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June 2014

06/30/14

Equipment upgrades at Brown and Haley

Tacoma confectionary Brown and Haley saw some very visible upgrades today -- upgrades that President and CEO Pierson Clair said will help keep the company firmly tied to its Tacoma roots.

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06/30/14

Lewis County still a ‘distressed’ area

A new federal listing released today shows Lewis County to be the only South Sound area still designated “distressed” for high unemployment or “under-served” in terms of financial institutions.

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06/30/14

More $$ coming for Pierce jobless

WorkForce Central for Tacoma-Pierce County will receive $727,792 of recently released federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor for help long-term unemployed workers return to a job.

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06/30/14

PSE now serving Buckley gas users

City of Buckley transferred its natural gas operating and distribution system to Puget Sound Energy effective on June 26. This follows a voter-approved exit from this utility business by the city government.

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06/30/14

TrueBlue is largest industrial staffer in U.S.

Tacoma-headquartered TrueBlue Inc. announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Seaton Corp.

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06/30/14

Survey shows more jobs, more hiring

A survey of Washington employers shows both hiring and job vacancies increased between fall 2012 and fall 2013 – and employers say it’s taking a lot longer to fill the openings. More than half of the state’s job vacancies were in urban areas of Western Washington.

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06/27/14

N.Y. firm to study oil shipments in Wash.

A New York firm has received a $250,000 contract from the state Department of Ecology to analyze impacts of marine and rail oil transportation in Washington state.

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06/27/14

United Way Pierce salutes 38 businesses

United Way of Pierce County recognized more than three dozen local companies and organizations as Premier Partners and Campaign champions for 2013 at a private wine-tasting event this week.

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06/27/14

Sunrise services are open for sunny Sunday

The Sunrise area in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park is now open full time for the 2014 summer season.

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06/27/14

Auburn builder will award a 2nd free roof

Local contractor Rainier View Construction and Roofing is searching for the family in Pierce, Kitsap or Kittitas counties most deserving of a new covering over their homestead.

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06/27/14

DNR connects Capitol Forest to Enumclaw

Capitol State Forest and state trust lands in Thurston County will be managed from region headquarters in Enumclaw starting next Tuesday, July 1.

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06/27/14

Credit union, trade show gift parks

In a unique partnership, WSECU and MHRV Show Association teamed up to support the financially challenged Washington State Parks. They presented a $14,608 donation this week.

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06/26/14

35th straight clean audit for Mason PUD

Mason PUD 3, the locally owned public utility that provides electricity to Mason County, has received its 35th consecutive clean bill of health from the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

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06/26/14

Washington's average annual wage up

Washington's average annual wage grew by 2 percent in 2013, to $52,635, according to the state Employment Security Department.

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06/26/14

London Stock Exchange buys Russell Investments

Financial services company Russell Investments, formerly of Tacoma, has been sold by majority owner Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Inc., to the London Stock Exchange Group.

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06/26/14

Studies recommend central site for Freighthouse station

A site on the east end of Tacoma's Freighthouse Square, recommended by a citizens advisory panel appointed by the City, won't be a feasible location for the facility's new Amtrak station.

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06/25/14

Two former Sterling Bank locations to close

As part of a nationwide consolidation announced earlier this week, Umpqua Bank will be shuttering two branches in the South Sound region, merging its locations with those of recently acquired Sterling Bank.

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06/25/14

Quality award for Olympic Alzheimer's Residence

Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence in Gig Harbor has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the National Quality Award program’s Bronze Commitment to Quality Award.

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06/25/14

Puyallup's Active Construction awarded bridge contract

Thurston County Commissioners have awarded a $1.6 million dollar contract for the construction of a new bridge to Active Construction, Inc., of Puyallup.

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06/25/14

Port touts Inslee visit, SR 167 discussion

Port of Tacoma's Pier Side newsletter this week highlights Gov. Jay Inslee's tour of the facility, showcasing a project to upgrade two of the Port's piers to handle larger container vessels.

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06/24/14

The Red Hot to reopen in new space tomorrow

Tacoma craft beer and hot dog bar The Red Hot is closed today and will reopen in its new space next door tomorrow.

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06/24/14

Tacoma company launches "recovery water" brand

Reliant Beverage Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tacoma-based clinical stage biotechnology company Revalesio, has announced the consumer launch of its recovery water.

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06/24/14

Fire damages Olympia pool company's stock

Much of a hot tub and pool supply company's stock was damaged when the Olympia business was hit by a fire on Monday evening.

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06/24/14

Lofty designation for Tacoma General's NICU

The Washington State Department of Health recently designated the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital as a Level IV regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest level of care available for critically ill newborns.

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06/23/14

Woman suing state DOL for Kent braiding business

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Licensing in hopes to secure legal confirmation that her Kent hair braiding studio is legal.

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06/23/14

Tourism study to be conducted in Gig Harbor

The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance has announced a tourism assessment study to be conducted in June and July.

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06/23/14

Boeing declares new quarterly dividend

The Boeing Company has declared a new quarterly dividend today of 0.73 per share.

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06/23/14

Pierce County organizations get ecology grants

Pierce is among six southwest Washington counties to receive grant funds from the state's Department of Ecology to support waste reduction and recycling projects.

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06/20/14

Union, Harrison Hospital agreement?

Labor union UFCW21 has posted to its website the announcement of a tentative labor agreement with Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton covering professional and technical workers.

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06/20/14

Plans out for Budd Inlet clean-up

State Department of Ecology has a pollution remediation plan drafted for the former Reliable Steel worksite on Olympia’s Budd Inlet, with work expected to begin by late summer.

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06/20/14

Weyerhaeuser: Outstanding Service honors

Weyerhaeuser has been honored for Outstanding Service by a Major Corporation by the Jefferson Awards Foundation. Diapers were a main reason.

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06/20/14

PLU announces first doctorate program

Applications will be received this fall for the first doctorate degree studies at Pacific Lutheran University, with class to begin in summer of 2015.

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06/20/14

Bellevue tech firm buys CodeSmart

Twelve-year-old Lacey-based technology firm CodeSmart Inc. is now majority owned by People Tech, a fast-growing leader in the enterprise applications and IT services marketplace based in Bellevue.

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06/19/14

Federal Way revisits pot business regulation

The Federal Way City Council is revisiting whether or not recreational marijuana-related businesses will be allowed in the community.

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06/19/14

New president at American Fast Freight

American Fast Freight, Inc., headquartered in Fife, today announced the appointment of Kevin Kelly as president of the company and a member of AFF's board of directors.

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06/19/14

Thurston EDC formally unveils new program

Community and business leaders gathered at the Thurston Economic Development Council office Wednesday evening to celebrate the official grand opening of the Washington Center for Women in Business.

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06/19/14

Pierce, Thurston outpace U.S. in 2013 Q4 job growth

According to data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, a pair of South Sound counties outpaced the nation in terms of job growth in last year's fourth quarter.

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06/18/14

National GDP estimate lowered today

Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased 1.0 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2014, according to estimates of national income and product accounts released today in the nation’s capital.

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06/18/14

Haley will chair Transportation Commission

Anne Haley, Walla Walla, has been elected to serve as chair of Washington State Transportation Commission effective July 1.

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06/18/14

One word - Plastics - relates to $100k

The not-for-profit Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS) in Kent received a $100,000 Work Start grant today from the state Department of Commerce.

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06/18/14

Weaker job gains, same jobless rate in May

Washington’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent in May, despite the fewest number of new jobs created for any month yet this year.

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06/17/14

New rules for disadvantaged biz at WSDOT

WSDOT has drafted new rules on set-asides for disadvantaged businesses that want to participate in construction projects funded by Federal Aviation Administration.

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06/17/14

State lawyers get $3 million for homeowners

Washington homeowners will share in $550 million secured for borrowers nationwide through a legal action against SunTrust Mortgage Inc.

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06/17/14

Olympia radio continues from Port site

Port of Olympia has announced a new lease with a longtime tenant on the waterfront and Budd Bay peninsula.

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06/17/14

State tax collections growing

The General Fund-State revenue forecast for Washington has increased by $157 million for the current biennium and $238 million for the 2015-17 budget cycle, after a meeting today in Olympia.

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06/17/14

Del’s Feed owner agrees to $134,500 fine

Tractor Supply Company (dba Del’s Feed and Farm Supply Stores) has settled with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating notification requirements at its Yelm, Chehalis, Shelton and Olympia stores.

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06/16/14

South Sound’ Super Lawyers’ named

The annual list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is out today from a legal-focused magazine. It includes 127 private practice attorneys in Tacoma, three in Gig Harbor, one in Puyallup.

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06/16/14

Count-down to 2015 US Open begins

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will be welcoming the governor and his wife for a round of golf tomorrow at Chambers Bay to celebrate with First Tees of Greater Seattle and South Puget Sound.

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06/16/14

Tonnage, building is going up on coast

Port of Grays Harbor reports that its first quarter shipping volumes were up 23 percent over a record-setting year in 2013.

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06/16/14

Tacoma truck testing touted

City of Tacoma is citing a successful three-month pilot program to help increase commercial vehicle safety. It inspected more than 80 vehicles and found a total of 33 violations, though 70 vehicles did pass.

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Newest Boeing 787 model approved

06/16/14

Newest Boeing 787 model approved

The 787-9 Dreamliner extended model has been certified by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service.

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06/16/14

T-C-C in the labor ‘spotlight’

An on-going labor union negotiation between Tacoma Community College and unionized exempt staff members is the headline article in a labor-published online blog today.

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06/13/14

‘Green’ scores high for Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company today announced publication of its 11th annual sustainability report.

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06/13/14

Millennials’ lesson from recession: Save!

Eighty percent of young Americans ages 22 to 33 say they learned from the Great Recession the need to save now to survive future economic problems. Fewer of them are actually saving because they have no cash left after living expenses and debt payments.

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Hawks Prairie medical building a ‘winner’

06/13/14

Hawks Prairie medical building a ‘winner’

Providence Medical Center Office Building at Hawks Prairie has earned an award for design and construction from a statewide industry association.

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06/13/14

$100,000 to Community Youth Services

Washington Women’s Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant to Olympia-based Community Youth Services.

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06/13/14

Funds for local health transformation

Almost $100,000 will be split between two South Sound efforts to create an accreditation program recognizing community health care plan preparations.

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06/13/14

Local chiropractor’s license suspended

A Pierce County chiropractor’s license has been immediately suspended by state health officials after alleged sexual misconduct with a patient. Dale Clark has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.

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06/13/14

DASH Center readies for final show

DASH Center for the Arts has announces that the upcoming year-ed recital will mark the close of an 11-year effort to bring arts education and participation to youth living in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.

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06/12/14

Oso slide response offers lessons to PIOs

Communication officers, including Kent Fire Department public information officer Kyle Ohashi, reflected on the lessons they learned responding to the deadly Oso landslide in Snohomish County during today’s South Sound PRSA event.

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06/12/14

Olympia's Soloy delivers law enforcement aircraft

Olympia’s Soloy Aviation Solutions has delivered a second Soloy Mark II turbine Cessna 206 “Sentinel” aircraft for law enforcement surveillance and patrol support by Arizona’s Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

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06/12/14

Individual health insurance market expands

The individual health insurance market grew 30 percent in one year to more than 327,000 people in Washington state, according to new information reported by health insurers to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

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06/12/14

TRCVB bringing planners to Tacoma

Thirteen business planners from major national companies will soon be coming to Tacoma, thanks to an invitation from the Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau.

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06/11/14

Lynnae's, Costco reach deal

Tacoma-based Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles today announced a retail partnership with Costco Wholesale Northwest, with the family-owned business set to significant increase sales of its line of distinctive pickles to Costco stores in the Northwest region.

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06/11/14

Contractor PSF Mechanical opening Tacoma office

Seattle-based mechanical contractor PSF Mechanical Inc. is expanding its commercial HVAC service and maintenance operations by opening a new Tacoma office.

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06/11/14

June 13 is DTE Tacoma opening date

Contemporary clothing and jewelry brand Do The Extraordinary has announced June 13 as the official grand opening of its new storefront location in downtown Tacoma.

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06/11/14

New head for Weyerhaeuser's Canadian subsidiary

Weyerhaeuser Company has announced that Fred Dzida has been named president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, the company's wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, effective June 16.

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06/11/14

Tacoma's Gilchrist named WSADA president

Gary Gilchrist of Gilchrist Auto Center in Tacoma has been named 2014-15 president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association.

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06/10/14

Federal Way names project director for PACC

Following the City Council’s authorization of the performing arts and conference center project, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell has selected a project director for the facility construction.

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06/10/14

Tacoma to have one of first new Alfa Romeo dealers

FIAT of Tacoma has been named one of the initial 86 dealers to be awarded Alfa Romeo franchises in the United States in Canada.

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06/10/14

Signs By Tomorrow Tacoma now Image360

Signs By Tomorrow Tacoma has changed its name to Image360, announced owners Al and Rose Mednick.

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06/10/14

Calif. company studies Frederickson as potential mill site

Lumber producer Sierra Pacific Industries, based in Redding, Calif., is currently in the "feasibility stage" of potentially building a new sawmill in Frederickson's growing industrial core.

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06/09/14

Guilty on $1.8 million in tax refunds

Seeney Ristick, 33, of Tacoma, faces up to five years in prison after his guilty plea today in a scheme to file fraudulent personal income tax returns in his own name and the names of others, including relatives and friends.

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06/09/14

New owner for U.S. Oil, Tacoma

Tacoma’s U.S. Oil and Refining has been acquired by TrailStone, a start-up commodity merchant formed in 2013 and backed by private equity firm Riverstone Holdings LLC.

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06/09/14

State has new freight plan draft

A new plan for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of goods is ready for public review and comment. When finalized, the State Freight Mobility Plan will shape the future of Washington’s multimodal freight transportation network.

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06/09/14

Teenagers finding summer jobs

May saw the largest number of new jobs filled by teenagers in eight years, according to an analysis by a global personnel consultancy.

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06/09/14

Tacoma port notes competition, eh?

British Columbia ports are expanding to handle growing container traffic, while Seattle is closing a terminal for lack of business. And Port of Tacoma has an idea for one cause of the lost traffic.

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06/09/14

From BE: Small biz optimism, skepticism

South Sound small business owners agree that there are signs of optimism, along with some skepticism, looking at the economic picture.

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06/06/14

Business represented on healthcare group

Two representatives of statewide business organizations are the only South Sound members among 29 persons named by the governor to a health care delivery Performance Measures Coordinating Committee.

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06/06/14

Sumner firm makes EPA’s penalty list

Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company Inc. shows up on the quarterly report from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of pollution violators, based on a 2001 infraction.

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06/06/14

Jobs count steady, except in construction

Nationally, nonfarm employment grew by a seasonally adjusted 217,000 last month, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 6.3 percent. However, only 6,000 of those were in construction jobs.

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06/06/14

Lakewood planner goes private

Dan Penrose, formerly a lead planner for City of Lakewood and most recent with South Sound Military & Communities Partnership, has joined SCJ Alliance in its Olympia office.

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06/06/14

Westport Shipyard gets new owner

Westport Shipyard, which has manufactured fishing boats and, more recently, 100-foot-plus yachts on Washington's coast, has a new majority ownership based on the Gulf Coast.

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06/05/14

Two new additions to Workforce Development Council

WorkForce Central has announced Mary Matusiak and Kendrick Stewart as two new appointments to the Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council.

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06/05/14

JBLM wants to buy from your business

More than 100 local business representatives came to Joint Base Lewis McChord this morning to learn what –– and how –– the military will be buying goods and services over the next year.

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06/05/14

No discrimination allowed on benefits

Three of the state's foremost enforcement officers made plain in a letter to employers today: Discrimination is not allowed for employee benefits offered to same-sex spouses.

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06/05/14

Local firm tackles Thurston collections

Grimm Collections, a Tumwater firm with 70 years in the business, has a new contract to handle past-due receivables for Thurston County District Court.

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06/05/14

WTC Tacoma plays matchmaker

About 100 local and foreign investors and area businesses and organizations are completing the second day of World Trade Center Tacoma’s Pacific Northwest-China Trade and Investment Summit.

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06/05/14

Review of coal mine comments underway

A federal agency that regulates surface mining is now evaluating an environmental assessment and public comments to decide whether an active coal mine can reopen near Black Diamond in southeastern King County.

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06/04/14

Liquor sales to kids at 40% in Tumwater

Four-in-10 Tumwater liquor sellers improperly sold to an underage customer in recent enforcement check.

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06/04/14

Former county exec up for Ferries post

Tacoma attorney John Ladenburg, a former two-term Pierce County Executive, County Prosecutor and City Councilman, is on the short list to be Assistant Secretary of Washington Department of Transportation, Ferries Division.

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06/04/14

Thurston realtors seek new administrator

Thurston County REALTOR® Association announced today that its executive officer, Rebecca Jarvela, is retiring.

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06/04/14

Strengthening continues in housing market

Last month’s pending residential sales in western Washington topped 10,000 for the first time in 12 months, as real estate professionals reported continued strengthening in the marketplace.

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06/04/14

Tacoma & Seattle ports talking

Port Commissioners from Tacoma and Seattle had their second meeting today discussing ways the two competing transportation hubs might cooperate to bring more shipping traffic to Puget Sound.

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06/04/14

Wilcox Farms fined for worker death

Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited Wilcox Farms Feedmill Inc. of Roy for safety violations related to a fatal silo collapse last December.

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06/04/14

FedWay to get performing/conference building

Federal Way has decided to go forward with a $32 million downtown performing arts and conference center.

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06/03/14

Port of Tacoma upgrades on meeting agenda

At Thursday's meeting of the Port of Tacoma Commission, the next step in upgrading the Port for handling the world's largest container ships will take shape.

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06/03/14

Commencement Bank opens Enumclaw LPO

Tacoma-based Commencement Bank has opened a new loan production office in Enumclaw.

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06/03/14

Tacoma mover without permit penalized

State regulators have taken action against a Tacoma-based residential moving company that had been operating without a permit.

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06/03/14

Sound Physicians, Chicago hospital ink deal

A week after cementing a pact with an Arizona hospital, Tacoma hospitalist group Sound Physicians has announced an agreement to employ and manage a team of physicians at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.

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