Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey.

‘A sharp kick in the wallet’: Lake Stevens to pay safety fines

The city initially appealed many alleged workplace violations. Mayor Brett Gailey pledged to do better.

Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey.
Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Apple-splitting TikTok lands Everett teacher on ‘Ellen’ show

Sean Reich teaches students, staff and Ellen DeGeneres how to halve apples with bare hands.

Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Members of the Livable Lake Stevens, Charles Allen, left to right, David Clay and Doug Turner at the construction of Costco in Lake Stevens on October 31, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Costco has broken ground, but Lake Stevens group sues again

This time, Livable Lake Stevens is taking Costco to federal court, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act.

Members of the Livable Lake Stevens, Charles Allen, left to right, David Clay and Doug Turner at the construction of Costco in Lake Stevens on October 31, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Top (L-R): Nina Kim Hanson and Brett Rogers. Bottom (L-R): Vildan Kirby and Carolyn Bennett.

Strong resumes, strong views in Lake Stevens School Board races

As elsewhere, the contests feature candidates clashing on curriculum, spending and COVID-19 mandates.

Top (L-R): Nina Kim Hanson and Brett Rogers. Bottom (L-R): Vildan Kirby and Carolyn Bennett.
Alejandro Meza reacts to the verdict of guilty of first-degree manslaughter at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bus-riding gunman guilty of manslaughter in Everett slaying

Alejandro Meza, of Lake Stevens, got into a fight with Gene Peterson on a Community Transit bus in March.

Alejandro Meza reacts to the verdict of guilty of first-degree manslaughter at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Top row (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Michele Hampton, Gary Petershagen, Joyce Copley. Bottom row (L-R): Jessica Wadhams, Steve Ewing, Marcus A. Tageant, Joseph Jensen.

In growing Lake Stevens, controversy frames council races

The city is booming with development. Now four incumbents look to fend off challengers.

Top row (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Michele Hampton, Gary Petershagen, Joyce Copley. Bottom row (L-R): Jessica Wadhams, Steve Ewing, Marcus A. Tageant, Joseph Jensen.

State reduces penalty for Lake Stevens safety violations

On appeal, Labor and Industries reduced a $19,800 penalty regarding public works employee safety by $3,600.

Alejandro Meza watches a video of the altercation he had with Gene Peterson on Community Transit bus during opening statements of his trial on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Murder trial opens for man who shot stranger on Everett bus

Alejandro Meza got into a fight with a passenger over drug use, he claimed. His attorneys say he acted in self-defense.

Alejandro Meza watches a video of the altercation he had with Gene Peterson on Community Transit bus during opening statements of his trial on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens worker’s protection order granted against boss

The worker and his boss, Public Works Director Eric Durpos, were put on leave for an incident at a grievance meeting.

Top (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Steve Ewing. Bottom (L-R): Gary Petershagen, Marcus Tageant.

Developers court Lake Stevens council incumbents with over $20K

Over half of the campaign dollars for four candidates came from people tied to real estate or property development.

Top (L-R): Kim Daughtry, Steve Ewing. Bottom (L-R): Gary Petershagen, Marcus Tageant.
People look through a box of vegetables at the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank on Aug. 30, 2018 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Big push lands Lake Stevens Food Bank a slice of federal aid

When the County Council OK’d use of $56.6 million, it made a change, steering $600,000 to the nonprofit.

People look through a box of vegetables at the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank on Aug. 30, 2018 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
In July, Lake Stevens Public Works crews demolished a wooden castle playground adjacent to Mount Pilchuck Elementary. The department of Labor and Industries cited the city for a series of workplace safety violations earlier this year, which the city has appealed. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Ruling near on city of Lake Stevens worker safety violations

The city says the state erred in an inspection of the Public Works department, in one case blaming a “rogue” employee.

In July, Lake Stevens Public Works crews demolished a wooden castle playground adjacent to Mount Pilchuck Elementary. The department of Labor and Industries cited the city for a series of workplace safety violations earlier this year, which the city has appealed. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Bob Cummins. (Photo provided by Barb Cummins)

Everett native was legendary figure in local rowing community

Bob Cummins, a “gentle giant” who impacted countless lives through rowing, died this summer. He was 72.

Bob Cummins. (Photo provided by Barb Cummins)
The Everson family got a new backyard after the city of Lake Stevens had to install a new city culvert under their property. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ collapsed culvert needs new fish-friendly fix

The city replaced a broken culvert earlier this year to address flooding. The work isn’t done.

The Everson family got a new backyard after the city of Lake Stevens had to install a new city culvert under their property. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
Work related to improvements at the intersection of Highways 9 and 204 will close a road and reduce lanes in Lake Stevens through Oct. 1. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Road disruptions starting around Highway 9 in Lake Stevens

Lane reductions and closures are part of the work to improve the intersection at Highways 9 and 204.

Work related to improvements at the intersection of Highways 9 and 204 will close a road and reduce lanes in Lake Stevens through Oct. 1. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Kevin Johnson shows off the new Axon Body 2 body camera after demonstrating to fellow officers how the camera works as another precinct gets their cameras assigned to them Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Phoenix.  Although body-worn cameras are becoming a police standard nationwide, Phoenix was among the last big departments to adopt their widespread use. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Kevin Johnson shows off the new Axon Body 2 body camera after demonstrating to fellow officers how the camera works as another precinct gets their cameras assigned to them Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Phoenix.  Although body-worn cameras are becoming a police standard nationwide, Phoenix was among the last big departments to adopt their widespread use. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Three transmission lines that bring water  into Lake Stevens are being raised from their original depth so they remain accessible for public works crews as a road to Costco is built. (Everett Public Works) 20210910

Lake Stevens road work will interrupt water service briefly

Water transmission lines are being raised as part of the 91st Ave SE extension near the future Costco.

Three transmission lines that bring water  into Lake Stevens are being raised from their original depth so they remain accessible for public works crews as a road to Costco is built. (Everett Public Works) 20210910
Two concrete footings for a pedestrian bridge sit on either side of Stevens Creek on the north side of North Cove Park in Lake Stevens. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)

Lake Stevens is still at odds with state over bridge permit

The city has until Sept. 15 to undo site preparation for a pedestrian bridge over Stevens Creek.

Two concrete footings for a pedestrian bridge sit on either side of Stevens Creek on the north side of North Cove Park in Lake Stevens. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
Elizabeth Panagos kisses her son Paxton through her mask as she drops him off for his first day of kindergarten at Mountain Way Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Masks on, at a distance, students begin a new year of school

Nervous and excited students filtered back into classrooms full-time in five districts in Snohomish County.

Elizabeth Panagos kisses her son Paxton through her mask as she drops him off for his first day of kindergarten at Mountain Way Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The city hopes to annex the 1,000-acre lake it's named for, as well as 500 acres in the Southeast Interlocal Annexation. (City of Lake Stevens)

A ‘first’: Lake Stevens annexed a big area without public vote

After the city acquired the area through interlocal agreement, some new residents feel they had no say.

The city hopes to annex the 1,000-acre lake it's named for, as well as 500 acres in the Southeast Interlocal Annexation. (City of Lake Stevens)