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Seattle Foreclosure Spike, And Wind Farm Noise

Guy Nelson
10/28/2010 at 12:00 p.m.

Seattle Foreclosure Spike: The number of home foreclosures in Seattle spiked severely in recent months, according to new numbers from the firm RealtyTrac. In fact, the greater Seattle area saw a 71 percent spike between July and September compared to last year. That's the biggest increase compared to any other major city. We'll figure out why and what this means.

Wind Farm Noise: An Oregon county is telling the owner of a big wind farm to quiet down so neighbors can sleep at night. The operator of the Willow Creek Energy Center southwest of Boardman objects to the unusual noise enforcement. Another wind farm developer active in the area has reportedly paid neighbors "hush money" to head off similar trouble. Correspondent Tom Banse has the story.


Jon Talton is the economy columnist for The Seattle Times.

Tim Ellis runs the Seattle Bubble Blog and tracks statistics and trends for the real estate service Redfin.

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