– “Thurston points to Tourism $$”
“More than $282 million tourism dollars were spent in Thurston County last year, according to economic development experts, and the industry generated more than $66 million in earnings for 2,500 local employees.
‘Its been a strong and consistent growth sector,’ said Thurston Economic Development Council executive director Michael Cade. ‘Its something we can count on to bring back (dollars) into our communities.’
The county also hosted 22,238 visitors from outside of the region, including those across the U.S. and international markets,” quoting the Pierce County Business Examiner.
– “Foreclosures drive down home prices in Thurston County”
“A high percentage of foreclosed and short-sale home transactions last month in Thurston and Pierce counties caused median prices to take a dip in both locales, new figures from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service show.
Those statistics show the median home sales price in Thurston County fell to $214,500 in April compared with $225,000 in April of 2013,” quoting John Gillie in The Olympian.
– “State oil trains run into heavy opposition”
“Recent hearings in Centralia and Hoquiam give voice to widespread worries about safety”
By Brad Shannon in The Olympian.