SNOHOMISH — The public has plenty of questions on Harvey Field's proposal to expand its airport footprint, which includes relocating Airport Way farther south.
MONROE — Eight unvaccinated firefighters at Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue who were given just the option to go on an unpaid leave of absence unless they got vaccinated have sued the agency in federal court for back pay during their absence and for discrimination because their religious exemptions were not accommodated with regular testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) instead. The district said the firefighters, by being unvaccinated, posed an unmitigated liability if they were working on public medical calls.
EVERETT — Union tradespeople are urging the Everett City Council to cement a new requirement to establish upfront labor agreements on any major city project. The City Council has two competing "new rule" proposals relating to project labor agreements to consider at its Dec. 7 council meeting, and also has been asked to pause on deciding anything.
EVERETT — The Everett Station District Alliance has revived its proposal to form a business improvement area tax which would be charged to property owners within a wide footprint.
Blackman Lake algae control plan public forum Dec. 12
SNOHOMISH — A public meeting about the city’s management and contol plan for blue-green algae will be on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Building (105 Cedar Ave.)
SNOHOMISH — Over the past two years, the county has secured some 82 acres southeast of Flowing Lake Park to hold on to for preservation.
SNOHOMISH — Homeowners addressed the City Council recently about a “drug house” disrupting the neighborhood and demanded police act on it. How are drug houses dealt with by law enforcement?
EVERETT — From bicycles to electronics and winter clothing, qualifying low-income households can come shop for free gifts for each of their children, from infant to 18 years old, starting Dec. 1.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Thousands of residents who have health plans with Regence BlueShield and go to The Everett Clinic, including Boeing employees and K-12 staff whose enrollment windows closed last week, may need to find a new doctor.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Operation Sky Valley is a grassroots organization that prepares 2,000 ready-to-go meals for children and seniors from Monroe to Gold Bar.
SNOHOMISH — Harvey Field is proposing to lengthen its runway to meet FAA compliance. To do that, Airport Way needs to be relocated farther away around the end of the runway. A public meeting is Thursday, December 1.
EVERETT — A proposed 227-apartment complex with ground-floor commercial space would replace most of the block bordered by Pacific Avenue, Rockefeller Avenue, Oakes Avenue and 32nd Street, minus the building at Oakes and Pacific avenues.
SNOHOMISH — Stories of the lives of the four men who died in the Snohomish plane crash Friday, Nov. 18 are starting to emerge. The plane’s right wing separated in flight mid-air, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed.Federal investigators have now taken the wreckage for reconstruction to identify the cause of the crash.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — After an abrupt end to a warm early fall, cold weather shelters have been opening up across Snohomish County. The shelters aim to provide comfortable lodging for those who may not have the facilities to withstand the freezing-temperature nights that are becoming more and more frequent. Locations and details inside story.
SNOHOMISH — Four people onboard a small plane died when it crashed hard in an unworked farm field between Snohomish and Monroe around 10:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and went into flames. The plane’s right wing separated in flight mid-air, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed Monday afternoon.
MONROE — The search is on for a new permanent superintendent who will start in fall 2023. A public focus group last week asked what qualities Monroe's next superintendent should possess and challenges they will face, and here's what was said.
EVERETT — Eight city bus routes will undergo service changes and a new bus route will be added in March if the City Council approves a current proposal by Everett Transit.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — For people depending on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments, there's a bog of confusion regarding benefits, how to get back to work, how to map a career path, and what to put on a resume. A free program helps assist people on Social Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance in multiple ways.
EVERETT — The Historical Commission said no. The city planning director overruled and said yes.
And the neighbors to a proposed small apartment building along north Grand Avenue’s hillside have been opposed since the very start for multiple reasons beyond demolishing a near-100-year-old house.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Food banks are facing a new squeeze as they are seeing more clients but have less spending power to buy food with the current situation of inflation. The area's biggest food bank has had to throtte back and ration how often people can visit to get food.
MONROE — Matthew House, a nonprofit located near the Monroe prison, ensures families of the incarcerated are taken care of with temporary shelter, food and clothing at the time in their lives when their world's been turned upside down.
SULTAN — The city is centering on a plan to gradually widen U.S. 2 to four lanes, and build roundabouts at multiple highway intersections within the city. Three fixes are looking promising in the immediate future. The city will start lobbying Olympia for specific projects in January.
EVERETT — A state airports committee is suggesting to either greatly grow services at Everett’s Paine Field in tandem with growth at Sea-Tac Airport or to construct a brand-new airport in either Pierce or Thurston counties. They’re working on deciding which option to put forward to state legislators next year.
CLEARVIEW — Dozens of neighbors in Clearview want to have sound controlled from activities at a destination religious assembly facility located on rural land off of State Street. County Hearing Examiner Peter Camp is deciding whether to approve a conditional use permit for the Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle to upgrade a barn's interior to be a better worship center.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — State Sens. Marko Liias and John Lovick, both of Snohomish County, would like to lower the state’s legal drunk-driving impairment limit to 0.05% blood-alcohol concentration.
CATHCART — The County Council last week dismissed a land-use appeal crying foul to how county officials approved 286 townhomes at state Route 9 and Cathcart Way. Opponents say the fight's not over. Appellants contend multiple issues of transparency and incompleteness of the environmental review in relation to the county hearing examiner's approval of a private development on county surplus land at Cathcart Way and Highway 9.
A bipartisan coalition of city mayors seeking to re-harden some of the state’s police reform laws to help control crime launched last week.
MONROE — K-9 Sam's been the department’s narcotics K-9 for five years, paired with Officer Devin Tucker. He could hardly contain himself at his retirement acknowledgement last week.
EVERETT — A feasibility study began last week for siting a new multipurpose outdoor stadium in Everett.
EVERETT — One could say building rehabilitator Pete Sikov is a secret part of Hewitt Avenue's revival. Through selecting who to rent to, it transformed into a historic arts and culture district. The Hodges Building, smack-dab in the center of downtown, underwent years of restoration after a damaging fire and opened in May. A story of the landowner who has slowly curated whole blocks of downtown.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A countywide survey will dig deeper into internet gaps in rural county. Informal surveys show Machias, Three Lakes, and the outskirts north of Monroe, plus the Highway 9 corridor between Lake Stevens and Arlington, are populated areas have internet speeds below broadband standards. Residents in the most outlying pockets might be buying satellite internet services as no internet lines come to them.
MONROE — Progress is steadily being made behind the scenes to widen the last part of state Route 522 and completely redo the Maltby Road/Paradise Lake Road intersection to get rid of the stoplight.
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