It’s your call: stay on hold or we’ll call you back

Heading into the busiest time of year for Washington’s unemployment-claims call center, the Employment Security Department has added a telephone service that gives customers the option of being called back instead of waiting on hold, without losing their place in line.

  • Jan 5, 2010

2009: A record-setting year for unemployment claims, job-seekers

The economic recession was one of the most prominent news stories of 2009, with good reason: more Washingtonians were unemployed, more received unemployment benefits, and more sought job-search assistance than ever before.

  • Dec 30, 2009

New places: Gateway School and Child Care

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce representatives joined city leaders and proprietors to officially open new businesses. A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony included the Gateway School and… Continue reading

  • Dec 24, 2009

New places: Canterbury House

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce representatives joined city leaders and proprietors to officially open new businesses. A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony included the Canterbury House (502… Continue reading

  • Dec 24, 2009

New places: Tahoma Athletic Club

Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce representatives joined city leaders and proprietors to officially open new businesses. A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony included the Tahoma Athletic Club… Continue reading

  • Dec 24, 2009

Northwest Harvest receives $10,000 grant from PSE Foundation for food purchases

Hunger relief agency Northwest Harvest today announced it received a $10,000 grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation to purchase high-demand foods critical to a well-rounded diet such as protein and grains. Northwest Harvest’s network of partner food programs serve about 600,000 clients each month throughout the state of Washington.

  • Dec 22, 2009

TOP Food & Drug closed Christmas Day

TOP Food & Drug stores will be closing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Christmas Eve, and will reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday.

  • Dec 21, 2009

Highline’s workforce programs run out of funds

Highline Community College’s Worker Retraining, Opportunity Grants and Basic Food & Education Training (BFET) programs have no more money available for students winter quarter.

  • Dec 18, 2009

Nearly $29M available to help PSE low-income customers pay bills

Qualified Puget Sound Energy customers who need help paying their heating bills this winter will have access to a combined total of nearly $29 million in low-income assistance from PSE and federal funds distributed by local community service agencies.

  • Dec 18, 2009

Olson Farm gets a boost from 4Culture

4Culture recently awarded White River Valley Museum $50,000 to complete utility upgrades to historic Mary Olson Farm.

  • Dec 16, 2009

State’s unemployment rate dips slightly in November

Washington’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched down to 9.2 percent in November, a slight improvement from the 9.3 percent rate in October, according to the state Employment Security Department.

  • Dec 15, 2009

AG sues DIRECTV for ‘unconscionable’ sales practices

DIRECTV has generated more consumer complaints to the Washington Attorney General’s Office than any other business in 2009. Those complaints from Washington residents signal a serious problem, said Attorney General Rob McKenna, who today announced the office is suing the nation’s largest satellite television company for unfair sales practices.

  • Dec 14, 2009

Season’s freshest Christmas trees available now from Puget Sound Fresh farmers

Purchase your Christmas tree this holiday season from a farmer participating in the Puget Sound Fresh program, and you’re not only supporting agriculture here in King County, but you’re assured of the best selection of the freshest trees available.

  • Dec 10, 2009

Assist from Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club presented $3,000 to Auburn-area charities at a Monday morning ceremony at its Auburn SuperMall store.Sam’s Club presented $1,000 to the Algona/Pacific Food Pantry… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2009

AG McKenna worried consumers could be deceived by ‘free’ credit report offers

There’s only one government-authorized Web site where consumers can get their free annual credit report, and it’s not the one with the catchy jingles in television ads. Attorney General Rob McKenna says more needs to be done to protect consumers attempting to obtain the free credit report allowed by law.

  • Dec 9, 2009

Mega Millions scam alert: E-mail attempts to steal personal info

For the second time in as many months, a scam e-mail, disguised to appear to be from Mega Millions officials, is circulating online.

  • Dec 8, 2009

Profits of pizza sales to benefit families of slain officers

Proceeds from sales today and Wednesday at Papa John's Pizza, 1403 Auburn Way S., will be donated to the four families of the slain Lakewood police officers.

  • Dec 8, 2009

PSE customers set record for natural gas usage

This week’s freezing temperatures pushed Puget Sound Energy customers’ natural gas usage to a new high Monday, surpassing the record set last December. With temperatures forecasted to remain colder than usual for several more days, PSE is encouraging customers to use energy wisely, particularly during peak energy periods, to manage their winter heating bills.

  • Dec 8, 2009

Red Cross safety tips for frozen pipes

With weather forecasts predicting freezing temperatures, the American Red Cross urges local residents to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes and offers tips to safely thaw frozen pipes.

  • Dec 8, 2009

What to know when riding Metro in ’10

With the new year just around the corner, King County Metro Transit is alerting riders of several changes that will take effect beginning Jan. 1, 2010. Those changes will affect transit fares, pass products and how riders transfer between buses and trains in the region.

  • Dec 8, 2009