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Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At Stevens Pass, epic lines, not-so-epic times amid staff shortage

Skiers, snowboarders and employees blame owner Vail Resorts for a “dysfunctional” season. Management cites industry-wide issues.

Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another Alfy’s pizzeria closes, but the owners say fret not

Regulars said goodbye to the Silver Lake joint. Ownership has pledged to reopen the Alfy’s on Broadway in time for baseball season.

Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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The most viewed business stories of 2021.
FILE - Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 sits on the tarmac at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, April 13, 2019. Indonesia said Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, it is lifting its ban on Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, three years after one crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board. (AP Photo Nicole Evatt, File)

Indonesia to let Boeing 737 Max fly again after 2018 crash

The aircraft will be permitted to fly only after airlines carry out airworthiness directives.

FILE - Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 sits on the tarmac at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, April 13, 2019. Indonesia said Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, it is lifting its ban on Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, three years after one crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board. (AP Photo Nicole Evatt, File)
FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for Turkish Airlines takes off on a test flight in Renton, Wash. A trade group representing hundreds of airlines pushed again for additional training on Boeing’s 737 Max plane and for a coordinated effort to ensure the safe return of the aircraft after two deadly crashes.
The International Air Transport Association held a meeting in Montreal between airlines and regulators. Boeing’s 737 Max fleet has been grounded worldwide after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Ethiopia to resume Boeing 737 Max flights 3 years after deadly crash

Many other airlines already have the model back in service. China was the latest to do so.

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for Turkish Airlines takes off on a test flight in Renton, Wash. A trade group representing hundreds of airlines pushed again for additional training on Boeing’s 737 Max plane and for a coordinated effort to ensure the safe return of the aircraft after two deadly crashes.
The International Air Transport Association held a meeting in Montreal between airlines and regulators. Boeing’s 737 Max fleet has been grounded worldwide after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
In this image taken from video, the engine of United Airlines Flight 328 is on fire after after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Denver, Colo. The Boeing 777 landed safely and none of the passengers or crew onboard were hurt. (Chad Schnell via AP)

Boeing 777 is targeted by FAA for fixes after engine broke apart

Modifications would prevent debris from flying loose in a failure and endangering passengers.

In this image taken from video, the engine of United Airlines Flight 328 is on fire after after experiencing "a right-engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Denver International Airport, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Denver, Colo. The Boeing 777 landed safely and none of the passengers or crew onboard were hurt. (Chad Schnell via AP)
Students from Tony Grider's 11th grade class walk through the town on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Internet’s ‘final frontier’: Broadband is coming to Skykomish!

The mountain town today limps along with poky phone-line connections. But there’s this fiber-optic cable …

Students from Tony Grider's 11th grade class walk through the town on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The OceanGate submersible that explored the Titanic is on view at the Port of Everett through Dec. 27. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

For $250K, this Everett company will take you to the Titanic

Titan, OceanGate’s five-man sub, is on display at the Port of Everett. Next stop: the ocean floor.

The OceanGate submersible that explored the Titanic is on view at the Port of Everett through Dec. 27. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Boeing sells its Commercial Airplanes headquarters for $100M

The sale completes a series of large real estate divestments by Boeing this year.

The logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)
Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds council keeps ‘streateries,’ but businesses must pay

Council members were split 4-3 in approving the pricey $4,000 permit, with one calling it “elitist.”

Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
People hold signs in protest of the vaccine mandate after Boeing announced it would terminate workers who do not comply on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Boeing drops vaccine mandate for U.S. employees

About 10,000 unvaccinated workers had been under the threat of possible termination.

People hold signs in protest of the vaccine mandate after Boeing announced it would terminate workers who do not comply on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building is seen in Washington.  The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday, June 2, 2021 that Ali Bahrami, the head of FAA's aviation safety office, will step down at the end of June. Bahrami was among FAA officials who were criticized by lawmakers and relatives of passengers on Boeing Max jets that crashed.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FAA: Boeing pilot charged in 737 Max crash is a ‘scapegoat’

Mark Forkner became a poster boy for the planemaker’s failures after his texts and emails were released.

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building is seen in Washington.  The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday, June 2, 2021 that Ali Bahrami, the head of FAA's aviation safety office, will step down at the end of June. Bahrami was among FAA officials who were criticized by lawmakers and relatives of passengers on Boeing Max jets that crashed.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
The back view of the 10,000 square foot home at 3727 Shore Ave. in Everett that's for sale for $4.9 million. (Norton Zanini)

For sale: A $5M mansion expanded with Alfy’s pizza dough

The marble-floored Everett estate is among several pricey pads for sale. A Woodway wonder is $16 million.

The back view of the 10,000 square foot home at 3727 Shore Ave. in Everett that's for sale for $4.9 million. (Norton Zanini)
The nose of the 500th 787 Dreamliner at the assembly plant in Everett on Wednesday morning on September 21, 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Whistleblower report: Boeing and its suppliers fall short on safety oversight

Faulty 787 wings and fuselage sections forced assemblers in Everett to pull apart and repair Dreamliners.

The nose of the 500th 787 Dreamliner at the assembly plant in Everett on Wednesday morning on September 21, 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)

Stanwood composter questioned on whether tonnage went over the cap

Lenz Enterprises was accused by a competitor, Cedar Grove, of accepting 30,000 tons more than allowed last year.

The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)
Tami Agassi and Lobsang Dargey in happier times (top left), Lobsang Dargey (bottom right) outside the federal courthouse in Seattle in 2017, and Everett properties developed by Dargey.

In debt for millions, a con man’s ex-spouse is ready to talk

Tami Agassi, ex-wife of disgraced Everett developer Lobsang Dargey, wants “to prevent history from repeating itself.”

Tami Agassi and Lobsang Dargey in happier times (top left), Lobsang Dargey (bottom right) outside the federal courthouse in Seattle in 2017, and Everett properties developed by Dargey.
Airplane cargo for the Boeing plant in Everett is offloaded from a barge on Aug. 13, 2020 in Mukilteo. Aerospace products and parts manufacturing lost the most jobs out of any manufacturing industry in Snohomish County in the past year. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Report: Snohomish County lost more manufacturing jobs in October

Aerospace products and parts manufacturing jobs have fallen 13.1% over the past year, while service sector jobs grew.

Airplane cargo for the Boeing plant in Everett is offloaded from a barge on Aug. 13, 2020 in Mukilteo. Aerospace products and parts manufacturing lost the most jobs out of any manufacturing industry in Snohomish County in the past year. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)
The Port of Everett selected LPC West, a private company, to develop the Millwright District. A focal point of the district will be a “workman’s clocktower” designed to resemble a smokestack and inspired by the Dey Time Register that mill workers used to punch in and out each day. (LPC West)

Port selects firm to develop 10 acres on Everett waterfront

LPC West of Dallas plans to bring the Port of Everett’s Millwright District to life with offices, shops and residences.

The Port of Everett selected LPC West, a private company, to develop the Millwright District. A focal point of the district will be a “workman’s clocktower” designed to resemble a smokestack and inspired by the Dey Time Register that mill workers used to punch in and out each day. (LPC West)
House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, walks with Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of Boeing's 777 program, as Ryan tours the plant Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Everett, Wash. Ryan toured the factory before speaking with and taking questions from some workers there, mostly on tax reform. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Veteran Boeing program manager Jenks retires; Lund to take over

Elizabeth Lund, who formerly led Boeing’s Everett site, is the second woman to hold the position.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, walks with Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager of Boeing's 777 program, as Ryan tours the plant Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Everett, Wash. Ryan toured the factory before speaking with and taking questions from some workers there, mostly on tax reform. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Animal rights group asks for investigation of Everett lab

Federal authorities have cited Altasciences for four critical violations at the research center it operates.