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The City of Mill Creek has promoted Tom Rogers to fill the vacant Community Development Department director position. Rogers began work with the city in 1992 as a senior planner and was promoted to planning manager in 2002. He has served as the city’s representative to the Snohomish County Tomorrow Planning Advisory Committee for many years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick has selected Steve Worthington to be the city’s interim city administrator through the summer while a replacement is sought for Deborah Knight, who left to serve as Stanwood’s administrator. Worthington most recently served six years as the city manager for Fife. Applications to replace Knight will be available until mid-July.

Janicki Industries Chief Accounting Officer Mike Turner has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Washington State Health Insurance Pool Board of Directors. In his position on the board, Turner will represent large employers. His term runs through May 31, 2015. Turner has more than 20 years of experience in senior management roles focusing on cost accounting, financial management and human resource management.

James Kellett, an Everett financial advisor with Edward Jones, recently met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to seek legislation to increase savings and enhance retirement security. Kellett is a member of the firm’s Grassroots Task Force and was one of 52 financial advisors chosen to lobby from among the firm’s nearly 12,000 advisors.

The Snohomish Conservation District recently hired two restoration specialists. Cindy Flint will work with landowners and partners countywide and on Camano Island to enhance and restore fish and wildlife habitat and protect against water pollution. Kristin Marshall, formerly of Sound Salmon Solutions, will work with landowners and partners in Snohomish County and Camano Island to enhance and restore stream habitat and to participate in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.


The Northwest Marine Trade Association has been named a 2012 recipient of an Environmental Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Business. AWB’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize member companies for exemplary innovation and achievements in environmental protection, conservation and compliance.


Community Leaders Welcome USS Nimitz is an event presented by Economic Alliance Snohomish County and United Way of Snohomish County and will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Comcast Arena in Everett. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon and Capt. Jeffrey Ruth, the commanding officer of the carrier, will speak. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 for reservations.

This month’s meeting of Good Morning, Snohomish County! begins at 7:15 a.m. Friday. It will beheld at the Everett Golf &Country Club. The morning meeting is a chance to network and gain exposure for businesses. For reservations, call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227.

GROW Washington’s “Design Your Perfect Business — a Seminar for the Blooming Entrepreneur,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at the Everett Community College campus in Monroe. Cost is $50, and registration is required. For more information, call Carolyn Eslick at 425-327-2093.

Cascadia Green Building Council’s Brown Bag Lunch series for LEED users will feature Jeff Leinweaver as a speaker at the June 20 meeting. Leinweaver is the founder of Global Zen Sustainability. The Brown Bag Lunch series meets from noon to 1 p.m. in the Snohomish County PUD Building in Everett on the third Wednesday of each month.


All Things HR presents the “Employee 101: How to Win the Most Valuable Player Award” webinar from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $49. The class is designed for anyone interested in learning how to avoid layoffs and go for a raise or promotion. Register online at 1319876090334775808.

Solarize Stanwood/Camano holds its last solar workshop Thursday at Vista Madrona Fire Station on Camano Island. The free event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The topic will be incentives that can add up to about 50 percent off the regular price for solar photovoltaic electricity-generating panels. For more information, please contact Joan Schrammeck at 360-387-9589 or

The Bothell office of the Washington State Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners on from 1 to 4:30 p.m. June 14 at the Everett Public Library. Participants receive a workbook and helpful reference guide to Department of Revenue rules and regulations. To register, go to or call 425-984-6400.

RBC Wealth Management of Edmonds is offering a free CPA continuing education seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St., Edmonds. Four speakers will conduct the seminar, which may give CPAs up to four hours toward license renewal requirements. A complimentary lunch will be served. Please register by June 13. For more information or to register, call Susan Clark at 425-712-7302 or email


Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. recently hosted a Master Builders Association Remodelers Council event at its manufacturing plant in Monroe. The Hawaii-themed event consisted of mini tours to different stations throughout the plant where attendees were able to learn about Canyon Creek directly from employees. Canyon Creek is a manufacturer of custom cabinetry.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council has approved an agreement with the Mountlake Terrace Business Association for operating the farmers Mmrket downtown. The agreement provides a waiver of certain permit fees by allowing the city to provide community information on-site. The farmers market began its third season last week and is open from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays through September at 23208 56th Avenue West. For information, go to or call (206) 778-5724.

Good deeds

Whole Foods Market will donate five percent of total sales from six local stores to PAWS on Tuesday. The participating locations include the recently opened Snohomish County store in Lynnwood. PAWS rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, shelters and adopts out cats and dogs, and educates the public.

The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund has awarded Bethany of the Northwest a $10,000 grant. The funds are designated to meet Bethany’s Dignity Project list of critical needs and will be used to improve the lives of the senior and disabled residents. Since 1992, Tulalip has donated more than $44.3 million dollars to more than 300 charitable organizations in the state.

The Edmonds-based Hazel Miller Foundation has awarded the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce a $30,000 grant to support the An Edmonds Kind of 4th event. The grant ensures that the community-driven celebration will continue in downtown Edmonds on July 4 this year and for years to come. Hazel Miller and her husband, Morris, were longtime Edmonds residents. For more information about the event, go to

The Greater Everett Community Foundation awarded 28 grants worth more than $73,000 to Snohomish County nonprofits and school districts. Grants focused on human services, education and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. They will support programs across the county, including a guitar-building class in Arlington schools, a new pilot program for emergency foster care and food banks in Darrington, Sultan and Monroe. More information is at

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