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05/29/15

Toray expands agreement with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer

Toray Composites, Inc. has signed a memorandum of agreement with Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer S.A. to expand its current contract.

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05/29/15

Matson finishes Horizon acquisition, will assume Tacoma sailings

Matson, Inc., announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Lines — meaning that the Honolulu-based company will now assume Horizon’s operations out of Port of Tacoma.

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05/29/15

Tacoma council to consider purchasing Old City Hall

In an attempt to stave off Tacoma's Old City Hall's deteriorating state, the city council will consider purchasing the property at next week's council meeting.

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05/28/15

New TrueBlue COO a 'respected leader'

In new TrueBlue President and COO Patrick Beharelle, the company believes it has a strategist ready to help expand the company’s global presence.

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05/28/15

Interfor stops Tacoma sawmill operations

Shortly after it completed its acquisition of Simpson Lumber's Tacoma tide flats mill on March 1, British Columbia company Interfor halted its operations, starting May 22.

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05/28/15

Tacoma's Sound Physicians adds medical officer

Tacoma-based Sound Physicians has added Michael Kedansky as chief medical officer of transitional care services.

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05/28/15

TriWest adding jobs, but not in South Sound?

TriWest Healthcare Alliance has announced a "company-wide" workforce expansion, though according to a spokesperson, that won’t mean much to the South Sound.

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05/28/15

Not enough signatures for 15 Now

As of yesterday afternoon, the Pierce County Auditor has validated 2,681 signatures and challenged 1,970 out of a total of 4,651. In order to make the ballot, 15 Now campaigners need 3,160 valid signatures.

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In Kent, Inslee demands compromise on transportation

05/28/15

In Kent, Inslee demands compromise on transportation

Standing in front of the Oh Boy! Oberto Headquarters in Kent, Gov. Jay Inslee and Kent business leaders made an argument for getting a transportation deal done now.

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05/27/15

Tacoma Mall outfitted with electric vehicle charging stations

Simon Property Group, which owns and operates the Tacoma Mall, has announced the installation of new electric car charging stations at the shopping center.

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05/27/15

Wolf Haven switches to reservation system

Wolf Haven, a sanctuary that provides a lifetime home for over 180 displaced, captive-born animals in Tenino, has started requiring reservations. No more drop-by visits.

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05/27/15

SiteCrafting finds new home in retrofitted building

Recently, the company retrofitted the Bowstring Building in Tacoma's Dome District (2716 A Street) as custom office space to accommodate its more than 30 employees.

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05/26/15

Federal Way moving company penalized

State regulators have penalized Ivan Ratko, owner of Federal Way-based Best Moving and Delivery LLC, for failing to follow consumer protection rules and regulations.

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05/26/15

Gov. Inslee to talk transport package in Kent

Gov. Jay Inslee will make an appearance in the South Sound this week, pushing for and seeking input on the continued need for a balanced transportation investment package.

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05/26/15

Pierce, Thurston see lower unemployment rate

Pierce County added 2,700 jobs from March to April, lowering the unemployment rate to 6.2 percent. The U.S. Open could be the culprit.

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05/26/15

REI goes casual with new brand products

Kent-based REI announced its new brand of products targeted at "socializing outdoors in comfort and style." It's called evrgrn.

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05/22/15

ILWU, PMA ratify contract agreement

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association have successfully ratified the tentative contract agreement, putting a stamp at the end of a long, tiring battle for both sides.

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05/22/15

Nearly 300 UP residents hired for U.S. Open security

Almost 300 University Place residents have been hired for temporary security positions at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, according to a press release from the city.

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05/22/15

Work-related youth injuries rise in 2014

More youth workers were injured in 2014 than in 2013, according to a report released yesterday from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

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05/22/15

Recreational marijuana sales report

Retail sales of recreational marijuana continue to expand, according to a report today from state Liquor Control Board regulators.

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05/22/15

Tacoma Narrows Airport gets new observation deck

A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the observation deck, called the Rotary Aviation Zone, will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., June 3 at the airport (1202 26th Avenue Northwest).

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05/22/15

Port of Olympia to start office relocation

Over the next few weeks, the Port of Olympia will be consolidating its core function departments and real estate operation into a single building.

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05/21/15

Renters rate Tacoma C-minus

A new survey of Tacoma apartment dwellers delivers a poor score overall, with disappointing or failing grades in many categories.

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05/21/15

Remodeling projects award-winners

Builders that specialize in remodeling and residential additions collected awards for their best projects this week in a program from Master Builders Association Pierce County.

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05/21/15

New president/COO hired at TrueBlue

TrueBlue, a nationwide staffing provider headquartered in Tacoma, named Patrick Beharelle to be president and COO today.

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05/21/15

Wave secures funding for expansion

A possible future operator of Tacoma's Click! TV network, Wave Broadband, today announced a new $130 million funding through sale of corporate bonds.

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05/21/15

Faster Internet speeds to homes

Much faster Internet speeds will be available to homes in Washington connected to Comcast cable, taking advantage of fiber links to promise up to 2-Gig service.

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05/20/15

State's jobs outlook closer to national average

Washington’s unemployment rate for April dropped to 5.5 percent, on a preliminary, seasonally adjusted basis, according to estimates by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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05/20/15

Two Tacoma pot retailers fail compliance checks

A pair of Tacoma recreational marijuana businesses recently failed compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

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05/20/15

Seaport Alliance to hold public meetings

This week, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle will be hosting two public town halls to answer questions about the proposed Northwest Seaport Alliance.

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05/20/15

JayRay wins communication awards

JayRay, a Tacoma-based communications company, was recently recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts' Communicator Awards.

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05/19/15

15 Now campaign turns in signatures

Yesterday afternoon, 15 Now advocates submitted over 4,000 — or 253-pages-worth — signatures to the Tacoma City Clerk. Now they go to the Pierce County Auditor for verification.

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05/19/15

Kitsap Bank reports strong Q1

On the heels of announcing a merger with Fife Commercial Bank, Olympic Bancorp, the parent company of Kitsap Bank, reported solid first quarter earnings.

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05/19/15

As ports stabilize, container volumes drop

With the ports of Tacoma and Seattle stabilizing after the port slowdown, Puget Sound container volumes fell dramatically from March to April.

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05/19/15

State employees will walk tomorrow

The labor union representing 40,000 Washington state employees has announced rally plans for all major cities tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12 noon, seeking to pressure legislators to include pay raises in the new two-year budget.

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05/18/15

New president at Tacoma's Mary Bridge hospital

After a nationwide search, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital has named Linda Chen its new president.

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05/18/15

Univ. of Puget Sound president to depart after 2015-16

After 34 years in higher education, Ron Thomas, president of University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, has announced that he will complete his tenure at the school at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.

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05/18/15

Little change seen in state revenues

The revised official state forecast of tax revenues for the current and upcoming budget cycles is only slightly stronger than what was announced in February. State lawmakers will not have more money available to put into their budget impasse.

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05/18/15

Nurses sue Franciscan/St. Joseph

Registered nurses at Franciscan Health and Tacoma's t. Joseph Hospital through their labor representative union have sued alleging that they're owed back pay and over-time because they cannot take breaks and lunch periods required by state labor laws.

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05/18/15

CenturyLink to expand gigabit service in South Sound

The company announced today that it will make one-gigabit-per-second fiber speeds available to an additional 5,600 business locations throughout the South Sound

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05/15/15

Restriction, discipline for area health care providers

A pair of Pierce County health care providers have been disciplined and a South King County nursing assistant restricted by the Washington State Department of Health, according to a statement from the agency.

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05/15/15

Selling Washington aerospace in Paris

Economic development advocates and private sector companies will carry Washington state's message to next months 2015 Paris Air Show, in hopes of attracting new participants in the state's $85.7 billion aerospace sector.

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05/15/15

‘Girls Night Out’ in Olympia

Downtown Olympia merchants are hosting a "Girls Night Out" today, with special shopping prizes and discounts. The all-day activity wraps up with a reception at the Washington Center for Performing Arts beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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05/15/15

Tacoma advertising at SeaTac Airport

New advertising aimed at visitors passing through SeaTac Airport invites them to "Find Yourself in Tacoma" as thousands will be coming for next months U.S. Open golf tournament.

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05/15/15

Estes Express Lines opens terminal in Kent

The terminal, located at 8130 South 216th Street, features 65 doors, 24,000 square feet of docking area and 5,000 square feet of office space.

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05/14/15

Gov. Inslee signs health care transparency bill

At a ceremony in his office today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation to establish a fully functional All-Payer Claims Database, which will give consumers, providers and employers new information to understand the quality and affordability of health care.

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05/14/15

New walk-in clinic at Mason General

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics has opened a new walk-in clinic.

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05/14/15

SBA honors Heritage Bank

Heritage Financial Bank has been named the 2014 Washington State Small Business Administration Community Lender of the Year.

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05/13/15

15 Now advocates disrupt Thurston Chamber meeting

Half a dozen activists disrupted today's annual meeting of Thurston County Chamber today with chants advocating $15 per hour minimum wage.

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05/13/15

Olympia selects new economic development director

For the past ten years, Renee Sunde has been a member of the Thurston Economic Development Council, currently as its deputy director and previously as business development manager and marketing director.

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05/13/15

Kitsap Bank to acquire Fife Commercial Bank

The move will expand Kitsap Bank's reach in Pierce County. Currently, the bank has just two other branches in the county, one in Gig Harbor and one in Bonney Lake.

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05/13/15

Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force members announced

At yesterday's city council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced the members of the Tacoma Minimum Wage Task Force, which will look to find compromise between businesses, advocates and citizens on how to increase the minimum wage.

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05/12/15

Strickland among mayors pushing Trade Promotion Authority

The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter today urging the Senate to adopt Trade Promotion Authority legislation, with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland among those lending their names to the call.

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05/12/15

State's small biz owners feel good about economy

Even as confidence slips slightly among small business owners nationwide, those in Washington remain more optimistic about the American economy — and beyond that, they believe that Washington’s economy is stronger than the national.

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05/12/15

Opus' new commercial banking director to expand South Sound footprint

Tim McLaughlin, who comes with 27 years of experience, is no stranger to the South Sound. He comes from Key Bank in Tacoma, where he most recently served as senior vice president and business team leader.

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05/11/15

MSFT ~ St. Martin’s grads at JBLM today

Military service members will be granted certified Microsoft qualified credentials at a ceremony this afternoon at JBLM at St. Martin's University's on post education center.

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05/11/15

Seventeen insurers file health plans in Wash. for 2016

Seventeen health insurers filed 246 individual health plans for 2016 both inside and outside Washington Healthplanfinder — the state's online insurance exchange — with an average requested rate change of 5.4 percent.

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05/11/15

Small biz optimism slides

Modest decline in optimism among small business owners is the summary of the latest Gallup survey for Wells Fargo. A slight decline in revenues matched up with slightly tougher standards for credit applications.

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05/11/15

Q4-2014 retail sales tax up 7.1%, except Tacoma

The final three months of 2014 saw a good jump in retail sales in Washington as measured by tax collections. Statewide, the gain was 7.1% year-over-year, but Pierce County had a much smaller gain.

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05/11/15

Bitcoin for beer? Why not, says brew fest founder

Founder Mike Marohn claims Olympia Brew Fest is the first brew fest in the world to accept bitcoin, a peer-to-peer system for online payments.

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05/11/15

Olympia brewery changes beer name after brand dispute

In a battle of brand names, Three Magnets Brewing Company in Olympia has relented: It will change the name of its flagship beer, Rainy Day IPA, to 3Mag Rain IPA.

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05/08/15

REI to open Arizona distribution center

Kent-based outdoor goods retailer REI has announced that it will open a third distribution center, located in Goodyear, Ariz.

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05/08/15

CHI Franciscan breaks ground on new medical pavilion

CHI Franciscan Health has broken ground for a new medical pavilion in Burien.

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05/08/15

Tacoma employers discuss $15 Now

Employers and other business interests affiliated with Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce heard some scary predictions of what could happen should activists persuade voters this fall to make $15 per hour the minimum wage for all jobs in the city.

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05/08/15

61-year-old lumber store to close this summer

Bill Eichholtz, who co-owns the business with his brother, offered just one word about his reaction: “Shock.”

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05/08/15

Ports release draft agreement for Seaport Alliance

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle have taken another step toward forming the Northwest Seaport Alliance by releasing the draft final agreement.

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05/07/15

Industrial development continues strong

The Kent Valley and Pierce County continue to lead a very robust market for industrial and warehouse space within the greater Puget Sound region, with new building staying slightly ahead of new leasing announcements.

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05/07/15

State approves large association health plan

State approval for an "association health plan" means more than 100,100 teachers and educational employees can be enrolled in a group insurance program offered by Washington Education Association.

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05/07/15

Environmental penalty reduced

Penalties from a 2013 oil spill in Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway will largely go to establishing a new salt marsh along the shores of that body of water, according to an announcement today from state Department of Ecology.

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05/07/15

Economic midyear forecast

A local economist from Pacific Lutheran University told a Tacoma audience this week that he generally sees a solid future for the South Sound, but there are a couple issues to worry about.

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05/06/15

GSA looks to offload Auburn Federal Complex

The U.S. General Services Administration is looking to offload the Auburn Federal Complex and is looking to exchange it for office space that it can better utilize.

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05/06/15

MultiCare, Rite Aid to operate 11 clinics

MultiCare Health System announced today that it will be partnering with the Rite Aid Corporation's RediClinic subsidiary to operate 11 clinics in the Puget Sound area this spring.

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05/06/15

City, chamber look to tackle minimum wage

This week, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Pierson wrote a letter to Mayor Marilyn Strickland citing concerns over the 15 Now campaign, calling it "just too extreme."

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05/06/15

Whole Foods opening Thursday

The grocery store, located in the Village at Chambers Bay development in University Place (3515 Bridgeport Way West), will be opening its doors on Thursday, May 7 at 9 a.m.

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05/05/15

Poll shows support for Port of Olympia

More than 80 percent of Thurston County residents feel that the Port of Olympia has a positive impact on the county, according to a recent poll.

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05/05/15

SBA award for Auburn restauranteur

Mark Eggen, owner of the Auburn-based restaurant chain Hop Jacks, has been named the 2015 state of Washington Entrepreneurial Success winner by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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05/05/15

Home sales, prices up in South Sound

Members of the Northwest Multiple Listing Service — which lists residential properties for sale throughout a 23-county area around Puget Sound — notched a record high level of pending sales during April.

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05/05/15

Goodwill looking to expand work programs

Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region is looking to change and innovate in two "major ways," said President and CEO Terry Hayes at the 2015 Ready to Work Luncheon.

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05/04/15

Weyerhaeuser hopes for wood products bounceback

While all three segments of Weyerhaeuser’s business saw dips in revenue in the first quarter of 2015, the Federal Way-based company is looking to its wood products business for “significantly higher earnings” in the spring.

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05/04/15

AGC lobbyist: Transport package could mean '100,000 construction jobs'

More and more groups are lending their voices to the call for State Route 167’s completion.

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05/01/15

Construction down, but don’t despair

Although construction data shows a third consecutive month of decline in March 2015, an industry economist remains optimistic that the whole year numbers for the American economy will improve.

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05/01/15

Local manufacturers recognized

A half dozen manufacturing firms located in the South Sound received honors in 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards program, the recognition coming this week at a Seattle ceremony.

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05/01/15

May Day march in Tacoma this evening

Labor union members and community activists will gather this evening on Tacoma's Hilltop to observe May Day, also known as International Workers' Day.

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05/01/15

General Plastics adding new building

General Plastics, a polyurethane foam manufacturer based in Tacoma, is planning to build a new $3.25 million, 35,000 square-foot warehouse.

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05/01/15

Mt. Rainier has $57.7M economic impact

In 2014, Mt. Rainier was responsible for 1.3 million recreation visitors who spent approximately $45.5 million in communities surrounding the park.

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05/01/15

PLU hires new finance VP

Pacific Lutheran University has hired former banker Allan Belton as its new vice president of finance and administration.

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05/01/15

Gas prices nearly highest of the year

Drivers are paying the highest gas prices of the year nationwide, the AAA said in a report yesterday. In Tacoma, that's almost true.

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05/01/15

New 'micro winery' coming to Edgewood

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, Edgewood resident Dawn Swanson is applying for a permit to sell wine for a company called "Moose Canyon Wines."

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