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A woman walks a dog in downtown Snohomish on Oct. 22. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Snohomish adopts sales tax for mental health, affordable housing

The city’s new 0.1% tax is also under consideration elsewhere in Snohomish County.

 

Stillaguamish tribal members hold flags during a powwow. (Contributed)

Arlington formally recognizes homeland of Stillaguamish people

A newly adopted acknowledgement is intended to show respect to native ancestors and their descendants.

 

Vanessa Edwards, outgoing Marysville's school board president at Marysville Getchell High School on November 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Ousted Marysville School Board president reflects on many challenges

Vanessa Edwards found herself at the center of controversy after controversy. Her opponent harnessed “hot-button” issues and won.

 

Edmonds City Council passed the 2022 budget 4-1 in the second night of deliberations this week.

‘Straightforward’ or ‘shenanigans,’ Edmonds adopts $121M budget

The City Council approved the budget weeks before two more-progressive candidates were to lose their seats.

Edmonds City Council passed the 2022 budget 4-1 in the second night of deliberations this week.
Former Edmonds School District Superintendent Dr. Kris McDuffy will lead the search for a new Marysville School District superintendent. (Contributed)

Search is on for new leader at Marysville School District

Two months ago, the School Board approved an agreement to let superintendent Jason Thompson go.

Former Edmonds School District Superintendent Dr. Kris McDuffy will lead the search for a new Marysville School District superintendent. (Contributed)
Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)

Lake Stevens city employee gets protection order against boss

Meanwhile, the worker and the public works director both are under investigation, apparently for workplace behavior.

Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)
Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey.

‘A sharp kick in the wallet’: Lake Stevens to pay safety fines

The city initially appealed many alleged workplace violations. Mayor Brett Gailey pledged to do better.

Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey.
Top (L-R): Linda Redmon, Tom Merrill, David Flynn. Center (L-R): Lea Anne Burke, Felix Neals, Karen Guzak. Bottom  (L-R): Larry Countryman, Steve Dana, John Kartak, Brian Mills, Kari Zimmerman.

New Snohomish mayor, council aim to bring city ‘together again’

Conservative Mayor John Kartak has conceded. Two like-minded council members are losing to challengers.

Top (L-R): Linda Redmon, Tom Merrill, David Flynn. Center (L-R): Lea Anne Burke, Felix Neals, Karen Guzak. Bottom  (L-R): Larry Countryman, Steve Dana, John Kartak, Brian Mills, Kari Zimmerman.
Tony Hatch (right) raises the Tulalip Tribes' flag during a ceremony held at Marysville School District Educational Service Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 in Marysville, Washington.The flag raising ceremony represents the school district's partnership with the Tulalip Tribes.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Tulalip Tribes flag to fly at Marysville schools, as mascots change

A new equity policy comes after a year mired in controversy, when students of color were threatened in Marysville schools.

Tony Hatch (right) raises the Tulalip Tribes' flag during a ceremony held at Marysville School District Educational Service Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 in Marysville, Washington.The flag raising ceremony represents the school district's partnership with the Tulalip Tribes.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Snohomish Mayor John Kartak gives a thumbs up sign as he and supporters wave signs along 2nd Street on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

In Snohomish’s progressive wave, Redmon leads Kartak for mayor

Based on the first tally, Snohomish could be getting a new mayor and more liberal voices on the council.

Snohomish Mayor John Kartak gives a thumbs up sign as he and supporters wave signs along 2nd Street on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Members of the Livable Lake Stevens, Charles Allen, left to right, David Clay and Doug Turner at the construction of Costco in Lake Stevens on October 31, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Costco has broken ground, but Lake Stevens group sues again

This time, Livable Lake Stevens is taking Costco to federal court, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.

Members of the Livable Lake Stevens, Charles Allen, left to right, David Clay and Doug Turner at the construction of Costco in Lake Stevens on October 31, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ve'ondre Mitchell was elected homecoming queen at Glacier Peak High School on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  Mitchell is the school's first Black, trans homecoming queen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

At Glacier Peak High, homecoming queen breaks down barriers

“I didn’t know I had this much support from my peers,” said Ve’ondre Mitchell, who is Black and openly transgender.

Ve'ondre Mitchell was elected homecoming queen at Glacier Peak High School on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  Mitchell is the school's first Black, trans homecoming queen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Stephen Fay smiles as he begins dumping candy into a large storage container at his home on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

By the cartful, Marysville veteran hosts a Halloween sugar rush

Stephen Fay, 72, is the candyman, giving out full-sized bars in his neighborhood. He does it for a reason.

Stephen Fay smiles as he begins dumping candy into a large storage container at his home on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jason Thompson (Marysville School District)

Marysville superintendent claimed a ‘hostile’ work environment

A newly released investigative report calls it a “contentious working relationship.” In any event, Jason Thompson is gone.

Jason Thompson (Marysville School District)
John Kartak (left) and Linda Redmon.

Snohomish mayoral race shaping up to be a close one

John Kartak and Linda Redmon have diametrically opposed ideas of the mayor’s role on social issues.

John Kartak (left) and Linda Redmon.
Top (L-R): Felix Neals, Brian Mills, Tom Merrill, David Flynn, Kari Zimmerman. Bottom (L-R): Lea Anne Burke, Larry Countryman, Steve Dana, Karen Guzak.

In Snohomish, council candidates seek to define small town values

Four of five races are contested in the city. There are clear divisions between conservative and liberal candidates.

Top (L-R): Felix Neals, Brian Mills, Tom Merrill, David Flynn, Kari Zimmerman. Bottom (L-R): Lea Anne Burke, Larry Countryman, Steve Dana, Karen Guzak.
Top row (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Michele Hampton, Gary Petershagen, Joyce Copley. Bottom row (L-R): Jessica Wadhams, Steve Ewing, Marcus A. Tageant, Joseph Jensen.

In growing Lake Stevens, controversy frames council races

The city is booming with development. Now four incumbents look to fend off challengers.

Top row (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Michele Hampton, Gary Petershagen, Joyce Copley. Bottom row (L-R): Jessica Wadhams, Steve Ewing, Marcus A. Tageant, Joseph Jensen.
Snohomish School District students demonstrated in front of Snohomish High School Friday morning to protest sexual misconduct after a high school student said she was forcibly kissed in a hallway. (Isabella Breda / The Herald) 20211022

Snohomish High students walk out to protest sexual misconduct

Among other concerns, a 14-year-old student says she was forcibly kissed by a boy in the hallway.

Snohomish School District students demonstrated in front of Snohomish High School Friday morning to protest sexual misconduct after a high school student said she was forcibly kissed in a hallway. (Isabella Breda / The Herald) 20211022

State reduces penalty for Lake Stevens safety violations

On appeal, Labor and Industries reduced a $19,800 penalty regarding public works employee safety by $3,600.

Top row: Vanessa Edwards (left) and Ray Sheldon Jr. Bottom row (from left): Connor Krebbs, Wade Rinehardt and Katie Jackson. (Not pictured: Sherry Weersing)

After year of tumult, new faces vie for Marysville School Board

One candidate is concerned about “Critical Race Theory.” Others see more pressing issues.

Top row: Vanessa Edwards (left) and Ray Sheldon Jr. Bottom row (from left): Connor Krebbs, Wade Rinehardt and Katie Jackson. (Not pictured: Sherry Weersing)