Melissa Slager

Arlington High teen’s dream for Darrington comes loudly true

Darrington High’s band gets help with its first performance at a football game in more than 20 years.

Glacier Peak senior prepares to leave the high school stage

Shelby Northen is also a musician and a Seattle Aquarium volunteer.

Litter meets its match

Clean Sweep Litter pilot program will pick back up in spring

Signs, signs — but not everywhere

County looking to install signs to help visitors navigate aviation attractions

Rules of the road for ‘extra-fast pedestrians’ — skateboarders

State traffic law defines them as pedestrians, and yet they are often in the middle of the street.

‘Family is made of love, and it doesn’t have to be by blood’

“Servant leader” Maddie Hill, an Archbishop Murphy senior, is inspired by her parents to help others.

Inclusion super important to Monroe High senior

Sarah Reeves worked to make homecoming more representative of the student population.

Lane changes near Marysville Winco plan for future growth

Street Smarts reader Julie Hanner wonders about changes for drivers exiting the Winco shopping complex onto eastbound 116th Street in Marysville. The new intersection configuration… Continue reading

Old habits don’t stop when stop sign comes down

Bunk Foss Road at U.S. 2 off-ramp near Highway 9 gets safety upgrade, but safety concerns remain.

Lake Stevens soldier places 2nd in Best Warrior Competition

Sgt. Grant Reimers spent “a long year” training and competing in the Army’s arduous competition.

Plan for backups: Highway 529 bridge is getting a paint job

Lane closure times aim to prevent heavy jams as crews work to extend the life of the structure.

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Dhruvik Parikh, a senior at Jackson High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Jackson High TEDx speaker is plugged into renewable energy

Dhruvik Parikh, who is juiced about chemistry, spent a summer at MIT and will speak at TEDx Nov. 4.

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Dhruvik Parikh, a senior at Jackson High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

These left-turn signals send you into someone’s driveway

The ones on southbound 35th Avenue SE in the Silver Lake area aren’t unique, but they’re rare.

Bicycles are allowed on the interstate — but not everywhere

I’ve seen intrepid commuters pedaling their way over the flats on Highway 529 between Everett and Marysville. I’ve even given a thumbs up to the… Continue reading

Extra traffic signal head is a backup, not a mistake

Street Smarts reader Patty Freeburg, of Snohomish, drives through Everett and wrote in with this question: “After more than a year of construction, why are… Continue reading

This week’s Herald Super Kid, Kamiak senior Greg Marshall, is a kind and committed student leader. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Kamiak High senior accentuates the positive

Guiding principle for senior Greg Marshall: Kindness counts

This week’s Herald Super Kid, Kamiak senior Greg Marshall, is a kind and committed student leader. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Changes coming for bicycles pulling trailers onto ferries

On many routes, bicycles towing trailers will pay two one-way fees for a round trip.

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Nathan Nicholson of Snohomish High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘The future is biotech,’ but for now he’s busy with everything

Snohomish senior Nathan Nicholson is a student leader and media master.

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Nathan Nicholson of Snohomish High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After a 2-year trial, are I-405’s toll lanes here to stay?

Lawmakers will decide whether to keep them or end the experiment and try something else.

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Weary drivers using toll lanes say they have little choice

Congestion continues to be a tedious reality for commuters on I-405, which is as clogged as ever.