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October 2016

11/02/16

Tacoma Community House in running for State Farm funds

Insurance giant State Farm asked communities across the United States to submit causes that make positive impacts in their neighborhoods, and a South Sound nonprofit is among those at the top of the list.

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11/02/16

Tacoma home builder adds Vancouver location

Custom home builder True Built Home, headquartered in Tacoma, has added operations in Vancouver, Wash.

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11/02/16

Manufactured housing sees bounceback

According to the Olympia-based Northwest Housing Association, manufactured home sales in Washington are on the rebound, rising 47 percent this year.

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11/02/16

Greater Seattle unemployment down; Oly, Tacoma up

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics today released September jobless rates for 387 metropolitan areas across the country, with unemployment lower in 224 of them.

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11/01/16

New year, new brand for Symphony Tacoma

Symphony Tacoma has launched its 70th year with new branding, partnering with local communications company JayRay to kick off the anniversary with a new identity.

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11/01/16

Merger between Commencement, Thurston First official

The merger between Tacoma-based Commencement Bank and Olympia-based Thurston First Bank is complete.

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11/01/16

CHI Franciscan, Virginia Mason to work together

Tacoma’s CHI Franciscan Health and Seattle’s Virginia Mason Health System announced today they have signed a letter of intent to create a clinical partnership and strategic affiliation.

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11/01/16

State OKs LNG corporate structure settlement

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved a settlement agreement with conditions to protect Puget Sound Energy customers related to the company’s proposed liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Tacoma.

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10/31/16

Enrollment open for ‘Coug’ doctors

Washington's second public medical school is now accepting applications for its first class of students seeking to become physicians.

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10/31/16

‘Veterans as Entrepreneurs’ week is here

Let's celebrate "Veterans Small Business Week" with a couple South Sound activities this week.

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10/31/16

Regional commercial real estate values firm

Regional strength of economy may be a factor in holding value in commercial real estate properties, according to a new report from brokers working in that sector.

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10/31/16

New inpatient mental care for teens to open

Treatment and inpatient care for teenagers facing mental health issues will be available in Tacoma starting Nov. 1st.

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10/31/16

Data breaches hit 450,000 in state for year

The first annual summary of data breach incidents in Washington released today identifies 39 separate cases, all but one being of relatively small numbers of consumers.

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10/28/16

New board leaders for Washington Food Industry Association

The Washington Food Industry Association has named two longtime leaders in the state’s grocery industry to lead the organization’s board of directors in 2017.

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10/28/16

$27.5 million net income in Q3 for Columbia Bank

Columbia Bank has announced its 2016 Q3 results, with a net income of $27.5 million and record new loan production.

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10/27/16

$11.0 million Q3 income for Heritage Bank

Heritage Financial Corporation today reported a net income of $11.0 million for the third quarter of 2016.

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10/27/16

National award for Olympia senior care company

Home Instead Senior Care in Olympia has been selected by Caring.com as a "Caring Star of 2017” for in-home care service excellence.

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10/27/16

Seattle PD selects Oly tech company for management solution

CopsForHire has come to an agreement with the Seattle Police Department, with the Olympia-based tech company providing its online marketplace for the department to better manage off-duty officers providing security for local events.

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10/27/16

A tale of two states

Roughly half of Washington residents are seeing a full recovery from the recession, while the rest are decidedly not.

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10/26/16

City offers employees Tacoma wage info

As a new calendar year approaches, workplace rules enforcers at City of Tacoma have published new posters reflecting an $11.15 per hour minimum wage that takes effect January 1st.

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10/26/16

4 of Top 10 for retail sales in South Sound

The City of Fife records more than six times the average per capita retail sales over the whole state, according to new publication. Three other South Sound cities also made the top 10 performing markets.

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10/26/16

Boeing sees ‘blue skies’ ahead

As the global economy continues to strengthen, market analysts at Boeing have a new optimistic forecast of future needs of air cargo planes, which the company manufactures in its Puget Sound facilities.

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10/26/16

Insurance Commissioner offers his view

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says 13 different providers will be offering healthcare plans for 2017, and the average rate increase from this year is 13.6 percent, although some plans jumped by up to 24 percent.

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10/26/16

Washington trailing nation — that’s good

Leaders of the public-private partnership formed to implement Obamacare in Washington are claiming much better results than what's in the national headlines, as they outline 2017 premium rates.

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10/25/16

Coffee chief will speak to green leaders

As U.S. Army commanders and senior leaders focused on the Asia Pacific region gather on Wednesday, they will hear from a Starbucks senior executive, who also has the same region of responsibility.

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10/25/16

Tacoma Chamber at 132, looks to next gen

At its annual meeting, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber looks to connect with the next generation of advocates for business and community.

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County unemployment rates drop

10/25/16

County unemployment rates drop

More jobs filled and slightly reduced workforce totals mean lower unemployment rates for Tacoma and Olympia markets in September. Lewis and Mason counties also saw their rates drop, despite losing jobs last month.

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10/25/16

Election ballots flowing in

Voters are already returning completed ballots to election officials 13 days before the deadline, either because they are eager to register their choices, or because it may prevent at least some campaign phone calls urging support.

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10/25/16

Looking to hire 200 in downtown Tacoma

One of the larger employers in downtown Tacoma is looking to hire another 200 entry level workers at a career fair today.

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10/24/16

Heck: No to TPP

Labor leaders hail the announcement from Rep. Denny Heck that he will vote against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

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10/24/16

PLU adds four online business courses

Pacific Lutheran University has begun offering a four-course slate of online business classes designed for working professionals.

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10/24/16

The RAM raises over $15K for ALS research

Raise a glass to Pierce County-based The RAM Restaurant and Brewery, which just raised $15,762 for ALS awareness and research.

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10/24/16

Lacey honors legacy companies

As Lacey celebrates a half-century of city-hood, it is also recognizing community businesses that have a history at least that old and continue today.

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10/21/16

Seaport Alliance to debut two apps in November

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is getting into the app game with two new mobile programs aimed at maximizing cargo efficiency.

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10/21/16

RV salesman caught in workers comp scam

A Tacoma RV salesman who claimed he couldn’t work because of an on-the-job injury has been ordered to pay back more than $81,000 in state disability benefits.

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10/21/16

Auburn's Zones, Inc., acquires fast-growing firm

Auburn IT company Zones, Inc., has announced the acquisition of nfrastructure Technologies LLC, a provider of integrated technology software for private businesses and the public sector.

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10/21/16

Cheesecake Factory hiring for 270 at Tacoma Mall

With its opening at the Tacoma Mall less than two months away, The Cheesecake Factory is hiring for 270 jobs in Pierce County.

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10/20/16

From SSBiz: SBA helps employees become owners

Federally-back small business loans are helping employees at some South Sound companies buy their employer, triggering their future while releasing their former boss to retire. Read more details in this article from South Sound BIZ.

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10/20/16

Inflation rising faster here than in U.S.

Probably related to western Washington having one of the best-performing economies in the nation right now, the local cost of living is also measured above regions.

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10/20/16

Housing starts slip, permits up

Homebuilders slowed down their output last month, but are still showing optimism for the future by taking out more construction permits, according to a data release.

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10/20/16

Food collections by Haggen

Regional grocery chain Haggen has a one-week food drive going that hopes to collect 300,000 pounds of foods for distribution to hungry families in the market.

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LNG station opens in Fife

10/20/16

LNG station opens in Fife

Natural gas-powered trucks and cars have a new place to refill the tanks that its owner feels will close the gap for border-to-border travel by LNG power.

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10/19/16

‘Top 10’ kudos to Tacoma Water

Tacoma's water supply utility has earned Top Ten honors from the trade association for metropolitan water agencies.

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10/19/16

Chamber of commerce is moving

Downtown Auburn will be seeing some changes in the month ahead as the chamber of commerce is moving to make way for a MultiCare expansion that's eliminating its current office space.

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10/19/16

TrueBlue has higher Q3 sales, earnings

An international staffing provider headquartered in Tacoma reported improved revenues and earnings today for the three months ended Sept. 30th.

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10/19/16

More available workers & jobs

Attracted by the strong regional economy, Washington's available workforce continues to add people looking for work. Fortunately, the growth in news jobs is keeping pace, measured from one year ago.

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10/19/16

Jobless rate falling, jobs growing

Additional new jobs created in government and the private sector helped to lower the Evergreen State's unemployment rate last month.

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10/18/16

Rents up in Tacoma for 11th straight month

While Seattle apartment rents continue to decrease, the pace continues to grow in Tacoma, where the average rent has risen for the 11th straight month.

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10/18/16

State Farm to hire 200 Tacoma workers

State Farm continues to grow its Tacoma work force, with the national insurance company planning to add about 200 new workers in the city.

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10/18/16

Olympia YWCA will recognize Habitat

Noting over-lapping service areas, YWCA of Olympia has named the local Habitat for Humanity as its Business of Achievement for this year.

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10/18/16

Executive people moves

A number of well-known and prominent business executives have made changes in their work situations recently.

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10/17/16

Busy week of meetings at Port of Tacoma

It’s going to be a busy week at Port of Tacoma’s Fabulich Center, which will host a Northwest Seaport Alliance meeting on Tuesday and a Port of Tacoma Commission meeting on Thursday.

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10/17/16

Health exchange to open first two storefronts

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the state’s first two brick-and-mortar health insurance enrollment centers, to be located in Spokane and Vancouver.

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10/17/16

Chambers Bay resort developers chosen

Chambers Bay Development, LLC, has been chosen to design, build and operate the new Chambers Bay Resort in University Place.

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10/14/16

Area party bus company fined

A Seatac-based party bus company has been penalized by state transportation safety regulators for operating and advertising without the proper permit.

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10/14/16

Tacoma homes demand + 11% from 2015

The story is familiar in today's residential real estate market report for Tacoma-Pierce County: strong demand, limited supply equals higher prices.

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10/14/16

Orion receives Globe Award

A jobs training program for persons with barriers to employment is one of Boeing's top local part suppliers, and Orion Industries is also the winner of 2016 Globe Award from local advocates for international trade.

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10/14/16

Community hospitals earn plaudits

The state trade association for hospitals recognized six facilities in the South Sound for their attention to and progress toward quality care today.

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10/13/16

Tacoma senior housing community sold to Ohio firm

A senior housing community in Tacoma was among 19 properties announced in a recent sale arranged by commercial real estate firm CBRE.

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10/13/16

$316 million economic impact for SPSCC

A study revealed today by South Puget Sound Community College shows that the Olympia school had a $316 million economic impact on Thurston County in fiscal year 2014-15.

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10/13/16

JBLM forces yield to storm forecasts

As western Washington prepares for the first autumn rain and wind storm this evening, local military units are sending people home early and allowing late arrivals on Friday.

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10/13/16

Asbestos trainer pleads guilty

Fraudulent certifications for asbestos training bring federal criminal charges to a Kent business owner.

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10/12/16

2016 Women of Influence honored

The spotlight was on six outstanding South Sound women today as Business Examiner Media held its 2016 Women of Influence event at Historic 1625 Tacoma Place.

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10/12/16

New name for rebranded former Weyerhaeuser building

Now that Weyerhaeuser has vacated its former headquarters in Federal Way, the building’s new owners have eschewed the timber giant’s name in hopes of making the facility more attractive to prospective tenants.

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10/12/16

Sentencing for last bank fraud perp

A federal judge in Seattle has completed the sentencing of five South Sound residents for their shared scheme to defraud local banks and credit unions of almost a million dollars.

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New funding for Grays Harbor refinery

10/12/16

New funding for Grays Harbor refinery

There will be continued remodeling and improvements at the biodiesel refinery near Hoquiam on Willapa Bay, thanks to additional credit extended to its owner by Umpqua Bank.

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10/11/16

Capital Mall Dick's store has opening date

DICK'S Sporting Goods has confirmed the opening date for its location at Olympia’s Capital Mall: Friday, Oct. 28.

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10/11/16

Kitsap Bank edg3 FUND finalists named

Five finalists have been announced by Kitsap Bank in its third annual edg3 FUND Small Business Competition, with two of the challengers located in the South Sound.

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10/11/16

New CHI Franciscan clinics in Lakewood

CHI Franciscan Health has announced the opening of two new Lakewood area clinics.

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10/11/16

Trio of South Sound golf courses sold

Three South Sound golf courses are among eight that will be acquired by Chinese firm HNA Holding Group for a total of $137 million.

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10/10/16

Tacoma among cities with most coffee shops per capita

Real estate brokerage Redfin has identified the coffee capitals of the United States, with a South Sound city sneaking into the top 10.

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10/10/16

Quarter of business at Good Samaritan pharmacy now after hours

In the months since the pharmacy at MultiCare's Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup opened 24 hours, after hours business has boomed.

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10/10/16

CHI Franciscan celebrating St. Joe's 125th anniversary

CHI Franciscan Health this week is celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Joseph Medical Center, which was born St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma in October of 1891.

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10/07/16

Illinois company acquires Olympia manufacturer

Water jet nozzle Manufacturer Diamond Technology Innovations, Inc., headquartered in Olympia, has been acquired by a Rockford, Ill.-based company.

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10/07/16

South Sound sewage treatments ‘tops’

Proper treatment of wastewater might not be exciting work, but the state Ecology Department recognizes its importance with annual awards, with 2015 winners announced today.

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10/07/16

‘Manufacturing Day’ is today

Break out the party decorations, it's National Manufacturing Day.

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10/07/16

WOI: Five decades of service

Teacher, attorney, philanthropist and author are appropriate descriptions for a half-century of supporting the Thurston County community by the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Woman of Influence.

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10/06/16

With good test, big week for Kent space firm

There’s been quite a bit of buzz around Kent’s Blue Origin of late, and this week was another newsworthy one for Amazon owner Jeff Bezos’ spacefaring side project.

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10/06/16

Kent names new city clerk

Washington's sixth largest city will have a new official administrative leader later this month, after the mayor and city council agreed on a replacement for Ronald Moore , who left in June.

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10/06/16

Western State, cops' new escape protocols

Administrators of the largest mental health treatment center in the state today agreed to a new policy regard their cooperation with nearby law enforcement agencies, when patients leave the facility without authority.

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10/06/16

Gig Harbor is state's best place to retire

Financial technology company SmartAsset has released a study of the Best Places to Retire in Washington, and the top 10 is peppered with South Sound cities.

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10/06/16

Police watch West Oly store vandal

A lone male apparently suffering from mental health issues attacked a furniture store in west Olympia early yesterday and caused around $50,000 in damage. He was eventually talked down by police officers and taken to a local hospital.

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10/05/16

WOI: Linked globally in others’ languages

Bringing non-English language skills to Special Forces troops and members of the South Sound community is proving a good business opportunity for this 2016 Woman of Influence honoree.

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10/05/16

Buses coming from 3 states to Olympia

Charter bus operators will hold their regional convention next week in Olympia and a competition will identify the best drivers from three states.

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Cannabis production comes to Satsop

10/05/16

Cannabis production comes to Satsop

The developer and operator of Washington's largest producer and processor of recreational cannabis is expanding from Thurston into Grays Harbor County.

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10/05/16

Housing market remains strong

As autumn cools the summer's hot real estate market just a bit, brokers report there is still a shortage of homes listed for sale, compared to the number of eager buyers.

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10/05/16

New trustee named for SPSCC

A former longshoreman who was elected to a term as a port commissioner has been named by the governor to serve as a trustee for South Puget Sound Community College.

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10/04/16

Index shows Washington leads way in small biz jobs

A newly released national study shows that, when it comes to small business jobs, Washington state increased its sizeable lead among states in September.

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10/04/16

Conflict tips: Wells Fargo and misinterpreted directives

Do you really know how your directives are interpreted and implemented? Unless you ask around, you don’t.

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10/04/16

Minority Business Development Agency center now open

The City of Tacoma is hosting an open house for its new Minority Business Development Agency Business Center.

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10/03/16

Port terminals add hours for peak season

International shipping lines, too, are expecting a bigger holiday shopping season in 2016. For them, the peak times began in late August and will extend through early November.

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10/03/16

CHI Franciscan appoints chief medical officer

CHI Franciscan Health has announced the appointment of Michael H. Anderson as chief medical officer.

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10/03/16

Holiday hiring outlook stronger

Washington state's strong economy bodes well for an active holiday shopping season, according to labor economists. As a result, they are predicting nearly twice as many seasonal jobs to be created this year, compared to 2015.

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10/03/16

WOI: Attorney qualified by O-J-T

Lawyers are among the most recognized of professions, and there is a little-known entry to the legal vocation that doesn't include two years-plus of rigorous studies in a school of law. This Woman of Influence is a prime example of its success.

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