Granite Falls

Blight ravages the western hemlock, Washington’s state tree

Scientists suspect a combination of drought and fungus is killing patches of the iconic evergreen.

 

Granite Falls has chosen a new school superintendent

Josh Middleton is set to begin on July 1. His contract is expected to be final this week.

 

2 finalists chosen for Granite Falls schools superintendent

The public is invited to meet them Tuesday. A new leader is set to begin in July.

Sara Thein, organizer for Clean Up Washington, pulls out as liter bottle from the woods as she picks up trash along the Lowell Riverfront Trail on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

This volunteer makes a difference, one garbage bag at a time

Snohomish’s Sara Thein founded Clean Up Washington, a group that picks up litter in our green spaces.

Sara Thein, organizer for Clean Up Washington, pulls out as liter bottle from the woods as she picks up trash along the Lowell Riverfront Trail on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Resurfacing work starts on Snohomish County roads

Flaggers ahead: More than 83 miles will get a layer of chip seal and another 5.4 will be paved.

Mountain Loop Highway opened for the season on Friday

It closed in December for the winter. Both lanes are now clear from Granite Falls to Darrington.

Lake Stevens man, 54, dies in early morning motorcycle crash

Curtis Hamilton died at the scene from blunt force injuries. The crash is still under investigation.

Man who shot pit bull, claiming self-defense, loses appeal

The dog survived but needed surgery and almost lost a leg. The man was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Man shot and wounded by deputies is charged with a sex crime

He was being investigated for child molestation when he confronted them at Barlow Pass.

Suspect in fatal wreck is free — and getting speeding tickets

Lars Kundu, 23, has also been arrested for assault since a 2018 crash killed a man near Granite Falls.

After depression, Crossroads teen found acceptance, kindness

Clay Freeman hopes to study at community college and become a financial planner.

Lutheran Community Services to close two local centers

The Lake Stevens service center has been around since 1992; Granite Falls program also to shut down.

Study that could pave parts of Mountain Loop nearly finished

Presentations last week detailed three different options. Research should be complete in May.

Getting to know Snohomish County? Here are 19 scenic drives

There’s a lot beyond that worn-out stretch of I-5. We compiled this list of essential routes.

Pilchuck Dam removal would clear the way for salmon

Backers of the fish-habitat project near Granite Falls have scheduled a March 19 open house.

Kids at Granite Falls Boys & Girls Club get 2,500 new books

The club’s book selection was depleted, and the donation will expand the available reading material.

Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
                                Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
                                Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab initiative will impact more than just Sound Transit projects. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Big Four Mountain stands tall in the background on a sunny day at the Big Four Ice Caves Picnic Area off the Mountain Loop Highway on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (Daniella Beccaria / For The Herald)

Is it time to pave the entire Mountain Loop Highway?

Research began a year ago and was slated to finish last month. A focus was the road’s gravel portion.

Big Four Mountain stands tall in the background on a sunny day at the Big Four Ice Caves Picnic Area off the Mountain Loop Highway on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (Daniella Beccaria / For The Herald)
About a dozen lanes converge at the intersection of highways 9 and 204 in front of the Frontier Village Shopping Center in Lake Stevens. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Maybe 4 roundabouts can fix this nightmare intersection

There’s a new plan for that junk of a junction where highways 9 and 204 meet in Lake Stevens.

About a dozen lanes converge at the intersection of highways 9 and 204 in front of the Frontier Village Shopping Center in Lake Stevens. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)