Ben Watanabe

The Everett District Commission had their last meeting on Oct, 19 2020, where they adopted Plan Map A-9. (City of Everett)

Contested races suggest Everett districts working as planned

This year’s elections will be the first for voters to choose City Council members from districts.

The Everett District Commission had their last meeting on Oct, 19 2020, where they adopted Plan Map A-9. (City of Everett)
Arlington Public Works staff install the final crosswalk sign at the completed cross walk at the corner of 180th Street NE and Smokey Point Boulevard on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Speedy Smokey Point Boulevard is temporarily slowed down

The change is part of a “complete streets” demonstration for shared roads — and it could be the future.

Arlington Public Works staff install the final crosswalk sign at the completed cross walk at the corner of 180th Street NE and Smokey Point Boulevard on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People wait for cars to pass by before crossing over US 2 to get to Eagle Falls on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Index, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Going somewhere? So are a million others over July 4 weekend

COVID restriction-easing and a three-day weekend this year could make travel hectic.

People wait for cars to pass by before crossing over US 2 to get to Eagle Falls on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Index, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / 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)

Everett council asks for transit merger steering committee

Survey results show strong support for growth options, which prompted the City Council to act.

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)
Monroe Equity Council has planned what is believed to be the city's first public Pride event with a program of activities, art, music and stories from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at Sky River Park. (Monroe Equity Council)

Pride gatherings planned for Everett, Monroe this weekend

The in-person events are places for community and support of LGBTQIA people.

Monroe Equity Council has planned what is believed to be the city's first public Pride event with a program of activities, art, music and stories from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at Sky River Park. (Monroe Equity Council)
The Port of Everett is adjusting its summer outdoor movie series, Sail-In Cinema, to meet public health guidelines this year. It'll be a drive-in theater. (Port of Everett)

Outdoor movies on the waterfront: Drive in or lawn seating

A six-movie lineup by the Port of Everett features action, cartoons and rom-com.

The Port of Everett is adjusting its summer outdoor movie series, Sail-In Cinema, to meet public health guidelines this year. It'll be a drive-in theater. (Port of Everett)
Community Transit is asking for feedback on options for a pilot program to bring a community van or microtransit, on-demand public transit, to Lynnwood in spring next year. (Community Transit)

Are you ready for public transit ride-sharing in Lynnwood?

Community Transit is planning a pilot program next spring and wants to hear what people think.

Community Transit is asking for feedback on options for a pilot program to bring a community van or microtransit, on-demand public transit, to Lynnwood in spring next year. (Community Transit)
Wyatt Podoll, 2, plays in the Rotary Centennial Water Playground at Forest Park that reopened over Memorial Day weekend due to the easing of COVID restrictions in Phase 3 on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Summer is here: A scorcher Monday, and warm through the week

The air should cool a bit after Monday, then heat up again. Local waters remain hazardously cold.

Wyatt Podoll, 2, plays in the Rotary Centennial Water Playground at Forest Park that reopened over Memorial Day weekend due to the easing of COVID restrictions in Phase 3 on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett Police Department has asked the City Council to keep its nine Stay Out of Drug Areas, zones where people arrested for drug crimes are not allowed. (City of Everett)

Everett police ask council to renew 9 drug enforcement areas

SODAs are a legal tool that prohibits people arrested for drug crimes from entering certain areas.

The Everett Police Department has asked the City Council to keep its nine Stay Out of Drug Areas, zones where people arrested for drug crimes are not allowed. (City of Everett)
WSDOT is set to begin work building a second northbound lane on Highway 9 from Market Place to Fourth Street NE.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Months-long work on Highway 9 coming for Lake Stevens

Crews will soon begin building a second northbound Highway 9 lane near Market Place.

WSDOT is set to begin work building a second northbound lane on Highway 9 from Market Place to Fourth Street NE.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
There are 21 events recognizing Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States of America first celebrated June 19, 1866, across Snohomish County this year. (NAACP Snohomish County)

Local groups plan to mark Juneteenth and end of U.S. slavery

Celebrations and reflections on Black history and progress are planned across Snohomish County.

There are 21 events recognizing Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States of America first celebrated June 19, 1866, across Snohomish County this year. (NAACP Snohomish County)
A tractor-trailer drives by a damaged fence surrounding a stormwater detention pond along Fourth Street on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Can bigger, shinier signs stop crashes at this Everett road?

A reader asks how the city addresses a situation where so many don’t negotiate a curve.

A tractor-trailer drives by a damaged fence surrounding a stormwater detention pond along Fourth Street on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A bicycle, a bus, a little sweat: Adventures in driving less

Not everyone was on their best behavior, but a newbie transit rider managed to master the bike rack.

A diver volunteer empties the trash he was collected onto the dock at Davies Beach on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Volunteers pull bottles, cans and clothing from Lake Stevens

A dozen divers spent a morning removing trash from near a boat launch and parks. And there’s more down there.

A diver volunteer empties the trash he was collected onto the dock at Davies Beach on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Pro-choice protester Rick Pollock confronts an anti-abortion protester who goes by the name Patty, as they stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the Planned Parenthood Building on 32nd Street on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Everett, Washington. The Everett Police Department has ended enforcement of time-place-manner restrictions around Planned Parenthood during weekly demonstrations that separated pro-choice and anti-abortion crowds onto different areas of sidewalk across the street from the Planned Parenthood clinic. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘See you on the sidewalk’: No more protest zones at clinic

The city of Everett had kept apart Planned Parenthood defenders and opponents, but that ended last week.

Pro-choice protester Rick Pollock confronts an anti-abortion protester who goes by the name Patty, as they stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the Planned Parenthood Building on 32nd Street on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Everett, Washington. The Everett Police Department has ended enforcement of time-place-manner restrictions around Planned Parenthood during weekly demonstrations that separated pro-choice and anti-abortion crowds onto different areas of sidewalk across the street from the Planned Parenthood clinic. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Tim's Bike Shop owner Jay Hiester, right, opens a new bike chain while mechanic Gavin Buchanan, left, looks for tools on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Everett, Wash.

Want to buy a bicycle? Better order now or hope for a used one

Snohomish County's bike shops are running out of stock and supplies to repair and restore old ones.

Tim's Bike Shop owner Jay Hiester, right, opens a new bike chain while mechanic Gavin Buchanan, left, looks for tools on Friday, May 21, 2021 in Everett, Wash.
The new 82-unit permanent supportive housing building on May 21, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Residents moving into Compass Health’s new Everett housing

It’s the first of three phases for the mental health care provider’s Broadway redevelopment.

The new 82-unit permanent supportive housing building on May 21, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

E-bikes are booming, whether or not we’re ready

Sales have spiked the past several years. In Snohomish County, they’re expected to gain popularity.

Views of the Riverfront development on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wa. The Riverfront Redevelopment consists of three different large sections all owned by Polygon Homes. All three sections run North to South along the Snohomish river (just East of 41st street), and range from around 40-70 acres each. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Riverfront construction could start soon — without a cinema

The pandemic’s effects on movie theaters have delayed some work at the 70-acre Everett development.

Views of the Riverfront development on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wa. The Riverfront Redevelopment consists of three different large sections all owned by Polygon Homes. All three sections run North to South along the Snohomish river (just East of 41st street), and range from around 40-70 acres each. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Herald Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe and Edmonds City Councilman Luke Distelhorst tour planned new bike lanes on Bowdoin Way on Tuesday morning in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds will add more bike lanes, reduce some street parking

The city will use a $1.85 million grant from Sound Transit to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections.

Herald Street Smarts columnist Ben Watanabe and Edmonds City Councilman Luke Distelhorst tour planned new bike lanes on Bowdoin Way on Tuesday morning in Edmonds. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)