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Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (Snohomish County)

On cusp of record surge, Snohomish County exec gets COVID

The county’s health officer suspects up to 5% of residents have contracted the virus in the past two weeks.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (Snohomish County)
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20220105

Providence pauses non-emergency procedures and visitation

In the past week, the Everett hospital’s two campuses have seen in-patient numbers more than double.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20220105
Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another Alfy’s pizzeria closes, but the owners say fret not

Regulars said goodbye to the Silver Lake joint. Ownership has pledged to reopen the Alfy’s on Broadway in time for baseball season.

Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Richard Williams enters the tent he shares with his brother Wednesday afternoon in Arlington on December 29, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As shelters fill, many endure the cold in tents and vehicles

All week, highs have hovered in the 20s in Everett. Meanwhile, another shelter rushed to open Wednesday at a Marysville church.

Richard Williams enters the tent he shares with his brother Wednesday afternoon in Arlington on December 29, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Snohomish Health District building in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Snohomish County reports record spike in COVID-19 cases

The surge is fueled by omicron. Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters expects numbers to increase from here.

The Snohomish Health District building in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
The California scrub jay. (Audubon.org) 20211228

Volunteers needed to spend New Year’s with the birds

The Pilchuck Audubon Society is looking for feeder-watchers to help add to decades of data this Saturday.

The California scrub jay. (Audubon.org) 20211228
Everett Police respond to an accident along Highway 99 just north of Airport Road on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sheriff’s patrols target an Everett hotspot of crime, poverty

Local businesses urged deputies to act, saying homelessness, vandalism and drug use are rampant at Airport Way and Highway 99.

Everett Police respond to an accident along Highway 99 just north of Airport Road on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students from Tony Grider's 11th grade class walk through the town on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Internet’s ‘final frontier’: Broadband is coming to Skykomish!

The mountain town today limps along with poky phone-line connections. But there’s this fiber-optic cable …

Students from Tony Grider's 11th grade class walk through the town on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish Health District leading officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, is stepping down after 24 years.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

COVID: An ‘exclamation mark’ to his long public-health career

“Going since I was 21,” departing health officer Dr. Chris Spitters will shepherd the county through the pandemic for six more months.

Snohomish Health District leading officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, is stepping down after 24 years.  (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)

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)