Four fire districts seek operating levies

Levies that keep four Snohomish County fire departments staffed and equipped with lifesaving tools are in voters’ hands. Voters in rural Tulalip, unincorporated south Snohomish… Continue reading

Visual arts calendar

Billboard Snohomish and Island counties Arts of Snohomish Gallery seeks new artist members: All categories; get applications from 360-568-8648, or at Call for artists:… Continue reading

Where fireworks are allowed for holiday

With fireworks stands open, fire officials are urging people to use fireworks responsibly and safely. In 2006, 1,001 fireworks accidents were reported to the state… Continue reading

Our Towns

Arlington Sponsors wanted for golf tourney Golfers and sponsors are needed for the Arlington Animals Golf Tournament on Aug. 25 at Gleneagle Golf Course. Registration… Continue reading


Repairs are under way to the Baring Bridge over the South Fork Skykomish River. Expect delays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for about three… Continue reading

Index residents work to prevent logging

INDEX - People in this former timber town are trying to raise $1.3 million to save a mountain ridge from logging. “Scenic qualities are extremely… Continue reading

Levies to pay for emergency services close to passing

Levies to pay for staff and equipment for four Snohomish County fire departments were coasting to victory Tuesday. Fire District 1 Voters in Fire District… Continue reading

Streets flooded, rivers rising in Snohomish County

Expect a sloppy, wet and long evening commute as near record rainfall continues to pour down blocking roads, causing mudslides and forcing rivers to rise.… Continue reading

Commuters urged to leave early, avoid damaged roads

Drivers heading east toward Monroe on Highway 522 are being encouraged to find different ways home this evening. One lane of Highway 522 is closed… Continue reading

Heavy rain hit homes hardest

As Snohomish County emerges from flooding triggered by the rainiest day here in nearly 60 years, most of the damage is showing up in the… Continue reading

Phone service the hard way

Douglas and Jessica Rupp moved to a two-story house several miles northeast of Index to enjoy a quiet lifestyle in 1998. They also… Continue reading

Wild Sky Wilderness must wait until 2008

Wild Sky Wilderness will not be created this year after all. The U.S. Senate adjourned Wednesday without acting on legislation to establish Washington’s first new… Continue reading

Snohomish County preps for floods

Flood season has arrived in Snohomish County, but the people who plan for disasters are still thinking about last year. When the Snohomish, Skykomish and… Continue reading

Large tree blocking U.S. 2 both directions near Index

INDEX – A large tree fell across U.S. 2 this afternoon and was blocking both directions of the highway just west of Index. The tree… Continue reading

New wall to help hold up U.S. 2 slope near Index

In November 2006, a chunk of U.S. 2 east of Index slipped down the mountainside more than 7 feet. The state Department of Transportation hammered… Continue reading

Seems Like Yesterday

50 years ago (1957) Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Weaver were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house for friends and relatives at the… Continue reading

Local briefly: Man seriously hurt in collision with school bus

A man was hurt Thursday morning when his van rear-ended a school bus headed to Mountlake Terrace High School, police said. The man,… Continue reading

In case of fire, are you ready?

Fire drill! Snohomish County firefighters, as part of national Fire Prevention Week, are encouraging people to practice an escape plan in case of a fire… Continue reading

Rafter in hospital after Skykomish River rescue

A man in his late 20s nearly drowned after plunging from a white-water raft into the frigid Skykomish River near Gold Bar… Continue reading


Join in the Great American Fire Drill Fire departments invite everyone Thursday to demonstrate what they know about home escape plans by joining in the… Continue reading