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‘Queen, It’s a New Day’

Some pampering for women dealing with hardships

Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News

Allow cities to set limits for homeless camps

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

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

Man sentenced for Highway 529 robbery

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

Fighting homelessness to end panhandling

Recently the City of Monroe reviewed its city ordinances with respect to complaints about panhandlers. Panhandlers are generally homeless and homelessness cannot be eliminated by an ordinance.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Commentary

Historic Everett building could serve as alternative to jail

EVERETT — A proposal to renovate the former Carnegie Library into transitional housing for the homeless received a boost from the state.Legislators allocated $1.34 million from the state's capital budget for the project, which is being called the

Date: 07/20/2015 | Local News

Alcohol misuse major threat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration this week confirmed what states have been reporting for years: That the rate of heroin use in the U.S. has climbed 63 percent in the past decade; and the rate of heroin abuse or dependence climbed 90...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Editorials

San Fransisco struggling to deal with homeless population

Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I've seen men drop their pants in public places — including at Fifth and Market — to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Helping homeless less costly than criminalizing them

It was Aug. 20, 2013, and I had just gone to sleep for the night on a bench off U.S. 2 in Gold Bar outside the gas station. I slept with one eye open, because I worried an officer would drive by and arrest me.According to a Homeless Point in Time count conducted in 2014,...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

Taxing alcohol isn’t going to discourage binge drinking

There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A new calling

Former addict Robert Smiley now lives to help the homeless

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Healing arts

At-risk youth find recovery through photography

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News

Nasal spray used to save woman from drug overdose

GETCHELL — It didn't take long.Less than two weeks after getting training, a Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy brought a woman who'd overdosed on heroin back from the edge of death.Deputy Jacob Navarro administered a nasal spray version of naloxone when he...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

Our approach to young, black men is broken

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basics of life and liberty are dealt with. If anything positive...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Return of heroin must be fought on several fronts

Hardly a day goes by when Washington's pioneering position in the legal marijuana market is not in the national news. For better or for worse, we have set the pace as a leader for both recreational and medical marijuana and the eyes of America remain upon us.But there is an...

Date: 05/02/2015 | Commentary

Hawaii may become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes.

Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World

Stay focused on helpful ideas

When faced with a long list of tasks, the temptation is to start with the easiest to complete. Sometimes that can help build momentum toward taking on tougher tasks, but it can also divert attention and energy from the overall goal.That appears to be what happened earlier...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Editorials

Addiction, first hand

Former heroin user works to convince teens to stay clean

Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News

Plan to tackle homelessness in Everett hits resistance

EVERETT — The Everett City Council plans to take up three ordinances this week designed to address problems centered on the city’s homeless population.The plan is meeting some resistance from the public.

Date: 04/13/2015 | Local News

Everett may limit alcohol sales in effort to clean up streets

EVERETT — The City Council is taking up three ordinances that would have a significant affect on the activities of homeless people in the city.Everett is in the implementation phase of the Community...

Date: 04/04/2015 | Local News

Everett Recovery Cafe hosts open house

EVERETT — The Everett Recovery Cafe, a new facility helping people who have struggled with addiction, will host an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Local News

Everett Community Streets task force to present conclusions Monday

EVERETT — The Everett Community Streets Initiative task force will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss a plan to put myriad recommendations into action.

Date: 03/29/2015 | Local News

Celebrating second chances

Reclaiming Futures gives young lives shot at success

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Your part in aiding homeless

The name itself, Point in Time, tells you something.This is a snapshot, an attempt to count a moving, difficult-to-quantify population on a single night in January.So, while there have been successes in connecting those in Snohomish County's homeless community...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Editorials

House of Hope

Monroe mission offers refuge

Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News

Mother of three children found in filth faces drug charge

LAKE STEVENS — Legal troubles keep piling up for the mom of three children who were rescued from a filthy Lake Stevens house last month.Police say the children, ages 7 years, 3 years and 11 months, were

Date: 02/13/2015 | Local News

Alcohol drugs don’t have to bring sobriety

WASHINGTON — Drugmakers aiming to tackle alcoholism, a condition that affects 17 million Americans and is in need of pharmaceutical options, may have a smoother path to market under a U.S. proposal to guide their development.

Date: 02/12/2015 | Nation & World

Woman sentenced for her part in Edmonds killing

EVERETT — Two grieving parents on Monday tried to describe the hurt of losing of their son over $840.Brad Dahlquist is a healthy man who has felt an intense physical pain since his boy’s death. “They’re not just a child. They’re part of you,” he said.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Local News

Snohomish County heroin deaths called ‘epidemic’

EVERETT — Heroin deaths reached epidemic levels from 2011 through 2013 in Snohomish County, which accounted for nearly one in five of the state's heroin fatalities, officials say.The findings were included in a

Date: 01/27/2015 | Local News

Building a home for new lives

Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe sees prostitution as something best addressed from its demand side and its supply side.He's tackling the demand by prosecuting those who promote and solicit prostitution.But those supplying prostitution often begin as victims...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Editorials

A responsibility to act

Mom’s death inspires advocate for those living with addiction

Date: 01/09/2015 | Local News

This biker club proves it’s kind to the core

His nickname is “Rotten,” but this weekend he’ll be part of something kind and decent. He’s in a biker club, but there’s nothing to fear from his not-so-wild bunch.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

Everett City Council gets Streets Initiative task force report

EVERETT — The Everett Community Streets Initiative task force presented its final report to the City Council and outlined the processes, deliberations and final recommendations to tackle the city’s chronic problems with homelessness,...

Date: 11/24/2014 | Local News

Why I choose to give to those on the street

Every day that I drive through downtown Everett I see a homeless person sitting on the corner holding up a sign asking for help, and it's unsettling to me. I hate the fact that I live in the wealthiest developed nation and we have homeless people. This should not be! No...

Date: 11/24/2014 | Commentary

Lynnwood joining in the efforts

Thank you for the excellent article regarding Project 99 and the collaborative efforts to address pressing social issues facing us all in Snohomish County in the Nov. 16 Sunday Herald. While the incidents...

Date: 11/22/2014 | Commentary

Task force’s ideas to solve problems need our support

The intention is to address the causes rather than continue to treat the symptoms.Two major initiatives in Snohomish County are attempting to go beneath the surface and find solutions to the root sources of homelessness, addiction, crime and the cycle of poverty in our...

Date: 11/17/2014 | Editorials

Everett streets task force wraps up work

EVERETT — The Everett Community Streets Initiative task force held its final meeting Thursday, finishing up a draft report that will go to the city council later this...

Date: 11/15/2014 | Local News

Work lies ahead after streets initiative report is out

At times its unavoidable and unpleasant. We are confronted by those with drug and alcohol addictions, mental illness or homelessness, often in very public places, a Broadway fast-food restaurant, the library or busy intersections.

Date: 11/02/2014 | Editorials

Former library could become transitional facility for offenders

EVERETT — Snohomish County leaders have plans for a vacant historic downtown building in hopes of keeping people off the streets and out of jail.The county is requesting $1.6 million from the state to help renovate the former Carnegie Library so it can house what is...

Date: 10/10/2014 | Local News

Popular painkillers will be harder for patients to get

ST. LOUIS — It's going to be more difficult to refill prescriptions for the most popular painkillers starting Monday, when new federal rules move products with hydrocodone into a stricter drug class reserved for the most dangerous and addictive substances.In approving...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Nation & World

Recovery Cafe: A safe haven from the streets

The doors aren’t open, but the will is there.

Date: 09/28/2014 | Local News

France to mandate plain packaging of cigarettes

PARIS — France plans to mandate plain packaging of cigarettes as part of an effort to reduce one of the highest rates of smoking among major European countries.

Date: 09/26/2014 | Nation & World

Supporting children

Stanwood camp helps kids in addict families

Date: 09/09/2014 | Local News

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