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October 2014

10/31/14

Penalty planned for Mason water system

State Health officials plan to issue a $17,640 penalty to investor-owners of Ripplewood Tracts water system in Mason County. The planned fine is for alleged failure to get into compliance with drinking water regulations.

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10/31/14

Natural gas rates going up

More than 1.2 million natural gas customers in Washington will pay more for service beginning tomorrow, Nov. 1, due to increases in wholesale natural gas costs and colder than average temperatures last winter.

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10/31/14

New City Attorney for Olympia

Mark E. Barber was named today as city attorney for Olympia, effective the first of the new year. He is currently senior assistant city attorney for Renton.

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10/31/14

More franchises find South Sound

Gary and Megan Depping, who own the Dickey's Barbecue Pit eateries in Tacoma and Auburn, have opened another location of the Dallas-based restaurant chain in Covington.

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10/31/14

Emerald Services' Tacoma facility honored

Association of Washington Business has recognized Emerald Services with its 2014 Green Manufacturing Award for operational excellence at its large-scale used oil refinery in Tacoma.

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10/31/14

Big Q3 earnings increase for Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company today reported 2014 third quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $1.153 billion, or $2.15 per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $1.9 billion.

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10/30/14

ESD economists talk recovery

Economists and others interested in Washington state's labor economy gathered in Olympia today to hear Employment Security Department analysts assess the recovery from recession.

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10/29/14

Military reserved parking at Red Wind

Nisqually Tribe celebrates new infrastructure with today's dedication of 600-space parking garage.

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10/29/14

Raikes honors, grants PC youth programs

Foundation awards grants to help programs serving youth to advance their staff professional development.

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10/29/14

New Tacoma home for PJ Hummel & Co.

Event design and decoration agency PJ Hummel & Company has a new home.

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10/29/14

Absher wins nat’l awards for Hawaii job

Absher of Puyallup wins national design-build awards for Hawaii project, its fourth in the past seven years.

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10/29/14

Commencement has more loans, deposits, income

Q3 financial report for Commencement Bank shows growth in loans, deposits, net income compared to last year.

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10/29/14

Washington #11 for tax impacts, #28 for biz

New study places Washington at #11 for impacts of state government taxation, unchanged from the prior year ranking.

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10/28/14

Puyallup-based clinics join national company

Apple Physical Therapy, headquartered in Puyallup announced today that it has joined Illinois-based ATI Physical Therapy, the largest single-branded physical therapy practice in the country.

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10/28/14

TOTE, PSE announce fuel pact

Totem Ocean Trailer Express has announced a pact with Puget Sound Energy for PSE to provide liquefied natural gas to fuel TOTE's pair of Orca-class cargo ships.

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10/28/14

Tacoma cosmetology school changes name

To reflect its new affiliation with the Summit Salon Business Center, the Salon Professional Academy of Tacoma has changed its name to Summit Salon Academy.

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10/28/14

Regional commercial real estate strong

South's office and industrial real estate market showed strength in the third quarter, according to analysis by Kidder Mathews, the region's largest commercial brokerage.

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10/27/14

Gov. to join Covington MultiCare event

MultiCare Covington Medical Center will mark the "start" of construction tomorrow for a 24-bed expansion, though builders have been at work since September.

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10/27/14

Anchor Bancorp has strong quarter

Anchor Bancorp continues its clean-up of Recession-troubled loans and reported a $113,000 profit for the quarter just ended.

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10/27/14

Sumner retailer celebrated by state

Sumner furniture retailer Old Cannery Warehouse is one of four Washington companies recognized by the Secretary of State at their efforts to build community.

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10/27/14

Timberlands to be added to Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy will purchase 165,000 acres of forestland in Washington and Montana from Plum Creek Timber Company Inc. The deal announced today will close by early 2015.

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10/27/14

From BE: Compounding pharmacy, military gear and ‘Third World’

Skyrocketing health care premiums, new 'designer' prescriptions, supporting war tools and South King County as a 'third world' marketplace. These and more in the new Business Examiner edition.

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10/24/14

‘BOSS’ program goes AM

Workplace-related radio show "The Boss Show" will debut on KOMO radio this weekend. It covers topics of interest to "anyone who is -- or has -- a boss."

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10/24/14

Yelm names new Chamber leader

Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce has named a new executive director to start Nov. 3rd. Long-time business advocate and chamber volunteer Casey Cochrane has accepted the position.

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10/24/14

Safeco & agent to gift Courage360 nonprofit

Safeco Insurance has identified Courage360, a Tacoma nonprofit agency in service to women, as recipient of a $3,000 grant, and entry to an online contest that could bring $10,000.

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10/24/14

Heritage Financial reports strong quarter

First post-merger quarter brings big boost to Heritage Financial's quarterly financial report. Dividend and stock buyback announced by board of directors.

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10/24/14

New water bottler celebrated in Frederickson

New water bottling plant opens in Frederickson Industrial Area of Pierce County. The $50 million private investment has created 60 jobs, with more expected in the future.

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10/23/14

Business opportunity with Thurston County

Companies with experience administering workers' compensation claims have been invited to respond with a proposal to Thurston County to handle those services.

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10/23/14

TrueBlue’s growth is profitable

TrueBlue earnings, revenues are up for third quarter, in part due to the acquisition of former Seaton brands.

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10/23/14

Columbia’s quarterly loan growth tops 11%

Columbia reports loan increase, profits and higher dividends headed to shareholders from third quarter results.

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10/23/14

U.S. wins state’s bond business

State names U.S. Bank the official fiscal agent for all long-term bonds, borrowing tools that typically support school districts, cities, water and sewer authorities, and counties.

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10/23/14

Murano wins Conde Nast award

Hotel Murano in Tacoma is the 8th best hotel in the Pacific Northwest, according to readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

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10/22/14

Tacoma lending ‘predator’ gets 5 years

Former South Sound money lender got 5 years in prison, plus 3 years probation and order to make $831,607 in restitution at sentencing today in Tacoma.

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10/22/14

CPI bump impacts ‘real earnings’

Average hourly earnings down slightly, but working longer hours brings small bump in average weekly earnings.

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10/22/14

Rising food costs trump gasoline savings

Yes, gasoline is cheaper now than it was, but most food items cost more. As a result, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in September.

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10/22/14

Washington is #8 energy-efficient state

Washington ranks #8 on the list of most energy efficient states, according to an industry scorecard released today.

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10/22/14

New CEO at Tacoma biotech firm

New President for Revalesio brings 30 years of Eli Lilly experience to Tacoma biomedical research company.

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10/21/14

Tacoma pension advisor expands

Panagiotu Pension Advisors has acquired Tern Pension Services Inc., both of Tacoma. The combination will serve retirement plan clients from Idaho, Montana and the whole state of Washington.

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10/21/14

Study: 6-to-1 return on transpo investment

$7 billion investment in Washington roads and bridges is needed, according to a consultant's report. And it would bring $42 billion in economic benefits to the state.

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10/21/14

Homebuilders’ confidence sagging a bit

New single-family builder confidence in the housing market dropped five points nationally in October, but confidence is still good. Local builders echo the trend, but worry about affordability.

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10/21/14

Record quarter for Olympia bank

Sale of a bank-owned property and recovery on a non-performing loan combined to boost third quarter earnings at Washington Business Bank into record territory.

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10/21/14

New financing for state office buildings

Vine Street Group has refinanced its Town Center East III office project in Tumwater. The facility houses the state Department of Labor & Industries and Department of Health.

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10/21/14

Unemployment rates stable in Sept.

September saw unemployment rates unchanged over August for Pierce and Thurston counties. Statewide, the jobless rate remains at 5.4 percent.

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10/20/14

Feds protect 110M acres of ‘wilderness’

Commemorating 50 years of government protections, the federal agencies responsible for preserving natural wilderness today manage nearly 5 percent of the U.S. and have a new coordinated plan to do so.

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10/20/14

Insurers told to study mental claims

Health insurance companies have been told to study their files to ensure compliance with a recent state Supreme Court ruling mandating that mental health services be covered.

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10/20/14

Aging ‘bull’ market expected to be ‘volatile’

Russell continues to advise equities over fixed income, despite volatility of aging bull market.

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10/20/14

Support for 167 extension from Lewis Co.

Lewis County Economic Development Council has endorsed the regional effort to fund completion of State Route 167 from Puyallup to Port of Tacoma.

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10/17/14

Consumer spending lifts GDP report

The nation's GDP rebounded in the second quarter after falling 2.1 percent in the first three months of 2014, according to a report issued today by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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10/17/14

South Sound ‘pot’ sales growing

Legal marijuana sales by nine licensed retail outlets in two South Sound counties totaled $1.356 million in the first three months of operation.

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10/17/14

Cold weather coming, kids need coats

Commercial building firms in the South Sound have opened a drive to collect winter coats for kids between 5 and 16 years who need them.

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10/17/14

Credit Union Day paid cash to non-profit

In honor of 'Credit Union Day,' North Mason Resources in Belfair gained a small cash donation from Peninsula Credit Union in Shelton.

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10/16/14

Olympia tax preparer headed to prison

An Olympia man was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for a fraudulent tax preparation scheme that victimized his fellow firefighters, paramedics and others from 2010 to 2013.

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10/16/14

Gala celebration for Women of Influence

More than 150 gathered in Tacoma last evening to celebrate 2014 Class of Women of Influence in the South Sound.

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10/16/14

CHI Franciscan names CEO for Bremerton hospital

CHI Franciscan names new CEO for its Harrison Medical Center. He's coming from Bellevue's Overlake Hospital.

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10/16/14

Board of timber giant declares dividend

Shareholders of Weyerhaeuser Co. will be receiving a cash dividend of 29 cents per share at the end of November.

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10/16/14

One-month loss, one-year gain in jobs

Hospitality, education and health services lost most jobs last month. Construction, retail trade and government added the most, with a net loss of 600 jobs for the state.

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10/16/14

Tumwater has new focus on priorities

Tumwater will have a new assistant city administrator starting Nov. 1 to focus on the brewery development project, communications and engagement. Heidi Behrends Cerniwey was named to the post today.

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10/16/14

Inslee says more revenue needed

Gov. Jay Inslee told Tacoma #8 Rotarians today that next year’s Legislature will have to face reality: If there is no new tax revenue found, there will be major reductions to essentially all “discretionary” programs.

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10/15/14

Kent Chamber continues B&O tax battle

Kent Chamber of Commerce leadership has renewed its opposition to city plans to increase the B&O tax rates next year and spend some of it on general fund activities.

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10/15/14

New sounds coming to South Sound

KGY 1240AM will lose its local programming sounds tomorrow (Oct. 16) following FCC approval of the sale of that broadcast license to a Seattle faith-based non-profit network.

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10/15/14

‘Virtual Doc’ has successful first year

The phone and on-line 'doctor visits' offered by CHI Franciscan Health System is estimated to have saved $600,000 in patient costs in its first year of operations.

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10/15/14

Carbon plan: NFIB sees 11,000 jobs lost

A small business advocacy group claimed today that 11,000 jobs would be lost, if Gov. Inslee's carbon reduction plan is implemented.

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10/15/14

Jobs slip, optimism fading for small biz

A new survey finds small business owners less optimistic in September than they were before the Great Recession. An economist called the results more like a recession period than one of expansion.

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10/14/14

Library director at final board meeting

Neel Parikh, executive director of Pierce County Library System for the past 20 years, will attend her final meeting of the agency’s board of trustees tomorrow afternoon.

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10/14/14

New VP comes to Bates from Shoreline

Holly Woodmansee will join the executive management team at Bates Technical College later this month as vice president of administrative services.

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10/14/14

Olympia port invests in landscaping

Olympia’s Port Plaza is seeing improvements in its landscaping to improve public safety, open view corridors and ensure enjoyment for years to come.

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10/14/14

Commissioner has advice on Medicare

State Insurance Commissioner offers advisers to answer Medicare "open enrollment" questions. Annual window to make changes begins Oct. 15th.

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10/14/14

Tacoma postal facility targeted to close

Tacoma’s Processing & Distribution Center is again on the list of 80 such facilities identified as scheduled to close. Apparently, its mail handling will be done in Seattle starting in January.

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10/13/14

From BE: Influential women & business

The new Business Examiner bi-weekly edition celebrates women in business. Also, coverage of a nutty new start-up and plans to bring life to downtown Lacey office buildings.

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10/13/14

Monthly report on state taxes mixed

The monthly report of state tax collections released today shows signs of shopping for cars and trucks, but not so much for electronic devices and appliances.

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10/13/14

Auburn Boeing workers begin 737 MAX

Boeing workers in Auburn have begun manufacturing component parts for the company's next single-aisle jetliner, the 737 MAX. It is expected to roll off Renton assembly lines next year and into the sky in 2016.

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10/13/14

Consumers like both Tacoma hospitals

A broad-based consumer preference survey has again delivered high marks for both Tacoma hospitals, MultiCare's Tacoma General and Franciscan's St. Joseph Hospital.

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10/10/14

Ports will meet Tuesday to vote on pact

Commissioners from the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle have a special joint meeting scheduled for next Tuesday (Oct. 14) at 10 a.m. to take public comment, then vote on the proposed creation of a joint maritime terminal configuration.

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10/10/14

Olympia mayor named ‘Friend of Housing’

Stephen Buxbaum, mayor of Olympia, is one of six “Friends of Housing” named by the state Housing Finance Commission.

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10/10/14

State settles lawsuit against Extendicare

Eleven health care facilities in Washington operated by the national chain, Extendicare, are linked to a multi-state $28 million civil settlement announced today. This state will see about $1 million.

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10/10/14

Sumner industrial spill in June draws fine

The state Ecology Department has issued a $23,000 fine to Fleischmann's Vinegar for an industrial spill at its Sumner plant in June.

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10/10/14

Julie Tappero: Woman of Influence

Founder and CEO of West Sound Workforce in Gig Harbor, Julie Tappero is a 2014 "Woman of Influence" and will be honored on Oct. 15 at a public dinner program.

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10/09/14

Washington native is new Controller at Oly Fed

Olympia Federal Savings has named a new Controller, and he is a Washington native who has most recently been working in Idaho.

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10/09/14

PC TV: ‘Tops in the nation’

Pierce County TV's weekly newscast was named tops in the nation last week by a national industry group's Government Programming Awards.

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10/09/14

Thurston Beautiful Byway to open Monday

Thurston Bountiful Byway, a scenic route that promotes agricultural tourism, or “agri-tourism,” in the rural parts of Thurston County, will be celebrated on Monday afternoon.

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10/09/14

Industry honors for TrueBlue leaders

Two top executive leaders of TrueBlue, the Tacoma-based, publicly traded staffing firm, made the list of sector leaders published by Staffing Industry Review magazine.

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10/09/14

Mary Pontarolo: Woman of Influence

An advocate for some 33 years on behalf of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, Mary Pontarolo of Olympia's SafePlace will be recognized as a 2014 "Woman of Influence" next week.

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10/08/14

WDC reappoints Hahn as chair

The Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council has announced the re-appointment of Eric Hahn, vice president of organizational development at General Plastics, for a third term as chairman of the organization.

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10/08/14

$2.25 million grant for SPSCC

South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia has received a five-year, $2.25 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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10/08/14

Franciscan's Regional Hospital to move

Tukwila's Regional Hospital, which recently joined Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health, will be relocated to Highline Medical Center in Burien in October.

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10/08/14

Denise McCluskey: Woman of Influence

As Mayor of University Place and a manager of foreign language training at JBLM, Denise McCluskey is noted as a collaborative leader, and now she's also a 2014 Woman of Influence.

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10/07/14

New Equity & Human Rights office in Tacoma

Tacoma's city manager has created a new Office of Equity and Human Rights to further an initiative that was identified as the City Council’s top priority in 2014.

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10/07/14

Roof Doctor cited by L&I for ‘malpractice’

State safety inspectors from Department of Labor & Industries have issued citations with up to $219,600 in potential penalties against The Roof Doctor Inc., a South Sound contractor.

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10/07/14

Boeing forecasts doubling of air cargo

Air freight traffic globally is expected to more than double by 2033, according to a new market estimate from Boeing. Asia-North America and Europe-Asia will continue as the dominant routes.

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10/07/14

Tacoma, Seattle ports to become one

Port commissioners from Tacoma and Seattle today announced a plan to end their competition and create a single Seaport Alliance to take over management of marine cargo terminals for both ports.

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10/07/14

Robin Lucas: Woman of Influence

Robin Lucas, founding publisher of ShowCase Magazine, believes in advocating for others by connecting them through story-telling. Her personal, business and community roles make her a Woman of Influence.

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10/06/14

September homes sales up, prices, too

September saw a 13.22 percent increase in pending sales of homes and condos in western Washington and the average price gain of 9.5 percent.

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10/06/14

Business EXPO at ShoWare on Thursday

Kent Chamber is hosting a free Business EXPO and Taste of Kent this Thursday at ShoWare Center.

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10/06/14

Bates’ grant for employer partnerships, training

Among the 29 fastest-growing occupations in Pierce County, 20 require a two-year career education. And a federal training grant received by Bates Technical College supports them.

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10/06/14

Crystal’s aerial ballet continues today

Helicopter and construction workers are spending their second day installing two new lifts at Crystal Mountain ski resort, part of a $3.8 million investment addition to the resort.

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10/06/14

Boeing to take 777X work in-house

There will be less work done by suppliers and overseas partners of Boeing as it builds the new 777X model, according to an announcement from the company today.

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10/06/14

Jean Carr: Woman of Influence

Jean Carr, a co-founder of Olympia's SCJ Alliance, has accomplished much with the engineering and planning firm. But this Woman of Influence is most proud of the family she and her husband have created.

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10/03/14

Local cooks competing in nat’l kitchens

A line cook and graduate student from PLU and a young 4-H girl from Washington are competing in two different national cooking contests this month.

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10/03/14

New MultiCare CEO sees bright future

MultiCare Health System's new CEO Bill Robertson told Tacoma area leaders today that the health care system must "own its part in reducing costs" that have soared since 1960.

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10/03/14

Tacoma's trade growth celebrated at Globe Awards

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland was very matter of fact during her keynote speech at World Trade Center Tacoma's 21st annual Globe Awards, presented Thursday evening at the Hotel Murano.

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