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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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After privatization, here's who won and lost the liquor battle

People are buying more bottles of booze in Washington, and, in many cases, paying more for it four years after voters took the state out of the liquor business. Washington consumers are buying 5 million more liters a year of vodka, gin and whiskey...[Read more]

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Boeing announces 3% bonuses for Machinists

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is paying out $77.6 million in annual bonuses for 33,673 Machinists union members in Washington and Oregon.The payments are through the Aerospace...[Read more]

Southeast called a threat to Northwest's lead in aerospace

LYNNWOOD — The Pacific Northwest is home to North America's biggest cluster of aerospace companies — from small machine shops to the Boeing Co. And plenty of...[Read more]

Haggen grocery-chain bankruptcy auction postponed again

Another week, another delay in the Haggen auction. The auction for the 33 remaining Haggen stores in the Pacific Northwest has been postponed until Feb. 22, according to...[Read more]

Gas likely to average under $2 in 2016, feds say

For the first time since 2004, U.S. drivers are expected to pay an average of less than $2 a gallon for gasoline, the government said Tuesday. They can thank the huge glut of ...[Read more]

Pollution measure calls for paying more at pump, less at register

Many in Washington believe that it's time to clear the air regarding climate change. Now environmental groups are currently proposing different approaches to do that. As...[Read more]

EvCC adds new program to train new kind of workforce

EVERETT – Unlike decades ago, the current surge in demand for welders and other vocational skills in the Puget Sound region is more than a search for blue-collar...[Read more]

Shrinking inventory challenges Snohomish County home buyers

Supply continues to be a problem for the Snohomish County real estate market. The total number of active residential listings in the county dropped from 1,918 homes and...[Read more]

Cadence-Giddens Machinists to vote on first contract

EVERETT — Machinists union members at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens are voting Friday on the company’s final and best offer for a three-year contract.Negotiations have dragged on ...[Read more]

1st Security completes purchase of Olympic Peninsula branches

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — 1st Security Bank announced last week that it completed the purchase of four branches of Bank of America on the Olympic Peninsula. The move...[Read more]

Aerospace blog

220 Machinists at Everett aerospace plants reject contract proposal

EVERETT — Negotiators from the Machinists union and Cadence Aerospace-Giddens resumed contract negotiations Tuesday after workers there overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal last week. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) members at Cadence-Giddens sent a "pretty strong message" last Friday, when 94 percent voted no on the company's three-year contract...[Read more]

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Aerospace leaders arrive for PNAA annual conference

LYNNWOOD — The West Coast’s biggest aerospace industry conference starts Tuesday at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Hundreds of industry executives will be at the Pacific...[Read more]

Business Wisdom

Book can help consumers break free of debt

DeForest Soaries is a man on a mission. The senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, is passionately concerned about something that entangles a large part of the population: consumer debt.Soaries’ book “Say...[Read more]

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Even vague information is worth effort

Smaller businesses generally have trouble making use of “big data” or the valuable analytics that come with it. Data like that tends to be expensive and the...[Read more]

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