LAKE STEVENS — The city is turning the empty house at Lundeen Park into its first official visitor center.Though Lake Stevens is the fifth largest city in Snohomish County, and includes the county's largest lake, it hasn't had a dedicated information center for...
Date: 02/12/2016 | Local News
STANWOOD — It’s been 44 years of gold dust and diamonds for Robert Madison.
Date: 01/22/2016 | Business
EDMONDS — Visitors may soon be able to linger longer in the downtown shopping district.The city plans to have new public restrooms installed by this summer, the busiest season for local merchants."Public restrooms are one of the top issues for...
Date: 01/18/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — The small business development center for Snohomish County cobbled together enough money to keep the doors open in 2016 but needs to find a stable source of funding to last beyond this year.
Date: 01/13/2016 | Business
Salvation Army program helped shop owner kick cocaine habit
Date: 12/23/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
OLYMPIA — Marijuana stores could multiply in Everett, Arlington, Edmonds and other cities in Snohomish County under a plan to allow more retailers statewide.Washington's Liquor and Cannabis Board has decided
Date: 12/21/2015 | Local News
Clearly, thankfully, the Stillaguamish Valley and its communities from Darrington to Arlington have not been forgotten in the months following the March 22, 2014, Oso landslide that killed 43 people, destroyed 36 homes, obliterated Highway 530 and caused economic hardships throughout...
Date: 12/06/2015 | Editorials
First there was "Black Friday." Then there was "Cyber Monday." The holiday shopping markers plod through the calendar like a procession of Groundhog Days. The big difference is that Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog sometimes offers surprise. Will he see his shadow...
Date: 12/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Despite announcements by several retailers that are bucking the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving for the start of the holiday shopping season, including REI, Nordstrom and Costco, it can seem like a losing battle when Macy's, Sears, Target, Walmart and other major retailers no...
Date: 11/25/2015 | Editorials
The Great Wall of Coffee has arrived in Lynnwood.This weekend, Seattle Coffee Gear unveiled "The Wall," a coffee tasting experience that offers dozens of specialty coffees ready for customers to sample, at its flagship store at Alderwood Mall on Saturday.
Date: 11/06/2015 | Life
WASHINGTON - Companies added 182,000 workers in October, signaling steady improvement in the U.S. job market, according to a private report based on payrolls.
Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire
It's not that surprising that the U.S. House finally passed legislation to take the Export-Import Bank out of the mothballs it was placed in back in June when its authorization expired. The support was there all along.The bank, which guarantees loans between American...
Date: 10/29/2015 | Editorials
FALLBROOK, Calif. — Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers.
Date: 10/11/2015 | Business Wire
All signs point to rising labor costs for business in both the short and long term. External forces, like the $15 minimum wage in Seattle and an unemployment rate near 4 percent in the Puget Sound region, mean that workers will begin to demand and receive higher wages.
Date: 10/05/2015 | Business columnists
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
SNOHOMISH — Michelle Frost knows how tricky it is to balance grief and hope.
Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News
MILL CREEK — If a proposal to build two five-story buildings here is approved, the city will have met its goal for housing development and be able to turn its attention to attracting more businesses.That's according to
Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News
COOS BAY, Ore. — For some people, life is all about the experiences.
Date: 08/31/2015 | Northwest
Walking through The Evergreen State Fair can nearly overwhelm the senses: the flickering lights of carnival rides, the bleats of goats and bass thumps from the concert stages, the soft wool of sheep, a Purple Cow's cooling flavors...
Date: 08/28/2015 | Editorials
Lack of rain drives up businesses’ costs, cuts into revenue
Date: 08/14/2015 | Business
WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire
PITTSBURGH — When Paulette Still left a career in banking to open Posy Flower Design and Event Decor, she expected to sacrifice a steady and hefty paycheck for the chance to be her own boss. She didn't expect the number of people who would challenge her entrepreneurship based...
Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire
Only a week after setting its regulations and zoning for operation of marijuana businesses, the Everett City Council may be asked to reconsider one aspect of the rules: the rejection of a proposed 1,000-foot buffer...
Date: 07/15/2015 | Editorials
It’s been just over one year since the marijuana industry opened its first retail store in Washington state, generating more than $143 million, with sales now averaging more than $2 million a day in the state. Despite this success, many applicants are struggling to find state compliant properties...
Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary
Compared with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the national insurance exchange for the federal Affordable Care Act, a decision earlier this month by a Washington state administrative law judge regarding employee health...
Date: 07/09/2015 | Editorials
It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...
Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials
Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...
Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt threatened to move U.S. jobs overseas if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Export-Import Bank’s charter, which expires at the end of June.
Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire
Do you subscribe to any daily email newsletters?If you don’t, you should.I know what you’re thinking: “NO! I don’t need any more emails into my already flooded mailbox. I’m trying to cut back and have fewer emails to deal with.”
Date: 06/15/2015 | Business columnists
Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...
Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials
Two business professors who write a column for the Washington Post posed this refreshing (or heretical, depending on your view) theory last month: If...
Date: 06/09/2015 | Editorials
In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.Originally designed to stop tech...
Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...
Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary
Businesses team with city to promote cleaning up public spots
Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News
At $9.47 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage among the 50 states, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. But even at that rate, a family of three with one wage-earner grossing a little less than $19,700 a year would still fall below the federal poverty level...
Date: 05/01/2015 | Editorials
When 20 Riverside heard that the guys from Everett Music Initiative were organizing a Record Store Day event to support Bargain CDs, Records & Tapes, the members of the band had an idea.Why not make like the Beatles and play on top of Bargain CDs?Well ...
Date: 04/17/2015 | Entertainment
County's last independent record store now a golden oldie
Date: 04/17/2015 | Entertainment
This is a tough one. My first reaction, when our neighbor-state baker refused to serve a gay couple, was that she ought to have the right to decide who takes her cake. There's a funambulist in me that still wonders. But the crudely hatched, later revised Indiana law has...
Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Increasing cigarette taxes, which is under consideration by the state Legislature this year, unfairly burdens lower-income smokers and their households. Cigarette taxes are one of the most regressive forms of taxation because they most negatively affect lower-income...
Date: 04/13/2015 | Commentary
GRANITE FALLS — You may want to bring a passport to get around town this week. Carrying the right one will give you discounts at restaurants, coupons for shopping and the chance to win a flat-screen television.
Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News
Full-service restaurant is open for business in Darrington
Date: 04/06/2015 | Business
It's worth noting that the authors of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights felt the subject of religious liberty important enough that they addressed it succinctly in the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...
Date: 04/05/2015 | Editorials
Seattle's new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages.The fast food workers who staged walkouts to advance the...
Date: 04/02/2015 | Business Wire
The Small Distilleries Fairness Act, a bill cosponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, is a sensible, straightforward, non-controversial, needed, economic-driven piece...
Date: 03/09/2015 | Editorials
Lower taxes could give craft liquor businesses a boost
Date: 03/05/2015 | Business
Once Congress is through with its latest game of chicken, which threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security tonight, it can move on to another episode of brinkmanship as the June 30 deadline approaches to reauthorize the federal
Date: 02/27/2015 | Editorials
With the Oscars airing today — 4 p.m. on ABC, 2 p.m. if you're into the red carpet stuff — let's take a moment to consider Washington state's film industry. And zooming in for a close-up, let's consider Snohomish County's supporting role.Among the recent...
Date: 02/22/2015 | Editorials
Do you have an idea for a business, but have no idea how to get started?Or maybe you have an invention sitting in your garage but don't know the first steps of turning your invention into a business?For many would-be entrepreneurs, taking the first step is...
Date: 02/16/2015 | Business
Boudoir photos are sexy, elegant portraits of any woman
Date: 02/14/2015 | Business