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Firefighters climbed uphill to cut down trees and prevent them from falling onto the roadway near the Money Creek Campground northwest of Skykomish on Monday. (Peter Mongillo / Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)

Evacuation order lifted for Index residents who fled Bolt Creek fire

The Bolt Creek fire was up to 9,400 acres, with 5 percent contained. Evacuation orders were downgraded as weather and winds shifted.

Firefighters climbed uphill to cut down trees and prevent them from falling onto the roadway near the Money Creek Campground northwest of Skykomish on Monday. (Peter Mongillo / Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)
U.S. 2 remains closed east of Gold Bar due to the Bolt Creek fire Monday morning near Index, Washington on Sept. 12, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald

Bolt Creek wildfire stalls at nearly 8,000 acres, 2 percent contained

Shifting winds and rain showers will likely lower the risk for homes in Index. Rocks have toppled on U.S. 2.

U.S. 2 remains closed east of Gold Bar due to the Bolt Creek fire Monday morning near Index, Washington on Sept. 12, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald
A firefighting helicopter carries a bucket of water from a nearby river to the Bolt Creek Fire on Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022, on U.S. Highway 2 near Index, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Bolt Creek wildfire grows to nearly 8,000 acres; US 2 closed indefinitely

Evacuation orders remained in place. Only 50% of residents asked to leave had gone, according to the sheriff’s office.

A firefighting helicopter carries a bucket of water from a nearby river to the Bolt Creek Fire on Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022, on U.S. Highway 2 near Index, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
State Trooper Isaiah Oliver speaks to a BNSF worker at mile marker 31.7 as road closures and evacuations mount in response to the Bolt Creek Fire on Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022, on U.S. 2 near Index, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Bolt Creek wildfire explodes to over 3,000 acres, prompts US 2 evacuations

Evacuations were mandatory from Index to Skykomish. In 12 hours, it grew to an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 acres, shutting down U.S. 2.

State Trooper Isaiah Oliver speaks to a BNSF worker at mile marker 31.7 as road closures and evacuations mount in response to the Bolt Creek Fire on Saturday, Sep. 10, 2022, on U.S. 2 near Index, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A helicopter drops water on one of three wildfires burning east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)

Wildfires grow east of Darrington, closing trails ahead of Labor Day

Several thousand acres in the Cascades — over 180 near Darrington — were burning this week as a long weekend approached.

A helicopter drops water on one of three wildfires burning east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)
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Son, 30, charged with shooting Snohomish father to death

James Johnston claimed “he was messing with the gun, trying to clear a malfunction and it went off.” Detectives didn’t believe him.

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Everett

Detectives mum on deadly home invasion case near Everett

Weeks after Irah Sok’s homicide, neighbors were still at a loss. “It’s overwhelming,” one neighbor said.

Everett
Greg Nance walks through the woods below Mount Pilchuck while reflecting on his path to sobriety on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at the Mount Pilchuck Trailhead near Verlot, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

From Puget Sound to Pilchuck, marathon runner finds path to recovery

Greg Nance, 33, has run across the United States and up mountains, raising more than $110,000 for youth mental health.

Greg Nance walks through the woods below Mount Pilchuck while reflecting on his path to sobriety on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at the Mount Pilchuck Trailhead near Verlot, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Bothell

Quite the catch: Man hooked bank deposit bags, Stanwood police say

Detectives suspect the man, of Blaine, used a hook, line and mouse trap sinker to steal from bank deposit boxes around Puget Sound.

Bothell
Arlington

Jury acquits former Arlington doctor accused of groping new hire

James Laurino, now 75, was charged for alleged misconduct in a pre-employment physical exam he performed on a woman in her 20s.

Arlington
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Kevin Johnson shows off the new Axon Body 2 body camera after demonstrating to fellow officers how the camera works as another precinct gets their cameras assigned to them Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Phoenix.  Although body-worn cameras are becoming a police standard nationwide, Phoenix was among the last big departments to adopt their widespread use. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Somers proposes $4 million in body cams for Snohomish County deputies

If passed, the motion will bring 340 body-worn cameras to the sheriff’s office — outfitting many deputies, but not all of them.

Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Kevin Johnson shows off the new Axon Body 2 body camera after demonstrating to fellow officers how the camera works as another precinct gets their cameras assigned to them Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Phoenix.  Although body-worn cameras are becoming a police standard nationwide, Phoenix was among the last big departments to adopt their widespread use. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Gina Anderson (left-right) and Rae Dorcas light vigil candles as Shana Morcom gets a kiss from Tamara Cooper Tuesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Campus Plaza in Everett on August 31, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Overdoses on the rise in Snohomish County, sheriff’s office warns

Fentanyl and meth were the two most prevalent drugs leading to deadly overdoses in the first four months of 2022.

Gina Anderson (left-right) and Rae Dorcas light vigil candles as Shana Morcom gets a kiss from Tamara Cooper Tuesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Campus Plaza in Everett on August 31, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A sheriff’s deputy lets a vehicle pass police tape as law enforcement work on 96th Street SE where an overnight home invasion resulted in one person being killed on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Victim of Everett home invasion identified as photo studio owner

No suspects have been arrested in the homicide of Irah Sok, 36, a photographer who specialized in maternity and newborn portraits.

A sheriff’s deputy lets a vehicle pass police tape as law enforcement work on 96th Street SE where an overnight home invasion resulted in one person being killed on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Marysville Municipal Court building is pictured Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Juror shortage leads to postponed trials in municipal courts

In Marysville and Edmonds municipal courts, people aren’t showing up for jury duty, causing cases to pile up.

The Marysville Municipal Court building is pictured Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Granite Falls

Granite Falls murder suspect allegedly shot someone else hours earlier

Finley Hilde, 22, of Mount Vernon, was arrested Saturday.

Granite Falls
Jose Espinoza Aguilar appears in court via video for arraignment Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prosecutors: ‘Danger’ shot man in head ‘without provocation or warning’

Jose Espinoza Aguilar had just been released from prison in May for another shooting. He now faces charges of first-degree assault.

Jose Espinoza Aguilar appears in court via video for arraignment Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
People begin to gather on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the North Mountain Fire Lookout north of Darrington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘A labor of love’: Restoration of lookout north of Darrington now complete

Volunteers spent eight years repairing the 57-year-old North Mountain Fire Lookout. Last week, they gathered to celebrate.

People begin to gather on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the North Mountain Fire Lookout north of Darrington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Murder suspect shot his father outside home, police say

James Johnston, 30, reportedly claimed the fatal shot was a misfire. He remained in jail Monday.

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Forest ranger Justin Sundstrom looks over a newly reported broken rail at the Ice Cave trail Saturday morning near Granite Falls, Washington on July 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

On Mountain Loop, crew of 5 rangers covers a mountain range of work

Ranger Justin Sundstrom spends his days patroling for illegal shooting, picking up trash — and exploring a slice of paradise.

Forest ranger Justin Sundstrom looks over a newly reported broken rail at the Ice Cave trail Saturday morning near Granite Falls, Washington on July 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A gray whale has lingered around Possession Sound in July 2022. (Sara Montour Lewis / Our Wild Puget Sound)

Scientists: Gray whale spotted at Mukilteo waterfront was a newcomer

The whale has lingered around Possession Sound. It’s unclear if it will join a group of regular visitors known as the Sounders.

A gray whale has lingered around Possession Sound in July 2022. (Sara Montour Lewis / Our Wild Puget Sound)