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Published: Monday, November 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz bits: Business news from Snohomish County


Dr. Jason Lukas has joined The Everett Clinic's cancer care team and is now seeing patients at Providence Regional Cancer Partnership in Everett. Lukas is board certified in internal medicine and oncology. He is a U.S. Navy Medical Corps Commander, a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Claudia McClain, president of McClain Insurance Services in Everett, has been selected to serve on the Insurance Commissioner's Agent/Broker Advisory Committee. She is one of only 12 property and casualty agents selected for this committee and is the only representative from Snohomish County. The committee members meet twice a year to discuss key issues and developments within the industry.

Pat Otter, owner of Otter Insurance in Lynnwood, was recently elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington. He is a past recipient of the organization's Agent of the Year award and has served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Spokane County. Otter has worked in the industry over 18 years.


The Snohomish Health District is honoring the cities of Lynnwood and Marysville with its Healthy Communities Award. Keri Moore, Healthy Communities specialist at the Health District presented the award to Lynnwood at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Lynnwood City Council. Health District deputy director Pete Mayer will present the Marysville City Council with the award on Nov. 25.

Honors were handed out at the 105th annual meeting of the Washington Forest Protection Association on Nov. 14 in Olympia. The Stu Bledsoe Award for outstanding leadership was given to Don Brunell. Billy Frank, Jr. was honored with the WFPA's Community Service Award. Ken and Bonnie Miller were recognized as winners of the 2013 Washington Tree Farmer of the Year award.

Good deeds

Snoqualmie Ice Cream has partnered with Farmer Frog, a Western Washington nonprofit organization focused on urban and small scale agriculture. Snoqualmie Ice Cream's 1.5 acre mini-farm will continue to grow lavender and eggs for its products, while Farmer Frog volunteers will grow and distribute remaining fruits, vegetables and herbs from the farm for low income families.


The City of Snohomish Community Coordinating Committee meeting is 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Nov. 27 at the Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. in Snohomish. All local clubs and organizations are encouraged to send a representative to this meeting. More information is at

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting is Dec. 10 at the Medallion Hotel, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. Members must register by Dec. 6 to receive earned pricing of $15. For more information, call Mary Jane at the Chamber office 360-659-5453 or email:

Classes, workshops and webinars

A free Government Proposal Development workshop is scheduled for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 at Economic Alliance Snohomish County, 808 134th St. SW, Suite 101 in Everett. It is recommended that you either have government contracting experience, or have already taken Government Contracting 101. Register online at For assistance, contact Jean Hales, 425-248-4223,

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 WSU Master Gardener Volunteer training class which starts in January. Deadline for applications has been extended to Dec. 16. Tuition is $245 plus a volunteer commitment of 50 hours each year or $745 without the volunteer commitment. Visit and look under News and Announcements or call 425-338-2400.


The Albertsons store at 520 128th St. SW in Everett celebrated its remodel and re-grand opening on Nov. 20. It was the fifth of seven Washington stores to experience a remodel and re-grand opening this year.

After 22 straight months of job growth, the number of seasonally adjusted jobs in Washington fell by an estimated 1,400 in September and 8,100 in October, according to the latest report from the Employment Security Department. Federal furloughs did not affect the October job numbers but may have affected the estimated unemployment rate, which is based on a public survey.

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