Archive of: Thurston County

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Swine flu medications arrive, few cases reported

Following just-in-case procedures, truckloads of medication and other medical supplies needed to treat swine flu have started to arrive in the state as a precautionary measure in case they're needed to help treat people if the number of cases grows.

May 2009

Deployment protest leads to downtown arrests

An effort to protest the deployment of military personnel and equipment from Fort Lewis led to arrests of almost a dozen people this weekend.

Anti-war protesters attended to block a convoy of Stryker vehicles as they flowed from the Fort Lewis gate to Tacoma to be loaded onto cargo ships bound for the combat zones.

May 2009

Commerical real estate market in limbo

Market report on Puget Sound commercial spaces complied by  GVA Kidder Mathews and CB Richard Ellis suggest a market in wait.

May 2009

People on the move

Charlotte Braden, a registered nurse at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, has been named the 2009 Pierce County Nurse of the Year by the Pierce County Nurses Association. She is a charge nurse in the hospital's 10-bed Intensive Care Unit, where she cares for critically ill and injured patients. This is the ninth time in the past 11 years that the Pierce County Nurse of the Year has been a member of the St. Clare staff. The award-winner is chosen by the association, which is affiliated with the Washington State Nurses Association. Nurses are nominated by their co-workers and peers. The award ceremony will be held May 8 at the Landmark Convention Center in Tacoma. The ceremony also will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pierce County Nurses Association.

April 2009

Heritage posts loss, maintains strong liquidity

Heritage Financial Corp. CEO Brian L. Vance reported a net loss during the first three months of the year, compared to net income of $2.6 million for the same quarter last year.

"As we continue to manage through a very volatile economic climate, we are seeing many of our business customers experience difficulties, and we are reminded once again that the banking industry's performance typically mirrors our customer's performance in good times and difficult times," Vance said. "Not unlike many other businesses, we also have posted a small loss for the quarter. Our loss this quarter was primarily the result of necessary loan loss provisioning reflecting the current risk in our loan portfolio. Our coverage ratio, which is loan loss reserves as a percentage of non-performing loans, continues to be one of the strongest on the West Coast."

April 2009
Trade leaders forecast slow recovery

Trade leaders forecast slow recovery

Audience members expecting to hear good news on the state and future of the economy didn't get much of it at the Port of Tacoma's panel discussion "Meeting the Challenges of Global Economic Change" this morning at Hotel Murano.

"We are suffering like everybody else," Port of Tacoma Director Tim Farrell said. 

April 2009

COFFEE BREAK: lawmaker score card

The Business Examiner would like to know how you think the legislature did as it dealt with its historic budget shortfall and a growing economic slowdown.

April 2009

Blog Watch: a shout out to unions

The AWB blog gave unions some credit as it marked yesterday as Worker Memorial Day with families and friends from 81 Washingtonians killed on the job in 2008. They gathered for the annual ceremony at the state Department of Labor and Industries office in Tumwater. The pro-business group pointed out that it was labor unions that established the first Workers Memorial Day in 1989 as a way to boost awareness of job safety.

April 2009

Feed mill cited for water violations

A Chehalis mill that produces animal feed is being fined $14,000 by the state Department of Ecology for ongoing industrial stormwater violations that threaten the health of Dillenbaugh Creek.

April 2009

Teens face uphill battle in summer job search

The recession, which has already caused payrolls to shrink by more than 5 million jobs, will make it extremely difficult for teenagers to find employment this summer, according to an outlook released Tuesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

April 2009
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