Janice Podsada

Chris Dingle

Chris Dingle: Out of a job, he opted for public service

Now a congressional aide, he joined the Washington National Guard and got involved in politics.

Chris Dingle
Kona Farry, Community Transit, schedule analyst (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Kona Farry: His app helps boost public transit ridership

This transit analyst discovered the joy of car-free travel during college. He wanted to share his enthusiasm.

Kona Farry, Community Transit, schedule analyst (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lynsey Gagnon is the Executive Director ,Community Resource Centers, Volunteers of America  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynsey Gagnon: She quickly organized a cold weather shelter

This social services director was once homeless herself, utilizing the services she now refers others to every day.

Lynsey Gagnon is the Executive Director ,Community Resource Centers, Volunteers of America  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Laycee Gwyther owner of Executive Beauty Suites (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Laycee Gwyther: Offering a helping hand to women in need

Partnering with Dignity for Divas, she’s helped plan a day of pampering for women on the streets.

Laycee Gwyther owner of Executive Beauty Suites (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Rilee Louangphakdy of Leadership Snohomish County, marketing and event manager (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Rilee Louangphakdy: An obscure word inspired him to connect

In school, this marketing manager was on a downward spiral until he filled his life with volunteer activity.

Rilee Louangphakdy of Leadership Snohomish County, marketing and event manager (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Melissa Siv of Peoples Bank, Vice president, District Branch Manager Everett Financial Center  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Melissa Siv: Promoting financial literacy among teens

This banking professional teaches financial skills to students at Everett-area schools.

Melissa Siv of Peoples Bank, Vice president, District Branch Manager Everett Financial Center  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Catherine Soper of Port of Everett, Communications and Marketing Director (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Catherine Soper: On board for Port of Everett’s growth spurt

Twelve years ago, this communications and marketing director launched her port career as an intern.

Catherine Soper of Port of Everett, Communications and Marketing Director (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Courtney Wooten of Community organizer, Suburbia Rising/Stories of Self & Self Solidarity (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Courtney Wooten: Artist offers training to promote equality

This Edmonds-based activist founded Suburbia Rising/Stories of Self Solidarity to promote social justice.

Courtney Wooten of Community organizer, Suburbia Rising/Stories of Self & Self Solidarity (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Alexandria Zitnik -McGinty of Integrated Rehabilitation Group, Chief Development Officer (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Alexandria Zitnik-McGinty: Take charge, learn all you can

This physical therapist has a simple strategy: “The more work you put in, the more you achieve.”

Alexandria Zitnik -McGinty of Integrated Rehabilitation Group, Chief Development Officer (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ed Rubatino, former owner of Rubatino Refuse Removal. (Rubatino family photo, mid-1970s)

After 114 years, Rubatinos sell trash collection business

Rubatino Refuse Removal started with two carts and four draft horses. The new owners also have generations of experience.

Ed Rubatino, former owner of Rubatino Refuse Removal. (Rubatino family photo, mid-1970s)
Mike Thomas (6) owner of the Everett Royals, shares a laugh after practice at Archbishop Murphy High School on February 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Semi-pro football team pushes players to succeed off the field

The Everett Royals “do everything it takes to make sure that players are not struggling.”

Mike Thomas (6) owner of the Everett Royals, shares a laugh after practice at Archbishop Murphy High School on February 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
United Airlines Flight 310 to Los Angeles is refueled using biofuel at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on June 5, 2019. The demonstration flight, powered by a fuel mixture containing 30 percent biofuel, was intended to be the greenest possible flight, testing several sustainability initiatives. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Boeing buys 2 million gallons of aviation biofuel

Made in part from agricultural waste, the fuel will power Boeing test flights and airplane deliveries in Everett and elsewhere.

United Airlines Flight 310 to Los Angeles is refueled using biofuel at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on June 5, 2019. The demonstration flight, powered by a fuel mixture containing 30 percent biofuel, was intended to be the greenest possible flight, testing several sustainability initiatives. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Judy Matheson hugs longtime customer Melody Taylor as Taylor shops around J. Matheson Gifts Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Matheson said she’s formed many friendships over her 31 years running the gift shop. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

After 54 years in retail, Judy Matheson calls it a career

J. Matheson’s Gifts, Kitchen Gourmet in downtown Everett will close this month. Its namesake owner built it from scratch.

Judy Matheson hugs longtime customer Melody Taylor as Taylor shops around J. Matheson Gifts Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Matheson said she’s formed many friendships over her 31 years running the gift shop. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jac Cash, left, and Jill Cash own and operate FauxyFurr in Arlington, Washington. The boutique offers customs hats and upcycled custom boots. Photographed on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The fab hatter: FauxyFurr in Arlington took a chance — and grew

Its owners bet a part-time gig could be a successful business. They just needed more space.

Jac Cash, left, and Jill Cash own and operate FauxyFurr in Arlington, Washington. The boutique offers customs hats and upcycled custom boots. Photographed on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Edmonds International Women’s Day event is Saturday

The free, fourth annual event offers an in-person and virtual option this year.

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Airport workers watch as an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 embarks on the first 737 flight out of Paine Field Airport Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Alaska launches Boeing 737 service at Paine Field in Everett

Until now, the airline has employed smaller Embraer jets. It’s a sign of greater demand for travel to Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Airport workers watch as an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 embarks on the first 737 flight out of Paine Field Airport Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Eviation Co-founder and CEO Omer Bar-Yohay stands by the first all electric plane, the Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Just as maiden flight nears, Eviation Aircraft CEO steps down

The Arlington electric airplane maker says the change in leadership won’t affect upcoming flight plans.

Eviation Co-founder and CEO Omer Bar-Yohay stands by the first all electric plane, the Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Snohomish County aviation firms awarded $3M in federal grants

In all, the federal program has awarded $28 million to 27 Snohomish County companies since September.

Richard Aboulafia (left) and Kevin Michaels (center), both managing directors at AeroDynamic Advisory, and Ronald Epstein (right), senior equity analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, took the stage Wednesday at the 21st annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance. This year's event took place at the Lynnwood Convention Center. (Janice Podsada / The Herald)

Hundreds gather for annual aerospace conference — without Boeing

The company was nonetheless the talk of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance meeting this week.

Richard Aboulafia (left) and Kevin Michaels (center), both managing directors at AeroDynamic Advisory, and Ronald Epstein (right), senior equity analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, took the stage Wednesday at the 21st annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance. This year's event took place at the Lynnwood Convention Center. (Janice Podsada / The Herald)
Digital rendering of Colby Tower. (Courtesy of Tim Corpus)

In Everett, many new apartments, but where are the condos?

Most would rather own than rent. Yet developers have seen condos as risky due to state law. Could Colby Tower signal a change?

Digital rendering of Colby Tower. (Courtesy of Tim Corpus)