Published January 2001
Columbia Falls Aluminum Co., which imports the raw material alumina through the port, notified officials there it has cut production by about a third. If those cutbacks were to last a year, it would cost the port $300,000 and significantly reduce work for longshoremen.
“They’re a player for us,” port Director John Mohr said about Columbia, adding that the company was the third-biggest customer next to the Boeing Co., which imports 777 fuselages, and log exporters.
Columbia said it had made the cutbacks suddenly at the request of federal power officials, who were seeking to ensure the Northwest doesn’t have a power shortage.
Banks award $1,500
St. Mary Magdalen School is a Catholic elementary school serving 450 students from preschool through eighth grade.
women set meeting
Featured speakers will be Maxine Loo, a bilingual/ESL specialist with Seattle Public Schools, and Joanne Dufour, a social studies teacher at Seattle Lutheran High School.
The dinner, networking and business-meeting portion of the event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The speakers’ program will begin at 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 425-355-3415.
Cascade Bank nets
A government evaluation highlighted Cascade’s lending programs, including those for small business, community development and home loans. It also commended Cascade’s system for alternative delivery of retail banking services, including ATMs, online banking, TellerPhone banking, bank by mail and courier services, and Cascade’s donations to various community groups and activities.
The company, which publishes nine magazines including Auto Trader and RV Trader, expects to be in its new facility by March 1, said spokeswoman Sharon Cuzner. The division serves Washington, Alaska and Idaho.
More than 75 employees will make the move from north Seattle to the new 9,296-square-foot facility. The company signed a five-year lease in the complex that is home to Premera Blue Cross, Reid Middleton, State Farm and the American Cancer Society.
Web site encourages
She has been passing out fliers to city businesses, sending out mailings through the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce and relying on word of mouth to attract advertisers, organizations that want to be linked and Web surfers.
“The whole idea is to get the community to buy online” from local vendors, Frazier said.
The cost of advertising on the site is $24 for the first year, Frazier said.
For more information, call Frazier at 360-659-2886 or visit the site, www.mymarysville.com.
Area theater groups
Discussions of a possible merger began in spring, with details worked out through the summer, according to a news release. The board of directors for each group approved the merger plan in September, pending review of financial matters, which now has been completed.
“This merger will allow Pied Piper Presents to achieve operating efficiencies that were not previously possible for an organization of our size,” Executive Director Brenda Stonecipher said in the release.
Village Theatre and Pied Piper Presents share office and performance space at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Under the merger, the two organizations will combine accounting, marketing and administrative support. Stonecipher will remain with Pied Piper Presents, which will become a product line of Village Theatre.
to focus on stress management
The presentation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Bruce Cryer, President and Chief Operating Officer of HeartMath LLC and a developer of training courses in communication and stress management, will be the speaker. Cost of the event is $299 per person, with reduced prices for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call 800-873-3451 or visit www.wyn.com on the Web.
The four evening sessions begin Jan. 11 and will be held at the Snohomish County PUD, 2320 California St., in Everett. Cost of the workshop is $20 per person and includes materials. For information or reservations, call Beth Schuster at 425-355-2008.
The Puget Sound area average of $129,300 a year is the nation’s highest. AeA, the nation’s largest high-tech trade association, joined the Nasdaq Stock Market in releasing a study on average salaries, quality-of-life issues and other economic factors related to the high-tech industry in the country’s top 60 metropolitan areas.
For purposes of the study, high technology included jobs with ties to electronics, so biomedical companies were included in the tally, according to the AeA. Biotechnology was not counted because it is based on life sciences.
The Body Connection, offering massage therapy and skin-care services, recently opened at Pilchuck Landing in Snohomish. Located at 265 Cypress St., the business is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon by appointment on Sunday. For more information, call 360-568-6793.
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