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Dorothy Crossman rides up on her bike to turn in her ballot  on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett leaders plan to ask voters for property tax increase

City officials will spend weeks hammering out details of a ballot measure, as Everett faces a $12.6 million deficit.

Dorothy Crossman rides up on her bike to turn in her ballot  on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The rezoned property, seen here from the Hillside Vista luxury development, is surrounded on two sides by modern neighborhoods Monday, March 25, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Despite petition, Lake Stevens OKs rezone for new 96-home development

The change faced resistance from some residents, who worried about the effects of more density in the neighborhood.

The rezoned property, seen here from the Hillside Vista luxury development, is surrounded on two sides by modern neighborhoods Monday, March 25, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A firefighter stands in silence before a panel bearing the names of L. John Regelbrugge and Kris Regelbrugge during the ten-year remembrance of the Oso landslide on Friday, March 22, 2024, at the Oso Landslide Memorial in Oso, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘Flood of emotions’ as Oso Landslide Memorial opens on 10th anniversary

Friends, family and first responders held a moment of silence at 10:37 a.m. at the new 2-acre memorial off Highway 530.

A firefighter stands in silence before a panel bearing the names of L. John Regelbrugge and Kris Regelbrugge during the ten-year remembrance of the Oso landslide on Friday, March 22, 2024, at the Oso Landslide Memorial in Oso, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Ron and Gail Thompson at their home on Monday, March 4, 2024 in Oso, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In shadow of scarred Oso hillside, mudslide’s wounds still feel fresh

Locals reflected on living with grief and finding meaning in the wake of a catastrophe “nothing like you can ever imagine” in 2014.

Ron and Gail Thompson at their home on Monday, March 4, 2024 in Oso, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Flowers for slain trooper Chris Gadd begin to collect outside Washington State Patrol District 7 Headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Motorcade route to trooper’s public memorial set for Tuesday in Everett

Doors open at noon at Angel of the Winds Arena for a memorial for state trooper Chris Gadd, who was a “loving husband, devoted father, caring brother.”

Flowers for slain trooper Chris Gadd begin to collect outside Washington State Patrol District 7 Headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Election workers receive and sort ballots during ballot processing for the U.S. Presidential Primary on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the County Elections Office in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

What happens to your presidential primary ballot? An inside look

See how the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office adheres to a number of safeguards to make your vote count.

Election workers receive and sort ballots during ballot processing for the U.S. Presidential Primary on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the County Elections Office in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett Housing Authority is asking for city approval for it’s proposed development of 16 acres of land currently occupied by the vacant Baker Heights public housing development on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

North Everett housing project plan gets taller with 15-story buildings

The original plans for the Park District called for 12-story apartments. Another public hearing is set for March 5.

Everett Housing Authority is asking for city approval for it’s proposed development of 16 acres of land currently occupied by the vacant Baker Heights public housing development on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A cliff above the Pilchuck River shows signs of erosion Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Lake Connor Park sits atop the cliff. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Hill erodes in Lake Connor Park, forcing residents of 8 lots to vacate

The park has just under 1,500 members east of Lake Stevens. The riverside hill usually loses 18 inches a year. But it was more this year.

A cliff above the Pilchuck River shows signs of erosion Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Lake Connor Park sits atop the cliff. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jennifer Ross, a PCAP case manager, prepares for the day at her desk at Sound Pathways on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As homelessness rises, Everett programs aims to help struggling moms

UW’s Parent-Child Assistance Program is designed for mothers, like Aunalisa Dawn Evans, who struggle with addiction during and after pregnancy.

Jennifer Ross, a PCAP case manager, prepares for the day at her desk at Sound Pathways on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jennifer Ross, a PCAP case manager for Sound Pathways, speaks with a client in the client’s home on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘I did get better’: Program helped Everett mother reunite her family

Jennifer Ross, a case manager with UW’s Parent Child-Assistance Program, made a big difference for Ashley Kozachenko.

Jennifer Ross, a PCAP case manager for Sound Pathways, speaks with a client in the client’s home on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Grayson Huff, left, a 4th grader at Pinewood Elementary, peaks around his sign during the Marysville School District budget presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At tense meeting, Marysville schools stare down drastic cuts to sports, more

Even with a $5 million loan, the budget is still $10.8 million short. In a budget presentation Tuesday, officials discussed next steps.

Grayson Huff, left, a 4th grader at Pinewood Elementary, peaks around his sign during the Marysville School District budget presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A school bus drives by rally before a Marysville School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Over protest, Marysville superintendent’s contract unanimously renewed

Zac Robbins inherited a district now facing a $5.9 million deficit. Dozens of parents and staff alleged a lack of transparency to fix the problem.

A school bus drives by rally before a Marysville School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring gives the state of the city address at the Marysville Civic Center on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3 takeaways from Marysville mayor’s state of the city speech

Crime, business and roads were focal points as Mayor Jon Nehring addressed an audience of more than 50 for the annual speech this week.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring gives the state of the city address at the Marysville Civic Center on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Ken Collins poses for a photo in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

After fleeting NFL career, Lake Stevens educator, coach found his niche

Retiring superintendent Ken Collins built a sterling reputation in 34 years in the district, with a decade coaching football at Lake Stevens High.

Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Ken Collins poses for a photo in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Water pipes bursted in four schools in the Stanwood-Camano Island school district Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Photo provided by the Stanwood-Camano Island school district)

Frozen, burst pipes close schools in Lake Stevens, Camano, Edmonds

Temperatures dropped as low as single digits in some parts of Snohomish County over the weekend.

Water pipes bursted in four schools in the Stanwood-Camano Island school district Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Photo provided by the Stanwood-Camano Island school district)
Olga Gershaft, right, and her mother Galina Braynina stand behind the counter at European Deli Svitlana on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, on Everett Mall Way in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Signature Dish: At European Deli Svitlana, borscht is pure comfort

The Everett deli and grocery store caters to those seeking a taste of home while adding their own unique flair.

Olga Gershaft, right, and her mother Galina Braynina stand behind the counter at European Deli Svitlana on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, on Everett Mall Way in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lola Ernsting, 6, second from left, and Sofia Banan, 6, far right, play with other kids in a structure meant for reading during the grand reopening of the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘We come together’: After burst pipe, revamped Edmonds library reopens

When the library at 650 Main St. flooded in 2022, it gave officials a “completely blank slate” to improve the branch.

Lola Ernsting, 6, second from left, and Sofia Banan, 6, far right, play with other kids in a structure meant for reading during the grand reopening of the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
MLK Jr. Celebration Choir sing at the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Everett on Jan. 19, 2020. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Martin Luther King Jr. events planned for Snohomish County

Everett and Edmonds will mark the holiday with a church service, parade and other programs Sunday and Monday.

MLK Jr. Celebration Choir sing at the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Everett on Jan. 19, 2020. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. The motel is under new managership. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Despite turnaround, Everett buys Waits Motel for $1.85M

The city has no immediate plans for the motel with a history of illegal activity. Residents still need to be relocated.

The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. The motel is under new managership. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Everett Municipal Court plans to host a pilot program to give people charged with misdemeanors who have substance use disorder an alternative to the criminal process. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett approves minimum jail sentences for repeat offenders

The City Council passed a measure Wednesday in a 4-2 vote. It applies to a range of public disorder crimes.

Everett Municipal Court plans to host a pilot program to give people charged with misdemeanors who have substance use disorder an alternative to the criminal process. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)