Ben Watanabe

Construction along 196th Street SW in Lynnwood on October 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood council again scraps $40 car tab fees

The city council voted 4-2 to lower its vehicle registration fee to $0. But the mayor could veto it.

Construction along 196th Street SW in Lynnwood on October 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Street Smarts reporter Ben Watanabe steps into the new Zip Alderwood Shuttle on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Zip trip made Alderwood travel convenient, quick

Instead of figuring out a bus route and schedule, Zip lets riders go door-to-door in the Lynnwood entertainment hub.

Street Smarts reporter Ben Watanabe steps into the new Zip Alderwood Shuttle on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell and other city council members take the inaugural ride in the Zip Alderwood Shuttle at the launch event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$2.50 on-demand transit launches in Lynnwood’s Alderwood area

Kids ride free. Community Transit’s new ride-hailing service, Zip, is available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell and other city council members take the inaugural ride in the Zip Alderwood Shuttle at the launch event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Housing Authority has unveiled its proposal for the remaining 12 acres of land vacant since the demolition of Baker Heights seen to the north of current construction on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Housing authority pitches 1,500-unit ‘Park District’ in north Everett

Under the plan, the former Baker Heights property would be redeveloped into mixed-income buildings from two to 12 stories tall.

Everett Housing Authority has unveiled its proposal for the remaining 12 acres of land vacant since the demolition of Baker Heights seen to the north of current construction on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Construction continues for the Orange Line at McCollum Park and Ride on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Eye-catching work at McCollum Park is for Swift Orange buses

Readers wondered about the park and ride near Everett after seeing parking spaces broken up and trees cut down.

Construction continues for the Orange Line at McCollum Park and Ride on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Top row from left: Julio Cortes, Gary Kemp and Mary Fosse. Bottom row from left: Mark James, Bernard Moody and June Robinson.

Housing, economy, crime loom large in 38th District races

Two state House seats and one Senate seat are up for grabs in the 38th, which covers Everett, Tulalip and parts of Marysville.

Top row from left: Julio Cortes, Gary Kemp and Mary Fosse. Bottom row from left: Mark James, Bernard Moody and June Robinson.
A rendering of the new Compass Health Broadway Campus.

Compass Health launches Broadway campus funding campaign

The behavioral and mental health care provider needs donors to chip in $4 million to build a 72,000-square-foot facility.

A rendering of the new Compass Health Broadway Campus.
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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.

I-5 lane reductions through Everett set for weekends this month

Crews are set to replace dozens of decades-old concrete panels between Highway 526 and Everett Avenue.

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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.
Everett

Everett aims to ‘streamline’ cumbersome process for code violations

The current system costs about $1 million per year to run, but only brings in about $50,000 in fines. Staff suggested changes.

Everett
The interior of the Van Valey House is adorned with many original pieces of furniture and other art and furnishings from the early 1900s on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, on Colby Avenue in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Historic Van Valey House now open to public tours as museum

The Everett Museum of History took ownership from the city earlier this year. Its story spans 110 years and several uses.

The interior of the Van Valey House is adorned with many original pieces of furniture and other art and furnishings from the early 1900s on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, on Colby Avenue in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The proposed Everett City Council districts map would make small shifts to all five districts based on recent Census data. (City of Everett)

Everett City Council district commission sticks with map

The map is set for council despite pleas for Broadway to split the two northern districts and criticism over the process.

The proposed Everett City Council districts map would make small shifts to all five districts based on recent Census data. (City of Everett)
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.

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)
Everett

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.

Everett
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.

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)
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)