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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)
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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.

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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)
Crews painted lane and median stripes this summer on a stretch of Highway 99 between Everett and Lynnwood, but in some places the median was the wrong color, like the yellow seen here. Eventually it was repainted the correct white. (Erik Robins)

Wrong median paint color had to be redone on Highway 99

An old yellow was used in some spots between Everett and Lynnwood until the standard white paint was applied.

Crews painted lane and median stripes this summer on a stretch of Highway 99 between Everett and Lynnwood, but in some places the median was the wrong color, like the yellow seen here. Eventually it was repainted the correct white. (Erik Robins)
Grand Apartments’ owners are under scrutiny over alleged unpermitted electrical and plumbing work. Photographed in Everett, Washington on August 11, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Grand Apartments owner fined $1,500, must get building up to code

The hearing examiner’s order calls for the fine to be paid by Sept. 9. The building must be in compliance by Feb. 13.

Grand Apartments’ owners are under scrutiny over alleged unpermitted electrical and plumbing work. Photographed in Everett, Washington on August 11, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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County’s priorities for $80M in relief: Mental health, shelters, youth

Snohomish County published a report on how it intends to spend a one-time cash influx from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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Construction workers walk along the underside of the Lynnwood Link light rail tracks on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lynnwood light rail service start delayed 4 to 6 months

Sound Transit projects initially set to begin operating next year and in 2024 are facing months-long delays.

Construction workers walk along the underside of the Lynnwood Link light rail tracks on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A car drives along Dakota Way on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett man asks city to curb fast, loud cars on 25 mph road

Luis Burbano wants infrastructure changes to reduce the frequency of window-rattling engines that rumble by his home.

A car drives along Dakota Way on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Police Department (Sue Misao / Herald file)

As violent crime trends up, Everett looks at gun buyback, legal options

The city and sheriff’s office are also joining a regional crime reduction team, with a focus on preventing gun violence.

Everett Police Department (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project last June in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file) June 29, 2021

State laws prompt changes in Everett city rules for shelters

The city is considering revisions to issue permits more quickly for emergency shelters.

Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project last June in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file) June 29, 2021
Community Transit's Lynnwood microtransit pilot project is set to launch this fall with a service area around the Alderwood mall. (Community Transit)

Lynnwood’s microtransit test begins this fall, others possible

Community Transit could launch other on-demand services in Arlington, Darrington and Lake Stevens.

Community Transit's Lynnwood microtransit pilot project is set to launch this fall with a service area around the Alderwood mall. (Community Transit)
The Everett Districting Commission is proposing four adjustments to the city council districts based on 2020 Census data. (City of Everett)

Proposed map shifts every Everett City Council district

Census data from 2020 prompted several “small tweaks” to council district boundaries.

The Everett Districting Commission is proposing four adjustments to the city council districts based on 2020 Census data. (City of Everett)