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Councilmember Megan Dunn, left, stands next to County Executive Dave Somers as he presents his 2023 budget proposal to her, Councilmember Nate Nehring and Councilmember Sam Low. (Snohomish County)

Somers: Federal aid creates ‘historic opportunity’ to tackle challenges

The Snohomish County executive’s plan focuses on public safety, housing, child care, climate — and mountain biking.

Councilmember Megan Dunn, left, stands next to County Executive Dave Somers as he presents his 2023 budget proposal to her, Councilmember Nate Nehring and Councilmember Sam Low. (Snohomish County)
Lynnwood City Council members, from left: Jim Smith, Shirley Sutton, Shannon Sessions, Josh Binda, George Hurst, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, and Patrick Decker. (City of Lynnwood)

No penalty for Lynnwood council member’s ‘underinformed’ views on racism

The City Council didn’t censure Jim Smith after a report found he discriminated against a Black city employee.

Lynnwood City Council members, from left: Jim Smith, Shirley Sutton, Shannon Sessions, Josh Binda, George Hurst, Julieta Altamirano-Crosby, and Patrick Decker. (City of Lynnwood)
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in a video decries an erosion of public safety and increase in brazen criminal behavior. (Screenshot)

Snohomish County sheriff, chorus of local leaders decry policing reforms

Criminals are getting more brazen, they said. In a video, they called for easing vehicle pursuit rules and stiffening drug laws.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in a video decries an erosion of public safety and increase in brazen criminal behavior. (Screenshot)
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County executive lays out blueprint for $85M in federal relief

Dave Somers wants to use one-time pandemic aid on housing, child care and behavioral health in Snohomish County.

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The sign at Swedish Edmonds. (Herald file)

New deal gives Swedish nurses, health care workers a big boost in pay

The health care provider and SEIU 1199NW agreed to raises totaling at least 21.5% in the next three years

The sign at Swedish Edmonds. (Herald file)
Outgoing Edmonds councilperson Laura Johnson sits in the shade at the park above Edmonds Library on Friday, Sep. 9, 2022, in downtown Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

For Edmonds City Council, another vacancy means another search

Council member Laura Johnson’s departure created the opening. Those interested in serving have until Oct. 5 to apply.

Outgoing Edmonds councilperson Laura Johnson sits in the shade at the park above Edmonds Library on Friday, Sep. 9, 2022, in downtown Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Snohomish Council rejects tax break on housing for low-income families

A divided City Council worried an exemption for developers would boost property tax bills of homeowners.

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Smoke from the Bolt Creek fire silhouettes mountain ridges and tree layers just outside of Index on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Even as flames are quelled, slopes of Bolt Creek fire remain dangerous

Trees and boulders could come down on steep hillsides scarred by fire. Rain could increase threats by loosening soils.

Smoke from the Bolt Creek fire silhouettes mountain ridges and tree layers just outside of Index on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Carin Chase, Strom Peterson and Colin McMahon

1 of these 3 will soon be on the Snohomish County Council

Carin Chase, Strom Peterson and Colin McMahon are the Democratic Party nominees. Chase is top choice of precinct officers.

Carin Chase, Strom Peterson and Colin McMahon
A worker is seen spraying down the floor of the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station during a period of backlogged garbage earlier this year on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

A rising tide of trash forcing another closure of county facilities

Transfer stations, drop boxes to close the next two Sundays. Also, yard debris won’t be accepted starting Sept. 21.

A worker is seen spraying down the floor of the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station during a period of backlogged garbage earlier this year on Friday, April 29, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jim Smith (City of Lynnwood)

No penalty, so far, for Lynnwood council member accused of racism

The council took no action on a report saying Jim Smith discriminated against a Black employee. He maintains his innocence.

Jim Smith (City of Lynnwood)
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Everett Herald journalists vote overwhelmingly to unionize

Once results are certified, newsroom employees and company leadership can begin talks on an initial contract.

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Snohomish County signs on for share of mega opioid settlement

Mukilteo and Lake Stevens are on board too. If all goes as planned, the first payments from a $518M deal will arrive in December.

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Sam Low and Strom Peterson

Double duty: Low, Peterson aim for rare political feat, catch criticism

The Republican and Democrat both want to serve on the County Council and in the Legislature at the same time. They can. Should they?

Sam Low and Strom Peterson
Stephanie Wright (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wright)

Opening on Snohomish County Council draws a half-dozen contenders

Six people, including three now serving in elected office, seek to fill a vacancy created by Stephanie Wright’s sudden departure.

Stephanie Wright (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wright)
Stephanie Wright (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wright)

Wright resigns to serve as Somers’ senior policy adviser

Wright is the third sitting county council member to land a top post in Somers’ administration. She was in her final term.

Stephanie Wright (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wright)
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)

Sparks fly as Hobbs, Anderson face off in secretary of state debate

Julie Anderson called Steve Hobbs an “inexperienced political appointee.” He’s been in the job since Inslee put him there in November.

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)
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It’s a wrap: Primary results certified as November matchups set

In Snohomish County, 3,008 ballots got rejected. Some arrived late. Others weren’t signed. Twenty were for the wrong election.

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Abortion rights protesters fill all four corners of the intersection in front of the Everett Planned Parenthood in support of abortion rights on Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

GOP cheered abortion ruling. Democrats responded by voting.

A swell of electoral support for Democrats pushed turnout higher in primary. Republicans look to adjust for November

Abortion rights protesters fill all four corners of the intersection in front of the Everett Planned Parenthood in support of abortion rights on Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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)

In GOP battle of Sutherland vs. Low, Democrats may tip the scale

The state lawmaker and Snohomish County council member are vying for a House seat. Democrats make up roughly 40% of the vote.

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)