Noticed around town

The parking lot at El Valle Restaurant and Rodeway Inn on Yakima Valley Highway has a new top seal, smoothing out the craters and potholes between those establishments.

Higher taxes on horizon

The Council on State Taxes reports Washington business taxes are 55 percent of gross state product.

Pay-per-mile test on tap

The Washington State Department of Transportation says fuel efficiency and electric cars are making the gas tax an unproductive revenue source.

Everyone wants bigger incomes

Intelligent Video Solutions carried out a survey of 3,000 U.S. workers, and came up with some pretty interesting results about incomes.

Family leave still opposed

The state this year became one of only five to adopt a paid family and medical leave program.

Pot brings boon to area

Benton County struck it big in marijuana retail sales in fiscal 2016, and the trend appears to be continuing into 2017, according to data from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Counties work out strategy

A joint Kittitas and Yakima county economic strategy that aims to boost business and jobs is close to completion.

Port to welcome businesses

The Port of Grandview will have a special meeting today at 11 a.m. on Colleen’s Way at Byam Business Park to ceremonially welcome three new to the Park.

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Legends Hotel doing as hoped-for casino

End of project means 200 new jobs in county

Competitiveness was the over-riding reason Legends Casino officials decided to add hotel to their operation.

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Northwest Farm Credit shows support for hospice

Hospice given rural community grant

Giving its support to local hospice programs is just one of the ways Northwest Farm Credit Services gives back to communities it services.

Gas prices on the upswing

Average retail gasoline prices in Washington have risen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.91per gallon Saturday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

Climate meeting set

An Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy meeting to discuss the state’s economy is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. for Thursday at 507 S. 3rd St.

Newhouse awarded ‘Spirit of Enterprise’

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was honored at the Tri-City Regional Chamber’s August membership luncheon in recently, when he was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Comm­erce “Spirit of Enterprise Award” for his support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies in Congress.

Manufacturing Week will celebrate sector, highlight opportunities

Washington makes great things.