787 fuel tank to be cleared of particulates

The second 787 undergoing flight tests was sent to Everett on Thursday to have debris removed from its fuel tanks. The jet had been grounded at Boeing Field in Seattle for several weeks. Debris from the manufacturing process was discovered in the tank, officials said. Boeing spokesman Scott Lefeber said the 787 tanks will be inspected during manufacturing to ensure it doesn’t happen as subsequent 787s are built.

Gregoire offers tax credits for jobs

Tax credits, less bureaucracy and a focus on clean energy business development are all part of a program announced by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday that she hopes will create as many as 40,000 jobs in Washington state during the next three years. Gregoire unveiled the plan during a speech in Seattle in which she offered business and occupation tax credits for major capital investment projects, a $2,000 tax credit per employee for small business, expanded use of permit approval teams and creation of a new clean energy business development program to seize job opportunities. “These projects will put people to work immediately,” she said.

Retail sales decline in state, county

Taxable retail sales in Washington state declined 11.6 percent during the third quarter of 2009. That decline, about $26.4 billion, is compared to the same quarter of 2008. The July through September sales decline is the third-largest on record, according to a state Department of Revenue report released Thursday. Sales dropped 14 percent during the second quarter of 2009 and 12.8 percent during the first quarter of 2009. Snohomish County had $2.5 billion in taxable retail sales, a 10.8 percent decrease from the third quarter of 2008.

County to get grant for energy jobs

Snohomish County will receive $629,589 to train people for jobs in energy efficiency. The federal grant to the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council will be used via a partnership between Edmonds Community College and the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. It’s intended to provide jobs in fields such as residential energy auditing and building operation.

Lake Stevens store to close next week

Bridges Pets is consolidating operations at its Snohomish store, meaning it will close its Lake Stevens location. The store’s last day is Sunday. “We kind of thought, well we can make it work,” said Chris Troll, personnel manager for the company. “We gave it a shot through the holidays anyway. But we didn’t see it being financially possible.” That means another lost tenant for Frontier Village. Craft Star, Joe’s sporting goods and Quality Image Gallery left the shopping center last year. A Sports Authority and a sandwich shop are under construction, Troll said.

From Herald staff and news services