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 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Microsoft makes state’s greatest 3rd-quarter gains | Taking Stock

The third quarter of 2017 showed the smallest gain for Washington companies in 2017. The largest companies in the state grew, but gains were less for smaller companies. Washington’s combined market capitalization grew from... — Updated 10/4/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Edmonds creation myth? Let’s get real | Taking Stock

In college I had a professor of ancient history who was fond of poking fun at various societies’ creation myths. I wonder how he would regard Edmonds. Edmonds certainly has a creation myth and has various places in the city... — Updated 9/27/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Historic places have plenty of stories, real or not | Taking Stock

Many people associate me with ghost towns, especially Alpine, Washington. My interest is in historic towns. Some – like Monte Cristo, Alpine, Bordeaux and Franklin – are ghost towns. Not much in the way of buildings is left at... — Updated 9/13/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Was Walla Walla once Washington’s biggest city? | Taking Stock

I am not a political junky so I usually don’t watch TVW, the state’s public affairs television network. But on a weekend morning as I was channel surfing I discovered a show called “My Favorite Places.” Former Washington... — Updated 9/6/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Oregon traffic jam worth the celestial view | Taking Stock

On Aug. 21, I got to see Venus and Orion before sunrise. Orion is my favorite constellation, and I seldom see it at this time of year. I usually only see Orion in the night sky in winter and spring months. It disappears from my usu... — Updated 8/30/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

How a 1909 cross-country car race inspired new roads | Taking Stock

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Yellowstone Trail from Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Seattle. Because of that article, I discovered that there is a Yellowstone Trail Organization, and they have a website. On that website, I found a... — Updated 8/23/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Eddd-gaaar: Next stop, Cooperstown | Taking Stock

The Seattle Mariners have finally decided to retire Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 jersey. Way past time. I have supported Edgar's candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame for 18 years, and have had a web page for 16 years. Baseball... — Updated 8/16/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

The story behind Bezos becoming world's richest man | Taking Stock

Forbes Magazine proclaimed Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world on July 27. His reign was brief: by the next day, Bill Gates was back in first place. This news flash was basically social media’s way of seeing just the tip of a... — Updated 8/9/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Despite its mis-Fortune, Fortive makes Forbes list | Taking Stock

In June, I was disappointed to learn that Fortune Magazine didn't include Everett-based Fortive on its Fortune 500 list. But Forbes Magazine just produced its list of the 2,000 biggest companies in the world, and Fortive came... — Updated 8/2/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Highway’s twists, turns take travelers back in time | Taking Stock

I recently drove a section of the Yellowstone Trail right in our own backyard. Now nearly forgotten, this was the first highway in the U.S. that ran from coast to coast. It started... — Updated 7/26/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Football hero’s legacy extends to Snohomish | Taking Stock

Carl Lane Clemans is virtually unknown around here, which is a little surprising since he was once the coach of the University of Washington football team. Maybe that’s because he was coach in 1897. At Stanford, though, he is... — Updated 7/19/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Railroad allowed towns on Puget Sound to prosper | Taking Stock

My good friend Karla Bowman recently gave me a book by Brian Solomon called “North American Railroad Family Trees.” Between that new book and “Orphan Road” by Kurt Armbruster, which I have owned for many years, I have... — Updated 7/12/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Big guys drive state’s (modest) 2nd-quarter gains | Taking Stock

The second quarter of 2017 was less eventful for Washington companies than the first. It looked like it might be a record-breaking quarter right up until the last week, when most stocks were sold off. Our state’s combined market... — Updated 7/5/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Recovery slow for recession-battered banking industry | Taking Stock

The Great Recession hit the economy hard, and no sector was hurt more than banking. Washington's largest bank disappeared, and all of the largest banks headquartered in Snohomish County were absorbed by bigger, out-of-area... — Updated 6/28/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Unlisted: Did Fortune forget Fortive? | Taking Stock

Fortune Magazine has released its 63rd Fortune 500 list of the biggest companies in the country, as measured by sales. The magazine says its Fortune 500 companies represent two-thirds of the U.S. GDP, or growth domestic product.... — Updated 6/21/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Still keeping a list, and checking it twice | Taking Stock

Last week, I mentioned the Abarim Snohomish Stock Index – ASCSI – which I began in 1994 and ended in 2010. I also mentioned the spreadsheet that I maintain of Washington companies, and the occasion when Microsoft surpassed IBM... — Updated 6/14/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

How my index of county companies made an impact | Taking Stock

I have been tracking Snohomish County companies since 1994, when I began the Abarim Snohomish County Stock Index. The index was a conscious attempt to publicize Snohomish County companies. We live in a Seattle-centered economy, and... — Updated 6/7/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Finding beauty in expected places, like headlights on I-5 | Taking Stock

The first home that I remember was on Eastlake in Seattle. We lived there until I was 5 years old. The Stewart Street off-ramp of Interstate 5 is there now. I was told that the front half of our house had been built in 1871; the... — Updated 5/31/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Some former capitals, county seats now ghost towns | Taking Stock

I am identified with the Alpine, Washington ghost town. Actually, ghost towns are rather common. Some sources claim that Colorado has more than 1,000. Wikipedia lists 58 ghost towns in Washington, and I promptly thought of nine tha... — Updated 5/24/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

New England settlers rooted in region’s history | Taking Stock

Because of my connection to Alpine, Washington, ghost town people sometimes use me as a resource for old photos and documents. Out of a batch sent to me a couple of years ago, I... — Updated 5/17/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Bearing witness to Washington’s business boom | Taking Stock

At my age it is unlikely that I will see what happens 35 years from now, but I like to look back and see what has changed. I don't know what the future holds, but Washington has had a remarkable growth in business in 35 years.... — Updated 5/10/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

1890 census sized up our state, cities for first time | Taking Stock

The Census of 1890 was the first for Washington after gaining statehood. Washington had been admitted to the Union less than seven months before as the 42nd state. Washington was the 34th most populous state, and the most populous... — Updated 5/3/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Hints of cities lost to history hidden all around | Taking Stock

A report says that the lost city of Etzanoa has been found in Kansas. It was found hiding under the modern municipality named Arkansas City, or Ark City, as one former Kansan tells me it is called. Etzanoa was home to perhaps... — Updated 4/26/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Upper Skykomish Valley towns lost to time | Taking Stock

Many of us travel Highway 2 over Stevens Pass. In the winter, it may be to ski; in the summer, for a visit to Central or Eastern Washington. Do you ever think about what you are... — Updated 4/19/2017

 
 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Little guys come up short in 1st quarter | Taking Stock

When I work on the quarterly numbers for Washington companies, I find myself rooting for the little companies, the startups and the ones that are just hanging on. Most are companies that few would recognize. Many I have no idea... — Updated 4/5/2017

 

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