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Steve Beck (center), a management trainer and coach, returns to ATE as a keynote speaker and will instruct two classes. He is shown with Jeff Lovell, AMAM, (left), president and executive director of ASA Northwest, and Joel Baxter, AMAM, co-owner of B&B Auto Repair in Bremerton, Wash., and member of the ATE education committee.
SeaTac, Wash.—The 2017 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) will again be held at the DoubleTree Hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, March 24-26. “As we do each year, ATE will provide attendees with the most updated and pertinent mechanical and management training classes available in North...
Owner and President Jeff Schoonover and Receptionist Sonya Dumas review estimates at the service counter of Fix Auto Northshore.
Kenmore, Wash.—Fix Auto Northshore was a fixture in Kenmore 20 years before the city was incorporated, said current owner Jeff Schoonover, who purchased Carriage Case Collision Center from 1978 founder Dave Falkenberg. Schoonover purchased the company in 2009 and joined the Fix Auto group in 2012....
Debuting at the 2016 Seattle International Auto Show in early November was the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, a plug-in hybrid with Intelligent Eco Technology. The Prime has a 600-plus mile driving range and class leading 133 MPGe EPA estimated fuel economy. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)
People & Places    by Jerold B. Smith          OREGON      Oregon Measure 98, known as the High School and College Readiness Act, was passed by voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. The measure funds Career & Technical Education (CTE) using existing education monies made available by the legislature...
Founders Jeff and Nicole Sloan transitioned Hybrid Automotive in San Jose, Calif., into the hybrid battery reconditioning business four years ago.
San Jose, Calif.—A hybrid battery discharge and recharge system hit the aftermarket in a do-it-yourself-friendly rendition in November, boasting 90-95 percent effectiveness at eliminating error codes and reviving dead and dying hybrid batteries. Jeff Sloan, owner of Hybrid Automotive, which makes...
Dec. 4 * 15th annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots, Triple X Drive-in, Issaquah, Wash. Call 425-392-1266. Jan. 23-26 * 2017 Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nev. Visit www.hdaw.org. Jan. 26-29 * 2017 Convention & Expo, National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), New...
DEQ’s Gerry Preston makes an announcement regarding Oregon’s new program of emissions testing to NATA members.
IDAHO NAPA AutoTech will present a Powertrain Diagnostics Transmissions training class Nov. 17, at the CDA Warehouse in Coeur d’Alene. For details and registration, call 800-292-6428. OREGON Henderson’s Line-Up Brake & RV Inc. in Grants Pass is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year....
Marc Hansen stands in the shop area that is wall-to-wall with equipment to service the wide variety of projects Earl’s Machine Shop performs.
Burien, Wash.—In the engine rebuilding and machining world, Earl’s Machine Shop is almost an anomaly. Owners Marc and Melissa Hansen said while they work on early to late model engines, cylinder heads, cranks, and other products, their specialties include British cars and babbitting services (...
The new dean of Instruction at LWTech is  Kenneth Young (left) shown with Professor Michael Richmond.
Kirkland, Wash.—With more than eight classrooms and two dozen service bays, seven professors at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) instruct courses in Auto Repair Technician, Auto Collision Repair Technician, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician, and Motorcycle, Marine, & Power...
Curtis Stairs is now operating his own business out of the dealership body shop space that he previously used to manage.
McMinnville, Ore.—Curtis Stairs’ business enjoys many of the benefits of a dealership shop but he also has the independence of operating his own shop. Since the beginning of 2015, Stairs has leased the former Larsen Motors’ body shop facility, and operated the business as Stairs Auto Body. “I...
The Rolls Royce Dawn convertible, with its coach (or “suicide”) doors drives the course at RTTS.
The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) hosted the annual Run to the Sun (RTTS) event in September with headquarters at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Ore. RTTS allowed 25 automotive journalists from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and British Columbia to test drive 25 sport and...

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