Archive of: Thurston County

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State disciplines local health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the South Sound.

In Grays Harbor County, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Brandon M. Paschke with unprofessional conduct. He was convicted of distributing sexual material that relates/describes sexual conduct with a child via the Internet or computer.

April 2009

Job cuts slow down for second month

The number of planned job cuts announced by United States employers declined for the second consecutive month in March, falling 19.3 percent to 150,411 from 186,350 in February, according to the job-cut report released today by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

April 2009

Unemployment rates bump up

Unemployment rates were higher in February than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor has reported. Of  those areas, 14 recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 20 areas registered rates below 5 percent.  

Washington, as a whole, posted an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent. The greater Tacoma area's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent and Olympia posted a jobless rate of 7.6 percent.

April 2009

Recovery funds total $23 million for training programs

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee have announced that $23 million in federal stimulus grants are being distributed throughout Washington to pay for summer employment and training programs for at-risk youths and young adults.

April 2009

EDC lunch honors Thurston companies

The Thurston Economic Development Council honored the role private businesses and non-profit organizations play in creating the area's diverse economy at its annual meeting held at the Great Wolf Lodge today.

March 2009

Venture CEO in talks with investors

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. made public Friday a directive requiring Venture Bank to raise more capital or sell itself by April 14.

"The regulators like the use of deadlines - they love them," said Jim Arneson, Venture Bank's president and chief executive officer. "This is one of many that have been discussed. We're continuing to work, and we're encouraged by the interest that's been shown by investors."

March 2009

Venture Bank under extreme scrutiny

A "corrective action directive" issued by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in February and made public on Friday imposes severe controls on Venture Bank of Lacey. The order gives it until April 15 to raise additional capital by selling new shares of stock or accept the sale of Venture to another bank.

Senior management officials of Venture Financial, the holding group that controls Venture Bank, did not provide a response to the development Friday, nor say whether it had exercised its right to appeal the "Supervisory Prompt Corrective Action Directive" in February.

March 2009

Around the Sound

"Breakfast with Congressman Adam Smith," co-sponsored by the City Club of Tacoma and the Chamber, is set for Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Landmark Convention Center.

Bayview School of Cooking Director Nancy Hebb will illustrate the versatility and magic of the yellow citrus jewel in her daily cooking regimens in the class "When Life Give You Lemons" on April 14 at 6 p.m. at Bayview, on the second-floor mezzanine of Bayview Thriftway in downtown Olympia. Visit

Looking for ways to bump up your business' bottom line? The City of Tacoma's Community and Economic Development Department wants to help you learn how to do just that. At "Reboot your Business: Finding Opportunities in the Present Economy," a free Economic Gardening workshop, speaker Tina Janni will provide insights on how business owners can navigate through economically turbulent times and position their businesses for future success. Tacoma business owners can choose between two free sessions: April 16 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. or April 17 between 8 and 10 a.m. The workshops will take place at Bates Technical College in the Clyde Hupp Board Room, located at 1101 S. Yakima Ave. Participants should enter through the courtyard on South 12th Street. For more information, e-mail

March 2009

State takes action against health care workers

The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of these health care providers in the South Sound.

March 2009

Recovery Act doubles small business bond guarantee

Small businesses that need surety bonds to compete for construction and service contracts may qualify for U.S. Small Business Administration-backed bonds of up to $5 million. The higher amount, a result of the recently approved federal Recovery Act, is more than double the previous $2 million maximum surety bond guaranteed by SBA.

Through SBA's Bond Guarantee program, SBA guarantees bid, payment and performance bonds. Surety bonds protect the project owner against financial loss, if contractors default or fail to perform.

March 2009
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