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Archives: June 2013

June
28th

Grocery workers to post informational pickets Wednesday

Attempts to reach a new labor agreement for some 30,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound area are reaching a confrontational stage.

Workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, will post informational pickets outside 12 stores Wednesday to draw attention to what they say are attempts by local grocery chains to cut back their pay and benefits.

Those informational pickets will march in front of the stores between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One Tacoma store, the Fred Meyer at 6901 South 19th Street, has been targeted among the dozen Puget Sound stores.

The union claims

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June
28th

Sea-Tac Airport closing middle runway for repairs for nearly a month

Sea-Tac Airport will close one of its three runways from July 8 through Aug. 2 to replace deteriorating concrete panels to extend the runway’s life.

The airport says the closure of its middle runway won’t delay aircraft arrivals or departures.  The summertime closure is the third time in the last four years the airport has shut down that 44-year-old runway for panel replacement.  The airport needs to completely repave the runway, but by replacing broken panels, the Port of Seattle, the airport’s owner, can postpone the reconstruction until 2016.

The airport prolonged the reconstruction by replacing 144 concrete panels in

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June
27th

New Foss apartment could break ground in September

A new waterfront apartment building, the first built on downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway since the recession began six years ago, could break ground as early as September.

The 167-unit Henry Apartments are planned for a site between the existing Albers Mill and the Interstate 509 cable-stayed bridge over the waterway.

The Foss Waterway Development Authority has been expediting the deal that will allow the construction to begin since early this spring when it requested proposals for the site.

The authority’s board Wednesday night voted unanimously to sell the lot, called Site 1 by the authority, to the Henry Group,

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June
27th

Fitch ups ratings outlook on three Tacoma bonds

Heading in a better direction than in the past, three sets of City of Tacoma bonds have seen their outlook revised by the financial information company Fitch Ratings .

Fitch has declared that the outlook for the bonds has gone from “Negative” to “Stable.”

The bonds include:
• $21.8 million in unlimited tax general obligation bonds are stable with the rating “A+.”
• $185.2 million limited tax general obligation bonds are stable at “A.”
• $28.1 million convention center and parking revenue bonds are stable at “A+.”

Fitch upgraded its negative outlook because of several factors, according

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June
27th

Rail sale to Lewis County may help city extinguish debt

A $3 million offer from  Lewis County for a little-used piece of a City of Tacoma-owned railroad could help the city extinguish a $6.25 million debt.

Lewis County  wants to buy some 20 miles of rail line extending northward from Chehalis to near Maytown. That line is owned by the City of Tacoma and managed by the city’s Tacoma Rail short line railroad.

The Lewis County group would use the rail line for industrial and tourism development and for rail car storage. One of the proposed uses for the line would be as an excursion and dinner train route between

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June
27th

Boeing to lay off 266 more workers in the Puget Sound area

Boeing issued layoff warning notices to 266 more workers in the Puget Sound area Thursday bring to more than 1,500 the number of workers it has told they will be losing their jobs this year.

The latest notices were the fourth round this year by the aerospace company. Boeing has said it is trimming its forces here as work on major developmental projects such as the 747-8 and the 787-8 and 787-9 airliners diminishes.

The company has said it will lay off as many as 1,700 engineers and technical workers this year.

The workers receiving notices this week will be

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June
26th

Niagara Bottling to open plant in Frederickson

Niagara Bottling, LLC, has announced plans to open a bottling facility in Frederickson.

From the Pierce County press release:

Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce County, Washington. This will be Niagara’s first site in the Pacific Northwest, joining 13 others around the country.

The new 311,000-square-foot facility in Randles Business Park in the Frederickson Industrial Area will initially create 36 jobs and make a capital investment of approximately $50 million. The facility will serve the company’s customers throughout the region.

Groundbreaking

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June
26th

Yakima tops state list for car theft; Washington places two in U.S. Top Ten

Oops.

Go to the National Insurance Crime Bureau website and look for Hot Spots 2012. There’s a map of the United States and 10 little red dots, each marking a hotbed of auto theft.

Everything east of the West Coast is empty, pristine, unsullied by a serious problem with car theft. But eight red dots reside in California. Two sit in the Evergreen State.

Yakima ranks fifth in the nation for car thefts with a 2012 rate of 674.15 thefts per 100,000 people. Spokane and Spokane Valley come in ninth nationwide with a rate of 568.34.

The Tacoma-Seattle area

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