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One union OKs deal with state on governor’s vaccine mandate

Talks continue with other unions amid concern there might be a worker exodus ahead of the Oct. 18 deadline.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Masks required at big outdoor events; vax mandates expanded

The governor’s mask order, which takes effect Monday, comes as COVID-19 infections rise and hospital ICUs fill up.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee puts on a mask after speaking at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. The governor also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Pam Woods of Marysville along with others gather outside the Capitol to protest Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Olympia, Wash. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)

State workers get incentive to comply with vaccine mandate

An agreement between the state and their union also provides for some leeway in meeting the deadline.

Pam Woods of Marysville along with others gather outside the Capitol to protest Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Olympia, Wash. (Drew Perine/The News Tribune via AP)

New contract keeps Everett teachers as Washington’s best-paid

In a three-year pact, the union and district focused on increasing pay for beginning teachers.

Exterior of the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tribal casinos get federal OK to set up sports betting

The Tulalips expect to have their sports book operational sometime after Nov. 1.

Exterior of the new Quil Ceda Creek Casino on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Elizabeth Panagos kisses her son Paxton through her mask as she drops him off for his first day of kindergarten at Mountain Way Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Masks on, at a distance, students begin a new year of school

Nervous and excited students filtered back into classrooms full-time in five districts in Snohomish County.

Elizabeth Panagos kisses her son Paxton through her mask as she drops him off for his first day of kindergarten at Mountain Way Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students walk round to find their schedules and get checked in during the first day of school at Everett High on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Students gear up for a year of reading, writing and masking

The excitement of returning to classrooms is tempered by a surge in COVID-19, mask wars and vaccine mandates.

Students walk round to find their schedules and get checked in during the first day of school at Everett High on Monday, April 19, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Rudi Alcott named publisher of The Daily Herald in Everett

Sound Publishing President Josh O’Connor has held the job since 2013. Alcott was a longtime publisher in Federal Way.

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Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protestors as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Inslee reinstates indoor mask rule, whether vaxxed or not

The governor also ordered employees of public schools, colleges and child care centers to get vaccinated.

Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protestors as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Frustration and fear as closures at Monroe prison begin

Family members and civic leaders have pressed corrections officials for information and answers.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session, Feb. 21, 2019.

With no proof, Snohomish event will consider election fraud

State Rep. Robert Sutherland still cries foul, long after ballots were tallied in the loss of Donald Trump.

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session, Feb. 21, 2019.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Reykdal presses his case for mandatory teacher vaccinations

Otherwise, the state superintendent warned, schools could close and students might need to be quarantined.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

State schools chief urges a vaccine mandate for teachers

The superintendent of public instruction says the governor should require vaccinations for school employees.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
Ferries pass during a crossing from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and the Clinton Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State ferry fares to rise this fall, and even more next fall

The 2.5% hike in each of the next two years will apply to everyone: drivers, bikers and walkers.

Ferries pass during a crossing from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and the Clinton Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference where he announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Washington state employees and health-care workers, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

Governor will require state employees to get COVID vaccine

Workers must do so by mid-October to keep their jobs. The order also covers long-term care providers.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference where he announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Washington state employees and health-care workers, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 in Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Election

A close Lynnwood council race gets closer with latest tally

Another round of ballot counting shook up the leader board for Mukilteo and Mill Creek contests, too.

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Familiar faces making their mark in City Council contests

In Lynnwood, a 21-year-old is winning, while in Edmonds only 81 votes separate three hopefuls.

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Snohomish voters want to keep an extra sales tax for roads

Voters in the Sultan area, meanwhile, were rejecting a larger commission to oversee rural Fire District 5.

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Time is running out if you want a say in Tuesday’s primary

Voters will trim the field in contests for mayor, and seats on city councils, school boards and more.

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L-R: Steve Dana, Karen Guzak, Tabitha Baty.

Big difference in contests for two Snohomish council seats

Incumbent Dana faces ex-council colleague Guzak and activist Baty as 3 first-timers vie for other seat

L-R: Steve Dana, Karen Guzak, Tabitha Baty.