70,000 jobless, but county unemployment rate decreases by 3%

After “disastrous April,” state economist says business is slowly coming back as Washington reopens.

Is pollution at old mill site reaching the Snohomish River?

Over 20 years after an initial cleanup, the state isn’t sure arsenic on a 9-acre lot is contained.

Regulators fine Everett manufacturer $327,000 for oil spills

Two oil spills in July 2018 polluted a stormwater pond and tainted wildlife near Narbeck Creek.

Boeing investigating racist incident at Everett plant

The company, meanwhile, says it has dismissed employees recently for behavior inconsistent with company values.

County town hall shows schism over whether racism is here

Some denied that systematic discrimination exists. Others called for reforms to fix the problem.

Universities and colleges may reopen in fall, governor says

His order requires masks and physical distancing, among other measures, to help prevent infections.

Black authors, racial justice focus of YWCA’s little library

“This will maybe start some courageous conversations,” says one woman at the ribbon cutting in Lynnwood.

Front Porch: News and and notes about events in Snohomish County

The second annual fireworks show in Marysville is on, but people are encouraged to spread out and watch from home or public areas.

Fortney asks state high court to stop latest recall effort

Snohomish County’s embattled sheriff wants to derail local attorneys working in concert to unseat him.

Mukilteo council chooses Louis Harris to fill vacant seat

Harris, 32, was among six finalists for the seat vacated by Anna Rhorbough.

Man charged in wrong-way fatal crash east of Lake Stevens

Aaron Blanchard allegedly was drinking before a head-on collision that killed Brandon Elias, 31.

Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public

Jay Inslee says that until there is a vaccine, it’s the best weapon to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Tuesday news conference here

He is expected to discuss the state’s ongoing response to the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 test sites headed to Snohomish, Monroe libraries

Each site will offer tests for one day this week. Tests will continue at McCollum Park in Everett.

Eyman is in the voter guide after removing Inslee reference

The initiative-promoter turned GOP candidate was told references to the governor weren’t allowed.

Two dozen to tackle issues of racial justice, police reform

Inslee names civil rights activists, pastors, and cops to panel that may forge ideas for new laws

Stuck on hold, 81,000 in state await first unemployment payments

The state agency says it has a plan to resolve claims, starting with those who’ve waited the longest.

Need some scratch? Pig out on $5 bacon-scented lottery tix

“Bring Home the Bacon” has a cute cartoon pig and porky smell. Top prize in the state game is $50,000.

Bus fare is on its way back across Snohomish County

Community Transit and Everett Transit fares, suspended since March, are set to return July 1.

COVID-19: Who should be tested, how to get tested, and more

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