Jenelle Baumbach

Gianna Frank gives a piggy-back ride to best friend Claire Michal on Monday, April 1, 2024, outside the YMCA in Marysville, Washington. The Marysville School District seniors have each attended the U.S. Senate Youth Program — Michal last year and Frank this year — becoming the first tandem in program history to represent the same school district in consecutive years. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Marysville teens represent WA in Senate program back-to-back — a first

On “Claire Michal and Gianna Frank Day,” the city celebrated two best friends chosen for the prestigious U.S. Senate Youth Program.

 

The former site of Paroba College of Cosmetology is seen Monday, March 25, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The site is slated to become a home to Latino Educational Training Institute. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

New Latino community center in south Everett gets $3.8M from state

Latino Educational Training Institute founder Rosario Reyes hopes the center will steer Latino youth in a positive direction.

 

Rep. Suzan DelBene, left, introduces Xichitl Torres Small, center, Undersecretary for Rural Development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a talk at Thomas Family Farms on Monday, April 3, 2023, in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Under new federal program, Washingtonians can file taxes for free

At a press conference Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene called the Direct File program safe, easy and secure.

 

Two guided missile destroyers — the USS John McCain (56) and USS John Paul Jones (53) — sit at their homeport of Naval Station Everett on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Italian shipbuilder to have office in Everett before new frigates arrive

So far, Fincantieri is in charge of four of the 12 new Constellation-class frigates to be homeported in Everett.

Two guided missile destroyers — the USS John McCain (56) and USS John Paul Jones (53) — sit at their homeport of Naval Station Everett on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Gov. Jay Inslee passes off a pen after signing HB1879 on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Tulalip Casino’s Orca Ballroom in Tulalip, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

In Tulalip, Inslee signs bills to push back against opioid crisis

Washington set an example by passing more than a dozen behavioral health and overdose prevention bills, tribal leaders said Tuesday.

Gov. Jay Inslee passes off a pen after signing HB1879 on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Tulalip Casino’s Orca Ballroom in Tulalip, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Cassie Franklin, Mayor of Everett, delivers the annual state of the city address Thursday morning in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, Washington on March 31, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At Everett mayor’s keynote speech: $35 entry, Boeing sponsorship

The city won’t make any money from the event, city spokesperson Simone Tarver said. Still, it’s part of a trend making open government advocates wary.

Cassie Franklin, Mayor of Everett, delivers the annual state of the city address Thursday morning in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, Washington on March 31, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
One of Snohomish County PUD’s new smart readers is installed at a single family home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Energy bills to rise 5.8% next month in Snohomish County

The Snohomish County PUD expects bills to increase about $6 a month for the average residential customer.

One of Snohomish County PUD’s new smart readers is installed at a single family home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish County election staff Carolyn Thostenson, left, and Chris Faith, right, collect ballots from a drop box next to the Mill Creek Post Office on Friday, March 8, 2024 in Mill Creek, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Biden, Trump win Snohomish County support; ‘uncommitted’ makes mild showing

In Tuesday’s presidential primary election, about 6.7% of local Democrats had voted for “Uncommitted Delegates.”

Snohomish County election staff Carolyn Thostenson, left, and Chris Faith, right, collect ballots from a drop box next to the Mill Creek Post Office on Friday, March 8, 2024 in Mill Creek, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Naval Station Everett. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald file)

Congress approves $19M for new military housing in Smokey Point

The money, approved Friday by the Senate, will go toward constructing 88 new homes for sailors at Naval Station Everett.

Naval Station Everett. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald file)

Yesterday was sine die in Olympia, now what?

Here’s what is happening even after the Legislature adjourns.

Community Health Center of Snohomish County’s new student health clinic at Mountlake Terrace High School on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024 in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Legislature OKs plan with $25M for Snohomish County projects

The capital budget passed Wednesday includes money for Marysville schools, behavioral health services in Arlington and more.

Community Health Center of Snohomish County’s new student health clinic at Mountlake Terrace High School on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024 in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sen. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, at right, looks over at Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, ranking minority member of Senate Transportation Committee, at left, after participating in a panel during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

How did Snohomish County lawmakers’ bills fare in Olympia?

As thousands of bills churned in the Legislature, only a fraction made it to their journey’s end in this 60-day legislative session.

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, at right, looks over at Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, ranking minority member of Senate Transportation Committee, at left, after participating in a panel during a legislative session preview in the Cherberg Building at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Do Snohomish County lawmakers want a 2020 presidential rematch?

The Herald contacted seven Republican legislators representing parts of Snohomish County about their primary choice. Five did not respond.

FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Everett police officers survey the scene of a shooting along East Casino Road on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Washington’s 5th police academy could be in Snohomish County

A new academy in Northwest Washington would help clear a lengthy wait list for new police hires to get training.

Everett police officers survey the scene of a shooting along East Casino Road on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, left, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, speaks Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, looks on at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. After the speech, Inslee signed a bill sponsored by McCoy that seeks to improve oral health on Indian reservations in Washington state. The measure is the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session and it allows tribes to use federal funding for dental therapists. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Curriculum on state tribes to be renamed after late Tulalip legislator

On Tuesday, John McCoy’s former colleagues in the Senate honored the late lawmaker by passing House Bill 1879.

Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, left, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, speaks Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, looks on at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. After the speech, Inslee signed a bill sponsored by McCoy that seeks to improve oral health on Indian reservations in Washington state. The measure is the first bill the governor has signed this legislative session and it allows tribes to use federal funding for dental therapists. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Nimbus Apartments are pictured on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Snohomish County has the highest rent in the state. Could this bill help?

In one year, rent for the average two-bedroom apartment in Snohomish County went up 20%. A bill seeks to cap any increases at 7%.

The Nimbus Apartments are pictured on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Ninth-grade program gets money, initiatives to get hearings

It’s day 47, here is what’s happening in the Legislature.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Presidential primary ballots en route to Snohomish County voters

Voters must indicate a party preference to vote for a candidate. Ballots are due March 12.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A Cessna 150 crashed north of Paine Field on Friday evening, Feb. 16, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. The pilot survived without serious injury. (Courtesy of Richard Newman.)

Small plane lost power in crash north of Paine Field, flight club says

The pilot reportedly called 911, stuck in a tree, on Friday. The sole occupant survived “without a scratch,” the president of Puget Sound Flyers said.

A Cessna 150 crashed north of Paine Field on Friday evening, Feb. 16, 2024, in Mukilteo, Washington. The pilot survived without serious injury. (Courtesy of Richard Newman.)

Budgets begin to roll out, more bills die

It’s day 40, here is what’s happening in the Legislature.