Herald investigation

Young girls watch as a canoe carrying an enormous king salmon makes its way to shore on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Keep your Indian alive’: After decades of outlawed culture, a Tulalip revival

Government-sanctioned boarding schools scarred Indigenous children for life. In turn, their children and grandchildren have suffered inherited trauma. But those harmed by the Tulalip Indian School, a cornerstone of the Tulalip Reservation since its inception, have begun to heal.

 

Rev. Eugene Casimir Chirouse, pictured here holding a cross at front right in 1865, founded a boarding school for Indigenous students on Tulalip Bay. It became one of the first religious schools in the country to receive a federal contract to educate Indigenous youth, with the goal of assimilation. (Courtesy of Hibulb Cultural Center)

Unearthing the ‘horrors’ of the Tulalip Indian School

The Tulalip boarding school evolved from a Catholic mission into a weapon for the government to eradicate Native culture. Interviews with survivors and primary documents give accounts of violent cultural suppression under the guise of education at the “Carlisle of the West,” modeled after the notorious Carlisle Indian Industrial School.

 

Indigenous children from around the Pacific Northwest were forced by the U.S. government to attend the Tulalip Indian School. (Tulalip Tribes Hibulb Cultural Center)

‘Genocide our people survived’: Tulalip school fueled generations of pain

Growing up in the Tulalip boarding school, Harriette Shelton Dover would “just sit absolutely still and watch my playmates die” of illness, hunger and cold. The Daily Herald dug into rosters and other records at Tulalip that reveal a staggering death toll — and pain passed from generation to generation.

 

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the background of Calvin Walker, a new hire, after a sergeant expressed concerns about a comment on a photo posted to Walker’s Facebook page in August 2020. A friend asked whether the image, showing Walker in cowboy boots and an American flag t-shirt, was “racist or misogynistic.” Walker responded, “it’s honestly a lot of both.” Walker was fired from the Sheriff’s Office in January 2022 as a result of the investigation. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)

How an outspoken Snohomish vigilante became a deputy — then was fired

After affirming Calvin Walker’s hiring, Sheriff Adam Fortney was eventually persuaded it jeopardized public trust.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the background of Calvin Walker, a new hire, after a sergeant expressed concerns about a comment on a photo posted to Walker’s Facebook page in August 2020. A friend asked whether the image, showing Walker in cowboy boots and an American flag t-shirt, was “racist or misogynistic.” Walker responded, “it’s honestly a lot of both.” Walker was fired from the Sheriff’s Office in January 2022 as a result of the investigation. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office)
Tami Agassi and Lobsang Dargey in happier times (top left), Lobsang Dargey (bottom right) outside the federal courthouse in Seattle in 2017, and Everett properties developed by Dargey.

In debt for millions, a con man’s ex-spouse is ready to talk

Tami Agassi, ex-wife of disgraced Everett developer Lobsang Dargey, wants “to prevent history from repeating itself.”

Tami Agassi and Lobsang Dargey in happier times (top left), Lobsang Dargey (bottom right) outside the federal courthouse in Seattle in 2017, and Everett properties developed by Dargey.
An artist's rendering of the proposed Riverfront Village development along the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Anandacom, a company that employs federally convicted developer Lobsang Dargey, recently sold the property, which was listed for $12 million. (Anandacom) 20211212

Ex-Everett developer, convicted of fraud, back in business

Lobsang Dargey is working for Anandacom, a Bellevue firm formed in 2019.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Riverfront Village development along the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Anandacom, a company that employs federally convicted developer Lobsang Dargey, recently sold the property, which was listed for $12 million. (Anandacom) 20211212
"Marlborough Man I" by Bob Fink was taken in Papau New Guinea. He is a Huli Wigman.

3 key questions about the Schack’s postponed photo exhibit

Here are notable takeaways from our deep look at the controversy around Everett artist Bob Fink and his work.

"Marlborough Man I" by Bob Fink was taken in Papau New Guinea. He is a Huli Wigman.
Bob Fink at his home in Everett on Saturday, July 31, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Unaware of sex scandal, Schack named him Artist of the Year

A showcase by Everett photographer Bob Fink — a major donor — was delayed due to his art, not his past, Schack leaders say.

Bob Fink at his home in Everett on Saturday, July 31, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Robert Preston in 2014 on the ground at an Everett park-and-ride, where he said he was assaulted by a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy. The incident led to a lawsuit and a $150,000 settlement. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office via federal court filing) 20210822

County pays $600,000 to settle 7 claims of deputy misconduct

In one case, settled for $150,000, a man who was allegedly fleeing said a deputy sheriff beat him senseless.

Robert Preston in 2014 on the ground at an Everett park-and-ride, where he said he was assaulted by a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy. The incident led to a lawsuit and a $150,000 settlement. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office via federal court filing) 20210822
Allison Smith (left to right), Jamie Gonzales and Jodie Aney listen during the sentencing of Jeremy Pidgeon in Snohomish County District Court in Monroe on June 23, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Outside the ring, survivors say Snohomish coach abused them

When MMA gym owner Jeremy Pidgeon was arrested, it unmasked decades of domestic violence, three women say.

Allison Smith (left to right), Jamie Gonzales and Jodie Aney listen during the sentencing of Jeremy Pidgeon in Snohomish County District Court in Monroe on June 23, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Pedestrians walk beside a brick building on Wetmore Avenue on March 17, 2021, in Everett, Washington. Old buildings constructed before 1945, with unreinforced masonry, are vulnerable to seismic waves. The exterior could break away and plummet into the street. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

3. Aftermath: Infrastructure won’t fare well in a big quake

Shockwaves from a shallow fault here could ravage bridges, schools and the water supply in Western Washington. Emergency planners want you to be ready.

Pedestrians walk beside a brick building on Wetmore Avenue on March 17, 2021, in Everett, Washington. Old buildings constructed before 1945, with unreinforced masonry, are vulnerable to seismic waves. The exterior could break away and plummet into the street. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jody Bourgeois, a University of Washington researcher who specializes in liquefaction, surveys the Snohomish River delta, where land is prone to turn to liquid in a major earthquake. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

2. Built on pudding: Can modern quake engineering prevail?

At least 30,000 people in Snohomish County live on saturated soils and sediment that will behave like shaken liquid when a big earthquake hits.

Jody Bourgeois, a University of Washington researcher who specializes in liquefaction, surveys the Snohomish River delta, where land is prone to turn to liquid in a major earthquake. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Our Fault: The earthquake hazard beneath us. Map of major geologic faults of the Puget Sound region. No caption necessary. 20210502

1. Buried danger: A slumbering geologic fault beneath us

An earthquake along the southern Whidbey Island fault reshaped the land some 2,700 years ago. Another big one is expected, and it could be devastating.

Our Fault: The earthquake hazard beneath us. Map of major geologic faults of the Puget Sound region. No caption necessary. 20210502
NO CAPTION NECESSARY. Map shows epicenters for earthquakes greater than 3.0 magnitude between 1969 and 2021. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210509

Life or death: Be prepared for a major earthquake

Resources to help get you, your family and home ready.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY. Map shows epicenters for earthquakes greater than 3.0 magnitude between 1969 and 2021. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210509

Everett fire inspector caught in fraud, forced to resign

Chad Harris was a holdover from a Fire Marshal’s Office where inspectors were rumored to take midday naps. Then he got new bosses.

Daniel Scott (center, in green jacket) and Eddie Block (bottom right) are shown in a video before the Proud Boys and other rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Arlington Proud Boy ‘Milkshake’ fought police at U.S. Capitol

Video shows Daniel Lyons Scott, 27, at the front lines of the January riot in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Scott (center, in green jacket) and Eddie Block (bottom right) are shown in a video before the Proud Boys and other rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
The last of two cranes is slowly moved into its final position on the Port of Everett's South Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett coffee heirs get $590K over crane color, ending saga

The Port of Everett promised to paint two giant green cranes blue, then didn’t. The Bargreens took issue.

The last of two cranes is slowly moved into its final position on the Port of Everett's South Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)