A Sound Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Lightrail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Northgate light rail frees buses for Snohomish County routes

Community Transit is using the change to imagine service when light rail reaches Snohomish County.

A Sound Transit bus at it's new stop in the shadow of the newly opened Northgate Lightrail Station in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Fired Monroe prison medical director wants her license back

Julia Barnett, 52, was accused of causing prisoners “unnecessary suffering” by the state Department of Health.

Alexis Wafstet, 45, walks out of court, after admittiong guilt to introducing contraband in the second degree ,at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Wafstet pleaded guilty for smuggling narcotics into the jail according to her employer, the Snohomish County Sheriffճ Office. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Former Snohomish County Jail worker guilty of drug smuggling

Alexis Wafstet, of Everett, admitted she brought opioids to inmates.

Alexis Wafstet, 45, walks out of court, after admittiong guilt to introducing contraband in the second degree ,at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Wafstet pleaded guilty for smuggling narcotics into the jail according to her employer, the Snohomish County Sheriffճ Office. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A solitary confinement cell in the Intensive Management Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Despite reforms, hundreds of people in state prisons are still isolated for more than 22 hours a day. (Office of Corrections Ombuds) 20211008

Prison reform curbs some solitary confinement, but how much?

Washington has ended “disciplinary segregation.” But in practice, scores of prisoners remain isolated.

A solitary confinement cell in the Intensive Management Unit of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Despite reforms, hundreds of people in state prisons are still isolated for more than 22 hours a day. (Office of Corrections Ombuds) 20211008
Volunteer Megan Gossen gets ready to plant a paper birch tree for Green Everett Day at Forest Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Trees, fighters of climate change, are also victims of it

As the weather becomes more extreme, the trees that are synonymous with Washington are suffering.

Volunteer Megan Gossen gets ready to plant a paper birch tree for Green Everett Day at Forest Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The parking lot of a Lynnwood apartment complex in the 19800 block of 50th Avenue West where a man was allegedly stabbed Friday night. (Lynnwood Police)

Man stabbed in Lynnwood is expected to survive

The 39-year-old was taken to a hospital after being stabbed at an apartment complex Friday night.

The parking lot of a Lynnwood apartment complex in the 19800 block of 50th Avenue West where a man was allegedly stabbed Friday night. (Lynnwood Police)

Driver seriously injured in crash in Lynnwood

The 52-year-old was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious — but not life-threatening — injuries.

With new owners demanding the Grand Apartments' longtime residents leave, Stephen Teixeira, 52, documents issues at the Rockefeller Avenue building, on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Life at the Grand Apartments in Everett is now a ‘nightmare’

Longtime residents say the new owner, an investment company, is trying to bully them out of the building.

With new owners demanding the Grand Apartments' longtime residents leave, Stephen Teixeira, 52, documents issues at the Rockefeller Avenue building, on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

A third of ferry sailings cancelled due to crew shortages

Slashed service could persist in Mukilteo, Edmonds and elsewhere. It’s unprecedented, officials said.

Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
A thank you to healthcare workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is displayed on the skybridge at the medical center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Vaccine compliance high among health care workers here

Providence reports 92%; Swedish 98%; EvergreenHealth in Monroe over 95%.

A thank you to healthcare workers at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett is displayed on the skybridge at the medical center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Man wounded in reported Mill Creek shooting

He went to a hospital after the Thursday shooting. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Signs supporting incumbent candidates for the South Whidbey school board were stolen and arranged in a vulgar message on school grounds Sunday. (Contributed photo)

A bad spell during a Whidbey Island school board campaign

The yard signs of incumbents were arranged into a vulgar message on school property.

Signs supporting incumbent candidates for the South Whidbey school board were stolen and arranged in a vulgar message on school grounds Sunday. (Contributed photo)
Bob Martin, 80, owner of the The Stag Barber and Styling in Snohomish. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

$90,000 fine doesn’t stop defiant Snohomish barber

Bob Martin appealed a state penalty for ignoring coronavirus rules and lost. It has not cut into his business.

Bob Martin, 80, owner of the The Stag Barber and Styling in Snohomish. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210

Community Transit issues vaccine requirement for employees

It starts with new hires this week, a vaccine or weekly negative test by Oct. 18, and full compliance by Jan. 1.

Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO of Community Transit. (Community Transit) 20201210
The South Fork Stillaguamish River runs through a new location past a man-made meander jam, large woody material jam and a live crib wall to help guide its new course on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Verlot, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Gold Basin, a river is moved to save endangered salmon

A landslide had been dumping more than 40,000 tons of silt a year into the river. Not anymore.

The South Fork Stillaguamish River runs through a new location past a man-made meander jam, large woody material jam and a live crib wall to help guide its new course on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Verlot, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Election

State Democrats ask courts to toss election-fraud lawsuits

The state party wants in on cases in eight Washington counties. A lawsuit in Snohomish County is bound for federal court.

Election
Dora and her friend Boots the monkey are Ty Beanie Babies featured in the movie Madagascar 2, a featured display by the Ty company at the New York Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Police: Man attacked roommate over missing Beanie Babies

The suspect, 54, reportedly woke him up with a baseball bat to the head.

Dora and her friend Boots the monkey are Ty Beanie Babies featured in the movie Madagascar 2, a featured display by the Ty company at the New York Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
The aftermath of a car crash that occurred Wednesday at 44th Avenue between 164th and 168th Street. (Lynnwood Police)

Man dies in Lynnwood car crash

The driver, 65, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the single-car crash.

The aftermath of a car crash that occurred Wednesday at 44th Avenue between 164th and 168th Street. (Lynnwood Police)
The A. J. Eisenberg airport in Oak Harbor currently offers charter flights, fuel sales, flight instruction and private sightseeing. (Karina Andrew / Whidbey News-Times)

Port of Coupeville eyes Oak Harbor’s A.J. Eisenberg Airport

Local pilots are hoping the port can revitalize the airport and restore some of its old services.

The A. J. Eisenberg airport in Oak Harbor currently offers charter flights, fuel sales, flight instruction and private sightseeing. (Karina Andrew / Whidbey News-Times)
Michealob Johnson (left), 27, is accused of killing Jae An at the Food Mart in the 6900 block of Broadway in Everett. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)

Jury: Slaying of Everett mini-mart clerk was premeditated

Michealob Johnson, 27, was convicted of aggravated first-degree murder for stabbing Jae An.

Michealob Johnson (left), 27, is accused of killing Jae An at the Food Mart in the 6900 block of Broadway in Everett. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file)