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Chefs' Night Out highlights local culinary talent

The Puyallup/Sumner Chamber hosted its first Chefs' Night Out event Saturday. The sold out event that featured 13 local chefs cooking for different tables made the chamber about $28,000.

November 2008

People on the move

Venture Bank recently hired Tasha Wilkinson as a customer service representative at the bank's Eatonville Financial Center. Venture Bank also hired Jennifer Stanley as a customer service representative at the bank's Fircrest Financial Center.

Washington State University entomologist and eco-toxicologist John Stark has been named the new director of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Stark succeeds Jon Newkirk who has been director of the center for the past four years. Newkirk recently resigned as director at the historic Puyallup facility but will continue his affiliation with WSU as director of the WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education in Spokane. WSU Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Dan Bernardo praised Newkirk for helping to set a new course for the 21st century at the facility that was established in 1894.

November 2008

PSE completes Jackson Prairie expansion

Puget Sound Energy has finished a $44 million, 18-month expansion effort at the Pacific Northwest's largest natural gas storage reservoir, enabling the Lewis County facility to now meet one-fourth of the region's peak wintertime demand for natural gas.

The project's completion allows the Jackson Prairie Underground Natural Gas Storage Facility to accommodate the peak daily natural gas demand of 1.2 million homes across the Northwest. That represents a 35 percent increase in the facility's natural gas-withdrawal capacity - from 850 million cubic feet of natural gas per day to 1.15 billion cubic feet per day.

November 2008

Economic Forecast predicts clouds ahead

The state's Economic and Revenue Forecast Council predicts the state and national economy will get worse before it gets better, according to the council's most recent forecast.

The preliminary forecast for November is based on a modified version of Global Insight's October 2008 Control forecast for the U.S. economy at a time when third quarter real Gross Domestic Product declined by 0.3 percent. Real final sales were even weaker, declining at a 0.8 percent rate, while real consumer spending plummeted at a 3.1 percent rate. This was the first such decline since 1992 and the largest since 1980.

November 2008

October credit index reports trouble in loans

The Credit Manager's Index for October revealed an increasing sense of doom among the participants, mirroring conditions in the rest of the economy, said Daniel North, chief economist for credit insurer Euler Hermes ACI, who analyzes the data and prepares the CMI report for the National Association of Credit Management.

The index fell 2.6 percent to a record low of 44.8 percent. Eight of the 10 components fell, nine are now below the 50 level, indicating economic contraction, and eight set record lows.

November 2008

Survey looks at small biz hiring

Small businesses are the Rocky Balboa of the economic world. Beat them to a pulp and they keep on fighting. Despite all the economic problems in October, U.S. small businesses still managed to grow in size by 0.28 percent. The SurePayroll Hiring Index ended the month at 11,219, which is 31 points higher than where the index stood in September. Year to date, small business hiring is up 3 percent nationwide.

November 2008

Expedia reports quarterly results

Expedia, Inc., which operates a large call center in downtown Tacoma. today announced financial results for its third quarter.

Revenue increased 10 percent for the third quarter, primarily driven by increased worldwide merchant hotel revenue and advertising and media revenue. North America revenue increased 7 percent, Europe revenue increased 16 percent and other revenue increased 24 percent.

October 2008

Daylight Savings should come with caution

Washington State Department of Transportation officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians to pay extra attention to pedestrian safety not only because of children out gathering Halloween candy tonight, but because Sunday, Nov. 2 marks the end of Daylight Savings Time and begins the most difficult time of year for drivers to see walkers and bikers during commute times. 

October 2008

Worker costs on the rise despite weak job market

Total compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.7 percent since June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today, the same as the increase for the last two quarters. Both components of compensation -- wages and benefits -- registered increases that were the same as the previous quarter. Wages rose 0.7 percent and benefits rose 0.6 percent. 

October 2008

Hotel robbery suspect charged

Prosecutors have charged a man in connection with a string of hotel robberies in the South Sound.

The robber hit hotels in SeaTac, Federal Way, Tacoma and Fife. The robber would reportedly enter the hotel lobby, get behind the counter before stealing the available cash from the clerks and registers and escaping in a nearby car.

October 2008
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