Granite Falls

A helicopter crew scours rough terrain Sunday, Aug. 5, at Vesper Peak, in the search for missing hiker Sam Sayers, of Seattle. She went missing Aug. 1, on the hike about 30 miles east of Granite Falls. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)

A year later, no plans to renew search for hiker Sam Sayers

The Seattle woman went missing on Vesper Peak last August. An 8,000-hour search turned up no sign of her.

 

Superintendent brings decades of experience to Granite Falls

Josh Middleton hopes to build relationships in the district. He’s heading into his first school year.

 

Drew Bakgaard cleans up after breakfast as his dog Luka licks a skillet, which Drew calls “the pre-rinse cycle,” while camping at Gold Basin Campground on Friday. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Closed for 5 years, Gold Basin Campground is open again

It was closed due to potential landslides. It’s the biggest campground on the Mountain Loop Highway.

 

An era is ending for once bustling Camp Silverton

Kids started to learn in nature there in the 1940s. Most buildings at the site have been torn down.

Man has serious injuries after crash south of Granite Falls

A motorcyclist collided with a car near Lake Bosworth, on Newberg Road south of Granite Falls.

Detectives seek tips on I-5 fatal collision near Marysville

Daniel Aquino Indalecio, 22, of Granite Falls, died in the crash on June 22.

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.