Ben Watanabe

How much traffic does an intersection need for a stop light?

A Monroe intersection without a signal caught the ire of one reader.

Stave off stay-at-home boredom and go for a drive

Stave off stay-at-home boredom and go for a drive

With the roads so empty and few entertainment options outside the house, it’s time for a joyride.

Stave off stay-at-home boredom and go for a drive
Staying home without gyms means we should all tour the ’hood

Staying home without gyms means we should all tour the ’hood

To stay active, stroll or roll around your neighborhood, pick up trash, and fight your sweet tooth.

Staying home without gyms means we should all tour the ’hood
Stop flushing wipes, facial tissue, paper towels, cities beg

Stop flushing wipes, facial tissue, paper towels, cities beg

Coronavirus prompted a run on them. But they’re wreaking havoc on utilities across Snohomish County.

Stop flushing wipes, facial tissue, paper towels, cities beg
Not everything is closed as businesses evolve to stay alive

Not everything is closed as businesses evolve to stay alive

Places are offering curbside pick-up and online orders and are banding together to draw wary customers.

Not everything is closed as businesses evolve to stay alive
Six years later, Oso remembers landslide victims, survivors

Six years later, Oso remembers landslide victims, survivors

People gathered to reflect on the loss of 43 people. Work remains for raising money for a memorial.

Six years later, Oso remembers landslide victims, survivors
Road work in Lynnwood felt like a long haul for short stretch

Road work in Lynnwood felt like a long haul for short stretch

The 36th Avenue West project started a few years ago and is on schedule to wrap this spring.

Road work in Lynnwood felt like a long haul for short stretch
Coming: Drive-thru tests, county park limits, Edmonds order

Coming: Drive-thru tests, county park limits, Edmonds order

Across Snohomish County, governments took action Sunday in response to the outbreak.

Coming: Drive-thru tests, county park limits, Edmonds order
Stolen firearm reports down, gun lock giveaways up in Everett

Stolen firearm reports down, gun lock giveaways up in Everett

The program was designed to reduce violent crime, which has, but the relationship isn’t clear.

Stolen firearm reports down, gun lock giveaways up in Everett
Hospital ban on visitors makes a life-or-death choice harder

Hospital ban on visitors makes a life-or-death choice harder

Yuki Tolmie had no phone, and due to COVID-19, no way to speak to family from Providence in Everett.

Hospital ban on visitors makes a life-or-death choice harder

Buses get disinfectant spray, wipedowns as riders stay home

People are heeding recommendations to limit exposure to one another, and transit agencies see it.

Everett eyes keeping sales tax for affordable housing fund

Everett eyes keeping sales tax for affordable housing fund

A 2019 state law allows cities to retain a portion of sales tax from the state for housing.

Everett eyes keeping sales tax for affordable housing fund
Virus pushes colleges online; infection touches Stanwood

Virus pushes colleges online; infection touches Stanwood

A resident of a long-term care facility tested positive. Snohomish County has now logged 44 cases.

Virus pushes colleges online; infection touches Stanwood
Two Everett parks to get pickleball striping on sport courts

Two Everett parks to get pickleball striping on sport courts

Forest and Legion parks’ sport courts are set for major renovations and repairs this spring and summer.

Two Everett parks to get pickleball striping on sport courts
30 years after ADA law, Marysville makes accessibility plan

30 years after ADA law, Marysville makes accessibility plan

Of the 4,100 locations for a curb ramp, 1,000 don’t have one and 700 don’t meet ADA standards.

30 years after ADA law, Marysville makes accessibility plan
Washington reaches 18 coronavirus deaths and cases grow

Washington reaches 18 coronavirus deaths and cases grow

As of Sunday, 35 people, including one who died, were confirmed to have the illness in Snohomish County.

Washington reaches 18 coronavirus deaths and cases grow
Study recommends Everett use paid parking downtown

Study recommends Everett use paid parking downtown

Other solutions included more enforcement and a parking manager, with revenue up to $1 million.

Study recommends Everett use paid parking downtown
The Everett Municipal Building on Wetmore sits just across the street from the old city hall, which houses the Everett Police Department. A new study contends that many city buildings will need upgrades and repairs over the next two decades. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett facilities’ ‘to-do’ list could cost over $150 million

A new report tabulated the cost of necessary repairs and maintenance in aging city-owned buildings.

The Everett Municipal Building on Wetmore sits just across the street from the old city hall, which houses the Everett Police Department. A new study contends that many city buildings will need upgrades and repairs over the next two decades. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Hey drivers, new law requires 3 feet to pass bicyclists, walkers

Hey drivers, new law requires 3 feet to pass bicyclists, walkers

State law requires drivers move over at least 3 feet to pass cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.

Hey drivers, new law requires 3 feet to pass bicyclists, walkers
Mystery mailer opposes possible Everett pot shop increase

Mystery mailer opposes possible Everett pot shop increase

The city is considering allowing three more cannabis stores, with would-be owners ready and waiting.

Mystery mailer opposes possible Everett pot shop increase