Ben Watanabe

Federal funds could pay for Everett bathrooms, gun buyback, more

City officials propose $7.95 million of American Rescue Plan Act money on a shelter, mental health support and more.

 

Vehicles exiting I-5 southbound begin to turn left into the eastbound lanes of 164th Street Southwest on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Traffic backups on 164th Street near I-5 could see relief soon

The county and state are implementing a new traffic signal system that synchronizes the corridor and adjusts to demand.

 

Staff are evaluating two more light rail alternatives for the Everett Link extension. One would follow Interstate 5 north of 128th Street SW to the Everett Mall and back to the freeway. Another would go west of 128th Street SW to Highway 99 and north to Casino Road. (Sound Transit)

Snohomish County leaders reject light rail routes bypassing Paine Field

Those options weren’t what voters approved — and would be like “butchering” the plan, the Snohomish County executive said.

 

Everett Memorial Stadium and Funko Field on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

City, county studying new outdoor stadium for Everett AquaSox

MLB facility requirements prompted government leaders to look at replacing Funko Field, either there or elsewhere.

Everett Memorial Stadium and Funko Field on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Faith in Action last week published six videos about some of the efforts to address homelessness in the city. Depicted is a screenshot of the title screen in the first video of the series.

Faith group’s videos highlight Everett homelessness efforts

Six videos show the work that Everett Faith in Action members do in partnership with the city to alleviate homelessness.

Everett Faith in Action last week published six videos about some of the efforts to address homelessness in the city. Depicted is a screenshot of the title screen in the first video of the series.
A semi truck blows smoke out of its exhaust pipes while driving southbound on I-5 on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Reader: Did a tractor-trailer cover my car in diesel soot?

Probably not, according to a Department of Ecology spokesperson, since diesel emissions are getting “cleaner.”

A semi truck blows smoke out of its exhaust pipes while driving southbound on I-5 on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
An aerial view of the proposed site for the Faith Family Village Project pallet homes for families on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Pallet shelter village for 8 families gets permit in Everett

Faith Family Village will house and provide services for 90 days, through city and federal funding.

An aerial view of the proposed site for the Faith Family Village Project pallet homes for families on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Riverside Park is the proposed site of a bridge to connect Everett Ave and 26th Pl in Everett, Washington on September 21, 2022. The city of Everett is planning a bridge from Everett Avenue east across the railroad to property it's developing into the Everett Point Industrial Center. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett mayor pivots from plan to seek higher taxes

City leaders could need to cut programs and services in the years ahead unless voters approve tax lifts.

Riverside Park is the proposed site of a bridge to connect Everett Ave and 26th Pl in Everett, Washington on September 21, 2022. The city of Everett is planning a bridge from Everett Avenue east across the railroad to property it's developing into the Everett Point Industrial Center. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Juanita Jaurez is one of the estimated 1,700 people receiving grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

1,700 people aided by $1.8 million Snohomish County ARPA money

A Mill Creek mother of four was out of work after heart surgery. The YWCA helped with truck repairs, rent and her resume.

Juanita Jaurez is one of the estimated 1,700 people receiving grants through the American Rescue Plan Act. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Grand Ave Park Bridge is seen as the sun sets Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Contractor: Grand Ave. bridge timeline, ‘unique design’ caused delays

The City of Everett settled the claim for $860,000, well under the $5.8 million initially sought by the contractor.

The Grand Ave Park Bridge is seen as the sun sets Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
David Spring explains possible plans available for the church’s organ Wednesday afternoon at Trinity Episcopal in Everett, Washington on September 7, 2022. The organ is  the second largest organ in the city and the church is raising money to rebuild the Balcom and Vaughan pipe organ which has been in place since 1971.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘You’re literally moved by it’: Everett church seeks to restore pipe organ

The 1971 Balcom and Vaughan instrument has been with Trinity Episcopal since 2010. It needs $150,000 to be fully restored.

David Spring explains possible plans available for the church’s organ Wednesday afternoon at Trinity Episcopal in Everett, Washington on September 7, 2022. The organ is  the second largest organ in the city and the church is raising money to rebuild the Balcom and Vaughan pipe organ which has been in place since 1971.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
News logo for use with stories about Mill Creek in Snohomish County, WA.

Yellow arrow left turns scrapped at Dumas Road in Mill Creek

Collision data showed drivers weren’t yielding to oncoming traffic, so the state changed the highway intersection signal.

News logo for use with stories about Mill Creek in Snohomish County, WA.
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Everett joins statewide settlement with opioid distributors

Council president: Expected amount “not nearly” enough to recover from devastation. “But it’s something.”

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Everett OKs shelter code changes to comply with changes in state laws

Permits for shelters could be reviewed faster, and the city won’t cap the number of unrelated people in a dwelling.

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Traffic heads north and south along Highway 99 between 168th Street SW and Airplane Road on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State seeks safety ideas on Highway 99 between Everett, Lynnwood

Bike lanes, complete sidewalks and lower speeds are some ideas for the 3½-mile stretch between the cities.

Traffic heads north and south along Highway 99 between 168th Street SW and Airplane Road on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This B&B (bud and bong) is a stoner’s forest paradise

Relax and spark up at this cannabis-friendly treehouse BB in the woods outside of Sultan.

Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pedestrians cross over Marine View Drive on the Grand Ave Park Bridge as the sun sets Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett settles $860K claim over ‘inadequate’ design of Grand Ave bridge

The contractor for the bridge over West Marine Drive had sought over $5.8 million over design issues.

Pedestrians cross over Marine View Drive on the Grand Ave Park Bridge as the sun sets Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Community Transit's first on-demand service is set to launch Oct. 20 with the Lynnwood pilot project. Its area includes Alderwood mall and goes north to 164th Street SW and south to 204th Street SW. Fares cost $2.50. (Community Transit)

Community Transit’s on-demand rides in Lynnwood start Oct. 20

The service, called Zip, will run for one year in an area near Alderwood mall. Fares cost the same as a bus ride.

Community Transit's first on-demand service is set to launch Oct. 20 with the Lynnwood pilot project. Its area includes Alderwood mall and goes north to 164th Street SW and south to 204th Street SW. Fares cost $2.50. (Community Transit)
Devin Ryan, left to right, talks with Donald Whitley and Drew Yager before a test ride at Bicycle Centres Wednesday in Everett, Washington on August 24, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New hands take the handlebars for Bicycle Centres

Longtime employees Devin Ryan, Aron Chaudiere and Ryan Brown bought the business that’s been around since 1976.

Devin Ryan, left to right, talks with Donald Whitley and Drew Yager before a test ride at Bicycle Centres Wednesday in Everett, Washington on August 24, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Doug Wennerberg boards the ParaTranist bus on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Week Without Driving challenges officials to learn transportation gaps

People with disabilities are asking city and county leaders to rely on their bodies, rides and transit for seven days.

Doug Wennerberg boards the ParaTranist bus on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)