The Chat

The Chat: Snohomish distiller builds a spirited local enterprise

Ryan Hembree Snohomish Hembree, 42, and his wife, Julie, started homebrewing beer 21 years ago. They opened Skip Rock Distillers in Snohomish in 2010. They… Continue reading

Everett attorney Rick Merrill encourages students to dream big

He’s the attorney with the bushy beard and the motto “In times of peril, call Rick Merrill.” He practices out of “the little blue house”… Continue reading

Hiking photographer from Edmonds creates stunning images

Randall Hodges, 47, expresses his spiritual connection with nature through his camera while hiking and backpacking the wilderness areas of the West. His goal was… Continue reading

Komplex Kai brings Native American perspective to hip-hop

Komplex Kai (AKA Kisar Jones-Fryberg), 28, is a Tulalip Tribes member and a hip hop artist. He offers a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday… Continue reading

Everett native puckers up on ‘Love at First Kiss’

Tune in at 7 p.m. tomorrow to the new show “Love at First Kiss” on TLC. Watch Josh Basili pucker up. His lips are sealed… Continue reading

Scratching the surface with cat spay-neuter clinic director

Jason Thompson, 34, is executive director at Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, a Lynnwood clinic that provides low cost spay and neuter services. The clinic,4001 198th… Continue reading

Tony V’s, Everett bar, enters new phase in bigger space

In 2008, Anthony “Tony” Verhey sold two old VW bugs and a motorcycle and used every dime he had to open Tony V’s Garage, a… Continue reading

Selling cookies, this Scout doesn’t crumble

Vicki Valenti is the top Girl Scout cookie seller in Western Washington. She sold 3,257 boxes. That’s $13,028 worth of cookies. And, yes, she took… Continue reading

Lynnwood native’s thriller at film festival

Want a thrill? Go see “Paralytic,” a feature length thriller written and directed by Joey Johnson, a Lynnwood native and 1995 Lynnwood High School graduate.… Continue reading

Duo behind the handbag auction for Domestic Violence Services

Meet the handbag experts, Stephanie Civey and Debra Bordsen. They are in charge of the annual Handbag Luncheon &Auction to raise money for Domestic Violence… Continue reading

Brother of Firefall guitarist

Gregg Bartley, 61, Marysville On Saturday, the 1970s rock band Firefall plays at the Historic Everett Theatre. Gregg Bartley will be there cheering on his… Continue reading

Kamiak grad’s new book helps students excel at STEM

Yoo Jung Kim co-authored a new book “What Every Science Student Should Know” that helps incoming college students excel in science. Kim and her family… Continue reading

Monroe teen explains allure of Pokemon Go, a ‘surreal dream come true’

Naryan Dahlstrom, 18, is among the thousands of Pokémon Go players traversing Snohomish County collecting pocket monsters with a smartphone. So why pick him for… Continue reading

The sky isn’t the limit for this Everett CC grad

Jerry Jarvis, 22, is a 2016 honors graduate of Everett Community College with an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering. For his capstone project, he created… Continue reading

Mukilteo baker makes sweetness from sadness

Wine, pastries and a view of the water. The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar in Old Town Mukilteo is a happy place even when it’s… Continue reading

Tour leader knows Fremont quirks all too well

Mark Ukelson, 64, is a superhero for the arts. He’s Rocket Man, dressed in yellow tights and a construction helmet with rockets sticking out. Six… Continue reading

Love of his life brings South Dakota native to Bothell

Dustin Hofer, 37, is a recent graduate of Seattle Recording Arts. The South Dakota native has a degree in history from University of Nebraska at… Continue reading

UW student from Edmonds keeps it clean about car detailing

Isaiah Barhoum, 20, is a sophomore at University of Washington, double majoring in accounting and informatics. He is the owner of Bigs Mobile Detailing,,… Continue reading

Monroe native a co-producer of Oscar-winning ‘Spotlight’

Blye Pagon Faust, a 1993 graduate of Monroe High School, was a producer on this year’s Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” the story of how the Boston… Continue reading