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Around the Sound

The City of Gig Harbor will host a public open house from 4 to 7 p.m. June 15 at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., for review and comment on the upcoming Marine Outfall Project. The open house will be staffed by City of Gig Harbor Engineers, Advanced American Construction and Cosmopolitan Engineering and will provide the public an opportunity to view plans and ask questions. Click here for project updates and notices.

If diabetes is a part of your life, plan to attend Mason General Hospital's next three-day session entitled, "Living Well With Diabetes." The class will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.  June 15, 16 and 17 at the hospital in the Ellinor Room. Content includes diabetes diagnosis, proper meal planning, diabetes medications, exercise, prevention and treatment of complications, stress management, living with diabetes, and the use of support people and a healthcare team. Because of space limitations, advanced registration is required. Call Sue Barwick (360) 426-1611, ext. 3301.

June 2010

Capital Medical Center helped provide free physicals

Capital Medical Center teamed up with local physicians, TOPS (Team of Providers for Students) to provide 407 free comprehensive sports physicals to students of Capital and Olympia High Schools.

In its third year, the sports physical clinic that was held June 5 this year has tripled in the number of physicals provided with over 100 the first year to over 300 last year. 

June 2010

Around the Sound

BW Custom Log & Timer Home Construction is hosting a Log Home Dream on the Greens Tour at 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12 and 13 at Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club in Union. Mini-seminars are scheduled for both days at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Click here for more information, or to register.

The Transportation Club of Tacoma is hosting a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. June 14 at CI Shenanigan's on Ruston Way. The guest speaker is Neal D. Fried, economist, State of Alaska. The cost is $20 with an RSVP by today and $25 without an RSVP. For more information, e-mail

June 2010

Blog watch: Medicaid funding, tax credits, volunteering and electric vehicle charging

Check out the WashAce Blog for updates about Washington stepping up efforts to get additional Medicaid funding and an analysis of Initiative 1098 by the Research Council.

The Live Wire has an overview of small business health care tax credit done by Brown and Brown.

June 2010

People on the Move

Pierce County Sheriff Lt. Rustin Wilder has been named police chief of the City of University Place. He is scheduled to take office July 2 and will replace Jim Andrews, the city's police chief since 2005. Since receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in business administration, both from the University of Washington, Wilder has continued his law enforcement education with courses in integrated emergency management, leadership and executive strategic management. His awards for police service include the Medal of Merit, the Meritorious Service Award and the Medal of Team Valor.

Shelly Haynie has joined Express Employment Professionals in Olympia as a staffing consultant specializing in office and professional placements. She was previously vice president of operations for the North American unit of Kompan Group.

June 2010

UW Tacoma expanding to Satsop

The University of Washington Tacoma KeyBank Professional Development Center will begin offering project management and contract management certificate programs at the Regional Education and Training Center's Satsop campus starting in August.

The new collaboration between the RETC and the UW Tacoma's KeyBank Center will bring professional certifications to Grays Harbor, Centralia, Shelton, Olympia, Tumwater and surrounding areas.

June 2010

Thurston consumers, businesses confident in economy

Thurston County's economy has turned the corner and is in a growth stage, according to the findings of the Economic Development Council's first quarter Economic Vitality Index.

The Thurston County Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 102, which is its highest value since its inception in the first quarter of 2008. The Present Situation Index, which reflects households' current perceptions about the economy, improved from 26 during the fourth quarter of 2009 to 55 in the first quarter of 2010.

June 2010

Housing activity drops after tax credit surge

Home sales during May tapered off around Washington state following a surge of activity in April as buyers hustled to meet deadlines for tax credits.

Northwest Multiple Listing Service brokers reported 5,242 pending sales (mutually accepted offers) last month, a decline of more than 44 percent from April's total of 9,438 pending sales.  Compared to twelve months ago when members tallied 7,160 pending sales of single family homes and condominiums, the volume dipped about 27 percent, but year-to-date figures show 2010 sales are well ahead of 2009.

Pierce County had 793 residential pending sales in May compared to 1,124 a year ago. The medium price for these pending sales was $224,990, compared to $229,900. Thurston County also saw a significant drop in residential pending sales with 274 in May 2010 compared to 401 a year ago. The medium price for these pending homes was $224,970 compared to $239,900 in May 2009.

June 2010

Availability of local clinical quality results expanded

Puget Sound-area clinical quality results that have been available locally as part of the Puget Sound Health Alliance Community Checkup Report, are now available through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Provider Finder tool.

Integrating the publicly available Community Checkup results into the BCBSA National Provider Finder tool expands the exposure of the work the collaborative is doing to a broader audience.

May 2010

Ecology honors wastewater treatment plant perfection

The state Department of Ecology has recognized wastewater treatment plants throughout Washington that achieved perfect compliance during 2009 with its annual Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Awards.

Last year, 87 of the state's wastewater treatment plants had perfect track records. The award-winning plants passed all environmental tests, analyzed all samples, turned in all state-required reports and avoided permit violations last year. Before the awards program began during 1995, only 14 treatment plants had perfect compliance.

May 2010
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