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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)

Lake Stevens worker’s protection order granted against boss

The worker and his boss, Public Works Director Eric Durpos, were put on leave for an incident at a grievance meeting.

People of color from Snohomish were interviewed about their experiences leading up to and following the May 2020 protests for a new documentary produced by two Snohomish youth. (Drake Wilson)

Hundreds tune in to ‘First Street’ film on racism in Snohomish

“When I was in third grade, that was the first time I was called the n-word by a white man,” one student recalls.

People of color from Snohomish were interviewed about their experiences leading up to and following the May 2020 protests for a new documentary produced by two Snohomish youth. (Drake Wilson)
Armed citizens stand along First Street to protect businesses from possible looters on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

As film debuts chronicling hate, Snohomish mayor plans rally

Mayor John Kartak calls his city “the most wonderful community on earth.” A new movie offers another perspective.

Armed citizens stand along First Street to protect businesses from possible looters on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Top (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Steve Ewing. Bottom (L-R): Gary Petershagen, Marcus Tageant.

Developers court Lake Stevens council incumbents with over $20K

Over half of the campaign dollars for four candidates came from people tied to real estate or property development.

Top (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Steve Ewing. Bottom (L-R): Gary Petershagen, Marcus Tageant.
A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Carpenters strike ends with new contract and a $10 raise

Roughly 500 union members were working on projects in Snohomish County. It was among the largest strikes in 18 years.

A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Carpenters union strikes a deal, and members are set to vote

Workers are back on the job with a tentative agreement that includes a 15.43% raise over three years.

A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People of color from Snohomish were interviewed about their experiences leading up to and following the May 2020 protests for a new documentary produced by two Snohomish youth. (Drake Wilson)

Snohomish grads document ‘What Happened on First Street’

A documentary film about the May 2020 events in downtown Snohomish debuts on Oct. 16.

People of color from Snohomish were interviewed about their experiences leading up to and following the May 2020 protests for a new documentary produced by two Snohomish youth. (Drake Wilson)
The Tulalip Tribes community members raise a fist as they gather at the last remaining building from the Tulalip Indian boarding school for a Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in Tulalip Reservation, Washington. The Tulalip Tribes passed a resolution proclaiming Sept. 30 as Orange Shirt Day, a day of remembrance and awareness for Residential Boarding Schools.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Shining light on the dark age of the Tulalip Boarding School

A sunset gathering Thursday brought attention to mistreatment of children at Tulalip and elsewhere.

The Tulalip Tribes community members raise a fist as they gather at the last remaining building from the Tulalip Indian boarding school for a Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 in Tulalip Reservation, Washington. The Tulalip Tribes passed a resolution proclaiming Sept. 30 as Orange Shirt Day, a day of remembrance and awareness for Residential Boarding Schools.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
In July, Lake Stevens Public Works crews demolished a wooden castle playground adjacent to Mount Pilchuck Elementary. The department of Labor and Industries cited the city for a series of workplace safety violations earlier this year, which the city has appealed. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Ruling near on city of Lake Stevens worker safety violations

The city says the state erred in an inspection of the Public Works department, in one case blaming a “rogue” employee.

In July, Lake Stevens Public Works crews demolished a wooden castle playground adjacent to Mount Pilchuck Elementary. The department of Labor and Industries cited the city for a series of workplace safety violations earlier this year, which the city has appealed. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Erik Denton (left) has been staying with his grandpa Terry Hubbard (right) in Marysville while the family holds several events honoring Denton's three slain children. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

‘I’ve been lost’: Learning to grieve, a father starts over

His children — 3, 2, and 6 months — were killed in April. Little can console his unimaginable loss.

Erik Denton (left) has been staying with his grandpa Terry Hubbard (right) in Marysville while the family holds several events honoring Denton's three slain children. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Union carpenters picket at Marysville and Everett projects

The Marysville Civic Center and an Everett Amazon building are among dozens of construction sites affected.

A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
In 2023, the Department of Transportation will widen a two-mile stretch of Highway 531 from 43rd Avenue NE to 67th Avenue NE. (WSDOT)

Smokey Point road improvements won’t be done before industrial center

Amazon, NorthPoint are coming but the state will not begin widening Highway 531 until 2023.

In 2023, the Department of Transportation will widen a two-mile stretch of Highway 531 from 43rd Avenue NE to 67th Avenue NE. (WSDOT)
The Everson family got a new backyard after the city of Lake Stevens had to install a new city culvert under their property. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ collapsed culvert needs new fish-friendly fix

The city replaced a broken culvert earlier this year to address flooding. The work isn’t done.

The Everson family got a new backyard after the city of Lake Stevens had to install a new city culvert under their property. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
Erik Denton (left) holds his youngest daughter, Sierra, while his daughter Joanna chases bubbles and son Terry watches. Denton's three kids were killed in April. (Contributed)

Toy drive will honor Marysville man’s 3 slain children

Erik Denton and his family will collect toys Saturday in honor of the kids: Joanna, Terry and Sierra.

Erik Denton (left) holds his youngest daughter, Sierra, while his daughter Joanna chases bubbles and son Terry watches. Denton's three kids were killed in April. (Contributed)