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Economy, Business

After audit, Lynnwood is fixing its financial problems

LYNNWOOD — The city of Lynnwood still needs to do a better job keeping track of its money and assets, state auditors have found.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Local News

Auto shop students’ passion for learning inspires a $55K grant

"Hot Rod High School" sounds like a retro movie title, but at Meadowdale High it's the name of an advanced automotive class. With a $55,000 grant to buy and complete six

Date: 10/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Why are raises elusive with record U.S. job openings?

WASHINGTON — Companies have posted a record number of job openings just when a diminished proportion of Americans are either working or looking for work.That combination ought to push up pay. Yet it hasn't worked out that way, at least not yet. Wage growth actually...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Business

Arlington firm has high hopes for 'Safer Choice' eco-logo

ARLINGTON — Local detergent maker Country Save hopes an overhauled federal labelling campaign will catch safety-conscious shoppers' eyes.The Arlington-based company's products are among the first on shelves with the U.S.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business

Wal-Mart cuts HQ 'to become a more agile company'

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world's largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville,...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

Russia’s 2nd largest airline in crisis as bankruptcy looms

MOSCOW — Russia’s second-largest airline, Transaero, is in crisis after two creditors on Friday said they will file bankruptcy proceedings following the collapse of a takeover plan.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

Indoor trampoline business Absolute Air Park in Arlington to close

ARLINGTON — Absolute Air Park, which provided a warehouse filled with trampolines for kids and families, announced on its website that it will close this Sunday.The business at 18802 67th Ave. NE Arlington opened in 2011, offering wall-to-wall, custom-installed...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

J.C. Penney slashes U.S. pension obligations 35%

J.C. Penney Co. reached a deal with about 12,000 retirees and beneficiaries to accept a lump-sum payment and settle pension obligations, helping reduce the amount that the department-store chain will have to pay by as much as 35 percent.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business Wire

Job growth slows sharply; unemployment rate stays at 5.1%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added just 142,000 net new jobs in September and average wages fells slightly, surprising signs that labor market growth has stalled amid global economic troubles.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business Wire

Couple finds success with apples on the soggy side of Cascades

Pruning, picking and packing nearly 32 acres of apples makes for long days and hard work for John and Dorie Belisle, a former Florida couple who decided to turn a chunk of fertile valley soil into an orchard near Bellingham 20 years ago.They quickly learned that apple season...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

Housing Hope makes changes in top leadership

EVERETT — Housing Hope announced Thursday that it is reorganizing its top leadership with long-time executive director taking on a new role.Ed Petersen, the CEO of Housing Hope, will transition into chief strategic officer for the nonprofit. Fred Safstrom, the agency's...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

Viking Fest on Saturday celebrates Arlington’s heritage

ARLINGTON — It’s time to conquer the town.The first Arlington Viking Fest and Pub Tour is Saturday, with daytime activities for all ages and an evening of music, costumes and drinks for adults.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

MicroGreen’s assets sold to Dart Container for $3.5M

ARLINGTON — The maker of the ubiquitous red Solo cups, Dart Container swooped in Wednesday to buy up the assets of a defunct cleantech startup in Arlington for $3.5 million.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business

Briefs: Learn the ‘Business of Making Cider’ in Burlington

Learn the ‘Business of Making Cider' in BurlingtonThe Business of Making Cider is a one-day business development workshop for new and existing cider makers and cidery operators. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Skagit Farmers...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Business

Ex-Im Bank revival pushed, as GOP remains divided

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a candidate for speaker, is “strongly” discouraging lawmakers from signing on to a fellow Republican’s effort to force a vote to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank, his spokesman said.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

Speed up oil-by-rail measures

The wheels of government move slowly, as is being shown in implementing legislation passed this year intended to give communities in Washington state advance notice when trains with oil tanker cars are moving through town.The new state law makes a number of improvements with...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Editorials

Living history

Railroad Days rolls through Granite Falls on Saturday

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Apple names former Boeing CFO to board of directors

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple has filled a void on its board of directors with James Bell, the former chief financial officer for Boeing Co.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire

Oregon begins recreational marijuana sales

PORTLAND, Ore. — Excited shoppers looking to score some of the first recreational marijuana sold legally in Oregon bought up baggies of bud early Thursday, taking advantage of door-buster prices and other deals.Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business Wire

Watch them build it

Time-lapse video from the 787 line in Everett

Date: 10/01/2015 | Aerospace Blog

What it takes to sell cakes

How one woman set up a home business

Date: 10/01/2015 | Business

Briefs: Apply for $5,000 grant to compete in global marketplace

Apply for $5,000 grant to compete in global marketplace The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing $17.4 million in funding to help small firms enter and compete in the global marketplace. Washington state received $747,300 of these funds through...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Bizblog

Plenty of crab remaining as late season opens

The upside is that marine areas 8-1 and 8-2 put out a lot of crab for recreationists during the summer season, and there's nothing to suggest they won't continue to produce during the fall/winter season.The downside is that commercial crabbers are also well aware of that.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Sports

Liquefied natural gas port, pipeline get environmental OK in Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal regulators granted final environmental approval Wednesday for building a pipeline and port facilities for shipping Rocky Mountain natural gas to Asia via the Oregon coast.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it found that building...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Parties, discounts to mark start of pot sales in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Discounts on pot, free food for folks with the munchies and live music will usher in a historic day for Oregon and for marijuana advocates across the country on Thursday, as recreational sales of the drug that is still illegal under federal law begin in the state.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Ruling backs Shell’s use of Seattle homeport for its fleet

SEATTLE — A Seattle hearing examiner says city officials erred when they told the Port of Seattle it couldn’t host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet under its current permit.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

New president-COO joins Skagit Bank

Skagit Bank with 16 branches including one in Arlington announced on Wednesday the hiring of a new president and chief operating officer.Ken Johnson, who has more than 30 years of banking experience, was added after a six-month senior executive search. He started on Monday.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Business

Nissan Rogue holds its own in a crowded category

Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover makes a good showing in a segment occupied by such blockbusters as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Rogue’s appeal rests in its sophisticated appearance, copious standard features, affordable pricing, and third-row seat...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Cars and Me

Briefs: Elvis tribute show in Everett raises $2,900 for charity

Elvis tribute show in Everett raises $2,900 for charityNearly 200 people attended Tracy Alan Moore's Elvis tribute show at the Historic Everett Theatre on Aug. 15. After expenses, the show generated nearly $2,900 for Guide Dogs of America. Moore is a member...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Bizblog

Artists bring whimsy to McMenamins entertainment complex in Bothell

BOTHELL — There's magic in McMenamin land."The excitement and electricity in the air is quite palpable," said longtime McMenamins artist Olivia Behm, at Bothell's historic Anderson School. "You start feeling it on the construction site."

Date: 09/30/2015 | Business

Briefs: House Hope adds two senior managers

House Hope adds two senior managersLocal non-profit Housing Hope announced appointments to two new senior management positions. Tricia Baran was named the director of finance and Kelsey Taylor was appointed the director of resource development. Baran is a...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Bizblog

Renton-based bank opens branch in Mill Creek, plans another in Edmonds

First Financial Northwest Bank has opened a branch in Mill Creek and plans to open a second one in Edmonds by early next year.It's the Renton-based bank's first foray into Snohomish County.The bank has been in business for 90 years, according to its website.

Date: 09/29/2015 | Business

Change county officials' car allowance

Symbolic efforts have their place; such a move can at least acknowledge a problem and continue the discussion toward a solution.Not, however, when they might create more problems than they might solve, which is why the Snohomish County Council

Date: 09/29/2015 | Editorials

Feds to release final bull trout recovery plan for 5 states

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials say they’ll release their final plan Wednesday to recover struggling bull trout in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

2 running to replace term-limited incumbent

EVERETT — Snohomish County Assessor Cindy Portmann’s chief deputy is competing with a private real estate appraiser to take over her job next year.Voters will get to chose a successor for the term-limited incumbent Nov. 3.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

After levee breach, Marysville starts work on a trail

MARYSVILLE — The levee at the Qwuloolt Estuary has been breached for nearly a month and the ecosystem is slowly transforming from a weed-covered lowland into a salt marsh.With the Tulalip Tribes...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

Port Orchard farmer who died would be happy with farm deal

BREMERTON — Gerald Petersen expected top dollar for his 167-acre spread in Clear Creek valley, but also wanted to keep it a working farm. The conflicting objectives left the property in limbo for six years after the 94-year-old died in 2009.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

Briefs: Two join Snohomish County tourism board

Two join Snohomish County tourism boardKerri Lonergan-Dreke and Brian Davern have been appointed to the board of directors of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau for three-year terms, effective Oct. 1. Lonergan-Dreke is an owner and manager of Lombardi's...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Bizblog

Tax tricks giving Microsoft, others a free ride

Reading companies' annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. Last year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft's filings, which spotlighted how...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Some millennials dig into news, contrary to stereotype

WASHINGTON — Don’t believe everything you see tweeted, shared or posted about the millennial generation being uninformed.A sizable group of these young adults — 4 of every 10 — actively seeks out the news, an analysis of their media habits finds.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Business Wire

Wave of retiring baby boomers put their businesses on the market

BELLINGHAM — Hans Wendt has spent the past two decades doing what he loves — baking at his Great Harvest Bread franchise in Bellingham.Now, 18 years after he bought the business, Wendt is ready to have more free time to spend with family and to pursue other...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Business

VW deserves severe penalties

In the wake of Volkswagen's truly astonishing admission of wrongdoing, Martin Winterkorn, the chief executive of the world's No. 1 carmaker, stepped down Wednesday. This should be only the beginning of the consequences. The U.S. government must show that it will not tolerate systematic...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Commentary

In Portland, many homes demolished with asbestos inside

PORTLAND, Ore. — Contractors have been tearing down hundreds of Portland homes without properly removing the asbestos inside, a practice that ignores state regulations and could put workers at risk.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Northwest

App allows Everett parents to track where student's school bus is

EVERETT — School leaders here are hoping a little technology will help students avoid missing their buses and parents know where that bus is on its route.The Everett School District is encouraging use of...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Local News

Time running out to renew ban on Internet access taxes

For Washington Senator Patty Murray, September has been a busy month.Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, launching an "underdog" campaign against the Democratic incumbent. While Sen. Murray will surely...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Commentary

Popular returning TV shows match Google interest

NEW YORK — The anticipation among television viewers about new fall shows was foreshadowed by Google.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Nation & World

At last, first Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker flies away

EVERETT — After months of delay and hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, a military version of the Boeing Co. aerial-refueling tanker flew for the first time Friday.The first KC-46A, which is...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business

Haggen asks for permission to close more stores

SEATTLE — Grocery store chain Haggen has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close 100 stores, which could result in more than 5,000 jobs lost in the Southwest alone.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

Crash of amphibious tour vehicle, bus raises safety concerns

SEATTLE — Even before a duck boat crashed into a charter bus in Seattle, killing four international students, calls had emerged for greater oversight and even an outright ban on the military-style vehicles that allow tourists to see cities by road and water.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

One reason women aren’t promoted: They don’t want it

Women are underrepresented in leadership positions for plenty of reasons: They're stereotyped as being less competent than men, they aren't as aggressive, and there's a perception that they can't lead and raise a family at the same time. Now, research from Harvard Business School adds...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. growth in 2nd quarter revised up to strong 3.9%

The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter than earlier estimated, growing at a strong 3.9 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

Lake Stevens mom who’s been there helps those grieving find hope

SNOHOMISH — Michelle Frost knows how tricky it is to balance grief and hope.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Vintage planes get inspected, repaired as flying season ends

Now that the Fly Days are over, mechanics at the Flying Heritage Collection turn to inspections and maintenance on FHC’s vintage aircraft. Periodically, it comes time inspect or overhaul a propeller. This off season, it seems, lots of propellers are due for maintenance. In all,...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Flight Paths

In Ex-Im flap, GE to create 1,000 jobs in U.K.

NEW YORK — General Electric Co. said Thursday that it may create 1,000 jobs in the United Kingdom after Congress did not renew a government program that allows foreign companies to borrow money to buy U.S. products.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

New commissary reform plan protects savings

The Department of Defense is modifying its approach to reform the commissary benefit with new guarantees to preserve overall shopper savings and also to avoid pay cuts for current employees, according to a source who has seen fiscal 2017 budget planning documents.The...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Briefs: McClain Insurance ups referral donations to charities

McClain Insurance ups referral donations to charitiesLocal independent insurance agency, McClain Insurance Services, was honored over the summer to receive the Herald's Readers' Choice Award for the second consecutive year. To celebrate, principal Claudia...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Bizblog

Seniors who keep working are healthier

Is retirement hazardous to your health?It’s an intriguing question in light of a new study that finds senior citizens who work are in better health than their counterparts who don’t.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Prison phone smugglers dangerous, indictment says

ATLANTA — They brokered drug deals, ran telephone scams and ordered a hit on a government witness — crimes that fetch long stints in prison. Except these criminals were already in prison.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Reopen bank; keep jobs here

When the teller at your bank puts up the "next teller" sign, you, of course, move to the next window.If all the tellers closed their windows you'd give serious consideration to moving your accounts to the next bank, which is essentially the decision some...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Editorials

Haggen wants to close 100 stores including ones in Everett, Monroe

Grocery chain Haggen wants to close 100 stores including its location in Everett and another in Monroe that are losing money and unlikely to be sold as a “going concern,” according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware Thursday.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business

Ford’s Super Duty pickup will be aluminum in 2017

DETROIT — Ford is doubling down on the use of aluminum-bodied vehicles with the unveiling of the 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Boeing confirms it will do 737 interiors, painting in China

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. will indeed construct a 737 completion center in China, in cooperation with that country's jetliner manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), Boeing confirmed...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business

Xi says ‘without reform’ no progress for business in China

SEATTLE — Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed founder Jeff Bezos, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and other top American and Chinese business leaders Wednesday, vowing that his country would work to remove barriers to foreign investment and improve intellectual...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Briefs: Canyon Creek Cabinet wins 'Remodeling Excellence Award'

Canyon Creek Cabinet wins ‘Remodeling Excellence Award'Monroe-based Canyon Creek Cabinet Company has been recognized by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties for a Trades Remodeling Excellence Award. In its second year, the...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Bizblog

Building a home for student success

Two events spoke to the future of Everett and the region on Tuesday. One was about strengthening trade ties with the state's largest international trading partner. The other was about developing a workforce that will supply the goods and services for that trade and help the...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Editorials

Wild weather, small fish at Everett Coho Derby

Last weekend's Everett Coho Derby was a howling success. That is, no one drowned and no one had to call the Coast Guard for assistance during the two-day event, even after the weather went ballistic on Sunday. The fact that salmon were caught and prizes awarded was a bonus.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Sports

Holiday sales growth seen slowing as pay stays stagnant

NEW YORK — Retail sales may increase as much as 4 percent this holiday season, less than last year’s gain, as shoppers’ wages remain stagnant, according to Deloitte LLP.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

Volkswagen CEO resigns after emissions scandal

BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a scandal that has...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire

How to sell a feeling

'Jedi Realtor’ is a keynote speaker at Everett Fall Home Show

Date: 09/24/2015 | Home and Garden

Visit seals big jet deal

China's president tours Boeing factory in Everett

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

Investment treaty between China, U.S. is key business goal

SEATTLE — When Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a meeting of some of the top names in Chinese and American business Wednesday, they may be most interested what he says about progress toward a treaty between the nations that would provide a framework for broader investment in each other’s...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Business

China to buy 300 jets, Boeing to build 737 plant there

HONG KONG — Chinese companies have agreed with Boeing to buy 300 jets and build an aircraft plant in China in deals signed during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States, the official Xinhua news agency said Wednesday.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Business

Ceremonial ground breaking held for WSU's Everett branch

EVERETT — With the turn of a few shovels of dirt Tuesday, leaders of Washington State University and Snohomish County began preparing a foundation on which will rise a new building and launch a new era for the city.Interim WSU...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

Beauty college matriarch

Founder Thi Trieu runs her business with a big heart

Date: 09/23/2015 | Business

Briefs: Judd & Black golf tournament raises $11,000 for nonprofits

Judd & Black golf tournament raises $11,000 for nonprofitsRick Kvangnes of Judd & Black presented a total of $11,000 to the North Everett Boys & Girls Club and Christmas House at the conclusion of the company's annual charity golf tournament last...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Bizblog

Jobs, diplomacy and waiting in traffic

Just in case it doesn't get said in the next couple of days during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Everett, Seattle, Redmond and Tacoma: Thank you for your patience and for being good hosts.And special thanks to those who had to wait in traffic during the visit.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Editorials

UAW members rally against Fiat Chrysler deal

DETROIT — About 30 UAW workers and retirees marched with signs and chanted “same work, same pay,” in front of the union’s headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday as they rallied against a proposed contract between the union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire

China’s president arrives

Xi’s visit to include Boeing plant tour

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Lynnwood real estate agent recognized

Lynnwood real estate agent recognizedCarrie Foley of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate in Lynnwood has been honored with the 2015 Five Star Real Estate Agent Award from Five Star Professional. Winners are selected for their commitment to...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Bizblog

Shifting work to Mexico now up for UAW vote

DETROIT — Building more cars in Mexico.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire

Indictment: Man stalked teen girls online, blackmailed them

TRENTON, N.J. — A man stalked girls online and blackmailed them into sending him sexually explicit photos or exposing themselves on a webcam, state authorities said Monday.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Woman pleads not guilty to scamming investors in oil patch

FARGO, N.D. — The wife of a man indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme that originated in the North Dakota oil patch pleaded not guilty Monday in an alleged scam involving her oilfield trucking business.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Critics of Cascade Locks bottled water plant in Oregon aim for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP)— Critics of a plan to build a bottled water plant in Cascade Locks said Monday that they hope to take their case to the voters of Hood River County.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Puget Sound Energy natural gas rates could decrease

BELLEVUE — Puget Sound Energy natural gas customers could see lower rates starting Nov. 1 if a request by the company is approved by regulators.If the state Utilities and Transportation Commission approves the reduction, the average rate for a residential customer would drop by 15 percent.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Everett Clinic to merge with big Colo.-based DaVita

EVERETT — The Everett Clinic, with 318,000 patients in Snohomish and Island counties, announced plans Monday to merge with Denver-based DaVita HealthCare Partners. The Fortune 500 company operates physician groups in six states and has more...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News

VIP planes of the world

China has a 747; here’s what others fly

Date: 09/21/2015 | Nation & World

VW chief under fire after emissions scandal and stock slide

BERLIN — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than $15 billion from the company's market value in a single trading session.The stock plunge followed revelations that the German carmaker had rigged...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business Wire

Washington begins rule process to cap carbon pollution

SEATTLE — The state Department of Ecology on Monday proposed capping greenhouse gases from the state’s 35 largest emitters, rolling out a new rule-making process months after Gov. Jay Inslee failed to get legislation passed on his ambitious cap-and-trade plan.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Chicago firm purchases Mountlake Terrace apartments

A Chicago-based real estate invest firm announced today that it has acquired Taluswood Apartments, a 512-unit complex in Mountlake Terrace.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business

Crucial Boeing tanker 1st flight follows China leader's visit

EVERETT — It's a big week for the Boeing Co., which will be on display for two of its biggest customers: China and the U.S. Air Force.Both are key cash sources for Boeing in coming years. Thousands of jobs in the area depend on the...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business

Everett attorney helps businesses navigate immigration issues

Terry Preshaw was 9 years old when she first read "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's iconic novel of individual integrity and legal justice. Preshaw personally identified with Scout, the plucky young heroine, but it was attorney Atticus Finch and his crusade for justice...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business

Briefs: Marketing Solutions president named finalist for teaching award

Marketing Solutions president named finalist for teaching awardThe president of Mill Creek-based Marketing Solutions was recently announced as a finalist for the 2015 University of Washington Bothell Dean's Undergraduate Part-time Teaching Excellence Award.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Bizblog

Visits forge strong trade ties for U.S., China

Washington state will be front and center in international news this week when Chinese President Xi Jinping makes Washington state — including Everett — the first destination on his U.S. visit. That President Xi chose our state for his first stop underscores Washington's...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Commentary

China’s president will begin U.S. visit at Paine Field

EVERETT — The last time a president of China came to town there was a party going on at Paine Field.It was April 2006. President Hu Jintao was feted at a luncheon in a decked-out Future of Flight museum. He

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

Yakima man who met girls on Facebook pleads guilty to child rape charges

YAKIMA — A Yakima man accused of having sex with underage girls after befriending them on a social media site pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree child rape.The Yakima Herald reported that Austin Bates entered the plea Friday in Yakima County Superior Court.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest

Grant might get Sioux Falls nonstop flight to Seattle

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal grant may soon make it possible for travelers in the southeast South Dakota region to get to Seattle without the hassle of a layover.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest

A lone ranger

He’s on patrol in the Spada Lake watershed

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

The Chat ... with Everett Uber driver Sharon Booker

Booker has been an Uber driver for a year. She is a former contract worker for Boeing, where she did interior design of overhead stow bins. "Now I just fly low," she said.Three things in your glove box?Registration, napkins and...

Date: 09/20/2015 | The Chat

Facebook doesn’t need a ‘dislike’ button — here’s why

Facebook is finally working on a feature that users have wanted for years: a “dislike” button that will let us react to posts that aren’t strictly positive.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Hollywood stunt pilot Alan Purwin dies at 54

LOS ANGELES — Alan Purwin picked up his taste for flying early.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

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