Jerry Cornfield

Lake Steven Mayor Brett Gailey

In Lake Stevens, advisory council will tackle diversity

It will operate out of Mayor Gailey’s office. The organization Allies for BIPOC had pushed for a commission.

Lake Steven Mayor Brett Gailey

Three Everett council members won’t seek re-election

Jeff Moore and Scott Bader will leave when their terms end. Scott Murphy is running for port commission.

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History, intrigue loom as curtain rises on election season

Candidates can file Monday. Everett will hold first-ever district elections as mayoral battles loom

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Deborah Rumbaugh, an assistant superintendent of the Highline School District in King County, was selected to be the next superintendent of the Stanwood-Camano School District. (Stanwood-Camano School District) 20210514

Deborah Rumbaugh chosen to lead Stanwood schools

The Highline School District administrator will succeed Superintendent Jean Shumate, who retires next month.

Deborah Rumbaugh, an assistant superintendent of the Highline School District in King County, was selected to be the next superintendent of the Stanwood-Camano School District. (Stanwood-Camano School District) 20210514
An abandoned face mask rests on the sidewalk along Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on April 15. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Inslee sets June 30 target for Washington to fully reopen

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places, the federal CDC said.

An abandoned face mask rests on the sidewalk along Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett on April 15. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Ron Detrick teaches his geometry class Wednesday morning at Lakewood Middle School in Marysville on May 12, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

For real, these Lakewood pupils are back in class full time

Elementary and middle school students are getting in-person instruction five days a week.

Ron Detrick teaches his geometry class Wednesday morning at Lakewood Middle School in Marysville on May 12, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Erin Volz, left, and Andrea Snoke, right, open carry weapons as they take part in a gun-rights rally, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Open-carry of weapons now illegal at state Capitol, rallies

A new law bars people from carrying guns within 250 feet of a permitted demonstration.

Erin Volz, left, and Andrea Snoke, right, open carry weapons as they take part in a gun-rights rally, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

One of these six may be the next leader of Stanwood schools

Each will be interviewed Saturday. The public can watch and offer opinions to the school board.

An artist’s rendering of the Amazon distribution center at the Cascade Industrial Center in Arlington.

A tax break used by Arlington, Marysville goes statewide

It’s helped land businesses in Cascade Industrial Center. Soon every city will get a chance to try it.

An artist’s rendering of the Amazon distribution center at the Cascade Industrial Center in Arlington.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill into law, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Tukwila, Wash., that levies a new capital gains tax on high profit stocks, bonds and other assets for some residents of Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New laws will tax the rich, offer aid to low-income workers

Inslee signs bill creating capital gains tax; foes are challenging it in court as unconstitutional.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill into law, Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Tukwila, Wash., that levies a new capital gains tax on high profit stocks, bonds and other assets for some residents of Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

School levies passing in Lakewood and Edmonds districts

For Lakewood, success in passing a supplemental levy follows two defeats in 2020.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said that the Seattle Mariners baseball team, the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League's OL Reign will soon be able to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums under a 25% seating capacity when they open their seasons. The easing of restrictions will also apply to high school sports, and was one of several aspects of the state's ongoing re-opening plan developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that were announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee wants one more thing: An extra nickel at the gas pump

He’s ready to call lawmakers back for a special session to get money for the new climate change bills.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee said that the Seattle Mariners baseball team, the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team and the National Women's Soccer League's OL Reign will soon be able to welcome a limited number of fans to their stadiums under a 25% seating capacity when they open their seasons. The easing of restrictions will also apply to high school sports, and was one of several aspects of the state's ongoing re-opening plan developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that were announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ballots due for school elections in Lakewood and Edmonds

On Tuesday, voters will decide the fate of critical funding measures in each public district.

Daffodils bloom outside the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Wednesday, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Shaped by the pandemic, a partisan legislative session ends

The Democrat-led Legislature passed a budget, a capital gains tax and a clean fuel standard — over GOP dissent.

Daffodils bloom outside the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Wednesday, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, left, presides over a session of the House, with most representatives attending remotely, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. Lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Top 10 issues in Washington state’s 2021 legislative session

Democrats used their majorities to muscle through social, economic, environmental and tax policies.

Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, left, presides over a session of the House, with most representatives attending remotely, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. Lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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3 smoldering questions from the ashes of the 2021 session

Here’s what’s happening after adjournment of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

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A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Wednesday, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A budget emerges as lawmakers reach session’s final day

Cap-and-trade clears its last hurdle as responses to Blake decision and homelessness advance too.

A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. On Wednesday, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
WSDOT Environmental Manager Rob Woeck stands next to an Edgecomb Creek outlet that runs underneath the Burlington Northern railroad on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Arlington, Wa. This overgrown outlet is the only way for spawning salmon to get to the revitalized spawning grounds of Edgecomb Creek. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

House passes cap-and-trade with a link for a gas tax hike

As wrangling over climate change policy continues, a major transportation package is pronounced dead.

WSDOT Environmental Manager Rob Woeck stands next to an Edgecomb Creek outlet that runs underneath the Burlington Northern railroad on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 in Arlington, Wa. This overgrown outlet is the only way for spawning salmon to get to the revitalized spawning grounds of Edgecomb Creek. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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A forecast on carbon and capital gains, plus a tear-gas deal

Here’s what’s happening on Day 103 of the 2021 session of the Washington Legislature.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112
The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)

Odors are a concern if Stanwood composting operation expands

Air regulators drew up a draft permit that would allow Lenz Enterprises to double in size. Residents can weigh in.

The Lenz composting facility borders. (Google Earth)