Office Hours archive for June 2011

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011



Slow recovery also spells slower population growth

Washington’s population continues to grow, but at a slower rate. The 2011 population estimate prepared by the Office of Financial Management places the state's population at 6,767,900 as of April 1. That represents an increase of 43,360, or a growth rate of 0.64 percent from...

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Palouse Wind farm to power 30,000 homes via Avista

Avista will buy power from the proposed Palouse Wind project in Whitman County, the company said today. The Spokane-based utility will receive about 40 average megawatts of renewable energy, and as much as 100 megawatts, from the wind farm, which is being developed by First...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011


Plans progressing for Hanford history museum

RICHLAND, Wash. — Plans are moving forward for construction of a $41 million museum at Richland that would tell the history of the Hanford nuclear reservation in World War II and the Cold War. The Corps of Engineers has approved the environmental review and a...

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E. Washington cherry harvest two weeks late

YAKIMA, Wash. — After delays caused by a cool, wet spring, the cherry harvest is under way in Eastern Washington. Growers hope to have some cherries in markets for the Fourth of July weekend. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the cherry harvest in the Yakima Valley...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011


Former Sterling branch manager barred

A former Sterling Savings Bank branch manager in Klamath Falls, Ore., has been barred from the banking industry. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. issued the order against Shannon Kuhlman last month. Kuhlman allegedly engaged in unsound banking practices that will inflict, or probably inflict, significant...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Dickinson takes Sterling post

Marty Dickinson is leaving the Downtown Spokane Partnership to become senior vice president and corporate marketing communications executive at Sterling Savings Bank. Her last day at the DSP, where she has been president for six years, will be July 1. Marla Nunbeg was named interim...

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Builders start more homes but pace still slow

WASHINGTON — Builders broke ground on more new homes in May, but not enough to signal a recovery in the troubled housing market. Home construction rose 3.5 percent from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000 units per year, the Commerce Department said...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011


US builders’ outlook falls amid weakening sales

WASHINGTON — The outlook among homebuilders has been bad all year. And this month it became grimmer. The National Association of Home Builders says builder sentiment for June fell three points to 13. That’s the lowest level in nine months. And it’s just five points...

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State lost 700 jobs in May

Employment in Washington fell by 700 in May, the first decline after eight months of increases, the Employment Security Department reported today. Despite the reduction, the unemployment rate declined to 9.1 percent from a revised 9.2 percent for April. The rate was initially pegged at...

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