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Monroe High School with (inset) a Facebook video screenshot from Nov. 10, 2021, which showed a white student repeatedly using racial slurs in a confrontation with a Black student.

‘It makes me angry’: Black students in Monroe report persistent racism

“Please help stop this racism,” a first-grade student told the Monroe school board Monday. Other kids reported racist slurs.

Monroe High School with (inset) a Facebook video screenshot from Nov. 10, 2021, which showed a white student repeatedly using racial slurs in a confrontation with a Black student.
Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Flags tell Monroe woman’s transgender journey — and more

The flagpole in her front yard is a visual for Facebook posts about who Melissa Batson is and how she got there.

Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
HIdden River Middle School (Monroe School District)

Monroe school employee on leave for ‘racially insensitive language’

The incident took place at Hidden River Middle School. Also, police were investigating racist vandalism found at another school.

HIdden River Middle School (Monroe School District)
Monroe’s Jessi Mahler, top left clockwise, River Mahler, Emma Nagy, Scarlett Nagy, Annie Oylear and Hadley Oylear are members of the Bearcats starting lineup going into the playoffs. Photographed in Monroe, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Sisterly bond’: Monroe softball team features 3 pairs of sisters

The Mahler, Nagy and Oylear sisters make up two-thirds of the state-hopeful Bearcats’ starting lineup.

Monroe’s Jessi Mahler, top left clockwise, River Mahler, Emma Nagy, Scarlett Nagy, Annie Oylear and Hadley Oylear are members of the Bearcats starting lineup going into the playoffs. Photographed in Monroe, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Justin Blasko

Report on Monroe superintendent’s conduct delivered to school board

Employees accused Justin Blasko of fomenting a hostile workplace. Findings won’t be public for about two weeks or longer.

Justin Blasko
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Deputies: Shooting near Monroe possibly stemmed from road rage

One person was shot Monday night in the 13300 block of Wagner Road. The suspected shooter was in custody.

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William Talbott II pleads his innocence before a judge sentences him to life with out parole at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Everett, Wash. A Snohomish County judge sentenced William Talbott II to life in prison without parole, for murdering a young Canadian couple in 1987. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

1987 slaying of Canadian couple heads to state Supreme Court

Justices granted a motion Wednesday to review William Talbott’s overturned conviction in a landmark forensic genealogy case.

William Talbott II pleads his innocence before a judge sentences him to life with out parole at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Everett, Wash. A Snohomish County judge sentenced William Talbott II to life in prison without parole, for murdering a young Canadian couple in 1987. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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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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Khao poon katee at Thai on Main Street Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Funky, fresh: Monroe restaurant serves up traditional Lao dishes

Thai on Main Street is serving up fried beef jerky, minced pork, papaya salad and other Lao delicacies.

Khao poon katee at Thai on Main Street Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Andrew Albert measures the density of his fertilizer using a specialized scale Friday, April 22, 2022, at his farm in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Record inflation puts crunch on Snohomish County farms

Fertilizer prices doubled. Global wheat supply is under threat due to war. Gas, too. And that may add up to smaller yields.

Andrew Albert measures the density of his fertilizer using a specialized scale Friday, April 22, 2022, at his farm in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Man charged in crash that killed Duvall woman near Monroe

A warrant for Roman Berkovich was issued this month. He’s accused of vehicular homicide in the death of Sophie Theriault.

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Real Estate consultants and twin sisters Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb staging in the newly renovated downstairs family room in the Thaut House, as seen on "Unsellable Houses." (HGTV)

Snohomish sisters shine in new season of ‘Unsellable Houses’

The 13 new episodes show that with elbow grease and ingenuity, nothing is unsellable in this wild market.

Real Estate consultants and twin sisters Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb staging in the newly renovated downstairs family room in the Thaut House, as seen on "Unsellable Houses." (HGTV)
Monroe Historical Society board president Valeria Rae walks around the upstairs space, formerly the library, at the historical society’s downtown building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. The space is being renovated to create an area for community members to hold meetings, and to retain most of the space’s original charm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Historical society restores a piece of Monroe’s past

Monroe’s original library at the old City Hall will now house a community meeting room and museum exhibits.

Monroe Historical Society board president Valeria Rae walks around the upstairs space, formerly the library, at the historical society’s downtown building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. The space is being renovated to create an area for community members to hold meetings, and to retain most of the space’s original charm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pieces of trash litter the side of Highway 522 as a car drives by on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

During the pandemic, roadside trash piled up in Washington

One reader noticed more litter along Highway 522. Cleaning up is a team effort of state agencies, volunteers and inmates.

Pieces of trash litter the side of Highway 522 as a car drives by on Monday, March 21, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Tower catches fire at Monroe construction firm; no injuries

It took Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue roughly 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

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Labels from Felix Custom Smoking seafood products. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Feds press Monroe company to stop selling unsanitary seafood

An inspection last year found Listeria mono, a harmful bacteria, on surfaces at Felix Custom Smoking.

Labels from Felix Custom Smoking seafood products. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
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)
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)
Kenneth Williams

State to pay $3.75M for death of inmate whose cancer was untreated at Monroe

Had he gotten the recommended chemotherapy, he’d likely have lived to his release date, the lawsuit says.

Kenneth Williams
Prison photos of Arthur Longworth from 1998 through 2021. He was originally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1986, when he was 21 years old. (Washington State Department of Corrections)

From a life sentence for a 1985 murder to imminent freedom

After a state Supreme Court ruling, Monroe prisoner Arthur Longworth had his sentence reduced for the killing of Cynthia Nelson, 25.

Prison photos of Arthur Longworth from 1998 through 2021. He was originally sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in 1986, when he was 21 years old. (Washington State Department of Corrections)