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The strip-mall site (bottom) where Trent Development hopes to build 350 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hundreds more apartments planned around Lynnwood light rail

In a new proposal, a developer envisions 350 units, two buildings of at least seven stories, a one-acre courtyard and a dog spa.

 

Carissa Hudson pulls a beer at Engel's Pub in Edmonds. At 86 years old, Engel's is one of the oldest bars in Snohomish County.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When it’s finally safe, these dive bars are worth checking out

David Blend called the watering holes “an essential part of the American experience” in an ode to the haunts.

 

No changes any time soon for ‘busy’ Marysville intersection

A reader asked if a roundabout is planned at 67th Avenue NE and 108th Street NE. The city says no.

 

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sound Transit projects ahead could need another $11.5 billion

Costs for construction and property have soared as revenue dropped during the pandemic.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish County PUD crews cut a fallen tree near Monroe early Wednesday morning after strong winds caused widespread power outages. (Snohomish County PUD)

Strong winds knock out power across Snohomish County, Camano

At least two school districts canceled classes as thousands woke up without power after storm.

Snohomish County PUD crews cut a fallen tree near Monroe early Wednesday morning after strong winds caused widespread power outages. (Snohomish County PUD)

Left turns against red lights are rarely legal

A reader asked whether they are allowed. The law’s clear on when.

The Rucker Renewal Project is complete but the COVID closures still hamper businesses along the thoroughfare in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Bad soil, concrete and COVID added to Rucker project costs

Change orders for the project added nearly $2 million to the project’s original $9.5 million budget.

The Rucker Renewal Project is complete but the COVID closures still hamper businesses along the thoroughfare in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Everett firefighters on Dec. 26 began receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was administered by The Everett Clinic. (International Association of Fire Fighters Local 46)

Firefighters roll up their sleeves for COVID vaccinations

‘We didn’t do it for us; we did it for the people we love: family, patients, friends and coworkers.’

Everett firefighters on Dec. 26 began receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was administered by The Everett Clinic. (International Association of Fire Fighters Local 46)
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Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5, Monday, just north of the Boeing Freeway (526) offramp provides a wicked brew of corporate, public and personal vehicles for homebound Boeing commuters to merge with, following a shift change at the Everett 747 plant.
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Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5, Monday, just north of the Boeing Freeway (526) offramp provides a wicked brew of corporate, public and personal vehicles for homebound Boeing commuters to merge with, following a shift change at the Everett 747 plant.
Top (L-R): Scott Bader, Paula Rhyne and Liz Vogeli. Bottom (L-R): Scott Murphy and Paul Roberts.

Four Everett City Council members make plans to run in 2021

Next year will be the city’s first election for council members based on districts.

Top (L-R): Scott Bader, Paula Rhyne and Liz Vogeli. Bottom (L-R): Scott Murphy and Paul Roberts.
Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin will be facing challengers in 2022.

Three early candidates emerge for 2021 Everett mayoral race

Mayor Cassie Franklin could face a primary challenge next year as people file by the May deadline.

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin will be facing challengers in 2022.
Ben Watanbee, Street Smart columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

I’m planning to bike, bus and walk more, and so should you

Having a car is expensive but convenient. I’m challenging you and me to make small changes.

Ben Watanbee, Street Smart columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Is that ferry trip essential? State urges holiday discretion

Between the coronavirus pandemic, service cuts and holiday schedules, people are urged to skip travel.

People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The signage eastbound on 168th Street SW as you approach Highway 99 is confusing and leads to people in the center lane illegally turning left. Lynnwood's traffic engineer said it's all up to standards and code. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Why am I driving straight under a left-turn sign in Lynnwood?

A reader asked about 168th Street Southwest and Highway 99 signage, which a city engineer says is OK.

The signage eastbound on 168th Street SW as you approach Highway 99 is confusing and leads to people in the center lane illegally turning left. Lynnwood's traffic engineer said it's all up to standards and code. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

188 concrete columns: Light rail to Lynnwood is 25% done

Already, Sound Transit’s construction of track structure and stations is transforming the area.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Construction continues in Mountlake Terrace on the light rail extention Friday afternoon on December 11, 2020. Sound Transit is re-evaluating its ST3 projects' timelines based on projections for vastly reduced revenue in the coming years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Dicey revenue outlook could slow Everett light rail timeline

Sound Transit is working on realignment plans for upcoming capital projects, including Everett Link.

Construction continues in Mountlake Terrace on the light rail extention Friday afternoon on December 11, 2020. Sound Transit is re-evaluating its ST3 projects' timelines based on projections for vastly reduced revenue in the coming years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
WSDOT is proposing several projects for Highway 526 (the Boeing freeway) from Seaview Boulevard to I-5. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State proposes new Highway 526 eastbound lane, meters to I-5

Several improvements to the Boeing freeway are under consideration to save time, reduce crashes.

WSDOT is proposing several projects for Highway 526 (the Boeing freeway) from Seaview Boulevard to I-5. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Leslie Bringedahl grabs a bag containing books she and her husband Mark ordered after Circulation Manager Carol  puts them down on a wall during curbside pickup at the Everett Public Library on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett council looks to fund fireworks, Jetty Island ferry

The Carl Gipson Senior Center and boosting library funding are also “quality of life” priorities.

Leslie Bringedahl grabs a bag containing books she and her husband Mark ordered after Circulation Manager Carol  puts them down on a wall during curbside pickup at the Everett Public Library on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lynnwood Transit Center Light Rail Station under construction on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How will light rail affect Snohomish County neighborhoods?

As Link stations crawl northward, officials are looking for input what housing to allow around them.

Lynnwood Transit Center Light Rail Station under construction on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
As seen in body-camera video, an Everett police sergeant places handcuffs on Joseph Michael Hill, 39, while kneeling on his back. Everett’s chief says it was reasonable use of force. Hill’s attorney disagrees. (Everett Police Department)

Critics wary as Everett OKs body camera program for police

The city is to spend $1.46 million over five years, with keen interest among supporters and detractors.

As seen in body-camera video, an Everett police sergeant places handcuffs on Joseph Michael Hill, 39, while kneeling on his back. Everett’s chief says it was reasonable use of force. Hill’s attorney disagrees. (Everett Police Department)