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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

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

National energy policy must be broad and inclusive | Don Brunell

America must have a thoughtful and comprehensive national energy policy which focuses on supplies that are environmentally friendly, abundant and affordable.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

National energy policy must be broad and inclusive | Don Brunell

America must have a thoughtful and comprehensive national energy policy which focuses on supplies that are environmentally friendly, abundant and affordable. Our strategy needs to include all energy sources. It must have balance and we need to have the patience, persistence and wisdom to implement it. It should encourage innovation.

BBB encourages neighbors to look out for one another | Better Business Bureau

On Aug. 2 communities across the country will participate in National Night Out. The annual event is a community-building campaign meant to encourage police-community partnerships and neighborhood benevolence to make communities safer.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

BBB encourages neighbors to look out for one another | Better Business Bureau

On Aug. 2 communities across the country will participate in National Night Out. The annual event is a community-building campaign meant to encourage police-community partnerships and neighborhood benevolence to make communities safer.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Watch out for fake Seahawks tickets | Better Business Bureau

The day many Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Today single-game tickets go on sale and will be made available to purchase at the CenturyLink Field NW Box Office.

  • Jul 25th, 2016

Watch out for fake Seahawks tickets | Better Business Bureau

The day many Seattle Seahawks fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Today single-game tickets go on sale and will be made available to purchase at the CenturyLink Field NW Box Office.

  • Jul 25th, 2016

Maintaining low cost electricity vital to Washington’s clean tech industries | Don Brunell

Since the construction of Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams, Washington has enjoyed an abundance of low cost, reliable hydropower. It has been one-key competitive advantage for energy intensive industries and now it is vital to our state burgeoning “clean tech industries.”

Made in America | Don Brunell

In the presidential campaign leading up to the November elections, hopefully we will hear about ways to "Make America Great Again!"

  • Jul 5th, 2016

Made in America | Don Brunell

In the presidential campaign leading up to the November elections, hopefully we will hear about ways to “Make America Great Again!” One of the most effective strategies is to entice U.S. companies with foreign factories to relocate back home. Another is to encourage those who remained in America to reinvest here.

Watch South Carolina closely | Don Brunell

Washington leaders need to keep an eye on South Carolina. It is a state which is becoming a strong magnet to attract business.

  • Jun 27th, 2016

Watch South Carolina closely | Don Brunell

Washington leaders need to keep an eye on South Carolina. It is a state which is becoming a strong magnet to attract business. A couple of years ago, the front page news was the competition between Seattle and Charleston to lure Boeing’s 787 assembly production. Now, it has grown to include international trade and the associated economic development and jobs.

Award scam a big loser | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received numerous reports of an email scam targeting small businesses across the country. In the past 24 days BBB Scam Tracker has received 23 reports from potential victims in the Northwest region. This ploy is known as the vanity award scheme —one we've reported on in the past.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Award scam a big loser | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received numerous reports of an email scam targeting small businesses across the country. In the past 24 days BBB Scam Tracker has received 23 reports from potential victims in the Northwest region. This ploy is known as the vanity award scheme —one we’ve reported on in the past.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Detoxifying Congressional politics | Don Brunell

Thankfully, June 8 marked a milestone for Congress. Members came together and overwhelmingly approved a sweeping bill that regulates tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

  • Jun 20th, 2016

Detoxifying Congressional politics | Don Brunell

Thankfully, June 8 marked a milestone for Congress. Members came together and overwhelmingly approved a sweeping bill that regulates tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in everyday products, from household cleaners to clothing and furniture.

Buckley academy turns out 29 firefighters

Forty started the long and arduous process and 29 remained.

Oregon’s tax measure a potential boom for Washington | Don Brunell

Washington's next economic development plan may be written by Oregon voters next November.

  • Jun 13th, 2016

Oregon’s tax measure a potential boom for Washington | Don Brunell

Washington's next economic development plan may be written by Oregon voters next November. The plan's center piece is a new gross receipts tax which would transform Oregon from one of the nation's lowest business tax burden states to one of the nation's highest.

Scammers hope to win big during track and field trials | Better Business Bureau

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are returning to Eugene, Ore. July 1- 10. The Trials attract more than a thousand athletes to Hayward Field and thousands more will attend as spectators.

  • Jun 7th, 2016

Scammers hope to win big during trials | Better Business Bureau

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are returning to Eugene, Ore. July 1- 10. The Trials attract more than a thousand athletes to Hayward Field and thousands more will attend as spectators.

  • Jun 7th, 2016

Surge in rental home scams | Better Business Bureau

Rental scams might be a common trick these days, but unfortunately, it is still common for house hunters to fall for it. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has noticed an uptick in this type of scam being reported to BBB Scam Tracker.

  • May 24th, 2016

Surge in rental home scams | Better Business Bureau

Rental scams might be a common trick these days, but unfortunately, it is still common for house hunters to fall for it. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has noticed an uptick in this type of scam being reported to BBB Scam Tracker.

  • May 24th, 2016

BBB warns consumers before hiring movers | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers to be cautious when hiring a moving company or they could end up with a business that can’t deliver. Consumers who inadvertently hire an unlicensed company usually have little or no recourse if their belongings are damaged, lost or stolen.

  • May 2nd, 2016

BBB warns consumers before hiring movers | Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers to be cautious when hiring a moving company or they could end up with a business that can't deliver.

  • May 2nd, 2016

BBB uncovers fake online car dealership in Spokane | Better Business Bureau

On April 1, 2016 Better Business Bureau Northwest first reported on a fake online car dealership claiming to be based in Spokane. Now, BBB investigators say there's another site, claiming to sell recreational vehicles also out of Spokane.

  • Apr 25th, 2016

Watch your mailbox for Special Election ballots | King County Elections

King County Elections mailed ballots today, April 6, to about 370,000 registered voters for the April 26 Special Election.

  • Apr 7th, 2016

Northwest customers urged to carefully examine “free trial” beauty products | Better Business Bureau

Online shoppers thought they were signing up for a free trial on a celebrity endorsed beauty product. Instead, they ended up with products they didn't want and handed over more cash than they planned.

  • Apr 4th, 2016

Northwest customers urged to carefully examine “free trial” beauty products | Better Business Bureau

Online shoppers thought they were signing up for a free trial on a celebrity endorsed beauty product. Instead, they ended up with products they didn’t want and handed over more cash than they planned.

Trail run series returns to Cougar Mountain | King County Parks

On May 14, the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series returns for a 14th season to King County Parks' Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, offering a wider variety of race options than ever before through beautiful forestland just minutes away from Bellevue, Seattle, and many other parts of King County.

  • Apr 2nd, 2016

Tuberculosis in Washington: more cases and getting harder to treat | Department of Health

Washington's tuberculosis (TB) cases were on the rise last year, putting state and local public health officials on heightened alert. During 2015, the state's TB rate rose by seven percent from the previous year. Across the globe, TB now kills more people each year than any other infectious disease, surpassing HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of infectious disease death worldwide.

  • Mar 21st, 2016

Owen served “Our Washington” well | Don Brunell

For the last 20 years, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (D) has served Washington well. Now, he is retiring and leaving the state senate as he found it—-a dignified place to debate and enact public policy.

  • Mar 19th, 2016

Owen served “Our Washington” well | Don Brunell

For the last 20 years, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (D) has served Washington well. Now, he is retiring and leaving the state senate as he found it---a dignified place to debate and enact public policy.

New community bank comes to Enumclaw

After nearly nine years without a community bank in Enumclaw, Commencement Bank will be stepping in to fill that role.

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions | Don Brunell

On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally.

  • Mar 5th, 2016

Be careful about imposing trade sanctions | Don Brunell

On March 1, the Wall Street Journal carried a sobering editorial that ought to force us to look behind the toxic presidential campaign rhetoric and ask two very important questions about how we position our nation to compete internationally.

Some online schools scams | Better Business Bureau

The Federal Trade Commission is filing charges against two groups of suspected diploma mills that charge anywhere from $135 to $349 for a useless high school diploma.

  • Feb 22nd, 2016

Washington State Department of Revenue releases tax exemption report with interactive tool

Want to find out more about the state’s tax exemptions? Check out the Washington State Department of Revenue.

  • Feb 22nd, 2016

Cop recruitment top priority | Don C. Brunell

Public safety agencies across America face the same problems as other employers—finding enough qualified workers. The difference is our safety is increasingly at risk.

  • Feb 22nd, 2016

Not all online schools are an A+ | Better Business Bureau

The Federal Trade Commission is filing charges against two groups of suspected diploma mills that charge anywhere from $135 to $349 for a useless high school diploma. Last month, Better Business Bureau Northwest’s Scam Tracker received a complaint from a student who was concerned that an online high school was a scam.

  • Feb 19th, 2016

Not all online schools are an A+ | Better Business Bureau

The Federal Trade Commission is filing charges against two groups of suspected diploma mills that charge anywhere from $135 to $349 for a useless high school diploma. Last month, Better Business Bureau Northwest’s Scam Tracker received a complaint from a student who was concerned that an online high school was a scam.

  • Feb 19th, 2016

Today’s railroad emphasize innovation and safety | Don Brunell

In January, the American Association of Railroads or AAR published its first-ever state of the railroads annual report focusing on the industry’s economic value, innovations and emphasis on safety.

Get practical over waterways regulations | Don Brunell

The seemingly endless stream of Obama Administration rules to circumvent Congress and states is driving people away from finding practical solutions to problems and into courtrooms filled with highly-paid attorneys waging a “paperwork” war.

Get practical over waterways regulations | Don Brunell

The seemingly endless stream of Obama Administration rules to circumvent Congress and states is driving people away from finding practical solutions to problems and into courtrooms filled with highly-paid attorneys waging a “paperwork” war.

Avoiding bad trip down memory lane | Don Brunell

In 2001, Boeing shocked state and local leaders announcing it was relocating its headquarters to Chicago. Suddenly, the company with its deep roots in our Puget Sound region was housed on the shores of Lake Michigan.

  • Jan 25th, 2016