EVERETT — More than 300 people packed the Historic Everett Theatre Monday evening to listen to a plainspoken former rancher talk about his simple solution for ending chronic homelessness.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News
ARLINGTON — Lisa Martin was trying to save her daughter’s life.She called everyone she could think of. She was turned away by some organizations because they needed to talk to her daughter directly. Others put her on a waiting list.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News
In The Herald's view, as your editorial of Oct. 30, "Use panhandling law to help," indicates, the new Everett aggressive panhandling law is acceptable. I wish I could say your opinion is.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — Gary Watts owns an auto repair shop on Smith Avenue a block from the Everett Gospel Mission. He's been there since 1992, shortly before the shelter opened. Back then the location seemed ideal, just off Broadway, easy for customers to find with the garage's sign visible...
It is a scenario that plays out across the country every day: the mentally ill, homeless, the drug-addicted caught up in a criminal justice system that isn't designed to help them escape the revolving door of the streets, jail and the back of ambulances. For years the criminal justice...
EVERETT — The sheriff's sergeant walked past an abandoned shopping cart and hooked a right onto a well-worn path that disappeared into a stand of trees in south Everett.A line of sagging tents flanked by piles of garbage came into view."Hello,"...
It’s a basic tenet and the 12th tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous that members not be identified by their full names. Many who have been helped, though, know the name Wanda.
Date: 11/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
Many of us struggle with the correct response when approached by someone begging for money. Our desire to help a fellow human being often conflicts with our doubts about the person's true need or how they will use what we provide.That conflict also comes into play in how we...
Date: 10/30/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — The City Council passed a controversial ordinance against panhandling Wednesday that has drawn the attention of activists on behalf of neighborhoods and the homeless.The vote was 4-2, and came before a packed crowd that included vociferous testimony from the...
Date: 10/28/2015 | Local News
Overdoses from heroin and other powerful drugs are so common in Snohomish County that health officials say the problem has become an epidemic.
Date: 10/19/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A man who smoked methamphetamine inside a car with a toddler will avoid prison if he follows through with drug treatment.
Date: 09/26/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — James White smiled as a Snohomish County Superior Court judge warned him to stay away from his neighbors.Judge Janice Ellis was telling White, 44, that the fire he started could have...
Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News
Kudos to Andy Skotdal for telling it like it truly is in his Aug. 30 letter, "Cure epidemic of social illness." Our All-American City is being overrun with the "recidivist...
Date: 09/04/2015 | Commentary
Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It's a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. I spent three...
Date: 09/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Some pampering for women dealing with hardships
Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Former addict Robert Smiley now lives to help the homeless
Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
Former heroin user works to convince teens to stay clean
Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News
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 — 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 — 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 — 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
Reclaiming Futures gives young lives shot at success
Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mom’s death inspires advocate for those living with addiction
Date: 01/09/2015 | Local News
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