Melissa Slager

Readers raise safety concerns at busy Smokey Point interchange

Drivers and pedestrians both have issues over who’s got the right of way.

Just us, or are the US 2 trestle expansion joints noisier?

More work is coming to smooth out the ride over the newly paved bridge.

We’ve got the scoop on 63 tons per day of poop

Nearly every city in Snohomish County has a law requiring pet owners to pick up their pets’ waste.

Speed bumps, speed humps are going away as popularity fades

Studies show many drivers speed up between humps to “make up for lost time.”

Work on roundabout on Highway 9 near Marysville is delayed

The work is on the new intersection is expected to resume after Labor Day.

When it’s OK for a motorcycle — or bicycle — to run a red light

Like for instance when a traffic signal doesn’t know you’re there.

Too many close calls at Paine Field Boulevard and 84th SW

WSDOT engineers are taking a look at the intersection, but mostly recommend driving cautiously.

Railroad crossing near Woodinville to get upgrades

The county once planned to develop a park with ball fields, but backed off after the locals resisted.

New roundabout will serve as ‘gateway’ to Tulalip

A new roundabout intersection under construction in Tulalip will serve an expanded casino and serve as a “gateway” to tribal land. Crews are installing a… Continue reading

Ferry sails almost empty to transport its workers

It’s a test to see if on-time staff helps avoid crew-shortage delays, but commuters call it a waste.

Q&A (Part 2) about the state’s pay-per-mile tax pilot project

For example: “What do trucks, buses and cars that drive through our state pay?”

Darren Howe, 9, sits in a comfy chair reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while his cousin, Naven Collins, 7, (center) stands delighting in a Elephant and Piggie book, which is from the same collection that Mya Illingworth, 6, (back middle) is looking through in Kelsey’s reading Korner at Sunnycrest Elementary School Wednesday. With the addition of “Kelsey’s Korner,” featuring the kind of books she encouraged her kids to read, the school now has two places that honor Kelsey Osborne, a much loved teacher who died in June. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

A school honors a ‘remarkable, tender’ young teacher’s memory

Kelsey Osborne, who taught first grade in Lake Stevens, was just shy of 30 when she died unexpectedly.

Darren Howe, 9, sits in a comfy chair reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while his cousin, Naven Collins, 7, (center) stands delighting in a Elephant and Piggie book, which is from the same collection that Mya Illingworth, 6, (back middle) is looking through in Kelsey’s reading Korner at Sunnycrest Elementary School Wednesday. With the addition of “Kelsey’s Korner,” featuring the kind of books she encouraged her kids to read, the school now has two places that honor Kelsey Osborne, a much loved teacher who died in June. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

No short-term fix for Highway 522 cheaters

The stretch of Highway 522 where the road has yet to be widened, between Paradise Lake Road and the Snohomish River Bridge, is a notorious… Continue reading

On 522, the only thing slower than cars and fish is money

A lawmaker says bottlenecks and habitat-blocking culverts are not getting solved any time soon.

When parked cars extend beyond the white lines

Colleague Ben Watanabe writes: “My route between the office and home sometimes takes me by the Angel of the Winds Arena, and I’ve noticed large… Continue reading

Hotel can restrict parking for events in Everett

Finding parking downtown Everett is hard enough, notes reader Monty Futch, of Everett. Is it really OK for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, near the… Continue reading

Ferry traffic Monday suggests the holiday has already begun

Because July 4 falls on a weekday, it’s hard to predict the worst times to hit the road.

Bottom out? Dinged windshield? You could get money for that

Ken Gross’ 1971 Chevelle was the latest victim of what he dubs “The Big Dip” on Highway 96 (128th Street) near McCollum Park in south… Continue reading