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Head for the hills

New recreation opportunities in the works in Darrington

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Community dance clubs and classes

The 449 Club: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays, Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger St., Everett. Alcohol-free R&B music and dance; $5 cover. Call 425-343-3232 or visit Community Dance: 6:30 p.m. third Saturday of...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Entertainment

Community dance clubs and classes

The 449 Club: 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturdays, Zion Lutheran Church, 4634 Alger St., Everett. Alcohol-free R&B music and dance; $5 cover. Call 425-343-3232 or visit

Date: 11/06/2015 | Entertainment

Timber company loses bid to avoid Oso mudslide litigation

OSO — A timber company that argues its logging over the years had nothing to do with the deadly Oso mudslide will have to make its case before a jury, a judge has ruled.Grandy Lake Forest...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Local News

Darrington crash victim identified

DARRINGTON — A 21-year-old man who died in a car crash in north Snohomish County on Wednesday has been identified as Austin C. Hooper, of Darrington.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Local News

Arlington man, 21, dies in car crash near Darrington

DARRINGTON — A 21-year-old Arlington man was killed early Wednesday in a crash along Swede Heaven Road, west of Darrington.The two-car crash happened about 2 a.m. No one else was injured, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Date: 10/28/2015 | Local News

Re-elect Tolbert and Rankin

At opposite ends of the Stillaguamish Valley, Arlington and Darrington are connected by Highway 530 and share similar issues related to promoting economic development, delivering services and ensuring quality of life for their residents. Both cities also shared the burden of response...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Editorials

Ronning challenging Rankin in Darrington mayoral race

DARRINGTON — The two candidates for mayor in this town of 1,400 say they want to up the number of local job opportunities so people don’t have to venture across the valley for a paycheck.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Local News

Visual Arts Calendar

Snohomish CountyEventsSchack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050; Teen Nights at Schack return 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8. These free, after-hours events...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Entertainment

Upcoming local book events

Jay Jacobs6 p.m. Sept. 16, Mountain Loop BooksJacobs plans to talk about his book "The Widow Wave: A True Courtroom Drama of Tragedy at Sea." The bookstore and coffee shop is located at 1085 Darrington St., in Darrington.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Entertainment

Darrington man was victim of Highway 530 motorcycle crash

DARRINGTON — Officials have identified a motorcyclist whose body was found Sept. 2 near Darrington.Detectives believe that Gary Young, 67, of Darrington, crashed and died about two weeks before the discovery, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Local News

Motorcyclist killed in crash on Mountain Loop Highway identified

DARRINGTON — A motorcyclist who crashed and died Monday on the Mountain Loop Highway has been identified as Gerald J. Snipes.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

Beer at an appropriate pace

River Time Brewing opens new space in downtown Darrington

Date: 09/04/2015 | Hops & Sips

Check out these recently reviewed dining options

Mediterranean Kitchen18415 33rd Ave. W Suite G, Lynnwood; 425-245-7551; mediterraneankitchens.netSpecialty: MediterraneanLynnwood’s Mediterranean Kitchen lives up to the hype

Date: 09/04/2015 | Entertainment

Special Friends campers celebrate outdoor fun at Warm Beach

STANWOOD — All the activities at Warm Beach Camp on a recent sunny day had an air of celebration, from check-in to recreation. When a group of campers and staff hauled one of the teens up to a zipline platform, they cheered him on. When he zipped back down to earth, they whooped...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Judge limits extent of claims in Oso mudslide litigation

OSO — A King County judge continues to weigh what claims can be brought in a 2016 civil trial that will explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Local News

Mukilteo motorcyclist remains hospitalized after Darrington crash

SEATTLE — A Mukilteo man remained hospitalized Monday after crashing his motorcycle near Darrington last week.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Sirens

Summer Meltdown in Darrington

Heels To The Hardwood lap steel guitarist Kevin Stiles (center) slides through a melody while performing at the Summer Meltdown music festival in Darrington on Saturday. With two stages, the annual festival at the Darrington Rodeo Grounds offers near non-stop music through Sunday night.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Local News

summer concerts


Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment

Where to find live tunes around town

Alexa’s Cafe: 10115 Main St., Bothell; 425-402-1754; Live music Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment

Learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing near Darrington

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, guides from Northwest Mountain School will offer half-day rock climbing trips near Darrington.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Explore NW

Summer Meltdown takes over Darrington

DARRINGTON — By now, the campground is filling up, but single-day tickets to the Summer Meltdown music festival still exist.So what day should you go to the Meltdown?

Date: 08/06/2015 | Entertainment

‘Night Out’ block parties more popular than ever

EVERETT — Perhaps it is a sign of the times.A year ago, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office created a way for neighborhoods to request a deputy to visit their block parties for National Night Out, an annual event each August.There were two submissions.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

Summer Meltdown

Darrington festival founder pleased with its success

Date: 08/02/2015 | Entertainment

Summer Meltdown music festival begins Aug. 6

DARRINGTON — The 15th Summer Meltdown music festival begins Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, but it’s not too late to get tickets.The headliners include STS9, Iration, Tycho, Greensky Bluegrass and Galactic.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Entertainment

Summer music festivals

FestivalsRock the Boat: The bands Mudhoney, Fauna Shade and Duke Evers will play for this one-day festival, sponsored by the Everett Music Initiative and Scuttlebutt Brewing, beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Port of...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Entertainment

Cities pleased with outcomes

It took 176 days, with two special sessions, including a few extra days tacked on at the end. And with so much riding on a number of outcomes, it was often frustrating to watch as deals were made, dashed and made...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Editorials

Darrington day trip

Things to do in the sleepy logging town

Date: 07/17/2015 | Life

music festivals


Date: 07/17/2015 | Entertainment

Feel at home at Bradley’s Diner in Darrington

DARRINGTON — Bradley’s Diner opened in April to great fanfare.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Entertainment

Bluegrass all weekend

See performances and join in the jams in Darrington

Date: 07/16/2015 | Entertainment

Budget includes $3.83M to expand activities for Stilly Valley youth

ARLINGTON — Local parks, trails, ballfields and the crowded Boys & Girls Club building are about to be upgraded thanks to a state spending package focused on young people in the Stillaguamish Valley.The state budget,

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

Music festivals

FestivalsArlington Street Fair: July 10 through 12, Legion Park, Olympic Avenue, downtown Arlington. On Friday, 11:30 a.m., Old Time Fiddlers; 2 p.m., Arlington Idol contest; 4 p.m., Slacker pop rock. On Saturday, 10 a.m.,...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Entertainment

Brothers and sisters acts highlight Darrington Bluegrass Festival

DARRINGTON — One of the treasures of Snohomish County, the Darrington Bluegrass Festival, is July 17 through 19 at the music festival grounds just west of town.The 39th annual event features the Gibson Brothers, the Crowe Brothers and the Gold Heart sisters.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Entertainment

It's summer, let the chip sealing begin

Your local pothole may soon be filled.The summer road work season is under way in unincorporated Snohomish County areas with paving or chip sealing planned for a total of 107 miles of roadway.By the end of October, Snohomish will see the most road miles treated...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Street Smarts

See far from up high

Darrington-area lookout being restored, will be available to rent

Date: 07/05/2015 | Explore NW

Oso mudslide trial pushed to June 2016

OSO — A civil trial to explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso mudslide now won’t happen until June 2016.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Local News

Volunteers needed this weekend at fire lookout near Darrington

On Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., crews are going to be working on the North Mountain Lookout near Darrington.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Explore NW

Injured climber rescued by helicopter, hospitalized

DARRINGTON — A search-and-rescue helicopter team on Sunday rescued a hiker injured after falling while climbing Dome Peak in rugged terrain in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest east of Darrington.The man used a beacon alert to notify emergency workers of his need for help.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

In Darrington, a slide reunion means laughter, tears

DARRINGTON — It was encouraged, on Saturday at the Darrington rodeo grounds, to sit in the sun and drink a beer and share a laugh.The jokes had sharp edges, though, and the stories did, too. When folks who were affected by the Oso mudslide come together, it's OK to...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Local News

Retired first responders will speak with those affected by Oso

ARLINGTON — Disasters don't have end dates.They ripple through a community for decades. Recovery is a lifelong journey, not a race to the finish line, but sometimes the people who need help most are the first to say they're fine.Three retired first...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Local News

Democrats' dinner to feature Lovick, DelBene, Keister, Steves

The 2015 Snohomish County Democratic Dinner and Henry M Jackson Awards at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood Saturday will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, TV comedian John Keister and travel writer Rick Steves.

Date: 06/09/2015 | South County Politics

Alleged serial thief is threat to citizens, police say

GRANITE FALLS — At just 23, Zakary Sheldon is becoming a familiar name in the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.Since September he’s been charged with five separate felony crimes. With another case pending, he could have a clean half-dozen by the month’s end.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Local News

Is county responsible for Oso? Judge begins sorting through claims

EVERETT — A King County judge has begun making clear what claims may be pressed in the legal battle to decide whether anyone can be held responsible for the deaths and damage caused by the

Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News

A gorgeous start

Trafton trailhead offers a glimpse of Whitehorse Trail's future

Date: 05/31/2015 | Life

Darrington teachers to hold after-school protest

DARRINGTON — Teachers in the Darrington School District are the latest to join a string of protests happening around the state.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Local News

Rockslide closes section of Mountain Loop Highway, no one hurt

DARRINGTON — A rockslide has closed the Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls. No one was injured.The slide was reported about 7 a.m. near Forest Service Road 2095, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.That is east of the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Local News

Vivid images of Oso

Area's beauty, mudslide's enormity told in exhibit

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

Darrington mayor receives national award for leadership

DARRINGTON — The mayor here is preparing for a White House visit to accept a national award for leadership after the deadly Oso mudslide.Meanwhile, a Darrington-Arlington partnership aimed at enlivening local business development has won the towns $50,000 and a spot in...

Date: 04/30/2015 | Local News

Tulalip Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series tickets go on sale April 24

The Tulalip Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series kicks off July 3 with Boz Scaggs and Aaron Neville and runs for two months in the heart of the summer, closing with the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar, on Sept. 3.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Entertainment

Crash that killed Darrington teen under investigation

DARRINGTON — The death of a Darrington teen remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol.Kailey A. Hanson, 19, died in a crash March 9 on Highway 530, past the town and over the Skagit County line.

Date: 04/22/2015 | Local News

Summer Meltdown lineup filled with grassroots talent

DARRINGTON — Organizers of the Summer Meltdown have announced the lineup of performers for the music festival’s 15th anniversary event, Aug. 6 through 9 at the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Entertainment

'It's all rotten'

County repairs bridge to tiny community near Darrington

Date: 04/09/2015 | Local News

Bradley's Diner

Full-service restaurant is open for business in Darrington

Date: 04/06/2015 | Business

Small earthquake reported near Darrington

DARRINGTON — A 2.6-magnitude earthquake was reported near here Saturday evening.The earthquake was recorded at 6:19 p.m. about 12 miles west-northwest of Darrington, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Local News

Mortgages still on the books for homes wiped out by Oso disaster

OSO — Last year's devastating mudslide grabbed the country's attention. Legions of disaster responders swarmed the Stillaguamish Valley, and millions of dollars in relief money poured in.The charitable departments of several large banks, including Wells Fargo and...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Local News

Monte Cristo townsite, hiking trail set to close for summer cleanup

MONTE CRISTO — The old townsite here and the popular hiking trail leading to it are likely to be off-limits this summer as a cleanup that’s been in the works for more than a decade finally begins.

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

Solemn day of remembrance

Bells toll for 43 Oso mudslide victims at ceremony

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Linda's lasting legacy

Darrington honors longtime librarian lost to Oso mudslide

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

These towns still stand

Even nearly 14 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it's impossible to look at the New York City skyline and not think about what is missing, not just the buildings, but the lives.It will be the same in the Upper Stillaguamish Valley, 14 years from now, 30...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Editorials

United Way, Red Cross continue work to aid recovery

As we mark one year since the Oso landslide, the American Red Cross and United Way remain committed to the long-term recovery of the Stillaguamish Valley. In the immediate hours following this complex and unprecedented disaster, the nature of this recovery became clear: It would be a...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary

‘Oso strong’ spirit a great example for all

One year ago, lives changed in a matter of seconds. Part of a mountainside slid into the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, claiming 43 lives, numerous homes and roads.The people of Oso, Darrington, Arlington, the Stillaguamish Tribe and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe will never be the...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary

Victims often struggle silently, reluctant to seek help

OSO — On March 13, LoAnna Langton sorted through the photographs she'd recovered from the home she lost one year ago.The house she and her family lived in was flooded by the North Fork Stillaguamish River after it was blocked by a mudslide on March 22, 2014.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Comfort in numbers

About 350 people gather at prayer service to remember victims

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Covering tragedy

Video: A year later, Herald journalists talk about Oso slide

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Sens. Murray and Cantwell reflect on year since slide, ponder future

Washington's two U.S. senators took to the Senate floor Thursday to reflect on what's transpired in year since the nation's deadliest mudslide struck Oso.Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell spoke of the 43 lives lost on March 22, 2014, the heroism demonstrated by residents...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Home, even with no house

Kuntz family dreams of one day having their own property again

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Grief lingers for woman whose baby and mom died in the mudslide

OSO — Natasha Huestis dreamed of the day she could hike with her daughter into the mountains.Their exploration would be her gift, her lesson, her celebration of their bond.It is why she called her baby Sanoah, a name she was told means "Mist in the...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Local News

Medal of Valor presented to Oso mudslide communities

OLYMPIA — There were tears, smiles and — thanks to a logger named Quinn Nations — a touch of politics Wednesday as Darrington, Oso, Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle tribe received the state Medal of Valor for

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

For mudslide victim's widow, 'it still hurts like it was yesterday'

DARRINGTON — Margie Hadaway sensed something was wrong.Her husband hadn't texted to wish her good morning.That wasn't like Steven.He'd left that March 22 morning to install a satellite dish at a home on Steelhead Drive west of Darrington. His...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

Remember Oso victims, donate to relief efforts

EventsFridayThe Gathering of Hope service of remembrance is set for 7 p.m. at the Darrington Community Center gymnasium, 570 Sauk Ave. The multi-denominational gathering will include prayers, readings and messages of hope from pastors...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

'Still forever family'

A son lost to the mudslide is remembered with love

Date: 03/17/2015 | Local News

As the Oso mudslide’s one-year mark approaches, emotions run high

OSO — A year of grief.By Sunday, families will have lived a full cycle of birthdays and holidays without the 43 people who died in Snohomish County’s worst disaster.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Local News

Strength in each other

After mudslide, nothing could keep teen from his dad's side

Date: 03/16/2015 | Local News

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

Hike first, then cake

Charming Beaver Lake trail will convert a reluctant hiker

Date: 03/15/2015 | Explore NW

Permanent cables link Arlington, Darrington once again

OSO — With the fusing of two fine, flexible strands, permanent landlines between Arlington and Darrington have been restored, nearly a year after the deadly mudslide here severed connections.

Date: 03/10/2015 | Local News

Spring’s return a reminder that recovery remains for Stilly Valley

The first day of spring is rapidly approaching and so is the one-year anniversary of the devastating landslide that so affected the people of the Stillaguamish Valley. Last March, while I was enjoying an almost perfect spring day on the Stillaguamish River, just three miles downstream,...

Date: 03/07/2015 | Commentary

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 state’s Medal of Valor later this month.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Bill allows wildfire response law to cover other emergencies

OLYMPIA — Emergency officials are a critical step closer to ensuring that their ability to mobilize resources for fighting wildfires also applies to disasters such as the Oso mudslide.The House Appropriations...

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Bicycle ride alters course to raise funds for slide victims

ARLINGTON — The upcoming McClinchy Mile bicycle ride is sending people on a route the 30-year-old annual event hasn't taken before.In the past, riders have followed routes starting in Arlington and heading toward Stanwood or Granite Falls. This year, the event is being...

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Mudslide communities to be awarded state Medal of Valor

OLYMPIA — The communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe will receive one of the state’s highest honors next month for the heroism of residents and tribal members in response to the deadly Oso mudslide.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

Keeping a clear path

Traildusters volunteers maintain trails for horseback riding

Date: 02/06/2015 | Local News

Medal of Valor could go to cities affected by mudslide

OLYMPIA — The Senate acted Friday to make it possible to award one of the state's highest honors to the communities of Arlington, Oso and Darrington for heroism their residents demonstrated in response to the deadly mudslide last March.On a 47-0 vote, the Senate passed...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Local News

Team effort will send mom whose son died in mudslide to Super Bowl

DARRINGTON — Denver Harris' favorite colors were Seahawks blue and green.He liked red a lot, too, his mom said. But Randi Green steered her son toward their favorite team's colors. He loved to deck himself out in Seahawks gear and watch the games. The 14-year-old came...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Plenty of reasons not to pave Mountain Loop Highway

The Herald article, "Local leaders hope to pave reaminder of Mountain Loop Highway," on Dec. 22 failed to discuss the environmental impacts that paving and required widening of the highway between...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Commentary

Burn bans in effect, including higher restriction for Darrington

EVERETT — The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Wednesday called for a stage 2 burn ban for Darrington.In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called for a burn ban on several Indian...

Date: 01/01/2015 | Local News

Pavement and sidewalk help for local cities

The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board awarded 73 street and sidewalk improvement grants to local agencies totaling $95.2 million at its Nov. 21 meeting in Everett. The grant funding comes from the revenue generated by 3 cents of the...

Date: 12/30/2014 | Street Smarts

All about the rain and sun

Past year was one of the wettest and warmest in the county

Date: 12/30/2014 | Local News

Whitehorse Trail rebuild project delayed

OSO — The timeline for rebuilding a stretch of the Whitehorse Trail wiped out by the deadly mudslide that tore through this community in March has been pushed back a year.Officials need additional time for planning and permitting. Meanwhile, they continue to monitor...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

Paving highway a 'win-win'

Darrington, Granite Falls want Loop paved

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News

The real bottom line

Millions spent in Oso, but generosity can't be measured

Date: 12/21/2014 | Local News

State budget should include funding for Stilly Valley Youth Project

In the days following the March 22 landslide in Oso, Gov. Jay Inslee, on his way to visit the slide area, stopped by the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.Meeting with its executive director, Bill Tsoukalas, Inslee asked him straight-forwardly, "What do you...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Editorials

Darrington burn ban lifted

DARRINGTON — The burn ban here has been lifted.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Local News

Darrington burn ban in effect

DARRINGTON — The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency banned all burning here, including the use of fireplaces and wood stoves, starting at noon on Monday and lasting until further notice.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Local News

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