With four of the Pacific Northwest's larger community players warning that they may not survive, the region is solidifying its reputation as a hub for problem banks and failures.

In the last week Frontier Financial Corp. in Everett, Wash., Sterling Financial Corp. in Spokane, and Cascade Bancorp in Bend, Ore., have disclosed in press releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is doubt about their ability to remain viable. City Bank in Lynnwood, Wash., warned that its bank unit could fail in the next 30 days.

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