FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns at a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State Democrats push new round of open-carry gun restrictions

They want to keep guns away from ballot counting and out of places where city councils and school boards meet.

 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is shown on a video monitor outside the Senate chamber as he testifies remotely at a committee hearing on a bill that would make it a gross misdemeanor for elected officials or candidates to knowingly lie about election outcomes if those claims result in violence, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee testifies in favor of bill targeting election lies

It would be a crime for elected officials or candidates to lie about election outcomes if those claims result in violence.

 

Joni Kirk (City of Mill Creek)

Mill Creek settles ex-spokesperson’s lawsuit for $95,000

Joni Kirk claimed the former mayor wanted her out and that she was wrongfully fired. The city denies wrongdoing.

Joni Kirk (City of Mill Creek)
Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)

Sultan man wanted in Washington, Idaho arrested in Montana

Jesse Spitzer, 30, is accused of multiple thefts and was on the run from law enforcement for a week.

Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)
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Lynnwood bookkeeper gets federal prison for embezzling $298K

Judith Wright, 75, was sentenced Friday to six months for writing fraudulent checks to herself. It wasn’t the first time.

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Salmon saver or farm killer? Either way, it’s in trouble

Here’s what’s happening on Day 19 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

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Rachel Ford and Taryn Salter watch as Erik Ford and Kam Durden play pool Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Vessel Taphouse in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lynnwood pirate bar faces mutiny over ‘catch the virus’ show

Employees quit, bands canceled and patrons swore off the Vessel Taphouse after it advertised discounts for people sick with COVID.

Rachel Ford and Taryn Salter watch as Erik Ford and Kam Durden play pool Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Vessel Taphouse in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘Armed and dangerous’ carjacking suspect last seen in Edmonds

A man in a stolen truck led troopers on a chase. He crashed, assaulted another driver and took that car.

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Man charged with first-degree murder for killing of Marysville roommate

Anthony Boggess, 30, reportedly claimed “demons” told him to hurt people. He’s accused of killing James Thrower, 65.

Anthony Boggess
Kevin Duncan puts his ballot in the ballot drop box outside of the Arlington Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Arlington, Wash. The Arlington school District has three measures on the February ballot, including one to replace Post Middle School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

High court: State must pay for some, not all, ballot boxes

Snohomish County sued to recoup the cost of adding 21 ballot drop boxes to comply with a 2017 law.

Kevin Duncan puts his ballot in the ballot drop box outside of the Arlington Library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Arlington, Wash. The Arlington school District has three measures on the February ballot, including one to replace Post Middle School. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, left, speaks on the floor of the Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., during debate on a measure that would delay implementation of a long-term care program and the payroll tax that pays for it. The Senate passed the measure, which was passed by the House last week, and Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Delay of Washington’s long-term-care program signed into law

The bill addresses concerns about the program’s solvency and criticism about elements of the underlying law.

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Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, left, speaks on the floor of the Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., during debate on a measure that would delay implementation of a long-term care program and the payroll tax that pays for it. The Senate passed the measure, which was passed by the House last week, and Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Top (L-R): Chris Collier, Megan Dunn, Mindy Woods, and (bottom L-R): Beth Doglio and Jacque Julien participated in a Snohomish County Housing Informational Panel hosted by Dunn on Tuesday. (Megan Dunn)

Hundreds seek housing in Snohomish County — but are on hold

Housing challenges were the focus of a virtual panel hosted by Snohomish County Councilmember Megan Dunn.

Top (L-R): Chris Collier, Megan Dunn, Mindy Woods, and (bottom L-R): Beth Doglio and Jacque Julien participated in a Snohomish County Housing Informational Panel hosted by Dunn on Tuesday. (Megan Dunn)
A Swift Blue line bus idles at the G Terminal at Everett Station on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

COVID cases prompt Community Transit to cut 36 bus trips

In a week, the number of employees who tested positive grew from 39 to 62. Absences and vacant positions have strained staff.

A Swift Blue line bus idles at the G Terminal at Everett Station on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After 1,200 positive cases, Tulalip Tribes face ‘deepest fear’

“We used to be big on family doings — not anymore.” On top of a cultural toll, the pandemic has exposed health inequities.

Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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State high court to hear case about transit fare enforcement

The state Supreme Court will consider whether it constitutes an invasion of privacy.

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Council approves lease for Bezos Academy at Everett Station

The preschool will be tuition-free. “I just know how darned important it is,” Councilmember Liz Vogeli said.

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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.

Stevens Pass on Dec. 30, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
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Wanted man fled from Gold Bar to Idaho, police say

Jesse Spitzer, 30, who has a history of violence against officers, is wanted for felonies in two states.

Jesse Spitzer (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)

Police: Marysville Pilchuck student arrested for wielding knife

Neither of the students involved in the Wednesday morning fight was injured, police reported.