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Alvaro Guillen has been named publisher of La Raza del Noroeste, one of the state’s top Spanish-language publications. Until recently, Guillen served as sales manager for the award-winning paper. Prior to that, the Peruvian native was the sales and marketing manager for Latin America for the German firm Statcom GmBH. Guillen and his family live in Mountlake Terrace.

Landau Associates has promoted 14 employees in the company’s Pacific Northwest offices, five of whom are based in Edmonds. Steven Quarterman, an ecologist with more than 14 years of experience, has been promoted to associate scientist. Mark Brunner was promoted to senior project planner. Evelyn Ives has been promoted to senior staff engineer in the environmental remediation and engineering group. Matthew Moroney has been promoted to senior staff environmental scientist. Rosemary Trimmer was promoted to senior staff environmental specialist in the permitting and compliance group.

Kudos

The winner of the ninth annual Cole’s Barleywine Competition in Buffalo, N.Y. was Old #1 Barley Wine by Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. in Everett. The competition took place in February. This year’s competition featured 35 Barley Wines from around the country. Past results, as well as a list of the other competitors, are available at www.brewingnews.com/barleywine/

Good deeds

Everett Community College aviation maintenance students have received the donation of a 747 aft flap through Aviation Technical Services. Such donations help students get more hands-on experience. ATS previously assisted with the donation of 767 rudder and performed work on an EvCC helicopter and airplane. The aft flap was painted with EvCC’s and ATS’ logos, thanks to Associated Painters.

Events

Cabela’s Tulalip store plans to host on March 15 and 16 its largest annual outdoor event, Spring Great Outdoor Days.

Visitors to Cabela’s Spring Great Outdoor Days can see interactive displays and free Trophy Scoring by the Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Gold N Gem Club and a special appearance by Cabela’s Pro Staff, Mike Jenkins. Classes are free of charge and are taught by local experts. For a full schedule, go to www.cabelas.com/tulalip or call 360-474-4880.

Everett Community College’s award-winning student newspaper, The Clipper, will host a free conversation series exploring changes in journalism. The March 12 event features veteran reporter Claudia Rowe. Editorial cartoonist Milt Priggee is the guest on April 16 with technology writer Alex Alben on May 14. All begin at 12:30 p.m. in the EvCC campus Whitehorse Hall Critique Space. For more information, contact T. Andrew Wahl at 425-388-9419 or awahl@everettcc.edu.

The Red Cross and Premera Blue Cross are partnering to teach CPR at no charge to the first 500 people at Save a Life Saturday on March 29 at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood. Sessions are available at 8, 9 and 10 that morning. Register or get more information at www.redcross.org/news/event/wa/everett/Save-a-Life-Saturday.

Classes, workshops and webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers its free “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” webinar from 11 a.m. to noon March 11. It offers low-cost, efficient steps you can take to make sure your company, clients and employees are safe in case of a storm. Space is limited. Register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/191715953

Nonprofit organizations and the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle will offer information regarding homeownership, small business development and education, all presented in the Spanish language. The “Expo Finanzas: Su Dinero, Su Futuro” is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 at the Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA. Go to www.snocoabc.org to learn more.

A free state Housing Finance Commission homebuyer workshop will be hosted by RE/MAX Real Estate and HomeStreet Bank from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 22 in Lynnwood. Attendees will learn basic strategies for today’s market. Federal Tax Credits for first time buyers will also be covered. Call 425-770-5504 for seating confirmation and additional information.

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Small Business Administration Seattle District Office offers the Emerging Leaders training initiative for local businesses on the brink of growth. There are 15 available seats for the 2014 program in Seattle. Applications are accepted through March 17. For more information, go to www.sba.gov/emergingleaders.

Take your company’s green-purchasing power to the next level at a day-long workshop, “Green Purchasing: Beyond the Basics,” on May 8 This free event, hosted by Snohomish County, features nationally recognized local speakers and a variety of green purchasing topics. For more information and to register go to tinyurl.com/GreenPurchaseWorkshop. Contact Lisa Dulude with questions at 425-388-3965.

Announcements

Only two weeks remain to nominate young volunteers, aged 6 to 18, for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for kids who have made a positive impact on their communities. Go to www.kohlskids.com through March 14 to submit a nomination. Kohl’s will reward more than 2,300 kids nationwide with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Lynnwood-based, international retailer Zumiez announced that total net sales for the four-week period ending March 1 increased 8.8 percent, to $48.4 million, compared to the same four-week period last year. The company’s comparable store sales increased two percent for that period compared to a comparable store sales decrease of 8.9 percent a year ago.

The Seattle Brewery Deck is now available. The limited edition deck of playing cards with illustrations by artist Aaron Trotter features breweries throughout the Puget Sound region including Scuttlebutt Brewing of Everett on the two of spades and Big E Ales of Lynnwood on the six of spades. The deck will be sold locally and online at www.illustratedplayingcards.com.

Group Health Cooperative is currently seeking candidates for four Board of Trustees positions, with elections slated for October 2014. Trustees are elected to serve a three-year term. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Applicants must receive their medical coverage through Group Health in order to be eligible to apply. Go to www.ghc.org and search for “Board application.”

According to the Smith Travel Research report for January 2014, Snohomish County finished the month at about the same place as it did for the same period of 2013 despite a slight decrease in occupancy.

Gov. Jay Inslee has directed the state Employment Security Department to deploy $4 million in federal funds in new efforts to put the long-term unemployed back to work. Employment Security will ask local workforce development councils to submit employment proposals by April 17, and the contract awards will be announced by April 24.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will sign a strategic alliance memorandum to widen reach to American Indian entrepreneurs and boost entrepreneurship opportunities. The alliance will strengthen both organizations’ goals to support the creation, development and expansion of small businesses in the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

The Washington Council on International Trade and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association recently sent a letter signed by more than 50 business, government, port and community leaders applauding introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax, a federal tax on cargo imported through seaports that puts Washington state at a competitive disadvantage.

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