Workforce Development Council Names New Head

ELMA, Wash. – Cheryl B. Fambles, currently the executive director of the Washington Workforce Association, a professional association of the 12 Workforce Development Directors in Washington State, has been named the new chief executive officer for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, headquartered at the Satsop Business Park in Elma.

Fambles will begin her new post June 1, filling the shoes of Mike Kennedy, who will retire June 30 after 26 years with the organization.

Cheryl has an outstanding record of public service, she is an excellent communicator, collaborator, and facilitator. Cheryl will bring a passion and vision to the evolving work of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. – Mike Boyle, Sr., chairman of the Council

In 2007-2010 Fambles was director of the federal Workforce Innovation and Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant, administered by Pacific Mountain. Her background includes senior management positions in local governments including Thurston County, the City of Issaquah, King County and the Skokomish Tribal Nation. She worked in higher education at The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College. She has also served as a private organizational consultant on multiple projects around the region.

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  • Restored Historic Schafer Brothers Logging Company Movies to be Screened in Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – At its peak in the 1920s, Schafer Brothers, one of the largest lumber businesses in the Northwest, commissioned several movies of their operations. Peter Reid, a member of the Schafer family, will show the recently restored films and discuss the history of the company. Join him at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Saturday, April 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    Schafer Brothers Logging Company got its start in 1893 when brothers Peter, Albert and Hubert Schafer began logging on the family homestead six miles upstream from the mouth of the Satsop. They logged with oxen and horses for 20 years. In 1913, they bought a 45-ton Heisler locomotive and laid tracks into the woods from Brady to begin their railroad logging operation.

    At the peak of operation, the Schafers were running one of the largest logging, milling and shipping concerns in the lumber industry of the Pacific Northwest, employing about 3,000 people. Simpson Timber Company purchased Schafer Brothers Logging Company in 1955. *

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  • Memory chip makers will pay $173 million for price-fixing

    SEATTLE – The Y2K bug was the big concern in the computer world when makers of DRAM computer memory conspired to raise prices. More than a decade later, the companies and a group of state attorneys general have negotiated a $173 million antitrust settlement in principle with six of the world’s top manufacturers.

    “This settlement will make up for some of the harm caused by memory chip manufacturers who conspired to drive up computer costs,” Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “The agreement will also prohibit the companies from manipulating prices in the future.”

    Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) is a common form of memory chip found in computers, servers, printers and other electronics.

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  • Department of Agriculture Announces $250 milion in Recover Act Funds for Rural Water Projects

    WASHINGTON, July 15, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday the selection of $250 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 32 projects will help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 17 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. This is the fifth wave of water and environmental projects that USDA has announced, with total funding of $1.134 billion.

    In Hoquiam, Wash., the city has made its lagoon modernization project a high-capital improvement priority. The lagoon, as it is now, has a significant potential of leaching pollutants into the local water system, risking public health and jeopardizing area industry. The city will receive a $9.47 million loan to modify its 48-acre lagoon that stabilizes and stores waste and sludge, and serves as an emergency holding area for excess flow to the treatment plant. Funds also will help to remove waste that has built up for 30 years and poses a significant environmental risk.

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  • Lawsuit Seeks Ban of Common WA Farm Pesticide

    SEATTLE – From hay, mint and onions to apples and cherries, some Washington farmers rely on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, also sold as Lorsban. Its use is as controversial as it is common across the country, and a lawsuit filed Thursday seeks an outright ban by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Chlorpyrifos combats insects by causing nerve damage, but watchdog groups say it can do the same to humans. It was banned for household use in the United States about ten years ago. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Pesticide Action Network have objected to its continued use in agriculture, and they say the EPA has had their petition for three years without taking action on it. Their attorney is Kevin Regan with Earthjustice.

    "As far as pesticides go, this is one of the worst of the worst. Science clearly shows that chlorpyrifos doesn’t just poison insects, it poisons people. And, our suit is attempting to get EPA to take action and make a decision, once and for all."

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  • State-federal settlement bars LifeLock from claiming it can prevent identity theft

    SEATTLE – LifeLock – the identity theft prevention provider whose CEO published his Social Security number in advertisements – can no longer claim its services protect consumers from all forms of identity theft.

    “The states and Federal Trade Commission picked apart LifeLock’s claims and alleged the company couldn’t deliver on its promises,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “Today’s agreement deadbolts LifeLock’s ability to claim its services eliminate the risk of identity theft.”

    A group of 34 state attorneys general joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today in announcing an agreement with LifeLock, under which the Tempe, Ariz.-based company will pay $11 million in restitution to consumers. Although the FTC and state attorneys general share jurisdiction to investigate unfair and deceptive practices against consumers, a joint enforcement action of this magnitude is unprecedented.

    Each year, about 8 million Americans, including 5,000 Washington residents, become victims of identity theft or identity fraud. Given these alarming statistics, attorneys general said consumers are looking for ways to protect themselves and their pocketbooks.

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  • South Shore Mall Listed as Involved in Chapter 11 Filing by General Growth Properties

    The nation's second-largest mall operator, headed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, owns seven malls in Washington. General Growth Properties of Chicago says the restructuring “will be invisible'' to shoppers at its more than 200 malls in 44 states. In Washington, those are SouthShore in Aberdeen,  Westlake in Seattle, Alderwood at Lynnwood, Bellis Fair at Bellingham, Three Rivers in Kelso, and NorthTown and Spokane Valley at Spokane. 

     South Shore Mall Manager Nina Morean said that the mall is still open (in the attached audio)
    Morean echoed General Growth statements that the restructuring promises to be transparent to the business owner and shopper, adding that there is even growth potential for the South Shore Mall.

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