Janice Podsada

Workers build the first all-electric commuter plane, the Eviation Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

All eyes on Alice, the electric plane made in Arlington

If all goes well, Eviation’s battery-powered airplane will make its debut test flight later this year.

 

A drawing of the giant Funko Pop! balloon depicting Baby Yoda, which will wind through the streets of New York during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Funko) 20210912

It’s OK to Pop! this balloon: Funko to join the Macy’s parade

Funko’s incarnation of Baby Yoda will float by in this year’s Thanksgiving Day event.

 

Heather Van Slageren waits for a Community Transit bus to Stanwood at the Lynnwood Transit Center on September 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As offices reopen, some former ‘super commuters’ aren’t happy

After a pandemic respite working at home, they dread resuming a one-way commute of 90 minutes or more.

Heather Van Slageren waits for a Community Transit bus to Stanwood at the Lynnwood Transit Center on September 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Port of Everett is fermenting plans to attract wine and spirit vendors to Waterfront Place as part of its "Wine Walk" initiative.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Port of Everett hopes to mix some wine with the water

A plan to create a “wine walk” at the port would add tasting rooms offering wine, beer and spirits.

The Port of Everett is fermenting plans to attract wine and spirit vendors to Waterfront Place as part of its "Wine Walk" initiative.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902

Another airplane manufacturer relocates to Arlington airport

Vashon Aircraft, which produces a sport plane, is consolidating work previously done in Woodinville and Everett.

A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902
The new Amazon fulfillment center under construction along 172nd Street NE in Arlington, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210708

5 big transportation developments in 2021 to keep us rolling

New bus routes, toll lanes and highway upgrades: Here are the region’s top pending transportation projects.

The new Amazon fulfillment center under construction along 172nd Street NE in Arlington, just south of Arlington Municipal Airport. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210708
Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Airplane mechanics are few, so this company trains its own

The paid apprenticeship program at Aviation Technical Services is helping rebuild a skilled workforce.

Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
An employee sands down a board inside Ironwood Manufacturing's new Arlington location on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

One door closes, another opens for this Arlington company

Ironwood Manufacturing designs high-privacy doors for restrooms at hotels, arenas and airline lounges.

An employee sands down a board inside Ironwood Manufacturing's new Arlington location on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Madison Bauer mixes drinks Wednesday afternoon at Bluewater Organic Distilling in Everett on August 25, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Challenges remain for the area’s recovering tourism industry

Revenue picked up this year at restaurants and hotels, but the delta variant could blunt further gains.

Madison Bauer mixes drinks Wednesday afternoon at Bluewater Organic Distilling in Everett on August 25, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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New Herald Publisher Josh O'Connor named April  17, 2013.
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New role for Sound Publishing President Josh O’Connor

O’Connor will oversee operations in Washington, Alaska and Canada for parent company Black Press.

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New Herald Publisher Josh O'Connor named April  17, 2013.
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Should Everett’s in-home businesses be given more latitude?

Under a proposal, businesses in residences could conduct in-home sales and hire up to two employees.

From left, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett; Everett Community College President Daria Willis; Herman Calzadillas, dean of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center; Brandon Anderson, legislative director for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace; and Elliott Black, director of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program. They were touring the Advanced Manufacturing Center at EvCC on Friday. (Janice Podsada / The Herald) 20210820

After 100,000 lost jobs, aviation industry aims to roar back

The director of the Aviation Jobs Protection Program heard survival stories Friday from aviation companies in Everett.

From left, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett; Everett Community College President Daria Willis; Herman Calzadillas, dean of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center; Brandon Anderson, legislative director for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace; and Elliott Black, director of U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program. They were touring the Advanced Manufacturing Center at EvCC on Friday. (Janice Podsada / The Herald) 20210820
Funko CEO Brian Mariotti prepares to ring the Nasdaq opening bell in celebration of the company’s initial public offering of stock in New York in November. (Nasdaq)

Funko CEO will become the chief creative officer next year

Brian Mariotti will step aside as CEO. Funko’s current president will become chief executive in 2022.

Funko CEO Brian Mariotti prepares to ring the Nasdaq opening bell in celebration of the company’s initial public offering of stock in New York in November. (Nasdaq)
The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)

FedEx to begin weekday flights between Paine Field, Memphis

The cargo carrier has taken over the lease for the Dreamlifter center, which Boeing no longer needs.

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)
Dr. Stephen Jones, left, of the WSU Bread Lab, packages up loaves of bread for U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, center, at the end of her tour of the Bread Lab at on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 in Burlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

U.S. Trade Representative meets regional food producers

Katherine Tai talked trade with farmers from Western Washington and toured the WSU Bread Lab.

Dr. Stephen Jones, left, of the WSU Bread Lab, packages up loaves of bread for U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, center, at the end of her tour of the Bread Lab at on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 in Burlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Eviation's all-electric Alice cargo plane in DHL livery. (Eviation) 20210803

DHL Express orders 12 electric cargo planes from Eviation

Eviation has engineering facilities in Arlington and expects to test fly its first electric aircraft this year.

Eviation's all-electric Alice cargo plane in DHL livery. (Eviation) 20210803
Real estate agents Carole Falleen and Randi Szakaly at their listing Wednesday morning in Mukilteo on July 28, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The current real estate market isn’t for the faint of heart

With bidding wars, all-cash deals and a median home price that’s up 32% this year, what’s a buyer to do?

Real estate agents Carole Falleen and Randi Szakaly at their listing Wednesday morning in Mukilteo on July 28, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Nechirvan Zebari sorts through freshly made pita bread at Alida's Bakery on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He went from full-time nurse to full-time flatbread baker

Nechirvan Zebari burned out on health care during the pandemic. His Everett bakery was an antidote.

Nechirvan Zebari sorts through freshly made pita bread at Alida's Bakery on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mark Malijan, owns and operates Helios Studios, a new business that offers photographers, videographers and others 1,440 feet of studio space in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lights, camera, action at new photo-video studio in Edmonds

’This is a clean slate for people to work in,’ says the founder of Helios Studios.

Mark Malijan, owns and operates Helios Studios, a new business that offers photographers, videographers and others 1,440 feet of studio space in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)