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People & Places

News in the world of business in North Central Washington

Amazon starts new family paid-leave policy

On the heels of some spectacularly bad publicity about its workplace culture, Amazon has rolled out a new family leave policy that allows for 20 weeks of paid leave, plus the option to “leave share” with your partner, even if he or she doesn’t work for Amazon.

Health Alliance earns high rating

WENATCHEE — Health Alliance Medicare has earned a high ranking from the federal agency that rates Medicaid and Medicare plans across the nation.

Winterfest seeks volunteers and sponsors

CHELAN — The Lake Chelan Winterfest is looking for volunteers, participating businesses and sponsors for the upcoming celebration Jan. 15 to 24.

Everyday Business | Love of the game drives golf store owner

Thomas Steggall likes to play golf in Wenatchee’s Harley Center, the commercial complex nestled between Applebee’s (to the west) and the Red Lion hotel (to the east). Listen closely, and you can hear him thwacking a drive 300 yards down the fairway.

Ridge cranks up snowmaking to jump-start season

WENATCHEE — Weekend music, lift tickets online, awards for the Northwest’s best ski destination two years running. Now all Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort needs is snow.

Forest Service job? Go to this meeting

OMAK — Anyone looking for temporary summer employment with the U.S. Forest Service is invited to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wenatchee Valley College’s Omak campus, Room 204.

Small gain on Wall Street as investors eye rate hike

NEW YORK — Wall Street ended modestly higher after a choppy session on Tuesday as gains in consumer discretionary stocks offset a drop in Apple and investors hunkered down for a potential interest rate hike next month.

Oil to rise gradually to $80 per barrel by 2020

LONDON — Oil is unlikely to return to $80 a barrel before the end of 2020 despite unprecedented declines in investment, as yearly demand growth struggles to top 1 million barrels per day, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

McDonald’s sees higher global sales

CHICAGO — McDonald’s says it’s holding on to its forecast of higher sales at established restaurants around the world this quarter, suggesting the world’s largest burger chain’s turnaround is gaining momentum.

U.S. data show benign inflation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. import prices fell in October as the cost of petroleum and a range of goods declined, indicating that a strong dollar and soft global demand continued to exert downward pressure on imported inflation.