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Archives: May 2012

May
31st

Clean air program broadens standards for incentive awards for lower-emission trucks

A program that pays truck owners incentives to scrap their existing vehicles and buy lower-emission trucks is broadening its eligibility rules to include smaller and later model trucks.

The wider criteria are aimed at increasing participation in the program which has scrapped 40 older model trucks since last fall. The program, Tacoma Truck Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound, is aimed at decreasing pollution at the Port of Tacoma by 2015.

The program is operated through a partnership between the City of Tacoma and Cascade Sierra Solutions at a Tacoma Tideflats location.

Based on the revised criteria, the

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May
31st

Steele Street Forza looking at a new brand that honors law enforcement: Blue Steele Coffee Co.

The Forza Coffee Co. outlet at 11401 Steele St. S. – the one made infamous by the slaying of four Lakewood Police officers in 2009 – will be a Forza no longer come Friday.

That’s when owners Courtney and Oliver Marshall change the brand to Blue Steele Coffee Co. They’ve held the Forza franchise since 2010 and have decided to go solo, said Courtney this week.

“We decided this was a good opportunity for us to improve the quality of everything,” she said.

Rising franchise fees were “a contributing factor” to the decision, she said.

“Our mission is to

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May
30th

Alaska Airlines adding San Antonio to its route map

SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines is adding San Antonio to its expanding repertoire of east-of-the-Rockies destination cities.

The airline is offering fares to San Antonio for $139 each way if purchased by June 13 for travel from Sept. 17 through Nov. 7.

Non-stop daily service to the historic Texas city begins Sept. 17. San Antonio, home of the Alamo and the Riverwalk, becomes the fourth Texas metropolis served by Alaska. The airline began service to Dallas in 2005 and to Houston and Austin in 2009.

San Antonio is the 16th city east of the Rocky Mountains that Alaska serves from

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May
29th

Are Boeing and Airbus squirreling away orders for the Farnborough Air Show?

Is the market for new airliners drying up or are aerospace rivals Boeing and Airbus just squirreling away orders now to announce with a big fanfare at aerospace’s biggest fete of the year, the Farnborough International Airshow?

The usual weekly and monthly order announcements from both plane manufacturers have disappeared in recent weeks, and airlines themselves have been strangely silent about making public new orders.

Airbus has announced just 95 net new orders through April. Boeing has announced 418 net orders through last week, but the vast majority of those orders came in two big increments, a 230-plane order from

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May
29th

Seattle area third nationally in construction jobs growth

New figures show the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area ranked third among 337 metropolitan areas nationwide in construction job growth in April.

Construction employment in the Seattle area increased by 4,400 jobs during that period according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Only Indianapolis and Portland had higher job growth numbers April to April. The Indiana city saw 6,100 construction jobs created in that 12-month period. The Portland area saw a 4,800-job increase.

On a percentage basis, Seattle ranked 38th among the nation’s metropolitan area. Portland was 19th and Indianapolis was fourth. Fargo, N.D. was first on the percentage growth list with

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May
29th

Apocalyptic gas price predictions didn’t play out

Much to the relief of Memorial Day weekend travelers, dire predictions of monumental gas price increases over the holiday failed to prove true in Western Washington.

Average gas prices in the Tacoma area rose just 4.5 cents over the last week according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder, far less than the 10 to 35 cents per gallon that at least one prominent energy analyst had prophesied late last week.

And there are now some signs that gas prices, after a months-long upward ride, may soon be headed downward.

At midafternoonTuesday, average prices for a gallon of unleaded

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May
25th

State nets nearly $6 million in second auction of 18 state liquor stores

A second auction of the rights to apply for a liquor sales license at 18 state-run liquor stores has yielded the state about $1.3 million more than the first auction.

The state put the rights to apply for a license for those stores on the auction block again because in the first auction of all of the state’s stores, 18 winning bidders backed out on their bids. The state had earned some $25 million in the first auction excluding the stores where bidders reneged.

The state is selling the rights to its stores because Initiative 1183 last fall required

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May
24th

A turn for the wurst: Reconsider those Zenner’s brats you bought at Winco

You may need to rethink those bratwursts you were planning to grill this holiday weekend.

Zenner’s Quality Meat Products, Inc. of Portland has recalled approximately 3,660 pounds of a bratwurst product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains soy protein, a known allergen, not declared on the label, according to a release today. There is no other hazard involved, the company said.

The product is only available at Winco stores.

Recalled are 2.25-lb. packages containing “Zenner’s Smoked Brotwurst” with a sell by date through 7/17/12. The product bears the establishment number “EST. 6308” inside the USDA

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