Posted: October 1st, 2014 A long-time business official says competition for higher paying positions has become fierce despite more jobs. Former Association of Washington Business President Don Brunell says retiring baby boomers are taking the "good" jobs with them. As a result, Brunell says adolescent job seekers are losing out on positions as graduates settle for lower pay. In addition, Brunell says the ascent on the corporate ladder has slowed. Brunell also says wages aren't progressing like they used to.
Posted: October 1st, 2014 The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has been awarded 50-thousand dollars for a feasibility study of a project that converts forest biomass into a heating source The money came from the 1.4-million dollars in state grant funds for various clean energy projects across the state. Chamber CEO Jim Armstrong says dead trees and forest undergrowth would be used to heat the Central Washington University campus. Armstrong says the facility would also generate a small amount of electricity that would go back into the grid to offset costs. Armstrong says the Ellensburg-based Beck Consulting will release the results of the study in a week.
Posted: October 1st, 2014 An industry expert says the shutdown of Quincy's Cold Train is putting the squeeze on growers as they look into shipment alternatives. Officials say the severe reduction in on-time shipments and congestion on BNSF rail lines caused the indefinite suspension of the refrigerated rail car service. Holtzinger Fruit Spokesman Steve Black says demand for trucking has spiked. Black says fruit prices may rise as a result. 2014 produced a record apple and cherry crop in Washington State.
Posted: October 1st, 2014 Prescribed burns in the Entiat Ranger District are set to begin today (Thu). About 12-hundred acres of underburning and up to one-thousand acres of pile burns are planned for treatment this fall. U.S...