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February 2012

02/29/12

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.Lewis CountyIn February, the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Ona Ahrens of intent to issue a cease-and-desist order for practicing as a health care professional without credentials. Allegations include diagnosing and treating conditions, collecting patient medical histories, providing nutritional counseling and using the initials "C.N.," which indicates certified nutritionist, in her business advertising. She's also known as Ona Harding and Ona Harding-Ahrens.

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02/29/12

Blog watch: Vote, taxes, Fab-5, owls and coverage

The Live Wire presents "An opportunity to vote."OlyBlog has information about free tax preparation.

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02/29/12

State employees encouraged to use less, save more energy

Washington State University Energy Program and Washington Department of Enterprise Services will kick off the March to Savings campaign tomorrow. This no-cost call to action encourages all state employees to work together to save energy.Reducing energy use in state government buildings is among Gov. Chris Gregoire's initiatives to save taxpayer dollars and conserve natural resources.

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02/29/12

State economy trudging along as expected

In the three months since the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council's November forecast, events have unfolded as expected in the baseline scenario, although downside risks remain high. While consumer spending has shown some signs of life, with fourth quarter 2011 consumption more than 4 percent above the same period in 2010, the housing market remains weak.

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02/29/12

Pierce County issues flooding, channel proposal

Pierce County has released its proposed plan to manage flooding and channel migration hazards on major rivers, large tributaries and associated floodplains over the next 20 years.The draft Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan is a comprehensive approach to reducing damages from major river flooding and channel migration, protecting public safety and improving fish habitat. The plan's associated draft Environmental Impact Statement evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the plan, as well as two alternative approaches.

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02/29/12

Hiring ticks up; wages tick down

Hiring by U.S. small businesses was up slightly during February but paycheck size was slightly down, according to the latest Small Business Scorecard from SurePayroll.The Scorecard shows month-over-month hiring rose 0.04 percent while wages fell 0.2 percent. According to the year-over-year data, both hiring and wages are down slightly nationally and regionally.

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02/29/12

State jobless rate falls to 8.3 percent

Washington's employment picture brightened in January, as the unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted, estimated rate of 8.3 percent and the state enjoyed an estimated gain of 13,200 jobs, according to the Employment Security Department.Employment Security also announced that December's estimate of 11,700 job losses has been reversed to a gain of 100 jobs and the previously announced unemployment rate of 8.5 percent has been revised to 8.6 percent.

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02/29/12

ASTA forms 'Joining Forces' to create jobs for veterans, military spouses

The American Society of Travel Agents has launched Joining Forces Travel Industry Coalition as part of a national initiative to honor, recognize and support military families.The coalition will aggregate veteran and military-spouse hiring commitments from travel industry firms. Some of the jobs created for military spouses and veterans will be portable because they frequently move.

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02/29/12

Finalists chosen for Thurston EDC awards

Thurston Economic Development Council has selected finalists for its annual Business Recognition Awards.Finalists in the category of New Business include Access the USA, High Definition Homes and ThurstonTalk.

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02/28/12

16-to-24-year-olds continue to face tough labor market

Young job seekers continue to face an uphill battle in today's labor market, according to the latest report from Economic Policy Institute. The unemployment rate for workers under the age of 25 has improved to 16 percent since its peak of 19.6 percent in the spring of 2010, but, excluding the Great Recession and its aftermath, remains higher than it has been since the fall of 1983.Evidence from past recessions of the effect on young workers who entered the labor market during a downturn shows that the impact is severe and long-lasting, the report says. In particular, entering the labor market in a severe downturn can lead to reduced earnings for up to 10 to 15 years.

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02/28/12

People on the Move

Kurt Schley has joined St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor as president. He has nearly 25 years of leadership experience at large and small hospitals and in outpatient-care settings. Schley previously was administrator for Memorial Healthcare System in Chattanooga, Tenn. He has a a bachelor's degree from John Brown University in Arkansas and a master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Missouri. Marc T. Christianson has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a partner at McKinley Irvin. Christianson has practiced family law in Tacoma for more than 36 years.

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02/28/12

Phase one of Gig Harbor pier restoration project complete

Quigg Brothers Construction has completed the first phase for the Skansie Brothers Netshed Pier Restoration Project in downtown Gig Harbor.The project included the removal of deteriorated pile and framing timbers and the reconstruction of the supporting structure including piles, pile caps and joist of the 100-year-old Skansie Netshed. The project, which was funded by the city and a grant from the National Trust and American Express, was completed on time and on budget. The second and final phase is still pending financing.

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02/28/12

National park visitors boost state economy

A new National Park Service report shows that national park visitors in Washington in 2010 spent more than $264 million and supported 3,902 jobs in the state.Most of the spending and jobs are related to lodging, food and beverage service (52 percent), followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent), and groceries (2 percent).

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02/28/12

Thurston commissioners seeking input on Development Code

Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing March 6 regarding proposed changes to the Development Code.          The proposed change to Title 20 would create an Agritourism Overlay District primarily in south Thurston County in order to create economic alternatives to farmland conversion, encourage rural tourism and promote local agriculture.

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02/28/12

Social media redefining Americans' relationship with food

How Americans learn to cook, select recipes, plan their meals, purchase their food and share their culinary secrets with others has dramatically changed, according to a study released by The Hartman Group and Publicis Consultants USA."Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture" shows almost half of consumers learn about food via social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, and 40 percent learn about food via websites, apps or blogs.

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02/28/12

FDIC-insured institutions earned $26.3B Q4

Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reported an aggregate profit of $26.3 billion during the fourth quarter of 2011, a $4.9 billion improvement from the $21.4 billion in net income the industry reported in the fourth quarter of 2010. This is the 10th consecutive quarter that earnings have registered a year-over-year increase.As has been the case in each of the past nine quarters, lower provisions for loan losses were responsible for most of the year-over-year improvement in earnings.

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02/27/12

State needs volunteers to score recreation, conservation grant applications

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for nearly 70 volunteers to help determine how millions of dollars in state grants should be spent in Washington's great outdoors.The volunteers will score grant applications submitted in two statewide programs: the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which provides grants to build and renovate parks and trails, and to protect and restore valuable wildlife habitat and farmland; and the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, which provides grants to restore Washington shorelines and create access for people to the waterfront.

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02/27/12

Bethel School District recognized among Energy Star Leaders

Ten school districts in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including Bethel School District in Spanaway, are among 210 organizations recognized as Energy Star Leaders for building energy efficiency, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All Energy Star Leaders have improved building efficiency of all their buildings by at least 10 percent, or consistently had their buildings rank in the top 25 percent for efficient energy use.

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02/27/12

I-5 exit to 38th Street closes this week and next

Work installing temporary highway lighting for the State Route 16 Eastbound Nalley Valley project will close the 38th Street off-ramp this week and next in Tacoma. The off-ramp from southbound Interstate 5 to 38th Street closes this week from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5:30 a.m. Friday and again during the same overnight hours next week Monday through Friday.

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02/27/12

Saint Martin's launching RN-to-BSN program

Starting this fall, Saint Martin's University will offer a bachelor of science in nursing degree for registered nurses seeking to further their professional development.A new addition to the University's College of Arts and Sciences, the RN-to-BSN program will enhance the ability of nurses to work in today's demanding health care environment and contribute to their communities in the spirit of service and stewardship.

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02/27/12

'Levy swap' looks to 'fix' school funding

What if a set portion of property taxes determined the amount of money local school districts received to fund education?That's the idea behind legislation proposed by Rep. Ross Hunter, R-Bellevue, who thinks that ditching levies -- temporary, voter-approved hikes to local property taxes -- in favor of an across the board percentage is a fairer way to fund education.

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02/27/12

Around the Sound

City of Lakewood is hosting a free military and federal contracting session from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at 6000 Main St. SW. The half-day session is intended to assist local business owners in navigating their way through the federal contracting process and to prepare them for attending the upcoming Alliance NW Conference 2012, which is scheduled for March 15. Click here or contact Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 for more information.Excellence Project, Thurston Economic Development Council and Leadership Thurston County are sponsoring Extraordinary Leadership Conference on Feb. 28 at Great Wolf Lodge, 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Rochester. Click here for more information.

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02/27/12

Pierce County M.E.'s office earns national certification

The Pierce County Medical Examiner's office has received national accreditation, ranking it among the best death investigation facilities in the United States."This certification is a measure of quality assurance," said Dr. Thomas B. Clark III, Pierce County's chief medical examiner. "The information we discover is used to track disease trends, ensure public safety and close criminal cases. The national accreditation signifies that we are performing at high national standards."

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02/24/12

Powell case exposes cracks in state CPS

Two young boys dead at the hands of their father, who then blew up the house to take his own life and avoid certain jail time. His own father in jail for child pornography. And a family ripped apart by the specter of his wife's disappearance -- another alleged murder on his hands.The high-profile case of Josh Powell and his missing wife, Susan, has certainly taken its turns and twists throughout the South Sound -- but none more tragic than the Feb. 5 explosion in Graham.

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02/24/12

Around the Sound

Washington State Housing Finance Commission is hosting a first-time home buyer class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at Link Real Estate Group, 4705 Lacey Blvd. SE, Suite C, Lacey. Reservations are required.  Click here or call (360) 870-8349 for more information.Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a breakfast with Rep. Troy Kelley from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at Great American Casino, 11017 S. Tacoma Way. RSVP by Feb. 24 to (253) 582-9400.

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02/24/12

Innovative Grant program now accepting applications

If you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood, you should consider applying for a 2012 Innovative Grant. The grants are intended to assist and support neighborhood organizations within Tacoma's eight Neighborhood Council districts to develop and implement small-scale physical improvement projects.Projects need to be for beautification or physical improvement projects in the right-of-way (sidewalk, street or common areas) that benefit the community and are not for improvements to private property that increase value or for personal gain.

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02/24/12

Karlinsey leaving Gig Harbor for Kenmore

City Administrator Rob Karlinsey is leaving Gig Harbor to become city manager of Kenmore. He was chosen after a nationwide search to succeed Frederick Stouder, who will retire in April after serving the King County city since 2008.Karlinsey has served as the city administrator in Gig Harbor since January 2007.

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02/24/12

Single-family home sales up in January compared to 2011

Sales of new single-family houses rose 3.5 percent last month compared to a year earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 321,000, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, sales were 0.9 percent below the revised December rate of 324,000.

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02/24/12

Utility tax on wireless services draws little public support

An overwhelming majority of Washingtonians oppose counties being able to add a 6 percent local utility tax on wireless services, according to the results of a statewide survey released by MyWireless.org.Legislation (SB 2728/HB 2127) has been introduced in Olympia that would allow counties to levy a 6 percent local utility tax each month on some wireless consumers. Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents oppose the proposed tax hike, and two-thirds (66 percent) "strongly" oppose it. The opposition to the proposal is widespread across all voter groups regardless of political affiliation and demographics.

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02/24/12

Sound Transit is one step closer to extending light rail to Federal Way Transit Center

The Sound Transit Board of Directors has unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from S. 200th Street to the heart of Federal Way.The plan gives the agency a green light to immediately move forward with a conceptual engineering study, environmental review process and record of decision on a route not only to South 272nd Street, which voters approved in the Sound Transit 2 ballot measure in 2008, but all the way to the Federal Way Transit Center. Determining a specific route and more accurate cost estimates will support efforts to identify financing for constructing the line south of the Kent/Des Moines area.

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02/23/12

Events Center new economic driver for Tumwater

Last May, Educational Service District 113 moved its headquarters from a tanning salon into a factory and Capital Medical Group moved into the tanning salon. Such has been the musical chairs of business in Tumwater, where surreptitious yet certain growth has steadily been filling and expanding the city's errant empty spaces.However, ESD 113 did something innovative by moving into what it cleverly promotes as the Tumwater Events Center. Not only does it use the facility for educational purposes it also has invited area businesses and the public to use the space after hours to help recoup some of its costs.

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02/23/12

Nine in 10 CFOs say work experience important for college grads

College students take note: Prior work experience may be a requisite for getting your foot in the door with employers, a new Accountemps survey suggests. Nine in 10 (91 percent) chief financial officers interviewed said it is important for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to gain practical experience while in college."It's the age-old catch-22 - it's hard to land a job without experience or gain experience without a job," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "One advantage for students is the availability of internships and temporary work in their fields, which can provide a taste of the working world, help them build their resumes and expand their networks."

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02/23/12

People on the Move

Michael Brogan has joined SiteCrafting as a systems tech. He most recently was the primary tech support person for the College of Education at James Madison University in Virginia.Peter Reid has been elected chair of Washington State Parks Foundation. He has degrees from Stanford University, New York University Law School and The School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. In 1924, Reid's grandfather, Peter Schafer, and his brothers donated to the state the land that became Schafer State Park.

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02/23/12

Modest state tourism growth tied to rise in cost of fuel, hotel prices

Preliminary tourism industry statistics released today by the Washington Tourism Alliance indicate a modest rise in 2011 visitor volume, expenditures, tax contributions and tourism industry employment and earnings, in line with national travel and tourism economic recovery. However, the WTA cautioned that the Washington's tourism and travel industry is still not performing at the level prior to the recession and is dramatically out-spent by competing state tourism marketing budgets.

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02/23/12

UPS honors drivers for safety

Twenty drivers from Washington are among 1,235 newly inducted worldwide into UPS' Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.Inductees from the South Sound include Dan Barton, Chehalis; Gary Finlayson, Fife; Daniel Fitzgerald, Fife; Carl Fortman, Elma; Greg High, Fife; and Rex Racca, Pacific.

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02/23/12

Auburn looking to attract new business with billboard advertisement

The City of Auburn Economic Development Division took a bold step this week into digital billboard advertising. The eight-second spot appears on an electronic billboard that greets southbound motorists on Interstate 5 across from the Tacoma Dome.The "Auburn loves large retail," graphic flashes in a rotation with other advertisements in one of the area's most highly visible billboard locations. The billboard will provide 1,215 advertising spots per day, 24 hours per day 7 days a week, and will be viewed by 398,000 travelers weekly, according to Clear Channel Outdoor.

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02/22/12

Matching grants available for neighborhood improvement projects

The City of Kent has launched its Neighborhood Matching Grant Program for 2012. "The Neighborhood Matching Grant Fund is a component of Kent's Neighborhood Program, where residents are encouraged to work together to make improvements to their neighborhoods, develop a sense of community, and build relationships with each other," said Toni Azzola, Kent's Neighborhood Program Coordinator.  "The Matching Grant Fund gives residents a little extra incentive to do that."

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02/22/12

U.S. containerized exports reach record high in 2011

U.S containerized exports in 2011 grew 6 percent over 2010 volumes, advancing to a new record annual total of 11.9 million 20-foot-equivalent units. A year-over-year decline of 0.2 percent in fourth quarter exports matched earlier forecasts by Mario O. Moreno, economist for The Journal of Commerce/PIERS.The decline to 3,002,088 TEUs was primarily because of losses in fabrics, including raw cotton, down 29 percent; pet and animal feeds, down 12 percent; synthetic resins, and foam waste and scrap, both down 12 percent; and motor vehicles, down 7 percent.

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02/22/12

AGs question Google's new privacy policy

In a letter to Google Chief Executive Larry Page, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and 35 other state attorneys general outlined concerns about big changes to Google's privacy policy. State attorneys general say the changes, going into effect on March 1, threaten the confidentiality of Google customers. The AGs also say it has the potential to heighten the risk of identity theft and fraud, given that Google plans to store more detailed customer information."Consumers should have the choice of opting in, rather than being forced to opt out, before they give out so much personal information," McKenna said. "Next month, those using Google's search engine, Google Maps, YouTube and about half of all smartphones will be among those most affected. Their whereabouts, calling, buying and Web browsing habits will be tracked for commercial uses - and there's no easy way to say no, other than ditching your phone and most of Google's other products."

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02/22/12

Blog watch: letters, recap, Ivan and enforcement actions

Read Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President and CEO Tom Pierson's letter to Mayor Marilyn Strickland and City Council about the B&O tax increase on The Live Wire.Get a recap of the food summit follow-up meetings at OlyBlog.

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02/22/12

Coaches see opportunities ahead

Increased awareness of the benefits of coaching, and credible data on the return on investment/return on expectations from coaching, are the two biggest opportunities for professional coaching during the next 12 months, according to the 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study conducted by the International Coach Federation.The study shows more than one-third of coaches (36 percent) believe that increasing awareness of the benefits of coaching on individuals and corporations provides the profession with an opportunity for continued growth in the coming months.

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02/22/12

BizTech Talk, PLU partnering for monthly executive forum

BizTech Talk and Pacific Lutheran University's School of Business have teamed up to facilitate monthly executive forums with a focus on helping presidents and CEOs to share information concerning technology and trends to grow their businesses.BizTech Talk Executive Forums are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at the Garfield Bookstore Community Room (208) Garfield Street, Suite 101, Tacoma. The next event is scheduled for March 20.

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02/22/12

'Kickstarter' your business

When Jessica Alexander couldn't find quality yoga clothes that fit properly, she came up with a solution: her own line of exercise wear. And when Kyle Hart needed a way to stabilize his video camera while shooting, he also developed a solution: his own line of camera equipment.But both South Sound entrepreneurs hit an all too common wall for entrepreneurs launching new businesses -- financing.

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02/22/12

Container volumes, intermodal traffic rise in Tacoma

A 12 percent increase in full containerized imports drove Port of Tacoma container volumes up 4 percent during January. Growth in commodities such as industrial equipment, toys and electronics contributed to the increased imports over the port's January 2011 volumes.While international container volumes rose 8 percent last month, domestic containerized volumes (Alaska and Hawaii) dropped 5 percent. Intermodal volumes rose 19 percent during the first month of the year.

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02/22/12

TrueBlue receives accreditation for employee health policies

TrueBlue Inc. has received Gold Standard accreditation from The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization that has collaborated with the National Cancer Institute to encourage company policies focused on a commitment to the health of employees and their families.To earn gold accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable; and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials.

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02/21/12

People on the Move

Robert B. Haase has joined the board of Harlequin Productions. He has more than 25 years of marketing and advertising experience and previously served as president of the board at Washington Center for Performing Arts. Haase is a national speaker and seminar presenter.Kathy Thompson has joined RE/Max Four Seasons in Olympia. She has worked in the real estate industry since 2007 and specializes in residential, foreclosures, lake/beach property, military, new construction and relocation.

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02/21/12

Consumer confidence holding steady

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, held steady on Tuesday at 90.3.  Consumer confidence increased following the government's upbeat report on job creation, peaking at 93.1 over a week ago, the highest level measured in over a year. The index has returned to levels measured before the jobs report since then.

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02/21/12

Puyallup striving to be 'destination'

Arla Cuddie used to wonder whether the chicken or the egg would come first in downtown Puyallup. But whichever it was, she believes it happened when the local restaurant community decided more competition was needed."We have this network of restaurants and they are all unique," Cuddie said. "We are starting to see the trend of people wanting to be here day and night -- and it started with our food services. Now you are seeing more unique spaces."

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02/21/12

Volunteer needed for Citizen Review Panel

The City of Tacoma is recruiting a volunteer for the Citizen Review Panel, which advises City Council on matters related to Tacoma Police Department policy. The appointments is to fill a position with a term ending in December.
Members are responsible for conducting policy review, reviewing trends in complaint investigation and statistical reports, engaging in community outreach and attending monthly public meetings.

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02/21/12

Majority of workers say office politics necessary to advance career

Whether you're running for office or just working in one, it pays to be a good politician, a new Robert Half survey suggests. More than half (56 percent) of workers interviewed said involvement in office politics is at least somewhat necessary to get ahead."There is some degree of politics at play in virtually every organization," said Max Messmer, Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. "The savviest professionals practice workplace diplomacy. They remain attuned to political undercurrents but don't allow themselves to get pulled into situations that could compromise their working relationships or reputation."

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02/21/12

Opus Bank expanding into Gig Harbor

Opus Bank has entered into a lease agreement to open a new banking office in Gig Harbor. The branch will be located at 4823 Point Fosdick Drive NW and is scheduled to open during the fourth quarter of 2012.Irvin, Calif-based Opus is a commercial bank with $2.4 billion of total assets, $1.6 billion of total loans and $1.8 billion in total deposits as of Dec. 31, 2011. It currently operates 39 banking offices, including 22 in Washington and 17 in Southern California.

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02/20/12

Casinos passing up sizeable portion of market

When Alison Tengel's family threw her 18th birthday party at Clearwater Resort & Casino in Suquamish, it was a fiscal boon for one of the few large gambling hotspots in Washington that serves the under-21 market.Given that the state's legal gambling age is 18 -- and every related revenue-rousing proposal from online betting activities to slot operations outside tribal lands has been shot down by voters -- why aren't more casinos opening up to this lucrative market?

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02/20/12

Around the Sound

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a military affairs meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Call (253) 582-9400 for more information.Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at River's Edge, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members (which does not include the price of lunch). Ron Neilsen of the Small Business Development Center will discuss managing cash flow. Call (360) 357-5153 or click here for more information.

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02/20/12

Ex-Im Bank offering revolving credit line to small business exporters

More small business exporters throughout the United States will have access to revolving credit, thanks to a new product unveiled by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Through Global Credit Express, small business exporters may be eligible for a revolving line of credit, up to $500,000 for six to 12 months. During the program's pilot phase, an initial $100 million in financing will be made available through a select number of lenders nationwide.

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02/20/12

Entities awarded for Johns Prairie water main efforts

The Economic Development Council of Mason County has presented awards to Mason County PUD No. 3, the Port of Shelton and City of Shelton for their cooperative efforts to extend water to the Johns Prairie industrial area near Shelton.Matt Matayoshi, EDC executive director, presented leadership awards to Wyla Wood, PUD 3 manager; John Dobson, port executive director; and Dave O'Leary, city administrator. The awards recognized the three agencies for their teamwork in developing the agreements and funding mechanisms that made the water main extension possible.

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02/17/12

Around the Sound

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a military affairs meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 21 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Call (253) 582-9400 for more information.Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at River's Edge, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members (which does not include the price of lunch). Ron Neilsen of the Small Business Development Center will discuss managing cash flow. Call (360) 357-5153 or click here for more information.

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02/17/12

SR 16 Olympic Drive overpass work begins next week

A three-month project to repair the State Route 16 Olympic Drive overpass in Gig Harbor starts next week. The overpass was struck and damaged by an over-height load in January 2011, but engineers from the Washington State Department of Transportation determined that while it did not pose an immediate hazard to drivers, a damaged girder needed to be replaced. Motorists can expect single-lane closures on southbound Olympic Drive from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday while WSDOT and their contractor begin work to replace the girder. Drivers also can expect right-lane closures in both directions of SR 16 from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

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02/17/12

Pierce County nursing home owner appears in court

A prehearing conference occurred Wednesday for Jodi D. Becker of Eatonville, according to the Washington State Attorney General's Office. She is charged with criminal mistreatment in the first degree for causing bodily harm to a Washington Department of Social and Health Services client, which led to his death. Becker, whose license was revoked by DSHS, was the owner and administrator of Eatonville Manor, a boarding home in Pierce County.  She also is charged with 12 counts of theft in the first degree, two counts of theft in the second degree and one count of medicaid false statement.

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02/17/12

State takes action against moving companies operating illegally

State regulators took action today against 10 residential moving companies that have been operating without permits.The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission fined four residential moving companies $5,000 each for operating without permits, including Integrity Moving and Transport of University Place, which is owned by Jordan Wood.

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02/17/12

Real average hourly earnings hold steady

Real average hourly earnings for all employees was unchanged from December to January, seasonally adjusted, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 0.2 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers offset a 0.2 percent increase in the average hourly earnings.Real average weekly earnings was unchanged over the month, as a result of both the real average hourly earnings and the average workweek remaining unchanged. Since reaching a peak in October 2010, real average weekly earnings have fallen 0.9 percent.

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02/17/12

Consumer Price Index up slightly in January

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased  0.2 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.9 percent before seasonal adjustment. The indexes for food, energy and all items less food and energy all rose in January, each increasing 0.2 percent. Within the food group, the index for food away from home increased while the index for food at home was unchanged. Within the energy group the gasoline index increased while the index for household energy declined.

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02/16/12

Port of Olympia selling surplus property

The Port of Olympia is holding a surplus property sale. Items include heavy equipment, vehicles, computer equipment, and office furnishings and office equipment.Photos of most of the items are available online, along with the bid form, terms and conditions, and a list of the items.

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02/16/12

Talks continue over new toll rates for Tacoma Narrows Bridge

The Citizen Advisory Committee for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge will meet Feb. 22 to continue reviewing new toll rate options.The public meeting, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., is the third in a series of four in which the CAC reviews current toll rates, considers new toll rate options, and reviews costs and revenues for the bridge.

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02/16/12

Spaceworks finds success in Hilltop Business District

Two Spaceworks Tacoma project sites in the Hilltop Business District have converted to house full-time independent business tenants.After just six months with the program, Fab-5 and N. Dybevik Piano Co. have transitioned into leases with the property owner of the Spaceworks building at 1310-1316 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

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02/16/12

People on the Move

Michelle Lantow and S. Mae Fujita Numata have joined the Board of Directors of Columbia Banking System. Lantow has experience in strategic management and leadership, including her most recent position as chief financial officer of McCormick & Schmick's, a 93-restaurant company based in Portland, Ore. Numata's financial background includes her current position as chief operating and chief financial officer of Schnitzer Investment Corp. of Portland, Ore., an investment firm with interests in commercial, industrial and multi-family properties, ocean shipping and other industries.Karl Hentschel has been selected as Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics' February Employee of the Month. He is a network administrator in information technology and has worked at MGH&FC for three years.

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02/16/12

Housing starts increase in January

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 676,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 0.7 percent above the revised December rate of 671,000 and is 19 percent higher than the January 2011 estimate of 568,000.Single-family authorizations in January were at a rate of 445,000, 0.9 percent above the revised December figure of 441,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 208,000 in January.

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02/16/12

Energy complaints rise to top of consumer complaint list

Regulated electric and natural gas companies moved to the top of the consumer complaint list in 2011, while telecommunications companies dropped to a close second.   The state Utilities and Transportation Commission's Consumer Protection Help Line opened 715 customer complaints against regulated electric and natural gas companies for customers with billing disputes, disconnect threats, quality of service and customer service issues. In 2010, customer filed 697 complaints against energy companies.

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02/16/12

State revenue rises, but risks remain high

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council's latest economic forecast is very similar to its November forecast, with the same muddle-through conditions expected for the rest of the biennium, along with a high degree of downside risk.Factors outside the state are the biggest threat to the U.S. and Washington economies, according to the council, which says it is likely that Europe will enter another recession or is already in one. If the sovereign debt crisis leads to a financial crisis, the U.S. economy is likely to enter a new recession as well. The weakness in Europe has contributed to a slowdown in Asia, a concern for Washington exporters.

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Thurston County honors EDC's Cade and Olympia Rotary as distinguished leaders

02/16/12

Thurston County honors EDC's Cade and Olympia Rotary as distinguished leaders

Leadership Thurston County - part of the Thurston County Chamber foundation - last night recognized Economic Development Council executive director Michael Cade and the Rotary Club of Olympia as their distinguished leaders for 2012.The awards banquet, which drew roughly 300 from the local business community to Saint Martin's University's Worthington Center, is an annual highlight of Leadership Thurston County's 10-month training program, which has produced 450 graduates in its 20 years.

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02/16/12

Construction materials prices increase 0.4% in January

Increased turmoil in the Middle East may be having an effect on U.S. construction materials prices. According to the U.S. Labor Department's Feb. 16 Producer Price Index, materials prices increased 0.4 percent in January and are 5.4 percent higher than a year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices were up 0.4 percent for the month and are 4.8 percent higher compared to the same time last year.Iron and steel prices also increased 1.8 percent in January, and are 7 percent higher than January 2011. Steel mill prices increased 1.3 percent for the month and have increased 9.4 percent during the past 12 months. Prices for plumbing fixtures and fittings increased 0.5 percent compared to December and rose 3.1 percent since last January. Prices for concrete products inched up 0.2 percent for the month and are 1.5 percent higher than one year ago.

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02/16/12

Producer Price Index ticks up

The Producer Price Index for finished goods advanced 0.1 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.Prices for finished goods declined 0.1 percent during December and moved up 0.2 percent in November. At the earlier stages of processing, the index for intermediate goods fell 0.4 percent in January and crude goods prices increased 1.5 percent. 

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02/16/12

Hospital foundation seeks nominations for business women's award

Mason General Hospital Foundation is preparing a tribute to the community's most outstanding business women, and is seeking nominations for its 15th annual American Business Women's Award.  Every year, MGH Foundation honors outstanding business women who are or were successful in their occupations, work or have worked in Mason County, and are active and volunteer in their community.

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02/15/12

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.Pierce CountyIn January, the Counselor Program granted the application of agency affiliated counselor Tiffany Nicole Smorch and placed her registration on probation for two years. She was convicted of retail fraud.

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02/15/12

L&I's medical provider network accepting applications

The Department of Labor & Industries is now accepting applications for the statewide workers' compensation medical network that will launch in 2013. Network providers will care for injured workers covered by L&I as well as by self-insured employers.Beginning January 2013, certain medical care providers that practice in Washington must be in the network to treat injured workers beyond the initial office or emergency room visit. These include physicians, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, podiatric doctors, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists and optometrists.

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02/15/12

Soloy Aviation Solutions wins DEA aircraft modification contract

Soloy Aviation Solutions has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to upgrade and modify six aircraft to aerial observation platforms.Included in the observation platform equipment is the integration of a camera mount with the on-board surveillance camera. The aircraft's camera mount will be mated to a L3 Wescam MX-10 camera.

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02/15/12

Blog watch: Open, artists, parking and choices

The Live Wire asks: "Will Tacoma open its doors to business?"Find out more about Evergreen State's Artists' Lecture Series at OlyBlog.

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02/15/12

Performance Audit Committee needs volunteer

The Pierce County Council is seeking applicants to fill one at-large position on the Performance Audit Committee.  The committee meets eight to 10 times a year to decide what should be audited, plan specific audits, acquire audit contractors through a request-for-proposals process, hear audit reports, and make recommendations for action to the County Council and county executive.

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02/15/12

Goings assumes new role at SBA

Calvin Goings will be assuming new responsibilities as the assistant associate administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. With these new responsibilities, he will be helping to direct SBA's national field operations as a member of the agency's leadership team.While serving as the assistant associate administrator at SBA's headquarters in Washington, D.C., Boise District Director Norm Proctor will serve as acting regional administrator for Region 10, which covers Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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02/15/12

Thurston County Medic One to expand services

Thurston County residents will benefit from Medic One changes approved by the Board of Thurston County Commissioners.  Under the new contracts more hours of coverage will be provided for certain Medic One paramedic ambulances.  Accordingly, a paramedic would be added to the Southwest-Grand Mound area of the county, converting a 24-hour SPRINT unit to a 24-hour dual staffed unit. The SPRINT unit would be converted to Medic 14 by June.

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02/14/12

HCC in search of distinguished alumni

Highline Community College is seeking nominations for its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors former students who have made significant contributions through community service, noteworthy professional achievement and/or recognized leadership.Highline first gave the award in 1990. Norm Rice, former mayor of Seattle, was the first recipient. Other recipients have included Junki Yoshida, founder and CEO of the Yoshida Food Group; Joan Enticknap, president and COO of Homestreet Bank; Highline's Dr. T.M. Sell; and last year's winner Linda Yoshida.

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02/14/12

For love - it apparently helps to have money

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Salary.com conducted a survey to determine whether the size of a person's paycheck is a determining factor when men and women are looking for romantic partners.And what the website discovered about money and attraction is quite interesting.

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02/14/12

Pierce County receives $450K for Puyallup River flood study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $450,000 to Pierce County to continue studying strategies to address significant flooding issues along the Puyallup River. Known as the Puyallup River General Investigation, the study is a six-year, cooperative process involving local jurisdictions and partners. The study is now in its second year and the money will allow the study to continue with no delays.

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02/14/12

People on the Move

Hans Giner has been named CEO of McCrea Cellars. He has more than 30 years of executive management, marketing and operations experience in multinational corporations. Giner is a member of the Jurade de Saint-Emilion and the Maitre of the Seattle Chapter of the Commanderie de Bordeaux. Stephanie Bloomfield has been elected vice president/president-elect to the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.  She is a partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell. Bloomfield served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-09 and was twice appointed to serve on the Superior Court Commission. Her practice specializes in litigation, including personal injury, civil rights, employment law, unfair competition, professional liability issues, commercial litigation and appellate practice. Bloomfield has been named one of Washington's Super Lawyers, and she is a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She earned a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

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02/14/12

Cover letters still valuable in hiring process

Think cover letters are passe when applying for a position? Think again, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. More than nine in 10 (91 percent) executives polled said cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates. In addition, nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) respondents indicated it's common to receive cover letters even when applicants submit resumes electronically. The results mirror those from a similar survey conducted in 2008.

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02/14/12

Milgard School names business awards honorees

Three South Sound business executives will be honored by the University of Washington Tacoma's Milgard School of Business at its 11th Annual Business Leadership Awards Dinner. Luke Xitco, president and CEO of Associated Petroleum Products, was selected as Business Leader of the Year.   Tony G. Panagiotu, president of Panagiotu Pension Advisors, was named Small Business Leader of the Year.  And John R. Peterson, president of Bellarmine Preparatory School, was named Non-Profit Business Leader of the Year.

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02/14/12

Pierce County selected for National Healthy Worksite Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Viridian Health Management have selected Pierce County as one of seven communities across the country to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program.  Fifteen employers from Pierce County will be selected to participate in the two-year program and will receive intensive, on-site support to build a worksite health promotion program tailored to their organization and the needs of their employees.

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02/14/12

Consumers warned to be alert for bogus loan modification offers

If history is any guide, scammers will surely try to take advantage of news of the largest consumer protection settlement in U.S. history. "Whenever there is a large settlement or federal claims program, scam artists come out of the woodwork," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Doug Walsh, who heads up the Washington State Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.  "They offer to assist victims for a fee, when the services are actually available for free. Don't take the bait. Distressed homeowners can get counseling and, where appropriate, legal assistance for no cost."

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02/14/12

Evergreen State, University of Washington among 'best value' schools

The Evergreen State College and University of Washington are among of the nation's  "best value" colleges and universities according to The Princeton Review.  The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition, subtitled "The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In," features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings.  Of the 75 schools in each group, the top 10 colleges are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 65 are listed in alphabetical order.

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02/14/12

Manufacturing and trade inventories, sales rise

The combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers' shipments for December was $1,230 billion, up 0.7 percent compared to November and 8.9 percent from December 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Manufacturers' and trade inventories finished the month at $1,555.5 billion, up 0.4 percent compared to November and 7.7 percent from December 2010.

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02/14/12

Jobs, fragile economy deter entrepreneurism

Start-up activity among unemployed managers and executives during the second half of 2011 failed to rebound from the record lows recorded over the first two quarters of the year, according to survey results from outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.During the last two quarters of 2011, an average of just 3.2 percent of jobless managers and executives started their own business. That was about the same as the previous two quarters, when 3.3 percent of job seekers started firms. The pace of start-up activity in the last half of the year was down significantly compared to the same period in 2010, when nearly 6 percent of managers and executives started their own business.

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02/14/12

Construction backlog falls in Q4

Associated Builders and Contractors' Construction Backlog Indicator declined 3.2 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011, from 8.1 months in Q3 to 7.8 months, but is still up 10.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. "Overall, the latest CBI numbers indicate a degree of stalling in the recovery of the nation's nonresidential construction industry, likely due to a combination of the soft patch that developed in the broader economy early last year, a number of seasonal factors and the winding down of federal stimulus projects," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. "But the good news is that given the recent acceleration in economic and employment growth, CBI is positioned to rebound more forcefully during the quarters ahead."

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02/14/12

Retail, food service sales up nearly half a point

Retail and food service sales rose 0.4 percent during January compared to the previous month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The $401.4 billion total was a 5.8 percent increase compared to January 2011.  Total sales for the November 2011 through January 2012 period were up 6.3 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. The November to December 2011 percent change was revised from 0.1 percent to virtually unchanged.

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02/14/12

Olympia builder receives 'green' honor

Scott Homes has earned the Gold Award in the 2012 national EnergyValue Housing Award competition. The EVHA, a program of the National Association of Home Builders, honors builders and remodelers who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction & marketing of homes. The 2012 award is the third award that the company has received from EVHA.

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02/14/12

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.Pierce CountyIn January, the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Amanda C. Knight with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of assault and burglary.

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02/13/12

Slow economic growth continues as anticipated in the forecast

State collections since the November forecast are $44.8 million (1.1 percent) higher than anticipated, according to the latest report from the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Excluding December legislative changes and unexpected one-time refunds, cumulative collections would have been $37.5 million (1 percent) above the forecast.The council says revenue collections for the Jan. 11 through Feb. 10 collection period were $54 million (4.4 percent) higher than the November forecast, but almost half the positive variance was because of legislation passed during December that increased transfers of unclaimed property into the general fund.

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02/13/12

Around the Sound

Lakewood Chamber is hosting a morning networking event from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at 4650 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building 19. Visit lakewood-chamber.com for more information.Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Morning Power Hour from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Call (360) 357-5153 or click here for more information.

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02/13/12

Governor signs same-sex marriage bill

Senate Bill 6239, which makes Washington the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriages, was signed this morning by Gov. Chris Gregoire at the State Reception Center. "We are truly grateful for the support of the large and small business that stood behind us," said Rep. Jamie Pederson, who co-sponsored the legislation. "That was critical."

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02/13/12

Sound Wood Products to open Chehalis facility

Sound Wood Products Inc. is consolidating its production sites in Burlington and Sumner at Port of Chehallis. The company will manufacture laminate wood and decking products for the construction industry, with a focus on export for much of its production.The new location, at 195 Ribelin  Road, is the former site of Cascade Structural Laminate, which suffered a devastating fire in 2009 and relocated its operations back to its corporate location.

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02/13/12

Grant funding, engines available to fire districts

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will award grants this spring to eligible fire districts and departments through the Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The program is open to all fire districts and fire departments serving communities less than 10,000 residents. Fire districts and fire departments serving communities with more than 10,000 residents may qualify if their service area includes a rural area or rural community with a population of less than 10,000. The application deadline is April 30, 2012.

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02/10/12

Around the Sound

Lakewood Chamber is hosting a morning networking event from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at 4650 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Building 19. Visit lakewood-chamber.com for more information.Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Morning Power Hour from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Call (360) 357-5153 or click here for more information.

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