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Frosty beauty: Where there’s rime, there’s a reason

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – After emerging from one of the coldest Januarys on record, including a so-called “Snowmageddon,” many of us have had it up to our ears with shoveling snow, slipping on icy sidewalks, driving through freezing fog and enduring frigid temperatures. Even our recent warmer weather and rainfalls can’t offset all the nippy days we’ve encountered. » More …

Business advisor connection sparks electrical service success

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

YAKIMA, Wash. – When Rod Cassel met Yakima business advisor Linda Johnson, he was looking for a lifeline. After several decades as general manager at a large, well-established electrical service company, the family-owned business reorganized and he was out of a job. » More …

Business advising equips autism practice for rapid growth

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TUKWILA, Wash. – Takanori Koyama’s clinical practice for children with autism spectrum disorder was growing so quickly that in two years his one-person staff burgeoned to 24 and he needed more space. » More …

Flash of spring couldn’t undo January’s bitter cold

January 2017 was a monster of a cold month. (Disney photo from “Frozen”)

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU news

SPOKANE, Wash. – Remember the stint of unseasonably warm weather that triggered the Big Melt in mid-January? It wasn’t enough to offset the month’s brutal cold that encased the Inland Northwest. » More …

Beginning beekeeping course starts Feb. 27

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – To help rebuild, maintain and expand local pollinators and honey producers, an apprentice level beekeeping course will run 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27-March 27, in McCollum Park at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. » More …

Feb. 15: Gardener talks about growing heirloom vegetables

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – The origins of heirloom vegetables, how to grow them and a seed swap will be part of a presentation by author and garden blogger Bill Thorness at 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. » More …

Business advising promotes teacher to Montessori ownership

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

MONROE, Wash. – Sometimes Thea Heineman cannot quite believe that she and her husband Aaron are owners of the Monroe Montessori School. Founded in 1978 by Allan and Gayle Washburn, the school serves approximately 130 families in Snohomish County and has a student population of 150 with classes for toddlers through third grade. » More …

Certification helps WSU assist local farmers

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

NORDLAND, Wash. – Historic Twin Vista Ranch, part of Washington State University agricultural extension, recently earned certified organic status. » More …