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water-park resort

Developers announced plans yesterday to build an indoor water-park resort in Grand Mound, Thurston County.

Located about 25 miles south of Olympia, the $80 million resort will feature an entertainment area, conference center, family restaurants, arcade, spa and fitness center. It’s set to open late next year.

The resort is a joint venture between Madison, Wis.-based Great Wolf Resorts and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation. The tribe is contributing 39 acres of land to develop the resort, which will be operated under the Great Wolf Resorts name.

Life sciences fund

Leader appointed

for oversight panel

Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office yesterday announced the appointment of Lura Powell as chairwoman of the panel that will oversee the state’s new Life Sciences Discovery Fund, a $350 million, 10-year commitment by the state to bankroll biomedical and agricultural research.

The governor also appointed J. Shan Mullin to lead the fund-raising committee that will look for private-sector contributions. Powell is president and chief executive officer of Richland-based Advanced Imaging Technology. Mullin is a partner in the Seattle law firm of Perkins Coie.

Mo’s Restaurants

Battle over name

goes to federal court

Privately held Mo’s Restaurants, an Oregon icon for its clam chowder, has gone to federal court to protect its name from another Moe’s, a Tex-Mex chain based in Atlanta.

The Oregon Mo’s was founded in 1952 by Mohava “Mo” Niemi and has six restaurants on the Oregon coast.

Moe’s Southwest Grill was founded by Martin Sprock in 2000 and has grown to 200 restaurants and 800 franchise units in 38 states, according to the company’s Web site. It opened its first Oregon restaurant in Wilsonville in April.

Their paths crossed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland, where Mo’s filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Moe’s.

A spokeswoman for Moe’s in Atlanta said the company had no immediate comment.

AttachmateWRQ

Lake Union offices

to be headquarters

Following the merger of Attachmate and WRQ this month, the combined company said WRQ’s South Lake Union offices will be its headquarters.

Employees in Attachmate’s Bellevue offices will relocate by the end of September, according to Olivia Polius, AttachmateWRQ’s senior director of corporate planning.

Earlier this month, the company gave layoff notices to an undisclosed number of employees. AttachmateWRQ has about 1,000 workers.

The Attachmate space in Factoria will be subleased by T-Mobile USA, which will use the five floors to accommodate some of its 300 job openings in the region.

Compiled from Seattle Times business staff and The Associated Press