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Everyday Business | Ready? BofA checking out of NCW

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The countdown continues toward Bank of America’s exit from North Central Washington on Dec. 6. That’s when you can start using your blank BofA checks as table coasters or a handy scoop for dead bugs.

That’s because Seattle’s Washington Federal, the biggest of the state’s regional-based banks with $13 billion in assets, last summer bought a bunch of BofA branches, including seven in NCW and 44 more in eastern Washington, Oregon, Idaho and New Mexico.

Locally, those branches include the ones in Wenatchee (both locations), Leavenworth, Chelan, Omak, Quincy and Moses Lake.

So here’s how the change-over will work: Washington Federal has already mailed “welcome guides” to BofA customers to explain the company-to-company shift of their accounts, money, loans and credit cards. This month, customers will receive new Washington Federal debit cards and checks.

Then at noon Friday, Dec. 6, BofA branches will close for their conversion experience. When they reopen on Monday, Dec. 9, they’ll be Washington Federal branches.

Confused? Give Washington Federal a call at (800) 324-9375 or visit

Lookin’ for adventure

RunWenatchee has a spiffy new website — — that will help market the area’s growing number of endurance events. Those include marathons and loppets and bike races but, remarkably, not a single hot-dog-eating contest. (Hey, those munchers are athletes, too, y’know.)

The need here is great,” write RunWenatchee founders Steve Maher and Joel and Michele Rhyner. “Many other communities, particularly in areas with recreational assets, recognize that sports endurance events attract visitor spending, lead to economic development and make their locales infinitely more liveable.”

In short, they want to help raise the Wenatchee Valley’s profile as “an amazing setting” for endurance events and — for that matter — to live, play, raise a family and, in our spare time, down a few Coney dogs with relish.

Amway processing plant on schedule

Former Wenatchee World reporter Dan Wheat, who now writes lots of good stories for the weekly ag newspaper Capital Press, reports from Quincy that the $38 million Amway plant now under construction there is on schedule to open in about six months.

The 48,000-square-foot facility will process all sorts of herbs, roots and other plant parts to make concentrates for its Nutrilite brand vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements. Some of those plants come from farms near Ephrata and Trout Lake.

Dan reported that the Amway facility is expect to convert about 4.4 million pounds of milled product into 440,000 pounds of concentrate. About 50 to 60 folks will be hired to operate the plant.

Hits keep on coming — on FM radio

You may have already read this in The World’s Sports section last week, but it’s worth noting one more time:

Sunny FM, the local radio station that touts itself as broadcasting “The Greatest Hits of All Time,” has added another hit-making favorite to its schedule — the AppleSox baseball games.

The station — KCSY at 93.9 FM — will be the new flagship station for AppleSox club, said team co-owner Jim Corcoran, and feature all 58 regular games and playoffs during the 2014 season.

Sunny FM’s Sox broadcasts will also be heard on KWCC-TV, the local cable channel. The radio broadcast will play over the visual of an electronic baseball scorebook that’ll provide rosters, stats and inning-by-inning scores.

Hmm … radio with stats updated live on TV. It could be an interesting way to watch a game.

This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business. follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.