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June 11, 2014- Business Briefs

Insurance agent named to top group

WENATCHEE – Braden Draggoo, an agent for New York Life in Wenatchee, has earned membership in the company’s Million Dollar Round Table for 2014.

The round table represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide, the company said. It is for those who have demonstrated superior professional knowledge, experience and client service.

Draggoo has been a New York Life agent since 2008, and is associated with New York Life’s Eastern Washington General Office in Kennewick.

Draggoo, a graduate of Montana State University-Billings, grew up in Omak.



Sellers asking less for local homes

KIRKLAND – House and condominium listings are improving in Okanogan County, but prices are down, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

In May, the latest figures show there were six more home listings this year than in May 2013, from 114 to 120.

Year-to-date, listings are up even more, from 316 last year to 342 this year.

Total active listings last month were 485, compared to 447 in May 2013, the report shows.

The average asking price is $288,295, compared to $295,706 at the same time last year, the report shows.



No funding for copper drilling

MAZAMA – The U.S. Forest Service estimates it will run out of funding to complete an environmental study of a proposed copper exploration project near Flagg Mountain.

Blue River Resources, based in Vancouver, B.C., hoped to start drilling at 15 sites this fall.

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