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September 2011

09/30/11

WPC: Rising minimum wage hurts unemployed

Washington Policy Center says the state's decision to raise the minimum wage to $9.04 beginning Jan. 1 is bad news for the unemployed, young and inexperienced workers.The center says the increase will raise the costs to operate a business and limit the number of jobs available in the already tight job market - and will likely lead to even more workers forced into unemployment. Washington's unemployment rate is 9.3 percent.

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09/30/11

Around the Sound

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Autumn Wedding Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Emerald Downs, 2300 Emerald Downs Drive. Call Debbie Luce at (253) 833-0700 for more information.The 31st Annual Associated Ministries Hunger Walk is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Fort Steilacoom Park. The registration fee is $20 for an adult ($10 for team members), $10 for youth 6-17 ($5 for team members) and free for children 5 and younger. Click here or call (253) 383-3056 for more information.

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09/30/11

4 plead guilty to rolling back odometers

Four men from Puyallup have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to conspiracy for selling used cars after tampering with the odometers.  Ricky Ristick, 23, and his father, Robert "Bob" Ristick, 42, conspired to roll back the odometers on 36 automobiles, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington. Miller Stevens, 32, and his brother Stanley Stevens, 28, conspired to roll back the odometers on 39 vehicles.

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09/30/11

Physicians file suit over Medicaid changes

Emergency physicians have filed suit in Superior Court of Washington for Thurston County against a state plan that would limit payment for Medicaid visits to three "non-emergency" visits to emergency departments each year and classify more than 700 diagnoses as "non-emergent," including chest pain, abdominal pain, miscarriage and breathing problems."This list of non-emergent diagnoses puts patients in danger and unfairly targets the poor and those in most need of care," said Dr. Stephen Anderson, president of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "We understand that our state Medicaid office is working with 19 other states to develop this policy. If this plan goes into effect, other states will certainly follow suit."

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09/29/11

People on the Move

Brian Engelking has joined Kidder Mathews' Tacoma brokerage division as a vice president. He has worked in the commercial real estate industry for 14 years.Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson has earned the nation's top designation for election administrators - Certified Elections/Registration Administrator. The Pierce County Auditor's Office is responsible for elections, licensing services, a variety of public records and animal control services.

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09/29/11

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.Lewis CountyIn August, the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Ramona L. Horst with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to properly assess and respond to patients during their labor processes and to one newborn patient.

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09/29/11

Nominations open for Tourism Celebrity Awards

Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau is accepting nominations for its annual Tourism Celebrity Awards, which recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond for the tourism community.Nominations are due Oct. 25. The winners will be announced at TRCVB's annual Tourism Matters Meeting & Celebrity Awards from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Summit Club at Cheney Stadium.

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09/29/11

Thurston Economic Vitality Index shows substantial worry among consumers

All four third quarter measures of Thurston County Economic Vitality Index were down, with the Consumer Confidence component showing its largest one-period drop ever.CCI stood at 59,  falling from 91 at the end of June, largely because 71 percent of consumers said the current labor market is bad. Half also expect it will remain troubled six months from now.

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09/29/11

Tacoma contractor receives top honor at MED Week conference

A woman-owned general contractor from Tacoma was among the winners of major awards presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration during a luncheon today at the 29th National Minority Enterprise Development Week conference.Karen Say, president of Saybr Contractors Inc., received the 8(a) Graduate of Firm of the Year award.

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09/29/11

L&I offering grants for safety, health projects

Have an innovative idea for training, equipment or some other way of improving workplace safety and health? There may be a grant waiting for you.The state Department of Labor & Industries has announced a new round of grants available through the Safety and Health Investment Projects program. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 31.

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09/29/11

Job fairs tough places to find work

While job fairs are considered to be among the least effective job search methods, thousands of frustrated and desperate job seekers across America attend these events in the hopes of landing a position. While the odds are stacked against the typical job-fair attendee, one employment expert says there are steps one can take to improve his or her chances, albeit slightly."The allure of the job fair is that you have a large number of employers under one roof - presumably, all with open positions to fill," said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. "However, the number of job seekers at the fair is likely to far exceed the number of available jobs. You are basically taking a leap of faith that you will stand out in the sea of candidates flowing by the recruiter's booth."

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09/29/11

Investment managers don't see double-dip

More than three quarters (79 percent) of investment managers say that they do not believe the U.S. economy is entering a double-dip recession, according to the latest Investment Manager Outlook quarterly survey conducted by Russell Investments.When this subset of managers was asked what economic indicators support their position, 78 percent cited strong corporate balance sheets and high corporate profit levels, and nearly half (49 percent) also pointed to the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to keep interest rates low until mid-2013.

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09/29/11

Government purchasing forum on tap

Is your company looking to do business with governments?You can meet purchasing agents from local, state, federal and other public agencies at the Greater Pierce County Purchasing Forum from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at Pierce County Environmental Services Building, 9850 64th St. West, University Place.

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09/29/11

Demolition of unfinished Kent parking garage to begin Monday

Demolition of the unfinished parking garage at Kent City Center will begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 3.Tearing down the structure will make way for the construction of a five story, mixed-use development consisting of about 164 urban-style apartments, 3,700 square feet of retail space and public parking.

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09/29/11

Average weekly wages increase

Average weekly wages for the nation increased by 3.4 percent over the year in the third quarter of 2010, according to he U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the 326 largest counties, 319 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages.Pierce County wages were up 3 percent to $821. Thurston County saw an increase of 1 percent to $800.

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09/28/11

State adopts changes to protect financial assistance for clean water projects

Washington Department of Ecology has adopted changes to rules that govern the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Program, which provides financial assistance to local governments for wastewater treatment construction projects, projects that control polluted runoff and other diffuse sources of pollution, and for other projects that protect clean water.  The Revolving Fund Program recently reached the $1 billion mark in financial assistance to local communities since its inception in 1989. The money is from special-purpose state and federal funds, not general state taxes.

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09/28/11

Chronic disease prevention gets boost with $3.2M federal grant

Washington State Department of Health has been awarded $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce chronic disease and control health care costs in 11 counties, including Lewis and Thurston, where people are at high risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.The federal Community Transformation Grant is part of $103 million HHS is awarding to states and communities to help reduce chronic diseases in three priority areas: tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; and preventive screenings -- primarily those that help prevent or control high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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09/28/11

States ask U.S. Supreme Court to take up health care lawsuit

The 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law filed a petition today asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case in its upcoming term.

"This case must be heard by the highest court in the land - and the sooner the better," said Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. "As I've said before, health care reform is much too important to build on an unconstitutional foundation. As Americans continue to struggle through this recession, they deserve to know whether or not they will be forced to buy an expensive, government-mandated insurance product in the private marketplace against their will and in violation of their constitutional rights."

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09/28/11

Blog watch: Nominations, rules, awards, forests and requests

Nominations are open for the 2011 PSAMA Pulse Awards. Learn more at The Live Wire.Check out Olympia Business Watch for AWB President Don Brunell's latest column: "Withdrawing new EPA rule is a good start, but there's a bigger problem."

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09/28/11

Federal grant to help Family Justice Center fight domestic violence

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women has awarded a two-year, $750,000 grant to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center.The grant is designed to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders by providing funding for partner agencies doing victim advocacy work at the Tacoma-based center, as well as for other programs and services for victims of domestic violence in the community.

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09/28/11

Pierce County TV earns national honors

Pierce County TV has received 10 national awards, including second place for overall excellence, from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. NATOA works with local governments on such issues as cable policy and regulation, managing rights-of-way and government access programming.PCTV, carried on channel 22 in most areas of Pierce County, finished second to Austin in the Excellence in Government Programming category. Other top honors for PCTV were:

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09/28/11

Online labor demand down 43,500 in September

Online advertised vacancies were down 43,500 in September to 3,947,100, according to today's The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series.The drop follows a decline of 164,000 during August and a decrease of 217,000 in July. The supply/demand rate stands at 3.5, indicating there were 3.5 unemployed for every online advertised vacancy during August, the latest monthly data available for unemployment.

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09/28/11

Weyerhaeuser joins jet biofuel research project

Weyerhaeuser Co. will participate in the portion of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance consortium led by Washington State University to study the feasibility of producing jet biofuel from woody feedstocks in the Pacific Northwest.The WSU-led project is one of two five-year, $40 million grants announced this morning in Seattle by Thomas Vilsack, U.S. secretary of agriculture. The University of Washington received the other $40 million grant.

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09/28/11

Tons of stuff to be auctioned Oct. 6 at Satsop Park

Do you need machine shop equipment, toilets, file cabinets, or blueprint files?  How about desks, cubicles, industrial valves, motors, or pumps? Perhaps it's a pool table, a treadmill, a large industrial water purification system, or electrical equipment that you're looking for.  Satsop Business Park has been taking inventory and finding hardware, tools and equipment from its nuclear power plant building days - as well as more recent machines, office furniture, fixtures and even exercise equipment that it simply doesn't need.

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09/28/11

South Sound metro jobless rates mixed

Unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 262 of the nation's 372 metropolitan areas, including Olympia, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.Olympia's jobless rate ticked down from 7.9 percent to 7.8 percent. Tacoma saw a slight increase, from 9.8 percent to 9.9 percent.

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09/28/11

Postal employees push to save jobs, service

U.S. Postal Service employees rallied yesterday to save mail service in congressional districts nationwide, including in downtown Tacoma.As part of "Save America's Postal Service" day, workers congregated to encourage Congress to pass H.R. 1351, legislation that addresses the financial crisis facing the country's mail system.

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09/27/11

Twitter chat

#BEchat transcript for Tuesday 09/27/11. Topic: Politics

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09/27/11

Trucking company fined for chemical reporting violations

Quality Carriers Inc., will pay more than $46,000 to settle hazardous chemical reporting violations at its facility in Kent, according to a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.The company is an off-loading facility that transfers chemicals from rail cars to on-road trucks. According to EPA, in 2009 the company stored large amounts of hydrogen peroxide above threshold planning quantities without properly reporting it to the Kent Fire Department, King County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the State Emergency Response Commission.

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09/27/11

HCC among leaders in student completion

Highline Community College has been recognized as a leader in the national student completion movement by Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that helps 3.5 million community college students stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.Des Moines-based HCC, one of 23 institutions designated as a 2011 Leader College, was recognized for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators.

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09/27/11

WSDOT preparing for SR 161 widening work

State Route 161 drivers will be getting a much-needed break from the congestion they face daily as the Washington State Department of Transportation begins work on widening the highway.  The SR 161 corridor in Edgewood is currently one lane each direction with a center-turn lane. Traffic has steadily increased in recent years, resulting in congestion, delays and collisions.

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09/27/11

Tell state what you think about transportation, how to pay for it

The Washington State Transportation Commission is conducting a survey to find out what residents think about the state's transportation system and how future needs should be paid for. The survey will be completed by mid-October and will provide data about the opinions and preferences in various regions, thus allowing for targeted transportation investments that best meet varying needs statewide.

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09/27/11

People on the Move

Laura Sandstrom has been named vice president of Group Health Options Inc. She previously was a senior partner at Mercer, and the account executive managing health and benefit consulting services on behalf of The Boeing Co. Sandstrom has a management certificate from Portland State University.Barbara Trehearne Ph.D., R.N., has been named vice president of clinical excellence, quality and nursing practice for Group Health Cooperative. She has worked for Group Health for more than 30 years in roles that include nursing education, staff development, and nursing administration. Trehearne also is an associate dean of clinical practice at the University of Washington School of Nursing. She is a graduate of Riverside White Cross School of Nursing, holds bachelor's of science and master's of science degrees from Ohio State University, and received a doctoral degree from the Union Institute in Ohio. Trehearne is currently chair of the Washington Center for Nursing's board of directors and a fellow in the Western Academy of Nursing and the Center for Nursing Leadership.

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09/27/11

State gets $1.5M from SBA for 
trade, export promotion

The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing $30 million in grants to states, territories, and the District of Columbia, to help increase exporting by small businesses during the next 12 months. Washington will receive $1.5 million.The grants were authorized by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, under the State Trade and Export Promotion Program, which provides federal funding for 65 percent to 75 percent of program costs, with states supplying the remainder.

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09/27/11

EPI: Regulation, tax uncertainty not responsible for lack of jobs

Uncertainty about regulation and taxes is not responsible for the slow pace of job growth in the United States, according to a new briefing paper by Economic Policy Institute President Lawrence Mishel. Instead, the primary economic problem in the U.S. continues to be depressed demand for goods and services.Although businesses have substantial cash on hand and are now a third more profitable than they were prior to the Great Recession, they are not using this money for new hires or for investments. Some politicians and business trade associations have argued that uncertainty about future regulations is discouraging businesses from hiring and investing.

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09/27/11

ACU honored for 'performance'

For the second consecutive year, America's Credit Union has received a Crystal Performance Award from Raddon Financial Group, a research provider for financial institutions. The award recognizes 10 credit unions in each asset category (above $500 million and below $500 million) based on growth, income, efficiency and margin management.

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09/27/11

MGH&FC lab passes lab inspection

Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Laboratory successfully completed a Joint Commission regulatory inspection in July. By law, laboratories are required to be inspected every two years. The Joint Commission has been inspecting MGH Laboratory since 1993.According to Dee Ann Kline, Ph.D., director of Laboratory Services at MGH & FC, the inspections are an opportunity to both acknowledge the quality work in a laboratory and gain insight on how to continually improve. Because laboratory activities are dispersed throughout the organization, the inspection also surveyed activities in the nursing units and the various clinics.

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09/27/11

Meth-making product sales to be tracked, limited

Making methamphetamine in Washington just got harder thanks to a new, instant, electronic reporting and monitoring system. The Washington State Board of Pharmacy adopted rules for the system that tracks purchases of over-the-counter medications used to make the drug. Retailers and law enforcement are now learning how to use the system. On Oct. 15, all retailers must comply with the system's rules and law enforcement can use the information for investigations under the federal Combat Meth Act.

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09/27/11

PetroCard president retiring at end of year

Stephen P. Tolton, president and CEO of Kent-based PetroCard Inc., will retire Dec. 31. A successor has not been selected.Tolton has served as PetroCard's president and CEO since October 2007. He has overseen several acquisitions and increased the company's market share in the Pacific Northwest.

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09/27/11

Hotel occupancy up in Lewis/Thurston, down in Tacoma/Pierce

Occupancy rates for hotels in the South Sound were mixed during July compared to a year ago, but average daily room rates per occupied room were up regionwide, according to the latest Trends in the Hotel Industry report from Wolfgang Rood Hospitality Consulting.Tacoma and Pierce County occupancy rates fell from 87.8 percent to 85.2 percent. Year to date compared to 2010, rates are off 2.1 percent (68.6 percent vs. 70.1 percent).

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09/26/11

Around the Sound

Puget Sound American Marketing Association South Sound is hosting "Word of Mouth - Creating Conversation-Worthy Buzz" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Varsity Grill in Tacoma. The featured speaker is Rod Brooks, CMO of PEMCO Insurance and president of WOMMA. The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here for more information.Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau is hosting a learning and networking event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf, 1520 SW Cooper Point Road, No. 250, Olympia. Dana Pethia of Constant Contact and Jerry Farmer of 94.5 ROXY will present "Marketing Best Practices and Lessons Learned." Call George Sharp at (360) 704-7544 for more information.

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09/26/11

Mullen Road closure expected to cause long delays

Mullen Road SE in Lacey will be closed to vehicular traffic between Stikes Drive SE and Ruddell Road SE beginning Sept. 28.    Westbound movements onto Mullen Road SE will be allowed from 39th Avenue SE and from Park Place Loop SE. However, there will be no eastbound access to these streets from Mullen Road SE. The closure is required to install a deep sewer main and to connect the new system across Mullen Road SE at Ruddell Road SE.

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09/26/11

Rush Commercial breaks ground on apartment project

Rush Commercial has broken ground on Tacoma Mall Apartments, a multi-family development project scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2013. The project includes two seven-story residential towers totaling 177 apartments on about 3 acres."From an investment standpoint the future is bright for the multifamily sector," said Matt Smith, president of Rush. "The increased availability of construction and long-term financing, and a decrease in the cost of construction have provided a catalyst for many developers to move forward with their multifamily projects. Much of the new construction growth has been in Seattle and Bellevue, but it is now starting to spread into areas like Tacoma and Olympia."

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Bonney Lake Medical Building opens its doors

09/26/11

Bonney Lake Medical Building opens its doors

Bonney Lake's newest medical building is hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 1.The three-story, 58,000 square-foot. medical office building, at 10004 204th Ave. East, near the intersection of South Prairie Road East and Highway 410, provides access to many specialty and primary care options, including: Cascade Eye and Skin Centers, P.C., Diagnostic Imaging Northwest, Foot and Ankle Clinic, MultiCare Laboratory, MultiCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, MultiCare Women's Center, MultiCare Pharmacy, MultiCare Internal Medicine, Sound Family Medicine, Sound Same Day Clinic, and Woodcreek Healthcare.

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09/26/11

Attendance down, but still tops 1M at Puyallup Fair

Heralded as the largest single event in the state, drawing 1,059,182 people, the 2011 Puyallup Fair closed its gates on Sunday night after a successful 17-day run. However, total attendance was down 6,026 compared to last year.The fair covered the gamut on the weather charts, starting off with the highest temperature of the year. While the middle weekend saw rain, the rest of the fair boasted warm, pleasant weather - until the last day. Driving rain, high winds and sunshine rotated during the day, finishing the fair in a dramatic way.

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09/26/11

Facebook, NFIB, U.S. Chamber join forces to boost small businesses

Facebook, the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to help small businesses acquire and retain customers, build a community around their business and reach new customers among the social media giant's 800 million users.

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09/26/11

Chamber honors Spotlight! On Business Award recipients

Seven Spotlight! On Business award recipients, including the newly added category, "Business Supporter of Military," were announced at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's awards luncheon Friday.The Spotlight! On Business awards recognizes the accomplishments and civic contributions that chamber member businesses make to the community.

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09/23/11

Around the Sound

South Sound Regional Business Incubator is hosting a workshop about top sales techniques from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at 402 S. 333rd St., Federal Way. The cost is free for members. Federal Way chamber members can purchase a four-class punch card for $80 and non-members may purchase a four-class punch card for $160. Visit www.ssrbi.com for more information.Puget Sound American Marketing Association South Sound is hosting "Word of Mouth - Creating Conversation-Worthy Buzz" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Varsity Grill in Tacoma. The featured speaker is Rod Brooks, CMO of PEMCO Insurance and president of WOMMA. The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here for more information.

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09/23/11

O Bee earns 'Top of the Hill' honors

The Northwest Credit Union Association bestowed another major award upon O Bee Credit Union during its annual convention September 20-22 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. O Bee received the association's "Top of the Hill" award, which recognizes credit unions that have excelled and increased their participation in major advocacy programs.Among O Bee's accomplishments were: completion of Project Zip Code; meetings with local legislators and members of Congress; penning grassroots letters to legislators on credit union topics; attendance at Governmental Affairs Forum meetings, State GAC/CU Day at the Capitol and the Hike-the-Hill event in Washington, D.C.; meeting with regulators, including participation on committees with them; and testifying before the state legislature about credit union issues.

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09/23/11

State tax revenue reaches $16B during FY 2011

State tax revenue totaled $16 billion during Fiscal Year 2011, a 5.9 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2010 but nearly $1 billion below Fiscal Year 2008 collections, according to an annual report published online by the Department of Revenue.State taxes peaked at nearly $17 billion in FY2008 before dropping to $15.6 billion in FY2009 and $15.1 billion in FY2010, according to Tax Statistics 2011.

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09/23/11

State to limit Medicaid non-emergency use 
of ERs

Medicaid has begun notifying clients that it is changing coverage for some health care services as a consequence of budget reductions for the 2011- 13 biennium, including a legislatively mandated limit on non-emergency visits to hospital emergency rooms.Beginning Oct. 1, Medicaid will only pay for three non-emergency visits to the emergency room per client per year. The fourth and subsequent non-emergency visits will not be covered by Medicaid and hospitals will be permitted to bill clients for those services.

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09/23/11

HCA offers list of optional budget cuts

The state Health Care Authority has submitted optional budget cuts of 5 percent and 10 percent to the governor's office, including termination of the Basic Health plan, an Apple Health for Kids program that covers immigrant children, and the Disability Lifeline program, which covers temporarily disabled people who can't qualify for Medicaid. Because most of Medicaid's coverage is mandated by federal law, the Health Care Authority's list is not really an across-the-board cut. Instead, it is a combination of state-only-funded programs and optional Medicaid programs.

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09/23/11

Port of Olympia warehouse selected for solar tour

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild has selected Port of Olympia's solar warehouse for the 2011 South Sound Solar Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Port Plaza.With the warehouse's 48 solar panels, the port is now producing energy and receiving an immediate reduction in its Puget Sound Energy electric bill. A meter installed by PSE measures the power generated by the solar panels into the warehouse and the excess power that the port is sending to PSE's grid. This allows the port to receive credit for electricity generated and not consumed by the warehouse.

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09/23/11

Sound Transit kicks off 2012 budget process

The Sound Transit Board of Directors has began its review of the agency's 2012 budget and received a report on updated projections for agency revenue.In 2012, Sound Transit says it is positioned to continue expanding transit services, however, the national recession's financial impact will continue to pose significant challenges. Updated financial forecasts predict that 2009-23 funding for implementing the 2008 Sound Transit 2 ballot measure will be slightly lower than assumed last year.

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09/23/11

More bridge-building through Nalley Valley on tap

Hot on the heels of opening a new Interstate 5/State Route 16 interchange to westbound travelers, drivers will soon see work starting on a companion roadway heading eastbound through Tacoma's Nalley Valley. The Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded a $74.7 million I-5/SR 16: Eastbound Nalley Valley construction contract to Mowat Construction Co. of Woodinville. Work is expected to begin this fall and continue through spring 2014.

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BE celebrates 2011 Women of Influence

09/22/11

BE celebrates 2011 Women of Influence

Business Examiner honored its 2011 Women of Influence last night during an event at Bates Technical College's Sharon McGavick Center.About 300 people attended the event, which recognizes outstanding female leaders in the South Puget Sound. Honorees are selected for their achievements in community, business, government, military and nonprofit sectors.

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09/22/11

Bates president to retire this year

Bates Technical College President Lyle Quasim told the school's Board of Trustees on Sept. 20 that he will retire effective Jan. 1, 2012. He has served as president since January 2010.In an effort to help with the transition, Quasim offered to continue as president until the board select a successor.

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09/22/11

Vacancies for Lacey advisory board, commission

The Lacey City Council is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Board of Park Commissioners and Human Services Review Council.The Board of Park Commissioners plan for the future development of parks and playground systems in the city. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at City Hall. Park Board members serve three-year terms with a two-term limit. Applicants for this vacancy can be either a resident of the city or reside within Lacey's Urban Growth Area.

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09/22/11

Tacoma-Pierce County work force development council awarded $5.13M

The state's Employment Security Department has awarded $5.13 million to a Tacoma-Pierce County work force development agency to help workers upgrade their skills and help businesses fill their jobs with local talent.The workforce development council, known as WorkForce Central, uses the funds to provide career counseling, skill assessments, job-search assistance and training to laid-off workers, low-income adults, low-income or disadvantaged young people, and other workers. The services are available through local WorkSource employment centers and affiliated sites.

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09/22/11

People on the Move

Ellen Boyer has been named chief operating officer and and chief financial officer of Wesley Homes. She previously worked for 12 years with Price Waterhouse, nine years with Kibble and Prentice and a number of years as chief financial officer for a couple of high-tech companies.Dawn Masko, Jack Rusler and Morgan Jacobson have received Professional Finance Officer awards from the Washington Finance Officers Association. Masko is city administrator for DuPont. Rusler is revenue and investment manager for Pierce County. Jacobson is city treasurer for Tacoma.

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09/22/11

Kent OKs sale of City Center property to Goodman Real Estate

Revitalization of Kent's downtown moved a step closer Tuesday night when Kent City Council approved a lease/option agreement for its City Center property to Goodman Real Estate Inc. of Seattle.Goodman and its architect, Studio Meng Strazzara, plan to construct a five story, mixed-use development consisting of about 164  urban style apartments with 3,700 square feet of retail space and 35 public parking spaces, in addition to the parking set aside for residents.

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09/22/11

ABA makes crime data available online

The American Bankers Association has launched a secure Web portal where crime data for bank robberies, burglaries and ATM crimes - reported by subscribing banks - are collected and analyzed, then made available to participants. ABA Bank Capture will aggregate data in real-time, allowing banks to access information on incidents as they are reported.ABA Bank Capture integrates with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Bank Robbery Intelligence Center to communicate robbery details as they are received.  The FBI reports back on cases as they are closed. Subscribers can customize incident alerts and system notification e-mails. The new program is designed to help banks:

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09/22/11

Personal income growth slows

State personal income growth slowed to 1.1 percent on average during the second quarter of 2011, down from 2.1 percent during the first quarter, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Growth rates ranged from 2.2 percent in Nebraska and South Dakota to 0.7 percent in Washington and Georgia.Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, decreased to 0.8 percent during the second quarter from 1 percent during the first quarter of 2011.

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09/21/11

3 indicted for hacking, fraud, I.D. theft

Three people are under arrest for hacking into computer systems to steal personal and business information used in a variety of thefts and frauds, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington.Joshuah Allen Witt, 34; Brad Eugene Lowe, 36; and John Earl Griffin, 36, all of Seattle, are charged in a 10 count indictment alleging a conspiracy to access computers to commit fraud, damaging computers, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.  If convicted the defendants face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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09/21/11

State gets $31M for Cascades rail service

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Washington $31.1 million to improve intercity passenger and freight rail service on the Amtrak Cascades line. About  $16 million will be used for design, environmental review and construction work to stabilize and improve track structure along the rail line between Blaine and the Columbia River Bridge in Vancouver. The upgrades along this route will increase service reliability by reducing the number of closures and delays due to inclement weather.

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09/21/11

Arts advocates honored

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, DASH Center for the Arts and Stella Haioulani have been selected to receive Tacoma Arts Commission's 2011 AMOCAT Arts Awards. 
In celebration of this year's 10th anniversary of Art at Work Month, a fourth award category, Arts Leadership, was created to honor David Fischer, executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts for his exemplary vision, dedication and leadership in the arts in Tacoma.

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09/21/11

Blog watch: Get moving, billions, park construction, cap rates and fun facts

The Live Wire has the latest on Downtown on the Go effort for getting people moving in downtown Tacoma.Check OlyBlog for more on the "Bring Our Billions Home" effort.

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09/21/11

Clover Park H.S. gets STEM funding

Washington STEM is providing micro-investments to 11 innovative educators across the state as part of its second round of Entrepreneur Award investments. The winning proposals, which include Clover Park High School in Lakewood, total more than $100,000.A growing number of jobs at all levels - not just engineers or scientists - require knowledge in STEM (science, technology, mathematics and engineering. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million jobs will require specialized technology skills within the next seven years.

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09/21/11

Animal shakedown or development breakdown?

From the road to the blue-sky horizon of south Thurston County, it's nothing but waist-high grasses ruffled by breeze, with clusters of brown-and-white cattle meandering through them.It's a serene, lazy Saturday at the Colvin Farm cattle ranch, a place where protected, gopher-pocketed prairie and thriving local business have -- for more than a century -- co-existed in symbiotic functions.

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09/21/11

Most don't see home buy as best investment

For the fourth straight month, less than half of adults nationwide believe buying a home is the best possible investment for a family.The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American adults shows that just 48 percent believe buying a home is the best investment a family can make. Though that's up slightly from July's all-time low of 43 percent, it is well below findings dating back to 2008. Prior to June, this finding had ranged from a low of 51 percent to a high of 73 percent since September 2008. As recently as last September, 60 percent of respondents felt that way.

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09/21/11

Elyse's Catering selected to manage Schmidt House

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation has named Elyse's Catering to be event manager and primary caterer for the historic Schmidt House in Tumwater.Built in 1904 for Leopold F. Schmidt, founder of the Olympia Brewing Co., the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is professionally maintained and serves as a setting for weddings, parties, corporate meetings and other private events.

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09/21/11

State takes action against health care providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following South Sound health care providers.Mason CountyIn July, the Chemical Dependency Professional Program denied the application of chemical dependency professional trainee applicant Grant M. Butler. He was convicted of burglary, theft on more than one occasion, assault (domestic violence), driving while license suspended, unlawful possession of firearm and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

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09/20/11

Twitter chat

#BEchat transcript for Tuesday 09/20/11. Topic: Influence

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09/20/11

L&I proposes 2.5% workers' comp rate increase

The Department of Labor & Industries today proposed a 2.5 percent average increase in workers' compensation rate. While many were expecting a higher increase, reforms passed in the most recent legislative session prevented a double-digit rate increase.The reforms to the system will save $1.1 billion over the next four years. Without the reforms, L&I said a 10 percent to 14 percent increase would have been needed to cover the cost of 2012 claims and begin restoring the fund's reserves.

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09/20/11

People on the Move

Lisa Palazzi has merged her company, Pacific Rim Soil & Water Inc., with Jerome W. Morrisette & Associates Inc. P.S. She has been providing soils and hydrology services since 1991.Kelly Mattheis, a receptionist and scheduler in Mason General Hospital's outpatient surgery department, has been named August "Employee of the Month" for Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics.  She has worked at MGH for 12 years - the last six years in surgery and the previous six in diagnostic imaging.

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09/20/11

Jobless rates up during August in most of South Sound

Unemployment rates were higher in most of the South Sound last month compared to a year ago, according to the latest numbers from the state Employment Security Department.Mason County recorded the only year-to-year drop in unemployment, falling from 10.9 percent during August 2010 to 10.5 percent last month.

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09/20/11

KeyBank pledges to loan $5B to small businesses

KeyBank says it will provide $5 billion in capital to qualified small business owners over the next three years. The announcement came on the heels of this morning's meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and 13 top U.S. banks where the discussion included the state of small businesses lending."Small businesses are the engine of the economy, and are critical to job creation," said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney. "We are committed to their success and our $5 billion lending goal is our way of making that commitment known."

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09/20/11

60th Governor's Safety and Health Conference coming to Tacoma

Tunnel boring, refinery investigations and the impact of Japan's nuclear reactor accident are among the topics that will be covered at the 60th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference, scheduled for Sept. 28-29 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.This year's theme is "Sixty years of investing in tomorrow through safety and health today." The keynote speaker is Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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09/20/11

Holiday forecast: U.S. airfare, hotel prices down slightly

Researchers at Bing Travel are predicting some holiday cheer for travelers with domestic airfare and hotel prices expected to drop slightly this winter. Compared with last year, domestic airfare is expected to be down 1.4 percent, with tickets averaging $302, as opposed to $306 last holiday. Holiday hotel costs are staying virtually flat for three- and four-star hotels, but five-star hotels are down 8 percent from last year.

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09/20/11

Port of Tacoma container volume up slightly in August

The Port of Tacoma's year-to-date container volumes through August are up 2 percent, with the port handling 963,537 20-foot equivalent units. Full export container volumes increased 15 percent through August, reflecting the continued strength of lumber, hay and forage exports.Full import container volumes are down 2 percent. The lack of U.S. consumer confidence also is contributing to the decline of Asian imports up and down the West Coast. In August, the U.S. consumer confidence level was at its lowest point since February 2009.

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09/19/11

Underground economy fight takes national stage

The state Department of Labor & Industries strengthened its commitment to fighting the underground economy today by signing a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Labor, partnering in a battle against improper classification of employees.The agreement allows the Labor Department to share information with L&I in order to better target the mis-classification of employees. L&I has similar data sharing agreements in place with other state agencies.

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09/19/11

Proposed water supply plan for Lacey, Olympia, Yelm out for comment

A decision that would provide over 20 years of water supply for the Thurston County communities of Lacey, Olympia and Yelm is one step closer to final approval by the Washington Department of Ecology. The proposed decision includes a substantial mitigation package to offset potential harm to fish-bearing streams and other area water bodies.A public comment period for the package of new water right transfers, water rights and mitigation plans for the three municipalities is under way. Two of Lacey's water right applications are posted for comment through Sept. 23. (Four more applications for Lacey are yet to come.) The comment period for Yelm and Olympia's proposals ends Sept. 28.

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09/19/11

Bridge work will cause East 'D' Street to close

Ongoing rehabilitation work on the Murray Morgan Bridge will cause East 'D' Street in Tacoma to close from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20-27, with the exception of the weekend. The closures will allow crews to make repairs on the girders and columns on the east side approach to the bridge. Detours around the work area will be in place.

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09/19/11

Around the Sound

Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting its inaugural Latino Business Day beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. The featured speaker is Hector Maldonado of the U.S. Census Bureau, who will discuss the growth of the Latino population in Pierce County. The cost is $50. Click here to register or visit www.pchcc.com for more information.Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Military Affairs meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Call (253) 582-9400 for more information.

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09/19/11

Advisers wading - slowly - into social media

The speed and ease of social media sites has brought innovations to nearly every industry -- including wealth management.

 Some professionals are connecting with their current client base through LinkedIn and Facebook. Others are looking to build new niches through sites like Twitter.
In Puyallup, Edgecombe & Coplin Wealth Strategies is one such firm using social media to, "attract 'A'-type clients, maintain our current clients, make multiple touches with our clients and potential clients, and become even more visible to the public," said managing member Don Coplin.


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09/19/11

Pacific Mountain work force development area receives $3.39M

The state's Employment Security Department has awarded $3.39 million to the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to help workers upgrade their skills and find work. The funding for fiscal year July 2011 through June 2012 comes from the federal Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act.  It's down about $325,000 from last year due to federal budget cuts that have slashed nearly $3.3 million statewide.

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09/19/11

GDP up 1% in Q2

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1 percent during the second quarter of 2011, according to the second estimates of the national income and product accounts from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.The second estimate of real GDP growth was revised down 0.3 percentage point from the advance estimate, reflecting downward revisions to inventory investment and exports that were partly offset by up­ward revisions to nonresidential fixed investment and consumer spending. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.4 percent.

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09/16/11

Grant dollars boost Sound Transit Q2 revenue

Sound Transit reported revenue for the quarter ending June 30 of $398.6 million, $12.7 million, or 3.3 percent more than budget. The variance is primarily attributable to higher federal grant revenue, which was $10.8 million, or 20 percent, more than budget. Federal grants revenue exceeded year-to-date budget due to U-Link LRT vehicles reaching a key milestone ahead of schedule.

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09/16/11

Around the Sound

Pierce County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting an inaugural Latino Business Day beginning at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.  The featured speaker is Hector Maldonado of the U.S. Census Bureau, who will discuss the growth of the Latino population in Pierce County. The cost is $50. Click here to register or visit www.pchcc.com for more information.Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Military Affairs meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Burs Restaurant, 6151 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Call (253) 582-9400 for more information.

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09/16/11

SafePlace receives $450,000 DoJ grant

The federal Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women has awarded a $450,000 grant to SafePlace. The money will allow SafePlace to collaborate with the federal offices of OVW, the Resource Sharing Project and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in determining and creating best practices in serving sexual assault survivors in Thurston County. SafePlace also works in collaboration with local groups such as Monarch Children's Justice and Advocacy Center, Providence St. Peter's Hospital Sexual Assault Clinic and The Evergreen State College sexual assault program.

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09/16/11

Small Business owners offer solutions for economic recovery

Small business owners and policymakers from around the state gathered at Bellevue College yesterday to discuss the state's business climate at Washington Policy Center's 2011 Statewide Small Business Conference. During several interactive issue breakout sessions, business owners suggested and discussed solutions to improve the climate for small businesses in Washington.  The result is a list of priority solutions, selected by small business owners, for solving the major problems with the state's business climate and moving towards economic recovery.

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09/16/11

Four in 10 state economies heading in wrong direction

State employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in many states, the economic engine is either stalled or in reverse, losing jobs rather than gaining them, according to the Economic Policy Institute.  The continued weak recovery is still crippling the economy and scarring working families throughout the nation. In August, 20 states, including Washington, and the District of Columbia continued to have unemployment rates of 9 percent or higher, and unemployment surpassed 10 percent in nine states and the District of Columbia. In Washington, the unemployment rates was 9.3 percent during August and total employment is down 148,000 (5 percent) since December 2007. 

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09/16/11

Economy pushing military families toward greater fiscal conservatism

The economy is taking a toll on the fiscal optimism of middle-class military consumers, with many families cutting spending, increasing savings and moving to more conservative investments.Survey findings of the First Command Financial Behaviors Index reveal that 39 percent of middle-class military families (senior NCOs and commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) say they have become more conservative with their finances as a result of recent economic volatility. That compares to 34 percent among members of the general public with similar incomes.

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09/16/11

South Sound postal facilities among those being considered for consolidation, closure

Faced with a massive nationwide infrastructure that is no longer financially sustainable, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed sweeping changes designed to save the organization up to $3 billion a year by cutting its network of processing facilities by over half and adjusting service standards.Proposals under consideration include studying nearly 250 processing facilities for possible consolidation or closure (including facilities in Tumwater, Fife, Kent and Tacoma), reducing mail processing equipment by as much as 50 percent, dramatically decreasing the nationwide transportation network, adjusting the work force size by as many as 35,000 positions and revising service standards for First-Class Mail.

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09/15/11

Partnership provides fresh opportunities for veterans

The Washington departments of Ecology and Veterans Affairs are looking for a few good young men and women to help restore, protect and preserve Puget Sound.State lawmakers created the special Puget SoundCorps within Ecology's Washington Conservation Corps. Now the two state agencies are working together to hire selected returning military veterans who want to put their skills to work cleaning up and protecting Puget Sound.

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09/15/11

Umpqua boosts quarterly dividend by 40%

The board of directors of Umpqua Holdings Corp., parent company of Umpqua Bank and Umpqua Investments, have approved a quarterly cash dividend of 7 cents per common share, which represents a 40 percent increase over the cash dividend paid in the previous quarter.The dividend is payable on Oct. 14 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.

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09/15/11

State's economic outlook weakens significantly

The latest projections from Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council paint a grim picture for the state's economy."We are in the fragile aftermath of the Great Recession where a return to normalcy seems like a mirage in the desert - the closer we get to it, the further it moves away," according to the September 2011 revenue forecast report. "Fear and uncertainty have overwhelmed consumer and business behavior. Every time our state has looked like it would break out of the malaise, it has been sucked right back in. Political gridlock in the nation's capital gives little hope that the full toolkit of policy options will be acted on. ... Downside risks outweigh upside risks."

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09/15/11

Black Diamond urged to approve YarrowBay development agreements

The hearing examiner for Black Diamond has recommended that the City Council approve YarrowBay's proposed development agreements for The Villages and Lawson Hills.YarrowBay has been working with the city and the public to design and implement the two master-planned developments. The plans for Lawson Hills and The Villages call for mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods that retain small-town character and appreciation for the natural surroundings.

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09/15/11

Revaluation reveals another drop in Thurston property values for 2012 taxes

A sluggish real estate market influenced property assessment notices that are being mailed to Thurston County property owners tomorrow. About 122,000 notices will identify new value assessments as of Jan. 1, 2011 for taxes to be billed in 2012.The 2011 assessment notices have been updated to include three years of values to view and better understand how the current and past market has affected property values. The 2011 assessed value of real property countywide is $24.749 billion, representing an overall decrease of $1.384 billion. This change in value includes $301 million in new construction added to the 2011 assessment roll, down from $336 million in 2010.

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09/15/11

People on the Move

Camile St. Onge has joined JayRay as an adviser. She has experience in commercial lending, retail banking, health insurance and association business and most recently lead the media relations team at Washington Restaurant Association.Larry Bleich has been named vice president of resource development for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. He has experience with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including serving as senior vice president of marketing and development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Ariz.

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09/15/11

Majority of workers not prepared for retirement

The overall state of U.S. employees' retirement preparedness remains low despite a positive trend in employees improving their finances and putting heavier emphasis on retirement planning, according to a report from Financial Finesse.The report found that most employees have never run a retirement projection despite their income or age.

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