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Complaints say that commerce officials helped PUD score a grant

OLYMPIA — A state ethics board is investigating several current and former Department of Commerce officials based on complaints filed this summer.The complaints allege that they used their state positions to help the Snohomish County Public Utility District get a $7.3...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News

Timber company says it bears no responsibility in Oso mudslide

OSO — A timber company that over the years clear-cut and thinned trees above the hill that unleashed the Oso mudslide has asked a King County judge to spare it from being forced into court next year to fight claims that it is...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Watch them build it

Time-lapse video from the 787 line in Everett

Date: 10/01/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Everett Councilman Ron Gipson denies harassment allegations

EVERETT — City Councilman Ron Gipson hosted an event Tuesday to deny allegations that he sexually harassed women he works with at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center.Gipson two weeks ago returned to...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News

Who will Republicans vote for in county executive race?

As John Lovick and Dave Somers duel for Snohomish County executive, each would do well to reach out to Republican voters as if the outcome depended on them.Because it probably does.

Date: 10/01/2015 | The Petri Dish

Lovick's $228M 2016 budget refunds property taxes meant for courthouse

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Wednesday recommended a 2016 budget with few sacrifices and a $4 million property-tax refund.The executive's proposed operating budget of $228 million and 2,817...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News

Executive to unveil Snohomish County budget proposal

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick is preparing to announce a recommended 2016 budget at noon on Wednesday.The venue is the first floor hearing room of the county’s Robert Drewel Building at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News

What’s on November ballots in south Snohomish County

South Snohomish County will have a full ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

Date: 09/29/2015 | South County Politics

Change county officials' car allowance

Symbolic efforts have their place; such a move can at least acknowledge a problem and continue the discussion toward a solution.Not, however, when they might create more problems than they might solve, which is why the Snohomish County Council

Date: 09/29/2015 | Editorials

2 running to replace term-limited incumbent

EVERETT — Snohomish County Assessor Cindy Portmann’s chief deputy is competing with a private real estate appraiser to take over her job next year.Voters will get to chose a successor for the term-limited incumbent Nov. 3.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

At last, first Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker flies away

EVERETT — After months of delay and hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, a military version of the Boeing Co. aerial-refueling tanker flew for the first time Friday.The first KC-46A, which is...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business

Chinese President Xi Jinping departs Everett for D.C.

EVERETT — President Xi Jinping left Western Washington from Paine Field here Thursday morning, en route to Washington, D.C., for an official state visit with President Barack Obama.Xi's Air China Boeing 747-400 took off from Paine Field around 9:19 a.m.The...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

Analyst says he was forced to boost officials' car stipends

EVERETT — A Snohomish County financial analyst claims he was pressured in 2013 to inflate the amount of money that elected officials receive for car reimbursements.James Lee filed a complaint in March describing how he boosted compensation by more than $250 per month.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County hiring freeze proposal dropped

EVERETT — The Snohomish County councilman who tried to pass an emergency hiring freeze for county government last month has decided it's unnecessary.Brian Sullivan and the other four members of...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

Visit seals big jet deal

China's president tours Boeing factory in Everett

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

Council freezes budget for new Snohomish County courthouse

EVERETT — A majority of the Snohomish County Council voted on Wednesday to freeze the budget for the courthouse project until they decide what they want to build — if anything.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

Lovick temporarily fills 2 administrative positions

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Tuesday announced a promotion and a new hire to temporarily fill roles at the highest levels of his administration.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

China’s president arrives

Xi’s visit to include Boeing plant tour

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

County courthouse plans continue to evolve

EVERETT — When it comes to Snohomish County’s stalled courthouse project, political leaders can agree on one thing: their exasperation.Beyond that, there’s little common ground.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

Expect highway delays with China president’s visit

EVERETT — Commuters heading to Seattle and other points south of Everett should expect heavier-than-normal traffic along I-5 Tuesday morning.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News

Monroe negotiating with developer over wakeboarding, waterskiing park

MONROE — The city is negotiating with a developer who owes $22,566 in overdue rent for space to build a wakeboarding and waterskiing park at Lake Tye.The City Council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

Family of inmate who died in jail sues Snohomish County

SEATTLE — Snohomish County is facing another lawsuit for a death inside the Everett jail.Bill Williams, a mentally ill man, died of a heart attack in 2012 after being shocked twice with an electric stun gun.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

State finds no problem in audit of Snohomish County finances

Washington state auditors gave Snohomish County high marks after reviewing financial statements and federal-grant compliance during 2014.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

County Council delays vote on hiring freeze

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members decided Wednesday to wait another week before voting on a hiring freeze to give themselves time to examine unintended...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

Council OKs $7.4M for Paine Field runway overhaul

EVERETT — A Paine Field runway is set for an overhaul next year.The County Council on Wednesday approved a $7.4 million bid from Interwest Construction of Burlington to reconfigure the airport’s cross runway, also known as Runway 11/29, which runs at a diagonal to the main runway.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

What his visit means

Chinese president’s U.S. trip includes Boeing in Everett

Date: 09/16/2015 | Business

County Council to vote on mostly symbolic hiring freeze

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members are set to vote Wednesday on imposing a hiring freeze for government employees, in another sign of unease over finances.The move might put other leaders on notice, but the main effect would be symbolic."I...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

Convicted robber files $6.3M claim against county

EVERETT — Todd Kirkpatrick robbed banks. Until he got caught.Interrupted mid-robbery, he ran from a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy. In his attempt to escape, Kirkpatrick leveled his gun at the deputy, who shot him twice.Now Kirkpatrick, an inmate at...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Local News

Ex-PUD CEO seeks records from whistleblower incident

EVERETT — The former head of the Snohomish County PUD has requested several hundred emails, expense reports and other public records related to a whistleblower working at the utility.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

Ruling may have sidetracked bid for motocross track east of Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — Plans to build an off-road motorcycle racetrack along the Mountain Loop Highway may have fallen through for good following a judge's ruling last month.The decision overturns approvals that

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

Groups to address poverty on multiple levels

EVERETT — A high-level conversation will start next week with the goal of tackling a complex subject: poverty in Snohomish County.

Date: 09/12/2015 | Local News

Gipson expected to return to corrections officer job

EVERETT — Ron Gipson is expected to return to his job as a Snohomish County juvenile corrections officer later this month after spending a year and a half on paid leave for a workplace investigation that concluded he sexually harassed female co-workers.While Gipson...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Fair attendance drops 4%

The decline, after four years of growth, is blamed on bad weather

Date: 09/10/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County Deputy Executive Mark Ericks resigns

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick has announced a change at the top of his administration.Lovick on Tuesday said he had accepted the resignation of Deputy Executive Mark Ericks, effective Thursday. In Ericks' place as second-in-command, the executive...

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

Ice cave deaths predicted

Emails reveal efforts to warn of danger

Date: 09/06/2015 | Local News

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

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