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October 2017

10/31/17

New director for Columbia Bank board

Columbia Bank has announced the appointment of Eric Forrest to its board of directors, effective upon the closing of Columbia's pending acquisition of Pacific Continental Corporation.

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10/31/17

Bates Technical High School gets money from Ingersoll Rand

Bates Technical High School is the recent recipient of a $10,000 Real Tools for Schools grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation.

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10/31/17

Exchange rolls out more resources as open enrollment kicks off

With health insurance markets in relative disarray following moves from D.C., the Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that it will have more customer resources and assistance available than ever before to help people find and enroll in health coverage for 2018.

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10/31/17

REI to close again for Black Friday

Kent’s REI has announced that, for the third consecutive year, it will close its 151 stores on Black Friday and process no online sales.

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10/30/17

Biz Crawl caps S3 Summit

With an overall theme of "Advancing South Sound Business," local entrepreneurs, company owners and leaders are gathered in Tacoma today – and you can join them to wrap up the day.

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10/30/17

Accolades & Hirings

A well-known South Hill dentist recently was named to the International College of Dentists and his community. And a new city manager has been selected for Fircrest.

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10/30/17

Revenues, earnings down at TrueBlue

Business is tough on staffing firms, when so much of the available workforce already has a job. South Sound-based TrueBlue is reporting a drop in sales and earnings for third quarter.

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10/30/17

‘World Market’ opening at Capital Mall

A new retail store with a global flavor opens this week at Capital Mall in Olympia.

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10/30/17

New state health leader named

The largest purchaser of health care benefits in the state of Washington is gaining a new leader to start 2018.

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10/27/17

SBA seeks Small Business Person of the Year nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Seattle District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2018 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Washington Small Business Person of the Year.

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10/27/17

Northwest College of Art and Design celebrates Tacoma move

Northwest College of Art and Design, which announced a move from Poulsbo to Tacoma in March, will celebrate the relocation with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

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10/27/17

South Sound exec Gessel joins Seattle acquisitions firm

ACT Capital Advisors, a corporate finance and acquisitions firm based on Seattle’s Mercer Island, has added South Sound executive Gary Gessel as managing director.

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10/27/17

Tacoma Chamber's South Sound Summit set for Monday

More than 17 speakers are in the lineup when the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber hosts the South Sound Summit on Monday, spotlighting the region’s “best business success stories and catalytic leaders.”

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10/26/17

Nevada development company acquires Lacey industrial park

Dermody Properties has acquired the Meridian Campus Corporate Park in Lacey, a three-building site totaling 459,551 square feet on 18 acres.

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10/26/17

Heritage Bank announces third quarter results

Heritage Bank has reported a net income of $10.6 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to $11.0 million for the same quarter last year.

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10/26/17

CEO pleased with Columbia Bank's Q3 growth

Columbia Bank announced its third quarter results today, with a third quarter net income of $40.8 million.

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10/26/17

Eleven insurers, 74 plans on Exchange; rates jump 36 percent

Eleven health insurers are approved to sell 74 plans in Washington's 2018 individual health insurance market, with the average premium increase this year has jumped to 36.4 percent.

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10/25/17

Big jump in Commencement Bank earnings

Positive effects from a merger with a former Olympia bank is one of the reasons for a big increase in net earnings last quarter at Tacoma's Commencement Bank.

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10/25/17

Boeing reports Q3 results today

Solid and growing rates of deliveries for completed airliners drove Boeing Co. financial results upward over the past three months.

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10/25/17

Hirst decision on water wells meeting

Building industry interests will gather tomorrow evening in Fife for an update and discussion on the status of Hirst decision, which has been blamed for shutting off new construction in rural areas.

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10/25/17

Fines levied for industrial death

Unsafe removal of a guardrail on an elevated work platform where a worker fell to his death has brought fines to the Aberdeen lumber mill operated by Sierra Pacific Industries.

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10/25/17

The future of Mason Co. real estate

While challenged by low numbers of available homes in Mason County and the need for long-term well-paying jobs, Realtors meeting in Shelton also heard encouraging news for their industry.

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10/24/17

Philanthropy to be recognized

South Sound leaders will recognize leaders in philanthropy at a luncheon next week, celebrating efforts to support the community through its non-profit organizations.

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10/24/17

Thurston broker offers healthplan advice

Local insurance professionals step up to help neighbors connect to Affordable Care Act health plan coverage.

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10/24/17

Local lumber into local Habitat houses

A newer arrival to Mason County's storied wood products industry, Sierra Pacific, is stepping up with a gift of lumber product to the local Habitat for Humanity program.

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10/24/17

Jobless rates head downward

More hiring in government jobs helped push the unemployment rate for September lower in most South Sound communities.

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10/23/17

Shelton medical foundation honors

Members of the Mason County community will remember Marian and Harold Greenberg, 20-year residents of Shelton, at the annual Fantasy Forest event next month.

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Amazon gifts locally for STEM

10/23/17

Amazon gifts locally for STEM

Acknowledging its major distribution center in Kent that opened March 2016, Amazon has given $10,000 to that local school district to support science, technology, engineering and math programs.

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10/23/17

Federal $$ for South Sound DV programs

Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Mason and Pierce counties should benefit from grants from the federal government announced recently.

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10/23/17

Tacoma minimum wage goes higher

Employers within City of Tacoma should plan for another minimum wage increase effective with the start of the new year.

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10/23/17

New sick leave rules, state min. wage

Employers planning their 2018 budgets should check into newly required mandatory sick leave provisions, as well as an increase in the state minimum wage.

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10/20/17

Production company moves from Bay Area to Kitsap

An Emmy award-winning husband-and-wife production team now calls Kitsap County home after moving their production company from the San Francisco Bay area to Port Orchard.

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10/20/17

Symposium: Economic growth in eastern Washington

Although it is smaller by magnitudes, eastern Washington is seeing similar trends in new jobs and technology connections to areas west of the Cascades, according to reports today at a statewide symposium held in Tumwater.

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10/20/17

Seattle Metro Chamber awards Tacoma mayor

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has received the Sen. Scott White Regional Leadership Award from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

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10/19/17

The RAM raises over $20K for ALS awareness, research

South Sound-based RAM Restaurant Group, which operates The RAM Restaurant and Brewery locations in six states, participated in the Ales for ALS national fundraising campaign for the third year, raising a total donation of $20,173.

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10/19/17

South Sound YMCA in Oly acquires 5th Avenue facility

The South Sound YMCA in Olympia is on the move, headed downtown through the purchase and consolidation of the 5th Avenue Fitness Center.

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10/19/17

Tacoma's Topia Technology debuts new digital currency

Tacoma cybersecurity firm Topia Technology is debuting a new digital currency — the TopiaCoin — which it is establishing to fund development of a new security platform.

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10/19/17

Third quarter home market projects escalating South Sound prices

Metro Seattle real estate brokerage Coldwell Banker Bain has released its third quarter market report for the Puget Sound region, and it projects prices rising sharply in the South Sound.

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10/18/17

Oly Fed earns award for civic contributions

Olympia Federal Savings has been chosen as one of five award recipients of the 2017 Corporations for Communities Award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make it a priority to help their communities.

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10/18/17

State unemployment rate unchanged in September

Washington’s unemployment rate held at 4.6 percent in September and preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state gained 13,800 jobs over the month.

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10/18/17

State tax breaks may help land HQ2

While state lawmakers and even the governor did not make any special provisions to entice Amazon to build its second headquarters in Washington, there are some existing benefits that might apply.

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South Sound proposal goes to Amazon

10/18/17

South Sound proposal goes to Amazon

Seattle-based Amazon invited hundreds of other communities in early September to make their case for a second corporate headquarters, promising a $5 billion construction budget and 50,000 new jobs.

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10/17/17

Tacoma conducting procurement and contracting study

The City of Tacoma is conducting a study aimed at reviewing its procurement process and contract awards, including those to small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses.

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10/17/17

OUBT adds training sessions in Tacoma

The Olympia University of Business and Technology has opened a new training session and location, the culmination of discussions and collaboration with Tacoma Community House.

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10/17/17

Hailey Apartments to break ground in Tacoma

On Friday, the Tacoma Public Library’s downtown parking lot will begin its transformation into a mixed-use development with the groundbreaking of the Hailey Apartments.

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10/16/17

Auburn company to celebrate 30 years by raising funds

Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation, an equipment supplier headquartered in Auburn, will be holding its fourth annual “Pink Pallet Jack Project” online auction in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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10/16/17

Insurance commish fines two South Sound businesses

The office of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has announced a list of companies — including two in the South Sound — disciplined in August and September for violating state insurance regulations.

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10/16/17

Olympia, Puyallup law firms announce merger

A pair of South Sound practices are joining forces with the merger of Olympia’s Goldstein Law Office PLLC and Puyallup’s Athena Legal Advocates.

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10/13/17

Kreidler slams White House's insurance moves

One prominent state official has come out in vehement opposition to President Donald Trump’s recent moves around national insurance regulations.

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10/13/17

AWB president supports AHPs after Trump move

After President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing small businesses to form “health associations” to purchase group insurance plans outside Obamacare exchanges, at least one prominent business group has come out in tentative support.

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10/13/17

National honor for Pierce County Libraries

Pierce County Library System has been recognized by Urban Libraries Council with an Innovative Initiatives Award, citing the Library System as “an innovative leader in building communities.”

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10/13/17

Gig Harbor's Heritage Distilling hits the airwaves

Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling has announced a unique partnership with KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, crating the first weekly radio show dedicated to the growing culture of craft spirits, cocktails, beer and wine.

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10/12/17

Weyerhaeuser steps ‘out of woods’ – again

Seattle-based wood products firm Weyerhaeuser today announced the sale of 100,000 acres of timberlands in the southeastern U.S. to an investment group that includes Green Diamond.

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40/40: Large crowd salutes 2017 class

10/12/17

40/40: Large crowd salutes 2017 class

For the 15th consecutive year, Business Examiner Media has recognized 40 young leaders from the South Sound as "40 Under Forty" recipients.

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10/12/17

Russell’s Threshold Group joins Tiedemann

An investment advisory firm founded by Tacoma-Gig Harbor's Russell family today announced that it will become part of a much larger New York firm to focus on "impact investing."

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10/12/17

Another bank expands local business efforts

Oregon bank expands its Washington footprint with addition of six small business banking specialists.

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10/11/17

South Sound insurance brokers announce merger

Tacoma insurance brokerage Group Services Northwest has merged operations with fellow broker Leavitt Group Northwest.

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10/11/17

DSHS revokes certification from Tacoma treatment facility

The Department of Social and Health Service has notified Tacoma’s A Fresh Beginning that it is revoking the treatment facility’s certification.

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10/11/17

Pierce County industrial market strong in Q3

Real estate firm has released its third quarter reviews of the Seattle metro area, with the Pierce County industrial picture looking rosy.

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10/11/17

Federal Reserve OKs Columbia, Pacific Continental merger

Columbia Bank and Pacific Continental Bank have received the required regulatory approval from the Federal Reserve Board for their proposed merger.

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10/10/17

Jimmy John's adds another Tacoma location

Sandwich shop franchise Jimmy John’s has opened another store in Tacoma, its 17th in the South Sound.

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10/10/17

Bonney Lake firm pays back wages after L&I investigation

A Bonney lake insulation contractor has repaid back wages after being cited in a Washington State Department of Labor & Industries investigation, with further action possible from the state agency.

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10/10/17

Earnings up in Washington Business Bank's Q3

Washington Business Bank in Olympia has announced its results for 2017’s third quarter, posting a net income of $133,460.

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10/10/17

40/40: Volunteers, numbers & leading

Volunteer service is a large part of the story for two "40 Under Forty" honorees profiled today, along with an inspiring victory over cancer by a financial adviser who is now moving from banking into a family business.

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10/09/17

SSA takes over stevedoring for Matson in Tacoma

SSA Marine has taken over stevedoring and terminal services for Matson at Port of Tacoma a few months early, the Northwest Seaport Alliance has announced.

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10/09/17

National industry awards for Oly's The Artisans Group

Olympia’s The Artisans Group and co-principal Tessa Smith have won two national awards for the design and construction of a hyper-energy efficient single family home.

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10/09/17

Clover Park Manufacturing Day aims to get kids involved

Clover Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Day 2017 — touted by the Lakewood school as “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers” — is set for Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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10/09/17

40/40: IT tools, justice & efficient homes

Today's "40 Under Forty" honorees include an IT leader who believes it is people, not tech tools, that are important; a "super lawyer" always seeking 'win-win' outcomes, and a preeminent designer-builder of Passive Homes nationwide.

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10/06/17

40/40: Mental health, issues and carrots

Today's profiled "40 Under Forty" honorees started making their impacts in Ghana, Alaska and Tacoma, and those contributions to community have only grown with their career progression in the South Sound.

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10/06/17

40 Under Forty craft tasting to feature three brewers

Three local craft breweries will be offering a tasting of some of their finest fall brews at 40 Under Forty, set for Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Foss Waterway Seaport.

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10/06/17

Dave and Buster's looks to hire over 200 for Auburn location

Entertainment and restaurant franchise Dave & Buster’s is set to open its first Washington location in Auburn in December, and the Dallas-based company is looking to hire more than 230 new workers to staff it.

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10/06/17

Heritage Distillery among Manufacturing Excellence winners

Gig Harbor’s Heritage Distilling was one of four innovative companies honored with Manufacturing Excellence awards at the Association of Washington Business Institute’s annual Manufacturing Summit yesterday.

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10/05/17

Study: Education not keeping up with STEM demand

The Technology Alliance, a statewide nonprofit of leaders from businesses and research institutions, has released a new study illustrating how tech is changing Washington’s economy, as well as what these changes mean for the state’s workforce demands.

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10/05/17

Industry honor for TrueBlue's Quinn

Jill Quinn, president of TrueBlue transportation staffing provider Centerline, has been named to the prestigious Staffing Industry Analyst’s 2017 Global Power 100’s Women in Staffing list.

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10/05/17

Housing inventory scarce, market a 'wonderful adventure'

If you’re looking to buy a home, October might be the month to do it.

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10/05/17

40/40: ‘Recession grads’ find ways to revive

When a person graduates college to enter the workforce can have some impact of their early success. Today's "40 Under Forty" profiles feature some who had the misfortunate timing to land in a recessionary job market.

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10/04/17

40/40: In the air, underground and at home

Today's profile of "40 Under Forty" honorees shares the story of customer service into entrepreneurship, creating homes from the ground up and starting fresh in a new environment.

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10/04/17

Olympia's GHB Insurance celebrates 90 years

Olympia brokerage GHB Insurance, Inc., is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a challenge to contribute to a local nonprofit.

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10/04/17

Kitsap Bank announces 2017 edg3 FUND finalists

Foodies and locavores will be interested in this year’s finalists in the fourth annual edg3 FUND Small Business Competition, held by Kitsap Bank.

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10/04/17

CEO named for Boys & Girls Clubs

Carrie Prudente Holden has been appointed to president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, effective Oct. 1.

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10/03/17

Amtrak coming inland in December

After 11 years of design, consultation and construction, Amtrak Cascades trains will start using a new track routing through central Pierce County starting Dec. 18th – and there will be two more roundtrips each day, too.

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10/03/17

40/40: Helping, learning & teaching

Learning and teaching – and how they are inter-connected – are common themes among three "40 Under Forty" honorees, even though none of them have that specifically in their job description.

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10/03/17

Tribes get federal $$ for crime fighting

Federal funds are coming to South Sound local tribal communities to battle crime and provide services to victims.

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10/03/17

Caring for storm-impacted pets

Animal-loving consumers in the South Sound and greater Puget Sound market are opening their wallets to help feed cats and dogs impacted by Gulf Coast hurricanes.

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10/03/17

Nonresidential building stabilizes

Even beyond the red-hot Pacific Northwest, non-residential building continued to firm up in August, according to analysis of government data.

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10/03/17

Public Power Week: Let’s celebrate

Almost eight decades ago, citizens of Mason County petitioned to form a public electric power district to replace a private supplier. It was a long political and legal battle, before PUD 3 started operations in 1939.

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10/02/17

Third extension granted to Western State Hospital

Another extension has been granted to Western State Hospital by The Department of Social and Health Services, this one running through Nov. 2.

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10/02/17

UW opens renovated building, announces Tacoma project

It’s been a busy few days for University of Washington in the South Sound.

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10/02/17

40/40: Art for the public & homes, too

Passion for her hometown and its people drives one of today's 40 Under Forty honorees, while another adopted Tacoma as his "home" following a year's of public service in the South Sound.

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10/02/17

40/40: Growth in biz and preservation

From selling produce as a child to serving international communications clients, plus passionate defense of our natural world for future generations. Two more stellar examples of "40 Under Forty" in the South Sound.

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