This summer’s last AquaSox home game was Sunday, but one baseball memory will linger into fall for Steve Ahern.
Date: 09/02/2015 | Local News
The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa.
Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.Asked on "Meet the...
Date: 09/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.
Date: 08/31/2015 | Nation & World
MILL CREEK — If a proposal to build two five-story buildings here is approved, the city will have met its goal for housing development and be able to turn its attention to attracting more businesses.That's according to
Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News
Outdoor Youth Connections, a group that helps underserved youth get outdoors, has a fundraising gala at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Edmonds Yacht Club.
Date: 08/31/2015 | Explore NW
EDMONDS — A woman who went missing nearly two weeks ago has been found.Amy Christensen, 36, had been missing since Aug. 17. Edmonds police reported Saturday morning that she’s been located and is safe.
Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News
While millions of Americans are enjoying their summer vacations, one group of workers is stuck at home with the A/C cranked up. Home-care workers, who look after much of the country’s sick, disabled, elderly and young rarely, if ever, get a vacation. In fact, for those of us looking after family...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion
EVERETT — In 32 years of teaching elementary school, Susan Ellington-Reith was drawn to certain students.“I was always really sensitive to the kids I thought were having a hard time,” she said.
Summer is winding down, or even over, for kids everywhere. Families are completing reading requirements, dusting off backpacks, sharpening pencils, selecting back-to-school outfits, and checking class lists.
Date: 08/30/2015 | Life
My first trip to Wild Waves involved nausea, near hypothermia — and a whole lot of fun.
Date: 08/30/2015 | I Brake for Moms
EVERETT — It was August 2005, the days after Hurricane Katrina.Steve Taylor watched the images of flattened homes, flooded neighborhoods and human anguish from his TV set in Gold Bar.Somehow, some way, he wanted to help.When he read a blurb in...
EVERETT — Some cities have the names of their leading families inscribed all over buildings, street signs, landmarks and neighborhoods.In Everett, however, there's just one building bearing the Schack name, and that's a relatively recent addition.
STANWOOD — All the activities at Warm Beach Camp on a recent sunny day had an air of celebration, from check-in to recreation. When a group of campers and staff hauled one of the teens up to a zipline platform, they cheered him on. When he zipped back down to earth, they whooped...
Everett woman credits YWCA for getting back on her feet
MONROE — Housing Hope is working to put a roof over the heads of people who are trying to get by on their own.The nonprofit offers tools to those who have experienced homelessness and poverty, to help them move past the trauma and build a better future.
Major nonprofit groups in Snohomish County plan the following fund-raising events in the coming months. The Greater Everett Community Foundation’s website also has an events calendar. See that list or submit an event at:
EVERETT — Brian Simpson is learning to cook for a crowd. With nachos on the lunch menu, he is deep-frying chips made from donated tortillas.On a mid-August morning, the 33-year-old resident of the Everett Gospel Mission took a...
LAKE STEVENS — Things have gotten a little crowded in the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank.Shelves line just about every inch of wall space in the back rooms of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 2111 117th Ave. NE. The walk-in...
EVERETT — No two local resource centers are quite the same. The trick to serving the needs of a community is first figuring out what those needs are, said Crisann Brooks, family support director for Lutheran Community Services...
DALLAS — Siddharth Jaganath wanted to return to India after earning his master's degree at Texas' Southern Methodist University. Instead, he built a new life in the U.S. over a decade, becoming a manager at a communications technology company and starting a family in the Dallas...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Nation & World
Mamma mia chia is hot.You can find chia, the nutrient-rich seeds, in items from baked goods to beverages. One of the first mass producers was Mamma Chia, which became famous for its chia beverages, but is now kicking that door wide open. Just in time for...
Date: 08/30/2015 | Life
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going.
Date: 08/29/2015 | Northwest
OK, it is time to comment on the situation surrounding the amazing girls from South Snohomish Little League and the drama surrounding their experience at the Little League World Series. See "South Snohomish coach...
Date: 08/29/2015 | Commentary
EDMONDS — An Edmonds woman has been missing for more than a week and her family is concerned for her safety.Police have shared photos of the last vehicle she was seen with in hopes of generating tips. Amy Christensen, 36, may be in the company of Chad Feigenbaum,...
Nurture: Help support urban farming educationA School Garden Extravaganza fundraiser for Farmer Frog will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in the garden at Olivia Park Elementary School, 200 108th St. SW, Everett. Join gardening guru Ciscoe Morris (4-6 p.m.), Taco Time...
EventsEvergreen State Fair: The fair runs through Sept. 7 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. More info: www.evergreenfair.org.Fair Days...
Now that the Ashley Madison hack has outed as many as 15,000 federal employees and active-duty military, government agencies say they're combing through the email addresses of possible adulterers to see whether their extramarital activity on work time is anything punishable.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Nation & World
Walking through The Evergreen State Fair can nearly overwhelm the senses: the flickering lights of carnival rides, the bleats of goats and bass thumps from the concert stages, the soft wool of sheep, a Purple Cow's cooling flavors...
Date: 08/28/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — Zsofia Pasztor knows what it is to be hungry. She remembers needing help paying bills, buying food and taking care of basic necessities for her family. That's why she in 2009 founded...
These nonprofit groups provide services and help to children, families, seniors, students and service members — and in turn they depend on you. Consider donating or becoming a volunteer.CHILDRENArlington Kids' Kloset, 135...
EVERETT — Three Everett firefighters were called out July 1 to help a homeless man who was drunk and lying on a downtown sidewalk. They and others in the department had dealt with the man more than 100 times in the past. One of them, a fire captain, decided to drive...
Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News
About the time kids start returning to school following the Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, the nation's senators and representatives will return to Washington, D.C., as Congress reconvenes after a recess of more than a month.It has a significant list of items to accomplish, many...
Date: 08/27/2015 | Editorials
CAPE FLATTERY — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing diver near Cape Flattery.
Date: 08/26/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Wildfires continue to ravage communities in Central and Eastern Washington. Volunteers and nonprofits have turned their focus to raising funds and collecting...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Local News
EDMONDS — An Edmonds woman has been missing since Aug. 17.Amy Christensen, 36, may be in the company of Chad Feigenbaum, a Mukilteo man who also is missing.
Date: 08/26/2015 | Local News
College looms and we've been working on college skills. The obvious, like living in sweats on minimal sleep. And the far-fetched, like cooking.Cooking does not come naturally to my pre-college girl. During her formative years, she was deprived of the fundamentals. She has...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Life
Moms and dads, are you ready to start packing lunch boxes? Local food blogger Reshma Seetharam puts together four lunch boxes that can be made ahead or prepped along with your previous night's dinner. Enjoy!Panini quesadillas 6 7-inch...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Life
This is what happens when you try to trump The Donald.Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Trump, father of the Central Park ice rink, began skating circles around the...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The fires now raging throughout the state may burn for months yet. And the costs have been much too high in the loss of three firefighters, injuries to four others and the destruction of more than 200 homes and other buildings in Okanogan, Douglas and Chelan counties in north central...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Editorials
The days are getting shorter and summer activities are winding down. School supply lists are appearing in stores and your in-boxes. Kids (hopefully) are finishing their summer reading lists. Back to School time is just around the corner, though it may feel like Memorial Day was just a...
Date: 08/26/2015 | Commentary
CAPE FLATTERY — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing diver near Cape Flattery.Lynn Flaherty, 61, is an experienced diver who was wearing a dry suit while diving with her husband off Duncan Rock.
YAKIMA — Two men were badly burned in a house fire that Yakima officials say was sparked during the manufacture of hash oil.Yakima fire and police were called to a house fire early Tuesday.
PORT ORCHARD — A Pierce County man accused of pimping and raping underage girls has pleaded guilty in Kitsap Superior Court.The Kitsap Sun reported that Ricky Lee Grundy Jr. entered his pleas Monday to human trafficking, promoting sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of child rape.
Some pampering for women dealing with hardships
Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News
It's probably not a surprise that marijuana use is being found more often among drivers who are involved in fatal accidents.Following voters' legalization of recreational...
Date: 08/25/2015 | Editorials
PORTLAND, Ore. — It didn’t take long for an entrepreneur to combine two of Portland’s favorite things: marijuana and food carts.But state officials aren’t thrilled. The Oregon Health Authority on Monday said the Smoke Buddy, a mobile cart selling medical marijuana, is illegal.
Date: 08/24/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Marijuana increasingly plays a role in fatal crashes on Washington's roadways, according to a recent state study.The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the...
Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News
I get paid to listen to people (mostly politicians) talk at length while saying as little as possible. They often hide behind mind-numbing words to obscure what they really mean. When I hear a politician promise "transparency," he or she most likely means it as much as...
Date: 08/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Police say it is “highly unlikely” that a 20-year-old Miami man who went missing after paddle boarding in the Columbia River is alive.
Date: 08/23/2015 | Northwest
Every time a recreational vehicle passes me on the highway I dream about purchasing a motor home. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t share my vision.“Do you imagine yourself parking this imaginary RV?” he asks me.
Date: 08/23/2015 | I Brake for Moms
In a little more than two weeks, most Snohomish County middle school and high school students — or their parents — will begin setting alarms on their clocks and phones to wake up and get ready for school. Depending on morning routines, many will rise at 5 a.m. or earlier so...
Date: 08/23/2015 | Editorials
For years humor-impaired right-wingers have worried about the nature of the relationship between Bert and Ernie on "Sesame Street." Now there's a truly strange relationship for them to worry about."Sesame Street," the children's program that's been a...
Date: 08/23/2015 | Commentary
HOOD RIVER, Ore. — Crews are searching by boat and air for a 20-year-old Miami man who fell off a paddle board in the Columbia River near Hood River, Oregon.
Date: 08/22/2015 | Northwest
Take a hike — and take the whole family with you. Here are five scenic destinations to consider:
Date: 08/22/2015 | Travel
Being very old in Japan comes with perks — namely, a commemorative silver sake cup, given to each person who reaches 100.
Date: 08/22/2015 | Nation & World
MOBILE, Ala. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday joked, "I know how Billy Graham felt" as he addressed the largest crowd yet of his thriving presidential campaign.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Nation & World
COLVILLE — A northeastern Washington man at the center of a nationally watched medical marijuana case has died of pancreatic cancer, six months after the federal government dropped charges against him.Larry Harvey was 71. He died Thursday in a hospital in Colville.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland will spend more than $900,000 this year in an effort to tackle homelessness.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Northwest
Music4Life volunteers work to provide kids with instruments
Date: 08/21/2015 | Local News
"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement." — Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6Not on anyone's mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of...
Date: 08/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It is becoming difficult to escape the conclusion that conservatives would rather fight about abortion than reduce it.Candidates in this month's Republican presidential debate tripped over themselves to display their pro-life extremism, disavowing exceptions that would...
Date: 08/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists
The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against "public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment." In a statement of interest filed in federal...
Date: 08/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists
TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors have charged a Puyallup mother of a missing newborn with custodial interference. She’s accused of fleeing with her son to avoid turning him over to state custody.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest
SNOHOMISH — Joyce Graham sees it as a brave and noble act.Not the theft of her son's car, with the box of her late husband's ashes inside, but the way the ashes were quietly returned to her...
Date: 08/18/2015 | Local News
When your child is born, you carefully strap her into her state-of-the-art car seat. You slap “Baby On Board” warning signs in the window. You slow down, keep two hands on the wheel, and suddenly marvel at the dangerous stupidity of other drivers.
Date: 08/18/2015 | Street Smarts
KENNEWICK — The mayor of Kennewick says he will ask the City Council to revisit the city’s ban on marijuana-related businesses now that the Legislature has changed state law to send tax revenue from those businesses to municipal governments.
Date: 08/17/2015 | Northwest
Stuff the Bus campaign collects supplies for needy students
Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News
Many years ago when I was a new mom and my days were filled with co-op preschool and deep discussions with my little guy about bulldozers, there were posters in downtown Edmonds featuring prominent residents reading books. I don't remember who was in this literacy campaign, but I do...
Date: 08/16/2015 | I Brake for Moms
PUYALLUP — Puyallup police say the FBI has joined the search for a baby believed to be danger since he was born a week ago.
Date: 08/16/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end “birthright citizenship” for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration and...
Date: 08/16/2015 | Nation & World
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
Going back to school is exciting, invigorating — and stressful.What if your first-grade teacher is the meanest person ever? What if you can’t open the lock on your middle school locker? What if you have no one to talk to at freshman orientation?
For many tweens heading into middle school, the transition from elementary school won’t be marked only by new teachers, class schedules and locker assignments but also by a gleaming new phone.
Texting at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field ... blindfolded.
Viewpoints: Can white people talk meaningfully about race?
Date: 08/16/2015 | Commentary
SEATTLE — She perches in her stress-relieving nirvana: atop a rock just off a trail in a North Seattle park, shrouded by trees.
Date: 08/15/2015 | Northwest
PUYALLUP — Police are looking for a Puyallup woman whose newborn baby might need medical attention.KOMO-TV reported that Puyallup police say Myra Maria Aguilar gave birth at home Sunday without medical personnel present. They believe the baby is in “imminent harm.”
Date: 08/15/2015 | Northwest
I would like to respond to, Jack Novell's Aug. 10 letter to the editor, "I am still waiting for the answer!"Dear Mr. Norvell,Thank you for your letter, well written. As the...
Date: 08/15/2015 | Commentary
WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. — Coast Guard crews have found a boat with two children and two adults on board after it went missing off Winchester Bay in Oregon.
Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest
Members of an Edmonds service club found less trash along the side of Highway 104 during an early August cleanup event than they have in recent quarterly events.
Date: 08/14/2015 | South County Politics
EventsTaste of Edmonds: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 16, at the Civic Playfield, 310 Sixth Ave. N. Food, fun, music, arts and crafts, beer garden, wine garden, kid's area and more. Admission is $4 daily,...
Jam: Pianos back on Everett streetsJoin the fun along the sidewalks of downtown Everett with "Street Tunes: An Invitation to Jam," through Aug. 25. Passersby are invited to play any of the 19 pianos that have been decorated by local artists.
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
"I am not remiss to say that from Washington, D.C., to Sacramento, there is a blood trail to Marilyn Pharis' bedroom," Santa Maria, California, Police Chief Ralph Martin charged last week. On July 24, two burglars allegedly broke in to Pharis' home as she slept. They...
Date: 08/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age.Social Security's disability fund is projected to run dry next year. The retirement fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035. But once the...
Date: 08/14/2015 | Business Wire
Camano park’s only retail outlet supports educational programs
The University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent outdoor mall on its Austin campus to an indoor historical exhibit, the latest sign of a rapid national shift in attitudes about the public display of imagery related to the Southern rebellion.
Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Richard “Dick” Graham’s family gathered Wednesday to remember him.“It was a celebration,” said his widow, Joyce. Before his July 22 death, Graham had struggled for years with Alzheimer’s disease.Something was missing from the celebration, though.
Date: 08/13/2015 | Local News
HELENA, Mont. — A Maryland man has been convicted of wire fraud in Montana for misrepresenting himself as a Grammy-nominated saxophone player and soliciting money for a children’s cancer foundation that prosecutors say benefited only him.
Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest
Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday, and it's an occasion that should be celebrated. The program that provides a safety net of benefits for American workers and their families at retirement or in the event of disability or early death, was signed into law by President...
Date: 08/11/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government’s largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history.
Date: 08/10/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — Seattle officials said they will not paint over the Pan-African themed crosswalks that have shown up in the Central District.
Date: 08/10/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Snohomish County didn't make it 24 hours into August before a child fell from a window.This year's hotter-than-average temperatures are likely to blame for a rash of recent falls, officials said. Despite prevention efforts, infant and toddler...
Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A convicted felon was ordered never to have contact with the good Samaritan whom he robbed at gunpoint two years ago.
Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News
This is a story about how quickly parents, if they are determined enough, can make significant changes in parenting policy.
Date: 08/10/2015 | Life