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Snohomish County

Briefs: Tourism bureau adds group sales, events coordinator

Tourism bureau adds group sales, events coordinatorKarolyn Jensen has joined the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau in the newly created position of group sales and events coordinator. She will be responsible for promoting the county as an event, meeting and...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Bizblog

February’s unemployment rate in county rises slightly

EVERETT — The unemployment rate in Snohomish County rose slightly in February, as is typical for mid-winter. Labor analysts expect the number to fall in the coming months as hiring for spring and summer picks up.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Business

Making things better

Awards to honor those who get their hands dirty to help

Date: 03/31/2015 | Life

Take a Sunday drive

Head to north county for lots to do, gorgeous scenery

Date: 03/21/2015 | Life

Local Adopt-a-Street programs welcome volunteers

Want to volunteer to keep local streets spiffy? Awhile back, we had a story about Adopt-a-Highway volunteer opportunities. Many cities and towns have their own Adopt-a-Street programs as...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Street Smarts

Road signs never die, they’re just reassigned

We're taking a detour today.An avid Street Smarts reader called me one day wondering about his Everett neighbor's propensity to decorate with street signs of various sorts. Is that even legal?(And what would we call that? Cabby chic? Mid-intersection modern?)

Date: 03/16/2015 | Street Smarts

Briefs: Economic Alliance to hold annual forecast in Lynnwood

Economic Alliance to hold annual forecast in LynnwoodJoin Economic Alliance Snohomish County at their 2015 Economic Forecast. The forecast features an economic overview from state economist Steve Lerch and the keynote speaker is Bill Conerly. The event is...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Bizblog

County adds jobs in every major sector, except manufacturing

EVERETT — Snohomish County added more jobs in January, as it usually does after the winter holidays.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Business

Briefs: Forum on Snohomish County agriculture planned

Forum on Snohomish County agriculture plannedThe League of Women Voters of Snohomish County invites the public to a forum on New Direction in Snohomish County Agriculture at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Everett Public Library. Panelists include Ellen Gray of...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Bizblog

Snohomish County hires new HR director

EVERETT — Snohomish County Human Services has hired an internal candidate as its new director following the retirement of Ken Stark.Mary Jane Brell Vujovic, the department's division manager for housing and community services, took over leadership of the department...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News

No 'green rush'

It's a tough market for budding marijuana businesses

Date: 02/22/2015 | Business

Snohomish County drivers spend the most time on the road

We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. And I mean a lot.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Street Smarts

A manhole should not be a pothole

At times it feels like manhole covers are meant to be those road turtles (OK, "raised pavement markers") designed to wake a drowsy driver.Street Smarts reader Merl Eaton brought this up."As I drive down Cathcart Way and my tires clatter over the...

Date: 02/13/2015 | Street Smarts

Cities pony up for fire services rendered

EVERETT — One city has paid, one has started a payment plan and another still is negotiating.After receiving retroactive bills last year from Fire District 1, three south Snohomish County cities have taken different approaches to settling up.

Date: 01/27/2015 | Local News

Police join forces to fight property crime

MARYSVILLE — It took about an hour before Sgt. James Maples had what he describes as his first "Aha" moment.It was the morning of Jan. 6. The veteran Marysville police officer was watching five detectives from three different agencies on their first morning...

Date: 01/26/2015 | Local News

New signs next step in Heritage merger

Heritage Bank is replacing the signs on most of the Whidbey Island Bank branches beginning this week, another step in the merger between two of Washington’s largest community banks.

Date: 01/22/2015 | Business

Timber sale on state lands on hold over landslide concern

INDEX — A timber sale on state lands in Snohomish County has been put on hold after concerns were raised about a potentially unstable landslide zone underneath the harvest area.

Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest

Audit praises jail's work to prevent sexual assaults and harassment

EVERETT — A recent federal audit of the Snohomish County Jail gave staff high marks for their efforts to prevent sexual assaults and sexual harassment behind bars.It was the county's first audit under the

Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News

Stolen heavy equipment a challenge for task force

EVERETT — Big rigs worth big bucks often leave few clues when they're stolen.That's the challenge the Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force is facing these days.In recent months, nine pieces of heavy equipment belonging to Snohomish County companies have...

Date: 01/03/2015 | Local News

No February election here

Feb. 10 is election day in many places around Washington but not here.

Date: 01/02/2015 | South County Politics

Something fishy is going on

What's up with those unusual road signs?

Date: 12/30/2014 | Whats Up With That?

First stop for tourists

County tourism volunteers inform, point the way

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Ecology group offers free trees, education

People in southwest Snohomish County who live near streams, lakes or wetlands have the chance to receive a free tree to plant on their property, along with free advice from an ecologist about what other native plants would thrive in their yards and a guidebook about tree care and...

Date: 12/18/2014 | Home and Garden

Power outages remain after Thursday night’s windstorm

EVERETT — About 12,000 Snohomish County Public Utility District customers remained without power Friday afternoon after a windstorm blew through Western Washington.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

Light cycle changed at North Road

Robert Casteel of Lynnwood travels south on North Road a couple times each week and had become frustrated by the timing on the light at 164th Street SW.

Date: 12/09/2014 | Street Smarts

Second Swift bus line being considered

It's the most popular route that Community Transit offers.Every month, 125,000 people board Swift buses — about one in six Community Transit passengers — along the route that runs between Everett Station and Aurora Village in Shoreline, mostly on Highway 99.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Business

5 Union Bank branches to close in county

EVERETT — Union Bank is closing 20 former Frontier Bank branches in Washington in February and March, including five locations in Snohomish County.The New York-based bank is not leaving the area, though. It is reorganizing to stay competitive, said Alan Gulick, a

Date: 11/20/2014 | Business

Federal funds flow to local projects

Three dozen transportation projects in Snohomish County, including the new Mukilteo ferry terminal and the

Date: 11/05/2014 | Street Smarts

Suspect in rampage shootings is booked into jail

MARYSVILLE — The Granite Falls man accused of shooting at businesses, police stations and other targets Wednesday night has been released from the hospital and...

Date: 10/19/2014 | Local News

Interactive map shows roads projects

The Puget Sound Regional Council has come out with a cool new map.

Date: 10/17/2014 | Street Smarts

Oso mudslide front and center in 39th District House race

During her first term in Washington’s House of Representatives, the deadly Oso mudslide hit her legislative district, the 39th.

Date: 10/17/2014 | Local News

Statewide earthquake drill to test our readiness for when Big One hits

Tectonic plates move slow and seemingly without consequence. When they slip, which is often, the seismic events are rarely felt. When the shift releases a lot of energy, as in 2001's Nisqually quake, it can be destructive and deadly."It's not a matter of if, but a...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Local News

‘No Parking’ sign in Edmonds to change

In another example of a reader affecting change, Peter Knutson from Edmonds noted that cars routinely park in a short section of 140th Street SW near Picnic Point Road even though there...

Date: 10/13/2014 | Street Smarts

District 10 candidates diverge on solutions

Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, and challenger Nick Petrish, a Democrat from Anacortes, are looking the same direction, they just don't see eye to eye.The incumbent and newcomer have similar priorities, like funding education, improving transportation and infrastructure,...

Date: 10/06/2014 | Local News

PUD claims 'gentlemen's agreement' over tidal project funding

EVERETT — Confusion about a funding agreement contributed to the sudden end of an eight-year, multimillion-dollar tidal energy project near Whidbey Island.The...

Date: 10/03/2014 | Local News

Point Wells development may need road through Woodway

The proposed condominium development at Point Wells in southwest Snohomish County may need a road through the town of Woodway if it is to go forward.

Date: 09/19/2014 | South County Politics

$75K grant will help rebuild trail wiped out by Oso slide

OLYMPIA — A $75,000 state grant is helping Snohomish County rebuild a part of a trail buried by the deadly mudslide in Oso.The state Recreation and Conservation Office announced the award on Tuesday.

Date: 09/16/2014 | Northwest

Survivor Tree seedling to honor slide victims

OSO — The pear tree was found, burned and scarred but alive, at Ground Zero a month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks leveled the World Trade Center in New York City.

Date: 09/13/2014 | Local News

Whitehorse Trail well on its way

Part of the corridor was wiped out in the Oso mudslide

Date: 09/13/2014 | Local News

County pays $95,000 over failure to provide evidence in jail death

EVERETT — Snohomish County reportedly has agreed to a $95,000 settlement after a protracted public records battle with the mother of a severely allergic Mukilteo man who died in the county jail in 2012.

Date: 09/02/2014 | Local News

EVCC center to combine technical training

EVERETT — More than 200 advanced manufacturing businesses call Snohomish County home, producing everything from airplanes to medical devices.And those businesses need a trained workforce.

Date: 08/28/2014 | Business

Walmart prepares to open new Everett store

EVERETT — Snohomish County's newest Walmart is almost finished with children's coats hanging from racks, ice cream stacked in freezers and Blu-ray DVDs piled in bins.The 90,000-square-foot store across from the Everett Mall is scheduled to open in early September.

Date: 08/28/2014 | Business

Change of focus

Photography gives retired deputy a new purpose

Date: 08/17/2014 | Life

Panera Bread to open at Quil Ceda Village

TULALIP — Panera Bread plans to open at Quil Ceda Village in a vacant lot next to Home Depot facing I-5, officials announced Thursday afternoon.It will be the fourth location in Snohomish County for the chain, which features baked goods, sandwiches and salads.

Date: 08/14/2014 | Business

Snohomish eyes land near river for $500K

SNOHOMISH — The city has big plans to turn some riverfront farmland here into a public recreation space. And it's willing to pay the price for it.City officials are working out a deal to spend $500,000 in county grant money to buy 20 acres along the Snohomish River...

Date: 08/11/2014 | Local News

Darrington Bluegrass festival organizers hopeful for best

DARRINGTON — Though they're hoping for a record-breaking turnout, the Bluegrass & Country Music Makers Association doesn't plan to do anything different with its signature event this weekend in Darrington.For the 38th annual

Date: 07/18/2014 | Local News

Oso clean-up concern: What about the last victim?

OSO — As Snohomish County spends millions of dollars for crews to remove giant piles of debris left by the Oso mudslide, some are questioning whether enough is being done to find the lone victim still missing in the disaster.The problem for the county: How much more is...

Date: 07/11/2014 | Local News

Arlington's historic Olympic Theatre ends run

ARLINGTON — The Olympic Theatre, an Arlington landmark for 75 years, has closed its doors.The single-screen movie house near the corner of Olympic Avenue and First Street in downtown Arlington may reopen under new management, but nothing is certain, according to owner...

Date: 07/09/2014 | Local News

Level III sex offender wanted in county

EVERETT — Police in New York last week detained and questioned a sex offender who is wanted on a Snohomish County warrant for failing to register.Kevin Scott Miller, 45, registered as a sex offender in New York and was released. He was detained in Albany.

Date: 07/09/2014 | Local News

Opportunity to give back

WSU interns from Arlington helping after slide

Date: 07/08/2014 | Local News

Debris cleanup starts again

Crews are separating material and watching for personal items

Date: 07/07/2014 | Local News

Umpqua Bank to consolidate Lynnwood locations

LYNNWOOD — Umpqua Bank will consolidate two branches in Lynnwood after the merger earlier this year with Sterling Financial Corp.It's part of a plan announced this week to consolidate 27 locations company-wide in the wake of the deal.In December, Umpqua...

Date: 06/26/2014 | Business

Earth sliding, bit by bit

One bend of the Stillaguamish River is a known danger

Date: 06/26/2014 | Local News

Number of homes for sale in Snohomish County surges

The number of homes on the market in Snohomish County far surpasses the number a year ago, continuing a streak seen this spring.There were 2,542 homes listed in the county in May compared with 1,777 a year ago — or a 43 percent increase year over year, according to...

Date: 06/05/2014 | Business

County opens new disaster information office in Darrington

DARRINGTON — Snohomish County has opened a new Disaster Information Office in Darrington to help residents get connected with local assistance and resources.The office is located at 1075 Darrington Street and will be staffed with county employees Wednesdays through...

Date: 05/03/2014 | Local News

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