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The PUD Everett Substation on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Delta residents rip PUD power line plan to cut through neighborhood

The PUD said the poles will connect two Everett power stations amid “increasing electrical demand.” Locals feel it shows a lack of “forethought.”

 

A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

School measures rejected in Arlington, Lakewood, Sultan; pass elsewhere

Edmonds and Stanwood-Camano voters favored levies for schools Tuesday. Arlington passed two levies, but rejected funding for a new middle school.

 

A couple takes a photo in front of the Mukilteo Lighthouse. The lighthouse, built in 1906, is one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Snohomish County. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Youth sports tournaments rake in Snohomish County tourism grants

On Monday, Snohomish County announced $600,000 in grants for 39 organizations. Sports and arts took up a big slice of the pie.

 

Cathcart Crossing project site along Highway 9 on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Cathcart, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

County stamps approval for 280-plus townhomes at Cathcart Crossing

A 28-acre plat of land will soon be townhomes, with approval from the hearing examiner. Locals previously appealed the decision.

Cathcart Crossing project site along Highway 9 on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Cathcart, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A stretch of 66th Street Ave. W will be strengthened and pedestrian safety will be improved. (City of Mountlake Terrace)

66th Avenue project to reroute traffic in Mountlake Terrace

Supply chain issues and weather delayed work on the $3.6 million project. A northbound lane will close for “the next month or two.”

A stretch of 66th Street Ave. W will be strengthened and pedestrian safety will be improved. (City of Mountlake Terrace)
Mt. Pilchuck covered in snow is barely visible through the clouds as the sun breaks through illuminating raindrops as they fall off of the Mountain Loop Highway on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Warm winter melts meager snowpack in Cascades, with far-reaching effects

Snowfall in the Cascade Range has been low — and what has fallen has been melting fast. That could spell trouble down the road.

Mt. Pilchuck covered in snow is barely visible through the clouds as the sun breaks through illuminating raindrops as they fall off of the Mountain Loop Highway on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20191121

Cabins at Cama Beach State Park to close indefinitely

A septic system failure forced the popular cabins to close starting Feb. 26. Visitors who had planned a trip will get refunds.

Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20191121
Father Tuan Nguyen holds morning mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

13 Snohomish County parishes face mergers in Seattle Archdiocese plan

Parishes in Everett, Tulalip, Lake Stevens and elsewhere in Snohomish County will combine with their nearest neighbors over three years.

Father Tuan Nguyen holds morning mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A speed camera facing west along 220th Street Southwest on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Traffic cameras in Edmonds to start dinging traffic violators

On Monday, the cameras will start issuing $130 tickets to violators. Police already counted over 1,000 violations in January.

A speed camera facing west along 220th Street Southwest on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Half of a gym is used for physical education class while the other serves as a makeshift lunch station at the Sultan Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 in Sultan, Washington. Students have to walk to the gym to pick up food and then eat in their classrooms. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

With overcrowded schools ‘falling apart,’ Sultan tries bond measure

A nearly $80 million bond, funded by property taxes, would build a new elementary school on Sultan Basin Road and fund more upgrades.

Half of a gym is used for physical education class while the other serves as a makeshift lunch station at the Sultan Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 in Sultan, Washington. Students have to walk to the gym to pick up food and then eat in their classrooms. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Liz Skinner, right, and Emma Titterness, both from Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, speak with a man near the Silver Lake Safeway while conducting a point-in-time count Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The man, who had slept at that location the previous night, was provided some food and a warming kit after participating in the PIT survey. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As homelessness trends up, ‘it’s really important to hear their stories’

Volunteers set out to conduct the annual point-in-time count Tuesday around Snohomish County. Last year saw the highest census since 2012.

Liz Skinner, right, and Emma Titterness, both from Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, speak with a man near the Silver Lake Safeway while conducting a point-in-time count Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Everett, Washington. The man, who had slept at that location the previous night, was provided some food and a warming kit after participating in the PIT survey. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A person steps off the light rail at Northgate Station on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sound Transit starts testing light rail on track bound for Lynnwood

Light rail is one step closer to opening in Snohomish County. Keen observers can expect to see trains testing more frequently.

A person steps off the light rail at Northgate Station on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Highway 529 to close for months between Everett, Marysville

North of Everett, repairs of the old bridges along Highway 529 will be in full swing by February.

The I-5, Highway 529 and the BNSF railroad bridges cross over Union Slough as the main roadways for north and southbound traffic between Everett and Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Landslide law, sparked by Highway 530 slide, set for renewal in Congress

Led by Washington Democrats in Congress, the national legislation looks to continue efforts to understand and respond to landslides.

The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash. The search for survivors grew Monday, raising fears that the death toll could climb far beyond the eight confirmed fatalities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The 810 McCollum Park Community Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Light rail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sound Transit seeks comment on bus changes ahead of Lynnwood Link

A new route, and changes to three others, could be coming this year for transit riders in Snohomish County.

The 810 McCollum Park Community Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Light rail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Riders wait to board as a southbound Swift Blue Line bus arrives at the stop on Pacific Avenue on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Zero emissions by 2044 part of Community Transit’s long-range plan

The transit agency’s “Journey 2050” report gazes 25 years into the future, touching on ambitious goals with light rail arriving.

Riders wait to board as a southbound Swift Blue Line bus arrives at the stop on Pacific Avenue on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Ryan Whittaker from Skotdal Real Estate lays down ice melt in front of a Hoyt Avenue apartment complex before the arrival of an evening snowfall Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

No snow, but a high of 19 degrees in Everett means icy streets

It’ll be a frigid weekend throughout Snohomish County, with lows projected to come close to a record.

Ryan Whittaker from Skotdal Real Estate lays down ice melt in front of a Hoyt Avenue apartment complex before the arrival of an evening snowfall Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Goran Sparrman, Sound Transit's interim CEO (Photo provided by Sound Transit)

After abrupt departure, Sound Transit names interim CEO

Goran Sparrman, of infrastructure firm HNTB, will be Sound Transit’s next interim CEO. The board approved a one-year, $385,000 contract.

Goran Sparrman, Sound Transit's interim CEO (Photo provided by Sound Transit)
Ski lifts at Stevens Pass Resort in Skykomish, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

U.S. 2 closes near Stevens Pass as blizzard hits Cascades

There was “no ETA” for the highway to open around Stevens Pass. Meanwhile, snow was falling in Darrington, too.

Ski lifts at Stevens Pass Resort in Skykomish, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Inside El Sage in Mt. Vernon, Washington on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Arlington Hardware cashed in on stolen design, local artist says

Phoebe Carpenter Eells is “100% sure” her art was ripped off, then rebranded on shirts and blankets in Arlington. The store declined to comment.

Inside El Sage in Mt. Vernon, Washington on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)