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PSE Foundation awards $398,000 to local charities

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation distributed $398,000 to local charitable organizations throughout Washington during the first six months of 2011.

In July, as part of the foundation's first of two annual funding rounds, $137,500 was awarded to 54 organizations within PSE's 11 county service territory. These grants range from $1,000 to $30,000. Earlier in the year, the foundation contributed more than $260,000 to local United Way chapters throughout western Washington.

August 2011

AmericanWest Bank completes two acquisitions

AmericanWest Bank has completed its previously announced acquisitions of Bank of the Northwest and Sunrise Bank.

The acquisitions were consummated in separate merger transactions but closed simultaneously late yesterday afternoon, bringing Spokane-based AmericanWest Bank's total assets to $2 billion.

July 2011

People on the Move

Mason General Hospital Foundation has chosen Barbara Dunbar, Deb Nielsen and Gretchen Schodde to receive its 2011 American Business Women's Award. Dunbar has been the administrative, public affairs and human resources assistant at Green Diamond Resource Co. since 2002. Nielsen has served as the executive director of Mason County Homeless Shelter since 2005. Schodde is the founder and executive director of Harmony Hill Retreat Center.

Michael M. Nelson M.D. has joined Cascade Eye & Skin Centers' dermatology team. He specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. Nelson previously worked at Skagit Regional Clinics in Mount Vernon. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His research fellowship and dermatology residency were completed at Washington University in St. Louis. Nelson is board certified in dermatology and also is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the Washington State Medical Association.

July 2011

U.W. tree canopy study shows Tacoma closer to 30 percent goal

The City of Tacoma's goal of 30 percent tree coverage isn't as far away as originally thought, according to a University of Washington study released this month that shows Tacoma has a 19 percent tree canopy.

A previous study by the U.S. Forest Service using 2001 data had Tacoma's tree coverage at 12.9 percent. The U.W. study used 2009 data. The study was funded by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

July 2011

Columbia Banking System's income rises substantially during Q2

Columbia Banking System Inc.'s  net income applicable to common shareholders increased to $8.6 million, or 119 percent, for the second quarter of 2011, compared to $3.9 million for the same quarter of 2010. On a diluted per common share basis, net income for the quarter rose to 22 cents, compared with net income of 11 cents for the second quarter of 2010.

Net income applicable to common shareholders for the six months ended June 30 increased to $14.4 million, compared to $10.8 million for the first six months of 2010. On a diluted per common share basis, net income for the first six months of 2011 was 36 cents, compared to 34 cents a year earlier.

July 2011

TCC offering bachelor's degree program

A new program at Tacoma Community College will give students a bachelor's degree of business administration option on the Tacoma campus.

The Brandman University degree program is an extension of the partners Early Advantage Program signed by both institutions in fall 2009. The BBA offering will begin Aug. 29 with an operations management course. The bachelor-level classes that are offered require a minimum of 15 students in order to be held on the TCC campus. Students must meet Brandman's standard admission requirements.

July 2011

TrueBlue posts revenue, income increases

TrueBlue Inc. reported revenue for the second quarter of 2011 of $320 million, an increase of 12 percent, compared to revenue of $285 million for the second quarter of 2010. Net income for the quarter was $8.5 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.9 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010.

From the beginning of the second quarter through July 27, the company purchased 1.16 million shares of its outstanding common stock for about $16 million, resulting in about $5 million remaining under its existing share purchase program. On July 25, TrueBlue's board of directors approved a new program to purchase an additional $75 million of its outstanding common stock.

July 2011

Blog watch: Trade, politics, housing, initiatives and insurance

Get the latest news on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement at The Live Wire.

OlyBlog has an interview with Dick Pust, candidate for Olympia mayor.

July 2011

Laid-off Birds Eye workers will get free retraining

The U.S. Department of Labor has ruled that all 236 employees who lost jobs when the Birds Eye canning operation in Tacoma closed last month are eligible for the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.
Through Washington's WorkSource centers, TAA helps retrain and re-employ workers whose positions were eliminated because of international trade.  The federally funded program also assists with job searches and relocation.

July 2011

TRCVB filming destination video for Pierce County

The Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau, in conjunction with Hand Crank Films and JayRay, is producing a video to show visitors why they should make Pierce County a travel destination.

The TRCVB team will film in several locations and local businesses today and tomorrow, including Museum of Glass, Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Pacific Avenue, Terry's Berries, Hotel Murano and Bite Restaurant, Proctor District, University of Puget Sound, Chambers Bay Golf Course, Chambers Creek Properties, Lakewold Gardens, and Fife's rare train engine and Dacca Barn.

July 2011
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