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Sheriff’s office joins the social media neighborhood

STANWOOD — For Miriam Lancaster, the website has been a seamless way to connect with others living around Lake Ketchum north of Stanwood."It's just as though we are talking to a neighbor over the fence, even at midnight," she said.Many Snohomish...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Local News

Vaccine best way to halt pertussis’ spread

As you have likely seen in the news, we are seeing an explosion of whooping cough (pertussis) cases statewide. Here in Snohomish County, there have been 40 confirmed cases since January and most of those have happened in the last few weeks. To put that into perspective, there were only...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Commentary

Discuss ideas on fixing the fish flow at Meadowdale beach

MEADOWDALE — Every fall, Snohomish County closes the narrow concrete tunnel under the train tracks at Meadowdale Beach Park.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Local News

5 hospitalized in 3-vehicle crash

Everett wreck included a patrol car

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

Proposed subdivision near landfill on hold for more study

EVERETT — A housing development proposed next to a former landfill where subterranean fires ran rampant in the 1980s will need more attention from Snohomish County planners before gaining approval.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

When septic systems go bad, there’s help for homeowners

Snohomish County has launched a new initiative to replace and repair aging septic systems by providing homeowners with convenient financing options.The county launched its Savvy Septic program earlier this...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

County Council defers decision on marijuana — again

After listening to more than two hours of public testimony about proposed amendments to the rules for marijuana enterprises, the Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided again to...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News

Two new Boeing buildings are going up

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. is constructing two new buildings at Paine Field.An approximately 115,000-square-foot building is going up near the Everett Delivery Center and the flight line for Boeing's Everett plant.That building, which will be known as 45-12,...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Business

Streetlights going LED

Why the PUD is switching thousands of them over

Date: 04/15/2015 | Business

Racism charge leveled

Lovick objects to Council chairman's joke at Tulalip event

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Snohomish PUD chooses general counsel to be interim manager

EVERETT — Snohomish County Public Utility District commissioners have picked the district's top attorney, Anne Spangler, to be the interim general manager.Spangler will take over while the PUD searches...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Business

Long-term parking

Supply problems keep Boeing jets on Paine Field runway

Date: 04/13/2015 | Business

Woman who gave birth in county jail files civil rights lawsuit

EVERETT — A woman who gave birth in the Snohomish County Jail in 2013 has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Local News

They give voices to children

More volunteers needed to advocate for vulnerable kids

Date: 04/08/2015 | Local News

County would pay $5.5M for parking slots

EVERETT — Plans for the county’s new downtown courthouse are picking up where they left off in December, when Everett city leaders blocked the project over parking worries.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Local News

Arlington’ challenge: Keeping that small town feel while bracing for growth

ARLINGTON — Plans for the future here include expanding growth boundaries, partnering with Marysville to entice industry and keeping a small town feel while bracing for growth.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Local News

Compromise courthouse plan adds 300 parking spaces not there before

EVERETT — A tentative compromise on parking spots emerged Friday for building a new Snohomish County courthouse in downtown Everett, after time-consuming and expensive delays.Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Local News

Rare whitewater

Kayakers to play on Sultan River when water is released April 25

Date: 04/05/2015 | Explore NW

Gaining ground after slide

Index residents finally have full access to property

Date: 04/03/2015 | Local News

Future of Flight hosting ‘Black Wings’ exhibition

MUKILTEO — The Future of Flight Aviation Center at Paine Field invites Snohomish County residents to view a touring exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and related paintings by

Date: 04/03/2015 | Entertainment

Not so fast

Mukilteo asks court to slow Paine Field terminal plan

Date: 03/31/2015 | Local News

Larsen aide chosen as next county ombudsman

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council chose a staffer from Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen's Everett office Monday to be the county's ombudsman.Jill McKinnie has spent most her career of...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Snohomish County exec, wife to be given ‘Medal of Merit’

Snohomish County exec, wife to be given ‘Medal of Merit' The Lions International Medal of Merit Award will be presented to John and Karen Lovick at a reception and award ceremony fund raiser. The event is at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Edward D. Hansen...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Bizblog

County Council to choose between two finalists for ombudsman

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council appears ready to appoint a new ombudsman as early as this week, after interviewing two finalists Wednesday.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Local News

Motocross opponents sue county over Granite Falls off-road track

GRANITE FALLS — Opponents of an off-road motorcycle track northeast of Granite Falls filed a lawsuit against Snohomish County on Thursday over decisions to approve the project.The nonprofit Mountain Loop Conservancy filed the lawsuit in King County Superior Court,...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Local News

Snow pack? What snow pack?

Snow depth measured at zero, but rainfall makes up for it

Date: 03/28/2015 | Local News

County gains new access to O’Reilly Acres parkland

GRANITE FALLS — A scenic stretch of land along the Pilchuck River here has been a largely untouched gem of the Snohomish County parks system for nearly seven decades.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Local News

Boeing donates second 787 Dreamliner to Tucson museum

The Boeing Co. has donated another early 787 Dreamliner to a museum. The 787 program’s second test plane flew Thursday morning from Palmdale, California, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson to join the nearby Pima Air & Space Museum, which announced the donation in a news release.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Lynnwood road is sinking an inch per year

If the roadway seems like it's sinking, it's not your imagination. The intersection of Ash Way and Maple Road in Lynnwood has settled more than 19 inches since that portion of Maple Road was built in 1983. It now is sinking an average of about an inch a year, records show.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

County Council seeks more public input on recreational pot rules

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided to collect more public input as it considers making permanent rules for marijuana businesses.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

Restored Crusader revealed

Pilots reunite on 60th anniversary of ‘last gunfighter’s’ first flight

Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News

The neighbors are glad

Lynnwood's land purchase means no housing development

Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News

Oso memorial will take time, careful planning

OSO — It's too soon to build a memorial.For the last year, that's been the consensus of families who lost loved ones in the Oso mudslide. Snohomish County staff are working with relatives of the 43 people who died on March 22, 2014, to determine if, when...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Public safety officials learned lessons from Oso catastrophe

OSO — Public safety officials have spent the past year studying lessons from the catastrophe in Oso to prepare for the next disaster.They're building skill sets for professionals — police, firefighters and...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Rules for building in landslide-prone areas virtually unchanged

EVERETT — Snohomish County's rules for building near potential landslide dangers remain more or less unchanged from when the deadly Oso mudslide hit a year ago.The County Council is likely to enact stricter regulations...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Enough room to grow?

Builders say land is tight, but county planners disagree

Date: 03/18/2015 | Business

Reforms appear to make jail safer, more cost-efficient

EVERETT — Reforms aimed at making the Snohomish County Jail safer for inmates and staff also appear to be helping bring spending under control.The jail ended 2013 having overspent nearly $830,000...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Local News

County charter-review positions will be on November ballot

Voters in the November election throughout Snohomish County will choose 15 members of a county charter-review commission.

Date: 03/16/2015 | South County Politics

Was Oso mudslide nature's mystery or man's mistake?

OSO — Nearly a year after the worst disaster in modern Snohomish County history, a legal battle continues to take shape over whether somebody should be held responsible.Was the March 22, 2014, mudslide near Oso...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Local News

Involve public in big projects

Throughout what is now known as the "courthouse mess," the city of Everett has complained that the things Snohomish County officials were or weren't doing regarding parking spaces and redevelopment plans as part of a courthouse deal, came as "a surprise" to the...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Editorials

Celebrating second chances

Reclaiming Futures gives young lives shot at success

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Senate bill a path for carbon reduction

Republican-backed legislation in the Senate meant to require the state's utilities to reduce carbon emissions is worthy of praise. It's just too bad those backing the legislation couldn't show more confidence in why they proposed it in the first place.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Editorials

Woman and her dogs rescued from mountains near Verlot

VERLOT — An Ellensburg woman and her dogs were rescued Tuesday night after they became stuck on a steep, snow-choked chute known as Headlee Pass.The pass is near 6,214-foot Vesper Peak east of Verlot. It is regularly used to ascend the peak.

Date: 03/11/2015 | Local News

Wrecking ball looms

1923 Everett building may be torn down

Date: 03/11/2015 | Local News

County official offers assurance of kids' safety at Denney

They are Snohomish County's most at-risk kids. They have been accused of — or are serving time for — shoplifting, drug use, assault, burglary, tagging or other criminal behavior. Or they have violated probation, or skipped class so often a school district has filed a truancy...

Date: 03/11/2015 | Local News

Food safety awards to be given to nine establishments

The Snohomish Health District plans to award nine food establishments with its annual Food Safety Excellence Awards.

Date: 03/10/2015 | Business

No shortage of water

Lack of snow hasn't drained Snohomish County supply

Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News

Injured hiker rescued near Mount Pilchuck

MOUNT PILCHUCK — An injured hiker was rescued Saturday near Mount Pilchuck by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Local News

Snohomish Health District to close little-used immunization clinic

EVERETT — The Snohomish Health District will close its immunization clinic after June 30 because the services are so widely available elsewhere."Health-care...

Date: 03/07/2015 | Local News

Motocross tracks still approved after council recusals

EVERETT — Two Snohomish County Council members recused themselves Friday from an earlier decision approving plans for off-road motorcycle tracks near Granite Falls.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

Mukilteo mayor: Give county earful about airport

MUKILTEO — Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is asking residents here to voice their opposition to commercial air service at Paine Field by contacting Snohomish County officials.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

Investigation at Denney Juvenile Justice Center slams Gipson

EVERETT — A sprawling workplace investigation at Snohomish County's Denney Juvenile Justice Center has documented sexually charged workplace behavior that could have serious repercussions for Everett City Councilman Ron Gipson, both as a public employee and a public figure.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

Survey hopes to discern issues important to seniors, disabled

I hop in my car. I drive to the supermarket. I go out for long walks.Those are things I just do, with barely a thought. They are also my answers to some questions Snohomish County hopes people, especially older adults and those with disabilities, will answer.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

County Council buys more time on marijuana businesses

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday decided to extend a moratorium on marijuana businesses in certain rural areas after hearing more than two hours of testimony from people in the newly legal...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News

Lovick: Build new courthouse in downtown Everett

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Wednesday recommended sticking with plans to build a new downtown courthouse on Wall Street north of the county's administrative buildings.Some County...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News

Big step for Paine Field

County Council clears way for passenger terminal

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Briefs: County spokeswoman named recognized by Leadership Snohomish County

County spokeswoman named recognized by Leadership Snohomish County 

Date: 03/02/2015 | Bizblog

Would passenger flights work?

Only way to know for sure is to try at Paine Field

Date: 03/01/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County Courthouse discussion continues

EVERETT — Mothballing Snohomish County’s downtown courthouse project would cost taxpayers $26.4 million — if elected leaders were to give up now.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Local News

Hope rises for wildfire victims

North Creek Presbyterian Church lends a helping hand

Date: 02/27/2015 | Local News

Petition to recall prosecutor denied by Skagit judge

MOUNT VERNON — A Gold Bar blogger’s latest attempt to recall Snohomish County’s elected prosecutor met with defeat Friday.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Local News

Attempt to recall prosecutor Roe goes to judge

MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit County judge likely will decide whether a Gold Bar blogger can attempt to recall Snohomish County's elected prosecutor.A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court to determine whether Anne Block's

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

Vandalism or hate crime?

Faith leaders urge investigation

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

‘Recovering’ is Lovick’s assessment in State of the County speech

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick reminded people Wednesday of the resilience they demonstrated in a year that included the Oso mudslide and the

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

2 arrested after trail of clues leads to stolen wire

MONROE — Whoever broke into a Snohomish County PUD substation last week left a generous trail of clues.Monroe police believe they also were as punctual as they were predictable.As a result, they nabbed two suspects with stolen wire in the trunk of their car.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Local News

Out of mind, not out of sight

County homeless numbers seem to be rising

Date: 02/23/2015 | Local News

Long-term transit plans include Cathcart park-and-ride

CATHCART — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday authorized buying a church property in the Cathcart area for a future Community Transit park-and-ride lot.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Local News

A chapel's story

Memorial Community Church in Everett seeks new purpose

Date: 02/21/2015 | Local News

Passenger service proposal deserves fair look

The last time an airline sought to offer regular commercial flights to and from Paine Field, the company, Allegiant Air, offered to build its own terminal but wanted the space at the county's airport for free, with no lease payments.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Editorials

One Terrible Teen takes off

EVERETT — It’s in the air.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Council delays decision on construction of motocross tracks

EVERETT — A long-awaited decision about building a complex of motocross racetracks northeast of Granite Falls will have to wait a little longer.Dozens of people from the off-road motorcycle community filled

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

No-fly tone

Paine Field commercial flights met with opposition

Date: 02/18/2015 | Local News

Aerospace job fair at Paine Field on Wednesday

MUKILTEO — Workforce Snohomish and Paine Field Airport are hosting the annual Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair on Wednesday at the Future of Flight Aviation...

Date: 02/17/2015 | Aerospace Blog

‘Speedy’ courthouse plan stuck in low gear

EVERETT — It's been two weeks since Snohomish County leaders vowed to find a speedy resolution to a parking fiasco threatening plans for a new courthouse.No breakthrough...

Date: 02/17/2015 | Local News

Thank you for not vaping

County wants to ban e-cigarettes in public places

Date: 02/15/2015 | Local News

Progress on Paine Field terminal makes tiny step forward

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick's administration has recommended approving an agreement that could allow a New York company to build a commercial passenger terminal at Paine Field.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News

Property taxes will jump significantly in most cities

EVERETT — An average homeowner in Snohomish County can expect to see property taxes grow this year by the largest margin in nearly a decade.Generally speaking, people in Arlington, Marysville, Sultan and Mountlake Terrace will see the biggest change. Depending on where...

Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News

Briefs: County exec to give State of the County speech

County exec to give State of the County speechSnohomish County Executive John Lovick will offer an update on the County at an Economic Alliance Snohomish County event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 25. As this event has sold out quickly in the past, it will be...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Bizblog

County official fired after criminal record disclosed

EVERETT — Snohomish County government fired a public works administrator earlier this month who had been on paid leave since the discovery months earlier of two felony theft convictions on her record.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Local News

Ericks' role in land-use decisions under investigation

EVERETT — Snohomish County authorities have asked an outside police agency to investigate claims that a top administrator pressured staff to approve development permits.Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe on Wednesday said he moved swiftly after reading allegations leveled...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County PUD's CEO announces retirement

EVERETT — Steve Klein, the general manager and CEO of the Snohomish Public Utility District for the past nine years, announced Wednesday he will retire on May 1.Klein, 62, joined the PUD in 2006...

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

Sheriff’s Office veteran chosen as undersheriff

EVERETT — There’s a new undersheriff in town.Corrections bureau chief Rob Beidler was sworn in on Monday as the department’s second in command. He replaces Brent Speyer, who retired.

Date: 02/10/2015 | Local News

Lovick nominates Democrat, Republican for ombudsman

EVERETT — A Democratic congressional staffer and a former Republican prosecuting attorney are in the running to be Snohomish County's next ombudsman.The first person to serve in the nonpartisan...

Date: 02/09/2015 | Local News

Monroe to hold hearings on pot businesses

More than a dozen pot entrepreneurs in Snohomish County have decided against setting up shop until local governments enact permanent regulations for the emerging industry. Lawmakers in Everett, Monroe and Snohomish County government are scheduled this week to discuss rules for local businesses...

Date: 02/09/2015 | Local News

Paine Field pit stop

Airlines rely on Aviation Technical Services

Date: 02/08/2015 | Business

Snohomish PUD sees energy use rise and fall with the Super Bowl

EVERETT — The Super Bowl is unlike any other event in America — for advertisers, for guacamole and chip makers, and for Snohomish County Public Utility District.

Date: 02/06/2015 | Bizblog

No real threats made by deputy county exec, report finds

EVERETT — In a fit of frustration last fall, Snohomish County's top administrator let fly some inappropriate remarks about three county councilmen in a roomful of employees.However out of line, no one at the Oct. 28 cabinet meeting believed Deputy Executive Mark Ericks...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News

Third party should re-examine project

I write this commentary to provide context to the current courthouse debacle. In the November 2012 budget, the County Council approved a plan to sell bonds to...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Commentary

Courthouse options all costly; decision needed quickly

EVERETT — While the Snohomish County Council held off Monday on any big decisions about courthouse construction, one thing was clear: time is of the essence.And there's not much time left.Council members said they hope within the next week or two to decide...

Date: 02/03/2015 | Local News

Heritage grants help preserve Snohomish County history

STANWOOD — About 12 years ago, members of the local historical society were ecstatic about drumming up $1.2 million to revive a former Oddfellows hall that had fallen severe disrepair.

Date: 02/03/2015 | Local News

The courthouse mess

How a parking dispute put the whole project in doubt

Date: 02/01/2015 | Local News

Transportation planning crucial to meet county growth

The Snohomish County Council has begun its work on adopting a new Comprehensive Plan. This plan is updated every ten years and it sets the direction for population and job growth in the county over a 20-year time frame. The decisions made by the county then trickle down to the cities...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Commentary

Broken pipe does $100,000 damage at Snohomish Health District

EVERETT — A broken water pipe caused damage totaling at least $100,000 to the downtown Everett offices of the Snohomish Health District, forcing the relocation of two services to Lynnwood.The immunization clinic and the tuberculosis skin testing service at 3020 Rucker...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Everett businessman Greg Tisdel enters council race

EVERETT — A businessman who has championed commercial passenger flights at Paine Field launched a campaign Tuesday for the Snohomish County Council, saying he’s embarrassed by political infighting.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Lawsuit claims Oso mudslide was ‘man-made’

OSO — A new lawsuit filed over deaths and property destruction from last year's catastrophic mudslide makes a startling claim.It faults the state of Washington, Snohomish County and a private timber company for...

Date: 01/28/2015 | Local News

Re-examine courthouse plans

Few in Snohomish County's administration might admit it, but the city of Everett may have done the county a favor with its recently clarified parking requirement for the county's courthouse project, putting the project on hold as it prepared to break ground later this year.

Date: 01/28/2015 | Editorials

Snohomish County heroin deaths called ‘epidemic’

EVERETT — Heroin deaths reached epidemic levels from 2011 through 2013 in Snohomish County, which accounted for nearly one in five of the state's heroin fatalities, officials say.The findings were included in a

Date: 01/27/2015 | Local News

County may shelve plans for new courthouse

EVERETT — There's an emerging consensus that Snohomish County needs to stop and rethink its new courthouse, even if that means mothballing the project altogether.The County Council plans to take a formal vote next week. Their decision could delay the scheduled mid-2015...

Date: 01/27/2015 | Local News

Rivers are bad neighbors

Moving people from flood zones is a long, expensive slog

Date: 01/25/2015 | Local News

Everett, county in a standoff over parking at new courthouse

EVERETT — City officials have deemed Snohomish County's plans for a new courthouse inadequate and sent a rejection letter to that effect last week.

Date: 01/23/2015 | Local News

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