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Hank Henry places a load of laundry in a washing machine at Suds & Duds Laundry during North Snohomish County Laundry Outreach on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Laundry Outreach provides clean clothes, sense of dignity

The program offers free laundry while building relationships with those in need.

Hank Henry places a load of laundry in a washing machine at Suds & Duds Laundry during North Snohomish County Laundry Outreach on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The family of Mary Ellen Johnson-Davis stand together holding hands while Roxanne White speaks during a gathering to support the continued search for Mary Ellen on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Tulalip, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tulalip woman is among scores of missing Indigenous people

Mary Johnson-Davis, then 39, vanished over a year ago. A ceremony to honor her was held Thursday on the Tulalip Reservation.

The family of Mary Ellen Johnson-Davis stand together holding hands while Roxanne White speaks during a gathering to support the continued search for Mary Ellen on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Tulalip, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Are ‘streateries’ here to stay in Edmonds? Survey says yes

Outdoor dining structures were a lifesaver during the pandemic. Many business owners want to keep them. Others are over it.

Streateries dot the streets of downtown Edmonds Wednesday afternoon on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Tulalip Semi-Annual General Council voted to reverse the Board of Directors' decision to ask the school district to change Marysville Pilchuck High School's mascot. (Marysville Pilchuck High School)

Tulalip elders vote to keep Tomahawks mascot in Marysville

The Tulalip Tribes chair said tribal members are conflicted. It leaves the school district in a complicated position.

The Tulalip Semi-Annual General Council voted to reverse the Board of Directors' decision to ask the school district to change Marysville Pilchuck High School's mascot. (Marysville Pilchuck High School)
Houses at the end of the 2100 block of 93rd Drive SE in Lake Stevens used to front a forest. Now the property has been clearcut to make way for a new Costco store near the intersection of Highway 9 and 20th Street SE. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

Lake Stevens councilmember says he profited off Costco deal

Until now, Marcus Tageant would not confirm his role in the multimillion-dollar sale of acreage that is soon to be a Costco.

Houses at the end of the 2100 block of 93rd Drive SE in Lake Stevens used to front a forest. Now the property has been clearcut to make way for a new Costco store near the intersection of Highway 9 and 20th Street SE. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)
Lake Stevens resident Rick Trout shows a Feb. 2020 photo of the rising lake level in front of his home after a storm. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

Some Lake Stevens homeowners now must buy flood insurance

Updated FEMA maps show some lakeside homes now sit in a designated flood hazard area, due to a warming climate.

Lake Stevens resident Rick Trout shows a Feb. 2020 photo of the rising lake level in front of his home after a storm. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
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.

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

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

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