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13 unvaccinated firefighters are cleared to return to work

Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is allowing them to return, but they must be tested daily.

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Lake Stevens Middle School (Lake Stevens School District)

A concerning post by a Lake Stevens student leads to toy gun

A social media post prompted a police response. Officers found no sign of immediate danger.

Lake Stevens Middle School (Lake Stevens School District)
Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens uses eminent domain to build new Powerline Trail

The city is taking residents to court over easements totaling over 21,000 square feet in two neighborhoods.

Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The curb median keeps vehicles from the shoulder on the south side 20th Street SE (eastbound) in Lake Stevens, Washington on April 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Why does a curb keep cars away from bus stop in Lake Stevens?

Built in late 2020 and early 2021, the divider stops drivers from using the eastbound lane’s shoulder.

The curb median keeps vehicles from the shoulder on the south side 20th Street SE (eastbound) in Lake Stevens, Washington on April 21, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Brent Marty waits at his sentencing hearing at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Abuse of trust’: Former firefighter sentenced for child molestation

Brent Marty, who worked for two Snohomish County fire districts, was sentenced to over three years in prison.

Brent Marty waits at his sentencing hearing at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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.
Mary Beth Kurtenbach (seated0 in her remodeled kitchen, designed by Lake Stevens' Distinctive Designs' Kelly DuByne, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The Kitchen features a Monet Inspired tile wall, floating shelves and toe kick lights. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The pandemic has been a boom time for home remodels

A Lake Stevens interior designer has shared in a nationwide rush to freshen our homes.

Mary Beth Kurtenbach (seated0 in her remodeled kitchen, designed by Lake Stevens' Distinctive Designs' Kelly DuByne, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The Kitchen features a Monet Inspired tile wall, floating shelves and toe kick lights. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Marnie Anderson and Brian Anderson smile and laugh with Battalion Chief Justin Johnson, right, after receiving a flag as retirement gift at the Lake Roesiger Fire Department on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After combined 92 years, couple retires from Lake Roesiger Fire

Brian and Marnie Anderson “were instrumental in the progression of this fire department” east of Lake Stevens.

Marnie Anderson and Brian Anderson smile and laugh with Battalion Chief Justin Johnson, right, after receiving a flag as retirement gift at the Lake Roesiger Fire Department on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Municipal Court plans to host a pilot program to give people charged with misdemeanors who have substance use disorder an alternative to the criminal process. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New Everett, Marysville court program to offer treatment over jail

After drug possession was downgraded to a misdemeanor, it will aim to get people more help and less punishment.

Everett Municipal Court plans to host a pilot program to give people charged with misdemeanors who have substance use disorder an alternative to the criminal process. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

With money secured, study underway for I-5, U.S. 2 interchange options

The Everett City Council approved a $2 million contract to find alternative designs for the highly trafficked spot.

The Trestle’s junction with I-5 is under evaluation (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Writes the photographer, Ukrainian artist Anatoly Melaniy: "The photo was taken in June 2020. This is the entrance of our house. I went up to the apartment and saw pigeons cooing on the windowsill against the backdrop of the same house as ours. I was also happy about this bird's joy of love. It's been exactly a year since we moved into this house, to a new apartment. I asked them to wait so that they don't fly away until I get the phone. You rarely have time to photograph such shots. And everything turned out."

What you see from your window is seen by 3.1 million viewers

Facebook’s “View From My Window” launched early in the pandemic continues to connect people worldwide.

Writes the photographer, Ukrainian artist Anatoly Melaniy: "The photo was taken in June 2020. This is the entrance of our house. I went up to the apartment and saw pigeons cooing on the windowsill against the backdrop of the same house as ours. I was also happy about this bird's joy of love. It's been exactly a year since we moved into this house, to a new apartment. I asked them to wait so that they don't fly away until I get the phone. You rarely have time to photograph such shots. And everything turned out."

Lake Stevens trucker ‘Stogie’ chronicles long-haul life on TikTok

Shawn Dirksen traded the cigar industry for driving a big rig with his pit bull, Bonnie. They keep three eyes on the road.

(Lake Stevens School District)

School, but not police, punish Lake Stevens student over ‘racist’ post

Police found the girl’s social-media post about raccoon hunting was not a thinly veiled threat, but it was in “poor taste.”

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Vehicles travel along Highway 9, just south of 84th St NE on Friday, March 11, 2022, near Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Rough and rumbly section of Highway 9 set for emergency repairs

The road between Arlington and Lake Stevens has cracks and potholes. An emergency repairs contract is in the works.

Vehicles travel along Highway 9, just south of 84th St NE on Friday, March 11, 2022, near Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens to seize property for Powerline Trail

The city attorney said condemnation is a “necessary step.” Only nine of 57 property owners signed easement agreements.

Houses along 88th Drive SE visible from the Powerline Trail on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gabriel Herrera works on a piece of artwork in his studio Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Herrera said he is in his blue phase as an artist, which is why he uses blue pens to create his art. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prison was art school for this Lake Stevens man

While incarcerated in Monroe for 10 years, Gabriel Herrera used a ballpoint pen to stick out.

Gabriel Herrera works on a piece of artwork in his studio Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Herrera said he is in his blue phase as an artist, which is why he uses blue pens to create his art. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Kory Dyer, center, along with his parents, Kent and Tania Dyer, sit inside the dining room Friday, March 4, 2022, at Meatheads Smokehouse and Beer Works in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Smoke marks the place for beer and barbecue in Lake Stevens

Since opening last year, Meatheads Smokehouse and Beer Works has won plaudits for its brews and slow-roasted meats alike.

Kory Dyer, center, along with his parents, Kent and Tania Dyer, sit inside the dining room Friday, March 4, 2022, at Meatheads Smokehouse and Beer Works in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Eric Durpos at a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)

Lake Stevens releases report on departed public works director

A once-redacted report shows Eric Durpos admitted to violating policy. He also accused an employee of a false police report.

Eric Durpos at a Lake Stevens City Council meeting Jan. 26, 2021. (City of Lake Stevens)
Members of PRISM close out a dance off Friday afternoon at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA in Stanwood, Washington on March 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Gender-identity clubs face resistance in some local schools

Some Snohomish County parents have objected to supportive groups for LGBTQ youth. For the kids, the clubs can be lifesavers.

Members of PRISM close out a dance off Friday afternoon at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA in Stanwood, Washington on March 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Albert the frog soars with wings made from feathers in this illustration from the children's book "Albert: A Frog and His Dream," written by Doug Warren. (Illustration by Keegan Williams)

When frogs fly: His book encourages children to dream big

Doug Warren of Lake Stevens turned his daughter’s bedtime story into a published book.

Albert the frog soars with wings made from feathers in this illustration from the children's book "Albert: A Frog and His Dream," written by Doug Warren. (Illustration by Keegan Williams)