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Jul 23, 2020

Dorsey & Whitney


The Washington State Bar Association elected Sativa Rasmussen as chair of its Cannabis Law Section. Rasmussen, an attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Seattle, founded the Cannabis Law Section in 2016 and has been chair-elect. She will serve a two-year term beginning Oct. 1. At Dorsey & Whitney, Rasmussen counsels cannabis businesses on a wide range of corporate and regulatory issues.

City of Sammamish

The city of Sammamish promoted Anjali Myer to director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities. Myer was deputy director and has been with the city for 12 years. Prior to joining Sammamish, she was an associate landscape architect with the city of Fremont, California.

Tapas Capital

Bellevue-based Tapas Capital appointed Greg Greeley as an advisor. Greeley was president of Airbnb Homes and prior to that spent nearly 19 years at Amazon working on various growth initiatives, international expansion and business development. He also has held leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, United Airlines and McDonnell Douglas. Tapas is an early-stage venture capital firm founded in 2018. This year it has invested in six companies, including Give InKind of Tacoma and Vega Cloud of Liberty Lake.

Know Labs

Seattle-based Know Labs inked a research agreement with the Mayo Clinic to test and validate its noninvasive medical diagnostics technology. Know Labs directs structured light or radio waves through substances to capture molecular signatures used for identification, authentication and diagnosis. It is developing a wearable continuous glucose monitor that uses this technology.


Vancouver-based ZoomInfo donated 2,000 protective masks to frontline workers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver and Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. The company and its associates also gave $100,000 to local food banks, including Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver and Greater Boston Food Bank. ZoomInfo sells access to its database of business people and companies to sales, marketing and recruiting professionals.

Jul 22, 2020

City of Tacoma

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell will retire at the end of the year. Ramsdell joined the Tacoma Police Department in 1985 as a patrol officer and advanced through the ranks to become chief in 2003. He is the longest-serving police chief in the department's history. He will spend the next several months helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition as the city searches for a replacement.

Washington Wine Industry Foundation

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation said Todd Newhouse of Upland Vineyards and retired winemaker Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery will develop the fifth wine in its Collaboration Series, which pairs pioneers of the Washington state wine industry. Each year, 20 cases of wine are made to showcase the collaboration between grower and vintner. Upland Vineyards, on over 800 acres of Sunnyside's Snipes Mountain, will use grenache grapes that were planted in 2000 for the collaboration. Woodinville-based Betz Family Winery is now owned by Steve and Bridgit Griessel, with Bob Betz serving as a consultant. Sales of the collaboration wine will support scholarships and other industry efforts.

Boise Cascade

In Idaho, Boise Cascade Co. priced an offering of $400 million in 4.88% senior notes due in 2030. The notes will be guaranteed by certain Boise Cascade subsidiaries. The company intends to use the proceeds, and existing cash, to redeem all of its outstanding 5.63% senior notes due in 2024, to pay off a term loan of $45 million, and to pay fees and expenses related to the current note offering. The deal is expected to close July 27. Boise Cascade produces engineered wood products and plywood in North America, and distributes building products.


Redmond-based Microsoft is partnering with Citrix Systems of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to help companies move to the cloud and adopt digital workspaces and virtual desktops. The companies say more organizations are making remote work permanent. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Microsoft is using Citrix Workspace as a preferred digital workspace and Citrix is using Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud platform.


MultiCare Health System last week held its annual Nurse Camp online due to the pandemic. The program gives about 100 South Sound high school students in-depth exposure to nursing and other health care professions. In the past, it was held at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. This year, students were mailed kits with items to practice splinting, gowning and gloving to enhance their hands-on learning experience in a virtual symposium.

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