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Snohomish County government

Panel gives green light to unfair labor practices case against Roe

EVERETT — A state commission has found that an unfair labor practices complaint can move forward against Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Lovick now supports delaying new courthouse construction

EVERETT — Snohomish County's top elected official was once among the strongest advocates for building a new courthouse in downtown Everett, but he's changed his mind.County Executive John Lovick

Date: 09/03/2015 | Local News

Noisy Monday at Paine Field was due to refueling Navy jets

EVERETT — Jets diverted to Paine Field from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island created unusually loud noise that was heard around the area on Monday afternoon and evening.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Local News

PUD replacing county’s aging electrical systems

MILL CREEK — A project by the Snohomish County PUD will improve the reliability of electrical service in the Mill Creek Country Club area.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Local News

Worst summer storm ever

Saturday's blow was unprecedented, expert says

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

Cost overruns, location, parking needs put courthouse on hold

EVERETT — You can forget about construction starting on a new downtown courthouse this year.As for next year? That's still an open question.Snohomish County leaders might explore a smaller project to erase concerns about overspending the $162 million...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

Hogging the limelight

Evergreen State Fair honors Granite Falls couple

Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News

Tips for staying healthy at the state fair

It is Evergreen State Fair season — and there's something in the air. Unfortunately, some of what's in the air (and on countertops and fence posts) isn't always good for us.The Snohomish Health District offers these reminders to maintain your peace of mind and best of...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Life

Introducing charter-review candidates in County Council District 4

Voters in Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, Mill Creek and the rest of Snohomish County Council District 4 will see 10 candidates on the November ballot for three positions on the Snohomish County charter-review commission.

Date: 08/28/2015 | South County Politics

Union accuses county prosecutor of unfair labor practices

EVERETT — The union that represents most Snohomish County employees has filed a formal complaint accusing Prosecutor Mark Roe of unfair labor practices.Roe said he was looking out for his employees and the public when he argued against a new union contract he fears...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Water-saving plan is working, but keep it up, city of Everett says

EVERETT — Two weeks ago, regional water suppliers asked consumers to reduce their water consumption by 10 percent in response to the ongoing drought.That seems to have worked. But we aren't out of...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Introducing charter-review candidates in County Council District 3

Voters in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway and the rest of Snohomish County Council District 3 will see 16 candidates on the November ballot for three positions on the Snohomish County charter-review commission.

Date: 08/27/2015 | South County Politics

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

Snohomish County Council considers a hiring freeze

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council is considering an emergency hiring freeze as more signs emerge of troubled county finances.

Date: 08/26/2015 | 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

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

Incentives draw PUD customers to solar power

EVERETT — Solar energy is booming in Snohomish County.The Snohomish County Public Utility District says solar energy capacity has increased by 70 percent in the past year.

Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News

Final south Snohomish County primary election results

Here are final results of the Aug. 4 primary election in South Snohomish County as certified Tuesday, Aug. 18, by the Snohomish County canvasing board:

Date: 08/20/2015 | South County Politics

Bright outlook from Lovick on county finances

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick gives a sunnier outlook for county finances than the gloom that other officials forecast last month.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Local News

Tips help rescuers find hiker in Glacier Peak Wilderness

DARRINGTON — A lost hiker in the Glacier Peak Wilderness was brought to safety Tuesday morning.The man, 27, was reported missing and overdue from a hike by his family about 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Sirens

Community association ensures Clearview area gets noticed by politicians

CLEARVIEW — Residents of this one-mile stretch along Highway 9 south of Snohomish a few years ago formed a community association to get their concerns in front of lawmakers. Now they're seeing some success in getting their political issues on the table.They'll have the...

Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News

County task force hopes to reduce car theft with club locks

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Auto Theft Task Force hopes the Benjamin Franklin adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" still holds true in modern times.They're equipping sheriff's deputies and Marysville patrol officers with 250 club locks...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Local News

Report suggests how to optimize almost-empty county juvenile lockup

EVERETT — The beds sit mostly empty at Snohomish County's juvenile lock-up.Here and throughout Washington, fewer young offenders are doing time behind bars as the criminal justice system has sought better solutions.As a result, the number of children in the...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Local News

63 paths to end homelessness, addiction

With a problem that encompasses poverty, homelessness, mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction and with one or more of those often contributing to the others, it's clear there are no silver-bullet solutions.It's why the

Date: 08/14/2015 | Editorials

There’s no ignoring the chatter around county executive race

Voters won't decide the race for Snohomish County executive until November but there are Democrats quietly trafficking in what-if scenarios should Dave Somers defeat John Lovick.What, too soon?Don't blame the messenger.Somers'

Date: 08/13/2015 | The Petri Dish

Somers, Lovick clash over new contract for county employees

EVERETT — Wrangling over a new contract for Snohomish County government employees has created another ugly dust-up between two Democrats competing for the executive's job.Executive John Lovick's administration has been negotiating a three-year contract with the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

PUD picks its assistant general manager to lead utility

EVERETT — Snohomish County Public Utility District commissioners Tuesday chose Assistant General Manager Craig Collar as the utility's new general manager and chief executive officer.The board of commissioners picked Collar over Interim General Manager Anne Spangler...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business

Where was city’s concern for downtown parking earlier?

I can't believe all this talk about a lack of parking in downtown Everett and who is responsible for it. This is getting a little old. First of all, I am not in favor of going ahead with a new courthouse that has more than doubled in price in two years all before a hole is even dug.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Commentary

Somers’ lead widens in county executive race

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers widened his lead in the race for county executive in the latest vote counts from Tuesday’s primary election.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News

Staying power

County courthouse has survived test of time, tragedy

Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News

Somers holds slim lead in county exec race

EVERETT — The leaders in the primary for Snohomish County executive switched places in updated ballot counts released Wednesday.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News

An uphill tax battle for county

Snohomish County and the state of Washington were already facing a difficult legal battle against the Tulalip Tribes confederation. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking to join the lawsuit and is...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Editorials

Lovick, Somers lead field

Democrats headed to face-off for county exec

Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News

County close to giving up on new courthouse project

EVERETT — Frustration boiled Monday as Snohomish County leaders all but scrapped plans to build a new eight-story courthouse downtown.The $162 million project had been on track to break ground...

Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News

Somers pulling Lovick backers in Snohomish County executive race

EVERETT — Some powerful political players who worked to retain John Lovick as Snohomish County executive last year are now trying to unseat him.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

Herald endorsements for the primary

If you haven't done so already, dig out that mail-in ballot for Tuesday's top two primary election, make your choices and mail it or drop it off at one of several drop boxes throughout the county. For a list of ballot drop boxes, go to

Date: 08/02/2015 | Editorials

Everett City Council puts courthouse deal on hold over parking questions

EVERETT — An agreement between the city and Snohomish County over parking at the planned new courthouse was put on hold Wednesday.The Everett City Council was scheduled to approve an agreement that...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Primary voters pamphlet covers county from Lynnwood to Stanwood

The local voters pamphlet for the Aug. 4 primary covers candidates in parts of Snohomish County from Lynnwood to Stanwood.

Date: 07/30/2015 | South County Politics

County deputy director named president of state engineers association

EVERETT — The deputy director of Snohomish County’s Public Works Department has been appointed the new president of the Washington State Association of County Engineers.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

Briefs: PUD offers heating, weatherization incentives

PUD offers heating, weatherization incentivesSnohomish County PUD is offering incentives to save money on heat pumps, duct sealing and insulation, efficient windows, lighting and more. Heating and weatherization programs are also available for those...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Bizblog

Drought prompts water-use advisories in Everett, Seattle and Tacoma

EVERETT — The cities of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma have issued a drought advisory for their water customers.In Everett, this marks the first time the city has ever activated its Drought Response Plan, which...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County settles jail death lawsuit for $2.4 million

EVERETT — Snohomish County authorized a settlement Monday with the family of Michael Saffioti, a young Mukilteo man who died at the county jail three years ago.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

NAACP to host forum for county executive candidates

Candidates competing for the Snohomish County executive's job have been invited to a forum scheduled Tuesday by the local chapter of the NAACP.The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

Uneasy County Council asks Lovick for budget answers

EVERETT — A growing sense of unease about Snohomish County’s finances has some council members wondering whether it’s wise to proceed with construction of a new courthouse in downtown Everett, set to begin in just weeks.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News

Everett church concerned about loss of parking at new county courthouse

EVERETT — A few days before work on the new Snohomish County Courthouse was supposed to begin, a new wrinkle has appeared.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Local News

Briefs: Snohomish County engineer honored by traffic institute

Snohomish County engineer honored by traffic instituteSnohomish County Public Works Traffic Operations manager and county traffic engineer Jim Bloodgood has been awarded the 2015 Outstanding Service Award by the Washington Section of The Institute of...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Bizblog

Copper thieves to blame for power outage

EVERETT — Copper thieves are to blame for an outage that knocked out power to 8,400 Snohomish County PUD customers in Everett on Thursday morning.It was the sixth such theft this year. Last year, there were 31, PUD spokesman Bob Bolerjack said.

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News

Candidate forum is tonight in Lynnwood

Tonight is the forum in Lynnwood for candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council.

Date: 07/22/2015 | South County Politics

Meeting in Everett finds common ground on using e-cigarettes in public

EVERETT — Between two sides that are often at odds, there may be room for detente.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

Upgrades to North Road near Lynnwood High almost done

LYNNWOOD — After two summers of dust and detours, a rebuilt North Road promises a smoother ride ahead.

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

Bidder cries foul on PUD turbine contract

EVERETT — A hydroelectric systems company near Bellingham says the Snohomish County Public Utility District improperly skewed its bid to build two turbines, which tipped the contract to a British competitor.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County executive: Five scrap for top job

EVERETT — John Lovick will tell you he's worked hard to increase trust in Snohomish County government during the two years since taking office.Yet as Lovick seeks his first full term as county executive, the former sheriff has weathered growing criticism over his...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News

Ballots on their way

Ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election are on their way.Snohomish County elections officials mailed ballots Thursday, July 16, to all registered voters in the county.

Date: 07/20/2015 | South County Politics

County and Lynnwood candidates to appear at Wednesday forum

Candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council will appear at a forum Wednesday in Lynnwood.

Date: 07/20/2015 | South County Politics

Make taking land last resort

A new case of eminent domain in this state raises the question of whether stricter proof of need should be required before government agencies can jump in and employ the process.Eminent domain allows government entities to take private property — for "fair market...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Editorials

Man reported missing in North Fork Skykomish River near Index

INDEX — Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies raced to the North Fork Skykomish River after a man was reported missing and in the river.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News

Boeing unveils new Seahawk 747

EVERETT — The Seahawks’ season doesn’t start until next month, but Boeing just couldn’t wait that long to show its support.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Business

Dave Somers for county executive

With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials

Man threatening people with sword near Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — A man armed with a sword was threatening people on Three Lakes Road east of Snohomish on Saturday afternoon.He barricaded himself in a trailer by the time deputies with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrived.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News

Sheriff’s office pays $600K to settle public records lawsuit

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has paid a corrections deputy $600,000 to settle a lawsuit for mishandling his public records request.The deputy alleged that the sheriff's office did not supply him any records for four years after receiving his request...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Local News

Friday deadline to register as a write-in candidate for primary

Friday, July 17, is the deadline to register as a write-in candidate for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Date: 07/15/2015 | South County Politics

Jetblast from the past

Museum of Flight restores a Comet at Paine Field

Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News

County's newest medical examiner focused on giving families answers

EVERETT — Dr. Daniel Selove takes a methodical, thoughtful approach to his job.As Snohomish County's newly appointed medical examiner, his work is a matter of life and death. Life, because he can provide answers to survivors who want to know how and why a family member...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Which plane is which?

In the skies over Korea, the American F-86 Sabre and the Soviet-built MiG-15 looked quite similar. It was very difficult to tell one smoky silver speck from another. A few seconds of indecision could prove deadly. Even up close, the two planes still look quite similar — intake up...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Flight Paths

A hidden gem

A couple's love of nature is a gift to Snohomish County

Date: 07/08/2015 | Local News

Probe finds nothing wrong in deputy exec’s behavior

EVERETT — Police detectives have found no evidence to support claims that Deputy Snohomish County Executive Mark Ericks illegally pressured planning staff to approve permits for developers.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News

Feds approve PUD's two small hydroelectricity projects

EVERETT — Federal energy regulators have given a green light to Snohomish County Public Utility District to build two small hydroelectric projects in the Snoqualmie Valley.Work on the sites could start later this summer, followed...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

Families, safety and growth are common themes of Lake Stevens council candidates

LAKE STEVENS — Three political newcomers seeking the same City Council seat are focused on roads, parks and jobs as they plan for a once small city that continues to grow.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County is eager for federal transportation dollars

EVERETT — Local leaders are pleading with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, among others, for help ensuring Everett doesn’t get passed up for light rail in favor of places such as West Seattle and Ballard.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County leads all others in population growth

Welcome to beautiful Snohomish County, the fastest-growing part of Washington state.You've probably noticed the extra traffic on the way to work or the portable classrooms outside schools. And it's impossible to miss all those new neighborhoods sprouting up in — and...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Local News

A bridge too narrow

Granite Falls hoping to replace 81-year-old bridge

Date: 06/30/2015 | Local News

You have your choice, as long as it's a Democrat

Trivia time! Can you name the last Republican presidential candidate to carry Snohomish County?Mitt Romney? No… John McCain? No… George W. Bush? Hahahaha. A thousand times, no. Actually just no two times, once for 2000 and once for 2004.In fact, the...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Web Monkey

Q&A: Tulalip Tribes sue to reclaim sales taxes

What’s the lawsuit all about?

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Tribes sue to claim taxes

$40 million a year collected from tribal-owned Quil Ceda Village

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

$6.6 million from feds to buy properties destroyed by Oso slide

EVERETT — Families whose homes and land were destroyed in the Oso mudslide got some encouraging news Wednesday with the announcement that federal authorities had awarded Snohomish County $6.6 million for buyouts.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Local News

PUD board interviews candidates for top job

EVERETT — Candidates for the top job at the Snohomish County Public Utility District were interviewed Tuesday by the agency’s board of commissioners.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Local News

Feds give $7.6 million for Oso mudslide recovery expenses

EVERETT — When Snohomish County leaders got word this week that Uncle Sam would cut a multimillion-dollar check for Oso mudslide expenses, it was welcome news.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Local News

Korry picked for 777X panels

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. has picked Korry Electronics, Esterline Corporation’s Everett-based subsidiary, to provide display panels and software for Boeing’s 777X airplane, which is in development.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Business

Landslides take a toll on state’s economy

Geologic processes have destroyed not just cities, but civilizations. In the Pacific Northwest, we are cognizant of the dangers of geologic processes such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.Landslides are an omnipresent geologic process of our neighborhood. However,...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Commentary

Property values increase in all areas of county

EVERETT — Assessment notices that hit the mail Friday showed rising property values in all areas of Snohomish County compared to last year.The change was 7.5 percent countywide, with residential and commercial properties up 8.5 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively.

Date: 06/20/2015 | Local News

State ethics board to examine grants to Snohomish PUD

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Commerce is investigating links between two former department leaders and a multimillion-dollar state grant for a project managed by the private company where the two men now work.The agency Wednesday asked the state

Date: 06/19/2015 | Local News

PUD sells bonds worth $141M for system improvements

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District this week sold $141 million in tax-exempt bonds to pay for distribution system improvements during the next three years.The improvements include upgrades for overhead and underground power lines and substations.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business

County Council likely to extend the slide-zone building moratorium

EVERETT — When elected leaders passed an emergency building ban in areas around the Oso mudslide, they bought time to draft new rules for construction near steep, potentially dangerous slopes anywhere in...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Local News

WWII history takes to the skies

Two of the fighters scheduled to take to the skies at the Flying Heritage Collection’s free Fly Day on June 20 made history as America’s top ace-makers during World War II. The U.S. Army’s North American P-51 Mustang flew in Europe and the Pacific. Flyers of the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Flight Paths

Boeing sells 'Terrible Teen' 787s to Ethiopian Airlines

Most of the Boeing Co.'s remaining "Terrible Teens" are reportedly moving out.The aerospace giant has sold six of the early-production and overweight 787 Dreamliners to Ethiopian Airlines, Bloomberg News reports.That leaves four early-build 787s...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Some at PUD concerned about response to ethics probe

EVERETT — Snohomish County PUD executives and the three elected commissioners say they are taking seriously the findings of an outside ethics investigation and will review relevant policies.The...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Local News

Salmon project set to proceed on Smith Island near Everett

EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Is one-party control Snohomish County's destiny?

BOTHELL — John Lovick had to share the stage last week when he told a roomful of Democrats here how excited he is to run for re-election as Snohomish County executive.Sitting a few feet away from the sharp-dressed former sheriff was Dave Somers, the county councilman...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Healing arts

At-risk youth find recovery through photography

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Thousands lose power in south Everett

EVERETT — A squirrel got into an electrical substation in south Everett Saturday morning and knocked out power to about 5,000 customers in the Twin Creeks and nearby neighborhoods.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Local News

Tulalip Tribes take county, state to court over sales taxes

TULALIP — The Tulalip Tribes filed a federal lawsuit Friday to stop Snohomish County and the state of Washington from imposing sales tax within its Quil Ceda Village retail area.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Local News

Introductory statements from candidates for a Lynnwood Council position on primary ballot

Lynnwood City Council incumbent Loren Simmonds faces challengers Maria Ambalada and Shirley Sutton in the Aug. 4 primary election. It is one of two Lynnwood Council positions on the primary ballot. The top two vote getters for each position advance to the Nov. 3 general election. Two...

Date: 06/12/2015 | South County Politics

Rampant heroin use turns jail into county's largest 'detox center'

EVERETT — Heroin use is so rampant among people being booked into the Snohomish County Jail that Monday, more than 90 percent of the 52 inmates locked up in the medical unit were dangerously ill with...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News

County Council approves growth plan; focus on Everett

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council adopted a plan Wednesday that favors more population growth in Everett over the next 20...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News

Koster ‘thinking seriously’ about another run for state House

One of Snohomish County’s best-known Republicans is eyeing a return to politics in the place where his political career began.John Koster, the Arlington dairy farmer and ex-maker of laws for the state and county, is “seriously” thinking about a run for the Legislature in 2016.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News

Plane crash kills 1

Another injured as small aircraft goes down near Paine Field

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

Everett sewer program extended, but confusion remains about liability

EVERETT — The city of Everett is extending its now passed deadline for some residents to install backwater valves to protect their property from sewer backups in the event of a major storm.The new deadline is Sept. 1.

Date: 06/08/2015 | Local News

Road work aims to make Broadway Avenue safer

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish County is gearing up to build nearly three miles of road shoulder this summer on Broadway Avenue, east of Highway 9.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Local News

County exec candidates to speak to 1st District Democrats Monday

The two Democratic candidates for Snohomish County executive will face questions in a forum at a meeting of the 1st Legislative District Democrats Monday in Bothell.

Date: 06/05/2015 | South County Politics

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