Rachel Riley

Marie Riley, 42, sits in her dining room with a cup of tea Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at her family’s home in North Bend, Washington. Riley was born with tetralogy of fallot, a rare congenital heart condition that has required multiple open-heart surgeries during her lifetime. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Born with heart defect, Boeing worker’s child ‘never knew anything different’

Six years ago, Marie Riley heard about a law firm seeking aerospace workers whose children suffered birth defects — like her.

 

A Boeing 777 freighter is seen in final assembly at Boeing's Everett Production Facility Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Everett, Wash. (Jennifer Buchanan/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Secret files reveal Boeing doctor warned of toxic risks, birth defects

In 1980, a doctor wrote factory chemicals would cause “life-long chronic illness, cancer and death.” Lawsuits claim his worst fears came true.

 

FILE - The logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Boeing is reporting a money-losing quarter as both its civilian-airplane division and the defense business are struggling. Boeing said Wednesday, April 27, 2022,  that it lost $1.24 billion in the first quarter and took large write-downs for several programs.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

A recap of 3 lawsuits over chemical exposure at Boeing plants

Parents believe toxins in company factories caused serious birth defects in their kids.

 

Top left: Paul McIntyre, Donna Cross and Jack Broyles, Jr. Bottom left: Larry Jones and Dean Lotz. (Alderwood Water & Wastewater District)

With manager departing, Alderwood staff takes aim at board

The union said the water district commissioners let conditions worsen with Dick McKinley in charge.

Top left: Paul McIntyre, Donna Cross and Jack Broyles, Jr. Bottom left: Larry Jones and Dean Lotz. (Alderwood Water & Wastewater District)
Dick McKinley (Alderwood Water & Wastewater District)

After no-confidence vote, Alderwood water district manager to retire

Flooded with complaints, the district’s board has placed General Manager Dick McKinley on paid leave.

Dick McKinley (Alderwood Water & Wastewater District)
The terminal and air traffic control tower at Paine Field are seen on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in unincorporated Snohomish County, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Paine Field named favorite to expand as counterpart to Sea-Tac

Three rural sites south of Seattle are being considered for a new airport, too, officials said this week.

The terminal and air traffic control tower at Paine Field are seen on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in unincorporated Snohomish County, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Rob Arbuckle puts a flower in the ground to remember his father Bob during the annual Walk to End Alzheimers at Boxcar Park on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Snohomish County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, hope amid pain

Over 100 people gathered at Boxcar Park on Saturday, optimistic the disease will one day be cured.

Rob Arbuckle puts a flower in the ground to remember his father Bob during the annual Walk to End Alzheimers at Boxcar Park on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Alderwood Water & Wastewater District water quality tech assistant Matt Williams looks at the clarity of a water sample taken from the artesian well located along164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. The well," also known as Well No. 5 or the 164th Street Artesian Well is in excess of 400 feet in depth and flows at a rate of about 10 gallons per minute. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Water district keeps leadership, for now, despite staff woes

Investigations found Alderwood General Manager Dick McKinley broke ethics rules, more than once.

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District water quality tech assistant Matt Williams looks at the clarity of a water sample taken from the artesian well located along164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. The well," also known as Well No. 5 or the 164th Street Artesian Well is in excess of 400 feet in depth and flows at a rate of about 10 gallons per minute. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lynnwood

Alderwood water district staff emails add to ‘toxic workplace’ claims

A district employee confronted the board of directors at a public meeting about a “culture of fear” among staff members.

Lynnwood
Alderwood Water & Wastewater District water quality tech assistant Matt Williams looks at the clarity of a water sample taken from the artesian well located along164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. The well," also known as Well No. 5 or the 164th Street Artesian Well is in excess of 400 feet in depth and flows at a rate of about 10 gallons per minute. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Water district employee alleges toxic leadership

Staff angst about Alderwood’s general manager flared last week. Commissioners say they’re listening.

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District water quality tech assistant Matt Williams looks at the clarity of a water sample taken from the artesian well located along164th Street on Monday, April 2, 2018 in Lynnwood, Wa. The well," also known as Well No. 5 or the 164th Street Artesian Well is in excess of 400 feet in depth and flows at a rate of about 10 gallons per minute. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Burst pipe damages Edmonds library; building to shutter for weeks

Books and media stayed dry. But Sno-Isle Libraries is unsure about the extent of damage to the building.

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Lynnwood

Police: Gunman fires shot, pulls woman from car in Lynnwood carjacking

The suspect, a man in his 20s or 30s, fled south on Highway 99. Seattle police found him later.

Lynnwood
Marysville

More than 1,100 utility customers lose power in Marysville

The Snohomish County Public Utility District attributed the outages to “equipment failure.”

Marysville
The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sued over pollution, Port of Everett works on water quality issues

Testing found stormwater toxins above permit limits, a watchdog says. State regulations require a fix.

The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Looking north, an aerial view of Paine Field in Everett. (Paine Field / Snohomish County) 20220605

Paine Field development plan envisions an expanded terminal

Once Sea-Tac Airport reaches capacity, the Everett airport is on the short list to absorb unmet demand by passengers.

Looking north, an aerial view of Paine Field in Everett. (Paine Field / Snohomish County) 20220605
Ellen Galbraith

UW grad with resort experience picked to manage Stevens Pass

Ellen Galbraith will start the job in June, with help from the ski area’s interim manager Tom Fortune.

Ellen Galbraith
Peyton Vandanacker, 7, rings her bell surrounded by her family in celebration of the end of her chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive type of leukemia on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After cancer battle, ‘happy tears’ and celebration for Bothell girl

Peyton Vandanacker, 7, thanked her siblings for helping her through chemotherapy. Firefighters came out to celebrate, too.

Peyton Vandanacker, 7, rings her bell surrounded by her family in celebration of the end of her chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive type of leukemia on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Toddler ‘critical but stable’ after pedestrian crash in Edmonds

Another victim, a teenager, has been released from the hospital. The driver cooperated with police.

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Police: Man fatally shot by Edmonds officer brandished a knife

It was a domestic-violence call. Another police officer first tried to subdue him with a stun gun.

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Mill Creek Fire Station 76. (Mill Creek Fire Department)

Mill Creek to vote on annexation into South County Fire

Voting “yes” on the April 26 ballot is the best deal, the city says, citing rising costs either way.

Mill Creek Fire Station 76. (Mill Creek Fire Department)