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Snohomish County government

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

New hall of justice

County courthouse architect goes with more modern design

Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News

Appearances matter to public

Deserved or not, government agencies and officials aren't always afforded a high degree of trust by the public, which is why it's important that they avoid the mere appearance of any conflict of interest.Tuesday's release of

Date: 06/04/2015 | Editorials

Change your name to Bhab for the top spot on county ballots

If you’re a candidate for office in Snohomish County, change your last name to Bhab.

Date: 06/03/2015 | South County Politics

PUD ethics report: 'appearance' of conflict of interest

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District failed to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest when it awarded a no-bid contract to a "clean-energy" software company, an outside investigator's report says.

Date: 06/02/2015 | Local News

New courthouse design to be unveiled Wednesday

EVERETT — The lead architect on Snohomish County's new downtown courthouse is scheduled to give a public presentation Wednesday showcasing the building's design.County officials aim to break ground this...

Date: 06/01/2015 | Local News

2-year-old Aaron Reardon election investigation stalled

State election watchdogs continue to sift through gigabytes of evidence pointing to potential campaign violations during former County Executive Aaron Reardon's 2011 re-election bid. The Reardon case now is the oldest open investigation on the Public Disclosure Commission docket. It could remain...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Local News

Candidates for offices in south Snohomish County

Candidate filing for local offices ended May 15.Filing became final when the withdrawal period ended May 18.

Date: 05/27/2015 | South County Politics

Soda machine struck in break-in at county courthouse

EVERETT — The north glass door entrance to the Snohomish County Courthouse remained covered by a large piece of plywood Tuesday after a weekend break-in. Around 9 a.m. Sunday, a man broke into courthouse and ascended to the fourth-floor sheriff's office, where workers in the...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Local News

Expansion work to begin at Willis Tucker park near Mill Creek

MILL CREEK — Willis Tucker Community Park is due for its largest expansion since it opened more than a decade ago.Construction is expected to start in late June at this park east of Mill Creek.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News

Everett man arrested in connection with county courthouse break-in

EVERETT — A man allegedly carrying a crowbar and a knife broke into the county courthouse Sunday morning. A worker confronted the man, then called 911 at about 9 a.m., according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Local News

7 cities contract with Snohomish County for emergency services

EVERETT — Seven cities south of Everett have decided to contract with Snohomish County for emergency management.The agency that helped them prepare for earthquakes and flooding is shutting its doors.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Local News

Attorney's disputed pay raise not just reinstated, but increased

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick's administration has reinstated a controversial pay raise for an attorney who oversees parts of the public defense system.Sort of.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News

No-bid PUD clean-energy project attracts state scrutiny

OLYMPIA — Officials of the state Department of Commerce answered questions Thursday from state Senate committee members concerned about how public money was used in a clean-energy project that’s the subject of an ethics...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News

Better late than never

McCollum Park pool could open July 4

Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News

‘Going to be a college man’

Snohomish's Ike Ditzenberger faces a new challenge

Date: 05/19/2015 | Sports

Help sought identifying Lynnwood robbers on video

LYNNWOOD — Major Crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men seen on surveillance video robbing a store at gunpoint early Thursday morning.The video shows the men entering a store in the 3600 block of 164th...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Business ban helps black-market growers

On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary

Growth puts Snohomish County planners in tough spot

EVERETT — Snohomish County expects to grow by more than 200,000 people in the next couple of decades.Lawmakers are planning for the population surge.Specifically, they're trying to determine whether the community would be better off encouraging more growth...

Date: 05/16/2015 | Local News

Historic planes in action

Take a look or go for a ride at Aviation Day on Saturday

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

Four incumbents running, one not running for Edmonds Council election

Four Edmonds City Council incumbents have filed to run in the coming election, while one is not running.

Date: 05/15/2015 | South County Politics

Senior Aerospace, former PUD exec honored

TULALIP — The CEO and president of Arlington's Senior Aerospace won recognition Thursday for his success in business and community involvement in Snohomish County.Jerry Goodwin received the John M. Fluke Sr. Community Leader award at the Economic Alliance Snohomish...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Business

Republican Robert Sutherland joins county executive race

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick now faces a Republican challenger in his election bid, in addition to fellow Democrat Dave Somers, chairman of the...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

Bickering Democrats now in head-to-head battle to lead county

Snohomish County's top elected officials have traded accusations of poor leadership for much of the past year. Now they're competing to lead the county.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News

Tough planes were designed to take a beating

The FHC is fielding some of its biggest bruisers for Paine Field Aviation Day this Saturday, May 16. Flying in the Pacific Theater was the F6F Hellcat. Flyers joked that Grumman made the plane from discarded steel girders from New York’s recently-dismantled Second Avenue elevated...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Flight Paths

Warbirds to fly

Saturday is Aviation Day at Paine Field

Date: 05/13/2015 | Entertainment

Somers takes on Lovick

County executive faces challenge from fellow Democrat

Date: 05/11/2015 | Local News

County Councilman Sullivan faces well-funded challenge

EVERETT — Democrat Brian Sullivan has walloped Republican opponents by 2-1 margins to win two terms as a Snohomish County councilman.Sullivan now faces a well-funded, well-connected challenger from within his own party. That could make for a spirited competition as he...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Local News

Boeing announces factory transition for 787, 777X

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. said it will close its second, temporary 787 assembly line here by the end of the year. The closure will mean picking up the pace on the main 787 production line and at the 787 factory in South Carolina.An initial assembly line for the 777X...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business

Candidate filing starts Monday

Candidate filing for local offices starts Monday.Filing online or in person at the county auditor’s office begins at 9 a.m. May 11, and ends at 4 p.m. Friday, May 15.

Date: 05/08/2015 | South County Politics

Whistle blown on no-bid contracts

It's a good thing we have whistle-blowers. Without them, without their courage to speak up, the public can be left with decisions and situations that range from questionable to out-right damaging and dangerous.One celebrated whistleblower was Charles Hamel, who moved to...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Editorials

Deputy M.E. to keep running county morgue, for now

EVERETT — The forensic expert tasked with turning around Snohomish County's morgue will be staying on a little longer, even though funding for his position was cut last week.Some past and present...

Date: 05/07/2015 | Local News

County bans new marijuana businesses in some areas

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday voted 4-1 to ban new pot businesses in certain rural areas.

Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News

PUD clean-energy contract on hold amid ethics probe

EVERETT — A new $3.8 million contract for a clean-energy project is on hold because of the ethics investigation at the Snohomish County Public Utility District.The PUD's commissioners decided...

Date: 05/06/2015 | Local News

Question about county streets project? Just remember ROAD

Snohomish County Public Works is making it easier for people to find more information on road projects:Website: snocoROAD.orgPhone: 425-388-ROAD (7623)Email:

Date: 05/05/2015 | Street Smarts

Snohomish County PUD to be investigated for ethics violations

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District’s board of commissioners has hired an independent investigator to look into allegations that the utility improperly awarded contracts worth millions of dollars to a clean-energy consultant.

Date: 05/03/2015 | Local News

Friendly, but firm

Deputy Bud keeps kids on course as school cop

Date: 05/03/2015 | Local News

County’s larger cities best for growth

For those who lived in Snohomish County before 1990, you remember it as being very different. The way we've planned and built our community over the last 20 years has led to traffic gridlock on our roads and strip malls on our farmlands. It doesn't have to be this way.In the...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Commentary

Lovick appointed to Puget Sound Regional Council leadership role

SEATTLE — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was appointed Thursday to a leadership role at the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Local News

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