Archive of: Thurston County

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People on the move

Washington Business Bank President and CEO, Jon M. Jones, has announced the results of the 2009 meeting of the shareholders. Re-elected to the board were: Bill Carlson, Ernest Grubb, Eugene Johnson, Jon M. Jones, Don Paradise, Dick Rokes, Laura Skillings, Kirk Veis and Mike Zittel, who was elected chairman. Skillings is vice-chair and Veis is secretary.

The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter announced the appointment of Michael Patton as its new chief executive officer. He will oversee operations in the five counties within the local Red Cross chapter's jurisdiction which include the communities of Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. Prior to accepting his new position, Patton served as the development director for the American Red Cross King and Kitsap Counties Chapter in Washington State. A 13 year veteran, he began his Red Cross career as a fundraiser with the American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter in San Jose, Cali. "Michael Patton was chosen from over 100 applicants following a nationwide search for the position," said Michael Devers, chairman of the board of directors for the chapter. "He brings a wealth of fundraising and non-profit management experience to our local Red Cross. We are excited about his passion for the organization and his leadership skills."

April 2009

KeyBank reaches lending goal ahead of schedule

KeyBank has announced that it has provided more than $2 billion in capital to qualified women-owned businesses through its Key4Women program, surpassing its 2007 pledge to lend these funds to women-owned businesses by 2012.  The bank has also announced it will lend another $3 billion by the year 2012.

April 2009

Around the Sound

Join Washington Women's Employment & Education April 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Joeseppis Italian Restaurant for a "Takeover."WWEE will receive 25 percent of all food sales (excluding taxes and alcohol) purchased during the event. This includes dine in or takeout food. No Reservations needed for this Monday, April 20 fundraiser . Visit www.joeseppis.com.

The Tacoma City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution at noon April 21 that would award a $16.9 million contract to Quigg Bros, Inc., for rehabilitation of the Hylebos Bridge in the Tacoma Tideflats. Also at that meeting will be the first reading of an ordinance that would remove the requirement for off-street parking in new developments within the area of downtown Tacoma designated as the International Financial Services Area. City Council members are also scheduled to hold a public hearing at  5:30 p.m. that day to consider the submittal of an application to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for a $3.5 million Community Development Block Grant Section 108 loan to assist with the development of Phase I of the Harold E. LeMay Museum.
The meetings will be held at the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 16. Audio from the session will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma and on www.tvtacoma.com. On-demand audio archives are available on the Web within 24 hours of the meeting at www.tvtacoma.com.

April 2009

Venture Bank reports progress

Venture Bank executives Wednesday evening told a Tacoma meeting of customers, shareholders and others that they are making progress in the quest to add capital, as was ordered by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in February and revealed at the end of March.

"At least two groups are committed to investing in Venture and that will solve our capital needs," said Ken F. Parsons Sr., chairman of Venture Financial Group, the bank's holding company.

Both potential new shareholders are currently in their due diligence study period.

April 2009
More windmills through Oly port

More windmills through Oly port

Port of Olympia maritime operations are busy today with the unloading of 54 sets of windmill blades from the vessel Industrial Eagle, which tied up to the pier Monday evening.

The shipment from Santos, Brazil, is destined for another wind-power energy generating operation at Vantage in central Washington.

April 2009

Unclaimed property tops $600 million

The state Department of Revenue is puzzled by the number of people who fail to seek out more than $600 million in unclaimed property that has piled up since the 1950s. Only last fall, businesses turned over $83 million in unclaimed property owed to 300,000 individuals.

The department recently mailed claim forms to the last-known addresses of the latest batch of names it received from employers, utilities, banks, escrow agents and other businesses. While some recipients respond by mailing back claim forms or by going to the department's Web site, to search for unclaimed property, many don't.

April 2009

People on the move

Anthony Hemstad has been named the new executive director for the World Trade Center Tacoma. Members of the center's Executive Committee and Board of Directors selected Hemstad after a competitive process conducted since the start of the year. Hemstad had been consulting and lobbying on his own for a variety of clients. Previous to that he served as city manager in Maple Valley for almost six years. He lived overseas from 1990 to 2002 when he was one of the founding faculty members of the first private college in post-Communist Czechoslovakia. He later founded his own public affairs consultancy that became one of the largest in Central Europe, with a staff more than 40 people and offices in four countries at its high point. Before living in Europe, Hemstad worked in Washington, D.C. for three U.S. Senators - including Dan Evans and Slade Gorton. He worked on both international trade and foreign relations issues for Sen. Evans.

Linda Geary, secretary in environmental services and safety, was selected as Mason General Hospital's March "Employee of the Month" by her peers. Her nominator called her "an amazing lady who has been behind the scenes of a very successful department." An interesting fact about Geary is that she was born at Mason General Hospital, and now comes to work every day to help it remain a top healthcare provider in the area. "I just love working here," she said. "I enjoy the work and the employees.  Everyone works hard to help each other out."

April 2009
O Bee Credit Union opened in Lacey

O Bee Credit Union opened in Lacey

O Bee Credit Union opened yesterday its new Lacey  branch. This 5,000-square-foot building has a three-lane drive-up, safe deposit boxes and many other products and services that come with a financial institution.

April 2009

Pending sales increase with help of tax credit

Pending sales around Western Washington for the month of March  reached the highest level in six months, according to the latest figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Compared to February, last month's pending sales surged 25 percent, rising from 4,559 transactions to 5,701. There were 1,043 Pierce County pending sales and 320 in Thurston County. Last month's volume was down 5.6 percent when compared to 12 months ago, but it was the highest monthly total since September when brokers reported 5,982 pending sales.

April 2009

State disciplines local health care providers

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

In Pierce County the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of Lareina Larson. Larson failed to comply with a previous order. The Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of Ronald Roberts. Roberts failed to respond to department inquiries about a complaint made against him regarding allegations of sexual misconduct. The Nursing Assistant Program also indefinitely suspended the credential of Falesefulu Taupau. While working at an adult care facility, Taupau failed to follow proper procedures when a patient went missing.

April 2009
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