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06/30/16

Pierce Exec McCarthy strikes down pot ban attempt

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has vetoed an ordinance representing a County Council attempt to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses.

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06/30/16

Tacoma mayor joins Friends of 88.5 board

The group responsible for the pending purchase and future operation of KPLU-FM radio is adding prominent regional citizens to its board of directors.

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06/30/16

Nat’l award to Tacoma proprietor

Small business owner in Tacoma receives a national recognition for his work to arrive at a compromise raise to Tacoma's minimum wage.

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06/30/16

Audit report on Health Benefit Exchange

State audit professionals today released a review of the Health Benefit Exchange that find the system under-funded, but generally operating efficiently.

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06/29/16

Medical marijuana database may not be ready

Medical marijuana patients and providers may have to brace for “possible delays” when the new medical marijuana law takes effect on Friday.

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06/29/16

Auburn motorcycle retailer has new owner

Longtime Auburn motorcycle dealer Hinshaw’s Motorcycle Store is under new ownership.

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06/29/16

Home care costs up in Washington

The cost to receive long term care services at home with a home health aide has increased nationally, and these costs in Washington are also increasing.

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06/28/16

Friends of 88.5 FM to purchase KPLU

Pacific Lutheran University and Friends of 88.5 FM — the nonprofit grassroots organization formed to preserve the station locally — have announced an agreement that will allow the group to assume ownership of the station, pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

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06/28/16

Habitat Store to open in downtown Puyallup

Downtown Puyallup will soon be home to the South Sound’s newest Habitat Store.

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06/28/16

State VW owners to share $26 million

Owners of more than 22,000 Volkswagen cars sold in the state will be in line for cash and buy-backs under a settlement announced today.

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06/28/16

Storman’s Pharmacy case declined by SCOTUS

Justices at the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to consider the case of pharmacists at Ralph's Thriftway in Olympia, who object to dispensing abortion drugs on religious grounds.

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06/27/16

Two South Sound universities named 'best value'

A study done by financial technology company SmartAsset has ranked a pair of South Sound universities among the “best value” schools in the state.

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06/27/16

Two area schools join inmate education program

A pair of South Sound community colleges were selected as part of a new program designed to provide better educational opportunities for inmates.

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06/27/16

Chehalis dairy adds retail to operation

Domina Dairy and Creamery will open a retail location on Saturday.

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06/24/16

200 students set for Summer Jobs 253

Two hundred students in Tacoma are about to get some on-the-job experience, with the 2016 Summer Jobs 253 program kicking off one week from today.

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06/24/16

Teens learn biz, thanks to credit union

There is still time for high school students (grades 9-12) to register for a week-long course in business at college campuses across Washington. Local companies provide some scholarship support and volunteer speakers, mentors and judges.

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06/24/16

Military-targeted jeweler opens at T-Mall

A newly-opened jewelry store at Tacoma Mall is aimed at serving armed forces members and their families, especially those at JBLM.

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06/24/16

Unions to rally in Tacoma tomorrow

Environmental groups and labor union organizations will have a family-friendly rally in downtown Tacoma on Saturday to express their disapproval of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal pending before Congress.

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06/24/16

Downtown Tacoma award nominees

The nominees for downtown Tacoma's annual awards for new developments and individuals "who make things happen" have been announced by Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. The winners will be named at a July 8th luncheon.

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06/23/16

NW Vein & Aesthetic Center to open in Olympia

Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center has announced the opening of a treatment location in Olympia.

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06/23/16

Associated Petroleum Products acquired by Miami company

World Fuel Services Corporation has acquired Tacoma’s Associated Petrolem Products, Inc., according to an announcement today by the Miami-based firm.

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06/23/16

Tacoma attorney named to state board

A Tacoma attorney who serve two terms as a trustee of Tacoma Community College has now been appointed to the state governing board for all community and technical colleges.

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06/22/16

Weyerhaeuser to close Montana mills

A shortage of logs supply is cited as the reason for today's Weyerhaeuser announcement that it will close a lumber mill and plywood mill in Montana.

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06/22/16

Local Chamber a finalist for U.S. honors

Already named one of four finalists, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber will learn in August whether it is the "Top Chamber of the Year" for the whole country.

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06/22/16

Wash. personal income growth beats U.S.

With a significant boost from stock-based bonuses in Technology jobs, Washington leads the other 49 states for growth of personal income through the first quarter of 2016.

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06/22/16

Nurses to picket Tacoma General

With contract negotiations nearing, nurses employed by Tacoma General Hospital are taking their positions to the streets next week, to build community support in their battle for higher pay and more jobs.

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06/22/16

State employee negotiations begin

As contract negotiations begin preliminary rounds today and tomorrow near the state capital, union advocates are engaging their members to raise awareness of their calls for pay raises.

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06/21/16

Puget Sound container loads in May

Ocean-going shipments through Central Puget Sound's two large ports through May are finally coming back in alignment with last year comparisons. Container exports are up, imports are flat and break bulk shipments are down 36%

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06/21/16

Parent to former CodeSmart still growing

South Sound tech employees may be expanding their service areas now that parent company to Lacey's former CodeSmart group has added a Houston operation.

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Gig Harbor builder stays busy in Bothell

06/21/16

Gig Harbor builder stays busy in Bothell

An 18-month construction project adding a fourth building of 147 living units to Gateway Apartments in Bothell was begun this week by Gig Harbor's The Rush Companies.

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06/21/16

Finding, hiring quality gets tougher

A shortage of qualified candidates for available jobs is being reported by human resources managers nationwide. Manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance have the most challenging hiring tasks.

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06/21/16

May jobless rate lowest of 2016

There were 1,800 net more employees working in Washington in May over April, according to the month report of unemployment rates. Statewide, the jobless figure is 5.5 percent, though all South Sound areas were higher.

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06/20/16

Obama to Seattle Friday for Inslee

Business-related traffic on Friday in the Seattle area will likely by snarled by a visit by POTUS after Air Force One lands at Boeing Field.

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06/20/16

Umpqua names future leader

A CEO succession plan for Umpqua Bank was announced today, with high profile Ray Davis stepping down at the end of 2016.

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06/20/16

Visa opens Costco today

Completing its massive shift away from a long-term connection to American Express, Costco operations today began to accept only Visa-branded credit cards.

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06/20/16

No Parking on Thurston freeway

Parked and abandoned vehicles along the freeway south of Tumwater to the Lewis County line will be subject to immediate removal, after signs go up later this week.

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06/17/16

Unions claim victory at Green River CC

Union proclaims victory, pledges cooperation, after the resignation of Green River Community College president.

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06/17/16

South King YMCA gifted

Children and youth served by the YMCA in south King County will benefit from a donation given by the foundation related to Alaska USA credit union.

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06/17/16

Graham gets own Goodwill outlet

The Graham community gained another multi-purpose retailer today as Goodwill opened on Meridian at 224th Street.

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06/17/16

New CFO at Tacoma's NW Hardwoods

Northwest Hardwoods Inc. has named Frederic Jung as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will be responsible for all finance, IT and legal functions at the Tacoma-based lumber company.

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06/16/16

Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening in Gig Harbor

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is adding to its South Sound footprint with the opening of a Gig Harbor location.

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06/16/16

Growth by the numbers

Yes, there are quite a few more residents in the Puget Sound region nowadays, and that's because there were 241,000 new jobs created in the five from 2010 to 2015.

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06/16/16

Cost-of-living rising, more locally

The latest report from Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a continuing trend upward in the costs of living, and Pacific Northwest markets are getting more expensive at twice the national rate.

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06/16/16

Weyerhaeuser exits cellulose business

Forest and wood products giant Weyerhaeuser will fully leave the cellulose fiber business this year by selling its Longview mill and other assets to a Japanese manufacturer.

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06/15/16

Medical marijuana shops to shut down next month

As of July 1, medical marijuana dispensaries will cease to exist, at least on a legal basis.

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06/15/16

Museum of Glass launches endowment fundraising campaign

Tacoma’s Museum of Glass this week launched its fundraising campaign in support of the George H. Weyerhaeuser Jr. Memorial Endowment.

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06/15/16

MultiCare to open 'high-end' urgent care clinics

This week, MultiCare Health System is introducing a new line of convenience-oriented urgent care clinics with “high-end feel” and an ambiance “similar to a coffee shop.”

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06/15/16

State unemployment rate flat for sixth straight month

Despite adding 8,700 jobs from April to May, Washington’s unemployment rate remains at 5.8 percent, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

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06/14/16

CARSTAR auto shop network adds Olympia location

CARSTAR Hi-Tech Olympia operator Tracey Copeland is adding another franchise location to go with several other shops in the South Sound.

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06/14/16

Port to ratify initiative lawsuit, review CEO performance

Port of Tacoma Commissioners will determine whether to proceed with a lawsuit against two initiatives aimed at industrial development.

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06/14/16

Auburn nursing facility receives state license

The new rehabilitation and care center at Wesley Homes Lea Hill in Auburn has received its state license from the Department of Social & Health Services.

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06/14/16

Manitou Community Center to be replaced by single family homes

After four years of being on the market, Ken Ritter of Northridge Homes, based in Tacoma, bought the property for $200,000.

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06/13/16

Wash. state exceeds national economy

By several measures, the Washington state economy is performing better than national reports through the spring months, according to an update today from state forecasters.

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06/13/16

Train tracks being inspected

Special railroad track inspectors will be reviewing train routes from the Tri-Cities to Vancouver, Washington, this week to make sure the deficiencies that might have cause the oil train derailment and fire in Mosier, Oreg., do not exist on the northern route.

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06/13/16

Rainiers hit Top 25 list for merchandise sales

The Rainiers have reached the Top 25 in merchandise sales in Minor League Baseball for the first time since 1999.

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06/13/16

Hub opening in South Hill; brewery expansion planned next

Harmon Brewing Co. is opening a third rendition of The Hub restaurant later this year. This time, in South Hill, located at 214 39th Avenue SW, with a targeted opening date of October.

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06/13/16

City primed to sell $3.5M property for mixed-use project

A deal to transform a piece of property into a large mixed-use project near the University of Tacoma Washington could take a significant step tomorrow.

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06/10/16

Triple A All-Star game years in making for Rainiers

For Aaron Artman, President of the Tacoma Rainiers baseball team, Bringing the Triple-A All-Star game in 2017 to Tacoma was the culmination of years of business growth.

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06/10/16

L&I seeks nominations for lifesaving award

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is seeking nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Lifesaving Awards, aimed at workers who saved a life during work hours in the past 12 months.

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06/10/16

Goodwill to debut new format with Graham store

A new small box retail format will debut for Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region with the June 16 opening of the nonprofit’s Graham store.

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06/10/16

Medical products distributor breaks ground on Lacey warehouse

Medline industries — the largest privately held medical products distributor in the country, based in Illinois — is setting up camp at Hawks Prairie 111 Corporate Park in Lacey.

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06/09/16

Tacoma Firs expanding, retrofitting driving range

The Tacoma Firs Golf Center is looking to spruce up its facilities, according to a permit application with the city’s Department of Planning and Development.

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06/09/16

New 37-house community opens in Gig Harbor

The Preserve at Harbor Hill, a housing community by Pulte Homes, is now open in Gig Harbor.

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06/09/16

Public gets chance to comment on Group Health acquisition

Members of the public at large will get their first opportunity to comment on Kaiser Foundation Health’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative.

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06/09/16

Black Angus founder passes away

Stuart Anderson, founder of Black Angus, passed away on Monday at the age of 93, according to the Associated Press.

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06/08/16

Anthony's Homeport president wins Operator of the Year award

Budd Gould, president and founder of Anthony’s Homeport, has been awarded the 2016 Full Service Operator of the Year by Washington Restaurant Association.

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06/08/16

CVS opens up first pharmacies in South Sound

Yesterday, the company announced that it’s now officially running several pharmacies within Target stores.

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06/08/16

Company looks to move opioid clinic to Kent

According to an announcement from the State Department of Social and Health Services, WCHS, Inc. is looking to move its opioid clinic from Renton to Kent, at 1851 84th Avenue South.

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06/07/16

Additions and promotions of note

Announcements include new leadership at TrueBlue, executive additions at Adolfson & Peterson and a return at SCJ Alliance.

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06/07/16

Two notables join Prime Locations

One of Olympia's most prominent commercial real estate brokerage firms is adding two significant staff members, as it opens a Unique Properties division.

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06/06/16

Chamber, EDB, Tacoma port go to court

Local economic boosters in Tacoma are challenging in court two proposed ballot measures that seek to require a public vote before major new users of public water supplies can be hooked up. The ideas are unconstitutional, the challengers argue.

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South Korean delegation visits Puyallup, signs MOU

06/06/16

South Korean delegation visits Puyallup, signs MOU

Last Thursday, a Korean delegation came to Puyallup to talk business.

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06/06/16

Bates names dean for Advanced Technology Center

Bates Technical College has named Josh Clearman as campus dean of the new Advanced Technology Center in Tacoma.

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06/06/16

Housing inventory feels heat in South Sound

Both Thurston and Pierce counties have less than two months of housing inventory — and it might get worse before it gets better.

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06/06/16

Bank offers free funds in competition

Entrepreneurs and small business operators who need additional capital (and who doesn't?) might earn $20,000 through an annual business competition offered by Kitsap Bank.

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Panel talks manufacturing, clean industry

06/03/16

Panel talks manufacturing, clean industry

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber held its 2016 Manufacturing-Industries-Maritime Luncheon at the Center for Urban Waters today, featuring a panel discussion on the importance of industrial expansion for the region, as well as the delicate balance between economic growth and clean industry.

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06/03/16

Interim Thurston County manager named

Long-time South Sound public works leader Ramiro Chavez will have new responsibilities in Thurston County starting next week.

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06/03/16

Construction jobs lost, few others added

Very weak report on new jobs from federal data raises fears of new recession. Construction jobs particularly weak in May, at least on the national scale.

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06/03/16

Feds extend Western State pact 1 year

Threat to cut off all federal funding for Western State Hospital is delayed another year by new agreement released today.

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06/03/16

Tacoma shopping center to expand

Westgate North Shopping Center, located at 2601 North Pearl Street in Tacoma, is getting an expansion.

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06/03/16

Construction underway for $1.75M school project

A $1.75 capital campaign to expand Thurston County’s only Catholic school is nearly complete.

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06/02/16

Russell Investments sale complete

Russell Investments’ sale is complete; the former Tacoma firm sold to a Boston private equity firm for $1.15 billion.

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06/02/16

Kitsap Bank sees double digit growth in Q1

Olympic Bancorp, the holding company for Port Orchard-based Kitsap Bank, boasts that it has recorded its best first quarter in its 107-year history.

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06/02/16

Pocket gopher screening proceeds despite ruling

Today, Thurston County that this summer’s property review process for the Mazama Pocket Gopher will continue as normal.

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06/02/16

South Sound to keep two Haggen stores

Even though its remaining stores have been acquired by Albertsons, the Haggen name will continue to exist in the South Sound, according to new details released by the companies today.

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06/01/16

State carbon cap back on table

Today, the Washington State Department of Ecology announced that it is now accepting comments for its re-tweaked carbon cap proposal.

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Economic Showcase: Tacoma is open for business

06/01/16

Economic Showcase: Tacoma is open for business

At the City of Tacoma Economic Showcase, hosted at LeMay: America’s Car Museum, city officials, business leaders and developers had one unified message: Tacoma is open for business.

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State Senate committee meets at Port of Tacoma

06/01/16

State Senate committee meets at Port of Tacoma

Yesterday, the Washington State Senate Government Operations and Security Committee met at the Port of Tacoma to consider in depth the challenges facing the state’s ports, as well as how those challenges are affecting the job picture.

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06/01/16

New CFO at Saint Martin's University

Edward J. Barton has been named the new chief financial officer at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.

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