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Art is displayed over the mantle in one of the gathering rooms at the Healing Lodge in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Opioid settlement a ‘ding in the crisis’ for Tulalip, other tribes

The Tulalips could get $1.85 million as part of a pending $590 million settlement with hundreds of tribes.

Art is displayed over the mantle in one of the gathering rooms at the Healing Lodge in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After 1,200 positive cases, Tulalip Tribes face ‘deepest fear’

“We used to be big on family doings — not anymore.” On top of a cultural toll, the pandemic has exposed health inequities.

Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)

Lake Stevens council OKs separation with public works director

Eric Durpos was accused of skirting permits, creating unsafe working conditions and threatening employees.

Eric Durpos in a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)
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Lake Stevens ditches plan to cut ties with Sno-Isle Libraries

Days after a separation was proposed, the about-face was announced Tuesday in a statement by the library network.

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Lake Stevens proposes cutting ties with Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle’s director called the move a “drastic and unnecessary action to privatize our shared public library.”

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Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the utility access road slated to become the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Neighbors hold out on plan for new Lake Stevens trail

The city wants to build the Powerline Trail from 20th Street SE to Eighth Street SE. But homeowners have some concerns.

Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the utility access road slated to become the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Judge: Sex abuse of former Marysville student violated law

A woman sued the district last year, accusing a longtime art teacher of sexual abuse in the 1980s.

Marysville Pilchuck student Gianna Frank and Marysville firefighters bag puzzles and snacks in Marysville, Washington on January 17, 2022. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

In Marysville, care packages filled in an MLK act of service

Some bags will go to seniors, some to survivors of domestic violence and some to those living with housing insecurity.

Marysville Pilchuck student Gianna Frank and Marysville firefighters bag puzzles and snacks in Marysville, Washington on January 17, 2022. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
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Voters to decide fate of critical school funding measures

Levies to pay for staff and programs are on the Feb. 8 ballot in districts across Snohomish County.

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School leaders in districts like Everett and Marysville have warned of a looming transition to online learning. This 2019 photo shows an empty cafeteria at North Middle School. (Dan Bates / Herald file)

Staff shortages prompt some schools to resume remote learning

The surging omicron variant has left many Snohomish County classrooms bare of both staff and students.

School leaders in districts like Everett and Marysville have warned of a looming transition to online learning. This 2019 photo shows an empty cafeteria at North Middle School. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Program Manager Steven Iron Wing II at the Tulalip Tribe's Stanwood Healing Lodge on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

If not for Tulalip Healing Lodge, ‘I wouldn’t be here right now’

Ambrose James credits his sobriety to counseling and the lodge. The tribal program is expanding with a $1.3 million grant.

Program Manager Steven Iron Wing II at the Tulalip Tribe's Stanwood Healing Lodge on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Schools in Marysville and elsewhere pivot as COVID spreads

Parents find they have to be flexible as districts react to outbreaks and shortages of staff and test kits.

(Marysville Pilchuck High School)

Marysville Pilchuck mascot decision postponed until spring

Tulalip tribal members have been split over doing away with the nickname Tomahawks. They’ll consider it again at an annual meeting.

(Marysville Pilchuck High School)
Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds council cuts ‘streateries’ permit fee in half

After weeks of deliberation, council members compromised on the cost of restaurants’ outdoor dining spaces.

Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Grama Patty gets someone set up to do their laundry during North Snohomish County Outreach's Laundry Outreach on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

With icy forecast approaching, no shelters in Marysville, Arlington

North Snohomish County hasn’t had a cold weather shelter in two years. Next week may have single-digit temperatures.

Grama Patty gets someone set up to do their laundry during North Snohomish County Outreach's Laundry Outreach on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students gather in front of Everett High School on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 for a walkout, calling attention to the prevalence of sexual assault and to ask the school district to implement change to stop it. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Around Snohomish County, students walk out to protest ‘rape culture’

Recent and past incidents sparked high school walkouts this fall in Everett, Lake Stevens and Snohomish.

Students gather in front of Everett High School on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 for a walkout, calling attention to the prevalence of sexual assault and to ask the school district to implement change to stop it. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds council cuts short meeting on $4,000 ‘streatery’ permits

The city was weighing whether to half new permit fees for outdoor dining. But a citizen comment curtailed the discussion.

Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After turmoil, search for Marysville superintendent begins

A new leader won’t be a fix-all, says the School Board president. It’s just a start.

Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds council keeps ‘streateries,’ but businesses must pay

Council members were split 4-3 in approving the pricey $4,000 permit, with one calling it “elitist.”

Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tony Hatch at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tulalip students say change starts with the mascot

Tony Hatch, a Marysville Pilchuck senior, has been the target of racist slurs and war calls. She — and many others — want change.

Tony Hatch at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)