Jacqueline Allison

Monroe Historical Society board president Valeria Rae walks around the upstairs space, formerly the library, at the historical society’s downtown building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. The space is being renovated to create an area for community members to hold meetings, and to retain most of the space’s original charm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Historical society restores a piece of Monroe’s past

Monroe’s original library at the old City Hall will now house a community meeting room and museum exhibits.

Monroe Historical Society board president Valeria Rae walks around the upstairs space, formerly the library, at the historical society’s downtown building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. The space is being renovated to create an area for community members to hold meetings, and to retain most of the space’s original charm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Hundred gather at the 2018 Darrington Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Darrington Bluegrass Festival returns after two-year pause

Now in its 45th year, the three-day festival features bluegrass with a mountain backdrop and camping in the woods.

Hundred gather at the 2018 Darrington Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Design rendering of the planned 16-bed mental health treatment center north of Stanwood. (Washington State Health Care Authority)

Neighbors air concerns on proposed psychiatric center near Stanwood

A forum offered the community a first look at what the facility for involuntary mental health treatment may look like.

Design rendering of the planned 16-bed mental health treatment center north of Stanwood. (Washington State Health Care Authority)
Jack Archibald, who has worked with stained glass for decades, stands in the main entrance of Stanwood High School, which now features four of his colorful stained glass windows on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Camano Island artist’s stained glass murals brighten Stanwood High

Jack Archibald got “totally hooked” on glass art at the high school in the 1970s. Now, four of his pieces hang there.

Jack Archibald, who has worked with stained glass for decades, stands in the main entrance of Stanwood High School, which now features four of his colorful stained glass windows on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lambs and sheep gather together in the barn while it rains at On The Lamb farm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lambing season: ‘Quite the adventure’ for Snohomish County farms

Farmers spend long hours in the barn to watch over their animals as new lives begin.

Lambs and sheep gather together in the barn while it rains at On The Lamb farm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
(Snohomish County Parks & Recreation) A concept design for 26 memorial panels that will honor individuals and family groups killed in the slide.

Highway 530 slide memorial to be a ‘beautiful place’

The hope is to complete work at the site near Oso in time for a 10-year remembrance ceremony in 2024.

(Snohomish County Parks & Recreation) A concept design for 26 memorial panels that will honor individuals and family groups killed in the slide.
The proposed location for a 32-bed psychiatric treatment center north of Stanwood. (Snohomish County Planning & Development Services)

Near Stanwood, neighbors oppose proposed psychiatric center

The state wants to build the facility to address a severe shortage of beds for involuntary mental health treatment.

The proposed location for a 32-bed psychiatric treatment center north of Stanwood. (Snohomish County Planning & Development Services)
David Campron stands to read the newly placed grave stone for Ben Lewis at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A new grave for Black pioneer, Monte Cristo’s ‘largest man’

Ben Lewis was born in Africa in 1854. His story was lost to history until a Granite Falls researcher went looking.

David Campron stands to read the newly placed grave stone for Ben Lewis at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Conceptual design for the new roundabout that will be built at 43rd Ave. NE and Highway 531. Amazon is building this new roundabout in preparation for opening a new fulfillment center this summer. (City of Arlington)

As Amazon moves in, Arlington road projects aim to ease traffic

Safety is also a priority for the first of many projects starting this spring on Highway 531, near the Cascade Industrial Center.

Conceptual design for the new roundabout that will be built at 43rd Ave. NE and Highway 531. Amazon is building this new roundabout in preparation for opening a new fulfillment center this summer. (City of Arlington)
Vince Caruso walks past a small corn field Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at his farm in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

A ride through Snohomish County’s one-time dairyland

Consolidation, agritourism and new crops have reshaped how farming looks in the Snohomish River Valley.

Vince Caruso walks past a small corn field Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at his farm in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Convenient or creepy? Cashier-less Amazon Go coming to Mill Creek

Cameras and sensors track customers’ every move. Purchases are automatically charged to online accounts.

A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jacob Fullerton, Starbucks store supervisor in Everett, is pushing to unionize after the recent successes across the country Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on February 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Workers at an Everett Starbucks seek a unionization vote

The effort is the first at a Starbucks in Snohomish County. But it’s one of dozens across the country.

Jacob Fullerton, Starbucks store supervisor in Everett, is pushing to unionize after the recent successes across the country Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on February 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kellie Del Velder Mayo, real estate agent, in Snohomish, Washington on January 31, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

2022 real estate market: A reprieve for buyers is unlikely

As home prices continue to rise with interest rates, urgency is called for, Snohomish County agents say.

Kellie Del Velder Mayo, real estate agent, in Snohomish, Washington on January 31, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Stanwood in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118

Writers needed for biography project at Stanwood care home

Many residents are experiencing memory loss, and the intent is to capture their memories in a way that they’re honored.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Stanwood in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
2021 survey results from the State Broadband Survey for Snohomish County. (Washington State Department of Commerce)

$16M grant to speed up broadband to north Snohomish County

In Darrington and elsewhere, rural residents have struggled to work remotely during the pandemic. A new project aims to help.

2021 survey results from the State Broadband Survey for Snohomish County. (Washington State Department of Commerce)
An artist’s rendering of the 4,600-square-foot Progressive Animal Welfare Society hospital south of Snohomish that will care for injured and orphaned wild animals. (PAWS)  20220121

Bears, bobcats, oh my: Wildlife center takes shape near Snohomish

In Lynnwood, PAWS could care for six bears at a time. Now, they’ll have space for 30 — and a lot more.

An artist’s rendering of the 4,600-square-foot Progressive Animal Welfare Society hospital south of Snohomish that will care for injured and orphaned wild animals. (PAWS)  20220121
A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mail delays frustrate and perplex Snohomish residents

One woman waited two weeks for delivery. Then came “an avalanche of mail.” The Postal Service blames snow and staffing issues.

A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Looking Glass Coffee owners and their employees are stuck at an Airbnb in Leavenworth, on the east side of Stevens Pass, because of road closures. Employees from left: Courtney Baker, Tori Cardin, Logan Philpott and Beau Baker. (Abbi Stempak) 20220107

U.S. 2 and other Cascade passes closed, delaying trips home

Heavy snow followed by heavy rain created avalanche danger at Stevens Pass. And don’t even think about I-90 or White Pass.

Looking Glass Coffee owners and their employees are stuck at an Airbnb in Leavenworth, on the east side of Stevens Pass, because of road closures. Employees from left: Courtney Baker, Tori Cardin, Logan Philpott and Beau Baker. (Abbi Stempak) 20220107

Flooding, landslides possible as heavy rain heads this way

“Thursday will be the main event” in Snohomish County, a meteorologist said. Snowmelt could add to the risk of flooding.

Don Gough

Former Lynnwood mayor and council member Don Gough dies at 70

Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in creating a blueprint for the city’s future.

Don Gough