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Judge tosses case against dredging Snake, Clearwater rivers

LEWISTON, Idaho — A federal judge in Seattle has dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others that sought to stop dredging of the Snake and Clearwater rivers to make way for barges.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Northwest

Studies examine habitat restoration for salmon, steelhead

BOISE, Idaho — Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster struggling fish populations.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest

Nez Perce: New record set for fall chinook redds in Snake River

KENNEWICK — New data released by the Nez Perce Tribe shows that fall chinook returning to the Snake River have set a new record for the third straight year.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest

Repairs planned for 2 Snake River dam locks in Walla Walla Co.

KENNEWICK — Two dams in Washington state are scheduled for $8 million in navigation lock repairs by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Northwest

Snowboarder recovering after 2 nights lost near Mount Baker Ski Area

BELLINGHAM — A snowboarder is recovering after getting lost and spending two nights in the backcountry near the Mt. Baker Ski Area during heavy snowfall.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Northwest

County, Lake Stevens plan overhaul of Cavelero Hill Park

LAKE STEVENS — Plans to overhaul Cavelero Hill Park have gained momentum and a covered skate park could open there as soon as next year.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News

Four-legged triathletes

Farm in Lochsloy specializes in training horses, riders in 3 events

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News

Mukilteo’s waterfront makeover plans include parks and paths

MUKILTEO — For years, the city’s waterfront was dominated by a former military tank farm.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Local News

Hidden treasure

Heirman park is fun to explore for kids and adults

Date: 01/31/2016 | Explore NW

Yosemite’s fans are the kid in a bitter divorce

On Jan. 14, the National Park Service announced that Yosemite's iconic Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1. A news release explained that because of a trademark dispute with outgoing concessionaire Delaware North of Buffalo, New York, the Wawona Hotel will...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Before the storm

Rising rivers pose minor flood risk in Snohomish County

Date: 01/28/2016 | Local News

Remains found in Skykomish River ID’d as missing Monroe woman

MONROE — A body found near Monroe earlier this week has been confirmed as that of Marianne Humble, 53.A death investigation continues, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Friday.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Local News

Fishing family settles lawsuit with state of Washington

OLYMPIA — Members of a commercial fishing family have settled a lawsuit over their constitutional rights with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Groups want Spokane fish hatchery monitored for PCBs

SPOKANE — Environmental groups contend a state-owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing PCBs. They say the hatchery’s wastewater should be monitored as a pollution source.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Stormy weather temporarily closes Washington’s mountain passes

SEATTLE — A warm front moving into Western Washington has dumped several inches of heavy wet snow in the Cascade Mountains and temporarily closed mountain passes.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Human remains found near Kayak Point

WARM BEACH — Human remains were found Wednesday along 140th Street NW, near Kayak Point south of Stanwood. The remains were found by hikers between Marine Drive and Kayak Point Road, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Local News

Obama vetoes legislation scrapping smaller stream regulation

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama vetoed on Tuesday legislation that would have nullified a federal rule designed to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Ninth baby orca confirmed in Puget Sound

SEATTLE — Whale researchers say they’ve documented another baby orca born in Puget Sound.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said on Facebook Tuesday their researchers documented the new calf Monday.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Northwest

What lies beneath

With new tech, scientists probe Puget Sound

Date: 01/17/2016 | Local News

Officials confirm 1 dog poisoning, but information is scant

SNOHOMISH — An investigation by Snohomish County Parks & Recreation has determined that a dog most likely was poisoned at Willis Tucker Park on Thanksgiving Day. The dog later died.There have been numerous reports on social...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Local News

Enjoy public lands for free Sunday and Monday

State parks won’t require a Discover Pass for parking Sunday and Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Explore NW

Navy wants to expand park training sites in Puget Sound area

BREMERTON — The Navy is looking to expand its use of parks and other public lands in the Puget Sound region to allow for more SEAL team training opportunities.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest

Feds weigh comments on Olympic Peninsula naval training

PORT ANGELES — The U.S. Forest Service is working up responses to the thousands of comments it received about its plans for allowing the Navy to expand its electronic warfare training over the Olympic Peninsula.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Northwest

PUD officially pulls the plug on tidal-energy project

EVERETT — Snohomish County Public Utility District is closing the book on its mulitmillion-dollar experiment to draw electricity from ocean tides.The

Date: 01/07/2016 | Local News

Clams are off the table

Restarting digging at Kayak Point Park not logical for now

Date: 01/07/2016 | Local News

Tulalips, Forterra to preserve Wallace River salmon habitat

GOLD BAR — A 1.25-mile stretch of forested land along the Wallace River will now be protected forever as salmon habitat.The land, covering 121 acres on five parcels, was purchased by the environmental nonprofit Forterra in July for...

Date: 01/05/2016 | Local News

Start the new year with a guided hike in a state park

Begin as you mean to go on.If you mean to go on a lot of hikes in 2016, perhaps you’d like to begin with a hike. You can of course enjoy a trip on your own, or you can join in on a guided event Washington State Parks.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Explore NW

Snow piles up at Washington ski areas

SEATTLE — The snow has been piling up in Washington’s Cascade Mountains this week.Transportation officials say Snoqualmie Pass has received more than 100 inches in the last seven days, nearly equaling the total for all last season.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Northwest

Hammering rainstorms have caused Lake Stevens to hit near-record level

LAKE STEVENS — Calls are coming in to the city about private docks underwater around the lake, but officials say it's nothing out of the ordinary for a rainy December in Snohomish County.The rising level of Lake Stevens, which is now inches below a record high, is...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County buys former horse farm in Maltby for future park

MALTBY — Carousel Ranch is about to take a new turn.For 80 years, the hilly property on Highway 9 has served as a horse farm.This fall, Snohomish County reached a deal to buy the property, which has belonged to the Curtis family

Date: 12/23/2015 | Local News

Oso slide was not an outlier, new research says

OSO — Two of the most pressing questions for planners and policy makers about the Oso landslide are closer to being answered.The deadly slide on March 22, 2014, cast renewed focus on development in rainy, hilly western Washington.

Date: 12/22/2015 | Local News

Edmonds neighbors excited about Esperance Park expansion

EDMONDS — A community park in the Esperance area is set to grow now that Snohomish County has reached a real-estate agreement with the Edmonds School District.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Local News

Rising lake temperatures may worsen algae blooms

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some of the world’s biggest temperature jumps are happening in lakes — an ominous sign that suggests problems such as harmful algae blooms and low-oxygen zones hazardous to fish will get worse, says a newly released scientific report.

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World

Show off your photos

Share your best for interactive online map

Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW

Prep swimming: At Snohomish Aquatics Center

Dual results: Shorewood def. Snohomish 134-52; Shorewood def. Glacier Peak 119-67.

Date: 12/17/2015 | High Schools

Another baby: 8th endangered orca spotted in Puget Sound

SEATTLE — Whale researchers are celebrating the birth of another baby orca in Puget Sound, the first time in decades the population has experienced such a boom.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News

PUD’s plans for power facility at Sunset Falls draws fire

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Public Utility District is close to filing the first of two applications for federal approval to build a hydroelectric power plant at Sunset Falls on the South Fork Skykomish River near Index.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Local News

Missing firefighter’s car found on Deception Pass

SEATTLE — The search for a missing Seattle firefighter moved forward after his car was found at the Deception Pass parking lot.Josh Milton, of Bothell, was reported missing after he failed to show up on Thursday for his shift as a paramedic student at Harborview Medical Center.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Northwest

Northwest storms ease drought worries; mudslide risks remain

SEATTLE — Fierce storms in the Pacific Northwest sent rivers bursting from their banks, spilled boulders and trees into a major highway and spawned a rare tornado that snapped power poles and battered homes. They’ve also had one positive effect — easing drought concerns after an unusually dry...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Northwest

Flood hits Sky Valley

At its height, the Snohomish River went well above flood stage

Date: 12/09/2015 | Local News

Where to see bald eagles up close right now

The Skagit River and the surrounding watershed — or more specifically the salmon that thrive there — attract one of the largest populations of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Each winter, the eagles arrive to feast on salmon.

Date: 12/08/2015 | Explore NW

High praise from state, feds for Smith Island salmon project

EVERETT — Snohomish County was awash with praise from federal and state fisheries officials Monday for years of work on the Smith Island salmon habitat project.Heavy construction on the project in...

Date: 12/08/2015 | Local News

No definitive cause, but study advances mudslide science

OSO — A new paper published by a team of researchers working on the Oso mudslide site reveals a growing understanding of the slide's history, and points to further avenues for exploration.When the slide struck March...

Date: 12/06/2015 | Local News

Colorful compilation

Discover the beautiful diversity of the Salish Sea

Date: 12/06/2015 | Explore NW

UW study: Boaters can help orcas by slowing down

BREMERTON — A new University of Washington study of underwater noise finds that killer whales are bothered more by a fast boat than a large one or by a number of them in close proximity.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Northwest

Endangered fisher to be reintroduced into Cascades

SEATTLE — A weasel-like predator that disappeared from Washington state decades ago will soon be reintroduced to the Cascade Range.State and federal wildlife officials are preparing to re-establish fishers into Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks and...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest

Bask in the state’s best views all year

The new year can be a walk in the park.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Life

States boost REI's Black Friday 'OptOutside' plan

Exactly one month ago, outdoor retailer REI announced its campaign to get its employees and customers outside for the day. And a number of states jumped on board.All 143 REI stores are closed for the day, though its 12,000 employees are still being paid, according to the...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business Wire

Police, parks in Lake Stevens’ 2016 budget

LAKE STEVENS — The City Council on Tuesday approved a 2016 budget that adds new police, planning and parks staff and focuses on projects to fix parks and streets.Council members didn’t agree on the final budget. Four voted yes, two voted no and one was absent.

Date: 11/27/2015 | Local News

Annual closure on Ballard Locks stops big boat traffic

SEATTLE — The Ballard Locks are partially closed for most of the month, keeping large commercial boat traffic out of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

No entry fees at Olympic, Mount Rainier parks Friday

PORT ANGELES — Officials at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks are offering free park entry on the Friday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to get outside.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

Rain finally extinguishes wildfire in Olympic National Park

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Precipitation in Olympic National Park has finally extinguished a wildfire that had been burning since May.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

A walk in the woods

Monthly gatherings highlight Camano Island trails and parks

Date: 11/20/2015 | Local News

Man in car could only watch as massive tree barely missed him

EVERETT — Allen Pinkham found a spot to watch Tuesday's storm whip the waterfront. Sitting in his Honda Civic at

Date: 11/19/2015 | Local News

Seasonal closure begins on Highway 20

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews closed the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) for the first time this season on Nov. 12, due to bad weather over the pass that...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Street Smarts

Edmonds’ Civic Field to become city park

EDMONDS — Civic Field, which the city has leased from the Edmonds School District for nearly 40 years, will soon become a city park.The city has reached...

Date: 11/16/2015 | Local News

DOT to make running ads on its website permanent

OLYMPIA — Four years after the Department of Transportation started selling ads on its website on a trial basis, agency leaders are ready to make the practice permanent.They've drafted a bill they hope lawmakers will approve in the 2016 session to give permanence to an...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Local News

Flood warnings issued

Rivers in the county are rising; most are expected to crest today

Date: 11/13/2015 | Local News

Help Mount Rainier National Park shape future of its wilderness

Mount Rainier National Park is working on a Wilderness Stewardship Plan to guide the use and preservation of wilderness in the park.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Explore NW

A natural conversation

Conference centers on future of farms, forests, food

Date: 11/12/2015 | Home and Garden

Areas of Olympic National Park closing Thursday

PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park officials say they’ll close six areas of the park Thursday ahead of expected heavy rain and high winds.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest

Volunteer as an eagle watcher this winter; applications due soon

The Forest Service is looking for volunteers for the Eagle Watchers Program along the Skagit River.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Explore NW

A new view

St. Helens trail and nearby areas are worth a drive south

Date: 11/08/2015 | Life

Champs by a hair

GP edges E-W by 1 point for 3A girls team cross country title

Date: 11/07/2015 | High Schools

Manhattan Project National Park signing Tuesday in Kennewick

RICHLAND — A meeting on the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park is scheduled in Kennewick next Thursday.Federal officials on Tuesday will have a signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., to establish the new national park, which will include Hanford’s historic B Reactor.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

Workshop covers Stillaguamish basin pollution prevention

STANWOOD — An upcoming workshop aims to teach property owners in north Snohomish County about preventing bacterial pollution in the lower Stillaguamish River basin.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Local News

Marine life returns

After levee breach, the change at Qwuloolt Estuary

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Toxic algae warning issued for 5 Thurston County lakes

OLYMPIA — Officials have issued health advisories for five lakes in Thurston County that have tested positive for high levels of toxic blue-green algae.The Olympian reported that the advisories apply to Black, Deep, Long, Pattison and Scott lakes.

Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest

Camano Island 3-year watershed improvement project a winner

CAMANO ISLAND — A three-year project to clean up the Triangle Cove watershed brought hundreds of property owners together for lessons on protecting their water supply.As grant funding for the work comes to an end, organizers say results have exceeded expectations.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Local News

Officials discourage visits to Mount Rainier this weekend

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Officials with Mount Rainier National Park are discouraging travel in the park this weekend due to expected rain and snow.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Northwest

Olympic Hot Springs closed to visitors due to fatality

Olympic Nat’l Park: Hot springs closed due to fatalityOfficials said a Silverdale man has died in a hot spring pool within Olympic National Park, prompting the closure of Olympic Hot Springs.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

Back where it belongs

Stillaguamish canoe stolen in the 1960s is returned to tribe

Date: 10/27/2015 | Local News

Orcas expected to venture into south Puget Sound

SEATTLE — Puget Sound orca pods with six babies are expected to venture south into Puget Sound for the fall and early winter.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest

Friends of the forest: Volunteers go to work on Green Everett Day

EVERETT — More than 100 volunteers dug holes, placed plants and spread mulch Saturday morning at Forest Park for Green Everett Day.The annual event is the largest work party organized by

Date: 10/23/2015 | Local News

‘One-day university’ explains the Sound around us

MUKILTEO — The Puget Sound rewards us with bustling ports and a plethora of marine life, swimming beaches and beautiful views.Tremendous population growth has degraded the area’s natural wonders over the past century and a half. Experts are only starting to understand how.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News

Two seek seat on East County park and recreation commission

MONROE — Two candidates are vying for a contested seat on the East County Park and Recreation District.

Date: 10/22/2015 | Local News

Bivalve barometers

Penn Cove mussels to be used to track pollutants in Puget Sound

Date: 10/21/2015 | Local News

Prep volleyball: Shorewood 3, Glacier Peak 0

SNOHOMISH — Elli Allen-Hatch recorded 11 kills and six digs and Delaney Hopen added 13 kills and five aces to lead the undefeated Thunderbirds to a Wesco 3A sweep of the Grizzlies on Tuesday.Lauren Sanders had 11 kills and 3.5 blocks for Glacier Peak.

Date: 10/20/2015 | High Schools

All season play

$3.5M renovation for Lynnwood playfield

Date: 10/20/2015 | Local News

Annual dredging of Port Gardner and Snohomish River to begin soon

EVERETT — A federal contractor is expected to soon start dredging part of Port Gardner and the Snohomish River, an annual task to keep the river's boat channel and Everett's seaport free of silt.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the $1.1 million project with...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News

Maltby property eyed for future school buildings

EVERETT — Neighbors who fought Snohomish County over plans for a sports park in the Maltby area may soon face the prospect of schools being built on that same land.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Local News

N. Cascades open but smoky scent lingers

NEWHALEM — On a recent visit, my first sniff when I opened the car door at the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center on the edge of Newhalem told the story: Did you ever put your nose really close to a cold, dead campfire the morning after a wienie roast?

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

Repairs have Cape Disappointment jetty ready for winter

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT — Even with the huge dump trucks and massive cranes of the modern century to replace the steam engines and army of laborers of the early 1900s, jetty work remains no small task.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Northwest

Hiker found dead on Pilchuck identified as Snohomish man

VERLOT — The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has released the name of the Snohomish man who died while hiking on Mount Pilchuck east of Verlot earlier this week.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Local News

Be a tourist in Arlington

City flush with art, history and plenty of places to explore

Date: 10/16/2015 | Life

Hiker, 24, dies in fall on Mount Pilchuck

VERLOT — A 24-year-old Snohomish man died while hiking on Mount Pilchuck east of Verlot.The man’s body was recovered late Wednesday morning by the Snohomish County search and rescue team. He was reported missing from his hiking group on Tuesday.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Local News

Regulators reviewing permits for Kalama methanol plant

LONGVIEW — Federal and state regulators are weighing the first major permits requested for the proposed $1.8 billion methanol manufacturing plant at the Port of Kalama.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

Court orders restitution from man who diverted Mason Co. river

SHELTON — A Mason County judge has ordered a man to pay restitution after being found guilty of altering the course of the Tahuya River.William Cayo Sr. must pay $50 per month to the state environmental restoration fund. The restitution ordered was $200,000.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest

Precarious perch

Volunteers tackle tough job at Three Fingers Lookout

Date: 10/11/2015 | Explore NW

Free workshop covers Port Susan shoreline protection

STANWOOD — Stanwood and Camano Island residents are invited to a free workshop to learn how to protect waterfront property around Port Susan.The Oct. 17 event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lake Goodwin Community Club, 17323 42nd Ave. NW, Stanwood.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News

Large crowds expected at Grays Harbor oil terminal hearing

ABERDEEN — State officials said large crowds are expected Thursday at a public hearing on two oil terminals proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

What to do with memories

Family wants to find new use for items passed down

Date: 09/30/2015 | Local News

9 days of wilderness

PCT trip is challenging, beautiful and peaceful

Date: 09/27/2015 | Explore NW

87 wild miles

Pacific Crest Trail in county is rugged and rewarding

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

From park to kitchen

Produce harvested at demonstration garden given to food bank

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Ballinger Park plan approved for Mountlake Terrace

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The City Council on Sept. 8 approved a master plan for Ballinger Park, following a series of public meetings that began in 2013.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

Humpback whales visit the Columbia River near Astoria

ASTORIA, Ore. — Humpback whales are visiting the Columbia River this week.Scientists say they’ve been spotted near Astoria just downstream from the bridge to Washington.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Northwest

Injured hiker, 17, flown to safety from Glacier Peak area

DARRINGTON — A young hiker was flown Monday evening to an Everett hospital after she fell while traveling near the icy flanks of Glacier Peak.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

A lone ranger

He’s on patrol in the Spada Lake watershed

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

Marysville City Council bans vaping in public parks

MARYSVILLE — As of Sept. 24, vaping will no longer be permitted in city parks.The Marysville City Council on Monday passed an ordinance that puts electronic cigarettes or vaping devices in the same category as tobacco.Smoking and tobacco use is already...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

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