Archive of: Thurston County

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State agency denies killing trade show

Monday's BE Daily reported that Thurston County Chamber has canceled its planned annual Business Showcase trade show this autumn. The decision cited a state tax policy change that may prohibit non-profit venues from being used to promote private enterprise activities.

A spokesman for Washington Department of Revenue quickly offered a different point of view:

July 2009

All Weyerhaeuser lands closed

Due to the extreme high fire danger brought on by mid-summer, 100 degree weather, Weyerhaeuser Company is closing all tree farms to public access in the Pacific Northwest.

In Washington, tree farms in the Vail, Aberdeen, Raymond and St. Helens operating areas will be indefinitely closed to public recreational access.

July 2009

Construction jobs still disappearing

Construction employment declined in all but 19 communities nationwide in June, according to a new analysis of metropolitan-area employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.

"Construction workers remain, unfortunately, on the leading edge of job losses during this recession," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the contractors association. "While other sectors of the economy have been hit hard, construction employment has been devastated."

The number of construction jobs in the greater Tacoma marketplace is down 14.9 percent from the same point last year. Olympia builders have reduced their numbers of workers by 7.1 percent.

July 2009

Bank blames regulators for lower profit

Due to the many failures of financial institutions across the country, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has increased the deposit assessment on all banks and added a "special" one-time assessment. For West Olympia's South Sound Bank, this meant a $130,000 charge beyond what was budgeted so far in 2009.

Combined with additional loan losses and reserves, these unexpected FDIC expenses trimmed the bank's first six months' net income to $747,000, which is about 20 percent below budget. Excluding these two areas, however, the bank's expenses would have been 6 percent under budget, with income 4 percent above projection.

July 2009

Intercity Transit named 'Best in U.S.'

American Public Transportation Association has named Intercity Transit of Thurston County the best transit system in the nation for its size. IT topped 107 other lines in the medium-size category of transit systems providing between 4 and 30 million rides annually.

July 2009

More stimulus dollars awarded locally

Apply-A-Line Inc. of Pacific has won the Washington State Department of Transportation contract to install nearly 250 miles of centerline rumble strips on nine state routes in northwest Washington. Funding for the work comes from the federal government's economic stimulus package.

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $12 million in funding for installing centerline rumble strips on 662 miles of state highways in Washington and for retrofitting nearly 30 miles of cable median barrier. Together, these projects will help support approximately 120 jobs during construction.

July 2009

Thurston Chamber cancels trade show

Members of Thurston County Chamber will receive notification this week that the Business Showcase trade show held annually at Saint Martin's University for the past several years will not occur this autumn.

"A new provision by the state Department of Revenue has limited the use of Saint Martin's Worthington Pavilion," said Chamber CEO David Shaffert. "This limitation has resulted in the loss of the facility to be used for the Business Showcase."

July 2009

Tumwater Chamber welcomes new director

The Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce has completed its search for a new operations director and has hired Pam Berschauer, announced Board President, David Bills.

July 2009

PSE adds more units to wind farm

Puget Sound Energy customers will be using even more wind-generated electrical power in the cold season ahead as the company is in the midst of adding 22 turbines to the 127 turbines that entered service near Ellensburg in December 2006.

"The new turbines at Wild Horse (Wind and Solar Facility) build on the success of the project, and on the support we've had from the community in Ellensburg and the Kittitas Valley," said Brian Lenz, a PSE community relations manager.

July 2009

Your corporate records are online

The Office of Secretary of State today announced the completion of the year-long project to make millions of Washington's historic corporations documents available online for free.

The agency's Corporations Division has scanned more than 2 million documents into its Digital Archives, where the public can access the items on the Internet. The documents - such as original articles of incorporation, amendments, mergers and annual renewals - go back to the beginning of Washington's statehood and extend all the way up to 2003.

July 2009
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