Possible Semiahmoo sale still in works

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 1, 2013 

BLAINE - Employees at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club have been told their jobs are safe through May 30, as negotiations continue on a possible sale of the golf courses and the closed-down Semiahmoo Hotel.

Under the requirements of federal labor law, the 30 golf course employees got a 60-day notice in early March, telling them that a possible new owner had emerged for the troubled hotel and golf courses. Their jobs with the resort company could end under a new owner, although the new owner would have the option to hire them.

The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe owns a majority share of the hotel and golf courses. Harry Chesnin, spokesman for the tribe, said that notice is being extended through May 30 as talks continue with a possible buyer.

"It's not over," Chesnin said. "We're still moving toward a certainty and closing."

Close to 300 people lost their jobs in December 2012 when the 200-room hotel shut down. Two earlier potential deals to purchase the troubled resort have fallen through in the last couple of years.

Reach JOHN STARK at john.stark@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2274.

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