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April 2016

04/29/16

Funds approved for new Puyallup Sounder parking garage

Yesterday, the Sound Transit Board of Directors approved a new parking garage, more surface parking, a pedestrian bridge and pedestrian/bike paths at the station.

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04/29/16

Proposed mental health hospital to be based in Lacey

Vest Thurston, LLC, the local arm of New York-based behavioral healthcare company US HealthVest, has announced two possible locations for its proposed South Sound Behavioral Hospital.

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04/29/16

Tacoma log yard faces export shortfall, early lease termination

The future of TPT US Limited’s stay in the Port of Tacoma, where it runs a log yard and export operation, hangs in the balance.

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04/28/16

Tacoma Link to remain free until 2022

The region's only free transit service – Tacoma Link light rail in downtown running from Tacoma Dome Station to Theater District – will remain operating at no charge to the public until its expansion into the Stadium District and Hilltop neighborhood.

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04/28/16

Local contractors fined for digging

Five contractors in Washington state have been sanctioned by the state for digging before underground utilities had been located. Two of the offenders are based in Pierce County.

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04/28/16

Business ed at St. Martin’s accredited

An in-depth educational evaluation has brought new recognition for the Business program at Saint Martin's University in the form of "accreditation."

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04/28/16

Columbia Bank: Earnings down, loans up

The financial year 2016 started out with strong loan demand and somewhat lower earnings for Tacoma-based Columbia Banking System.

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04/28/16

South Sound marketing, web design firms merge

A pair of South Sound marketing and design companies have joined forces, as Schramm Marketing and Soper Web Studios announced a merger this week.

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04/28/16

Providence, Fairfax consider Thurston psychiatric hospital

Providence St. Peter Hospital and Fairfax Behavioral Health are considering the development of an 85-bed psychiatric hospital in Thurston County.

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04/28/16

Auburn company a Boeing Suppliers of Year

Orion Industries has been honored by Boeing as one of its 2015 Suppliers of the Year.

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04/27/16

Commencement Bank sees 20 percent net income growth in Q1

Commencement Bank continues to modestly grow, according to numbers from its first quarter earnings ending March 31.

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04/27/16

Pierce County residents vote no on property taxes, marijuana

Pierce County residents were not in a giving mood during the special election yesterday, as only one ballot measure raising property taxes passed.

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04/27/16

Interfor to demolish Simpson Lumber mill, build warehouses

According to a public notice released by the City of Tacoma Development Services, Interfor is planning to demolish existing buildings at East 11th Street.

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04/27/16

Dan Roach sells business, focuses on County Executive campaign

Roach Gymnastics, co-owned by Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach and his wife Melanie Roach, has been sold.

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04/27/16

Group submits letter of intent to buy KPLU

Late yesterday afternoon, Friends of 88-5 FM submitted a Letter of Intent to Pacific Lutheran University outlining the terms to purchase KPLU.

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04/26/16

State Auditor survives court gauntlet with no charges

Following a laboriously detailed six-week trial, jurors have acquitted State Auditor and Tacoma resident Troy Kelley of one charge and couldn’t agree on 14 others, according to the Seattle Times.

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Bartelson Transport diversifies with new acquisition

04/26/16

Bartelson Transport diversifies with new acquisition

With a new acquisition, Puyallup-based Bartelson Transport is looking to expand into a new arena: flatbed trucking.

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04/26/16

Rifle Club to build new training center in South Hill

The Paul Bunyan Rifle and Sportsman Club is currently in the early stages of constructing a 5,000 square-foot, two-story Training and Education Center in South Hill.

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04/25/16

Port to finish up remediation of Arkema property

Remediation of the former Arkema site will be considered at Thursday’s Port of Tacoma Commission meeting.

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04/25/16

New head of Workforce Development at Goodwill

Dan Fey will be the new Senior Vice President of Workforce Development at Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region.

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130-room hotel proposed for Federal Way Town Center

04/25/16

130-room hotel proposed for Federal Way Town Center

There was just one response to the City of Federal Way’s request for proposal regarding a potential Town Center hotel.

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04/25/16

Intel shutting down DuPont operation

Technology giant Intel will be shutting down its DuPont operations as part of a major restructuring and revisioning process. About 350 employees will be affected.

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04/22/16

UPS, PLU to partner on solar energy project

University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University will be joining two other colleges to research how to make solar energy more efficient.

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04/22/16

‘Earth Day’ invites you to pitch in

Today's rain showers are not expected to dampen the spirits of Earth Day volunteers, either in Friday workplace projects or the more family-oriented Saturday schedule.

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04/22/16

Good year for auto imports, not so much for other products

During the first quarter, the Northwest Seaport Alliance saw a record number of auto imports, totaling 21,085 units, beating the previous record from 2002.

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04/22/16

Report: Mt. Rainier gives $58.3M in economic impact

Mt. Rainier had slightly more impact in 2015 than it did in 2014, according to the latest report released by the National Park Service.

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04/21/16

Pollution restricting shellfish harvest

Polluted waters in Puget Sound have closed a number of commercial shellfish harvesting locations, with even more threatened with future bans.

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04/21/16

Have any ‘Earth Day’ plans?

Environmental groups and other fans of the globe will be celebrating the 16th annual Earth Day tomorrow (April 22) -- called the largest non-religious based event of the year.

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NW ports threatened by Panama expansion

04/21/16

NW ports threatened by Panama expansion

The nearly-completed expansion of Panama Canal poses a real threat to traditional international shipping activity at South Sound ports, according to a key participant in this week's group study tour to Central America.

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04/21/16

Heritage: Earnings off, loans & dividends up

The economic forecast remains strong, in the view of Heritaage Financial CEO Bryan Vance. That optimism accompanied today's first-quarter earnings release that showed a slight decline in earnings, despite growth in loans activity.

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04/20/16

What’s next for industrial?

Day-after observations of the end of a methanol plant proposal expand to 'What is the role of industrial activity in South Sound?'

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Mt. Rainier image on forever stamp

04/20/16

Mt. Rainier image on forever stamp

One of the country's first national parks -- Mt. Rainier -- is captured on a new postal stamp that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the park system.

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04/20/16

Kent construction firm fined

An unlicensed contractor that bilked a Kent customer for work never completed has been ordered by a judge to repay the victim and undergo two years probation.

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04/20/16

Sales, profits up for TrueBlue

Demand for temporary labor and related services by small to medium-sized companies remained stronger over the first three months of 2016, but larger employers are called "sluggish" in the TrueBlue quarterly earnings report.

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04/19/16

Mason PUD 3 not changing crews

Responding to concerns from its customers around Belfair and north Mason County, PUD 3 has decided it will not go forward with a planned change in line crew scheduling and dispatches.

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04/19/16

Port cancels Chowder Challenge

There can't be a chowder event without quality food purveyors, so the Port of Olympia has cancelled its summertime tradition for Chowder Challenge.

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04/19/16

March unemployment rates drop

A slowly improving jobs market in the South Sound and the rest of Washington is reflected in March unemployment data released today.

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04/19/16

Lewis County timber buyer to prison

A South Sound criminal theft of national forest resources ended with a prison sentence for a Winlock man, who admitted buying maple wood without requiring his suppliers to show permits governing its harvest.

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04/19/16

Port will still get $1.4 million+

Backers of the now-dead methanol production facility at Tacoma's port will be making a large payment to the Port this month to end the lease.

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04/19/16

Tacoma methanol plant abandoned

Citing expansive regulatory controls and inadequate time, the Chinese-back company that had proposed a massive methanol plant at Port of Tacoma has ended its lease option on the property.

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04/18/16

Pacific Lutheran earns spot on top Christian colleges list

Pacific Lutheran University has been named one of the country’s top 100 Christian colleges by College Choice.

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04/18/16

Local delegation headed for Panama Canal

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Sumner, is taking a delegation down to the Panama Canal today and tomorrow to get briefed on the expansion and its impacts on local trade.

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04/18/16

New CEO for The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen and Spirits has announced the appointment of John D. Allegretto as president and CEO.

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04/18/16

Muckleshoot aims to host world's largest slots tourney

As part of its 21st anniversary celebration, Muckleshoot Casino is shooting for the record books.

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04/15/16

South Sounders enjoy decent purchasing power, study says

How far does your money go when you live in the South Sound compared to other cities? It’s a question that SmartAsset, a financial tech company, thinks has answered.

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04/15/16

Grand reopening for Tacoma 4 Wheel Parts store

The Tacoma location of off-road accessory retailer 4 Wheel Parts will be celebrating a grand re-opening tomorrow, marking the 74th store for the California-based company in North America.

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04/15/16

CHI Franciscan facilities named 'Blue Distinction Centers'

Five CHI Franciscan Health hospitals are among the first in the United States to receive the “Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care” designation from Premera Blue Cross.

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04/15/16

Washington workplace deaths close to all-time low

Workplace deaths in Washington ebbed to a near-historic low last year, according to a new report from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

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04/14/16

Columbia Bank combines two trusts into one entity

Columbia Banking Systems Inc. is consolidating two of its subsidiaries, West Coast Trust and Columbia Bank Trust, to create one entity: Columbia Trust Company.

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Port CEO lays out challenges at first annual breakfast

04/14/16

Port CEO lays out challenges at first annual breakfast

The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s first annual breakfast provided a chance for port leaders to pat themselves on the back and talk about the challenges that still lay ahead.

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South Sound showcased at facilities expo

04/14/16

South Sound showcased at facilities expo

More than 350 South Sound facilities and physical plant managers visited ax Expo aimed right to their responsibilities yesterday and today.

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04/14/16

HMT reform back in Congressional spotlight

There are some signs of life for legislation to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax — a thorny issue for the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.

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04/13/16

Despite steady job growth, state's jobless rate unchanged

Despite the addition of 9,000 new jobs between February and March, Washington’s unemployment rate remained flat at 5.8 percent.

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Ram Brewing plans second Tacoma location

04/13/16

Ram Brewing plans second Tacoma location

Ram Brewing has plans in store for a second Tacoma location in the city’s anointed “Brewery District” in the South downtown area.

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Two Tacoma apartment buildings sold for $9.3M

04/13/16

Two Tacoma apartment buildings sold for $9.3M

The Vintage and Pennington, located just a half-mile from each other in the Hilltop neighborhood, were sold to a Seattle company.

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04/13/16

Study: Methanol plant would reap big economic benefit

A new economic impact study released today about the proposed methanol manufacturing facility touts two things: Jobs and money.

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04/12/16

United Way to launch two 'Centers for Strong Families'

United Way is on track to open up two Centers for Strong Families this summer — one will be operated through Sound Outreach in Hilltop and the other will be in the Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center.

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04/12/16

Change in leadership at troubled Western State Hospital

Taking over CEO Ron Adler’s position will be Cheryl Strange, who is leaving her job as senior director of the Health Benefits Trust, SEIU 775 Benefits Group.

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04/12/16

New pinball bar coming to 6th Ave

A new pinball lounge called the Triple Knock will be opening at 2713 6th Ave in Tacoma in the near future.

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04/11/16

Honor Coffee comes to Federal Way

Federal Way has a new coffee shop in town — and no, it’s not another Starbucks, but it is taking over one of its former locations.

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04/11/16

Bates, Pierce Sheriff's Dept. team for jail education program

Bates Technical College has partnered with Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to launch a pilot program to bring high school-level courses to inmates in the county’s jail.

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04/11/16

Home sales in Tacoma up month over month

A report released over the weekend by real estate website Redfin shows that home sales in Tacoma have increased 31 percent month over month.

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04/11/16

Port commission to decide methanol lease in Lakewood

A vote taking place on one of Tacoma’s most controversial hot button issues won’t actually be taking place in Tacoma. Instead, it’ll take place in Lakewood.

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04/08/16

Discipline for two Pierce County health providers

The Washington State Department of Health today announced discipline for a pair of Pierce County health providers.

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Get your Wiffle bats: Rainiers open new family pavilion

04/08/16

Get your Wiffle bats: Rainiers open new family pavilion

Last night, on opening day, the Tacoma Rainiers unveiled the new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Family Pavilion at Cheney Stadium.

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04/08/16

Weyerhaeuser adds to senior leadership team

Weyerhaeuser Company has announced the appointment of Jim Kilberg as senior vice president of real estate, energy and natural resources.

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04/07/16

L&I offering informative workshop for new employers

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is offering informative workshops in Tacoma to help new business owners understand employer rights and responsibilities.

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04/07/16

TAPCO's rebrand hopes to usher in new era

TAPCO Credit Union, based in Tacoma, is rebranding with a new logo and refreshed branches.

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04/07/16

Commissioners pave way for bigger ships at Port of Tacoma

The newly formed Northwest Seaport Alliance had it’s first real test today when commissioners were asked to authorize capital improvements totaling more than $141 million.

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04/06/16

Would your employees recommend your workplace?

Would your employees recommend your company to a job seeker? A new survey says you should think twice before answering so surely.

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04/06/16

Husky Terminal improvements, lease top NWSA agenda

Husky Terminal at Port of Tacoma tops the agenda at tomorrow’s meeting of the Northwest Seaport Alliance’s managing members.

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04/06/16

Evergreen State College to formally install new president

Evergreen State College in Olympia will officially install its sixth new president, George Bridges, on April 22.

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04/06/16

Average monthly rent tops $1,000 in Pierce-Kitsap-Thurston region

Average rents have climbed to above $1,000 a month in the Pierce-Thurston-Kitsap County region, according to residential market research website Apartment Insights.

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04/05/16

No relief in spring for home buyers

According to the latest statistics put out by Northwest Multiple Listing Service, the housing inventory is worse off than it was a year ago.

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04/05/16

DuPont looking to boost golf tourism

From now on, call DuPont the “Home of Golf in the Pacific Northwest.”

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04/05/16

Kitsap Bank hits major milestones in annual report

Olympia Bancorp and its wholly-owned subsidiary Kitsap Bank hit a big milestone in its last fiscal year: One billion.

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Seven Summits Lodge celebrates grand opening

04/05/16

Seven Summits Lodge celebrates grand opening

The Seven Summits Lodge, part of the Trilogy at Tehaleh development in Bonney Lake, will have its grand opening this Saturday.

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04/04/16

Open house for Sumner Sounder station improvements

Sound Transit will be hosting an open house on Wednesday to talk about proposed improvements to the Sumner Sounder station.

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04/04/16

Union, Columbia Distributing agree on five-year deal

Union members and Columbia Distributing in Kent have come to terms, signing a five-year collective bargaining agreement that effectively avoids a strike and guarantees “labor peace” for the foreseeable future.

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04/04/16

Developer to donate historic Tumwater brew house

The iconic 111-year-old, six-story Tumwater brewery building — which used to house Olympia Beer — could soon become city property.

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Alaska Air nabs Virgin America for $2.6B

04/04/16

Alaska Air nabs Virgin America for $2.6B

This morning, Alaska Airlines officially announced its $2.6 billion deal — or $57 per share — to acquire San Francisco-based Virgin America, bolstering its West Coast presence.

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