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Mitigate massive wildfire danger | Don Brunell

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 western states. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range lands, dislocated thousands of people, and burned hundreds of homes and buildings.

 

Silver linings to Hurricane Harvey | Don Brunell

All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, appear to have been corrected with Houston’s recent Hurricane Harvey. Chalk it up to a series of important lessons learned.

 

Workshops aim to help small business owners and startups | Pierce County Library System

Pierce County Library System, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is offering two workshops to help entrepreneurs start and grow a successful business as well as share tips to advance existing small businesses.

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

 

Dan Evans would serve America well | Don Brunell

Recently, family, friends and dignitaries gathered at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles to celebrate the designation of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National Park honoring Washington’s distinguished three-term governor and U.S. Senator.

Teeter moves flagship HQ to Bonney Lake

You may have heard of Teeter, a back-pain relief company that has been selling its products nationwide for decades. But you may not know that Teeter was founded on Lake Tapps, and last week, broke ground on moving its corporate headquarters from Puyallup to Bonney Lake.

Massive fires increasing wood prices | Don Brunell

Massive forest fires in western parts of Canada and the U.S. are not only choking us with layers of smoke, but are cutting off lumber supplies around our country.

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After thousands of deliveries, Dickson has private practice

Dr. Holly Dickson, after practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Enumclaw for 16 years, has opened a private practice.

  • Aug 10th, 2017

Fitness Studio occupies prime Enumclaw location

After launching their business a year ago in Ravensdale, the owners of Palmer Athletic Club upgraded their operation and now serve clients from space at the busiest intersection in downtown Enumclaw.

  • Aug 9th, 2017

Sudden deaths took a trio of state’s business and Ag leaders | Don Brunell

So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture. Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large shoes to fill.

Race to toll likely to clip Washington drivers

In 2014, President Barrack Obama opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways. This year Oregon lawmakers, much to the chagrin of Washington drivers and truckers, unilaterally took advantage of the new funding opportunity.

East King County Career Fair set for July 28 | Sound Publishing

This event — for employers, recruiters, schools and job seekers — will feature exhibitors from top employers, agencies, companies and colleges throughout the area.

  • Jul 25th, 2017

Bonney Lake gets new fish egg facility

Bonney Lake — a city known for it’s beautiful view of Mount Rainier, its day-cation destination of Lake Tapps, and, perhaps surprising to some, its fish eggs.

LNG better for maritime and people | Don Brunell

There is an old saying: Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality.

Abundant natural gas is giant step toward energy independence | Don Brunell

In the last half century, Americans yearned for energy independence. We were tired of being held captive by foreign governments—some of which continue to be hostile toward the United States and our way of life.

Searching for the words that unite us | Don Brunell

Two days before last year’s presidential election, Frank Luntz walked away from a CBS 60 Minutes focus group leaving people uncontrollably screaming at one another. He couldn’t stop it. Nobody could.

Statewide sales at record levels

Across the state of Washington, big gains in construction and new and used auto sales helped fuel a jump in taxable retail sales to a record $145.9 billion in 2016, a 7.8 percent increase over calendar year 2015.

  • Jun 15th, 2017

Gamblin elected president of auto dealers group

Enumclaw resident Alan Gamblin was named the 2017-18 president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association during the organization’s annual convention last month.

  • Jun 13th, 2017

Refocusing climate debate to practical solutions

Debating whether it was wrong for President Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord negotiations is never ending.

Texan is flush with transportation cash

In the last decade, there has been a highway construction boom in Texas. On the other hand, lawmakers in Olympia still scramble to fund road maintenance.

Time to ax Amtrak passenger service to Chicago

Last month, a Wall Street Journal editorial hit the nail on the head recommending Amtrak focus its limited funds on shorter more heavily traveled routes between Washington, D.C., and Boston.

Customer satisfaction is one job

It may take United Airlines years to overcome the public relations nightmare of a doctor being dragged off an overbooked flight by Chicago police. That one incident not only sparked costly litigation, but could well impact the company’s bottom line and expansion plans.

McLendon Hardware announces acquisition by Central Network Retail Group

The transaction is set to finalize in April.

Lessons learned from demise of Northwest aluminum industry | Don Brunell

Driving east along SR 14 these days, you see water pouring out of Columbia River dams. It is already a high water year with much of the runoff from our heavy mountain snowpack yet to come.

A state carbon tax would be harmful | Don Brunell

A major hurdle for lawmakers in Olympia working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn is the so-called “carbon tax.”

  • Mar 29th, 2017

Beware of jury duty scams | Better Business Bureau

Impersonator scams can be so convincing and frightening that anyone can be a victim.

  • Mar 29th, 2017

Travel tips for a safe holiday | Better Business Bureau

Roadways and airways are about to get a little crowded as we enter peak travel season for the holidays.

  • Nov 14th, 2016

Missing Andy Hill already | Don Brunell

State Senator Andy Hill was one. Tragically, Hill lost his battle with lung cancer last week. He was 54 and leaves behind his wife, Molly, and three children. Hill represented the 45th Legislative District, which includes Redmond, Woodinville, Kirkland, Sammamish and Duvall. He was first elected to the legislature in 2010, and rose quickly to become the state senate’s chief budget writer.

  • Nov 7th, 2016

Millennials resurrecting whiskey | Don Brunell

Last month while touring Ireland, our guide proudly pointed out Irish whiskey…

Take a page from Gerald Ford’s playbook | Don Brunell

It’s D-Day for American voters. With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump carrying unusually low approval ratings and having a deep antipathy for one another, no matter which one ultimately is elected, the nation will be bitterly polarized.

Storms bring in scammers | Better Business Bureau

A windstorm blew through Western Washington and the Oregon coast this weekend knocking out power to some residents and leaving behind a trail of damage.

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Storms bring in scammers | Better Business Bureau

While the storm may have passed, now is the time for scammers to blow in as storm season approaches. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is warning homeowners to use caution when hiring help to rebuild and repair after the storm.

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Thrift store moves to new quarters, continues support of mobile clinic

The location might have changed, but the mission remains the same.

  • Oct 11th, 2016

Be smart during seasonal hiring season | Better Business Bureau

The holidays are just around the corner and businesses are already busy hiring for seasonal work. According to the National Retail Federation holiday sales increased three percent last year to $626.1 billion.

  • Oct 10th, 2016

Be smart during seasonal hiring season | Better Business Bureau

The holidays are just around the corner and businesses are already busy hiring for seasonal work. According to the National Retail Federation holiday sales increased three percent last year to $626.1 billion.

  • Oct 10th, 2016

Sumner realtor combines business with community service

As a real estate agent for the last 15 years, Gary Gray has tried to fold his passion for art, poetry and community service into his career. Now, as the head of his own company, Sozo Realty, Gray is looking forward to building a company culture around community as well as business.

October Is Cyber Security Month | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is participating in National Cyber Security Alliance's STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign to improve the public's awareness of the basic steps needed to stay safe online.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

October Is Cyber Security Month | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is participating in National Cyber Security Alliance's STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign to improve the public's awareness of the basic steps needed to stay safe online.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016

Regulating America out of jobs | Don Brunell

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce looked at the cost of regulations in America and found that excessive regulations are undercutting our economy and costing us jobs.

Minorities more vulnerable to scams | Better Business Bureau

As the country celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month, Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received reports that some minority groups are often the target of specific schemes.

  • Sep 19th, 2016

Avoid purchasing EpiPens online | Better Business Bureau

The rising costs of pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic, most recently with the price hike of the allergy medication EpiPen.

  • Sep 6th, 2016

Avoid purchasing EpiPens online | Better Business Bureau

The rising costs of pharmaceuticals has been a hot topic, most recently with the price hike of the allergy medication EpiPen. This trend has caused some people to seek prescription drugs outside of pharmacies by hunting online and across the border.

  • Sep 6th, 2016

Climate policies should be comprehensive | Don Brunell

The flurry of climate regulations coming out of federal agencies is an example of what to avoid. Whether those new rules are based on laws enacted by Congress is questionable.

Make back-to-school shopping a breeze | Better Business Bureau

School is either underway or right around the corner for many students across the northwest. The preparation for heading back is a big money maker for some businesses.

  • Aug 25th, 2016

Make back-to-school shopping a breeze | Better Business Bureau

School is either underway or right around the corner for many students across the northwest. The preparation for heading back is a big money maker for some businesses.

  • Aug 25th, 2016

IRS strikes Olympic gold | Don Brunell

Guess who was among the first to welcome our Olympic athletes back home from Rio? None other than the IRS. For U.S. athletes, winning an Olympic medal comes with pride, glory – and a hefty federal tax bill.

Scammers claim to be working with the BBB | Better Business Bureau

No one is immune from having their identity stolen, not even Better Business Bureau. Reports have been coming in to BBB offices and on Scam Tracker regarding individuals claiming to be working with BBB.

  • Aug 18th, 2016

Scammers claim to be working with the BBB | Better Business Bureau

No one is immune from having their identity stolen, not even Better Business Bureau. Reports have been coming in to BBB offices and on Scam Tracker regarding individuals claiming to be working with BBB.

  • Aug 17th, 2016

Investors want high-tech companies to save water | Don Brunell

Recently, Bloomberg reported that investors in massive data centers are making water availability a critical measurement in their decisions--especially in drought-ridden California.

Don’t get swept up in wildfire charity scams | Better Business Bureau

Wildfires have sparked across the country including the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Western Wyoming. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is sending out a warning over the dangers of donating relief funds to the wrong people.

  • Aug 9th, 2016