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Safe Drain manufacturer’s expansion into Northwest part of national strategy

Sometimes the concept behind an innovative new product seems so simple and obvious, it prompts a reaction of  “Why didn’t somSafe Drain International founder John Deming, right, with Buzz Holmes, left, and Ken Perry of Safe Drain Northwest.ebody think of that sooner?” read more »


BREMERTON — SAFE Boats International (SBI) recently delivered the Cutter Boat-Over the Horizon-IV (CB-OTH-IV) Polar to the Coast Guard’s 420-foot ice-breaker, the Cutter Healy. The CB-OTH-IV Polar has a modified outfit package different from the standard 26-foot CB-OTH-IV parent craft that SBI has been delivering to the Coast Guard since 2013 as part of a multi-year, 104-boat contract. Although modified, the vessel maintains the ability to interface with the National Security Fast Response Cutters. read more »


Saying, “Through Scott’s leadership, Harrison Medical Center is now well-poised to fulfill its mission for generations to come,” Harrison Medical Center board chairman Jim Civilla announced to the community that Scott Bosch, president and CEO for nearly a decade, will retire  July 31. read more »


The next West Sound Technology Association forum on April 17 will focus on Office 365 from Microsoft.

 Office 365 is Microsoft’s subscription-based online office and software plus services suite built around the Office platform. Serving as a successor to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Office 365 provides hosted e-mail (Exchange), instant messaging, audio and video conferencing (Lync), social networking and collaboration (Sharepoint), and cloud storage (SkyDrive) to teams and businesses.  read more »


OLYMPIA — The number of retailers in Washington illegally selling tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15 percent of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013 — that’s about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009 the rate was much lower, about 9 percent. read more »


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WASHINGTON — Democatic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has introduced legislation to expand a tax credit for the working poor as requested by President Barack Obama, proposing to pay for it by closing two tax breaks that aid corporations.

With Senate Democrats not pursuing a traditional budget resolution this year, the targeted measure aims to help them draw fiscal contrasts with Republicans, who will consider their own budget plan next month.

Democrats see reducing income inequality as their core issue for November’s congressional elections. read more »


The third annual Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup and Expo will be April 5-6, featuring competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes and SUP (stand up paddleboards), as well as outriggers and Para-Canoe, to benefit the Gig Harbor Kayak Club.  read more »


By Peter Frost, Chicago Tribune

Walgreen Co. announced it plans to shutter 76 unprofitable drugstores by August as part of a plan to save $40 million to $50 million per year beginning in its fiscal 2015.

The Deerfield, Ill.-based drugstore chain, the nation’s largest, declined to specify the locations of the stores slated to close aside from saying they’re “spread across the country.” Walgreen said it will confirm the closures in the coming months after it notifies employees. read more »

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