestone: 35 years

The beginning of what would become Beacon Publishing and its community of newspapers began 35 years ago, Thursday, Dec. 2, 1986, with the publication of The Edmonds Paper, founded... — Updated 12/2/2021

 

State reports smallest wheat crop in decades

MOSES LAKE - It was a rotten growing season for wheat farmers in the Columbia Basin, as the state's wheat growers reported the smallest harvest in 57 years. "This is a pretty tough... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

Big Risk, Big Clams

WILLAPA SPITS - On isolated, shifting spits in seemingly perpetual fog, some dig their living from the sand. Razor clammers each collected about 110 pounds per day on average last... — Updated 8/12/2021

 

Local restaurants reel after food distributor severs service

LONG BEACH PENINSULA - Several local restaurants are searching for a new wholesale food supplier after a distributor unexpectedly severed delivery services to the Long Beach... — Updated 7/30/2021

 

Tuna too few: Commercial season off to standard slow start

ILWACO - Commercial albacore tuna season swam into action last week with the first official landings hitting local docks. Safe Coast Seafoods and Ilwaco Landing each recorded their... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Pat Grubb    Business

Effects expected to be minimal for Point Roberts after Canada opens its borders to the U.S.

At long last, Canada will allow U.S. citizens and permanent residents to enter Canada for non-essential purposes beginning August 9. The U.S., which had earlier appeared willing to... — Updated 7/23/2021

 
 By Marcy Stamper    Business

Hiring woes hit Methow Valley marketplace hard

Local restaurants and retail shops are reducing hours and even closing completely on some days. Employers are offering signing and retention bonuses of up to $1,000. Hotel rooms... — Updated 5/21/2021

 

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