Stephanie Jerdon with A Voice for Washington Children holds a stack of signed petitions for Referendum 90 at the group’s celebration in the Spokane Valley on June 2. (A Voice for Washington Children)

Voters get final word on a controversial sex education law

Referendum 90 stirs the passion of partisans, religious leaders and defenders of local control.

Stephanie Jerdon with A Voice for Washington Children holds a stack of signed petitions for Referendum 90 at the group’s celebration in the Spokane Valley on June 2. (A Voice for Washington Children)
Brenda Carrington (left) and Jared Mead

Mead faces Republican challenger in bid to keep council seat

Brenda Carrington hopes to unseat the appointed, Democratic Snohomish County councilman on Nov. 3.

Brenda Carrington (left) and Jared Mead
Newly certified teacher Shana Brown assists a student with a Zoom meeting, while overseeing a class of seven students, in the former warehouse space at Malicious Women Candles on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 in Snohomish, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

For some Snohomish County kids, a warehouse is a schoolhouse

Employers made space for students to attend virtual classes on-site. But at least one learning pod had to shut down.

Newly certified teacher Shana Brown assists a student with a Zoom meeting, while overseeing a class of seven students, in the former warehouse space at Malicious Women Candles on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 in Snohomish, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Kellie Shanahan loads Jacob McGovern's vehicle with his class tool bag at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood on October 1, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

How do you teach auto shop remotely? Edmonds class finds out

For some local high school students, auto shop is the thing that keeps them from dropping out.

Kellie Shanahan loads Jacob McGovern's vehicle with his class tool bag at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood on October 1, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library is open and ready for blast off. Dillon Works, of Mukilteo, designed this eye-catching sculpture that greets people along Evergreen Way.   (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Local libraries preparing to reopen at limited capacity

Everett Public Library and Sno-Isle Libraries leaders are forming plans to reopen, with no date set.

The Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library is open and ready for blast off. Dillon Works, of Mukilteo, designed this eye-catching sculpture that greets people along Evergreen Way.   (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Kenna Harris

Human remains found during search for missing Monroe woman

Family confirmed the remains belonged to Kenna Harris, 25, last seen in March at Snohomish Station.

Kenna Harris

Possible pop bottle bomb shuts down Highway 99 in Edmonds

Authorities believe it was a pop bottle bomb, a crude device made from common household items.

What a merger would look like. (Lake Stevens Fire)

A new name for newly merged fire districts east of Everett

The district covering Snohomish and Lake Stevens is now called Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue.

What a merger would look like. (Lake Stevens Fire)
Volunteers await the next grouping a cars Friday morning at the Faith Food Bank at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett on October 9, 2020.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Friendly faces and free food at the Faith Food Bank

Friday food distributions at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett serve about 1,600 people each week.

Volunteers await the next grouping a cars Friday morning at the Faith Food Bank at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett on October 9, 2020.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Judge tosses manslaughter case for Lynnwood medical worker

No jury would find Sunkyong Oh, a nursing assistant, guilty of causing a cancer patient’s death, a judge ruled.

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Marysville provides financial help for utility bills

Those who have lost work due to the pandemic may be eligible to receive up to $200 for city services.

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A printed note on letterhead taped crookedly on the front door informs the Monte Cristo Ballroom in downtown Everett is closed on Oct. 15, 2019. “We regret to inform you that as of today, we will no longer be doing business … This includes all weddings we have scheduled now through 2021,” it reads. (Andrea Brown / The Daily Herald)

State wants Monte Cristo Ballroom to pay back employees

The former Everett wedding venue’s owner is accused of deducting money from workers’ checks without permission.

A printed note on letterhead taped crookedly on the front door informs the Monte Cristo Ballroom in downtown Everett is closed on Oct. 15, 2019. “We regret to inform you that as of today, we will no longer be doing business … This includes all weddings we have scheduled now through 2021,” it reads. (Andrea Brown / The Daily Herald)
Scott Eastman

Mill Creek acting police chief laid off; new chief picked

Scott Eastman fell victim to budget cuts. Meanwhile, the city’s legal bills are estimated at $1.7 million for 2020.

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This undated image provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle shows a homemade firearm that federal agents say was recovered on Feb. 6, 2020, from the Edmonds, Washington, home of Nathan Brasfield. In a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court, agents said that Brasfield had amassed an arsenal of homemade weapons despite being on federal supervision following his conviction on an earlier gun charge. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)

Edmonds man who made ‘ghost guns’ to serve almost 6 years

Federal agents reported finding 17 pistols, 24 rifles and 10 silencers when searching the man’s home.

This undated image provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle shows a homemade firearm that federal agents say was recovered on Feb. 6, 2020, from the Edmonds, Washington, home of Nathan Brasfield. In a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court, agents said that Brasfield had amassed an arsenal of homemade weapons despite being on federal supervision following his conviction on an earlier gun charge. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP)
Fifth grader Vivian Fisher get help setting up a ChromeBook from Jody Urban at Frank Wagoner Elementary on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. Students of Frank Wagoner Elementary School returned on Wednesday to collect computers and other supplies to finish up the rest of the school year at home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Enrollment down in public schools amid persisting pandemic

Across the state and in Snohomish County, kindergarten is showing the sharpest decline.

Fifth grader Vivian Fisher get help setting up a ChromeBook from Jody Urban at Frank Wagoner Elementary on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. Students of Frank Wagoner Elementary School returned on Wednesday to collect computers and other supplies to finish up the rest of the school year at home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jeanie McElwain holds the new edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge,” a book that includes information about beach accessibility, fishing spots, natural history, species identification and more, including all of the sea creatures that can be found at Double Bluff in South Whidbey. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)

New book leads you to the water’s edge on Whidbey Island

A little local know-how goes a long way in finding accessible beaches.

Jeanie McElwain holds the new edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge,” a book that includes information about beach accessibility, fishing spots, natural history, species identification and more, including all of the sea creatures that can be found at Double Bluff in South Whidbey. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)
Nina Dung (left) and Andrew Hwang participates in a birds in flight simulation Thursday morning at the Boeing Future of Flight Musuem at Paine Field on October 8, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Boeing Future of Flight at Paine Field reopens — without tours

The Mukilteo aviation center has some new exhibits, but there are no plans to resume the factory tour.

Nina Dung (left) and Andrew Hwang participates in a birds in flight simulation Thursday morning at the Boeing Future of Flight Musuem at Paine Field on October 8, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hilary Franz (left) and Sue Kuehl Pederson

Wildfires, forest health are key issues in race to lead DNR

Republican Sue Kuehl Pederson is challenging incumbent Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

Hilary Franz (left) and Sue Kuehl Pederson

Washington eviction moratorium extended through Dec. 31

The moratorium, in place since March and extended a few times, was to expire next week.

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Shooter gets 40 years for killing teen in Everett drug deal

A jury found David Wright, 33, guilty of first-degree murder for shooting Raul Cuadros, 19.

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