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A whiteboard inside Richie del Puerto's auto tech classroom at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Explore apprenticeship programs at free Everett job fair Nov. 16

The Sno-Tech Skills Center job fair features 30 apprenticeship programs from construction to health care.

A whiteboard inside Richie del Puerto's auto tech classroom at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jim Lico, president and CEO of Fortive. (Photo provided)

Everett’s Fortive buys German electronic test firm in $1.45B deal

The local firm says acquiring Elektro-Automatik will boost its clean energy test equipment offerings.

Jim Lico, president and CEO of Fortive. (Photo provided)
One worker looks up from the cargo area as another works in what will be the passenger compartment on one of the first Boeing 787 jets as it stands near completion at the front of the assembly line, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Everett, Wash. The plane, the first new Boeing jet in 14 years, is targeted for power on in June followed by an anticipated first flight sometime late in 2008.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As Boeing Machinists contract talks near, union savors new labor power

If Boeing balks at union demands, it could face a damaging strike that would seriously set back its attempts to recover.

One worker looks up from the cargo area as another works in what will be the passenger compartment on one of the first Boeing 787 jets as it stands near completion at the front of the assembly line, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Everett, Wash. The plane, the first new Boeing jet in 14 years, is targeted for power on in June followed by an anticipated first flight sometime late in 2008.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Michelle Roth is a registered nurse in the Providence Emergency Department on Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Health career job fair to be held Thursday in Everett

More than 14 health care related employers will attend the Snohomish County/Workforce Snohomish event.

Michelle Roth is a registered nurse in the Providence Emergency Department on Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Manager Rika Rafael, left, visual merchandiser April Votolato, center, and assistant manager and events coordinator Jaidhara Sleighter stand at the entrance of East West Books & Gifts’ new location Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in downtown Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘We were meant to be here’: East West Books Gifts reopens in Edmonds

Located in Seattle before the pandemic, the new store offers books and other resources on meditation, spirituality and yoga.

Manager Rika Rafael, left, visual merchandiser April Votolato, center, and assistant manager and events coordinator Jaidhara Sleighter stand at the entrance of East West Books & Gifts’ new location Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, in downtown Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Gillian Montgomery weighs a bag of bird seed at Wild Birds Unlimited on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bird and cat lovers flock to this Everett bird supply store

Bring on the birds! Locally owned Wild Birds Unlimited store can help turn your backyard into a “seedy” restaurant.

Gillian Montgomery weighs a bag of bird seed at Wild Birds Unlimited on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Grant to help fund health care program at Edmonds College

  1. The $220,000 grant from Career Connect Washington aims to improve the college’s patient care technician program.

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Brielle Holmes, 3, points to a stuffed animal that she likes at Wishes toy store on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 in Alderwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Local toy store chain got its start as kiosk at Everett Mall

Wishes now operates eight stores, including three in Snohomish County. Its Alderwood mall store is a roomy 7,000 square feet.

Brielle Holmes, 3, points to a stuffed animal that she likes at Wishes toy store on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 in Alderwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Members and supporters of the Snohomish and Island County Labor Council gather on Oct. 10 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett. The the Affiliate Labor Champion Award was given to the International Association of Machinists 751. Wes Heard, center, accepted the award on behalf of IAM 751. Photo credit: Snohomish and Island County Labor Council.

Snohomish & Island County Labor Council honors labor leaders

The labor council’s annual Champions Dinner recognized two local labor leaders and a machinists union last month.

Members and supporters of the Snohomish and Island County Labor Council gather on Oct. 10 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett. The the Affiliate Labor Champion Award was given to the International Association of Machinists 751. Wes Heard, center, accepted the award on behalf of IAM 751. Photo credit: Snohomish and Island County Labor Council.
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State gets $1 million grant to boost small-business exports

Washington’s Department of Commerce will use the federal grant to help small companies increase their export business.

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Customers come and go at a soon-to-close Rite Aid on Evergreen Way on Friday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Amid bankruptcy, Rite Aid to close Everett, Mill Creek, Lynnwood stores

With $4 billion in debt, the struggling chain is closing 154 stores nationwide, including in Everett, Mill Creek and Lynnwood.

Customers come and go at a soon-to-close Rite Aid on Evergreen Way on Friday, Oct. 19, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mike Benbow, of Tulalip, uses a float tube to search for trout in Black Lake north of Winthrop in the Pasayten Wilderness at about 4,000 ft on July 20, 2012. Float tubes allow access to more water on the high mountain lakes. (Jim Haley / The Herald file)

Herald writer, editor, fly-fishing outdoorsman Mike Benbow dies

The longtime editor wore many hats in the newsroom, but all remember his passion for fishing, birding and hiking.

Mike Benbow, of Tulalip, uses a float tube to search for trout in Black Lake north of Winthrop in the Pasayten Wilderness at about 4,000 ft on July 20, 2012. Float tubes allow access to more water on the high mountain lakes. (Jim Haley / The Herald file)
Dominique Gonzalez works at Pathfinder Manufacturing on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Trade group tour highlights manufacturing in Everett, Mukilteo

The Association of Washington Business visited a local furniture maker and aerospace manufacturer Tuesday.

Dominique Gonzalez works at Pathfinder Manufacturing on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The exterior of a Buzz Inn restaurant in Everett, Washington on Monday, July 24, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

An ode to Buzz Inn Steakhouses, a Snohomish County institution

The local chain founded in 1981 now spans Arlington, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Monroe and Snohomish.

The exterior of a Buzz Inn restaurant in Everett, Washington on Monday, July 24, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Fluke Corp. President Jason Waxman at the Everett offices on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett’s Fluke Corp. adds solar test firm to its portfolio

The acquistion of Solmetric boosts Fluke’s solar test and measurement product line.

Fluke Corp. President Jason Waxman at the Everett offices on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Fewer students enroll at state’s public colleges, study says

Enrollment has picked up since the pandemic, but the lag threatens the state’s quest for education equity.

Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Left to right, president Bill Peterson, vice president Jamie Gamez, and executive vice president Jeff Cannon pose for a photo at Morris Magnets in Monroe, Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Gift and souvenir maker Morris Magnets calls Monroe home

Morris makes 30,000 items like refrigerator magnets and key chains a day out of its factory.

Left to right, president Bill Peterson, vice president Jamie Gamez, and executive vice president Jeff Cannon pose for a photo at Morris Magnets in Monroe, Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Scenes from the Jackson High School graduation ceremony at Angel of the Winds in Everett, Washington on Saturday, June 17, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Looking back on 20 years of Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett

The 10,000 seat arena, community ice rink and conference center continues to draw 700,000 visitors to downtown Everett per year.

Scenes from the Jackson High School graduation ceremony at Angel of the Winds in Everett, Washington on Saturday, June 17, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Richie del Puerto watches as a student works to jump start a car during class at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Washington’s Job Skills Program has trained employees for 40 years

Since 1983, over 75,000 workers have taken advantage of the state program.

Richie del Puerto watches as a student works to jump start a car during class at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Washington minimum wage to top $16 an hour next year

Meanwhile, some salaried workers and rideshare drivers could see their earnings rise from other state-required adjustments.

  • Oct 3, 2023
  • By Wire Service
Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)