Zachariah Bryan

Connie L. Bigelow at her store Miniatures & More in Edmonds on Tuesday. (Janice Podsada / The Herald)

Woman pleads guilty to wire fraud in Edmonds doll store fire

Connie Bigelow tried to collect insurance after setting fire to her business. Now she has to pay restitution.

 

Zach Graham stands in front of a newly restored Three Fingers Lookout. (Friends of Three Fingers Lookout)

Volunteers give makeover to precarious Three Fingers Lookout

Up high, with cliffs on all sides, the 90-year-old hut got much-needed new windows, shutters and paint.

 

Slit appears in Lane 13 of the 10th Street boat launch as a family hauls items to their boat before heading to Hat Island, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Port of Everett officials say sediment has been pouring in at a much greater rate than usual at Everett’s 10th Street Boat Launch. The Port is accepting bids for dredging the launch and the area north of it.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

At Everett boat launch, a sand bar is stranding seafarers

The pileup of silt from the Snohomish River is proving to be problematic. The port plans to dig it out.

 

A worker disassembles a fluidized bed incinerator at the Edmonds Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Edmonds, $26M goes to a cleaner way to get rid of poop

The city will reduce its wastewater carbon footprint by dumping an incinerator and using new technology.

A worker disassembles a fluidized bed incinerator at the Edmonds Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in July 2020. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Lawsuit dismissed in deputies’ forceful arrest of Everett man

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, a sergeant at the time, was among the officers named in the lawsuit.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney in July 2020. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Snohomish County fire restrictions eased with rainy forecast

The outdoor burn ban will be lifted in unincorporated Snohomish County. And campfires are back.

Nicole VandePutte, an ecologist for Adopt A Stream, looks for fish in a stream along 67th Avenue NE on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Arlington, a stream is born, giving fish a new route

The Adopt A Stream demonstration project will help salmon and trout avoid roadside pollution.

Nicole VandePutte, an ecologist for Adopt A Stream, looks for fish in a stream along 67th Avenue NE on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A burned black bear cub receives care at PAWS. (PAWS)

These burned bear cubs are among the casualties of wildfires

In a first, PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood is caring for three severely burned young black bears.

A burned black bear cub receives care at PAWS. (PAWS)
Booking photos of Benjamin Stum from 1997 through 2018. (Snohomish County Jail)

After cycle of arrest, release, repeat: a ‘walking miracle’

For years, Benjamin Stum’s life was catalogued in booking photos. Mental health court gave him a new story.

Booking photos of Benjamin Stum from 1997 through 2018. (Snohomish County Jail)
Harold Lang

After Monroe prison injury, a struggle to build life outside

Harold Lang hurt his leg playing basketball. He’s suing, claiming lifelong damage from poor medical care.

Harold Lang
Officers escort symbolic remains of Officer Charlie Joe Cortez Tuesday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on August 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gone but not forgotten: Memorial held for Tulalip officer

Charlie Cortez, presumed drowned nine months ago, hasn’t been found. Friends and family celebrated his life.

Officers escort symbolic remains of Officer Charlie Joe Cortez Tuesday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on August 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
With nary a mountain in sight, the smoke moves in over Memorial Stadium and Everett late Thursday afternoon. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210812

What’s that smell? After a clean summer, smoke has arrived

A wildfire smoke alert was issued Thursday as air quality began to deteriorate in Western Washington.

With nary a mountain in sight, the smoke moves in over Memorial Stadium and Everett late Thursday afternoon. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210812
Charlie Cortez (Photo courtesy of Tulalip Tribes)

Memorial to be held for Tulalip officer lost at sea

The memorial for Charlie Cortez will be held next week at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Charlie Cortez (Photo courtesy of Tulalip Tribes)
The Pincer Creek Fire pictured on Aug. 5. (U.S. Forest Service)

Lightning starts small fires in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie forest

The biggest, near Marblemount, is 15 acres. Five other fires are in Snohomish County.

The Pincer Creek Fire pictured on Aug. 5. (U.S. Forest Service)
A man was shot Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, while driving on I-5 through Lynnwood, according to Washington State Patrol. This is his vehicle, with two bullet holes visible. (Washington State Patrol) 20210804

Driver shot on I-5, apparently randomly, by another motorist

While northbound in Lynnwood, he was shot through the car door. The bullet hit his leg.

A man was shot Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, while driving on I-5 through Lynnwood, according to Washington State Patrol. This is his vehicle, with two bullet holes visible. (Washington State Patrol) 20210804
Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Skykomish took him. His parents want him to be the last

A year ago, Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls. His body was never found. His family still grieves.

Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Yes, tsunamis can happen here: County gets 3 warning sirens

The waves would likely be triggered by earthquakes. Sirens will help alert people who are outside.

Snohomish County PUD's innovative solar battery powered microgrid batteries sit in their enclosed units during a visit by Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

PUD’s experimental solar power microgrid is ready to go live

The site in Arlington will be a test lab of ideas, as the PUD figures out the future of electricity.

Snohomish County PUD's innovative solar battery powered microgrid batteries sit in their enclosed units during a visit by Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Areas of the declared drought emergency are in orange. (Washington Department of Ecology) 20210714

Snohomish County is an oasis of sorts in Washington’s drought

An emergency was declared for much of the state. Snohomish County was spared, thanks to its reservoirs.

Areas of the declared drought emergency are in orange. (Washington Department of Ecology) 20210714