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01/30/15

Seahawks stars on the Sound

State ferries renamed to honor Seattle Seahawks football players on Super Bowl Sunday.

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01/30/15

Snuffin’s collects wedding service honors

Gig Harbor-based Snuffin's Catering has added two new awards to its trophy case for satisfying brides and grooms.

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01/30/15

Parametrix adds new vice president

Puget Sound-based engineering, planning and environmental sciences firm Parametrix has named John Perlic as vice president to oversee Puyallup, Bremerton and Seattle offices.

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01/30/15

Weyerhaeuser triples earnings in 2014

Though net sales were only up slightly for 2014, Weyerhaeuser drove up shareholder value and tripled earnings available to shareholders, according to its end-of-year financial results.

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01/30/15

Lisa Miles, Financial Executive finalist

Revenue growth of 114 percent, 12 consecutive years of positive operating results and no audit adjustments in any year are among Lisa Miles' accomplishments as CFO of Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel.

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01/29/15

South Sound, state going ‘Blue & Green’

As Super Bowl Sunday gets closer, it seems that almost every business -- and most fans -- are embracing the Seattle Seahawks in a quest to repeat as World Champions. Colored lighting has even appeared on some company headquarters buildings.

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01/29/15

Shelton rep on nat'l e-payments board

CEO James M. Morrell of Shelton's Peninsula Community Federal Credit Union is now also serving on national board for electronic bank-to-bank payments.

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01/29/15

Columbia Banking breaks records in 2014

Columbia Banking broke records for both net income and new loan production in 2014, according to the company's end-of-year financial results.

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01/29/15

Heritage sees big income growth in 2014

Heritage Financial Corporation showed year-over-year growth, reporting a net income of $7.3 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014. Net income for the year was $21 million, or 82 cents per diluted common share.

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01/29/15

Jennifer Nino, Financial Executive finalist

With Commencement Bank having survived the stresses of financial institutions over the past 7 years, CFO Jennifer Nino has earned her place as a finalist for 2015 Financial Executive of the Year.

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01/28/15

Key executive transitions announced

Community Youth Services based in Olympia will have a new CEO this August, when Charles Shelan retires after 35 years of leadership. In Tacoma, Associated Ministries is looking for a new staff leader to replace Chris Morton, who has left.

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01/28/15

$100,000 to T/PC Health planning

Federal funds passed through the Washington Health Care Authority will mean $100,000 to Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. The money will cover some planning to create an Accountable Community of Health in the years ahead.

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01/28/15

Tacoma will save on borrowing costs

An improved credit rating from Moody's Investor Service is estimated to save $100,000 in interest costs, when City of Tacoma sells bonds to replace garbage collection trucks with hybrid models later this year.

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01/28/15

Union reports pact with CHI Franciscan

The labor union representing medical and clerical support staff at Tacoma's St. Joseph Hospital and St. Clare in Lakewood reports a new labor agreement was ratified by workers last night.

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01/28/15

Dressel gets additional duty at PSE

Columbia Bank's President and CEO Melanie Dressel has been named chair of the board for Puget Sound Energy and its patent company. She has been a member of that board since 2011.

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01/28/15

It will pay to be sick in Tacoma

Business within Tacoma city limits will be required to provide at least three days of paid sick leave to all employees starting February 1, 2016. An ordinance mandating that new benefit was passed on an 8-to-1 vote after a long city council meeting Tuesday evening.

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01/28/15

Kerry Prosser, Financial Executive finalist

Chief Financial Officer Kerry Prosser at Life Center brought decades of retail business experience, when he answered a call to join the ministry's work. His response now makes him a finalist for 2015 Financial Executive of the Year.

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01/27/15

Timberland’s earnings, dividend up for Q1

Higher quarterly earnings and a boost in the dividend paid to shareholders highlight the quarterly financial report from Timberland Bancorp.

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01/27/15

‘Battle on’ for sick leave in Tacoma

Tacoma's City Council will consider a proposed ordinance at its 5 o'clock meeting today that requires employers to provide paid sick leave to all full-time workers beginning in 2016.

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01/27/15

Employment, Jobless rate up in December

Despite more people working than one month earlier, Washington state's unemployment rate added one-tenth of a percent in December to end 2014 at 6.3%

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01/27/15

2014: record year for WA Biz Bank

Record annual earnings were reported today for Washington Business Bank's 2014 performance. The Olympia-based financial institution grew its loans, net income, return on assets and return on equity.

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01/27/15

Stellar quarter for Anchor Bancorp

Sale of two large real estate properties brought a profitable quarter to end 2014 for Anchor Bancorp, holding company for Anchor Bank. Shareholders realized a net income of $8.8 million or $3.55 per share.

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01/27/15

Natalya Washburn, Financial Exec finalist

After arriving in the U.S. from Siberia only 14 years ago, Natalya Washburn has turned aggressive educational pursuits into a position as Controller of Wilcox Farms, and a finalist for 2015 Financial Executives of the Year.

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01/26/15

South Sound strikes out on 'best cities for millennial job seekers'

Finance website NerdWallet has ranked the best cities for millennial job seekers in Washington state, and the list isn't kind to the South Sound.

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01/26/15

California sandwich shop targets Kent for new location

California-based sandwich shop Togo's is coming to Washington, and Kent will be among the eatery's landing spots.

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01/26/15

Pierce saw slight vacancy bump in 2014

While 2014 was overall a good year in the Puget Sound real estate market according to Kidder Mathews, Pierce County saw slight bumps up in vacancy rates.

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01/26/15

Ned Witting, Financial Executive finalist

Ned Witting, CFO of Print NW, has been the financial leader of this Lakewood-based since is began in 2002. A culminating position for him, having long worked in the printing industry, it also has Witting a finalist for Financial Executive of the Year.

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01/23/15

Steve Zaitz, Financial Executive finalist

Chief Financial Officer of Associated Petroleum Products, Steve Zaitz, is a finalist for the program to select "2015 Financial Executive of the Year." A luncheon on Feb. 10 will showcase 14 nominees and name three honorees.

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01/23/15

ILWU rally in Tacoma: 'We're ready to work'

Last night, about 700 people gathered Tollefson Square in Tacoma for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 rally, protesting the actions and media attacks by the Pacific Maritime Association.

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01/23/15

Permit application filed for Olympia Courtyard Hotel

A new hotel may be coming to Olympia, but first it has to wade its way through the city's permitting process.

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01/23/15

Washington State Fair adds extra weekend

Fairgoers will have something to celebrate in 2016 — the Washington State Fair is adding another weekend to its schedule.

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01/23/15

Three Pierce County care providers disciplined

The Washington State Department of Health has announced discipline against three health care providers in Pierce County.

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01/22/15

Mason General joins 'accountable care' initiative

Mason General Hospital and Family of Clinics has agreed to create an accountable care organization as part of the fledgling National Rural Accountable Care Organization Consortium.

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01/22/15

Total state employment growth highest since 1997

Year-over-year employment growth in Washington was the highest since 1997, according to the state Employment Security Department.

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01/22/15

Puyallup/Sumner poised for big 2015, says chamber

Shelly Schlumpf, president of the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce, thinks that her part of Pierce County is going to have a good year in 2015.

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01/22/15

Rochester's Lucky Eagle Casino expanding

Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel is undertaking a major expansion project.

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01/21/15

Ecology touts state as nat’l model

A movement begun in 2010 by the Washington legislature has grown through California and now, into a national model for reducing the amount of copper and other toxic substances in vehicle brake pads.

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01/21/15

New residential construction up

New housing starts nationwide in 2014 were 15.5 percent above the number recorded through the year earlier, according to a report issued today in the nation's capital.

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01/21/15

Tacoma container shipments up 7.8%

Container shipping traffic through Tacoma and Seattle ports last year was down less than one percent from the 2013 activity. This continues a two-year slide of shipments, in part due to competition and also to a dock slow-down linked to contract negotiations with ILWU workers.

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01/21/15

FW office avails down, Kent is up

South King County office real estate offerings remain about one-third less expensive than those in central Seattle, according to a year-end report from JLL brokerage. Nevertheless, vacancy rates remain high.

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01/21/15

Communities argue for JBLM

Officials and business leaders told an Army meeting this morning that their communities would suffer greatly, if Joint Base Lewis McChord activity and manpower is reduced by budget cuts.

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01/20/15

Two South Sound malls to host insurance enrollment drive

With the Feb. 15 deadline for enrolling in a qualified health plan quickly approaching, Washington Healthplanfinder is launching a statewide enrollment drive to help connect the state's residents with free, in-person assistance.

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01/20/15

Online recognition for Milgard

Milgard Windows & Doors has been voted as a winner of the “Best of Houzz 2015” for Design by the remodeling and interior design site's online community.

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01/20/15

NRF welcomes Obama Sotu proposals

The National Retail Federation welcomed proposals President Obama is expected to make in tonight’s State of the Union address, saying they set the stage for a number of long-awaited debates in Congress.

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01/19/15

From BE: No SHOPing success, other health care items

Health care is the focus of this week's Business Examiner print/digital edition, with stories including medical marijuana outlets under fire, and small biz passing on SHOP. Also featured: Bite Me ! in Tacoma, an African-American-owned bakery beating the odds.

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Hawks’ Super Bowl is ‘super’ for biz

01/19/15

Hawks’ Super Bowl is ‘super’ for biz

The return to Super Bowl 2015 by Seattle Seahawks brings unexpected business opportunity to many South Sound companies, including an apparel printing firm in Milton. "We're going to make money in January," said its owner.

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01/19/15

Financial Execs finalists named

Finalists for the South Sound's 2015 Financial Executives of the Year were announced today. The recognition program on Feb. 10 will name the top CFO-type in each of three categories.

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01/19/15

Columbia Bank on Forbes’ list

Columbia Bank based in Tacoma is No. 17 on a national list of "Best" banks published by Forbes magazine and announced today. It also ranked higher than any other bank or thrift based in Washington and second in the Pacific Northwest.

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01/19/15

Rally set to support dock workers

Longshore workers are calling on other union members to join them for a 6 p.m. rally at downtown Tacoma's Tollefson Plaza this Thursday to support their position in the on-going labor dispute with maritime terminal operators.

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01/16/15

South Sound health providers disciplined

Four health care providers in the South Sound have been levied disciplinary action by the state of Washington.

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01/16/15

Tacoma Stars return to soccer’s big stage

South Sound indoor soccer fans have the chance tonight to see the first appearance of Tacoma Stars in the MASL league, playing the San Diego Sockers at ShoWare Center in Kent.

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01/16/15

174 organizations send letter urging ports resolution

A large group of local, state and federal trade associations have co-signed a letter sent to union and terminal heads urging some resolution to the ongoing port cargo backup.

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01/16/15

Corporate VP finance gets prison term

A Puyallup man was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to make restitution of $496,845 for a mail fraud scheme in his role as VP Finance for the regional office of US Foodservice.

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01/16/15

Sound Transit scores big federal loan

Thanks to a $1.3 billion federal loan from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, Sound Transit may start work on some big upgrades in South King County.

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01/16/15

Rush Companies kicks off 2015 with new hires

Rush Commercial, the largest of the five core businesses in the Rush Companies family, has hired five new project staff to support current and forecasted needs.

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01/15/15

KeyBank economist says recovery a 'challenge'

Dr. Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist of Key Private Bank, minced no words when he spoke at the Horizons Forecast Breakfast about the recession.

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01/15/15

Heck: JBLM cuts could be 'recession-inducing'

Speaking at the Horizon Economic Forecast Breakfast this morning, Congressman Denny Heck spoke of the grave importance of preventing cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this year.

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01/15/15

State Legislature to talk transportation next week

Next week will be a busy week for transportation at the Washington State Legislature.

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01/15/15

Horizons Forecast: Pierce recovery sluggish

While Pierce County has moved beyond the recession, its recovery has been slower than expected.

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01/15/15

New COO for MultiCare

MultiCare has hired a new chief operating officer in Chris Bredeson.

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01/14/15

Reactions to governor’s legislative proposals

A coalition of business, labor, agriculture and trade interests today offered an assessment of the governor's State of the State address to the legislature. In essence, there is agreement on goals, but reluctance to "tax-first" as the group suggests the governor wants to do.

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01/14/15

Goodwill to open new store in Olympia

Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region will open a new outlet store in Olympia in February, along with expanded distribution and recycling centers with training components.

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01/14/15

Who’s Who is today, starts at 5 p.m.

Last chance today to join with other South Sound business and community leaders at Who's Who -- the first B2B networking event of 2015.

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01/14/15

New JBLM exit training program starts

A 13-week training program for 16 Army and Air Force service members preparing to exit the military for corporate America began this week at Joint Base Lewis McChord. TrueBlue Inc., Amazon, Starbucks, Thurston EDC and Tacoma Pierce County Chamber are among the participating employers.

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01/14/15

Relief funds headed to Lewis County

Workforce relief funds are headed to Lewis County to mitigate impacts of jobs lost at Washington Park Medical Center in Centralia and Cardinal Glass Plant in Chehalis.

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01/14/15

Port slowdown explored by Legislature

Two state Senate committees this morning heard details on the almost three-month long slow-down of shipping through Puget Sound (and other West Coast) ports triggered by a stalled labor contract negotiation. No apparent solution surfaced.

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01/13/15

More bottom-cleaning at Oly port

A final step of last year's Corps of Engineers dredging for terminals at Port of Olympia is being done this week. It will restore the depth levels for ship loading and remove legacy polluted sediments from the bay.

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01/13/15

South Sound museums participate in Seattle promotion

A handful of South Sound museums are participating in the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, launched by Visit Seattle.

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01/13/15

Backup at ports to be subject of Senate hearing

The ongoing cargo backup at West Coast ports, including the facilities in Tacoma and Seattle, will be the subject of a Wednesday hearing in the Washington State Senate.

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01/12/15

Emerald Downs announces participation incentives

Auburn's Emerald Downs has announced incentives targeted toward increasing participation at the horse racing facility, where the number of starters has fallen by 44 percent in the last nine years.

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01/12/15

State legislative session opens

The Washington State Legislature's 2015 session began today, with noon opening ceremonies kicking off the session that will adjourn at the end of April.

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01/12/15

Ecology releases ‘fish consumption’ rule

As legislators assembled in Olympia for today's opening of the new session, Department of Ecology released the long-awaited proposed rules governing inland water quality.

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01/12/15

Who’s Who is one day away

Wednesday evening will see the first big B2B networking event as Comcast Business Services sponsors Who's Who 2015 produced by Business Examiner Media Group.

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01/12/15

New marine terminal boss at Olympia port

Leonard Faucher, a transplant from New York City's extensive harbor ports, is the new Port of Olympia marine terminal director.

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01/12/15

2014 a banner year for Spaceworks

New businesses, more jobs and occupied commercial spaces are results in 2014 from Spaceworks, a program in Tacoma that matches artisans with building landlords and leasing agents.

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01/12/15

New aerospace work coming to Sumner

Boeing today announced an expanded supplier relationship for the 737 Max airliner that will bring new jobs to Sumner. GKN Aerospace North America will be finishing and painting new winglets there.

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01/09/15

PLU union votes counted, outcome unclear

Outcome of union vote by PLU adjunct faculty is unclear, pending the resolution of contested ballots.

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01/09/15

Flood damage may reduce tax liabilities

Property that was damaged in recent flooding may be eligible for valuation assessment reductions, according to Lewis County Assessor Dianne Dorey. Other counties' assessors have yet to respond to related questions in their areas.

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01/09/15

Outdoor recreation has $21.6B state impact

Washington residents love their outdoors -- to the tune of 56 days a year on average, and almost $22 billion in annual expenditures. Those conclusions come from a new report prepared for the state by a Tacoma economic analysis firm.

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01/09/15

Seahawks stars promote Healthplanfinder

Two stars from the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks have produced a public service announcement to promote participation in the state's HealthPlanFinder exchange. According to the announcement today, it was volunteer work for them.

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01/08/15

Tacoma lukewarm on WalletHub employment ranking

When it comes to job hunting, Tacoma is a lukewarm place to find yourself, according to a study by financial social network site WalletHub.

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01/08/15

Yakima farmer talks port slowdown at Tacoma Rotary

Cragg Gilbert, president of Gilbert Orchards in Yakima, reported bad news regarding the port slowdown at a meeting of Tacoma's Rotary 8 today.

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01/08/15

Congress caucus heads pen letter urging ports resolution

The two co-chairs of the Congressional PORTS Caucus, California Democrat Janice Hahn and Texas Republican Ted Poe, are the latest to add their voices to the chorus urging a swift resolution to labor talks clogging business at West Coast ports.

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01/08/15

New president at Franciscan Medical Group

Michael Marshall, MD, has been named the new president and chief medical officer for Franciscan Medical Group, CHI Franciscan Health’s regional network of clinics, physicians and other providers.

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01/07/15

Federal Way mayor unveils economic development strategy

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell unveiled his proposed economic development strategy at a special meeting of the community's city council on Tuesday evening — the first step in a monthlong discussion to determine the City's preferred economic development route.

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01/07/15

Olympia nurse surrenders licenses

A registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner formerly practicing in Thurston County has surrendered her licenses after charges and an investigation into her medical marijuana dispensing practices.

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01/07/15

Sold: Wireless tower firm with Olympia office

Consolidation acquisition within wireless tower industry announced today will take an Olympia office into a Colorado company.

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01/07/15

Medical marijuana fans light up City Council

Tacoma's city council heard loud and clear from customers and advocates for the estimated 60 medical marijuana dispensaries operating within the city during a public hearing last evening. The mayor said it's up to the state legislature to resolve current problems.

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01/06/15

Landscaper, girlfriend charged with identity theft

The owner of a Gig Harbor landscaping company and his girlfriend have been charged with stealing money from family members to operate the business.

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01/06/15

Port of Tacoma commissioners to hear legislative update

With the United States Congress opening today and the state's legislative session kicking off next week, Port of Tacoma's commissioners will hear a 2015 legislative update at its regular Thursday meeting.

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01/06/15

Nation’s retailers hail ports mediation

The nation's leading retailers group is hailing the addition of a federal mediator to talks between shipping terminal management and longshore unions whose labor contract negotiations have slowed trade in all West Coast ports for more than two months.

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01/05/15

Tacoma City Council to talk medical marijuana

Tomorrow, the Tacoma City Council will host a public hearing on enforcement strategy options for non-licensed marijuana operations. On Dec. 2, the Tacoma City Council are deciding whether to move forward with shutting down unlicensed medical marijuana shops this year. City staff say that there are at least 56 of these shops, none of which have to adhere to the same rules as shops operating under Initiative 502. So far, there are only five stores operating under I-502 in Tacoma.  The city could send out letters as early this month notifying medical marijuana business owners to shut down their stores within 90 days. The Washington State Legislature failed last year to create a merger of the recreational and medical marijuana industries, or resolve the discrepancies between...

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01/05/15

Company looks to add fiber optics in Puyallup

Astound Broadband, LLC, part of Kirkland-based WaveDivision Holdings, is looking at installing fiber optics in Puyallup.

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01/05/15

Thurston officials to deliver State of Community address

The mayors of Thurston County's major municipalities will come together to discuss a variety of business-related issues at this month's Thurston Chamber State of the Community Address & Elected Official Reception.

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01/05/15

Shipping slowdown, dispute continues

Amidst a flurry on new press releases, international shippers' agent and longshoremen's union continue to dispute the causes of their labor dispute, even as containers are stranded on ships and docks.

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01/02/15

‘Cautious optimism’ for area homebuilders

South Sound homebuilders -- often able to find grey clouds in the brightest of skies -- may be "cautiously optimistic" looking forward to the new year of 2015. But there remain a number of problems keeping the best of times from returning.

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01/02/15

Nat’l outlook for construction is bright

Though construction spending for nonresidential projects in November was off one percent, it remains four percent above the same month in 2013, prompting optimism from an industry economist.

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01/02/15

Happy with tax collectors, if not taxes

Many business operators and citizens grumble about paying their taxes, but at least with the State Department of Revenue, those collecting are met with smiles, according to a new satisfaction survey of taxpayers.

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01/02/15

Lower gas prices rolling into 2015

With retail prices for gasoline at five-year lows in the South Sound, analysts predict they might drop even more in the coming few weeks as pump prices eventually catch up with steep declines in crude oil costs.

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