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Freighthouse Square being sold to new local owner

By the end of the year, Tacoma’s Freighthouse Square could have a new local owner.

The identity of the potential buyer is a secret, said Ernie Velton, managing broker of Bellevue-based JSH Properties, which has been managing the Dome District icon for about 13 months.

“We had several parties interested. This is who we chose out of the other offers,” Velton told me this morning.

Velton wouldn’t disclose the sale price, or elaborate on whether the potential buyer was one person or an investment group. JSH had listed the property for $2.5 million.

The potential buyers are doing their due

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Tacoma fitness center once threatened with eviction is in new hands

A big Tacoma fitness center once threatened with eviction for allegedly failing to pay its rent is in new hands this month.

The former AllStar Fitness center on Montana Avenue near the Tacoma Mall and Costco is now Gold’s Gym Tacoma.

Court records show that the fitness center’s landlord, which had sought to evict the health club, and the Seattle-based AllStar Fitness settled two lawsuits out of court in mid-June.

An AllStar employee said that the fitness center’s members have been transitioned to Gold’s Gym.

Bob Padgett, AllStar’s chief executive officer, was unavailable for comment.

Padgett’s fitness club

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Pierce County’s jobless rate climbed in May

By Rolf Boone
Staff writer

Pierce County’s unemployment rate once again climbed above 9 percent, rising to 9.5 percent in May from a revised 8.8 percent jobless rate in April, according to state Employment Security Department data released Tuesday.

The increase in the county’s jobless rate likely is another setback for the economy after the unemployment rate had dipped briefly below 9 percent in April.

Another concern: May’s unemployment rate was approaching the 9.9 percent jobless rate reported in May 2011.

Meanwhile, statewide unemployment, which is seasonally adjusted (county rates are not), inched higher to 8.3 percent in

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Photographer alert: Visitor Bureau announces Pierce County Fall photo contest; deadline is Nov. 21

Pick up your camera and start thinking images: a leaf falling softly from one of the Narrows Bridges, a sunrise over Mount Rainier, a trio of playful kittens on a farm in Orting.

And there will be a prize.

The Tacoma Regional Convention + Visitor Bureau has announced its 2011 Fall Photo Contest.

The contest is open to entries that include images of the people, places, art or nature in Tacoma and/or Pierce County. The contest runs through Nov. 21 and is open to amateurs and professionals alike.

According to the bureau, entries will be judged on creativity

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Here comes inflation: Consumer prices are up 0.8 percent for the past two months and 3.2 percent for the year

And as far as consumer prices go here at home …

Although the activities should never be attempted simultaneously, the past two months have been relatively good for people who drive and for people who drink.

While overall prices in the Tacoma-Bremerton-Seattle area were up 0.8 percent in May and June, the cost of alcoholic beverages fell 0.8 percent and gasoline was down 1.4 percent.

So said the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its regular report, issued Friday.

On an annual basis, overall prices were up 3.2 percent, the Bureau said. This is the highest annualized level of inflation since

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