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Archives: March 2013

March
29th

Infinite Soups online campaign to open a second location is at 60 percent of goal

An online campaign by the Tacoma soup emporium Infinite Soups to raise funds for a second location has reached 60 percent of its goal.

The campaign – to raise a total of $5,300 – would ensure the opening of a soup outlet in the downtown A Street post office later this year. By Friday afternoon, Kickstarter.com donors had pledged $3,205. If the full goal is reached within the next 21 days, the pledged funds will be given to the owners.

Another Tacoma effort, “42 Sketches 2013” by Michaela Evans, has garnered $2,253, which represents pledges at 225 percent of

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March
29th

Wilco coop buys Laughlin Oil

Wilco, an Oregon-based agricultural supply cooperative, has announced the purchase of the Laughlin Oil Co. bulk fuel and lube business from ARS Fresno. Service to customers under the new ownership will begin Saturday, Wilco said in a release.

In 2010, Wilco arranged a long-term lease of the former Stroh’s Feed and Garden Supply in Gig Harbor.

Wilco currently operates 22 locations including retail farm stores and agricultural centers, and has reported annual sales of approximately $250 million.
A Wilco spokesman said Friday that the Laughlin transaction will primarily affect customers in Oregon.

March
29th

Career planning? Try computer law or mathematical management (or maybe anesthesiology nursing)

The 21st century has come to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics., as the agency announced Friday that it has added 24 job titles to its Standard Occupational Classification system.

Among these – including the number of people employed nationwide and their estimated mean annual wages – include:
• Fundraisers – 48,530, $55,220
• Web developers – 102,940, $66,100
• Computer network architects – 137,890, $94,000
• Computer network support specialists – 167,980, $62,960
• Special education teachers, preschool – 21,770, $57,770
• Nurse anesthetists – 34,180, $154,390
• Nurse midwives – 5,710,

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March
28th

Longshore worker recovering from minor injuries from containership mishap Wednesday

A longshore worker was recovering from minor injuries Thursday he received while he was lashing down containers on a ship at the Port of Tacoma’s Husky Terminal Wednesday night.

Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said the worker apparently missed a step while climbing and fell to the ship’s deck.  The ship was “K” Line’s Chiswick Bridge.

The injured worker was placed on a back board by firefighters and lifted off the ship using a terminal container crane.

Lifting the worker off the ship with the crane was preferably to carrying him down the gangway by hand because it was smoother and

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March
28th

Port of Tacoma moves to pay-for-performance system for raises

A resolution approved by Port of Tacoma commissioners Thursday will  enable port managers to move the port’s non-union workers to a pay-for-performance system next week.

That system bases employees’ raises on evaluations of their performance in reaching goals established by them and their bosses.

Gone are compensation increases based on cost-of-living changes and port-wide salary increase decisions.

Port spokeswoman Tara Mattina said the port’s non-union employees have all been evaluated during this year’s first quarter.  Their raises based on those evaluations will become effective Monday.

The port’s budget this year provides for performance increases of up to four percent.  On

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March
28th

Tacoma’s Point Defiance Capital Management, run by three Russell Investment alums, gets international attention

A small investment fund run by three Tacomans out of a quiet office downtown is receiving international attention for best practices and performance.

Point Defiance Capital Management was recognized last week with a Global Emerging Manager Award, for its best practices and business success among young or small firms. PDCM put Tacoma on the list with the nine other winners, who run their businesses out of cities naturally associated with high finance: New York. London. Singapore.

“We’re still a very small firm but we try to have the infrastructure and procedures of a much larger firm and do it like,

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March
28th

Gas prices fall nearly 8 cents in a week in South Sound

Average gas prices have fallen by nearly eight cents in a week in the South Sound.

A gallon of unleaded regular now costs $3.73 in the Tacoma area on average.  That’s down from $3.799 a week ago and some 13 cents off the 2013 high of $3.86 set more than two weeks ago according to The News Tribune’s Gas Deal Finder.

At least five stations in Pierce County are now selling unleaded regular for less than $3.50 a gallon. Price leaders are an Arco station at South 56th and Orchard streets and Costcos near the Tacoma Mall and in Gig

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March
28th

Tax scams: The IRS 2013 Dirty Dozen

It’s that time of year again – in fact, it’s almost past that time of year again to really start thinking about your tax return. And if you want something to worry about (especially if you’re thinking about some kind of tax dodge) here’s the 2013 version of the Internal Revenue Service “Dirty Dozen” scams.

Identity Theft. During 2012, the IRS protected $20 billion of fraudulent refunds, including those related to identity theft.This compares to $14 billion in 2011. Taxpayers who believe they are at risk of identity theft due to lost or stolen personal information should immediately contact

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