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Development opposed

Neighbors band together to fight construction of 112 homes

Date: 11/28/2015 | Local News

Affordable homes require planning, good transportation

The question of how to create more affordable housing has been a hotly debated topic this year, especially in the city of Seattle with the release last summer of the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee's recommendations.This is a critical discussion and I...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

Growth not helping our commute

I read on that the I-5 and I-405 commutes to Seattle and Bellevue have become untenable: More than an hour and a half for one and over an hour for the other. That means for an eight-hour workday in...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Commentary

Keep process out in the open

A recent decision by the state Supreme Court could now provide some cover for public officials looking to conceal the more controversial parts of the sausage making they do as members of city and county councils, school boards, fire district...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Editorials

Mill Creek neighbors oppose townhouse development

MILL CREEK — Neighbors here are fighting a proposed housing development set to be built just south of the city limits.Kirkland-based Westcott Homes wants to build 149 townhouses on...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News

Elect Spencer and McDaniel

During the last 10 years, Lake Stevens has been a city built by annexations, growing from about 7,400 residents before 2006 to its current population of 30,000 with the annexations of North Lake, Frontier Village, Soper Hill and areas southwest of the city.Even though the...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Editorials

Fire District 4 to sell land that’s no longer needed

SNOHOMISH — The local fire district is looking to sell nearly 5 acres of land.Snohomish County Fire District 4 in Snohomish has owned the property along Old Snohomish Monroe Road for more than a decade, Chief Ron Simmons said.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

Meeting set for Sept. 20 to discuss proposed Mukilteo development

MUKILTEO — Neighbors who are concerned about a 112-home development on steep terrain above Picnic Point Road plan to meet for a discussion Sunday afternoon.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

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

Board to vote on proposal to seek buyer for Oregon state forest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The State Land Board is scheduled to vote on a plan to find an unusual buyer for the Elliott State Forest: one that will pay a fair market price, conserve older trees, protect threatened fish and wildlife, produce logs for local mills, and leave it open to the public.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Northwest

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

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

$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

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

Idaho official challenges government’s ownership of NW public lands

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — An Idaho official is trying to garner support from counties in western states to legally challenge the government’s ownership of public lands.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

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

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

Lessons from Oso

Viewpoints: Lidar mapping can reveal threats, direct decisions

Date: 04/26/2015 | Commentary

Don’t sacrifice land-use laws, livability for economy

New York and San Francisco are expensive places to live. That's a big problem for the nation because these cities are centers for the booming knowledge economy. High housing costs discourage this growth.So sayeth The Economist, its trademark voice of reason spiked with...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Arlington’ challenge: Keeping that small town feel while bracing for growth

ARLINGTON — Plans for the future here include expanding growth boundaries, partnering with Marysville to entice industry and keeping a small town feel while bracing for growth.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Local News

Cliven Bundy helps renew feds vs. states land debate

CARSON CITY, Nev. — When rancher Cliven Bundy arrived at the Nevada Capitol with hundreds of supporters recently to urge legislators to pass a bill demanding state control of federally owned lands within Nevada’s borders, it renewed a fight over grazing rights that turned into an armed standoff...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Northwest

Involve public in big projects

Throughout what is now known as the "courthouse mess," the city of Everett has complained that the things Snohomish County officials were or weren't doing regarding parking spaces and redevelopment plans as part of a courthouse deal, came as "a surprise" to the...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Editorials

Council delays decision on construction of motocross tracks

EVERETT — A long-awaited decision about building a complex of motocross racetracks northeast of Granite Falls will have to wait a little longer.Dozens of people from the off-road motorcycle community filled

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

Idaho panel calls for collaboration on federal land takeover

BOISE, Idaho — A legislative panel is urging Idaho lawmakers to pursue a collaborative approach while seeking to assume control of federally managed public land.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Northwest

Transportation planning crucial to meet county growth

The Snohomish County Council has begun its work on adopting a new Comprehensive Plan. This plan is updated every ten years and it sets the direction for population and job growth in the county over a 20-year time frame. The decisions made by the county then trickle down to the cities...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Commentary

Lawmakers working on central Idaho wilderness plan

BOISE, Idaho — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch derailed a 2010 wilderness bill but says he’s working now with U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson on a scaled-down version as others attempt to persuade President Barack Obama to designate a central Idaho area a national monument.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest

Major changes proposed to Waterfront Place development

EVERETT — The Port of Everett has proposed significant changes to its Waterfront Place development that it believes will make it a much more attractive neighborhood.Waterfront Place is the current name of a...

Date: 01/15/2015 | Business

Proposed development on landfill near Everett to be scrutinized

EVERETT — As some neighbors see it, the former Go-East landfill is a Pandora's Box of unknown contaminants that could be unleashed by a proposed housing development.For the owner and would-be...

Date: 12/26/2014 | Local News

Everett moves to block courthouse work

EVERETT — The Everett City Council passed an emergency ordinance Wednesday that blocks construction of Snohomish County’s future downtown courthouse...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

County planners suggest changing pot rules

EVERETT — After discussing rules for local marijuana businesses for nearly four hours Wednesday evening, the Snohomish County Planning Commission decided to recommended a revision of existing regulations...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

County marijuana-business discussion to continue today

EVERETT — After a three-hour public hearing Tuesday evening, the Snohomish County Planning Commission decided to continue discussing* the input from marijuana-enterprise owners and neighbors who oppose pot operations.The commission will meet...

Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News

Better prepared for next time

Report offers ideas for dealing with disasters

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News

County hearing Tuesday on ways to regulate marijuana

EVERETT — Marijuana-enterprise owners are expected to plead for their businesses at a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission on Tuesday.Neighbors who oppose pot...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News

Federal lands transfer could cost Idaho millions

BOISE, Idaho — Taking control of federal public lands in Idaho could cost the state $111 million a year, a new report shows.

Date: 12/08/2014 | Northwest

Panel to hold last meeting on safety recommendations after Oso mudslide

EVERETT — This past weekend was crunch time for members of an expert panel tasked with making safety recommendations after the Oso mudslide.The

Date: 12/01/2014 | Local News

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