Archive of: Tacoma

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Blog Watch: Haiti, awards, outdoors and legislation

Relief efforts for Haiti continue. Exit 133 has a listing of restaurants where you can dine and drink while still contributing to the cause.

Know a business that deserves recognition for helping to revitalize downtown Tacoma? Visit the BIA blog and submit a nomination for the 2010 New Tacoma Awards.

January 2010

12 Tacoma businesses pass overservice checks

No overservice violations were found during a Jan, 22 citywide joint undercover investigation conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Tacoma Police Department.

Two teams of officers checked 12 Tacoma liquor licensed businesses to determine if any were selling alcohol to apparently intoxicated customers, or allowing apparently intoxicated customers to continue to consume alcohol.

January 2010

Once Upon A Child achieves 'Gold Standard'

Once Upon A Child in Tacoma, located at 3815H S Steele St., has been recognized for achieving "Gold Standard" status for customer experience, store operations and consistent brand identity in 2009.

The store, which is owned by Jamie Williams and buys and sells gently used children's items, is one of more than 230 franchise locations in North America.

January 2010

Blasting scheduled on former Kaiser Tideflats site

People in northeast Tacoma, Fife and on the Tideflats might hear a boom this afternoon as Port of Tacoma contractors use light explosives on the former Kaiser Aluminum site on the east side of the Blair Waterway.

This is the first of a series of detonations -- about one or two a day -- planned this week and possibly into next to decommission deep wells that once provided water to the former aluminum plant.

January 2010

Around the Sound

The Thurston County Chamber is hosting a member orientation seminar at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Click here for more information.

The Lacey Chamber of Commerce is hosting 5:01 Surge! Business After Hours on from 5:01 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Cabinets by Trivonna, 4444 Lacey Blvd SE, Suite G. RSVP to or call (360) 491-4141.

January 2010

Franciscan among top 100 health systems

The Franciscan Health System has been ranked as one of the best-performing, most-efficient health systems in the nation for the seventh consecutive year.

Modern Healthcare magazine reports in its Jan. 25 edition that the Tacoma-based Franciscan organization is No. 12 on the annual list of the 100 most integrated health systems in the United States as determined by the independent information, research and analytics company SDI.

January 2010

Shipbuilder's stormwater problems warrant penalty

A shipbuilding company with problems keeping pollutants out of its stormwater discharges in Tacoma is being fined $50,000 by the Washington Department of Ecology.

Between August 2008 and August 2009, the department found that J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding discharged higher levels of copper, zinc, and oils and greases than the company's stormwater permit allows. In some cases, the monthly monitoring reports show the water's pH balance (acid/alkaline) outside the acceptable range for legal discharge or no samples taken at all.

January 2010

SiteCrafting to honor technology innovation

SiteCrafting has created the SHIFT Awards to recognize and honor technology application and innovation in the South Sound.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for March 10 at Theater on the Square in Tacoma. The event will be open to the public, although attendees must pre-register.

January 2010

Industrial market ends year with wimper

Industrial vacancies increased during the fourth quarter of 2009, rising 90 basis points to 10.2 percent across the Puget Sound. The primary driver was the nearly 1.5 million square feet of negative net absorption.

That's the word from Grubb and Ellis' industrial trend report, which also says that while significant speculative development likely won't return until 2011, investment sales volume should increase as prices finished their downward adjustment.

January 2010

Port's executive search process takes shape

Port of Tacoma commissioners are expected to review a draft scope for a search firm to help find a new port leader during a special work session at 2 p.m. next Tuesday.

The previous two session discussions this month helped shape a schedule for requesting proposals from search firms, how far afield the port should recruit firms and the criteria the commissioners will use to evaluate submitted proposals.

January 2010
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