Katie Hayes

An intense, challenging, fun year: Goodbye from the housing reporter

Katie Hayes wrote about the “absurd and creatively cruel issues that struggling renters face.” But she has hope, too.

Katie Hayes
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Election season about to get real as candidate filing begins

It will be an intriguing year in Snohomish County politics, as retirements open seats and redistricting stirs competition.

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Water heaters that are not up to code are visible from the hallway on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Even after housing ‘nightmare,’ new tenants pay more at Grand Apartments

Dimension, a real estate company, bullied longtime tenants and ignored urgent requests for repairs, former residents said.

Water heaters that are not up to code are visible from the hallway on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sold as elixir, kratom popularity surges in ‘Wild West’ of legality

Doctors warn kratom, an opioid alternative, is addictive and ripe for abuse. Yet it’s unregulated and sold at any smokeshop.

Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hundreds gather to listen to a lineup of guest speakers during Snohomish County’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the county courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett rally draws 400-plus abortion rights supporters

Saturday’s rally was part of “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests in response to the impending overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Hundreds gather to listen to a lineup of guest speakers during Snohomish County’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the county courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Oregon fugitive with Snohomish County ties arrested in Nevada

Andrew Cain Kristovich escaped from a federal prison camp in April. He was considered armed and dangerous.

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Chickens on pasture at Skylight Farms in Snohomish. (Petrina Fisher)

As bird flu spreads to 7 counties, Snohomish County farms on watch

No cases of avian flu have been confirmed here. But its arrival could be devastating for poultry farmers.

Chickens on pasture at Skylight Farms in Snohomish. (Petrina Fisher)
Aly Richards warms up during a skateboard workshop Thursday evening at Wiggum Hollows Park in Everett, Washington on April 28, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At free skate clinic, Everett kids do sweet tricks and more

It’s offered through the Boys and Girls Club, and there are still slots open. So grab a skateboard and get rolling.

Aly Richards warms up during a skateboard workshop Thursday evening at Wiggum Hollows Park in Everett, Washington on April 28, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Justin Blasko

Report on Monroe superintendent’s conduct delivered to school board

Employees accused Justin Blasko of fomenting a hostile workplace. Findings won’t be public for about two weeks or longer.

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Everett

Public bathrooms downtown, cleanup program approved by Everett council

The City Council voted on how to spend $1.1 million in relief funds, including a three-year “Clean Everett” plan.

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Norris the plains zebra grazes on some grass Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Flying M Ranch and Horses in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Norris the zebra is fitting in with his new herd near Lake Stevens

Black-and-white stripes are a vibrant pop against the farmland at Flying M Ranch and Horses in rural Snohomish County.

Norris the plains zebra grazes on some grass Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Flying M Ranch and Horses in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

Photography: the extracurricular shots

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.
A ferryboat. (Washington State Ferries)

Mukilteo-Clinton ferry riders get their two-boat service back

The Edmonds-Kingston route could be next, depending on COVID-19 cases and crew shortages.

A ferryboat. (Washington State Ferries)
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Granite Falls motorcyclist identified in deadly crash with dump truck

Richard Choptij, 53, died Wednesday when his motorcycle crashed into a dump truck on Highway 92.

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Pedestrian identified in fatal crash on Evergreen Way

Donald Bergevin was hit by an SUV on Monday night.

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The Temple of Justice is shown Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

Everett man’s cannabis DUI challenge rejected by state Supreme Court

Douglas Fraser III argued the law must be tossed, because the legal limit for THC is not supported by science.

The Temple of Justice is shown Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lower speed limits move forward on dangerous stretch of Highway 99

The Everett City Council approved a resolution to slow speeds on Evergreen and Everett Mall ways.

Drivers head northbound on Evergreen Way through the Everett Mall Way intersection past a 35 mph speed limit sign on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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35 teachers get layoff notices as Marysville braces for loss of levies

Athletics and security staff are also in danger, as district leaders look to trim $13.5 million from next year’s budget.

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Dayn Brunner and his son Riley, 17, pose for a photo at Darrington High School, Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Dayn's sister, Summer Raffo, was one of the 43 victims of the Oso mudslide.  Dayn and Riley spent five days searching the debris field before finding Summer in her car, hands still on the steering wheel.  Dayn spent a total of 39 days searching through the mud for other victims.  
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Darrington fire commissioner charged with theft from hardware store

Dayn Brunner, 50, worked at Do It Best Hardware for about six months in 2019. He’s accused of stealing $6,300.

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Dayn Brunner and his son Riley, 17, pose for a photo at Darrington High School, Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Dayn's sister, Summer Raffo, was one of the 43 victims of the Oso mudslide.  Dayn and Riley spent five days searching the debris field before finding Summer in her car, hands still on the steering wheel.  Dayn spent a total of 39 days searching through the mud for other victims.  
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Man gets 3½ years in Everett pot shop robberies

Jaymari Williams, 20, hopes he can become a “righteous individual” after his incarceration for two 2020 pot shop robberies.

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