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Greg McLaughlin and Laura McLaughlin add muscles to the crab paella while they work on to-go orders on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pickup paella: Couple sell the Spanish dish out of their garage

Paella House in Snohomish launched when the pandemic first hit. They’re managing to survive through to-go orders.

Greg McLaughlin and Laura McLaughlin add muscles to the crab paella while they work on to-go orders on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New law averts big spike in unemployment taxes on businesses

Inslee signed a measure to spread out increases and boost weekly benefit checks for those who are unemployed.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
An elderly man and an elderly woman sit at the table in profile. Date and business meeting in a cafe. Summer evening in a restaurant on the street. Vector flat illustration

You voted: The best new restaurant in Snohomish County

Even during a pandemic, people still have their favorites.

An elderly man and an elderly woman sit at the table in profile. Date and business meeting in a cafe. Summer evening in a restaurant on the street. Vector flat illustration
Snohomish County hopes to repurpose existing buildings at McCollum Park into a processing and distribution center and a commercial kitchen for farmers to use. County Agriculture Coordinator Linda Neunzig at McCollum Park on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  “If you and I have blueberries and we have a big order from a big institution and we only have enough if we package and deliver them together as one order, we as smaller farmers could meet that order,” Neunzig said.
Producers can also use the center to combine forces and outsource delivery, lowering cost and reducing time away from the farm. “It opens up a market,” Neunzig said.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

County aims to help small farmers thrive with new ag center

Eventually, it could bring a year-round indoor farmers’ market to the area.

Snohomish County hopes to repurpose existing buildings at McCollum Park into a processing and distribution center and a commercial kitchen for farmers to use. County Agriculture Coordinator Linda Neunzig at McCollum Park on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  “If you and I have blueberries and we have a big order from a big institution and we only have enough if we package and deliver them together as one order, we as smaller farmers could meet that order,” Neunzig said.
Producers can also use the center to combine forces and outsource delivery, lowering cost and reducing time away from the farm. “It opens up a market,” Neunzig said.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Renderings of new apartments at Twin Peaks Landing in Marysville.
(Courtesy of Dykeman Architects)

Lakefront low-income housing expanding in Marysville

Phase two of the development at Twin Lakes Landing will add 60 units to the Housing Hope property.

Renderings of new apartments at Twin Peaks Landing in Marysville.
(Courtesy of Dykeman Architects)
Rachel Recker works on a bowl at one of her pottery wheel stations at her new pottery studio, Salish Sea Ceramics, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A new pottery studio opens in downtown Everett

Salish Sea Ceramic Studio on Hewitt Avenue offers classes, clay, inspiration and plenty of light.

Rachel Recker works on a bowl at one of her pottery wheel stations at her new pottery studio, Salish Sea Ceramics, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A 5G data transmitter attached to one of the buildings at Swans Trail Farms on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Data-driven farming: New tech ‘changes agriculture’

In a new program funded by the CARES Act, computers are helping Snohomish County farmers grow efficiently.

A 5G data transmitter attached to one of the buildings at Swans Trail Farms on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Diane Symms, right, has been the owner and CEO of Lombardi's Italian Restaurants for more than three decades. Now in her 70s, she's slowly turning the reins over to her daughter, Kerri Lonergan-Dreke.Shot on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Frustrated restaurateur reflects on transformative pandemic

Lombardi’s owner Kerri Lonergan-Dreke is unhappy with government but is coping with the changes COVID brought.

Diane Symms, right, has been the owner and CEO of Lombardi's Italian Restaurants for more than three decades. Now in her 70s, she's slowly turning the reins over to her daughter, Kerri Lonergan-Dreke.Shot on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
FILE  - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, prepares to land at Boeing Field following a test flight in Seattle. Boeing says the pandemic will reduce demand for new planes for the next decade, long after experts expect a vaccine for COVID-19. The company updated its forecast of the airplane market on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. It remains upbeat about long-term prospects driven by increasing air travel in Asia. Boeing, which along with Europe’s Airbus dominates the aircraft-building industry, has seen orders and deliveries of new planes crumble this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Boeing to outsource IT work to Dell, eliminate 600 jobs

Affected employees must find new work within the company, apply to work for Dell or be laid off.

  • Feb 4, 2021
FILE  - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, prepares to land at Boeing Field following a test flight in Seattle. Boeing says the pandemic will reduce demand for new planes for the next decade, long after experts expect a vaccine for COVID-19. The company updated its forecast of the airplane market on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. It remains upbeat about long-term prospects driven by increasing air travel in Asia. Boeing, which along with Europe’s Airbus dominates the aircraft-building industry, has seen orders and deliveries of new planes crumble this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

With 2020 behind us, it’s a good time to reflect, then act

Reflection is just the first part. It informs the driving question: What is needed now?

People gather outside of the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino during the grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Tulalip, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tulalip Tribes open the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino

The 126,700-square-foot, $125 million building replaces the old “Q” that began as a bingo hall in 1983.

People gather outside of the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino during the grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Tulalip, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Amazon said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Bezos is stepping down as CEO later in the year, a role he's had since he founded the company nearly 30 years ago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO

Bezos, the company’s founder, will become exectuive chairman. Andy Jassy will replace him as CEO.

  • Feb 3, 2021
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Amazon said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Bezos is stepping down as CEO later in the year, a role he's had since he founded the company nearly 30 years ago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
The Best Puzzles and Gifts of Everett was started as an online puzzle supply business based in Lynnwood for the last three years before becoming a brick and mortar store.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New puzzle store opens in downtown Everett

Jigsaw puzzle sales have surged during the pandemic. The Best Puzzles & Gifts has hundreds of designs.

The Best Puzzles and Gifts of Everett was started as an online puzzle supply business based in Lynnwood for the last three years before becoming a brick and mortar store.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ben Corey, left, and Ross Jinkens owners of Pops Skateshop on Friday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This new skateboard store in downtown Everett really ‘pops’

Is Rucker Avenue undergoing a retail revival? The owners of the Pops Skate Shop think so.

Ben Corey, left, and Ross Jinkens owners of Pops Skateshop on Friday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Daniel Kolodich works through an assignment Thursday morning at Sno-Isle Tech in Everett on January 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Hands-on instruction in the COVID age is something to savor

At Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center, the gradual return of in-person learning is a welcome reprieve from screen time.

Daniel Kolodich works through an assignment Thursday morning at Sno-Isle Tech in Everett on January 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jeff Bezos in 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, will step down as CEO

He’ll be replaced in the summer by Andy Jassy, who runs Amazon’s cloud-computing business.

  • Feb 2, 2021
Jeff Bezos in 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer
Morgan Zehrung, owner of Forecast Solar, takes measurements for solar panel on the home of Brian Aikins Friday morning in Everett on January 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Pandemic slows growth of the clean-tech sector — for now

With economic uncertainty, homeowners and businesses have put the brakes on alternative energy plans.

Morgan Zehrung, owner of Forecast Solar, takes measurements for solar panel on the home of Brian Aikins Friday morning in Everett on January 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A man walks past a parking lot roof made up of solar panels at Hopeworks Station on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in Everett, Washington. HopeWorks Station has been awarded a Platinum LEED certificate for its environmentally-friendly design and features.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A green Everett architecture firm teams up with Housing Hope

Dykeman Architects has designed sustainable buildings for more than a quarter-century.

A man walks past a parking lot roof made up of solar panels at Hopeworks Station on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020 in Everett, Washington. HopeWorks Station has been awarded a Platinum LEED certificate for its environmentally-friendly design and features.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington State University, City of Everett and Snohomish County won a Vision 2040 award for the new WSU Everett campus. (Bob Hubner / Washington State University)

WSU Everett launches eighth undergrad program, in business

The campus in north Everett will offer bachelor’s degree in business administration in the fall.

Washington State University, City of Everett and Snohomish County won a Vision 2040 award for the new WSU Everett campus. (Bob Hubner / Washington State University)

LuLaRoe to pay $4.75M to settle pyramid scheme lawsuit

Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the company and its executives two years ago.

  • Feb 2, 2021