Granite Falls

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Granite Falls motorcyclist identified in deadly crash with dump truck

Richard Choptij, 53, died Wednesday when his motorcycle crashed into a dump truck on Highway 92.

 

The scene of a fatal crash Wednesday where a motorcyclist collided with a dump truck near Granite Falls. (Washington State Patrol)

Motorcyclist dies in crash with dump truck near Granite Falls

The motorcyclist was following a dump truck on Highway 92 when he rear-ended it.

 

Clockwise from top left: Mill Creek Fire Station 76 (Mill Creek Fire Department); Liberty Elementary School (Marysville School District); Sultan schools Superintendent Dan Chaplik (right) and mechanic Dan Erdman in the bus barn (Olivia Vanni / The Herald); Cascade Elementary School (Marysville School District); Lakewood High School locker room (Olivia Vanni / The Herald); Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District).

School levies failing in Marysville, Stanwood-Camano, Lakewood

Granite Falls and Sultan were passing their levies. And in Mill Creek, voters approved joining South County Fire.

 

This marsh near Granite Falls will be called Holland Marsh. (Chuck Holland)

Panel OKs naming marsh near Granite Falls for Everett teacher

The wetland currently doesn’t have a name. Soon it could be the namesake of Andy Holland, a forestry teacher.

This marsh near Granite Falls will be called Holland Marsh. (Chuck Holland)
Sam Low (left) and Robert Sutherland.

Republicans choose sides with dollars in Low-Sutherland House race

Sam Low, who is also a County Council member, has racked up early money and endorsements in a bid to oust Rep. Robert Sutherland.

Sam Low (left) and Robert Sutherland.
Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sultan, Granite Falls face cuts if school levies fail again

After-school activities and dozens of jobs could be on the chopping block. Voters will decide April 26.

Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A nameless marsh near Granite Falls could one day be called Holland Marsh. (Chuck Holland)

Granite Falls marsh may be named for Everett college teacher

Andy Holland inspired generations of students to pursue forestry. Now his nephew wants to honor his legacy.

A nameless marsh near Granite Falls could one day be called Holland Marsh. (Chuck Holland)
Election

Voters to act on school funding measures, fire district annexation

Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood and Sultan all suffered levy defeats in February. They’ll try again April 26.

Election
Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)

Rep. Sutherland reprimanded for berating, swearing at security chief

An investigation found the Granite Falls legislator’s behavior, including use of profanity, violated rules of conduct.

Rep. Robert Sutherland at a "March For Our Rights" rally in Olympia in 2019. (Washington State House Republicans)
Robert Sutherland

Rep. Sutherland investigated after argument with security chief

By his own admission, he used profanity in a heated exchange. He might have violated state House rules.

Robert Sutherland
Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District)

4 districts hope to change voters’ minds on school funding

Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood and Sultan all suffered levy defeats in this month’s special election. They’ll try again in April.

Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District)
David Campron stands to read the newly placed grave stone for Ben Lewis at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A new grave for Black pioneer, Monte Cristo’s ‘largest man’

Ben Lewis was born in Africa in 1854. His story was lost to history until a Granite Falls researcher went looking.

David Campron stands to read the newly placed grave stone for Ben Lewis at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sam Low (Contributed) 20220110

GOP duel: County Councilman Sam Low to challenge Rep. Robert Sutherland

Low won re-election in November. He’ll take on Sutherland, a two-term incumbent, in a revamped 39th District

Sam Low (Contributed) 20220110
March For Our Rights on the capitol campus. April 27th, 2019.

Rep. Sutherland spent tax dollars to attend conspiracy conference

The Granite Falls lawmaker said voters in his district were “very suspicious” of the 2020 election results.

March For Our Rights on the capitol campus. April 27th, 2019.
Tony Cody receives a gift basket from Penelope Protheroe Friday afternoon in Granite Falls on December 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In face of hardship, 3 men give thanks for trailer park home

Tony Coty, Dan Hagar and Charles Moody make ends meet with help from Angel Resource Connection.

Tony Cody receives a gift basket from Penelope Protheroe Friday afternoon in Granite Falls on December 17, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Granite Falls Bridge is seen in the days of yore and today.

Granite Falls group urges preservation of bridge slated for demo

Bridge 102 just east of Granite Falls was built in 1934. It has withstood quakes but might not survive time.

The Granite Falls Bridge is seen in the days of yore and today.

Girl, 1, dies from gunshot wound near Granite Falls

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies were investigating the weapons assault report Saturday night.

A traveler points to Bedal Campground on a map posted along the Mountain Loop Highway in June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Mountain Loop Highway to close for the winter

The 14-mile stretch of gravel road will shut down starting Friday. Snow has hit higher elevations.

A traveler points to Bedal Campground on a map posted along the Mountain Loop Highway in June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
A car breaks and waits for traffic to pass before turning onto 123rd Avenue on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Can roundabouts, lower speed limit make 84th Street NE safer?

Maybe, but transportation and disability advocates want design features to make crossing safe.

A car breaks and waits for traffic to pass before turning onto 123rd Avenue on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

1 dead, 3 injured in 5-car crash east of Stanwood

Katrina Kakalecik, 27, of Granite Falls, was a passenger in an SUV that was rear-ended on Thanksgiving.