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Ben Watanabe, Street Smarts columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

My pledge to drive a car less often is on shaky footing

But I finally have a transit fare card, and I worry less about the COVID-19 risk on buses.

 

The Valley View neighborhood of Everett abuts the Wood Creek drainage, which city officials are proposing to sell for possible partial development. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20200528

Everett, environmental group to study Wood Creek future uses

The 92.5-acre property near Valley View had been proposed as surplus before neighbors rallied.

 

A person fishes off a dock at Thornton A. Sullivan Park that boarders the private because along West Ibberson Drive on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

City scraps contested segment of Silver Lake trail in Everett

Ibberson Drive neighbors criticized the city for plans to put a trail through a shared private lot.

 

Everett Transit is staying fare-free through June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Everett Transit: Stay the same, grow, or merge and grow?

An online open house and survey explore how bus service should evolve — and how much it will cost.

Everett Transit is staying fare-free through June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Highway 904 north of Cheney shows 15 years of wear caused primarily by studded tires. State agencies continue to try to ban the tires. So far, they've succeeded only in adding a new $5 fee per new studded tire to help address the damage. (WSDOT)

Swap out studded tires or risk a $136 fine

March 31 is the last day you can legally use them. The state claims they cause up to $33M in damage.

Highway 904 north of Cheney shows 15 years of wear caused primarily by studded tires. State agencies continue to try to ban the tires. So far, they've succeeded only in adding a new $5 fee per new studded tire to help address the damage. (WSDOT)
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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

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PUD offers hundreds of dollars to some electric car buyers

People who buy qualifying electric cars and charging stations can get hundreds of dollars back.

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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

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Contractor crews will close both directions of Highway 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard overnight starting Monday night until Wednesday morning. (WSDOT)

Highway 526 and northbound I-5 ramps to close overnight

Starting Monday night, drivers should prepare for detours during closures for sign work in Everett.

Contractor crews will close both directions of Highway 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard overnight starting Monday night until Wednesday morning. (WSDOT)
A man paints over the word "Nazi" at the Soup Nazi Kitchen on Hoyt Avenue on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Before even opening windows were smashed and graffiti was spray painted on a door of the restaurant run by Andrew Ho. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Soup Nazi’ joke is no longer funny, a restaurateur learns

After an outcry, the owner of the new Soup Nazi Kitchen in downtown Everett is changing the name.

A man paints over the word "Nazi" at the Soup Nazi Kitchen on Hoyt Avenue on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Before even opening windows were smashed and graffiti was spray painted on a door of the restaurant run by Andrew Ho. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Where does Everett need accessible curb ramps and sidewalks?

The city is finishing an ADA transition plan to identify right-of-way barriers and how to fix them.

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A development site plan for Emma Yule Park. (City of Everett Parks & Community Services)

A new neighborhood park in Everett will take shape in April

Named for Everett’s first teacher, Emma Yule Park will rise next to the YMCA on Rucker Avenue.

A development site plan for Emma Yule Park. (City of Everett Parks & Community Services)
The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the season for the Jetty Island ferry. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Everett, port in talks to resume Jetty Island ferry service

After cutting the budget last year, the city didn’t reinstate the $109,000 expense for 2021.

The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the season for the Jetty Island ferry. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gold Bar fire chief pleads for U.S. 2 traffic help from state

The highway’s long had backups. But now drivers are using apps that take them onto narrow side roads.

Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Co-founders of Black Snohomish County Carissa Walker, left, Maïmouna Fame and Avianca Walker-Loundermon laugh together while they work on social media posts for the BlackSnoCo accounts on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 2020 protests, groups focus on laws, people, policies

National tragedies and widespread racism spurred growth and pushed new leaders into inclusion work.

Co-founders of Black Snohomish County Carissa Walker, left, Maïmouna Fame and Avianca Walker-Loundermon laugh together while they work on social media posts for the BlackSnoCo accounts on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Parked tractor-trailers line the side of 40th Avenue NE on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Worker wonders why dead end Marysville road is rough and rutty

A stretch of 40th Avenue NE is mostly used for heavy trucking and isn’t in line for repairs soon.

Parked tractor-trailers line the side of 40th Avenue NE on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)

Do Washington drivers need to learn the zipper merge?

Legislators propose requiring zipper merge instruction in drivers education and in license test.

In a zipper merge, cars continue in their lanes and then take turns at the point where the lanes meet. (Koenb via Wikimedia Commons)
Thornton A. Sullivan Park borders the north Silver Lake neighborhood along W Iberson Drive where parks staff outlined the project to build a path on the north and west sides and connect with the sidewalk already east of the lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Neighbors irked over Everett’s proposal for Silver Lake trail

The plan would complete a path encircling the lake. Some residents think it will attract crime.

Thornton A. Sullivan Park borders the north Silver Lake neighborhood along W Iberson Drive where parks staff outlined the project to build a path on the north and west sides and connect with the sidewalk already east of the lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215

Study examines Everett-Whidbey passenger ferry service

So far, no government is seriously considering such a service, which would cost millions of dollars.

Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215
An aerial photo shows the former property of the Kimberly-Clark paper mill on the Everett waterfront. The parking lots at upper left are being sold to an Everett developer. (Port of Everett) 20210210

Port sells ex-mill parking lots to developer for $3.6M

City of Everett code allows Williams Investment to build three-story and four-story apartment buildings.

An aerial photo shows the former property of the Kimberly-Clark paper mill on the Everett waterfront. The parking lots at upper left are being sold to an Everett developer. (Port of Everett) 20210210

Turns out biking and walking in winter isn’t a breeze

Our transportation columnist’s one-month check-in: Convenience is a tough drug to kick.

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Trees tower above a group from Everett's YMCA as they hike along a trail at Forest Park in Everett on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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Everett considers revenue-generating leases of city property

A ropes course at Forest Park is just one public-private proposal under consideration.

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Trees tower above a group from Everett's YMCA as they hike along a trail at Forest Park in Everett on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

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