Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT

Alliance for Northwest Jobs & ExportsRecently, after five years of study and review, the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Millennium Bulk Terminal project in Longview that contains an allegation that the maximum 16 potential train trips (8 trains entering and leaving the facility) providing service to the facility would increase the potential cancer risk for members of a Longview neighborhood. Alliance spokeswoman Mariana Parks released the following statement regarding this allegation – which was made for the first time in this final EIS:

“By making this allegation today, DOE violates the very methodology of the expansive scope it chose to evaluate the project’s impacts, and instead chose to look in isolation at the alleged impacts of train operations for a specific commodity, ignoring the example of expansive rail operations across the state. Continue reading “Washington State Makes Questionable Finding on Rail Impact of MBT”

Scripps’ Hubert Greenway, M.D., Receives Frederic E. Mohs Award for Skin Cancer Service

Hubert Greenway MD Scripps Skin Cancer Award WinnerHubert Greenway, M.D., chairman of Mohs and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, received the Frederic E. Mohs Award from the American College of Mohs Surgery at the college’s annual meeting in San Francisco on April 28. 

The award honors Dr. Greenway’s lifetime achievements in promoting Mohs surgery for skin cancer, through teaching, clinical practice, scientific contributions, innovation, mentorship and service. 

Unique surgical technique

The late Dr. Mohs developed the Mohs surgical technique, which involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue microscopically until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached. The technique’s precision, tissue-preserving capabilities and success rates of up to 99 percent make it a preferred treatment for various skin cancers. Continue reading “Scripps’ Hubert Greenway, M.D., Receives Frederic E. Mohs Award for Skin Cancer Service”

Crab King in Bellevue's Crossroad Neighborhood to Celebrate Grand Opening April 28th-30th

Crab King BellevueBellevue has become a dining mecca and one of the city’s newest restaurants, Crab King, will be celebrating its Grand Opening April 28th through 30th by offering the house Shabu Shabu multi-course menu for half price.  Xiaomeng Liu and his wife Peipei have based their specialized Northern Japanese style restaurant on a favorite Sapporo crab house called Kani Sho-gun.   Similarly crustacean focused, Crab King serves fresh crab in many dishes, including Red King, Japanese Snow and Dungeness. Liu, also the owner of iconic Seattle seafood dining destination Flying Fish, brought over two chefs from Hokkaido to helm the kitchen and provide guests with a truly authentic dining experience.
The menu celebrates the Liu’s preferred seafood, which is served hot pot, steamed, baked, and salt and pepper style. Most fresh frozen jumbo Red King Crab (which is very flavorful) goes to Japan or China and is not available for retail sale.  To ensure obtainability, Xiaomeng and Peipei purchased an entire year’s worth (investing approximately $100,000).   Continue reading “Crab King in Bellevue's Crossroad Neighborhood to Celebrate Grand Opening April 28th-30th”

Asian Hall of Fame Exhibit Debuts at SeaTac Airport in May

Asian Hall of Fame 2017The Robert Chinn Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural showing of the Asian Hall of Fame Exhibit in the South Satellite of the Seattle Tacoma International Airport starting in May of 2017. 

The Asian Hall of Fame Exhibit is a unique collection of images, memorabilia, and information which represent the Honorees that have been inducted into the Robert Chinn Foundation’s Asian Hall of Fame.  The artwork on display provides a one of a kind historical account of contributions by Asian and Pacific Islanders.  The exhibit will be enjoyed by the millions of travelers who use the airport and the display will be a relaxing way to spend the time waiting for upcoming flights.

The Asian Hall of Fame is a project of the Robert Chinn Foundation and was established in 2004.  It is a national recognition event for Asian Pacific Americans that honors achievements across industry and ethnicity with a national reach.  The event not only honors achievements, it inspires the next generation and builds a national community of Asian Pacific Americans. 

An opening reception will be held on: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at Gina Marie Lindsey Arrival Hall, Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Tampon Taxes: Do Feminine Hygiene Products Deserve a Sales Tax Exemption?

Tax Foundation logoState lawmakers in the past couple of years have debated whether to exempt feminine hygiene products from the sales tax. However, despite the “tampon tax” moniker, a new report by Tax Foundation Economist Nicole Kaeding explains that there is no punitive tax on tampons. Exempting these products from the sales tax base will simply continue the trend of narrowing tax bases and rising tax rates.

“Advocates continue to push states to remove feminine hygiene products from their state sales tax bases, calling the sales taxation a ‘tampon tax,'” Kaeding writes. “Tampons and other feminine hygiene products are not subject to a special or unique tax in any state. Currently, 12 states do not include feminine hygiene products in their sales tax base for a variety of reasons, but moves to exempt these goods from taxation violate the principles of sound sales tax policy.” Continue reading “Tampon Taxes: Do Feminine Hygiene Products Deserve a Sales Tax Exemption?”

FASTSIGNS of Kirkland to relocate to larger location on 85th Street

FASTSIGNS KirklandOn May 1, FASTSIGNS of Kirkland will be doing business in a new facility at 12644 NE 85th St., which is located half a mile east of its current location and is 700 square-feet larger.

“As our business continues to grow and we take on more comprehensive sign and visual graphics projects, it’s time to expand to a larger facility,” said Greg Shugarts, franchisee of FASTSIGNS of Kirkland. “Our new location allows us to serve customers even better with an improved layout for production and additional office space for our growing team.” 

FASTSIGNS of Kirkland’s new location Continue reading “FASTSIGNS of Kirkland to relocate to larger location on 85th Street”

Cox and The Trust For Public Land Seek Public Nominations for California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes Awards

Cox Conserves Heroes$20,000 to be donated to local environmental nonprofits

 Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, is asking the public to nominate their local environmental heroes for California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes awards program.

Nominations for volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces are being accepted at CoxConservesHeroes.com through 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT) on May 12. The volunteers should be located in Cox’s service areas in Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Palos Verdes. Continue reading “Cox and The Trust For Public Land Seek Public Nominations for California’s 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes Awards”

AccuWeather Applauds Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017

AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, applauds the passing of H.R. 353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, and the signing of the bill into law by President Trump.  

AccuWeather has been a strong proponent of the bill and its predecessors over the past four years. AccuWeather CEO Barry Lee Myers has testified in support of the proposed legislation three separate times since 2013.  Myers has been widely quoted as stating, “H.R. 353 will serve as a blueprint for the next NOAA Administrator.”

Congress.gov summarizes the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 as authorizing “a number of programs to enhance weather forecasting and alerts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research must conduct a program to improve forecasting of weather events and their effects, with a special focus on high impact weather events….The bill provides for technology transfers between the National Weather Service and private sector weather companies and universities to improve forecasting.”

“H.R. 353 is a significant accomplishment and milestone that ensures continued innovation and advancements in warnings – especially tornado and hurricane warnings,” Myers said. “It will foster greater collaboration of NOAA and the National Weather Service with America’s Weather Industry and the research community, making the best forecasts available to better inform the public and save more lives.”

The bill includes provisions to improve tornado warnings, protect the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program, develop a formal plan for weather research, develop an annual report on the state of weather models, continue development of sub-seasonal forecasts, continue development of seasonal and interannual forecasts, consider options for commercially provided weather satellite data over launching government satellites, and more.

Virtua High Growth Fund Completes Sale of Kentucky Apartment Interest

Virtua High Growth Fund (VHGF) has completed the sale of its interest in Patchen Oaks Apartments, a 192 unit apartment complex located in Lexington, Kentucky.VirtuaPartners logo

In March 2016, VHGF purchased a minority interest in the Patchen Oaks property based on an equity valuation of $1,066,428.  The apartment project was sold on April 20th with net proceeds of $4,812,188, which represents a fund level return of 317% IRR, or approximately 4.5X multiple.

“This is a strong return for our investors, even after adjusting for risk,” commented Virtua principal Quinn Palomino. “The Patchen Oaks investment is part of our high growth series of funds and syndications, which are designed to produce capital gains for our investors.” Continue reading “Virtua High Growth Fund Completes Sale of Kentucky Apartment Interest”

Kenya Brings Renowned Coffee and Rich Culture to Seattle for Global Specialty Coffee Expo

Kenya is the official Portrait Country for the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo organized by the Specialty Coffee Association from Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 23. Coffee experts and connoisseurs across the globe have recognized Kenyan coffee for its high quality, superior craftsmanship and exceptionally balanced flavors. Kenya will bring its specialty premium coffee beans Kenya Coffeeto Seattle next week, along with a performance by traditional Maasai dancers from Kenya to welcome Global Specialty Coffee Expo guests to the country’s rich cultural heritage.    

“We are privileged to be featured as the official Portrait Country at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo,” said Mr. Willy Bett, E.G.H. – Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. “We look forward to sharing the complex and well-balanced flavors of Kenyan specialty coffee with Seattle and the rest of the world. Though Kenyan coffee has long been used in blends to improve other coffees’ qualities, a cup of pure Kenyan coffee is a unique experience in itself.” Continue reading “Kenya Brings Renowned Coffee and Rich Culture to Seattle for Global Specialty Coffee Expo”