Julia-Grace Sanders

FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Habitat protections for an endangered population of orcas would be greatly expanded under a proposal to be advanced by NOAA Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Millions have been spent on orca recovery: Is it working?

Restoring destroyed salmon habitat is the key to regaining Southern Resident killer whale numbers.

 

Sid Logan (left) and Rob Toyer

PUD candidates focus on rates, broadband and renewables

Incumbent Sidney Logan faces former Marysville City Council member Rob Toyer for the District 1 seat.

 

Ryan Leveck makes a jump as he makes his way down the slopes during the opening day of Stevens Pass on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in Stevens Pass, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald).

You will need a reservation to ski at Stevens Pass this year

But despite capacity restrictions, the resort expects most skiers and boarders will get a lift ticket.

 

A female beaver makes her way out of the temporary constructed den for herself and another relocated male beaver on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 near Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Beavers: Good environmental stewards, but lousy neighbors

Tulalip Tribes biologists are relocating nuisance beavers to forest areas where they can thrive.

A female beaver makes her way out of the temporary constructed den for herself and another relocated male beaver on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 near Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kellie Shanahan loads Jacob McGovern's vehicle with his class tool bag at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood on October 1, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kellie Shanahan loads Jacob McGovern's vehicle with his class tool bag at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood on October 1, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hilary Franz (left) and Sue Kuehl Pederson

Wildfires, forest health are key issues in race to lead DNR

Republican Sue Kuehl Pederson is challenging incumbent Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

Hilary Franz (left) and Sue Kuehl Pederson
A man operates a radio-controlled car on a street near the Bay Wood property on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Everett, Washington. The  Port of Everett is set to clean up the Bay Wood property, which lies along the northern end of West Marine Drive near Maulsby Mudflats where the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay meet. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Port of Everett’s next cleanup will bring jobs, public access

The Bay Wood property on the north end of West Marine Drive is contaminated from its sawmill days.

A man operates a radio-controlled car on a street near the Bay Wood property on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 in Everett, Washington. The  Port of Everett is set to clean up the Bay Wood property, which lies along the northern end of West Marine Drive near Maulsby Mudflats where the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay meet. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The Downey Creek fire burning off of Suiattle River Road (Forest Road 26) on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Trapped by 2,600-acre fire, hikers ran past flames to safety

The Downey Creek Fire east of Darrington tripled in size in September, leaving rangers scrambling to rescue hikers.

The Downey Creek fire burning off of Suiattle River Road (Forest Road 26) on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Auditor: $300,000 unaccounted for from Monte Cristo cleanup

The Department of Ecology didn’t have records for 15% of funds it spent to clean the old mining area.

New Stanwood city councilmember is planning for growth

Lifelong Stanwood resident Darren Robb was appointed to fill Elizabeth Callaghan’s seat through 2021.

‘The wind in your hair’: ATVs can stay on Snohomish streets

After a year-long pilot program, the city council voted to permanently open city streets to all-terrain vehicles.

Wildfire smoke could linger through early next week

Fires continue to blaze in eastern Washington, sending smoke and unhealthy air to Puget Sound.

Officials say stay inside: Unhealthy air through Wednesday

A new batch of wildfire smoke from the east was expected to arrive over Puget Sound.

High smoke from California fires not expected to be a hazard

The high-altitude plume is expected to cover most of Western Washington into the weekend.

Contested timber sale near Gold Bar approved but delayed

The state Board of Natural Resources is giving Snohomish County 90 days to stop the Middle May timber harvest.

Cancelled by COVID: Life without the Evergreen State Fair

How losing the county’s largest event affects vendors, students, businesses and local governments.

People ride the chair lifts as skiers and snowboarders make their way down the mountain during the opening day of Stevens Pass on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in Stevens Pass, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald).

Stevens Pass announces plans to reopen slopes in December

The ski resort will require reservations, face coverings and physical distancing on the mountain.

People ride the chair lifts as skiers and snowboarders make their way down the mountain during the opening day of Stevens Pass on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in Stevens Pass, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald).

The wait is over: Grand Avenue Park pedestrian bridge opens

The bridge provides much-anticipated access to Everett’s waterfront from the Northwest Neighborhood.

10-year, $11M project to end Stanwood flooding begins Monday

Stormwater in the downtown area often closes roads, delays transportation and causes property damage.

The county feeds people and pays farmers with federal funds

The Nourishing Neighborhoods program is delivering food to residents in need and helping local farmers.