December 12, 2016
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Attorney general, secretary of state team up to ensure Washingtonians 'give smart'

Avoid the scamming scrooges and grinches of the Christmas season by being a generous -- and smart -- holiday donor. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have released a few simple tips to "Give Smart" during the holidays:

  • Don’t give in to high-pressure solicitations that demand you make an instant commitment.
  • Do your research before giving.
    • Check to see if the charity is registered with the secretary of state’s (SOS) office at
      • If the organization is registered, you can review a summary of its federal tax exempt status and financial records.
      • If the organization is not registered, or you would like further information, contact the SOS Charities Program at 1-800-332-4483.
    • Check the charity’s rating by Better Business Bureau at More resources for donors can be found at
  • If a commercial fundraiser is involved, call the charity directly to make sure it has authorized the paid solicitor to collect donations on its behalf.

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With the tagline "engineered to outlive you," Brooks Manufacturing Co. designs and manufactures quality wood crossarms and transmission framing products for the electric utility industry. Established in 1915, Brooks Manufacturing has been owned and operated by the Brooks family since 1935. Brooks is a certified woman-owned business enterprise.

The company's Douglas fir crossarms come from sustainable forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.
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Both counties enjoy the state's lowest unemployment rates as of October: 4 percent in Snohomish County and 3.7 percent in King. Counties in southwest Washington, however, continue to lag with unemployment rates of 6 percent in Clark, 7.2 percent in Cowlitz, 7.6 percent in Lewis and 8.6 percent in Wahkiakum County.
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