• State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

    OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and […]

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  • Timberland Bancorp Earns $0.08 per Share in Fiscal Third Quarter

    HOQUIAM, Wash. –  Timberland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSBK) ("Timberland" or "the Company") today reported net income of $804,000 for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2010. Net income available to common shareholders after adjusting for the preferred stock dividend and the preferred stock discount accretion was $543,000, or $0.08 per diluted common share. This compares to a net loss to common shareholders of $(3.44 million), or $(0.51) per diluted common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 and net income available to common shareholders of $769,000, or $0.12 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

    Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 Highlights:

    * Capital levels remain very strong: Total Risk Based Capital of 15.96%; Tier 1 Leverage Capital Ratio of 11.15%; Tangible Capital to Tangible Assets Ratio of 10.94%, all solidly above well capitalized levels
    * Non-performing loans ("NPLs") decreased 20% and represented 3.74% of total loans at June 30, 2010
    * Non-performing assets ("NPAs") decreased by $5.6 million during the quarter
    * NPAs decreased to 5.12% of assets at June 30, 2010 from 5.95% three months earlier
    * Construction and land development loans decreased 53% year over year and 34% during the quarter, and now account for 12% of total loans
    * Net interest margin for the current quarter remained strong at 3.85%
    * Deposits increased 17% year over year with no brokered funds
    * N.O.W. checking account balances increased to 27% of deposits compared to 21% of deposits one year prior

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  • WSDOT Runs Down Stimulus News

    Seven additional WSDOT projects will receive federal stimulus funds due to lower than expected bids and materials costs. The third tier of Recovery Act projects will include $12.3 million for additional preservation improvements. Local governments continue to complete highway projects, with six more projects reported complete this week. In national news, five Washington tribes received over $1.2 million in Recovery Act funds for transit improvements.

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  • Washington Attorney General sues two more businesses as part of industry crackdown

    VANCOUVER, Wash. –The Attorney General’s announced today that it is suing RGH Marketing, Inc., and the general manager of Interstate Auto Liquidators, as part of an ongoing crackdown on deceptive practices by some dealers and marketers.

    “Deceptive advertising by some auto dealers and marketers has accelerated in the down economy,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said.

    McKenna said that’s unfair for auto businesses that are playing by the rules and for consumers.

    “Whether some dealers are intentionally detouring around the law or ignorant of it doesn’t matter in the end – they can still be sued. The increased sales revenue isn’t worth so much when you have to pay attorneys’ fees and penalties.”

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  • Hundreds of Volunteers Expected Saturday for National Public Lands Day

    OLYMPIA – Tomorrow, Saturday September 26,  marks the 16th annual celebration of National Public Lands Day, the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer effort to improve America’s public lands. Nationwide, organizers expect nearly 130,000 volunteers to participate.

    In Western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and partners are expecting hundreds of volunteers to spend the day clearing invasive plants, repairing trails, and picking up litter at three areas managed by DNR. Volunteers will even be removing abandoned vehicles from a state forest.

    Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark will participate with volunteers at two of  DNR’s events: Tiger Mountain near Issaquah and then at Mima Mounds south of Olympia. The third event is at Yacolt Burn State Forest, north of Washougal.

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  • State disciplines health care providers

    OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state. The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors). Information about health […]

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  • Elma man walking with sword briefly shuts down I-5

    HAZEL DELL, Washington — An Elma man with a decorative sword shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 for about 5 minutes last night while responding officers approached what they thought was a man walking down the highway with a shotgun.
    The State Patrol says it happened in the small southwest Washington community of Hazel Dell Monday night. The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/s63cin ) that a 911 caller apparently mistook the sword for a gun.
    Troopers, Vancouver police and Clark County sheriff’s officers rushed to the scene, turned on their spotlights and talked to the man over a loudspeaker with guns drawn. Trooper Will Finn says when officers are told someone has a weapon, “we approach as if someone is indeed carrying a weapon.”

    The 20-year-old man said he was headed home to Elma, Washington Police drove the man to a relative’s house in nearby Vancouver and warned him that pedestrians aren’t allowed on I-5.

    The newspaper says the shutdown lasted about five minutes.

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  • Auto glass installer pleads guilty to theft in insurance-fraud case

    Olympia, Wash.- A Battle Ground auto glass installer who overbilled an insurance company for years has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft.
    Robert T. Wooster, 51, doing business as Dr. Bob’s Auto Glass and DRB Enterprises Auto Glass, is believed to have overcharged Farmers Insurance Company at least $100,000 – and perhaps significantly more – over several years.
    “Insurance fraud costs everyone, in the form of higher premiums,” said state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “ Dr. Bob was doctoring his invoices, illegally inflating them.”
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  • Grays Harbor County organizations get salmon recovery grants from state

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the awarding of $42.8 million in grants to protect and restore salmon populations to communities across Washington.
    “Salmon are an important part of Washington’s economy and culture. These grants are helping us reverse the decline in salmon populations we’ve seen over the past two decades,” said Steve Tharinger, chairman of the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. “These grants are not only good for salmon, the environment and the people of Washington, but they are good for the economy because much of this money will be awarded to local organizations to do restoration work in their local communities.”
    The grants in the Puget Sound area also work toward implementing Governor Chris Gregoire’s initiative to restore Puget Sound.
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  • Washington State disciplines health care providers

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against a health care provider in Grays Harbor County.

    In July 2009 the Emergency Medical Technician Program granted the application of Tina Marie Morgan-Schmidt (ES60093336) and placed her license on probation for one year. She was convicted of possession of controlled substance, and escape. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

    Morgan-Schmidt’s convictions preceded her EMT application, In May of 2009 she applied for the credentials. July of 2005 she was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and Escape in the Second Degree – also a Class C.

    The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Office works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 70 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

    Information about health care providers is on the agency Web site. Click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

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