Julia-Grace Sanders

New county office covers parks, tourism, water, energy, farms

Four departments will merge into one beginning in February. The largest focuses on county parks.

 

An access road leads into plot of land located in north Darrington that could potentially be used to build a 30-acre Wood Innovation Center, which will house CLT manufacturing and modular building companies on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Timber innovation center a chance to reinvigorate rural town

A center to produce innovative wood products could stabilize Darrington’s drained timber economy.

 

President signs bill to boost mapping of landslide hazards

The bill appropriates $40 million annually for 3D mapping and disaster preparation.

 

A large flock of ducks fly above the recently restored wetland area of Smith Island along Union Slough on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hunting season, new trail access open on island near Everett

New parking on Smith Island is now available, along with an annual waterfowl hunting season.

A large flock of ducks fly above the recently restored wetland area of Smith Island along Union Slough on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Riverfront Development sits just south of the remains of the Everett landfill. New development will soon cover nearly all the 70-acre former landfill. Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fans blow landfill’s methane away from Everett development

The rate of gas being released has slowed substantially and will continue to diminish over time.

The Riverfront Development sits just south of the remains of the Everett landfill. New development will soon cover nearly all the 70-acre former landfill. Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dave Somers

County executive vetoes fee break to save environmental work

The move overrode a County Council vote nixing an annual fee increase that funds conservation.

Dave Somers
Lidar imagery enables geologists to accurately identify landslides, such as the area around the Highway 530 Oso landslide. In this area, lidar data show prehistoric landslides in beige along the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The darker-shaded, outlined area is the extent of the March 2014 Oso landslide. (Daniel Coe/Washington State Department of Natural Resources)

New program may help pinpoint landslides before they happen

A bill pushing more funding toward 3D mapping and disaster preparation is on the president’s desk.

Lidar imagery enables geologists to accurately identify landslides, such as the area around the Highway 530 Oso landslide. In this area, lidar data show prehistoric landslides in beige along the North Fork Stillaguamish River. The darker-shaded, outlined area is the extent of the March 2014 Oso landslide. (Daniel Coe/Washington State Department of Natural Resources)
Kevin Klein was unloading his recycling at the Sultan Drop Box and his wedding ring fell off into the huge recycling bin. After looking for it himself, the staff took the extraordinary step to have the recycling bin transported to the Cathcart facility where they were able to sift through the debris, retrieve the ring and return it. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

He lost his wedding ring in a two-ton bin of recyclables

Kevin Klein gave up hope in finding his simple gold band, but this dumpster dive had a happy ending.

Kevin Klein was unloading his recycling at the Sultan Drop Box and his wedding ring fell off into the huge recycling bin. After looking for it himself, the staff took the extraordinary step to have the recycling bin transported to the Cathcart facility where they were able to sift through the debris, retrieve the ring and return it. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Front loaders push trash forward into one of the compactors at the Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How has the pandemic changed life? Look in your garbage

Snohomish County trash and recycling collectors say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected what we throw away.

Front loaders push trash forward into one of the compactors at the Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sid Logan

Logan is PUD board president again, but it wasn’t unanimous

Another member of the utility’s three-person board says it’s her turn to lead. The others say she isn’t ready.

Sid Logan

No 2021 rate increase for Public Utility District customers

For the fourth year, power and water costs will remain stable for Snohomish County PUD customers.

Karly Studley gathers trash and debris during the construction of a new trail Friday afternoon in Darrington on November 27, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Even in the Cascade foothills, getting outside isn’t a given

The Glacier Peak Institute gets kids the gear and transportation necessary to access outdoor rec.

Karly Studley gathers trash and debris during the construction of a new trail Friday afternoon in Darrington on November 27, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The anaerobic digester's flare, where excess gas is combusted, casts a shadow over the top of the digester on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From poop to power: Manure from 2,300 cows may run 600 homes

A farm in Monroe turns waste into electricity. A new partnership will double the anaerobic digester’s output.

The anaerobic digester's flare, where excess gas is combusted, casts a shadow over the top of the digester on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Signs reminding people to stay six feet apart hang on a ski and snowboard rack on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Shredding in the age of COVID: A report from Stevens Pass

Our reporter hit the slopes to find out how the resort’s virus precautions work in practice.

Signs reminding people to stay six feet apart hang on a ski and snowboard rack on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pent-up and masked-up, skiers hit the Stevens Pass slopes

Pass holders opened the season on Friday. The general public is welcome on Tuesday — reservations only.

Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Break on surface water fee means less money for environment

The Snohomish County Council voted to nix an annual fee increase that funds preservation work.

A small bridge crosses over creek in the proposed Middle May sale on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Gold Bar, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘There’s going to be some tears’ over 160-acre timber harvest

Despite local resistance, the Middle May tract next to Wallace Falls State Park was sold Monday.

A small bridge crosses over creek in the proposed Middle May sale on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Gold Bar, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Auditor: Lack of oversight led to errors in Sultan finances

For a second time, the state auditor’s office urged the city to improve its financial review process.

View of trees at 5th Avenue S and Main Street in Edmonds. (City of Edmonds)

Edmonds council: Home developers, put down those chainsaws!

A new moratorium halts the subdivision of land that has more than eight trees per 10,000 square feet.

View of trees at 5th Avenue S and Main Street in Edmonds. (City of Edmonds)

Physicians to strike, citing inadequate PPE and no breaks

Clinicians at Indigo Urgent Care facilities say they’re denied N95 masks when testing for COVID-19.