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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)
The City of Marysville is finalizing its self evaluation and Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan to address accessibility issues in its right of ways. That could mean more to-standard curb ramps and other features. (Ben Watanabe / The Herald)

Where does Marysville need to improve accessibility?

The city’s draft ADA Transition Plan identifies hundreds of deficient locations. Comment ends soon.

The City of Marysville is finalizing its self evaluation and Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan to address accessibility issues in its right of ways. That could mean more to-standard curb ramps and other features. (Ben Watanabe / The Herald)
A police boat heads out across Possession Sound while the search for a Tulalip police officer missing from a capsized Tulalip fisheries boat continues on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Officer who was tossed overboard presumed to be dead

Hours after their patrol boat capsized, a second officer was rescued late Tuesday near Hat Island.

A police boat heads out across Possession Sound while the search for a Tulalip police officer missing from a capsized Tulalip fisheries boat continues on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Customers unload groceries at Costso with a growing line Sunday morning in Lynnwood on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State halts indoor service at bars, restaurants, home guests

Amid soaring new coronavirus cases and an overburdened health care system, the state’s clamping down.

Customers unload groceries at Costso with a growing line Sunday morning in Lynnwood on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The median curb on northbound Highway 99 at 112th Street SW got a fresh paint job earlier this month. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Faded curb median in Everett gets new paint after complaint

The city doesn’t keep a list of median curb conditions, but people can identify and report problems.

The median curb on northbound Highway 99 at 112th Street SW got a fresh paint job earlier this month. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cars drive along I-5 past Sound Transit construction that will result in I-5 closures starting Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 pm along southbound I-5 before 220th Street Southwest. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Southbound I-5 at Mountlake Terrace to close for rail work

Crews will work overnight, on a weekend, where Sound Transit’s rail line will cross the freeway.

Cars drive along I-5 past Sound Transit construction that will result in I-5 closures starting Friday, Nov. 20 at 11 pm along southbound I-5 before 220th Street Southwest. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the season for the Jetty Island ferry. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Everett council seeks money to save fireworks, Jetty Island

The city is facing an estimated $18 million deficit and has cut dozens of employees for next year.

The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the season for the Jetty Island ferry. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Everett Transit has cut Sunday and holiday service, plus Route 6 which loops from Everett Station to College station and West Marine View Drive along the waterfront. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Union considers sales tax lift initiative for Everett Transit

Everett Transit’s service changes could stabilize its budget, at the expense of availability.

Everett Transit has cut Sunday and holiday service, plus Route 6 which loops from Everett Station to College station and West Marine View Drive along the waterfront. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community Transit likely keeping similar bus service next year

The Snohomish County transit agency has concurrent plans for slow and fast economic recovery.

Community Transit is preparing to shift commuter buses that go to the University of Washington in Seattle to connect with Link light rail in Northgate next year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Redistricting map

City council districts nearly set, await Everett council’s OK

Barring a legal challenge or surprise, the city council should approve the district map this week.

Redistricting map