Jerry Cornfield

Influenza A data from The Everett Clinic labs.

Second flu death since 2020 reported in Snohomish County

A Lynnwood woman died last week in Everett. County health officials say this could be worst flu season since the pandemic.

 

David Peterson, right, and Evan Merritt. (Jacqueline Allison / The Daily Herald)

Unvaccinated firefighters put on unpaid leave sue to recoup back pay

Eight Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue firefighters contend unpaid leave was not legal. Six of them are back at work

 

Lawmakers meet on the Senate floor, Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington lawmakers were wrapping up their work Thursday with final votes on a supplemental state budget and a transportation revenue package before planning to adjourn the legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Crime, climate, abortion on docket in legislative session warm-up

Washington lawmakers will hold 39 hearings this week. Nearly all will be conducted in person, which hasn’t happened in three years.

 

Vehicles are parked in front boutique-style businesses on the brick road portion of 270th Street on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Historic West Downtown in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood voters embrace sales tax to pay for street work

Nearly two-thirds of voters backed a measure to keep the two-tenths of a percent sales tax for maintaining streets, sidewalks and more.

Vehicles are parked in front boutique-style businesses on the brick road portion of 270th Street on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Historic West Downtown in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Lake Stevens voters give a thumbs up to sales tax hike for streets

The 0.2% increase will push the rate in the city to 9.3% on April 1, 2023. It will generate $19 million in the next decade.

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State Representative Robert Sutherland, who is seeking re-election in the 39th District this year, gives a thumbs-up to passing drivers as he and a few volunteers wave flags and campaign signs along the side of State Route 9 on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Sutherland’s defeat a product of many political ingredients

New boundaries, a tough GOP opponent and Democrats played a role. Sutherland’s embrace of Trump’s election fraud theories did too.

State Representative Robert Sutherland, who is seeking re-election in the 39th District this year, gives a thumbs-up to passing drivers as he and a few volunteers wave flags and campaign signs along the side of State Route 9 on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Clyde Shavers, left, and Greg Gilday.

Shavers holds 189-vote lead on Gilday in race still too close to call

Shavers, a Democrat, is looking to unseat Gilday, a first-term GOP lawmaker. The outcome could be clear in Wednesday’s tally.

Clyde Shavers, left, and Greg Gilday.
Lynnwood

Divided council leaves Lynnwood vehicle license fee in place

Mayor Christine Frizzell vetoed a council measure to ditch the fee. An attempt to override her action came up short.

Lynnwood
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, left, Sheriff Adam Fortney and Deputy Sheriffs Association President Jonathan Krajcar sign a new contract between Snohomish County and the Deputy Sheriff's Association on Nov. 2, 2022. (Snohomish County)

Contract delivers 19.5% pay hikes for Snohomish County deputy sheriffs

The new four-year labor agreement “will help us recruit and retain” deputies, Sheriff Adam Fortney said.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, left, Sheriff Adam Fortney and Deputy Sheriffs Association President Jonathan Krajcar sign a new contract between Snohomish County and the Deputy Sheriff's Association on Nov. 2, 2022. (Snohomish County)
Sen. Patty Murray addresses gathered supporters at the Democratic party on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in Bellevue, Wash. 222129

Election redux: Incumbents, Trump and election deniers leave their mark

Everett City Council Member Mary Fosse looks to make history, while patience of Monroe school leaders pays off.

Sen. Patty Murray addresses gathered supporters at the Democratic party on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in Bellevue, Wash. 222129
Tiffany Smiley addresses her supporters Tuesday night at Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington on November 8, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Seattle Times)

Another day of ballot counting doesn’t shake up leaderboards

Democrats still led in two key races in Island County and the Stanwood area. Support grew slightly for a Monroe school levy.

Tiffany Smiley addresses her supporters Tuesday night at Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington on November 8, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Seattle Times)
THUMBNAIL

Hobbs clings to early lead in battle for secretary of state

Hobbs would be the first person of color elected to the post. Anderson hopes to be the state’s first nonpartisan chief elections officer.

THUMBNAIL
A voter drops off her ballot at the drop box in front of the Mukilteo Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Schrier holds narrow lead as Larsen, DelBene cruise to re-election

Kim Schrier, a Democrat, and Matt Larkin, a Republican, were dueling in a race that was a GOP target this cycle.

A voter drops off her ballot at the drop box in front of the Mukilteo Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Chris Faith, left, and Kittie Schuster, right, sort through ballots on the Snohomish County Campus on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Here are 6 things at stake in Tuesday’s election

Snohomish County voters will have a say in control of Congress, funding for Monroe schools and the fate of two incumbent Republican state lawmakers

Chris Faith, left, and Kittie Schuster, right, sort through ballots on the Snohomish County Campus on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People hold signs in protest of the vaccine mandate after Boeing announced it would terminate workers who do not comply on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No trick. Gov. Inslee ends his COVID-19 state of emergency

The Democratic governor issued the order when the pandemic began. 14,550 people have died from COVID in the state so far.

People hold signs in protest of the vaccine mandate after Boeing announced it would terminate workers who do not comply on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kim Schrier, left, and Matt Larkin. (Schrier photo courtesy of Dr.Kim Schrier for Congress. Larkin photo courtesy of Larkin for Congress)

Snohomish County in middle of key battle for control of U.S. House

Rep. Kim Schrier faces challenger Matt Larkin in the 8th District, which now runs through communities on U.S. 2.

Kim Schrier, left, and Matt Larkin. (Schrier photo courtesy of Dr.Kim Schrier for Congress. Larkin photo courtesy of Larkin for Congress)
Upper row: Suzan DelBene, left, and Vincent Cavaleri. Bottom row: Rick Larsen, left, and Dan Matthews.

Incumbents DelBene, Larsen say country is heading in right direction

The U.S. representatives face GOP foes Vincent Cavaleri and Dan Matthews, who are spotlighting public safety and inflation.

Upper row: Suzan DelBene, left, and Vincent Cavaleri. Bottom row: Rick Larsen, left, and Dan Matthews.
Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, take part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., with Melissa Santos, center, of Axios Local, moderating. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Should state’s top election official run under party banner?

Democrat Steve Hobbs and Julie Anderson, a nonpartisan candidate, are vying to be Washington’s secretary of state.

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, take part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., with Melissa Santos, center, of Axios Local, moderating. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Election

The wait is over: Voters set to receive general election ballots

Snohomish County voters will decide on state and federal offices, funding for schools in Monroe, and roads in Lake Stevens and Stanwood.

Election
State Representative Robert Sutherland, left, gives a thumbs-up to passing drivers as he and a few volunteers wave flags and campaign signs along the side of State Route 9 on July 22, in Lake Stevens. Sam Low, right, talks with seniors on July 20 in Lake Stevens. (Sutherland photo by Ryan Berry / The Herald, Low photo by Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Same party, same priorities, polar opposites in political style

Robert Sutherland and Sam Low offer voters a clear contrast in how they want to advance a Republican agenda in the 39th District.

State Representative Robert Sutherland, left, gives a thumbs-up to passing drivers as he and a few volunteers wave flags and campaign signs along the side of State Route 9 on July 22, in Lake Stevens. Sam Low, right, talks with seniors on July 20 in Lake Stevens. (Sutherland photo by Ryan Berry / The Herald, Low photo by Kevin Clark / The Herald)