Herald Business Journal

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March 11, 2019, rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019 according to a report released Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, by the aviation consultancy To70, revealing the worst crash for the year was an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX on March 10 that lost 157 lives. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)

Former Boeing test pilot found not guilty of deceiving FAA

Mark Forkner was acquitted Wednesday on felony charges of deceiving federal regulators.

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, March 11, 2019, rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019 according to a report released Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020, by the aviation consultancy To70, revealing the worst crash for the year was an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX on March 10 that lost 157 lives. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, FILE)
FILE - In this March 4, 2018, file photo, MacKenzie Scott arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The billionaire philanthropist revealed that she has donated nearly $4 billion to 465 nonprofits in a new blog post Wednesday, March 23, 2022 confirming the gifts that the groups have been announcing on their own for months. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

MacKenzie Scott announces nearly $4 billion in donations

Scott is one of many billionaires who have promised to donate more than half of their wealth.

  • Mar 23, 2022
  • By GLENN GAMBOA AP Business Writer
FILE - In this March 4, 2018, file photo, MacKenzie Scott arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. The billionaire philanthropist revealed that she has donated nearly $4 billion to 465 nonprofits in a new blog post Wednesday, March 23, 2022 confirming the gifts that the groups have been announcing on their own for months. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers conduct search operations at the site of a plane crash in Tengxian County in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Mud-stained wallets. Bank cards. Official identity cards. Some of the personal effects of 132 lives presumed lost were lined up by rescue workers scouring a remote mountainside Tuesday for the wreckage of a China Eastern plane that one day earlier inexplicably fell from the sky and burst into a huge fireball. (Zhou Hua/Xinhua via AP)

China jet’s nosedive from 29,000 feet baffles crash specialists

“It’s hard to get the airplane to do this,” an expert says. There were almost certainly no survivors of the crash Monday.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers conduct search operations at the site of a plane crash in Tengxian County in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Mud-stained wallets. Bank cards. Official identity cards. Some of the personal effects of 132 lives presumed lost were lined up by rescue workers scouring a remote mountainside Tuesday for the wreckage of a China Eastern plane that one day earlier inexplicably fell from the sky and burst into a huge fireball. (Zhou Hua/Xinhua via AP)
FILE - This Oct. 27, 2020, file photo shows a sign at a Starbucks Coffee store in south Seattle. Workers at a Seattle Starbucks store in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood are set to vote on unionization on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, the latest push by workers at the coffee giant to form collective bargaining units. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Seattle Starbucks unionizes in coffee giant’s home city

Employees at a Seattle Starbucks have voted to unionize, the first such vote in the company’s home city.

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • By Wire Service
FILE - This Oct. 27, 2020, file photo shows a sign at a Starbucks Coffee store in south Seattle. Workers at a Seattle Starbucks store in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood are set to vote on unionization on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, the latest push by workers at the coffee giant to form collective bargaining units. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
A woman reacts as she prepares to leave an area for relatives of the passengers aboard China Eastern's flight MU5735 at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Guangzhou. No survivors have been found as rescuers on Tuesday searched the scattered wreckage of a China Eastern plane carrying 132 people that crashed a day earlier on a wooded mountainside in China's worst air disaster in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

No survivors found in crash of Boeing 737 in China

What caused the plane to drop out of the sky shortly before it was to being its descent remained a mystery.

A woman reacts as she prepares to leave an area for relatives of the passengers aboard China Eastern's flight MU5735 at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Guangzhou. No survivors have been found as rescuers on Tuesday searched the scattered wreckage of a China Eastern plane carrying 132 people that crashed a day earlier on a wooded mountainside in China's worst air disaster in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Labor Report: County gains leisure and hospitality jobs

Manufacturing was the only sector that lost jobs over the year.

In this photo taken by mobile phone released by Xinhua News Agency, a piece of wreckage of the China Eastern's flight MU5735 are seen after it crashed on the mountain in Tengxian County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday, March 21, 2022. A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in a remote mountainous area of southern China on Monday, officials said, setting off a forest fire visible from space in the country's worst air disaster in nearly a decade. (Xinhua via AP)

Boeing 737 crashes in southern China with 132 aboard

More than 15 hours after communication was lost with the plane, there was still no word of survivors.

In this photo taken by mobile phone released by Xinhua News Agency, a piece of wreckage of the China Eastern's flight MU5735 are seen after it crashed on the mountain in Tengxian County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday, March 21, 2022. A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in a remote mountainous area of southern China on Monday, officials said, setting off a forest fire visible from space in the country's worst air disaster in nearly a decade. (Xinhua via AP)
Melissa Hemrich, Business Development Officer at Coastal Community Bank, and Rhonda Snyder, Business Development Officer at Coastal Community Bank, are experienced local networkers and resources for helping local businesses return to networking.

Networking Tips: Local Networking Groups Return to In-Person Meetings

The pandemic has limited in-person interactions, including opportunities to meet new people and develop business relationships. With mask mandates changing, Snohomish County networking groups are… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2022
  • by Coastal Community Bank
  • Finances
Melissa Hemrich, Business Development Officer at Coastal Community Bank, and Rhonda Snyder, Business Development Officer at Coastal Community Bank, are experienced local networkers and resources for helping local businesses return to networking.
FIELD co-owner Liz Morgan processes flowers at their shop in Edmonds on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Great Resignation’: Many career shifts in Snohomish County

“I was angry, and in hindsight, I’m sure that was stress,” said Mary Goetz, who retired from her job as a nurse.

FIELD co-owner Liz Morgan processes flowers at their shop in Edmonds on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A quality control specialist at The Group14 Technologies in Woodinville, Washington on March 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In Snohomish County, climate change is an economic game changer

Batteries, nuclear power and electric planes are just a few of the industries that have come online here.

A quality control specialist at The Group14 Technologies in Woodinville, Washington on March 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Galina Volchkova, senior director of housing services at Volunteers of America, is shown processing some of the thousands of applications for rental assistance she received in 2021. (Katie Hayes / Herald file)

Rental assistance applications closed for now

Snohomish County expects up to $21 million for the next round of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Galina Volchkova, senior director of housing services at Volunteers of America, is shown processing some of the thousands of applications for rental assistance she received in 2021. (Katie Hayes / Herald file)
FILE - A line of Boeing 777X jets are parked nose to tail on an unused runway at Paine Field, near Boeing's massive production facility, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash.  After a couple dismal years, Boeing is getting more orders and delivering more airline planes. The company said Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, that it delivered 38 commercial planes in December and 340 for all of 2021.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Supply chain problems further slow Boeing deliveries

Some airplanes cannot be completed for want of items as small as a roll of tape.

FILE - A line of Boeing 777X jets are parked nose to tail on an unused runway at Paine Field, near Boeing's massive production facility, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash.  After a couple dismal years, Boeing is getting more orders and delivering more airline planes. The company said Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, that it delivered 38 commercial planes in December and 340 for all of 2021.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Funko headquarters in downtown Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Funko HQ buildings for sale; toymaker says lease unaffected

The historic Port Gardner building at 2802 Wetmore Ave., in the heart of downtown Everett, is listed in a $52M offering.

Funko headquarters in downtown Everett. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Courtney Simons, right, helps her daughter Whitaker, 5, get her skates on before heading out to the rink at Everett Skate Deck on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett Skate Deck, a place of youth and romance, will close

The business has been in the same family for four generations. Now it’s fated to become townhomes.

Courtney Simons, right, helps her daughter Whitaker, 5, get her skates on before heading out to the rink at Everett Skate Deck on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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)
FILE - In this March 23, 2020, file photo, workers head out a gate at a Boeing airplane manufacturing plant, where a mural of a jet covers a massive door behind in Renton, Wash. Boeing Co. has said it will dole out annual performance bonuses next month to most employees despite losing $12 billion over the last year during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the company's employees did not receive annual bonuses last year after it lost $636 million in 2019 because of the grounding of the 737 MAX by the Federal Aviation Administration, The Seattle Times reported. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Boeing bonuses pump $485 million into state’s economy

More than 59,000 employees in Washington will get an average bonus of more than $8,000 pre-tax.

FILE - In this March 23, 2020, file photo, workers head out a gate at a Boeing airplane manufacturing plant, where a mural of a jet covers a massive door behind in Renton, Wash. Boeing Co. has said it will dole out annual performance bonuses next month to most employees despite losing $12 billion over the last year during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the company's employees did not receive annual bonuses last year after it lost $636 million in 2019 because of the grounding of the 737 MAX by the Federal Aviation Administration, The Seattle Times reported. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
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)
A person walks along a path past the Weyerhaeuser Building on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Port OKs historic Weyerhaeuser building lease with restaurateur

The 10-year deal with China City owner Jack Ng includes up to $1 million in renovation by the port.

A person walks along a path past the Weyerhaeuser Building on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Port of Everett in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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)
Emiliana Chávez stands in front of her flagship garage at the intersection of Evergreen and Casino on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

At Emily’s Garage in Everett, there is no glass ceiling

It’s one of the few woman-owned auto repair shops in a male-dominated industry.

Emiliana Chávez stands in front of her flagship garage at the intersection of Evergreen and Casino on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)