Gas, diesel prices hit new local records

Gasoline prices continue to set records locally, with the average gallon of regular unleaded fuel in Snohomish County reaching $3.56 on Monday, according to AAA.… Continue reading

$5 property tax would fund conservation work

A group that works with farmers and property owners to clean up the environment is proposing a new $5 tax on almost every property in… Continue reading

A wild drive at Stevens Pass

Heavy snow at Stevens Pass is forecast to continue through Thursday and the National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter… Continue reading

Snow makes roads dangerous, closes schools

Cold weather and snow caused widespread problems this morning and more bad weather is forecast for tonight. By evening, rain is expected to turn to… Continue reading

Warmer weather eases morning driving conditions

Warmer temperatures appear to be making for an easier commute this morning, but many Snohomish County schools planned late starts today. Rain has replaced snow… Continue reading

Road crews and skiers will be busy

A week of storms is expected to pound Snohomish County through Sunday, possibly pushing road maintenance crews to their limits and making ski bums rejoice.… Continue reading

Backyard burn ban nixed — for now

Regional air officials have extinguished a controversial proposal to ban backyard burning. While approving a ban on land-clearing fires, the board of directors… Continue reading

Should ATVs be welcome on the trails near Gold Bar?

More and more dirt bike riders and off-road vehicle enthusiasts are spending weekends revving through Reiter Foothills Forest, which spreads over 10,000 acres north of… Continue reading

Donor pledges $500,000 to save forest near Index

INDEX – An anonymous donor pledged to donate $500,000 to save a mountain ridge from logging, a grassroots group of Index residents said Tuesday. The… Continue reading

Bush signs Wild Sky into law

WASHINGTON – President Bush signed legislation this morning to create the Wild Sky Wilderness, ending a nine-year political journey to provide tough federal protection on… Continue reading

A jump-start for effort to preserve forest near Index

An anonymous donor pledged to pitch in $500,000 to protect a mountain ridge near Index from logging, a grass-roots group of residents and… Continue reading

U.S. Senate approves Wild Sky; bill goes to House

The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a federal lands bill that would create a 106,000-acre wilderness north of Index in eastern Snohomish County. Backers… Continue reading

A wealth of people hunting for gold in Snohomish County

Gold panning always attracts people with a sense of adventure, combing through the foothills and mountains of Snohomish County. It’s even more attractive now that… Continue reading

Local Briefly: Not guilty plea in arson case

A man who was charged with first-degree arson and assault in an April 5 fire pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior… Continue reading

Mills struggle as home construction slow, lumber prices fall

Well before home prices cooled off during the past year, people at lumber mills knew the construction boom was over. By the second half of… Continue reading

Wild Sky Wilderness bill finally clears Congress

Dreams of a Wild Sky Wilderness are a pen stroke from reality today. A bill providing permanent federal protection on 106,000 acres of public land… Continue reading

Wild Sky Wilderness supporters take a victory lap

A rushing river and jagged Cascade peaks were visible in the background. The sun had just come out. After nine years of meetings,… Continue reading

Everett Library’s Margaret Riddle is a touchstone to regional history

In 1977, Jimmy Carter was president. “Star Wars” wowed moviegoers. And the Seattle Mariners played their first ballgame in the Kingdome. For some, even such… Continue reading

Wild Sky backers finally can celebrate

In July 2001, environmentalists, east Snohomish County residents and federal lawmakers marched along a path among old-growth trees near Troublesome Creek north of U.S. 2.… Continue reading

Wild Sky Wilderness poised to finally become reality

A bill that would create a 106,000-acre wilderness area in eastern Snohomish County is expected to finally come before the U.S. Senate this week, possibly… Continue reading