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A better waterfront park

Edmonds plans upgrades for Marina Beach

Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News

Plan your weekend

Scrub-a-Mutt, dahlias, music, skateboarding and more

Date: 08/21/2015 | Entertainment

Fund saves urban forests, too

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene stood in the forest with volunteers and other public officials among Douglas fir and western red cedar, sword ferns and vine maples, both Washington Democrats renewing calls for reauthorization of the federal Land and Water Conservation...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Editorials

Public lands benefit everyone

Every week, I see at least one article in the news about the need for people to get outside and be active, and the need for more parks and access to parks and public lands. As a veteran and an advocate for veterans, I recognize this need acutely for people returning from military...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Commentary

A true general store

Camano park’s only retail outlet supports educational programs

Date: 08/14/2015 | Local News

Making parks shill for ads heaps insult upon injury

Our presidents are good at praising America's magnificent national park system, but they're lousy at maintaining it. Bill Clinton-the-candidate, for example, spoke of how lucky he was to have Hot Springs National Park as a childhood playground. Yet Clinton-the-president sat idle as that...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Commentary

State to sell former state park to Squaxin Island Tribe

POULSBO — Washington State Parks will sell a former state park to the Squaxin Island Tribe, which forced the park’s closure more than two decades ago.

Date: 07/24/2015 | Northwest

Koon, Emery for council seats

The Herald Editorial Board's endorsements for the Aug. 4 primary conclude with city council races in Lake Stevens and Mukilteo. Voters' top two choices in the primary will move on to the Nov. 3 general election.For Lake Stevens City Council, Position No. 5,...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Editorials

Inaugural Snohomish County Bike Bash is July 25

It's not that Dorothé Reijnders didn't bike before. "I'm from the Netherlands. Over there, we bike because we need to go from A to B," she said.But it wasn't until she bought a road bike and then started training two years ago for a 200-plus...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Street Smarts

Legion park to close during cleanup of contaminated soil

EVERETT — The cleanup of American Legion Memorial Park, delayed for about a year, is about to begin and will require closing the park.The work of removing soil contaminated...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Brier dedicates Hickory Way Park on Saturday

BRIER — A new park will be dedicated Saturday in Brier.The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. at Hickory Way Park at the intersection of Poplar Way and Hickory Way, northeast of the Brier Park tennis courts.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Options for Japanese Gulch park amenities are narrowing

MUKILTEO — Basketball courts? Probably not. A place to picnic? Probably yes. And an area for off-leash dogs? Still undecided.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News

Idaho state parks draw crowds despite budget cuts

BOISE, Idaho — Attendance at state parks has reached record numbers this summer, just five years after Gov. Butch Otter proposed shutting down Idaho’s parks department.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest

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

Lynnwood wants to link up city's existing paths into one trail

LYNNWOOD — A map of Lynnwood shows a city sliced by highways into sections.Lynn Sordel and Jared Bond kept looking at that map. How could they better connect those sections?Light rail is coming to Lynnwood, and they have maybe a decade to get the city...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

A plea to stow July 4 fireworks this year

In almost forty years of living in Index I have never seen conditions this dry, or fire hazards this high, in our town this early in the summer. Outside of town the U.S. Forest Service fire hazard sign points to "High" with Industrial Precaution Class ll. There is a ban on...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Commentary

A riverside stroll

Lowell Riverfront Trail is a little oasis of plants, wildlife

Date: 06/21/2015 | Life

Want to visit our park? Help us pay for it

I've read several letters from people all over the area complaining about paying parking fees at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, including cries about how wonderful the park is and that children shouldn't be denied such a beautiful opportunity and moans about not being able to sit and enjoy...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Commentary

Don’t let it all go up in smoke

Summer starts Sunday, and spring's unusually warm and dry weather already has us planning camping trips, hikes, picnics and more, much of it out in the forests that for most of us are less than an hour's drive away.Allow us a couple minutes, then, to don our bear suit, lean...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Editorials

Fees at Mukilteo’s Lighthouse Park unpopular with anglers

MUKILTEO — Add one more group to those still fuming about new parking fees at Lighthouse Park — people who like to fish.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Local News

Edmonds park spray pad opening planned forAugust

EDMONDS — Construction is under way on a $978,000 spray pad at City Park.The 5,000-square-foot facility was first proposed by the city in 1992. The spray pad is expected to open at the end of August.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Local News

No more freebies

Non-Mukilteo residents start paying at Lighthouse Park

Date: 06/01/2015 | Local News

A gorgeous start

Trafton trailhead offers a glimpse of Whitehorse Trail's future

Date: 05/31/2015 | Life

Reverse harm to state parks caused by cuts

Do you value our state parks? I suspect the answer is yes.If I’m correct, and you’re one of the millions of Washingtonians who love to hike, camp, fish or take our families to local state parks, you should pay close attention to what’s happening in Olympia.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

Field in Edmonds should be left as natural open space

As neighbors and students who attend Edmonds Heights K-12 (an alternative school in Edmonds), I am writing to ask for your help in opposing the plans of the Edmonds School District and the City of Edmonds to develop the very last open space fields remaining in our city.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Commentary

Commissioners back smoking ban in Seattle parks

SEATTLE — The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners has endorsed Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to ban smoking in city parks.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest

Safe Kids program has life jackets for the lending

LAKE STEVENS — Cabinets filled with life jackets that people can borrow for free are opening for the season Friday at Wyatt Park and the downtown boat launch here. They're part of a countywide Safe Kids program that lends life jackets to boaters and swimmers for...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

Where we are, who we are

Viewpoints: Why understanding geography is vital

Date: 05/17/2015 | Commentary

Smokestacks no more

Everett will charm you if you're a tourist in your own town

Date: 05/16/2015 | Life

Howarth Park bridge closed for emergency repairs

EVERETT — The Howarth Park pedestrian bridge, one of the last public beach access points in Everett, will be closed Thursday for emergency repairs.The bridge work will take five or six months to complete. Because the bridge and beach were scheduled to be closed in the...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

Snohomish to vote on tax plan for parks

SNOHOMISH — The City Council is asking voters here to approve creation of a metropolitan park taxing district during the Aug. 4 primary election, but the ballot will not say exactly how much the property tax...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Local News

“Crumb rubber” proposed for use in sports fields raises worries

EDMONDS — A nonprofit that contributed $2.5 million to build new sports fields at the former Woodway High School plans to explore possible health issues related to material used in the artificial turf.The Verdant Health...

Date: 05/09/2015 | Local News

Diseased trees force closure of campground on Whidbey Island

OLYMPIA — State parks officials have ordered the closure of campgrounds at South Whidbey Island State Park for the 2015 season due to diseased old-growth trees that pose safety concerns.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest

Mukilteo seeks ideas for park at Japanese Gulch

MUKILTEO — The city is asking the public for ideas on how to turn 144-acre Japanese Gulch into a park.

Date: 05/05/2015 | Local News

Buffalo Park hearkens back to Mill Creek's beginnings

MILL CREEK — Many here remember when the city was not much more than woods and a small farm where buffaloes roamed.That was before suburban sprawl swallowed the countryside.Now a new park boasts a name that is reminiscent of Mill Creek's rural roots.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Local News

It's an annual effort

Volunteers pack baskets to keep Edmonds overflowing in flowers

Date: 04/24/2015 | Local News

Just in time for summer

Access restored to Edgewater Beach

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Public input wanted on future of Ballinger Park

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — The contours of the former municipal golf course are still recognizable through the shaggy grass.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Local News

No Discover Pass needed at state parks on Saturday

You won't need to pay to park at state parks on Saturday. Each year, Washington State Parks designate a number of free days. Saturday is the third this year. Check out where to find state parks

Date: 04/02/2015 | Explore NW

Helping hands from Pullman

WSU students commit to aiding Stilly Valley communities

Date: 04/02/2015 | Local News

Like it or not, you'll pay to park at Mukilteo beach

We all have our superpowers. Superman can fly. The Hulk can smash. I have the uncanny ability to find free street parking.Sporting events, concerts, you name it. Even in a crowd, there's a good chance I will find a free spot. I'll arrive as someone is leaving and swoop in...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Web Monkey

County gains new access to O’Reilly Acres parkland

GRANITE FALLS — A scenic stretch of land along the Pilchuck River here has been a largely untouched gem of the Snohomish County parks system for nearly seven decades.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Local News

Beauty isn't free

Editorial: Why parking fees are necessary at Mukilteo park

Date: 03/24/2015 | Editorials

It's going to cost you

Nonresidents will pay fee to park at popular Mukilteo park

Date: 03/19/2015 | Local News

Work party to restore native plants to part of Japanese Gulch

MUKILTEO — For years, Japanese Gulch was the city’s favorite unofficial park. People visited the wooded area to enjoy wildlife, trails and views, even though most of the land was privately owned.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Fourth-graders, families to get free national park passes

President Barack Obama recently launched an "Every Kid in a Park" initiative, an effort that will give fourth-grade students and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year.

Date: 02/27/2015 | Explore NW

Deal ensures land near Meadowdale Beach Park won’t be developed

LYNNWOOD — For the past decade, the future of 13 acres of wooded, steep hillside overlooking Meadowdale Beach Park has been debated.

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

New look on the horizon for Mukilteo eyesore

MUKILTEO — For years, the city’s waterfront has been has been an area of sharp contrasts, offering both stunning views and something of an eyesore.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News

A future recreation station

Skate park, playgrounds coming to Cavelero Hill

Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News

Idaho state parks department eyes corporate sponsorship

BOISE, Idaho — The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking permission from lawmakers to allow corporate sponsorship as a way to bring in money for the state’s park system.

Date: 02/03/2015 | Northwest

Parks, Forest Service go fee-free for MLK Day

State parks, national parks and Forest Service lands are offering upcoming free days in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here's a list of the fee-free days planned for 2015. 

Date: 01/14/2015 | Explore NW

A dog park can help you and your pet keep your resolutions

The holidays have come and gone, and maybe despite your best efforts, your dog has had more than his fair share of snacks and dinner scraps over the last month. Instead of letting him participate in your post-holiday Netflix binge, why not get out and help him slim down his waistline?...

Date: 01/08/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Flooding river claims a house

Waters recede to reveal mountains of soggy damage (gallery)

Date: 01/06/2015 | Local News

From farmland to parks

Snohomish has ambitious plans for acquired land

Date: 12/30/2014 | Local News

Manhattan Project park included in Alpine Lakes expansion passes

SEATTLE — Legislation to preserve Hanford’s B Reactor as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park has been signed into law.The provision was among dozens of public-lands measures included in the National Defense Authorization Act that President Barack Obama approved Friday.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest

Hanford’s Manhattan Project park bill passes

SPOKANE — Legislation to preserve Hanford’s B Reactor as a part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park was passed Friday by the U.S. Senate.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Northwest

Vigilance against crime

Stanwood hopes a busier park is a cleaner one

Date: 12/05/2014 | Local News

Forest funding in doubt

Bothell now will appeal to lawmakers in its effort to raise money

Date: 12/03/2014 | Local News

Warm your fingers and belly at Wallace Falls Cafe

Hiking is hungry work. If I'm out on U.S. 2, odds are good I've been hiking, or perhaps skiing. After a long day outside, I appreciate a good restaurant. Especially one that doesn't require me to drive very far while famished.So I was excited to check out Wallace Falls Cafe...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Entertainment

Mukilteo mulls paid parking at Lighthouse Park

MUKILTEO — Free parking at the city's Lighthouse Park, known for beachfront views of Possession Sound and the Olympic Mountains, might soon end.The city is considering adding paid hourly parking at the park,...

Date: 11/16/2014 | Local News

Amazingly alluring

Oak Harbor, north Whidbey filled with things to do and see

Date: 11/15/2014 | Life

Fees at Rainier, Olympic national parks may rise

Drum roll, please.The National Park Service is considering possible park entry and use fee increases, aka the "new pricing model," for 2015. NPS is inviting public comment. It's pointless to argue whether or not to increase fees (most national parks...

Date: 11/09/2014 | Life

Grand Canyon, other parks mull fee increase

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Visiting the Grand Canyon and other national parks could get a little pricier.

Date: 11/08/2014 | Nation & World

Parks key to good communities

When the Legislature convenes in January, much of its attention will be on funding for education and transportation, and rightly so.But those aren't the only budget issues worth the attention of lawmakers.A quick primer on the state budget process: Legislators...

Date: 10/29/2014 | Editorials

Park plans lookout areas at former Elwha dam

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Olympic National Park is planning to build public observation areas at the site of the former Glines Canyon Dam so the public can learn about ongoing efforts to restore the Elwha River.

Date: 10/19/2014 | Northwest

Be a tourist in Terrace

Lots of hidden gems to find in Mountlake Terrace

Date: 10/18/2014 | Life

National parks seeking entry fee increase

TACOMA — Visiting Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks could be more expensive next year, if proposed fee increases are approved.The News Tribune reported that the cost of a car could go from $15 to $25 — up 67 percent. The fee proposal impacts 131 parks nationwide.

Date: 10/05/2014 | Northwest

Lynnwood man dies in Massachusetts parachute jump

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A Washington state parachutist who once had to be rescued from Mount Baring in the Cascade Mountains died in a skydiving accident here over the weekend during a tandem jump.

Date: 09/29/2014 | Local News

Task force may revive 2 unpopular taxes to fund state parks

OLYMPIA — A task force appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee wants to revive two unpopular taxes to help finance the state's park system and promote its outdoor recreation industry.The panel wants to bring back the sales tax on bottled...

Date: 09/29/2014 | Local News

Paradise preserved

Kukutali Preserve is newest addition to state park system

Date: 09/07/2014 | Life

Edmonds police seek vandals who damaged trees at Hutt Park

EDMONDS — Police are asking for tips to help them solve a vandalism spree last week at Hutt Park.Up to 100 trees were damaged, many with apparent chopping marks, police Sgt. Mark Marsh said. It appears the damage was done over several days and likely involved multiple suspects.

Date: 09/02/2014 | Local News

Heavy duty weeding

Restoring Everett’s Forest Park is a group effort

Date: 09/02/2014 | Local News

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