Jordan Hansen

Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, second from right, and Rep. Rick Larsen, right, cut a ribbon during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 196th ST SW Improvement Project near the 196th and 44th Ave West intersection in Lynnwood, Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lynnwood celebrates nearly $50 million project on 196th Street

Officials hope improvements will help turn the area into a hub for housing and businesses and solve traffic problems.

Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, second from right, and Rep. Rick Larsen, right, cut a ribbon during a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 196th ST SW Improvement Project near the 196th and 44th Ave West intersection in Lynnwood, Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, left, speaks with Homage Safety, Training, and Vehicle Service Supervisor Lloyd White about their current transit vehicle on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$250K in federal money to boost transit in east Snohomish County

Grant funding will increase trips along U.S. 2 from Snohomish to Index and Highway 522 from Monroe to Bothell.

U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, left, speaks with Homage Safety, Training, and Vehicle Service Supervisor Lloyd White about their current transit vehicle on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Maltby Community Park on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023 in Maltby, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After no one runs for 5 Snohomish County offices, what’s next?

The county reopened candidacy applications for three fire districts and two other positions. Most have takers — and even a contested race.

Maltby Community Park on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023 in Maltby, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A person drops off their ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

26% primary turnout echoes past ‘off-year’ elections in Snohomish County

The most recent odd-year turnout figures were 26.8%, 37.0%, 23.9% and 21.9%. Officials have ideas for how to improve those numbers.

A person drops off their ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sarah Ricci, left, and Bob Ricci, right pose for a photo at Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Fifth-generation corn, pumpkin farm near Maltby preserved through trust

Bob and Sarah Ricci created a corn maze and pumpkin patch agritourism destination. Now the farmland can’t be sold to a developer.

Sarah Ricci, left, and Bob Ricci, right pose for a photo at Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Elections assistant Keri Gompf organizes ballots to be sorted on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sutherland trails in Snohomish County primary; Somers, Dunn lead

Snohomish County voters favored incumbents based on early primary returns Tuesday.

Elections assistant Keri Gompf organizes ballots to be sorted on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Willie Will and Jazz Digga perform during the Nubian Jam at Forest Park in Everett, Washington on Saturday, July 29, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘A beautiful day’: Nubian Jam celebrates Black culture in Everett

Food, music and even Zumba lessons filled Forest Park with the 31st annual festival Saturday.

Willie Will and Jazz Digga perform during the Nubian Jam at Forest Park in Everett, Washington on Saturday, July 29, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A helicopter drops water on one of three wildfires burning east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)

‘Unseasonably dry’: Drought strikes corner of Snohomish County

The northeastern reaches of the county are in a drought emergency. Other telltale signs of a dry year are all around.

A helicopter drops water on one of three wildfires burning east of Darrington. (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - US Forest Service)
Andrei Pocol, of Seattle, lights off a rocket he bought at Boom City on July 1, 2023, in Tulalip, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Firework sales stay legal in south county, even if you can’t light them

Advocates say if sales are legal, the ban isn’t enforced. After deputies issued zero tickets July 4, the County Council tabled a sales ban.

Andrei Pocol, of Seattle, lights off a rocket he bought at Boom City on July 1, 2023, in Tulalip, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
People walk along a newly constructed bridge at the Big Four Ice Caves hike along the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Bigger, better Big Four bridge connects hikers to majestic ice caves

On a warm July day, cold wind rushed down the face of Big Four Mountain and over the picturesque ice caves that give the trail… Continue reading

People walk along a newly constructed bridge at the Big Four Ice Caves hike along the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A child blows bubbles during the second annual Arlington Pride at Legion memorial Park in Arlington, Washington on Saturday, July 22, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Arlington Pride event draws hundreds, protesters also show

Organizer Caera Gramore hopes to bring Pride back next year, despite a myriad of conflicts with the city and some community members.

A child blows bubbles during the second annual Arlington Pride at Legion memorial Park in Arlington, Washington on Saturday, July 22, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People walk along a newly constructed bridge at the Big Four Ice Caves hike along the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Bigger, better Big Four bridge connects hikers to majestic ice caves

The Great American Outdoors Act covered the cost of a new bridge at the historic site along the Mountain Loop Highway.

People walk along a newly constructed bridge at the Big Four Ice Caves hike along the Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County, Washington on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Jeremiah Campbell, left, and Crystal Blakely

Candidate pool already whittled down in Monroe School Board election

Jeremiah Campbell is running to hold the seat, while Crystal Blakely is challenging. Two candidates have dropped out of the race.

Jeremiah Campbell, left, and Crystal Blakely
Junelle Lewis, left, Will Schlegel and Jacob Walker

Planning board members face off in 3-way primary for Monroe council

Planning board members Jacob Walker and Junelle Lewis, along with Will Schlegel, filed to run for Monroe City Council.

Junelle Lewis, left, Will Schlegel and Jacob Walker
Monroe City Hall on Monday, July 17, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe embarks on $17M plan to upgrade City Hall

City departments will temporarily relocate while the municipal campus is being remodeled.

Monroe City Hall on Monday, July 17, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Crews respond to a brush fire near Granite Falls. (Snohomish County Fire District 22)

20-acre wildfire burns in state forest near Granite Falls

The Mountain Loop fire is the first significant wildfire of the year in Snohomish County. It’s about 6 miles east of the city.

Crews respond to a brush fire near Granite Falls. (Snohomish County Fire District 22)
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, center, cuts a ribbon at a section of the Little Bear Creek Advance Mitigation Site near 58th Ave SE in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

At farm once covered in rusty cars, wildlife returns near Maltby

The cleanup of 17 acres near Little Bear Creek cost over $4 million. It could save taxpayers at least $30 million.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, center, cuts a ribbon at a section of the Little Bear Creek Advance Mitigation Site near 58th Ave SE in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lake Serene in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)

Burn ban limits campfires in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Citing fire danger, forest officials are looking to prevent human-caused wildfires.

Lake Serene in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)
Marysville

Marysville boy, 16, killed in rollover crash

The crash happened early Tuesday morning after the driver lost control over railroad tracks, police said.

Marysville
Fallen soldiers are remembered during the Fourth of July parade in downtown Everett, Washington, on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett’s Fourth of July parade returns for the first time since 2020

The parade featured 62 entries, and was the result of community members who took over the event from city officials.

Fallen soldiers are remembered during the Fourth of July parade in downtown Everett, Washington, on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)