Ben Watanabe

Brenda Mueller, left, and Lynn Salvo arrives at Everett United Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon on September 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A wedding ring and a bicycle journey close a circle of grief

Fifty years after a joyful wedding, the sister of a fallen soldier and the sister of his bride meet to pay tribute.

Brenda Mueller, left, and Lynn Salvo arrives at Everett United Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon on September 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Stanwood city staff think a spur on the west end of town could disburse traffic away from downtown. Corridor A is one idea being considered. (City of Stanwood)

Could a bypass clear highway traffic in downtown Stanwood?

The connection would skirt west of downtown from Highway 532 north toward Old Pacific Highway.

Stanwood city staff think a spur on the west end of town could disburse traffic away from downtown. Corridor A is one idea being considered. (City of Stanwood)
A tiny homes program that opened in early July began with each unit claimed and a wait list of 60. Here Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project on June 29, 2021 in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file)

Everett to buy 40 new small shelters, unsure where they’ll go

The pilot village managed by the Everett Gospel Mission has room for more, but other locations are possible.

A tiny homes program that opened in early July began with each unit claimed and a wait list of 60. Here Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project on June 29, 2021 in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file)
Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Avoid Friday and Monday travel to beat Labor Day gridlock

The holiday weekend usually has a surge of traffic at the usual chokepoints in Snohomish County.

Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Participants in an organized weekly lit-up bike ride pause at Grand Avenue Park to take photographs of the sunset on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Everett, Wash. The bike ride is part art collective, community building, but mostly it's just a fun thing for people to do. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Night riders light up Everett’s downtown and waterfront

An informal weekly Saturday night bike and roll brings out eclectic and electric styles.

Participants in an organized weekly lit-up bike ride pause at Grand Avenue Park to take photographs of the sunset on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Everett, Wash. The bike ride is part art collective, community building, but mostly it's just a fun thing for people to do. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The McCallum and Arant families work on a painting at the Delta Art Experience on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Delta Art Experience beholds a changing Everett neighborhood

An art walk, music and poetry on Sunday brought energy to the city’s northeast area.

The McCallum and Arant families work on a painting at the Delta Art Experience on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

People with disabilities demand better sidewalks, transit

An initiative challenges elected officials to a week without driving in Snohomish County and elsewhere.

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
(Julie Muhlstein / Herald file) May 2020

Everett City Council adopts tribal land acknowledgement

The statement about the sduhubš and Tulalip Tribes people will be part of each council meeting.

(Julie Muhlstein / Herald file) May 2020
Traffic moves along I-405 between Highway 522 and Highway 527 where WSDOT received the approval to build a second express toll lane on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 in Bothell, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Second toll lanes coming to I-405 between Highways 522, 527

At the same time the highway gets expanded, Sound Transit is developing bus rapid transit lines.

Traffic moves along I-405 between Highway 522 and Highway 527 where WSDOT received the approval to build a second express toll lane on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 in Bothell, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project on Tuesday June 29, in Everett. (Katie Hayes / The Herald)

Everett council evaluates city responses to homelessness

Two council members who won’t be in office next year are calling for stricter measures.

Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project on Tuesday June 29, in Everett. (Katie Hayes / The Herald)
Cars and pedestrians use the newly opened Harbour Reach Drive on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo’s new road offers slower parallel to Speedway

Harbour Reach Drive has one vehicle lane in each direction plus bike lanes and sidewalks.

Cars and pedestrians use the newly opened Harbour Reach Drive on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Afternoon traffic moves along the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

What the infrastructure bill could mean for Snohomish County

Millions of dollars could help replace the U.S. 2 trestle, electrify buses and change rail crossings.

Afternoon traffic moves along the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cars wait to take a right onto to Highway 528 off of the Exit 199 as eastbound traffic drives by on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

It’s hurry up and wait coming off I-5 at Fourth in Marysville

For now, drivers heading east must be patient at the red light when turning right to head east.

Cars wait to take a right onto to Highway 528 off of the Exit 199 as eastbound traffic drives by on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The construction site of the light rail station at the Lynnwood Transit Center on Thursday at August 5, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Light rail timeline slips, but extension north is assured

The Sound Transit board has decided that one project’s overruns can’t hold up other work on the system.

The construction site of the light rail station at the Lynnwood Transit Center on Thursday at August 5, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Top row (L-R): Lacey Sauvageau, Don Schwab, Jacob L. Vail. Bottom row (L-R): Demi Chatters, Kelly Fox, Ben Zarlingo.

Wave of first-time candidates who seek Everett council posts

Three people in each of two races are running to represent the city’s newly formed Districts 3 and 5.

Top row (L-R): Lacey Sauvageau, Don Schwab, Jacob L. Vail. Bottom row (L-R): Demi Chatters, Kelly Fox, Ben Zarlingo.
A section of sidewalk along Marine Drive in Tulalip buckled under the 100-degree heat in late June. (Snohomish County Public Works)

Heat wave melted county roads, buckled sidewalks

Extreme temperatures in late June, likely a result of climate change, damaged asphalt and concrete.

A section of sidewalk along Marine Drive in Tulalip buckled under the 100-degree heat in late June. (Snohomish County Public Works)
Bob and Dona Anderson at their condo in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle in 2004. (Courtesy of the Anderson family) 

Bob Anderson, Everett’s first ‘strong’ mayor, dies at 91

“The consummate diplomat” pushed for public art and helped sell Everett for Boeing’s 747 plant.

Bob and Dona Anderson at their condo in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle in 2004. (Courtesy of the Anderson family) 
Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe places his bike onto the Community Transit 201 bus rack on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lessons in biking and busing to a Snohomish County campground

Don’t pick a route almost entirely uphill and along a single-lane highway without shoulders.

Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe places his bike onto the Community Transit 201 bus rack on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Public Works plans to shift the Pilchuck Creek bridge to one lane this summer for possibly years to come because of its age and weight capacity. (Snohomish County Public Works)

County drops Pilchuck Creek bridge to one lane near Stanwood

Deterioration of the bridge, built in 1933, prompted capacity and weight restrictions.

Snohomish County Public Works plans to shift the Pilchuck Creek bridge to one lane this summer for possibly years to come because of its age and weight capacity. (Snohomish County Public Works)
Cars headed north on Highway 9 line up south of the light at 30th Street on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No quick solutions to Highway 9 commute through Snohomish

Some drivers try shortcuts that frustrate neighbors and add to the gridlock in the area.

Cars headed north on Highway 9 line up south of the light at 30th Street on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)