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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

'A good life, a good valley'

Family recognized for operating same small farm for 127 years

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Fred Meyer to carry Monroe’s Wet Noses dog treats

Fred Meyer to carry Monroe's Wet Noses dog treatsMore than 100 Fred Meyer stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska will now carry Doggy Delirious All-Natural Dog Treats. Monroe-based Wet Noses makes 10 flavor varieties of the all-natural treats that...

Date: 09/03/2015 | Bizblog

Evergreen fair wants to be greenest event of its kind in country

MONROE — The Evergreen State Fair wants to be the greenest fair in the country. This year, organizers have their sights set on keeping 90 tons of waste from going to the landfill through an...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Local News

Clarence Robertson volunteered for 56 years as a reserve deputy

MONROE — Clarence Robertson proudly wore the badge and uniform.He quietly went about his business as a Snohomish County Sheriff's reserve deputy for 56 years. He was 80 when he died earlier this month.Robertson didn't get...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

Evergreen State Fair Judging results

4H Best of Breeds — Best of Show Silkie Tavish, Kara Anderson, Arlington; Reserve Best In Show, American, (Gizzmo) Chaz Fieldson, Bothell; Abyssinian, (Loki) Chaz Fieldson, Bothell; American, (Gizzmo) Chaz, Fieldson, Bothell; Peruvian, (Merlin) Mary Johnson,...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

Detour alert: Full road closures in Snohomish County

There are several full road closures scheduled in Snohomish County:

Date: 08/31/2015 | Street Smarts

Monroe seeks added revenue for upgrades to utilities

MONROE — When a city puts off upgrading its infrastructure for utilities, Janet Osborn knows all too well how people can be affected.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News

Housing Hope shelters Snohomish County folks in need

MONROE — Housing Hope is working to put a roof over the heads of people who are trying to get by on their own.The nonprofit offers tools to those who have experienced homelessness and poverty, to help them move past the trauma and build a better future.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Monroe’s annual Fair Days Parade begins at 11 a.m.

MONROE — The annual Fair Days Parade is set to roll through downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday. It has been a Monroe tradition since 1937.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Local News

And they’re off: Evergreen State fair in Monroe opens with animal races

MONROE — That down home feeling is in the air.The Evergreen State Fair opened in Monroe on Thursday with entertainment lined up through Labor Day. On opening day, arts and agriculture from across Snohomish County...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Queensr˙che steps up

Bellevue band takes the stage at state fair

Date: 08/28/2015 | Entertainment

Ride the bus to the Fair

The Evergreen State Fair runs Aug. 27 to Labor Day, Sept. 7, and Community Transit will again offer special Fair Days bus service — for less than the cost of a funnel cake.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Street Smarts

Leave the selfie sticks at home, say Evergreen State Fair officials

MONROE — Picture the fun, just not yourself.That's the message from officials at the Evergreen State Fair, which opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday and continues through Labor Day. This year's fair theme is...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News

Your guide to fair fun

The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe opens today

Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News

Evergreen State Fair to make changes to compete with Puyallup

MONROE — The Evergreen State Fair is ramping up this year to face competition in 2016.The fair, which opens Thursday in Monroe, has long been held during the 12 days leading up to Labor Day. But beginning next year, the

Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News

Familiar names on ballot for county charter-review commission

You’ll see a lot of familiar names on the November ballot for positions on the Snohomish County charter-review commission.

Date: 08/26/2015 | South County Politics

Monroe inmate’s alleged punch to ‘gain respect’ could result in life term

MONROE — A dispute between two inmates waiting in line for medicine could land a man in prison for life.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News

The Chat ... with son of Reptile Man, Isaac Petersen

Isaac PetersonMonroe

Date: 08/25/2015 | Life

Take a selfie with Scoop

He'll be at the fair, and you could win a prize

Date: 08/25/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Queensr˙che joins Evergreen State Fair concert lineup

MONROE — The Evergreen State Fair has booked heavy metal band Queensr˙che to play in place of Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo, who canceled their concert here Monday.

Date: 08/21/2015 | Local News

Check out these recently reviewed dining options

Ho Sushi Bistro617 128th St. SW, Suite 103-104, Everett, 425-405-3917, hosushi.menucities.comSpecialty: JapaneseHo Sushi Bistro delivers beautiful, tasty sushi

Date: 08/21/2015 | Entertainment

Briefs: Monroe's Wet Noses treats as non-GMO certified as organic

Monroe's Wet Noses treats certified as non-GMO organic*Monroe's Wet Noses Organic Dog Treat Company has earned Non-GMO Project Verified status for its 100 percent USDA Certified Organic treats. The verified status was awarded after completion of the Non-GMO...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Bizblog

Inmate fight leads to prison lockdown; minor injuries

MONROE — A fight among inmates has led to a lockdown at the Washington State Reformatory.Multiple inmates began fighting in the outdoor yard around 6 p.m. Monday.No staff members were injured, and minor injuries were reported among the inmates, the state Department of Corrections reported.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Local News

Pat Benatar, 'Spyder' Giraldo cancel Evergreen State Fair show

MONROE — Pat Benatar and Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, the headlining performers for this year's Evergreen State Fair, have canceled their concert here. The rockstar couple announced Monday morning...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Entertainment

The Buddha nature

Monroe man finds passion teaching Tibetan Buddhism

Date: 08/15/2015 | Local News

summer music festivals


Date: 08/14/2015 | Entertainment

‘Concerns continue’ about integrity of prison sewage system

MONROE — In a news release last week, the state Department of Corrections announced that some of its prisons had earned environmental awards from a fellow agency, the state...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

Fish ‘rest area’ explained at Monroe Library

MONROE — To help improve and increase the salmon habitat and population in the Skykomish River, Snohomish County Public Works staff are planning to create a “rest stop area” for fish.

Date: 08/10/2015 | 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

Three fire districts launch compassionate collaboration

CLEARVIEW — The most important qualification for the job was compassion.Along with compassion, they needed someone personable, who would advocate for patients, said Larry Huff, the Lake Stevens deputy fire chief.Lake Stevens is joining Fire District 7 in...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Local News

Fire District 3, Fire District 7 will meet to consider a merger

CLEARVIEW — Two Snohomish County fire districts are talking about a merger.This time, it's a new pairing: District 3 in Monroe and District 7, with headquarters in Clearview.The two share a border along the Snohomish River and together would cover 115...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

Nature is at the root of new preschool in Monroe

MONROE — At a new preschool here, kids will be listening to Mozart in a barn, collecting eggs from a chicken coup, feeding farm animals and tending a garden.Teacher Korista Minney is putting an outdoorsy spin on early-childhood education with a program that combines...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

Small brush fire in Monroe burning near homes, power lines

MONROE — A quarter-acre brush fire here had state officials concerned Sunday as it burned near homes and power lines.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

GPS coming to most local police, fire vehicles

EVERETT — By the end of the year, most police and fire vehicles in Snohomish County could be equipped with GPS technology that will allow emergency dispatchers to know where they are at a moment's notice.The technology promises faster and safer emergency operations. It...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

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

Wheels turning at skatepark

Monroe facility will undergo $240K in improvements

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Connecting cats and cons

Volunteer brings felines to inmates, who help tame them

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Monroe: Report aggressive panhandlers

MONROE — Call the cops.That’s the message the Monroe City Council has for anyone hassled by an aggressive panhandler.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Local News

Route 2 Taproom brings great beer to Monroe

Herald writer Amy Nile recently wrote about the city of Monroe's hopes of creating a craft beer culture that is akin to Woodinville and wine.Part of that transformation begins with breweries —...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Entertainment

A key manufacturing source

As Boeing continues construction in Everett of its wing fabrication facility for the 777X and other aerospace businesses in the county continue their own growth, production of a critical component for those manufacturers also is ramping up: the training and development of skills for the...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Editorials

Man who drowned in Skykomish River was from Tacoma

MONROE — Officials have identified the man who drowned Saturday near Al Borlin Park.Raymond C. Meinzer was 59, of Tacoma. His death in the Skykomish River in Monroe was ruled an accident.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Local News

Man drowns in Skykomish River near Monroe

MONROE — A 59-year-old Tacoma man drowned Saturday evening in the Skykomish River at Monroe.The man had been seen jumping into the river off the Lewis Street bridge that crosses the river just south of the city, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News

music festivals


Date: 07/17/2015 | Entertainment

3-alarm fire destroys Monroe home

MONROE — A three-alarm fire destroyed a home south of Monroe on Wednesday.The blaze started in a Kia Sorento in a carport and spread to the house and into the nearby brush, Monroe Fire Marshal Mike Fitzgerald said.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Sirens

Can Monroe become a beer mecca?

Today's story by Herald Writer Amy Nile on the new brewery Dreadnought Brewery puts forth the idea of Monroe becoming a craft beer mecca. 

Date: 07/16/2015 | Hops & Sips

Mentally ill man charged with stomping fellow inmate to death

EVERETT — The attack that killed a Centralia man lasted just nine seconds.Now, a Monroe prisoner with a long history of mental illness is charged with aggravated murder for the homcide.Benjamin Cory Price, 35, is accused of stomping another inmate to death...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Local News

Big plans are brewing

Monroe hopes to tap into the ever-growing craft beer industry

Date: 07/16/2015 | Local News

Schack to host work of famous Monroe-born artist Chuck Close

EVERETT — Chuck Close, the Monroe-born artist famous for his large-scale portraits, is coming home and bringing with him an exhibit of his prints to be displayed at the Schack Art Center from May through September.Close is best known as a painter and photographer who...

Date: 07/11/2015 | 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

Farmers market opens in Monroe

MONROE — There’s a new farmers market opening next week in the historic downtown.The Monroe Farmers Market will start at 501 East Main St. and extend northeast, with vendors lining N. Ann Street.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News

Monroe house damaged by fire

MONROE — Two people were displaced by a house fire north of Monroe on Sunday afternoon.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Sirens

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

Where to find blueberries

Earlier than usual, blueberries are ready at most local farms

Date: 07/01/2015 | Life

The water has a bad taste but it’s safe to drink, officials say

EVERETT — An early and intense algae bloom in Lake Chaplain is to blame for a metallic taste in the drinking water in Everett and surrounding communities.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News

2 injured when small plane crashes on Whidbey Island

WHIDBEY ISLAND — The Island County sheriff’s office says two people were injured when their small plane crashed into a tree on Whidbey Island.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest

Monroe mayor and City Council members are getting pay hikes

MONROE — The mayor and City Council members here are getting a raise.Monroe Salary Commission voted unanimously earlier this month to increase the mayor's pay by $600 a month. The mayor's monthly salary will be $3,600, effective July 1. The commission also...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Local News

Helping homeless less costly than criminalizing them

It was Aug. 20, 2013, and I had just gone to sleep for the night on a bench off U.S. 2 in Gold Bar outside the gas station. I slept with one eye open, because I worried an officer would drive by and arrest me.According to a Homeless Point in Time count conducted in 2014,...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

'Friendship, help, hope'

Volunteers at Take the Next Step match people with resources

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Everyone's a winner

Special needs kids play in the Miracle League

Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News

After deputy shot him, troubled man shot himself, report says

MONROE — A Monroe-area man shot himself in the head during a confrontation with a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy last month, according to newly released court records.Millard James Tallant III, 62, also was hit in the chest by at least two bullets fired by deputy...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News

Monroe kidnapping was made up

MONROE — A kidnapping and carjacking reported in Monroe earlier this week turned out to be bogus, police said Wednesday.After an extensive search for...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Sirens

Delays drench water park

Developer seeks more time to build project after investors pull out

Date: 06/10/2015 | Local News

Suspects sought in Monroe carjacking incident

Editor's Note: Police now say the report was made up. An updated story was posted on June 10.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Sirens

4 people displaced by Monroe blaze

MONROE — A two-alarm fire damaged a house Monday night south of Monroe.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Sirens

Guidelines outline suggested online behavior for Monroe officials

MONROE — The mayor and City Council members are now "strongly discouraged" from friending each other or liking the posts of fellow politicians on Facebook.That's part of a new

Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News

Life savers

Water rescue team drilling for emergencies

Date: 06/02/2015 | Local News

Man who died in shooting near Monroe identified

MONROE — The man fatally shot after being confronted by a Snohomish County deputy sheriff earlier this week has been identified.Millard James Tallant III, 62, is the person who died early Tuesday morning, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

Tea party favorite Elizabeth Scott first in line to challenge DelBene

One of Snohomish County’s most conservative Republican lawmakers has quietly begun a campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Local News

Man fatally shot during encounter with deputy

MONROE — A man was fatally shot early Tuesday as a Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy investigated a report that a stranger was knocking on doors during the middle of the night along a stretch of country road outside Monroe.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News

Man fatally shot during encounter with deputy

Please see the updated version of this story.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Sirens

Monroe district to annex land for developer

MONROE — The Monroe fire district is planning to annex a 26-acre parcel north of the city.The property owner, Monroe Land Investments, made the request in anticipation of developing a future subdivision off of Robinhood Lane, north of the airport.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News

New sentencing ordered for man serving life for killing at 16

EVERETT — Michael Skay was 16 when he committed the murder that sent him to prison for what was expected to be the rest of his life.Now 36, the inmate recently began moving down a path that could one day win him a chance to walk free.In December 1995, Skay...

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News

Death of man found in Monroe park ruled suicide

MONROE — Investigators have identified a man whose body was found Monday in the woods at Al Borlin Park in Monroe.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Sirens

Monroe resident helps catch a thief

MONROE — A prepared neighbor worked with Monroe police this week to catch a thief who was siphoning gas. The theft was discovered just before 6 p.m. Tuesday at a house in the 17300 block of 152nd Street SE, police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Sirens

Kamiak leads list of local schools honored by theater

MUKILTEO — Kamiak High School’s performing arts department received about a dozen nominations from the 13th annual 5th Avenue Theatre Awards program, which honors musical theater productions in the state’s high schools.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Entertainment

Bumblebee Special buzz

A popular Everett mini train from the past could roll again

Date: 05/20/2015 | Local News

Tribute in brick and paint

Snohomish mural is a memorial to local fallen soldiers

Date: 05/19/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Body found at Monroe’s Al Borlin Park

MONROE — A body was found late Sunday at Al Borlin Park in Monroe.Investigators remained on scene Monday afternoon, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.The level of decomposition made it impossible to quickly determine the person’s age or gender, she said.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Sirens

Monroe prisoner accused of beating fellow inmate to death

MONROE — Detectives believe a prisoner serving time for manslaughter has killed again.An inmate in the Special Offenders Unit at the Monroe Correctional Center allegedly hit, kicked and stomped on a fellow prisoner May 9. Inmate Gordon Powell, 45, suffered head...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Kids track Monroe’s WWII fallen soldiers

MONROE — Eighth-graders here have been working after school to preserve a piece of history.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Dramatic lessons

Mock crash sets scene for DUI awareness

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

Monroe teachers plan walkout Friday

Teachers are planning strikes in east Snohomish County on Friday.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

Better than par

Monroe disc golf course aims to be top-flight

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business

Mother’s Day weekend bike ride to fill Snohomish Valley roads

Those of you who live or drive the back roads of Everett, Snohomish and Monroe, be prepared for the return of a Mother’s Day weekend bicycle event slated for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9.

Date: 05/04/2015 | Street Smarts

Monroe looks ahead to the next 20 years

MONROE — The city has drafted a plan that aims to protect Monroe’s “small-town character” while becoming a regional center for commercial development, Community Development Director Dave Osaki said.

Date: 05/03/2015 | Local News

The water’s fine but play it safe this summer

CAMANO ISLAND — This time of year, muddy tidal flats can stretch from Warm Beach to Camano Island.On a hot day, the flats can pose an inviting welcome to walk right across.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Local News

Monroe bans marijuana businesses

MONROE — The City Council has banned recreational marijuana growing, processing and retail operations here.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Local News

Monroe Correctional Complex gets new leader

MONROE — So much is familiar; so much is different.The granite steps leading up to the front door of the century-old Washington State Reformatory are still steep. The tall columns still look imposing.Mike Obenland, 51, climbed the steps and...

Date: 04/25/2015 | Local News

Bargain hunters' paradise

Garage sale season starts with huge one in Mukilteo

Date: 04/24/2015 | Life

Students carry dairy flag

County dairy ambassador, alternates named

Date: 04/22/2015 | Local News

Monroe pond may dry up

Highway 522 project threatens salmon, animal habitat

Date: 04/21/2015 | Local News

Monroe School District asks voters for a $110.9 million bond

MONROE — Voters here are deciding whether to approve a $110.9 million bond measure for the

Date: 04/21/2015 | Local News

New chief medical officer starts job in Monroe

MONROE — EvergreenHealth Monroe announced that it has named Dr. Jack Handley as the organization's new chief medical officer. He started the job on Monday. Handley assumes the role after serving as an EvergreenHealth medical staff officer for the past five years, an...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Business

60 years of devotion to the poor

St. Vincent de Paul volunteer honored

Date: 04/11/2015 | Local News

Planned hunt for pot Easter eggs runs into major buzzkill

MONROE — A hazy area of the law led to the cancellation of a hunt for Easter eggs full of marijuana.It all started when employees of Green Valley Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary on Highway 203 in unincorporated Snohomish County, publicized the Saturday event...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Local News

Guidebook author to speak about hiking in San Juans, Gulf Islands

Craig Romano, who has written many books about hiking in Washington, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Explore NW

Despite auditor’s suggestion, Monroe hospital says no cuts in services

MONROE — The state Auditor’s Office suggests that Monroe’s hospital consider cutting services to improve its financial situation, but the hospital’s chief executive says no such changes are planned.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Local News

Super Kid

Alyssa LaFleur has a thirst for knowledge

Date: 04/06/2015 | Local News

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