Michael Whitney

Michael Whitney

A solution is developing about Andy’s tent

SNOHOMISH -- Could it be a resolution about the tent which prompted a public petition? A new structure will replace it, and here's why.

USPS working to reopen drive-up dropboxes

Drive-up mailboxes at multiple post offices in the county such as Monroe were broken into or vandalized in recent weeks, creating interruptions for drive-thru drop-offs.

Few surprises in candidate filings, but also some seats up for election

Few incumbents for the area’s state House and Senate races will fly through unchallenged this year as election filing week closed Friday. There are contested races in all parts of the county.

Port’s ballot language on expansion challenged as imprecise for voters

How officials worded the Port of Everett’s Aug. 6 ballot measure to enlarge its boundaries faces a challenge of being not precise enough. The case is set to open in county superior court Wednedsday, May 15 before Judge Karen Moore.

Harvey airport taking opinions on expansion bid

SNOHOMISH — More on Harvey Field airport's proposed expansion plan, which includes to move Airport Way.

Annual drug contamination testing at yet-to-open county homeless housing approved in split County Council vote

The County Council voted 3-2 for annual meth contamination testing at yet-to-open county homeless housing

Everett museum’s exhibit is about toys, merriment from years ago

EVERETT — The Everett Museum of History's current exhibit is about toys from years ago

Local hospitals get mixed grades

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Local hospitals got mixed grades in a hospital watchdog nonprofit's semi-annual report card.

Everett tax rise ballot measure placed by council

EVERETT — Everett's property tax levy ballot measure will be on August ballots. The city asks to increase the cap it can charge for its property tax levy.

Rules for ADUs in Snohomish being refined

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Planning Commission is refining the rules for Accessory Dwelling Units in preparation for revised changes in 2025.

Petition supporting Andy’s Fish House’s tent quickly gains traction, as well as concern

SNOHOMISH -- A petition supporting Andy’s Fish House’s tent quickly gained traction, as well as concern from city officials

Proposal to take away Clark Park's historic gazebo in hold pattern after Historical Commission stands against removal

EVERETT -- The city's Historical Commission wrote to city officials to not come to them requesting to remove the Clark Park Gazebo and put other things in its place.

Driver had Tesla car in ‘autopilot’ mode at time it hit, killed motorcyclist on state Route 522

MONROE — The driver of a car had Tesla car in ‘autopilot’ mode at time it hit, killed motorcyclist on state Route 522

Wide WA 12th Leg. District, which includes Monroe, has election shakeup with state Rep. seat open

MONROE — A shakeup is happening in the 12th Legislative District after Sen. Brad Hawkins opted to not run for re-election.

Two badly hurt in head-on on Old Snohomish-Monroe Road

Two badly hurt in head-on on Old Snohomish-Monroe Road

Decisions on Everett’s special tax levy ballot measure expected

Decisions on Everett’s special tax levy ballot measure are expected at the April 24 City Council meeting with a final vote May 1.

Closed Snohomish fishing dock awaits city funding plan

SNOHOMISH -- The Robert S. Keaton fishing dock was closed in January out of safety concern. The city is not in a position yet to take steps to act on reopening it.

Who’s behind the class year flowers on Snohomish High’s lawn?

SNOHOMISH -- The story of the annual flowers on Snohomish High's lawn.

Everett historians seek to save Clark Park gazebo, Historical Commission balks at blessing removal

EVERETT — The city Historical Commission held off granting a certificate authorizing the alteration of Clark Park to remove its historic gazebo.

He volunteers his spare time cleaning headstones

A Snohomish man has been volunteering to clean headstones with his spare time to ensure the dead are honored.

Monroe mayor speaks to growth, compassion

Coverage of the 2024 Monroe State of the City

Road safety plan re-energizes Second Street revamp concept

Road safety and plans are getting prominent attention in Snohomish.

Crews conduct fire training burns before curious audience

Coverage of the Snohomish fire training burns

How to carry guns in cars, and recent gun theft data

A story on the legalities of carrying a gun in a vehicle. Also, there have already been 12 instances of thefts of firearms from cars in Everett.

Car in fatal 2nd/Maple crash lacked ‘black box’

Update on the March 17 crash.

Snohomish reworking its planning code to allow more ADUs to meet state law

State law says Snohomish must allow more Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) whether Snohomish likes it or not. City leaders are evaluating how big they should be and other design factors.

Blackman Lake tests conclude lakebed fueling algae, now how to fix it?

SNOHOMISH — Alleviating Blackman Lake’s algae problems will take time, but scientists have pinned down the source. Now they will propose the possible solution.

City surplus plan turns PD station into housing, riverside public works shop to public civic space

There are plans to sell off some city properties as surplus in coming years, and the City Hall on Union Avenue today might just be on the list depending on what City Council thinks.

Consultant: No contamination clean-up required in Snohomish Pine Avenue block

SNOHOMISH — A third consultant concluded there is no contamination which requires site cleanup in the block of Pine Avenue where there are plans for a future fire station and Snohomish city government buildings.

Snohomish Fire adjusts burn plans down to two houses

Snohomish Fire has adjusted its public burn plans on April 9 and 10 on two houses

River’s Edge Apts. tenants largely are moved back in, but questions linger

Some River's Edge Apartments residents have concerns as they move back in after being displaced by a flood in January.

County Council weighing, waiting on shelter drug residue test rule

The County Council voted last week to postpone on deciding until May 1 on a proposal to require annual drug contamination testing at county-owned housing shelters and facilities, which also is being challenged and questioned by some County Council members.

Fatal 2nd/Maple crash still under investigation

Update on the Fatal 2nd/Maple crash

196-unit Maltby development could be sign of similar to come

County Hearing Examiner Peter Camp last week denied an appeal from two area residents seeking to reopen the land-use approval of the 196-unit Snohomish Garden Townhomes development east of state Route 522 and Paradise Lake Road, throwing out the entire appeal as not showing proof the decision should be reopened.

Monroe Currie View Park playground options

MONROE — The city parks department is taking in lots of input for what to put in the playground at Currie Park, a relaxation spot near the corner of 154th Street SE and 171st Avenue SE.

City of Everett intends to ask voters to raise property tax rate to lessen budget shortfalls

The Everett City Council is being asked to place a permanent property tax levy lid lift before voters on August’s ballot to ask residents to bump up property taxes beyond the usual 1% to help the city’s troubled budget.

Port of Everett boundary, tax district expansion measure to be on ballots

EVERETT — The County Council on March 12 unanimously went with a request from the Port of Everett to place a measure on this August’s ballot. The measure would ask voters who live outside the port’s boundaries to annex themselves into the port’s tax district.

Snohomish Carnegie film doc, Monroe historical plaques lose out in proposed grant selections

EVERETT — The County Council this Wednesday will finalize where to distribute grant funds for historic preservation projects.

Monroe wants to edit covenants it has with Lowe’s which bar certain developments in North Kelsey

MONROE — The city wants to chat with Lowe’s about amending covenants it agreed to years ago that restrict what can be built in the North Kelsey area. But first, it wants to show what Lowe’s could gain.

Hippity, hoppity! The Snohomish Easter Parade’s on its way

Come one, come all to the annual Easter Parade Saturday, March 30. The free parade down Snohomish's First Street starts at 10 a.m.

Mayor Redmon lays out city goals at State of Snohomish speech

Snohomish Mayor Linda Redmon laid out her plans for the near-term future at a State of the City event in mid-March.

8 SRFR firefighters appeal to federal appeals court in religious discrimination suit

MONROE — A group of eight firefighters who refused the COVID vaccine on religious beliefs and sued Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue (SRFR) for back pay while they were placed on unpaid leave had their lawsuit closed down by a U.S. District Court judge two months ago, and are now appealing to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Everett Film Fest a chance to see unique flicks

The Everett Film Festival on Saturday, April 6 puts the spotlight on films from off the beaten path.

Driver killed in high-speed 2nd/Maple wreck in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — A 31-year-old driver from the Snohomish area died in a major crash on Second Street at Maple Avenue overnight around 12:50 a.m. Sunday, March 17 in which the car split in half after hitting a pole. On Monday evening, another crash occurred with multiple vehicles. Now, officials are absorbing and contemplating what it means. Story is updated with further details post-press from Washington State Patrol on the Sunday crash.

PUD board approves 5.8% electricity rate adjustment

The Snohomish County PUD’s board approved re-adjusting residential electricity rates by a 5.8% increase in a 2-0 vote.

Everett rolls out red light, speed cameras soon

The city’s automated red light cameras at six intersections and speed zone cameras at Horizon Elementary on Casino Road will soon be in position, and all will be active by this summer. The school zone camera went active April 3.

Snohomish's homegrown affordable housing effort secures new space in former Avenue D public works yard

At a time when “demand is huge and supply is slim” for affordable housing, says realtor Ray Cook, the homegrown effort to create affordable housing just nailed down its latest acquisition.

Providence Everett nurses voting on contract ratification this week

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett nurses are voting on ratifying their contract renewal this week.

At River’s Edge Apartments in Monroe, flood-displaced families wait

Residents displaced from a freak flood in the River’s Edge Apartments are taking it day by day after having their belongings ruined, their food spoiled and their sense of home interrupted.

PUD may buy Monroe air field to be its campus for east county

The PUD intends to purchase First Air Field to eventually turn it into a central campus for quicker storm outage responses up the Sky Valley and to be the area’s sole customer service office.