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Previous Smith Ave campers have relocated to across the  'no-sit, no-lie' ordinance boundary and set up on Hewitt at the US 2 entrance in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

County Council OKs sales tax for housing, behavioral health

The controversial 0.1% tax, opposed by many elected officials around Snohomish County, was passed along party lines.

Previous Smith Ave campers have relocated to across the  'no-sit, no-lie' ordinance boundary and set up on Hewitt at the US 2 entrance in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Annual Point-In-Time survey to count the county's homeless population has been canceled due to COVID concerns.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Affordable-housing tax? 58 elected reps cite ‘grave concerns’

They want the 0.1% sales tax put to voters, according to a letter. Advocates say it’s needed to address a crisis.

Annual Point-In-Time survey to count the county's homeless population has been canceled due to COVID concerns.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Purple Heart Robert Olivarez after 5 tours in Iraq. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County recognizes soldiers wounded, killed in war

We’re now a Purple Heart county. The cities of Monroe and Snohomish made their own proclamations this week, too.

The Purple Heart Robert Olivarez after 5 tours in Iraq. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dr Chris Spitters (center), Interim Health Officer, makes makes his address Monday evening during a Special Meeting of the Snohomish Health District Board of Health at the Administration Builiding in Everett on March 2, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Chris Spitters, Snohomish County’s chief health officer, to step down

The physician who has been the official voice of the pandemic here says his departure is not work-related.

Dr Chris Spitters (center), Interim Health Officer, makes makes his address Monday evening during a Special Meeting of the Snohomish Health District Board of Health at the Administration Builiding in Everett on March 2, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Previous Smith Ave campers have relocated to across the  'no-sit, no-lie' ordinance boundary and set up on Hewitt at the US 2 entrance in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County proposes 0.1% sales tax for affordable housing

The tax could be approved without a public vote. It would allow for a dramatic increase in new housing for low-income people.

Previous Smith Ave campers have relocated to across the  'no-sit, no-lie' ordinance boundary and set up on Hewitt at the US 2 entrance in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

With omicron likely to appear here, officials urge boosters

Washington’s state epidemiologist said it could be weeks before we know more about the new coronavirus variant.

Teresa Ramadan uses a pylon as a hammer to build another as she and other volunteers tape, package and organize gifts as they get the Christmas House set up at Everett Boys & Girls Club on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

After pandemic pause, holiday cheer returns to Christmas House

The Everett nonprofit will give out some 24,000 free gifts to low-income families. It opens Wednesday.

Teresa Ramadan uses a pylon as a hammer to build another as she and other volunteers tape, package and organize gifts as they get the Christmas House set up at Everett Boys & Girls Club on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A rainbow appears in front of Andy Huestis and his girlfriend Alisha Garvin as they and other families gather to remember the victims on the third anniversary of the Oso mudslide on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Oso, Wa. Huestis' sister, Christina Jefferds, and her baby granddaughter, Sanoah Violet Huestis, were among the 43 people killed in the mudslide.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Funding secured: Mudslide memorial will be a place to remember

Since 2014, families have mourned at a roadside shrine near Oso, but “we knew we needed something bigger.”

A rainbow appears in front of Andy Huestis and his girlfriend Alisha Garvin as they and other families gather to remember the victims on the third anniversary of the Oso mudslide on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Oso, Wa. Huestis' sister, Christina Jefferds, and her baby granddaughter, Sanoah Violet Huestis, were among the 43 people killed in the mudslide.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett officials have questions about a 125-room hotel shelter

City Council members say they weren’t aware of the county’s proposal until it made headlines.

Shawneri Guzman, center, who was named Washington's Fire Educator of the Year and her team of Community Resource firefighter paramedics Janette Anderson, left, and Captain Nicole Picknell, right, at the Lynnwood Fire Station on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A pandemic playbook, used nationally, was made in Snohomish County

South County Fire helped transport “patient zero.” Their COVID manual has helped departments far and wide.

Shawneri Guzman, center, who was named Washington's Fire Educator of the Year and her team of Community Resource firefighter paramedics Janette Anderson, left, and Captain Nicole Picknell, right, at the Lynnwood Fire Station on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kindergartener Robert, 5, imitates a turkeys actions as he answers questions about Thanksgiving outside Mt. Pilchuck Elementary on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Revisionist turkey talk: Kindergartners explain Thanksgiving

These Lake Stevens kids have holiday wisdom to impart, including what they’re grateful for — friends, family and paper swords.

Kindergartener Robert, 5, imitates a turkeys actions as he answers questions about Thanksgiving outside Mt. Pilchuck Elementary on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Thanks to vaccines, Thanksgiving 2021 is closer to normal

Last year, we were told to stick to immediate households. This year’s holiday is cautiously more open.

Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The Snohomish Health District building in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Financial audit urges training at Snohomish Health District

A “material weakness” in bookkeeping meant $5.6 million in COVID-19 relief wasn’t originally reported.

The Snohomish Health District building in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Two unincorporated areas of District 4 seen here in yellow and purple will be absorbed by districts 2 and 3, impacting just under 14,000 people.

After county redistricting, you might have a new councilmember

Nearly 14,000 of Snohomish County Councilmember Jared Mead’s constituents will shift to other Democrat-represented districts.

Two unincorporated areas of District 4 seen here in yellow and purple will be absorbed by districts 2 and 3, impacting just under 14,000 people.
Gage Peterson, 11, holds Duke Peterson's, 6,  hand as he gets his COVID vaccination Saturday morning at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Big demand for appointments as kids begin to get vaccinated

County and state health officials say parents should be patient and keep looking for open slots.

Gage Peterson, 11, holds Duke Peterson's, 6,  hand as he gets his COVID vaccination Saturday morning at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
On Nov. 3, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney posted a picture on Facebook of the department's first Tesla. (Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney)

Snohomish County looks to swap vehicles for electric ones

In 2018, the county fleet was responsible for 10,342 metric tons of greenhouse gasses.

On Nov. 3, Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney posted a picture on Facebook of the department's first Tesla. (Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney)
Snohomish County Council members (top row, from left) Sam Low, Megan Dunn, Stephanie Wright and (bottom row, from left) Jared Mead and Nate Nehring discuss the budget during an online meeting Nov. 9. (Snohomish County Council)

4 noteworthy changes in Snohomish County’s 2022 budget

The sheriff’s office gets a bump. Average homeowners will pay $7 more. And more about $1.26 billion in spending …

Snohomish County Council members (top row, from left) Sam Low, Megan Dunn, Stephanie Wright and (bottom row, from left) Jared Mead and Nate Nehring discuss the budget during an online meeting Nov. 9. (Snohomish County Council)

Snohomish County seeks to buy hotel to convert into shelter

County Council members approved an agreement for a firm to scope out and potentially buy a property with 125 rooms in Everett.

Jordan Sears (left) and Steven Yarbrough.

In mayor race separated by 38 years, Gold Bar goes with experience

Steven Yarbrough, 60, will lead the city after pulling ahead of 22-year-old Jordan Sears in the election.

Jordan Sears (left) and Steven Yarbrough.
Mike Fong

Biden administration appoints local recovery officer

After a short stint leading Snohomish County’s COVID recovery, Mike Fong will serve in the Small Business Administration.

Mike Fong