SEATTLE — Local behemoths Amazon.com and Microsoft, as well as other tech firms that rent out computing power and storage, are rapidly becoming some of the biggest spenders in the corporate world, as they lay down the bases for a future in which most computing will take place in the so-called cloud.
WENATCHEE — From about 1930 to 1972, the city’s waterfront was used as a landfill. The landfill was capped with clay and then eventually repurposed as Riverfront Park. For years. Apple Blossom organizers have used it to host the annual carnival.
HOLDEN VILLAGE — A Rio Tinto official said Wednesday that the Holden Mine Cleanup Project will cost upwards of $500 million — nearly five times the cost initially projected six years ago, when the U.S. Forest Service and the mining company agreed on a plan to rehabilitate the old copper mine near Holden Village.
The Crescent Variety Store on Orondo Avenue in Wenatchee in 1900. Behind the counter are proprietor Charles Kyle and clerk Carrie Sanders. It was Wenatchee’s first soft drink and notion store. Kyle settled in East Wenatchee in 1888 and 10 years later started the Crescent. It was said that he made the first milkshakes in the valley with a small hand-powered machine. (Business World file photo)
Brett LaMar and his team at Lake Chelan Building Supply are busy as can be these days. Last July, the company’s Chelan lumber yard burned to the ground in the lightning-sparked conflagration that turned the town into a war zone.
In 2006, the Washington Legislature passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and places of public accommodations. As defined by law, “sexual orientation, means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. Gender identity or expression refers to one’s having, in part, to having or perceiving as having a gender identity different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to a person at birth.