Monroe

Trumpeter swans and Canada geese take flight from a field while others continue to graze Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in the Silvana-area in Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Nature’s soap opera: Swans are wintering around Snohomish County

For a few more weeks, here’s where to find visiting swans. If you’re lucky, you might see a “rare bird alert.”

Trumpeter swans and Canada geese take flight from a field while others continue to graze Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in the Silvana-area in Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Families: Loved ones behind bars are not ‘in good spirits’

In a letter, they dispute the characterization by the state Corrections secretary after her visit in Monroe.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Justin Blasko

‘Angry BIPOC female’: Monroe supe accused of toxic workplace

Two employees filed complaints against Justin Blasko, citing accounts of “intimidation, abuse of power and unethical behavior.”

Justin Blasko
Washington State Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange outside of the Twin Rivers Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Corrections officers, inmates frustrated and fatigued by COVID

In a visit to the Monroe prison, Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange said the response to the pandemic is keeping people safe and alive.

Washington State Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange outside of the Twin Rivers Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Police: Driver was drunk when he killed pedestrian on U.S. 2

Christopher Kelly, 49, of Gold Bar, is being investigated for vehicular homicide in the death of Martin Milburn, 60, of Sultan.

Aaron Howerton in (top L-R) 2001, 2005, 2008, and (bottom L-R) 2012, 2018 and 2021. (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Sentenced to life as a teen, Monroe prisoner to be released

Aaron Howerton was among the first in the state to be resentenced under a state Supreme Court ruling on young defendants.

Aaron Howerton in (top L-R) 2001, 2005, 2008, and (bottom L-R) 2012, 2018 and 2021. (Washington State Department of Corrections)
CloZee performs during the second day of Summer Meltdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Darrington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The psychedelic fest Summer Meltdown is back — and in Monroe

The music and camping event is on for July 28-31, with a new venue along the Skykomish River.

CloZee performs during the second day of Summer Meltdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Darrington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

As omicron surges, frustrations and challenges mount in correction facilities

More than 10% of those in state prisons are infected. “We’re kind of in this Twilight Zone cycle,” one prisoner said.

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Schools in Marysville and elsewhere pivot as COVID spreads

Parents find they have to be flexible as districts react to outbreaks and shortages of staff and test kits.

This screenshot from a Nov. 10, 2021 video shows a white student repeatedly using racial slurs in a confrontation with a Black student. (Facebook)

Monroe father charged with hate crime at high school

Racist incidents in Monroe schools drew public attention in November after video circulated of the confrontation.

This screenshot from a Nov. 10, 2021 video shows a white student repeatedly using racial slurs in a confrontation with a Black student. (Facebook)
A car drives along a section of Ben Howard road that Snohomish County will raise due to flooding on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Not so high and dry: Climate change adds to flooding risks

Road improvements are planned with future river flows in mind, starting with an area between Monroe and Sultan.

A car drives along a section of Ben Howard road that Snohomish County will raise due to flooding on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Justin Blasko

Monroe superintendent put on leave, as calls for action mount

Justin Blasko will be subject to a third-party investigation. In question is his response to racism on school campuses.

Justin Blasko
Jason Dominguez at his sentencing at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Former guard and scouts volunteer gets 14 years for child rapes

A girl told a jury that Jason Dominguez, now 36, began sexually abusing her when she was 13.

Jason Dominguez at his sentencing at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Bothell High School. (Madeline Coats / Bothell-Kenmore Reporter file)

Students arrested, charged as school threats surge here

The latest in Snohomish County: Bothell High School’s campus was closed Friday after threatening graffiti was found.

Bothell High School. (Madeline Coats / Bothell-Kenmore Reporter file)
Television station lights illuminate those gathered for a rally demanding the Monroe School District address harassment and bullying problems on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Parents and teachers call for Monroe superintendent’s firing

A few School Board members backed Justin Blasko on Monday. Critics blamed him for a “toxic culture.”

Television station lights illuminate those gathered for a rally demanding the Monroe School District address harassment and bullying problems on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Bugu owners and father-son duo Kipp and Bradly Strong pose behind the bar of their Monroe brewery on Dec. 10. (Aaron Swaney)

New brewery in Monroe is truly a ‘family affair’

Before Kipp and Bradly Strong opened their new brewery in Monroe, they tested the concept out on some friends. They built a small out-building on… Continue reading

Bugu owners and father-son duo Kipp and Bradly Strong pose behind the bar of their Monroe brewery on Dec. 10. (Aaron Swaney)

Police: Student, 13, falsely accused classmate of making threat

The student alleged the classmate called to say there would be a shooting at Hidden River Middle School.

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)

Cold-case murder conviction reversed due to juror’s bias

William Talbott, the world’s first convicted forensic genealogy defendant, was accused of killing a young Canadian couple in 1987.

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)
Aj Crecelius with her 12-year-old son at their home on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Distraught,’ another Monroe student leaves school over racism

The school district will work with an equity consultant to improve inclusivity starting in January.

Aj Crecelius with her 12-year-old son at their home on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Roger Fisher pauses while jamming in the garden at his Monroe home.

Monroe resident Roger Fisher reflects on his time with Heart

He was a co-founder of the Seattle group that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. He left the band when his romance with Nancy Wilson went south.

Roger Fisher pauses while jamming in the garden at his Monroe home.