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Granite Falls

Lutheran Community Services adapts to serve Snohomish County residents' needs

EVERETT — No two local resource centers are quite the same. The trick to serving the needs of a community is first figuring out what those needs are, said Crisann Brooks, family support director for Lutheran Community Services...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News


Man accused of leading police on rolling shootout faces more charges

MARYSVILLE — A Granite Falls man accused of opening fire on police in October is facing more legal troubles.Prosecutors last year charged Hans Hansen with two counts of attempted first-degree...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Local News


Chris Pratt, the painter

Movie star's mural on Granite Falls restaurant's wall

Date: 08/11/2015 | Local News


A brewer In The Shadows

He'll be pouring at the Everett Craft Beer Fest

Date: 08/11/2015 | Hops & Sips


Where to find live tunes around town

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

Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment


Crews extinguish two blazes near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Two different fires kept crews busy Friday in the Granite Falls area. No one was hurt, though.The first fire was reported at 10:52 a.m. at a single-story house along 130th Street NE, between Granite Falls and Arlington, Fire Chief Jim Haverfield said.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Sirens


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


Brushfire contained after two days near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Firefighters have been battling a brush fire near Granite Falls since Friday.The fire is contained but not out yet, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources Northwest Region dispatch.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News


Prison term for woman who embezzled $330K from YWCA

EVERETT — Stephanie Koppisch was abusing prescription medications when she embezzled $330,000 from the YWCA's coffers.A judge was told Tuesday that the Granite Falls mother has quit using drugs not prescribed to her and has sought mental health treatment.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News


Video captures earlier collapse at Big Four Ice Caves

VERLOT — A video posted on You Tube (warning: explicit language) shows an ice overhang collapsing at Big Four Mountain Ice Caves.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News


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


Granite Falls to hike vehicle license fees by $20

GRANITE FALLS — People who live within city limits will pay $20 more to renew their car tabs starting in 2016.The Granite Falls Transportation Benefit District met Wednesday for the first time and voted 4-0 to enact the new fee.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News


A bridge too narrow

Granite Falls hoping to replace 81-year-old bridge

Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News


Proposed $20 license fee topic of Granite Falls hearing

GRANITE FALLS — The new Granite Falls Transportation Benefit District is holding a public hearing Wednesday evening to hear thoughts on a proposed $20 vehicle licensing fee.The hearing starts at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 206 S. Granite Ave.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News


High speed, alcohol blamed for fatal crash

GRANITE FALLS — An Arlington-area man was driving up to 119 mph before the crash that took his life in February, officials have determined.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News


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


Briefs: Perfectly Knotty in Granite Falls to hold a Knit-In

Perfectly Knotty in Granite Falls to hold a Knit-InIn honor of World Wide Knit in Public Day, Perfectly Knotty in Granite Falls is hosting a public Knit-In event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13. All fiber crafters are invited to bring their projects and join...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Bizblog


Woman critically injured in head-on collision on Highway 92

GRANITE FALLS — A 41-year-old Snohomish woman was transported by helicopter to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and was in critical condition following a Saturday morning collision on Highway 92.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Local News


4 arrested after exchange of gunfire in Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Four people were arrested Sunday after gunfire broke out at party on Wallace Street in Granite Falls.Detectives learned that a neighbor returned fire after someone in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle reportedly started shooting at a duplex.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News


Mountain Loop Highway reopens after small rockslide

GRANITE FALLS — The Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls has reopened to traffic.

Date: 05/21/2015 | 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


Cities adopt rules on aggressive panhandling, camping

GRANITE FALLS — Aggressive panhandling and unauthorized camping now are illegal here.The City Council unanimously passed two ordinances Wednesday. One bans camping in public parks, streets, sidewalks, alleys or bridges. The other makes it illegal to intentionally block...

Date: 05/09/2015 | Local News


Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Snohomish teachers to walk out Friday

Teachers in two Snohomish County school districts voted Monday to join the wave of Washington educators walking off the job during one-day strikes aimed at swaying the Legislature.

Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News


Snohomish County history tours optimized for your smartphone

GRANITE FALLS — Swiping through pictures on a smartphone screen, the story starts to come together.The drive-in restaurant on the corner of Stanley Street and Granite Avenue sits on property that used to be the town's hardware store and blacksmith shop. The rebuilt...

Date: 04/28/2015 | Local News


Police suspend manhunt in Getchell area

GETCHELL — Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies believe a man initially thought to be a carjacking victim made up a story after wrecking his car.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Local News


Granite Falls voters to consider switching form of government

GRANITE FALLS — Voters here get to decide this year whether to remake their government and shift power from an elected mayor to a hired city manager.It was Mayor Joshua Golston's idea to lessen the authority of his position. The City Council last month voted 3-1 to put...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News


‘Look What’s Local’ becomes a week-long challenge

GRANITE FALLS — You may want to bring a passport to get around town this week. Carrying the right one will give you discounts at restaurants, coupons for shopping and the chance to win a flat-screen television.

Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News


7-year sentence for RV chase, break-in

EVERETT — An Everett man who tried to outrun cops in a stolen motorhome is headed to prison for seven years.James Johns on Thursday failed to persuade Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes to send him to drug treatment for part of his prison sentence.

Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News


Seeking truth in tragedy

Family tries to make sense of teen's death from one punch

Date: 04/03/2015 | 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


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


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


ATVs legal on Granite Falls streets after City Council vote

Editor's note: Information provided to a reporter for an earlier version of this story was incorrect. After the March 18 Granite Falls City Council meeting, the deputy city clerk told The Herald that the council had voted to allow all-terrain vehicles on city streets only after the...

Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News


2 injured in crash near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — A man was booked into the Snohomish County jail on suspicion of vehicular assault after a car accident about a mile west of here around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News


Upcoming special film showings in the area

‘Return of the River'The Monroe Library is screening the documentary, "Return of the River," 6:30 p.m. March 26 in the Monroe Meeting Room. The film is about the removal of the dam on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula. Refreshments...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Entertainment


No criminal charges planned for fatal punch

GRANITE FALLS — Prosecutors don’t plan to file criminal charges against a teenager who threw a single punch that led to the death of 18-year-old Jarom Thomas.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News


A pair of survivors

Amanda Skorjanc and son Duke still healing from mudslide

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News


Injured hiker rescued near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers packed out an injured hiker near Lake 22 east of Granite Falls Sunday.

Date: 03/09/2015 | 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


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.The council chambers, packed with about 120 people, erupted into cheers when county leaders announced their decision.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News


Permit process flawed for motocross project

The Snohomish County Council is now looking into the Granite Falls motocross project, focused on whether project developer Gary Strode proceeded legally during the review process.Perhaps the council should go back further to review Strode's entire track construction history.

Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary


Raid near Granite Falls part of probe into heroin, firearms

GRANITE FALLS — A police raid near Granite Falls on Thursday was part of an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of heroin, firearms and stolen property.

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News


Arlington man identified as victim of crash

GRANITE FALLS — Officials have identified a man who died in a crash near Granite Falls on Feb. 14 as Richard K. Erickson, 43, of Arlington.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Sirens


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


Arlington man dies in one-car crash near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash on Mountain Loop Highway that killed a 43-year-old Arlington man Friday.The first call reporting the crash came in about 12:54 p.m., said Sheriff's Office Lt. Norm Link.Sheriff's...

Date: 02/15/2015 | Local News


Groups work to digitize old newspapers

EVERETT — An effort to preserve local history is under way around Snohomish County.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Local News


Cornerstone Bible Church

The former Everett Bible Church moves near Lake Stevens

Date: 01/17/2015 | Local News


New appeals to proposed off-road track near Granite Falls

EVERETT — Plans for building a complex of off-road motorcycle tracks near Granite Falls are facing three new appeals.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News


Ruling on motocross project outlines necessary protections

It might not be everyone's idea of a nice day in the forest, but that's where the "multiple" in "multiple use" comes in.A Snohomish County hearing examiner, following a second review of plans for a motocross facility along the Mountain Loop Highway,...

Date: 01/05/2015 | Editorials


Forest Service releases guided snowshoe walks schedule

The United States Forest Service is offering guided snowshoe walks throughout the next three months. Learn about winter ecology while getting outside and enjoying the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through March.

Date: 01/02/2015 | Explore NW


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


Despite objections, motocross racetrack plans again approved

GRANITE FALLS — Plans to build an off-road motorcycle racetrack along the Mountain Loop Highway have again received approval from the Snohomish County hearing examiner.The new decision, released Dec. 23, revisited an earlier one the examiner

Date: 01/01/2015 | Local News


Pilchuck River gnawing at stretch of Highway 92

LOCHSLOY — There still are pieces of concrete and rebar from where the Pilchuck River swallowed the house in 2012.Now the river is eroding toward Highway 92 between Granite Falls and Lake Stevens. Behind an orange-and-white barrier, waist-high posts mark the distance...

Date: 12/31/2014 | 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


One-punch pact led to young man’s death, police say

EVERETT — The punch, it’s alleged, was consensual — a mutually agreed-upon yet ultimately tragic attempt between two high school students at making amends.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News


Paving highway a 'win-win'

Darrington, Granite Falls want Loop paved

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News


New bridge planned over South Fork Stilly

GRANITE FALLS — Plans are in the works to replace an 80-year-old bridge on the Mountain Loop Highway near the town’s namesake falls and fish ladder.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News


Super Kid

Diana Cortes is full of good cheer

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News


Granite Falls church gets new life

Ministerios Monte Sinai to offer bilingual services

Date: 12/13/2014 | Local News


Stillaguamish River drowning victim identified

GRANITE FALLS — Officials have identified a man who drowned Sunday on the South Fork Stillaguamish River as Xavier A. Engle, 27, of Seattle.

Date: 12/03/2014 | Sirens


Fashion from the heart

Little black dresses created special for cancer survivors

Date: 12/02/2014 | Life


Alaska man drowns kayaking near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — A 24-year-old Alaska man drowned Sunday while kayaking on the South Fork Stillaguamish River east of Granite Falls, according to police.Crews were unable to retrieve the body on Sunday. Recovery efforts were expected to continue after dawn Monday.

Date: 11/30/2014 | Sirens


County Council reverses nighttime quarry decision

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council decided Monday to revoke permission for nighttime loading and trucking for Green Mountain Mine.In a unanimous vote, the five-member council overturned a...

Date: 11/19/2014 | Local News


Granite Falls police chief remains on leave after crash

GRANITE FALLS — Police Chief David Bowman remains on extended medical leave after a car accident in October.

Date: 11/18/2014 | Sirens


Granite Falls quarry decision likely by month's end

EVERETT -- The Snohomish County Council is expected to decide by the end of the month whether a Granite Falls quarry can operate overnight, at least until the end of the year, in order to support the Boeing 777X project.Green Mountain Mine, located outside of Granite Falls...

Date: 11/10/2014 | Local News


Attempted murder charge follows last month's three-city shootout

EVERETT — A Granite Falls man is now charged with attempted murder for a rolling shootout with police last month that left officers diving for cover.New court documents describe the harrowing...

Date: 11/07/2014 | Local News


Roundup of levies, bonds and other issues around Snohomish County

LynnwoodLynnwood's Transportation Benefit District measure was coming up short Tuesday night, with just 48.6 percent of the vote favoring the 0.2 percent increase in local sales tax to fund...

Date: 11/04/2014 | Local News


Famous and local

Edmonds exhibit showcases artists from Puget Sound area

Date: 11/02/2014 | Life


Yes votes recommended for tax measures in county

The following are the Herald Editorial Board's final endorsements for the General Election. A full list of previous endorsements will appear Sunday in The Herald.Arlington School District, Proposition No. 1: The Arlington School District is seeking to...

Date: 10/24/2014 | Editorials


Scaring up more support

Haunted house aims to shine light on resource center's services

Date: 10/24/2014 | Local News


Granite Falls, Tulalip seek EMS renewals

GRANITE FALLS — Fire districts in Granite Falls and Tulalip are asking voters to approve permanent emergency medical services levies to replace existing six-year levies.The matters are on the November general election ballot.

Date: 10/21/2014 | Local News


Suspect in shootings allegedly told police he wanted to die

GRANITE FALLS — A man suspected of a shooting rampage that spanned three east Snohomish County cities reportedly told police he wanted to die because of his failing health and an impending foreclosure on his home."I wish I were dead. Your guys aren't very good...

Date: 10/20/2014 | Local News


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


Gun battle in Marysville

Suspect hospitalized after shootings in 3 cities

Date: 10/16/2014 | Local News


Officer, suspect injured after gunfire in Marysville, Lake Stevens, Granite Falls

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Date: 10/15/2014 | Sirens


Conservation group fights ruling allowing mine’s night trucking hours

GRANITE FALLS — A local conservation group is appealing a county hearing examiner’s decision to allow nighttime operating hours for Green Mountain Mine, citing flawed evidence and a “sketchy” application and decision process.

Date: 10/11/2014 | Local News


Granite Falls hosts family-friendly festival with railroad theme

GRANITE FALLS — Business owners, community leaders and high school alumni in this town of 3,400 are getting ready to celebrate a legacy of gold mining, logging and the once-busy railroad that carried trains to and from the mountains.The 49th Annual Railroad &...

Date: 10/03/2014 | Local News


Threats on the horizon

Flood season even more unpredictable this year

Date: 10/02/2014 | Local News


Mine working overtime for Boeing 777X wing plant

GRANITE FALLS — Green Mountain Mine has gained county approval for extended nighttime trucking hours in order to keep up with a large-scale Boeing project in Everett.Aggregates West, the company that operates Green Mountain Mine,

Date: 09/22/2014 | Local News


Suspect charged in armed robbery of Marysville gas station

MARYSVILLE — A gas station clerk was able to escape an armed robber while he was loaded down with the store’s cash register drawer.

Date: 09/12/2014 | Local News


Granite Falls School District catches on to textbook scammer

GRANITE FALLS — Something was just off with the invoices that the Granite Falls School District received last month for math workbooks.The vendor, Scholastic School Supply, claimed it was owed nearly $2,000 for books it had sent to three schools. The district was asked...

Date: 09/10/2014 | Local News




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