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June 2012

06/29/12

Ex-treasurer of police guild sentenced for embezzling

A Lakewood police officer who served as the treasurer of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild was sentenced today to 33 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $159,000 in restitution for wire fraud, in connection with the embezzlement of more than $112,000 from a fund intended to benefit the families of four Lakewood Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty in November 2009.

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06/29/12

EFN, Groupon Grassroots partner on Nourish the Needy Initiative

Emergency Food Network and Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, are launching a campaign to provide nutritious, quality food to Pierce County residents experiencing hunger. For every $14 that is donated, EFN will provide 81 meals to people experiencing food insecurity. This is the equivalent of almost one full week of breakfast, lunch and dinner for a family of four.

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06/29/12

Tax due on cigarettes manufactured by commercial roll-your-own machines beginning July 1

Retailers operating machines that allow their customers to roll their own cigarettes must begin affixing cigarette tax stamps to those products beginning July 1.

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06/29/12

Around the Sound 06/29/2012

Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting Coffee Connections from 9 to 10 a.m. July 3 at 2026 54th Ave. East. E-mail awilliams@fifechamber.org for more information.

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06/29/12

Everett contractor pleads guilty to first degree theft of sales tax

An Everett siding contractor pled guilty Thursday to first degree theft of more than $45,000 in sales tax he collected on jobs but never remitted to the state.

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06/29/12

Small business owners express concern

Small business owners optimism and hiring are down, but paychecks up 0.1 percent, according to SurePayroll Inc.'s June Small Business Scorecard. Hiring was down 0.2 percent, while optimism dropped from 64 percent to 60 percent. However, optimism is up from 33 percent in September. The rise in average paychecks suggests small business owners are relying more on existing workers.

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06/28/12

Moody’s, S&P give Sound Transit their highest ratings

The nation’s major bond credit rating agencies issued decisions affirming Sound Transit’s financial management by maintaining the highest ratings possible despite the challenging economic environment.

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06/28/12

Wire theft and vandalism cost Pierce County $8,865

Pierce County crews replaced the wiring that powers six street lights along a half-mile of county road at 38th Street and 192nd Street in Frederickson after discovering two incidents of wire theft and vandalism. The repair work cost the county $8,865 in materials, equipment and labor.

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06/28/12

State seeks stay on roll-your-own tobacco injunction

The state has asked the Washington State Supreme Court for an immediate stay of a lower court’s preliminary injunction barring implementation of a law requiring operators of roll-your-own cigarette machines to collect the same taxes due on other commercially manufactured cigarettes.

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06/28/12

People on the Move 06/28/2012

Jeff C. Wenrich has joined Orion First Financial LLC as vice president of sales and business development. He previously was vice president – territory manager of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance. Wenrich has 20 years of sales experience and has spent the last decade in the commercial equipment finance industry. He received a bachelor's degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business administration from Portland State University.

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06/28/12

WSU going 'global' on July 2

Washington State University will launch its fifth campus, the Global Campus, on July. It will be the first new campus since 1989, when the campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver were founded. The new Global Campus will be technology based and located wherever there's an Internet connection.

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06/28/12

Highline Medical Center, Franciscan Health System to explore affiliation

Highline Medical Center in Burien and Tacoma-based Franciscan Health System have agreed to explore a strategic affiliation. During the next several months, an affiliation committee comprised of Highline and Franciscan representatives will evaluate the benefits of an alliance and how best to structure a working relationship that could optimize the expertise of both organizations.

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06/28/12

WorkSource website connects veterans and employers

The state Employment Security Department has added new features to the WorkSource website that will make it easier for employers and veterans to find each other.The changes are part of an effort to implement a 2011 state law that granted legal protection to private-sector employers who want to give military veterans a preference in their hiring decisions. Now, job-seeking veterans and eligible spouses who post their résumés on go2worksource.com can check a box that makes their military status visible to employers who want to hire veterans. When employers search the site for job candidates, they can search for veterans’ résumés.

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06/28/12

Douglas County PUD fined $10,000 for oil spill

Douglas County Public Utility District No. 1 has received a $10,000 Department of Ecology fine for allowing 500 gallons of lubricating oil to leak to the Columbia River in March 2011.

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Work under way at Puget Sound on new academic residential community

06/28/12

Work under way at Puget Sound on new academic residential community

A contemporary residence and event hall, with sweeping modern spaces and a traditional Tudor Gothic exterior, will open on the campus of University of Puget Sound in autumn 2013. Preliminary work for the 55,000-square-foot building began last month on the corner of North 13th and Lawrence streets, near the center of campus overlooking Commencement Walk.

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06/27/12

Blog watch: Mistake, Bimbo's, primary, and cease and desist

OlyBlog reports that the Trust for Public land has closed the deal for "mistake on the lake."

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06/27/12

Flow International closes record year

Flow International Corp. reported consolidated revenue growth of 17 percent for the fiscal year which ended April 30, reaching a record level of $253.8 million. That compares to to $216.5 million during the prior fiscal year.

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06/27/12

CHI invests $14M in Canera

Catholic Health Initiatives has made a $14 million investment in Carena Inc., which will allow the Seattle-based company to extend its geographic reach beyond Washington and California.

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06/27/12

Tacoma needs volunteers for Planning Commission

The City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission has an opening for a resident in Council District 5 (south and south end). The term for the position begins immediately and expires June 30, 2015.

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06/27/12

Durable goods orders up 1.1% during May

New orders for manufactured durable goods in May increased $2.3 billion, or 1.1 percent, to $217.2 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase followed a 0.2 percent decrease in April. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 0.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.7 percent.

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06/27/12

First group of builders for Tehaleh selected

Newland Communities has chosen its builder partners for the first phase of Tehaleh, a 4,200-acre mixed-used community just south of Bonney Lake in Pierce County. The group includes Lennar, Richmond American Homes, Quadrant Homes and Benjamin Ryan Communities.

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06/27/12

DreamBox Learning recognized for K-5 math program

DreamBox Learning has garnered four awards for its math program for children in grades K-5.

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06/27/12

Heritage Financial declares special cash dividend

Heritage Financial Corp has declared a special cash dividend of 20 cents per share, payable on July 24 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 10.

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06/27/12

Banner declares 1-cent quarterly cash dividend

Banner Corp., the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 1 cent per share. The dividend is payable July 16 to common shareholders of record on July 9.

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06/27/12

Metro jobless rates lower in May

Unemployment rates were lower in May than a year earlier in 331 of the 372 nation's metropolitan areas, including Olympia and Tacoma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Olympia's jobless rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent. The unemployment rate in Tacoma dropped from 9.9 percent to 9.5 percent.

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06/27/12

Omeros prices $30M public offering of common stock

Omeros Corp. has priced an underwritten public offering of 2,926,830 shares of its common stock at $10.25 per share, for gross proceeds of $30 million. The net proceeds from the sale of the shares be about $28.1 million.

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06/27/12

Spokane business honored with Hire-A-Vet Award

The state Employment Security Commissioner and the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs have recognized Haskins Steel with a Hire-A-Vet Award.

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06/26/12

People on the Move 06/26/2012

Thurston County District Court Administrator Theresa A. Ewing has become a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. The program was established more to help improve the management of state court administration.

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06/26/12

Clark Nuber wins national accounting marketing award

Clark Nuber P.S. has a Marketing Achievement Award for its direct marketing piece, “Auditing by the Numbers,” from the Association of Accounting Marketing.”

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06/26/12

Robotics skills in demand

During May, corporate recruiters and staffing firms posted more than 6,000 online job ads for robotics skills, according to WANTED Analytics. Hiring demand for this skill set has grown steadily over the past three years. This represents a 29 percent year-over-year growth compared to May 2011 and twice the volume of job ads seen online in May 2010.

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06/26/12

6 surprising six-figure jobs

Although many people associate six-figure salaries with executive positions, those with a knack for technology and creative thinking can earn handsome compensation, too. According to research from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, salaries often top $100,000 for roles such as information architects, data security analysts and user experience designers.

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06/26/12

Workers say it’s 'who you know' that counts

More workers believe “who you know” is more important than job performance in order to get ahead in their organization, according to a survey by Right Management.

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06/26/12

Tacoma police awarded $4.9M federal grant


The Tacoma Police Department has been awarded a $4.9 million Office of Community Oriented Policing Services grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The money will pay for 15 police officers for the next three years and requires the city to fund the positions for a fourth year. Tacoma received the second largest grant in the nation and is one of eight police agencies in Washington that received awards.

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06/26/12

Microsoft to acquire Yammer

Microsoft Corp. and Yammer Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Yammer, a leading provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash.

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06/26/12

eMagin receives subcontract for night vision goggle

eMagin Corp.has received a subcontract from ITT Exelis Corp. for initial production volumes of the display beam combiner assembly for the Spiral Enhanced Night Vision Goggle for the U.S. Army, which includes eMagin’s OLED-XL full color microdisplays. The total contract award is valued at about $49.5 million.

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06/25/12

Around the Sound 06/25/2012

Thurston Economic Development Council is hosting its 2012 Economic Update from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 27 at Saint Martin's University's Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. The cost is $45 for individuals or $350 for a table of eight.

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06/25/12

100% of state hospitals enrolled in program to reduce Medicaid ED visits

A coalition of health care providers, including the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Washington State Medical Association and Washington State Hospital Association, has achieved 100 percent participation in a plan to reduce Medicaid emergency department visits while saving the state millions of dollars and protecting patient safety and patient access to care.

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06/25/12

Older job seekers in demand

Recent reports reveal the challenge older job seekers face in the current hiring environment, with more than one-third of those 55 and older experiencing prolonged joblessness lasting longer than a year. However, the situation for older workers is not entirely grim. In fact, a new analysis of employment trends reveals that this segment of the population is enjoying the strongest job gains of any age group.

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06/25/12

Single-family home sales up in May

Sales of new single-family houses in May totaled a seasonally adjusted 369,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 7.6 percent above the revised April rate of 343,000 and 19.8 percent above the May 2011 estimate of 308,000.

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06/25/12

Employers increasing benefits that improve employee health and wellness

More employers are offering benefits that encourage employees to improve their health in 2012, according to a survey released today by the Society for Human Resource Management. Over the last five years, benefits that reward employees for improving their health have jumped – a sign that organizations recognize employees value these benefits and are looking for ways to cut business costs.

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06/25/12

Report finds little difference between green and ‘regular’ economy

In its third study of green jobs in Washington, the Employment Security Department found evidence that the recession took a toll on jobs involved in developing or using environmentally friendly products. The study also supported earlier findings that there’s little difference between a green economy and the regular economy.

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06/25/12

Say goodbye to the 9-to-5 worker

The majority of global employers don't mind when employees show up late for work, according to new research by Mozy. Mobile technology, including smartphone apps and cloud services, now means that employers are surprisingly supportive of a flexible work force – more than most employees realize.

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06/25/12

Economists expect home prices to bottom out by 2013

Economists continued to predict home prices will decline only slightly in 2012, falling 0.4 percent for the entire year, and will increase thereafter, according to the June 2012 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. For the first time, the individual economists surveyed were largely in agreement on the trajectory of home prices nationally, signaling that a true bottom may be imminent.

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06/22/12

Ecology fines U.S. Oil $28,500 for Blair Waterway spill

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a $28,500 penalty to U.S. Oil & Refining Co. for spilling an estimated 75 gallons of diesel fuel into Tacoma’s Blair Waterway on Nov. 30, 2010.

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06/22/12

Health Care Authority selects Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor

The Washington State Health Care Authority has selected CGI Federal as a new Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor to help review Medicaid payments and identify payment errors – both overpayments and underpayments.

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06/22/12

WorkForce Central awarded $6M to help homeless, jobless

Homeless families and unemployed workers in Pierce County got welcome news today as WorkForce Central announced it has received a $6 million innovation grant. The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund, provides housing options, pays for job skills and vocational training, and employment counseling.

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06/22/12

Around the Sound 06/22/2012

United Way of Lewis County is hosting Chef's Night Out, A Culinary & Charitable Extravaganza, at 6 p.m. June 23 at Lucky Eagle Casino Event Center, 12888 188th Ave. SW, Rochester. Click here or call (360) 748-8100 for more information.

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06/22/12

Ex-Gravelly Lake stockbroker pleads guilty to wire fraud

A former Gravelly Lake stockbroker who now lives in Aspen, Colo., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

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06/22/12

Construction for the Stadium Way Arterial Improvement project starts tomorrow

The Stadium Way Arterial Improvement project construction starts tomorrow in Tacoma. North 1st Street and North ‘E’ Street will be closed by 7 a.m. and construction will start by 9 a.m.  There will be no work on Sunday.

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06/22/12

Nonprofit arts, culture industry generating significant economic activity

The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $64,717,367 in annual economic activity in Tacoma — supporting 1,735 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $6,573,000 in local and state government revenue, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

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06/22/12

I-1183 coalition files challenge to LCB's rulemaking on initiative

The I-1183 coalition has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court challenging the rules adopted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board in the implementation of I-1183, the liquor privatization initiative approved last November.

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06/22/12

Study shows white consumers slowest to adopt shopping technologies

U.S. smartphone penetration is nearing 50 percent, so it's no surprise that the adoption of mobile shopping tools has been rapid. Black and Hispanics are adopting new shopping technologies at a faster rate than whites, with 18 percent of black shoppers and 16 percent of Hispanic shoppers using their mobile device to make purchases – compared to 10 percent of whites.

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06/22/12

L&L Energy to acquire LuoZhou Mine

L&L Energy Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a 50 percent controlling interest of the LuoZhou Mine in HeZhang County, Guizhou Province, China.

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06/22/12

Ashley Furniture opening in Tacoma

Ashley Furniture HomeStore will celebrate the grand opening of its newest store at 2508 S. 38th St. near Tacoma Mall on June 30.

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06/22/12

Regency Centers developing Issaquah Highlands shopping center

Regency Centers is set to begin construction of Grand Ridge Plaza, a 280,113-square-foot shopping center anchored by Safeway on 24.58 acres in the heart of Issaquah Highlands, a master planned community east of downtown Seattle.

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Auburn manufacturer providing glass for Statue of Liberty renovation

06/22/12

Auburn manufacturer providing glass for Statue of Liberty renovation

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain has completed the first stage of the manufacturing process of the Statue of Liberty's oculus, the largest and heaviest circular piece of glass ever manufactured by the Auburn-based company.

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06/22/12

What are the top 5 disaster risks to small businesses?

Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to losses caused by natural disaster, cyberattacks, and – on a smaller scale – structural failure due to random events like faulty sprinkler systems or localized fires.

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06/21/12

People on the Move 06/21/2012

Darby Ward has been promoted to operations manager at Wagner’s Bakery LLC. He has worked for the Olympia-based European bakery and cafe for more than 18 years. He will oversee the main location as well as Wagner’s Pacific Ave., Wagner’s Pizza Annex and Wagner’s Marketplace.

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06/21/12

Thurston seeks input on changes to CAO

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing June 23 to solicit input from residents about proposed changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance.

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06/21/12

Rue21 debuting at South Hill Mall

Rue21 is will officially open at South Hill Mall in Puyallup on June 28. The new store will occupy 3,800 square feet near the Multi-Care Good Samaritan Play Park.

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06/21/12

Broadband projects get boost from $300K in grants

The Washington State Broadband Office of the Department of Commerce has made $300,000 in Local Technology Planning Team Grants to projects in the communities surrounding Colville, Clarkston, Goldendale, Kelso and Yakima.

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06/21/12

Tacoma adds new container service connections to Australia, New Zealand

The Port of Tacoma's container volumes will see another boost this year when Hamburg Sud and Hapag-Lloyd, in partnership with U.S. Lines, bring a new service to Washington United Terminals this summer. Jointly operated by the shipping lines, the Oceania Service will connect Tacoma container services with Australia and New Zealand. It will bring an estimated 30,000 container units a year through the port when it begins calling Aug. 10.

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06/21/12

Job prospects bright for retail sales pros, Web developers

More than 100,000 job ads were seen online during May for retail sales professionals, according to WANTED Analytics. This hiring trend continues despite data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Monthly Retail Trade Survey showing slowing overall retail sales numbers in April and May.

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06/21/12

WorkSource offering free skill-building

Job growth is heating up along with the summer weather, but it may not be enough to improve the forecast for workers whose skills are outdated or stale.

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06/21/12

LCB to auction six liquor store rights June 28

Washington State Liquor Control Board will host a live auction June 28 for the rights associated with six former state liquor stores. Following the first live auction, top-bidders representing six state liquor stores did not pay their winning bid, sacrificing their deposit. Bidders representing 161 state liquor stores have already paid a total of $29.8 million in bid fees to the state.

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06/21/12

State takes action against health care providers 06/21/2012

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.

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06/20/12

Ecology Q1 penalties total $222,300

The Washington Department of Ecology issued $222,300 in penalties of $1,000 or more during the first quarter of 2012. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.

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06/20/12

Area business leaders discuss logistics, transportation

A casual conversation between Steven Maxwell of KeyBank and Bob Hinton of Moss Adams resulted in a transportation forum yesterday afternoon that filled LeMay America's Car Museum's banquet space with business professionals from around the region.

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06/20/12

Sammamish Club on auction block

CBRE Auction Services will put Sammamish Club up for sale during an open “out-cry” auction with webcast on July 26.

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06/20/12

Regence BlueShield files rate increase request

Regence BlueShield has filed rate requests with the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner for its products for individuals and families, which will result in an average base rate increase for the individual pool of 14.7 percent. The company says the increase is needed to pay members’ anticipated claims for the period of Oct. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2013, and assumes a projected $4.5 million loss to Regence’s surplus.

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06/20/12

Blog watch: Budgets, bikes, phonebooks and scores

Learn more about Tacoma's upcoming Community Input Budget Meetings at The Live Wire.

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06/20/12

Lindamood-Bell opens seasonal learning clinic in Tacoma

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes is providing instruction this summer at a Seasonal Learning Clinic in Tacoma. Summer instruction for children and adults is available mornings and afternoons through Aug. 17.

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06/20/12

Concur Technologies chooses Key Center for its headquarters

Concur Technologies has signed a 10-year lease for 123,000 square feet in Bellevue's Key Center.

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06/20/12

Forest Practices permit fees increasing

On July 10, several changes in the state Forest Practices Act will go into effect. The 2012 legislature enacted increased fees for the Forest Practices Program to prevent cuts in service to the public. Additionally, in a continued effort to streamline state agencies, changes to the processing of Forest Practices permits will take place immediately and continue during the next few years.

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06/20/12

Forecast reflects lackluster recovery from the recession

Economic indicators continue to show mixed signs but, in general, remain close to the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council's previous expectations. The council's June forecast reflects the lackluster recovery from the recession, and it continues to see a weak economy, with low growth, high unemployment and weak confidence.

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06/20/12

Coldwell Banker Danforth records record month

Coldwell Banker Danforth broke a record in May for gross commissions earned by its residential real estate brokers by more than 10 percent. Owner Dave Danforth said that record and other indicators show the regional real estate market’s future “looks great and it appears we have turned the corner.”

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06/20/12

Global services expand through Port of Tacoma

Hamburg Sud and Hapag-Lloyd will begin calling on Washington United Terminals at Port of Tacoma at the end of June. Based in Germany, Hamburg Sud is part of a vessel-sharing agreement with Hapag-Lloyd. Hapag-Lloyd is a member of the Grand Alliance consortium with Orient Overseas Container Line, NYK Line and associated carrier ZIM Integrated Shipping.

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06/20/12

Pip & Lola’s Everything Homemade coming to Freighthouse Square

Samantha Camp is setting up a storefront at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma.

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06/20/12

EvergreenHealth among best in in maternity care, gynecologic surgery

EvergreenHealth was named one the top hospitals in the nation for maternity care for the ninth consecutive year and one of nation's leaders in gynecologic surgery for the second consecutive year, according to a report released today by HealthGrades.

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06/20/12

W Fund to focus on Washington-based start-ups

A new university-focused venture fund has plans to invest nearly $20 million over the next four years in promising start-ups spinning out of the University of Washington and other research institutions across the state. Investors in the W Fund include venture capital firms and law firms, entrepreneurs of technology and life science companies, and the Washington Research Foundation.

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06/19/12

Two VA employees arrested for fraud scheme

Two Veterans Affairs employees were arrested at their workplace today following an investigation of more than $100,000 in fraudulent claims in a program designed to reimburse veterans for travel to their medical appointments, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

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06/19/12

People on the Move 06/19/2012

Derek Monson has joined Totem Ocean Trailer Express as senior market research analyst. He previously worked for DHL/Airborne Express as a project manager, pricing manager/senior product analyst, market information analyst, pricing specialist and contracts specialist. Jordyn Lerum has joined Totem Ocean Trailer Express as sales administrative analyst. She previously worked at Pacific Propeller International as executive assistant. James Moser has joined Totem Ocean Trailer Express as inside sales representative. He previously worked for C.H. Robinson Worldwide as a sales executive/account manager. Moser has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Tony George has been promoted to president and chief operating officer...

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06/19/12

Highline receives sculpture for 50th anniversary

Highline Community College has received a bronze sculpture entitled Spirits Will Protect Me to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Alumni Junki and Linda Yoshida of Yoshida's Gourmet Sauce donated the eight-foot tall sculpture, which depicts an American Indian warrior and represents pride, perseverance and overcoming obstacles.

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06/19/12

Intermodal lifts, breakbulk lead Tacoma cargo numbers

Intermodal lifts at Port of Tacoma grew 14 percent year to date in May, driven by an increase in imports and exports moving by rail. The domestic intermodal business also grew more than 10 percent year to date.

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06/19/12

Washington’s average wage up 3.6%

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 3.6 percent in 2011, outpacing Seattle-area inflation by 0.9 percentage points, according to the state Employment Security Department. The annual average wage increased from $48,162 in 2010 to $49,894 in 2011. The average weekly wage rose from $926 to $959. Much of the increase was driven by a 7.5 percent increase in the number of insured workers earning more than $75,000. Overall, the number of workers in Washington covered by unemployment insurance grew by 37,764 in 2011 and earnings grew by $6.6 billion.

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06/19/12

County jobless rates higher during May

Unemployment rates rose across the South Sound last month, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Security Department.

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06/19/12

Ratio of unemployed workers to job openings increases

Data released today show the Job-Seekers Ratio increased in April to 3.7-to-1 from March’s ratio of 3.4-to-1, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

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06/19/12

Self-employed trimming travel

With gas and energy prices hitting highs in the past few months, the self-employed are cutting back their business activity, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed. Results from a survey of more than 500 NASE members reveal that 53 percent said the rise in prices has moderately or significantly hurt their business.

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06/19/12

Building permit activity up during May

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in May totaled a seasonally adjusted 780,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 7.9 percent above the revised April rate of 723,000 and 25 percent above the May 2011 estimate of 624,000.

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06/18/12

Alaska USA expands to Everett

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has opened a branch in Everett, marking its fourth branch opening in Washington this year. The new Silverlake branch is inside Safeway at 11031 19th Ave. SE.

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06/18/12

Around the Sound 06/18/2012

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a military affairs meeting at 8 a.m. June 19 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Call (253) 584-4106 for more information.

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06/18/12

U.S. seaports to invest $46B in infrastructure

U.S. seaport agencies and their private-sector partners plan to invest a combined $46 billion over the next five years in wide-ranging capital improvements to their marine operations and other port properties, according to the American Association of Port Authorities.

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06/18/12

Retail profits mixed during Q1

First quarter 2012 after-tax profits of U.S. retail corporations with assets of $50 million or more totaled $16.4 billion, down $3.2 billion from $19.6 billion recorded during the fourth quarter of 2011, but up $200 million from $16.1 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2011.

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06/18/12

Household net worth plunges 35 percent

U.S. median household net worth declined 35 percent between 2005 and 2010, from $102,844 to $66,740 (in 2010 constant dollars), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, excluding home equity, median household net worth increased by 8 percent between 2009 and 2010, from $13,859 to $15,000.

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06/18/12

SBA simplifies online disaster loan application

Applying for disaster recovery assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration just got easier, thanks to revisions made to its electronic loan application, significantly reducing the number of screens an applicant must read while filling out the form.

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06/18/12

McCain Foods to pay $40K for air quality violations

McCain Foods in Othello reached a settlement agreement this week with the Washington Department of Ecology over violations of the plant’s air quality permit, vowing to avoid any similar violations in the future.  The settlement includes a $40,000 fine.

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06/18/12

Weigh station innovations saving truckers time

More than 1.1 million commercial vehicles bypassed weigh stations in 2011, reducing idle time for truckers and improving the safety of freight hauling throughout the state.

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06/18/12

Ernst & Young names exemplary NW entrepreneurs

Ernst & Young LLP has selected the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Pacific Northwest.

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06/15/12

Around the Sound 06/15/2012

City of Tacoma is hosting the first Tacoma Means Business Entrepreneur Networking Event from 5 to 7 p.m. June 18 at Hotel Murano. The topic is cyber security technology and the role it plays in economic development. Visit www.tacomameansbusiness.com for more information.

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06/15/12

L&I marks one-year anniversary of Stay at Work program

One year into its new Stay at Work program, the state Department of Labor & Industries has reimbursed 568 employers with $2.5 million and helped 1,200 injured workers remain on the job, making it one of the fastest growing workers’ comp programs in the United States.

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