Business & Economy

[6/21/19] Department of Revenue Partners with Cities

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The city of Cashmere became the 98th city partner of the State Department of Revenue’s Business Licensing Service. Cashmere is now part of the Evergreen State’s combined licensing one-stop for agency and city registrations. Cashmere has more than 200 businesses that will benefit from Business Licensing Service, the Department of Revenue said. It’s a free […]

[6/21/19] Clean Air Building Sites

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West-siders aren’t used to summer wildfire smoke like residents east of the Cascades. So ahead of a wildfire season expected to be again worse than average for Western Washington, officials in Seattle announced five city buildings are outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. Seattle officials demonstrated the technology […]

[6/21/19] LCCH CEO Stepping Down

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On Tuesday Lake Chelan Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Steve Patonai announced his retirement effective this fall. Patonai was appointed interim hospital CEO in March of 2018 after long time CEO Kevin Able resigned to accept a Hospital CEO position in Montana. At that time the plan was for Patonai to serve as interim until […]

[6/20/19] Tobacco Company Must Pay

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request for further review of a Washington state tobacco company’s tax appeal. Cigarette manufacturer King Mountain Tobacco must pay $58 million in federal excise taxes. The Supreme Court released its decision without comment June 10, a month after the U.S. Solicitor General opposed the review. A U.S. District […]

[6/20/19] WA Employment Higher than National Average

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Washington’s state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent last month. According to numbers released yesterday by the Employment Security Department, May’s jobless rate remains unchanged from April’s. The state also added 9,600 jobs last month, with the largest job gains seen in construction, professional and business services and education and health services. The state […]

[6/19/19] APPLE EXPORTS TO SLOW

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The apple industry in Washington state expects exports to India to slow down even more after the country tacked on a 20 percent retaliatory tariff, bringing the total duty to 70 percent. India added the tariff to apples and 27 other American products Sunday after the U.S. government ended a preferential trade program with the […]

[6/19/19] PERFORMING ARTS CENTER HIRES NEW DIRECTOR

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The Numerica Performing Arts Center has hired a new Executive Director. Robert Cox was hired this month following an extensive, nationwide search by the PAC after its former director, Matt Cadman retired in March. Cox has a Masters in Theater Arts and has served over a decade as artistic director for the award-winning 12 Miles […]

[6/19/19] LCCH CEO Stepping Down

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Lake Chelan Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Steve Patonai has announced his retirement effective this fall. Patonai was appointed interim hospital CEO in March of 2018 after long time CEO Kevin Able resigned to accept a Hospital CEO position in Montana. At that time the plan was for Patonai to serve as interim until a […]

[6/14/19] Amazon Suit Filed for Illegal Recordings of Children

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A lawsuit claims Amazon is violating laws in at least eight states by recording children without consent through Alexa devices. The lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Seattle claims the voice-controlled virtual assistant devices permanently records millions of children without their consent or parents’ consent. It claims the devices can identify individual voices […]