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The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

With fewer inmates, state prepares to close prison units

In Monroe, two minimum security units will shut down soon, followed by the Washington State Reformatory.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Helen Mary Vaudrin, a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Goodyear Aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio during WWII, touches a Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair at the Restoration Center & Reserve Collection at Paine Field,  on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington. It is believed she riveted the fuselage of the plane during her time at the Goodyear Factory.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Rosie the Riveter’ reunites with plane she helped build

A 100-year-old Monroe resident came face to fuselage with a World War II Corsair at Paine Field.

Helen Mary Vaudrin, a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Goodyear Aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio during WWII, touches a Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair at the Restoration Center & Reserve Collection at Paine Field,  on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington. It is believed she riveted the fuselage of the plane during her time at the Goodyear Factory.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Monroe Equity Council has planned what is believed to be the city's first public Pride event with a program of activities, art, music and stories from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at Sky River Park. (Monroe Equity Council)

Pride gatherings planned for Everett, Monroe this weekend

The in-person events are places for community and support of LGBTQIA people.

Monroe Equity Council has planned what is believed to be the city's first public Pride event with a program of activities, art, music and stories from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at Sky River Park. (Monroe Equity Council)
Claiming a man pointed a gun at him, Kevin Rodriguez testifies in court at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Everett, Washington. Rodriguez was convicted of manslaughter for killing Evodio Garcia Martinez.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Jury convicts Monroe man of manslaughter in grisly stabbing

Kevin Rodriguez, 30, went on trial for murder in a 2019 knife attack. He stabbed three roommates.

Claiming a man pointed a gun at him, Kevin Rodriguez testifies in court at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Everett, Washington. Rodriguez was convicted of manslaughter for killing Evodio Garcia Martinez.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Toni Munizza, a PE teacher, founded the Cathcart Elementary Unicycle club in 1991. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

How a teacher created a lasting unicycle legacy in Cathcart

Around 1993, Toni Munizza the Cathcart Unicycle Club was formed. Some 28 years later, it’s still going strong.

Toni Munizza, a PE teacher, founded the Cathcart Elementary Unicycle club in 1991. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A house fire displaced seven people and killed one dog Saturday, June 12, 2021, on Chain Lake Road in Monroe. (Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue)

7 displaced as family escapes Monroe house fire, dog killed

People honked to alert three occupants of the home to flames Saturday morning.

A house fire displaced seven people and killed one dog Saturday, June 12, 2021, on Chain Lake Road in Monroe. (Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As cells empty, state looks to close Monroe prison units

Half of the lockup there could be shut down, with officials looking to close prison units statewide.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe Correctional Complex. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

State to pay $3.25 million in death of Monroe prisoner

The lawsuit said John Kleutsch, 57, died of an abdominal wound that staff failed to properly treat.

Monroe Correctional Complex. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Panel to hear input on 1st Congressional District boundaries

Residents can tell commissioners how they would draw boundaries during the redistricting process.

U.S. 2 bridge work and lane closure set for this weekend

Drivers should expect backups as they approach the Pilchuck River bridge near Snohomish.

State panel upholds suspension of Monroe prison doctor

Dr. Julia Barnett was fired for unprofessional conduct after prisoner deaths and “unnecessary suffering.”

Lake Stevens man identified in fatal shooting

Terrance Moore, 35, was shot to death Monday. His roommate, the alleged shooter, was a Monroe prison guard.

Lake Stevens homicide suspect worked at Monroe prison

Emmanuel Perez, 44, is accused of shooting his roommate to death at an apartment in Lake Stevens.

Monroe motorcyclist identified in fatal crash

Detectives are asking for the public’s help to figure out when Jesse Huggins, 36, was last seen alive.

Libby Reed, left, and Patrick Lehr, right, plant red cipollini onions at Orange Star Farm on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Monroe, Wash.

Agencies, nonprofits help farms adapt to changing landscape

It’s not just climate that’s a challenge. Local agriculture is also fending off urban encroachment.

Libby Reed, left, and Patrick Lehr, right, plant red cipollini onions at Orange Star Farm on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Monroe, Wash.
Christopher Blackwell on his wedding day, Sept. 18, 2020, at the Monroe Correctional Complex. (Mark Miller)

As virus wanes, Monroe prisoners still isolated by new rules

Christopher Blackwell asserts prisons have “weaponized” the pandemic. He writes from behind bars for The Washington Post.

Christopher Blackwell on his wedding day, Sept. 18, 2020, at the Monroe Correctional Complex. (Mark Miller)
Libby Reed loosens soil with a broadfork at Orange Star Farm on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

By necessity, local farmers grow resilient to climate change

Snohomish County’s diverse agricultural community is learning to survive a bushel of challenges.

Libby Reed loosens soil with a broadfork at Orange Star Farm on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Douglas Ryner, 8, brushes twin cows Thelma and Louise at the Evergreen State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

11 days of glee: Evergreen State Fair ‘Back in the Saddle’

The fair was called off in 2020 due to COVID-19. Organizers are planning a revised event this year.

Douglas Ryner, 8, brushes twin cows Thelma and Louise at the Evergreen State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Crews contracted by the Washington State Department of Transportation for pavement work on the U.S. 2 bridge over the Pilchuck River are set to close one lane this weekend to replace and install expansion joints. (WSDOT)

U.S. 2 Pilchuck River bridge closure and work delayed

The Pilchuck River bridge east of Highway 9 was set to close to one lane this weekend.

Crews contracted by the Washington State Department of Transportation for pavement work on the U.S. 2 bridge over the Pilchuck River are set to close one lane this weekend to replace and install expansion joints. (WSDOT)
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Monroe on Friday morning. (Monroe Police Department)

Pedestrian killed by train in Monroe

Three intersections with railroad crossings were closed for two hours as authorities investigated.

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Monroe on Friday morning. (Monroe Police Department)