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Stilly Valley already a winner

This is not a beauty contest.Although the North Stillaguamish Valley, from Darrington to Arlington, would be a finalist in that competition, too, for its natural beauty and small-town charm.What is being celebrated in Wednesday's announcement from Durham, North...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Editorials

Free to swim

Area hatcheries cleared to release steelhead into rivers

Date: 04/19/2016 | Local News

Officials sign unusual pact to tear down Klamath dams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Endangered salmon blocked for nearly a century from hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in Oregon and California are expected to return en masse under unusual agreements signed Wednesday to tear down four hydroelectric dams.

Date: 04/06/2016 | Northwest

Work begins on Lochsloy bridge over Pilchuck River

LAKE STEVENS ­— Work is set to begin on

Date: 04/05/2016 | Street Smarts

States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress, a spokesman for dam owner PacifiCorp said Monday.

Date: 04/04/2016 | Northwest

Stanwood seeks input on new Stillaguamish riverfront park

STANWOOD — Work to transform the Stillaguamish riverfront in downtown Stanwood continues with plans for new parks, paths, docks and a boat launch.A month ago, planners wanted thoughts on plans for...

Date: 03/27/2016 | Local News

Homes along Pilchuck aren’t the problem

Regarding Mr. William Lider’s March 14, letter, “Home developers caused problem,” clearly, he is divorced from the reality of our situation and our community.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Commentary

Stillaguamish Tribe: Way of life threatened by dwindling salmon runs

ARLINGTON — Shawn Yanity remembers learning to fish with his uncle on the Stillaguamish River. It was more than three decades ago, and his uncle shared a dire warning. “As soon as we lose the salmon, this is a dead river,” his uncle said.

Date: 03/15/2016 | Local News

Salmon forecast is dire

Declining counts caused by combination of environmental factors

Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News

Columbia River catfish, bass, walleye limits eliminated

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington state officials have eliminated the size and daily catch limits on Columbia River catfish, bass and walleye.

Date: 03/05/2016 | Northwest

Homes on losing ground

Pilchuck River steadily eating away at properties in Lake Stevens

Date: 03/04/2016 | Local News

Pacific Northwest could become hub for methanol production

SEATTLE — The Pacific Northwest could become a major hub for methanol production if three proposed refineries are built along the Columbia River and Puget Sound.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Northwest

Public asked for input on future of Stanwood’s Ovenell Park

STANWOOD — Planners are asking for feedback on how best to transform a former dairy into a park in downtown Stanwood.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Local News

Grant to help fund upgrades to Arlington’s Haller Park

ARLINGTON — Work to remake Haller Park continues with the help of nearly $160,000 in grant money to build new restrooms, a concession area and seating in a safer, drier part of the park.

Date: 02/15/2016 | Local News

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

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

Four-legged triathletes

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

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News

Hidden treasure

Heirman park is fun to explore for kids and adults

Date: 01/31/2016 | Explore NW

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

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

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

Show off your photos

Share your best for interactive online map

Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW

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

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

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

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

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

Back where it belongs

Stillaguamish canoe stolen in the 1960s is returned to tribe

Date: 10/27/2015 | 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

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

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

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

Too few pink salmon prompts Skagit tribe to close fishery

MOUNT VERNON — The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe has decided to close its pink salmon fishery because fewer pinks have returned to the Skagit River than anticipated.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Plans to move toxic soil on Duwamish River drawing criticism

SEATTLE — A Waste Management proposal to transport toxic soil across the Duwamish River is drawing criticism from activists who are concerned about possible spills.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest

Company wants to expand energy project on Columbia River at Longview

LONGVIEW — A Houston-based energy company has unveiled plans to expand its proposed energy project along the Columbia River in Longview.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

Cool water temps good news for sturgeon in Columbia River

KENNEWICK — Cooler water temperatures in the Columbia River are good news for sturgeon.Warm water conditions this summer killed more than 80 sturgeon in the Tri-Cities area.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Ebey Slough levee breached

After a century, farmland becomes salmon habitat

Date: 08/28/2015 | Local News

Foster Farms in Kelso fined for untreated chicken wastewater release

KELSO — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Foster Farms in Kelso $44,000 for releasing untreated chicken processing wastewater to a treatment plant.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Qwuloolt Estuary Project

Breach goal: Return of the wild salmon

Date: 08/23/2015 | Local News

Drought hits bottom line

Lack of rain drives up businesses’ costs, cuts into revenue

Date: 08/14/2015 | Business

‘Concerns continue’ about integrity of prison sewage system

MONROE — In a news release last week, the state Department of Corrections announced that some of its prisons had earned environmental awards from a fellow agency, the state...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

Fish ‘rest area’ explained at Monroe Library

MONROE — To help improve and increase the salmon habitat and population in the Skykomish River, Snohomish County Public Works staff are planning to create a “rest stop area” for fish.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News

Set aside three rivers for wild steelhead

Steelhead are Washington's state fish. Revered by anglers and historically numerous, today most of our wild steelhead runs are in deep trouble, either extinct or threatened with extirpation, extinction of local species. Current populations are less than 5 percent of historic abundance.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Commentary

Horse OK after tumble, dramatic rescue in Gold Bar

GOLD BAR — Teton took a tumble.The brown-and-white mare somehow survived the 50-foot fall down an embankment Monday afternoon. Firefighters then managed to get the 900-pound animal to safety using a harness, plenty of rope and a pulley system.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Local News

No word yet on near-drowning victim in Stillaguamish River

ARLINGTON — Firefighters on Thursday were awaiting word on a near-drowning victim who was pulled from the Stillaguamish River the day before.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

Crews try to save man pulled from Stillaguamish River

ARLINGTON — A man was pulled from the Stillaguamish River near Arlington on Wednesday after a possible drowning.Resuscitation efforts were under way shortly after 3:30 p.m., according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. The incident happened at Blue Stilly Park...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

Search continues for presumed N. Fork Skykomish drowning victim

INDEX — The search continues for the body of a man who went missing July 19 in the North Fork Skykomish River.The man, described as being in his early 20s and from the Lake Stevens area, is presumed to have drowned.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Sirens

Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying due to hot water

BOISE, Idaho — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

Stilly under siege

River and fish weather silt, slides and drought

Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News

Creekside calm

Buck Creek Campground is open again and it’s delightful

Date: 07/26/2015 | Explore NW

Sockeye season comes to early end on upper Columbia River

SPOKANE — Washington officials have declared an early end to the sockeye salmon season on the upper Columbia River.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Northwest

Searchers still looking for body of man in N. Fork Skykomish River

INDEX — The search resumed Monday morning for the body of a man who disappeared while swimming on the North Fork Skykomish River.The missing man is in his early 20s and from the Lake Stevens area.A 911 report was received around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Local News

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

Man drowns in Skykomish River near Monroe

MONROE — A 59-year-old Tacoma man drowned Saturday evening in the Skykomish River at Monroe.The man had been seen jumping into the river off the Lewis Street bridge that crosses the river just south of the city, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Local News

Stillaguamish River drowning victim identified

SEATTLE — Officials have confirmed the death of a man who was pulled from the Stillaguamish River on June 28.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Sirens

Washington restricts fishing on many rivers due to drought

OLYMPIA — Drought conditions are prompting state officials to prohibit or limit fishing on more than 30 rivers across Washington to help protect fish.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Officials worried by mysterious deaths of sturgeon in Columbia River

SPOKANE — The mysterious deaths of dozens of giant sturgeon in the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities is prompting state officials to consider closing catch-and-release fishing of the species.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Northwest

Man found dead in river; drugs possible factor

ARLINGTON ­— The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office dive team on Wednesday evening recovered the body of a Granite Falls man from an island in the South Fork Stillaguamish River.The man, 21, was reported to be unresponsive and floating in a shallow part of the river around 6 p.m.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Local News

Saving state's wild steelhead

The term "gene bank" likely prompts images of scientists in lab coats putting samples into a cryogenic deep freeze, but as far as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and local fishing enthusiasts with Trout Unlimited are concerned, the setting is much more bucolic:...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Editorials

Some environmental victories

In the interests of positive reenforcement, let's take the opportunity here to make note of some legislative successes by lawmakers, even as they plod on with their third special session to come to some final agreements related to budgets and education.Specific to parks,...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Editorials

Small brush fire burns on I-5

ARLINGTON — A small brush fire broke out in the median of I-5 at about 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon just north of the Stillaguamish River bridge.The fire measured about 300 feet by 75 feet, said Captain Eric Ensign of the North County Regional Fire Authority. Units from...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Columbia River water temperature is hottest since 1950

VANCOUVER — The Columbia River is the warmest it has been since 1950.The Seattle Times reported the water temperature in the Lower Columbia River at Bonneville Dam was nearly 71 degrees on Monday.

Date: 07/01/2015 | Northwest

Kenmore man drowns in Snohomish River

SNOHOMISH — A 21-year-old Kenmore man drowned Monday while swimming in the Snohomish River.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Sirens

Arlington water conservation based on ‘wise use’

ARLINGTON — Saving water has been on people’s minds around here for the past 20 years.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Local News

Water limits as river flows drop in Eastern Washington

Associated PressWENATCHEE — Washington state has told several hundred irrigators in north-central and eastern Washington to stop irrigating because river flows have dropped too low.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest

Guide cancels controversial raft tour because of lower water levels

OSO — The Stillaguamish River is too low to risk a second trip this summer past the site of the Oso mudslide, the guide of a controversial rafting tour said last week.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News

Feds spent $700 million on habitat restoration in Columbia River Basin

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three federal agencies — the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — provide funding and technical assistance to states, tribes, local watershed groups, conservation agencies and other local entities to develop, build...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Northwest

Port Susan estuary takes a hit from warming, low Stillaguamish River flow

STANWOOD — The early summer, with its unusually hot days and low snowpack, offers a window into the future for local scientists.Researchers have turned their attention to Port Susan and the mouth of the Stillaguamish River. Important tidal ecosystems there have been...

Date: 06/09/2015 | Local News

Woodland teen drowns while trying to swim across Lewis River

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 17-year-old boy who went under while trying to swim across the Lewis River in Woodland has been found dead.

Date: 06/08/2015 | Northwest

Longview port in talks over oil refinery on Columbia River

LONGVIEW — The Port of Longview says it is negotiating with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery on the Columbia River.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Northwest

Girl killed by train was Archbishop Murphy star athlete

The Snohomish girl who was killed by a freight train near Arlington on Saturday was a popular senior and accomplished athlete at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Local News

New film celebrates rebirth of the Elwha

It took about 30 seconds to decide that I wanted to see "Return of the River" all the way through the film's credits; about 10 seconds more to know that I wanted you to see it, too."Return" is a story about loss, hope, persistence, science and...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Life

The water’s fine but play it safe this summer

CAMANO ISLAND — This time of year, muddy tidal flats can stretch from Warm Beach to Camano Island.On a hot day, the flats can pose an inviting welcome to walk right across.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Local News

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