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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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County Council takes key step toward commercial flights at Paine Field
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Monday approved a lease option that could open the door to commercial...

Despite 24 surgeries, Camano teen just keeps on dancing
CAMANO ISLAND — Nichelle Humphrey is a fiercely determined 18-year-old who laughs easily and loves to dance.

Ex-Everett optometrist pleads guilty to molesting young patient
EVERETT — A former Everett optometrist faces at least 5 1/2 years in prison after admitting Monday that he groped a young patient and took sexually explicit photographs of the 10-year-old while the...

Granite Falls motocross track gets council approval
GRANITE FALLS — A long-debated motocross track here may be able to move forward after a 4-1 vote of the Snohomish County Council Monday.

Learn something new at yoga conference in Lynnwood
People practice yoga for many reasons: exercise, relaxation, spirituality.Or, sometimes it's just a good chance to channel your inner "Frozen" character.

Local news

Oak Harbor's latest public artwork draws critics
OAK HARBOR — From the moment it was unloaded from a flatbed truck, the city's newest piece of public art drew stares.In the days since, more and more people have stopped...

Man arrested, accused of abusing his infant daughter
BOTHELL — A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday in connection with abusing his infant daughter last year.

Oso, surrounding communities to receive state Medal of Valor
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new law Monday enabling the communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to receive the...

Stanwood businessman pleads guilty to federal tax fraud
STANWOOD — A Stanwood businessman was ordered last week to pay nearly $200,000 in payroll taxes he never collected.

Blue headlights? Most are legal
Barb VanWinkle of Everett writes: “When driving at night, more and more I see bright blue headlights on vehicles headed toward me. Those lights hurt my eyes. It makes driving much more difficult. Are...

Business

Program aims to put long-term jobless back to work
A new Snohomish County jobs program is aimed at getting the long-term unemployed back to work.Project RISE is funded by a federal grant. It is targeting people who have used...

Marysville photo business rewarded for its story of transformation
MARYSVILLE — Daniel Jolly took over Clear Image Photo and Frame at a time of upheaval, invested heavily in high-tech equipment and grew the business into three stores.

Are U.S. millennials slackers in tech skills?
WASHINGTON — There was this test. And it was daunting. It was like the SAT or ACT — which many American millennials are no doubt familiar with, as they are on track to be the...

Greenpoint Technologies combines operations
MARYSVILLE — Greenpoint Technologies, which makes and installs custom interiors for Boeing Business Jets, has formally merged with two sister companies —...

A college-bound teen needs Economics 101
It’s that time of year when parents and high school seniors are struggling with college choices. For many, the decision isn’t easy and can lead to family feuds.

Sports

Arthrogryposis has stopped Kamiak swimmer Clos from excelling
MUKILTEO — Some kids are born with the determination to become great athletes and the physical prowess to make that dream come true.John Clos was born with one of...

Mariners to platoon in left and right field
PEORIA, Ariz. — Start with this: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has an aversion to the word "platoon," primarily because, he believes, the term is generally...

Silvertips' defense gets reinforcements against Kelowna
EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips have been suffering a crisis on defense, and Tuesday night they face the best the WHL has to offer.However, it's possible the crisis is...

Warren Moon calls Super Bowl/Marshawn Lynch conspiracy theory “prepos...
Ever since the Seahawks fell 1 yard short of Super Bowl victory, some people have wondered if Marshawn Lynch didn’t get the ball on the game’s fateful play because Pete...

Mariners' Paxton resumes throwing, to have bullpen workout on Friday
PEORIA, Ariz. — Lefty James Paxton tested his recovery from a sore forearm Monday by playing catch and is targeting Friday for his first official spring bullpen workout.

Northwest, Nation and world

Christian soldiers head for Iraq
DOHUK, Iraq — In a smoky living room in a makeshift military headquarters in this northern Iraqi city, Brett, a former U.S serviceman with tattoos of Jesus etched on his forearms,...

Netanyahu assails talks with Iran
WASHINGTON — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, even as the Israeli leader claimed...

Alzheimer’s changes evident in young brains
Scientists know that Alzheimer’s disease gains a foothold in a patient’s brain years before he or she first stashes car keys in the freezer, or gets lost coming home from the store. But a new study...

State Senate passes $15 billion transportation package
OLYMPIA — The Senate on Monday approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.

Air Force begins to mothball A-10 attack jets
WASHINGTON — The Air Force has begun moving A-10 attack jets into backup status, even as it continues to use the plane in airstrikes against the Islamic State.Air Force...

Living and Entertainment

How to handle, and learn from, errors in judgment
Over the Presidents Day weekend, a close friend of mine, Jim, was skiing with his family in Colorado. On the trip, his 5-year-old granddaughter skied into a tree and broke both of her...

The next season of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be Maggie Smith’s last
The one character who can go toe-to-toe with Lady Mary’s dour-faced shade-throwing and emerge victorious will depart “Downton Abbey” at the end of next season.

Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ staying in session
NEW YORK — Daytime television’s most popular personality, “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and plans to keep her court in session into 2020.

Sound of civil rights rings out in resurrected Staple Singers records
Occasionally, for reasons of fate or coincidence, sounds from the past converge in the present at key moments.

Brokaw memoir about his battle with cancer coming in May
NEW YORK — Tom Brokaw is sharing the news about his battle with cancer.

Opinion

Restore bears to the wilderness
It sounds a little ironic that an environmental impact statement would be necessary to restore a wildlife species to its native habitat, but if a proposal to bring back the grizzly bear...

Net neutrality had fewer foes than assumed
Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas...

Jeb Bush willing to alienate a few conservatives
It happened just as Jeb Bush was about to explain why he thinks conservatives need to stop being perceived as "anti-everything": Attendees at the Conservative Political Action...

Careful what you tell Congress if you’re not on the right side
"I am under ‘investigation,'" professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday.The top Democrat on the House...

The little people have hit their limit
Thank you for printing Elizabeth Diedrick's letter, "Tax breaks:...

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