Armed citizens stand along First Street to protect businesses from possible looters on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

As film debuts chronicling hate, Snohomish mayor plans rally

Mayor John Kartak calls his city “the most wonderful community on earth.” A new movie offers another perspective.

Armed citizens stand along First Street to protect businesses from possible looters on Monday, June 1, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Home sweet castle: $2.3M buys a medieval marvel near Monroe

Swords, armor and collectibles are included. The 19-acre property has a gun range and 9-foot dragon.

Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Decision time: Ballots on their way to a half-million voters

Races for mayor, city councils and school boards are focal point of the Nov. 2 election in Snohomish County.

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Top (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Steve Ewing. Bottom (L-R): Gary Petershagen, Marcus Tageant.

Developers court Lake Stevens council incumbents with over $20K

Over half of the campaign dollars for four candidates came from people tied to real estate or property development.

Top (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Steve Ewing. Bottom (L-R): Gary Petershagen, Marcus Tageant.
Bobby Nakihei (right) of Everett, shown with his wife, Diana, died of COVID-19 this month. In 2017 he received a heart and kidney from Justin Elzinga, a 20-year-old Kennewick college student who died unexpectedly. (Family photo) 20211013

Organ donor gave Everett man a new life, until COVID hit

A 20-year-old man’s heart beat inside Bobby Nakihei, 62, of Bobby’s Hawaiian Restaurant in Lynnwood.

Bobby Nakihei (right) of Everett, shown with his wife, Diana, died of COVID-19 this month. In 2017 he received a heart and kidney from Justin Elzinga, a 20-year-old Kennewick college student who died unexpectedly. (Family photo) 20211013

Monroe High psychologist charged with illicit texts to girls

“We can deal with your age,” Lance Egli allegedly wrote. He acknowledged texting accounts of two girls, charges say.

Everett woman who died in crash south of Everett identified

Tigist Abay, 50, was on her way to work Oct. 5 when she was injured near 128th Street.

Dave Somers (left) and Dr. Chris Spitters.

COVID cases decline but local hospitals remain ‘under siege’

Coronavirus patients fill 62 hospital beds in Snohomish County. Expanded eligibility for vaccines could help.

Dave Somers (left) and Dr. Chris Spitters.
Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Boeing says workers must get the COVID vaccine by Dec. 8

“Compliance with these requirements is a condition of employment,” says an internal company presentation.

Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Carpenters strike ends with new contract and a $10 raise

Roughly 500 union members were working on projects in Snohomish County. It was among the largest strikes in 18 years.

A handful of Northwest Union Carpenter members picket in front of the new Marysville civic center construction site on the sixth day of a region wide union carpenter strike on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People look through a box of vegetables at the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank on Aug. 30, 2018 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Big push lands Lake Stevens Food Bank a slice of federal aid

When the County Council OK’d use of $56.6 million, it made a change, steering $600,000 to the nonprofit.

People look through a box of vegetables at the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank on Aug. 30, 2018 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Saman Shareghi is organically farming in his parents yard in Bothell. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In climate change war, this Bothell man’s weapon is a garden

Saman Shareghi is growing a food forest. His is one of several efforts across Snohomish County.

Saman Shareghi is organically farming in his parents yard in Bothell. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kevin Best cries while reading a letter to the court during his sentencing hearing, on attempted first-degree rape of a child, at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Ex-firefighter sentenced for attempted child rape in Everett

Kevin Best, now 48, was given six years to life in prison. He was caught in a child-sex sting in 2016.

Kevin Best cries while reading a letter to the court during his sentencing hearing, on attempted first-degree rape of a child, at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Inslee: No ‘massive disruptions’ as worker vax rates hit 90%

A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.

A poster with information on slain Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Wales is displayed during a news conference giving an update on the unsolved 2001 slaying of Wales, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Seattle. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein joined other officials to discuss the killing of Wales, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle who was shot as he worked in the basement of his home on Oct. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

$2.5 million reward to solve prosecutor’s killing in Seattle

Thomas Wales, who was shot to death 20 years ago, was a veteran of the U.S. attorney’s office.

A poster with information on slain Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Wales is displayed during a news conference giving an update on the unsolved 2001 slaying of Wales, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Seattle. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein joined other officials to discuss the killing of Wales, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle who was shot as he worked in the basement of his home on Oct. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue completed a 20-hour overnight rescue mission on Three Fingers Mountain at about 7 a.m. Monday. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) 20211011

20-hour mission rescues 2 hikers on Three Fingers mountain

They were at an elevation of 6,800 feet when they alerted authorities they were stranded Sunday.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue unit and volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue completed a 20-hour overnight rescue mission on Three Fingers Mountain at about 7 a.m. Monday. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office) 20211011

Police: Monroe high school psychologist texted girls for sex

Lance Egli, 49, was arrested Friday for investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

A KN95 mask. (Wikimedia Commons) 20211008

Mandate won’t keep unvaccinated teachers out of classrooms

Some Snohomish County school districts will require masks and COVID tests for employees to keep their jobs.

A KN95 mask. (Wikimedia Commons) 20211008
Kate Lunceford has complaints of the use and treatments of trees in new construction in Bothell on October 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

League of Women Voters has a new mission: Defend urban trees

With a focus on climate change, the Snohomish County branch wants to preserve the urban tree canopy.

Kate Lunceford has complaints of the use and treatments of trees in new construction in Bothell on October 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Motorcycle rider injured in crash with vehicle in Everett

The early morning collision closed the intersection of 41st Street and Colby Avenue.