Rachel Riley

Stevens Pass on Dec. 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Amid rocky ski season with 300 complaints, Stevens Pass offers deal

Vail Resorts said returning customers can get discounts for 2022-23 if they renew their passes by May 30.

 

Funko mascots Freddy Funko roll past on a conveyor belt in the Pop! Factory of the company's new flagship store on Aug. 18, 2017.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Despite Arizona move, Everett leaders expect Funko HQ to stay

The toymaker is closing Everett warehouses. But a recent “HQ2” expansion has the city confident Funko will remain rooted here.

 

A chair lift sits idle on Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A blizzard of Stevens Pass complaints hits the AG’s office

The ski resort’s new manager says he’s working to address frustrations about lines and closures.

 

Skiers and snowboarders wait for the lift on Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Vail Resorts makes a management change at Stevens Pass

A new interim general manager, longtime Stevens skier Tom Fortune, will deal with concerns about understaffing and long lift lines.

Skiers and snowboarders wait for the lift on Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
One of the parking lots at Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

With slopes limited, do Stevens Pass skiers have recourse?

Lift ticket fine print bars a class action lawsuit, saying passes are non-refundable. But those might not be the last words.

One of the parking lots at Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At Stevens Pass, epic lines, not-so-epic times amid staff shortage

Skiers, snowboarders and employees blame owner Vail Resorts for a “dysfunctional” season. Management cites industry-wide issues.

Stevens Pass Thursday afternoon on December 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dulce Chavez talks with Gunard Hulskamp during his release after 236 days in-patient battling COVID-19  Saturday morning in Everett on December 18, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett COVID survivor comes home, his sense of humor still intact

Even on a ventilator, Gunard Hulskamp never stopped joking. His story is a miracle, his family says.

Dulce Chavez talks with Gunard Hulskamp during his release after 236 days in-patient battling COVID-19  Saturday morning in Everett on December 18, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tony Cody receives a gift basket from Penelope Protheroe Friday afternoon in Granite Falls on December 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In face of hardship, 3 men give thanks for trailer park home

Tony Coty, Dan Hagar and Charles Moody make ends meet with help from Angel Resource Connection.

Tony Cody receives a gift basket from Penelope Protheroe Friday afternoon in Granite Falls on December 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tami Agassi and Lobsang Dargey in happier times (top left), Lobsang Dargey (bottom right) outside the federal courthouse in Seattle in 2017, and Everett properties developed by Dargey.

In debt for millions, a con man’s ex-spouse is ready to talk

Tami Agassi, ex-wife of disgraced Everett developer Lobsang Dargey, wants “to prevent history from repeating itself.”

Tami Agassi and Lobsang Dargey in happier times (top left), Lobsang Dargey (bottom right) outside the federal courthouse in Seattle in 2017, and Everett properties developed by Dargey.
Sound Salmon Solutions

Nonprofit’s mission to save salmon more relevant than ever

Sound Salmon Solutions wants to save the keystone species with education and habitat restoration.

Sound Salmon Solutions
An artist's rendering of the proposed Riverfront Village development along the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Anandacom, a company that employs federally convicted developer Lobsang Dargey, recently sold the property, which was listed for $12 million. (Anandacom) 20211212

Ex-Everett developer, convicted of fraud, back in business

Lobsang Dargey is working for Anandacom, a Bellevue firm formed in 2019.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Riverfront Village development along the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Anandacom, a company that employs federally convicted developer Lobsang Dargey, recently sold the property, which was listed for $12 million. (Anandacom) 20211212
Cecil Lacy Jr. (Courtesy of the Lacey family)

County to pay $1.75M to settle Tulalip man’s wrongful death case

Snohomish County maintains it’s not to blame for Cecil Lacy Jr.’s death in the custody of a sheriff’s deputy.

Cecil Lacy Jr. (Courtesy of the Lacey family)
Michael Ciaravino

Ex-Mill Creek manager gets $92K severance after rocky tenure

Deputy City Manager Martin Yamamoto has temporarily taken over after Michael Ciaravino’s resignation.

Michael Ciaravino
A final environmental cleanup is set to begin next year at the ExxonMobil and ADC properties, neighboring the Port of Everett. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Port of Everett to get $350K for its costs in soil clean-up

The end is finally in sight for a project to scrub petroleum from two waterfront parcels, owned by ExxonMobil and ADC.

A final environmental cleanup is set to begin next year at the ExxonMobil and ADC properties, neighboring the Port of Everett. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Michael Ciaravino

Mill Creek city manager abruptly resigns, ending turbulent tenure

The City Council approved a settlement with Michael Ciaravino after an executive session. Terms aren’t yet public.

Michael Ciaravino
A private plane taxis past the Paine Field passenger terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Forecast: A quadrupling of Paine Field passengers by 2040

How should Everett’s airport handle rebounding demand? A virtual meeting is set for Tuesday to talk about a master plan.

A private plane taxis past the Paine Field passenger terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Addie Woolridge’s romance novels, The Checklist and The Bounce Back, have the hallmarks of her childhood — including the same setting: the beautiful, rainy Pacific Northwest.

Romance authors draw inspiration from Snohomish County roots

What do we talk about when we talk about love in the Pacific Northwest? Three local writers find it to be an ideal setting.

Addie Woolridge’s romance novels, The Checklist and The Bounce Back, have the hallmarks of her childhood — including the same setting: the beautiful, rainy Pacific Northwest.
Vincent Cavaleri (City of Mill Creek) 20211025

Mill Creek councilman invites unvaccinated officers to apply

Police said a staffing shortage could become a crisis. So the City Council approved hiring bonuses.

Vincent Cavaleri (City of Mill Creek) 20211025
Top (L-R): Nicholas Swett, Stephanie Vignal, Benjamin Briles, Connie Allison. Bottom (L-R): Eric J. Cooke,  Brian Holtzclaw, Melissa Duque, Adam R. Morgan.

Mill Creek candidates divided on future of housing, growth

Eight people are vying for four City Council seats. Some of them are railing against new apartments.

Top (L-R): Nicholas Swett, Stephanie Vignal, Benjamin Briles, Connie Allison. Bottom (L-R): Eric J. Cooke,  Brian Holtzclaw, Melissa Duque, Adam R. Morgan.
A solitary confinement cell in the Intensive Management Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Despite reforms, hundreds of people in state prisons are still isolated for more than 22 hours a day. (Office of Corrections Ombuds) 20211008

Prison reform curbs some solitary confinement, but how much?

Washington has ended “disciplinary segregation.” But in practice, scores of prisoners remain isolated.

A solitary confinement cell in the Intensive Management Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Despite reforms, hundreds of people in state prisons are still isolated for more than 22 hours a day. (Office of Corrections Ombuds) 20211008