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Archives: March 2012

March
28th

Toyota of Puyallup wins 26th consecutive award

Since Toyota began awarding its prestigious President’s Award in 1985, only five of Toyota’s 1,228 dealers has won the award every year.

Toyota of Puyallup, one of the five, has kept that winning streak alive again this year. Toyota has announced the Puyallup dealership once again is among the small fraction of Toyota dealers awarded the honor.

The dealership is the most awarded Toyota dealership in Washington.

In order to qualify as a President’s Award winner, Toyota dealerships must excel in several categories including sales satisfaction, service satisfaction, market share, vehicle delivery excellence and employee certification.

“It’s an

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March
28th

Attention downtown Tacoma employers: Learn about a program to help employees live closer to work

Downtown Tacoma employers, Thursday brings a chance to learn about an employee perk that won’t cost you anything.

“Live Downtown” is a year-old program that provides financial incentives for employees to live close to work. Participation is free for the business, because the incentives are offered by the participating lenders and property owners.

Here’s how it works, according to a news release:

HomeStreet Bank, O’Connor and Associates, American Financial Solutions and other businesses offer discounts on home ownership and rentals for employees of participating businesses. Employees can save up to $6,000 on a new home (depending on loan amount)

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March
27th

Seattle gaining two more cruise ships in 2013

Two more cruise ships will begin calling on Seattle in 2013 increasing the port’s repertoire of vessels that visit Alaska during warmer weather months.

Both Oceania Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises say they will homeport new ships in Seattle for the Alaska cruise season which generally begins in May and lasts until late September.

Celebrity will bring one of its larger ships, the 2,850-passenger Solstice, to Seattle’s Smith Cove Terminal next year. The 1,041-foot ship was built in 2008. That vessel will call on Seattle 19 times in 2013.

Oceana Cruises has announced it will begin calling on Seattle

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March
27th

Allegiant Air emergency landing is fourth mechanical issue since Jan. 1

An Allegiant Air’s emergency landing Monday at Everett’s Paine Field was the fourth such mechanical issue the airline’s flights to and from Bellingham have made this year, our sister paper, the Bellingham Herald, points out in a story today.

An Allegiant flight from Bellingham to San Diego with 155 passengers aboard landed on a single engine at Paine Field Monday afternoon. The pilot elected to land at the Snohomish County airport after a cockpit light warned of an hydraulic problem on one engine.

Allegiant, which specializes in connecting tourist destinations with smaller airports, flies a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80

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March
27th

Tacoma-area foreclosure rates decline; delinquency rate up

There’s mixed news on the mortgage front for the Tacoma area these days. Foreclosure rates were down in January from January last year, but nearly one in ten Tacoma-area homeowners are 90 days or more behind in their mortgage payments.

That’s the news from CoreLogic, a statistics tracking company.

Here are the numbers: The foreclosure rate of Tacoma-area homes was 2.09 percent in January this year, down from 3.12 percent in the same month a year ago. That rate is better than the national average, which is 3.43 percent but worse than the statewide average which is 1.43

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March
26th

Tacoma gas prices up 7.1 cents in a week

Filling up your 15-gallon tank in your car today would have cost you $1.06 more than it did a week ago, according to new figures from the News Tribune’s Gas Price Tracker.

Average prices in the Tacoma area for a gallon of unleaded regular topped $4.10 a gallon today. That $4.109 price was 7.1 cents a gallon more than on March 19.

After pausing near the $4-a-gallon mark for several days, gas prices have rapidly accelerated. A month ago, the average price per gallon was $3.937 a gallon.

Tacoma’s average price is nearly 24 cents above the national

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March
26th

Will Boeing build a second assembly line in South Carolina?

Boeing is negotiating with a Charleston International Airport for a huge tract of land near its existing 787 Dreamliner assembly line to build a second assembly plant, the head of Charleston County Aviation Authority has told authority members.

The Charleston Courier and Post reports that Chip Limehouse, who is also a South Carolina state representative, said Boeing is interested in a big site adjacent to its existing plant.

Boeing declined to discuss the subject when the newspaper asked for comment.

“”Boeing is going to come here and build another line,” Limehouse told authority members.

Boeing is beginning production of its

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March
26th

Port of Tacoma container volume drops by nearly 12 percent in February

Import and domestic container traffic dropped by nearly 12 percent in February over last year’s totals at the Port of Tacoma, new statistics show.

That 11.6 percent drop last month leaves the port 4.2 percent down for the first two months of the year. The port handled 102,941 container units in February compared with 116,484 for the same month last year.

The drop in container numbers occurred in all categories, full international containers both inbound and outbound, empty containers and in domestic containers bound for Alaska and Hawaii.

While container numbers were off for the year so far,

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