Sophia Gates

Cathi Lee holds a photo of her son, Corey, at the Lee family home Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Everett, Washington. Lee has been involved in organizing local events for Overdose Awareness Day in the years since Corey’s death in 2015. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

They lost their sons to overdoses. Now, a yearly vigil honors their memory.

Cathi Lee and Debbie Warfield draw on their experiences of losing a son to help others. Their stories mirror many others in Snohomish County.

Cathi Lee holds a photo of her son, Corey, at the Lee family home Wednesday, August 30, 2023, in Everett, Washington. Lee has been involved in organizing local events for Overdose Awareness Day in the years since Corey’s death in 2015. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lt. Nathan Alanis, the new Snohomish police chief, outside of the Sultan Police Department on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Snohomish police chief will patrol his hometown

“It’s important that we all hold each other accountable,” said Lt. Nathan Alanis, who has served as police chief in Brier and Sultan.

Lt. Nathan Alanis, the new Snohomish police chief, outside of the Sultan Police Department on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Robin Sparks, who currently has non-hodgkins lymphoma, founded a nonprofit C-Suite Center for Hope HQ to help other patients navigate the system. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Marysville woman had to fight for cancer care; now she helps others

Robin Sparks founded The C-Suite Center for Hope in Marysville last year. The organization supports cancer patients through treatment and beyond.

Robin Sparks, who currently has non-hodgkins lymphoma, founded a nonprofit C-Suite Center for Hope HQ to help other patients navigate the system. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lyla Anderson holds up a welcome sign for future families during a groundbreaking ceremony for Faith Family Village at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett’s second Pallet shelter village nears open date

Eight shelter units at Faith Lutheran Church will house up to 32 people. All units are reserved for families with children.

Lyla Anderson holds up a welcome sign for future families during a groundbreaking ceremony for Faith Family Village at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Marc Boucher holds his son Maverick, 4, at a motel on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

After leaving Everett shelter, family’s next step is uncertain

The Bouchers have been buoyed by support from readers of a previous Daily Herald article. But long-term, much is to be determined.

Marc Boucher holds his son Maverick, 4, at a motel on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Erik Stewart rests at Clark Park on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 in Everett, Washington. Stewart has been living on the streets for 7 months and dealing with congestive heart failure. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Everett, ‘instead of helping us, they just want to put us in jail’

Since the mayor expanded “no sit” zones, homeless people have scattered to spots outside of the new boundaries. Some feel targeted.

Erik Stewart rests at Clark Park on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 in Everett, Washington. Stewart has been living on the streets for 7 months and dealing with congestive heart failure. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Thursday, June 22, 2023. The motel is under new management. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett City Council votes 5-1 to condemn Waits Motel, despite turnaround

The city has said it plans to develop housing on the north Everett site. The motel’s manager said “they’re breaking up a community.”

The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Thursday, June 22, 2023. The motel is under new management. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Marc Boucher, left, helps Maverick Boucher, 4, put on his shoes as Amanda Boucher, right, stands by to assist at the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington located at 2520 Cedar Street in Everett, Washington on Sunday, July 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

5 kids, 2 parents, 1 van: Everett family stares down homelessness

On Wednesday, the Bouchers will have nowhere to go. An Everett shelter has already extended stay twice past the 90-day deadline.

Marc Boucher, left, helps Maverick Boucher, 4, put on his shoes as Amanda Boucher, right, stands by to assist at the Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington located at 2520 Cedar Street in Everett, Washington on Sunday, July 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People gather in the shade during a community gathering to distribute food and resources in protest of Everett’s expanded “no sit, no lie” ordinance Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Clark Park in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett mayor’s new ‘no sit’ zones cover much of downtown, plus 300 acres

One zone, with a perimeter of nearly 1½ miles, bans sitting or lying in a large swath of downtown. Another was created in south Everett.

People gather in the shade during a community gathering to distribute food and resources in protest of Everett’s expanded “no sit, no lie” ordinance Sunday, May 14, 2023, at Clark Park in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Cost-saving prison phone switch hits ‘road bumps’ in Monroe, elsewhere

Phone calls from prison used to cost 11 cents a minute. Now through Securus, they’re cheaper, but the connection — a “lifeline” for many — is poor.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joe Powers, the artist that created the Lake Stevens Water Tower art piece, cheers after cutting the ribbon during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 20, 2023 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Gateway into the park’: Lake Stevens unveils water tower sculpture

The sculpture, honoring the tower built in 1907, is the latest step in the city’s push to revitalize its downtown.

Joe Powers, the artist that created the Lake Stevens Water Tower art piece, cheers after cutting the ribbon during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 20, 2023 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Top (L-R): Keira Atchley, Tiffani Mondares-Riggs, Beth Hoiby Bottom (L-R): Sherryl Kenney, Eliza Davis

Like elsewhere, finances a priority in Marysville School Board races

Keira Atchley is the incumbent facing three newcomers. The other race is wide open, with Paul Galovin not running for reelection.

Top (L-R): Keira Atchley, Tiffani Mondares-Riggs, Beth Hoiby Bottom (L-R): Sherryl Kenney, Eliza Davis
Top (L-R): Roman Rewolinsk, Charles Adkins. Bottom (L-R): Ryne Rohla, Janelle Burke

Facing $28M deficit, candidates for Everett school board offer answers

Charles Adkins, Janelle Burke, Roman Rewolinksi and Ryne Rohla are in a four-way race for Everett Public Schools’ Position 5.

Top (L-R): Roman Rewolinsk, Charles Adkins. Bottom (L-R): Ryne Rohla, Janelle Burke
The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Thursday, June 22, 2023. The motel is under new management. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Waits Motel condemnation moves forward with Everett council’s OK

Before the vote, manager and resident Emily Simpson pleaded with the city to reconsider due to recent improvements at the motel.

The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Thursday, June 22, 2023. The motel is under new management. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Thursday, June 22, 2023. The motel is under new management. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Months into turnaround at Waits Motel, city moves toward condemnation

Everett’s mayor is seeking to condemn a motel long rife with crime — blindsiding a new manager who says the motel has changed for the better.

The Waits Motel in Everett, Washington on Thursday, June 22, 2023. The motel is under new management. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Binta Sanneh, 5, left, and Binta Sanneh, 6, right, line up along with other Rise Up Academy students to get a chance to climb into a truck on Thursday, July 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County to fund 360 new child care slots

“This is a huge area of need,” County Executive Dave Somers said Thursday at the Rise Up Academy in south Everett.

Binta Sanneh, 5, left, and Binta Sanneh, 6, right, line up along with other Rise Up Academy students to get a chance to climb into a truck on Thursday, July 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kim Rosales sets their items on the security belt and moves forward in line with their service animal Sabrina to practice going through TSA at Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Saturday, June 24, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Paine Field hosts basic training for Guide Dogs for the Blind

It was a learning experience for dogs, handlers and TSA agents. Groups from around the state participated.

Kim Rosales sets their items on the security belt and moves forward in line with their service animal Sabrina to practice going through TSA at Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Saturday, June 24, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (Snohomish County)

Snohomish County announces $6.5 million for youth mental health

The new plan includes $3.2 million to support vulnerable youth and $1.5 million for after school care.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (Snohomish County)

Man missing after falling in Sunset Falls near Index

Searchers say they found a shoe and a pair of sweatpants Friday night that matched what the missing man was wearing.

The exterior of the Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 23, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Monroe prison’s concrete walls, oppressive heat can be ‘unbearable’

When heat moves in, prisoners are trapped in it. Tensions go up. And air conditioning for most units isn’t in the budget.

The exterior of the Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 23, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)