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A message about homelessness for Everett: Build homes first

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 coalition wants to keep drug abuse awareness program going

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

City, editorial misunderstand the homeless and their needs

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

Part 2: A sheriff refuses to 'warehouse the mentally ill'

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...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

7 programs that offer alternatives to jail and court

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...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Part 3: Cops and social workers team up on the streets

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,"...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Wanda’s Club 4 owner helped many on the road to recovery

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

Use panhandling law to help

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 passes measure against 'aggressive panhandling'

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

Increased availability for overdose antidote naloxone

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

Addict brings others hope

She says faith guided her out of darkness

Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News

Man who smoked meth with baby in car in Edmonds may avoid prison

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 man gets 17 months for arson in dispute with neighbor

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

Demand that officials make streets safe

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

The difference between S.F. and N.Y. is P.U.

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

‘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

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