Judge upholds Washington’s $17B transportation package

An effort to derail a sweeping state transportation package failed Friday, with a Thurston County judge upholding the law. But opponents hinted that the legal fight may not be over. They’d sued asserting the legislation contains multiple unrelated topics in violation of a state constitutional requirement that bills cover no more than one subject. Thurston…

PUD’s new power meter does more than measure electricity

Snohomish County PUD demonstrated an installation of its new power meter at a Mill Creek home on Thursday and answered questions about accuracy, security and longevity. The PUD is switching from the analog power meters it’s used for decades to a high-tech digital model that the utility provider says will allow for detailed energy use,…

Sno-Isle Libraries digital equity initiative gets ARPA funding boost from county

Snohomish County is investing $1.5 million of its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation into a digital equity initiative operated by Sno-Isle Libraries. According to a Monday announcement, this funding will increase the capacity of their loanable computer with hot spots by 750 devices and will expand their digital navigator program, which helps library…

Snohomish County Public Works ADA Advisory Committee seeks three new members

  Mobility is extremely important to quality of life and safety. Making sure all residents have the same pedestrian access is essential to providing those elements. The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Public Right-of-Way Advisory Committee for Snohomish County Public Works provides feedback and recommendations to the county on the ADA compliance of pedestrian facilities…

WA Supreme Court strikes down restrictions on sheriffs’ use of tear gas

Washington’s Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision on Thursday invalidated some of the restrictions the state Legislature put on law enforcement’s use of tear gas to suppress riots. The ruling overturns part of a state law passed in 2021 that requires police to get approval from the highest elected official in the jurisdiction where tear…

Larsen encourages Northwest Washington students to compete in 2023 Congressional App Challenge

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is encouraging all middle and high school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District to compete in the 2023 Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The annual challenge runs through Wednesday, Nov. 1. Students can sign up to participate and read the full competition rules at www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students. The…

Common ground cultivated at ‘Building Bridges’ event

About 50 people gathered at the Lynnwood Library on Tuesday for Building Bridges, an event designed to combat political polarization. City, county, and state officials with voters of all parties joined Snohomish County Council President Jared Mead (Democrat) and Vice President Nate Nehring (Republican) at the library in a conversation about political polarization. The hope…

The outlook for new statewide renter protections in Washington

Steep rent hikes across Washington have spurred local governments into taking action to help keep tenants in their homes, despite landlord pushback against these types of policies. In Bellingham, a November ballot initiative would offer new tenant protections when landlords hike rent by more than 8%. The Seattle City Council has discussed legislation to prevent…

WA Supreme Court says state isn’t responsible for 100% of school construction costs

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state is not required to fully cover school construction costs, dealing a blow to districts unable to raise the local tax dollars they need for new buildings and other facility upgrades. In its unanimous decision, the court said Washington’s constitutional mandate for the state to amply fund basic…

Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: Aug. 23-29, 2023

Aug. 23 21900 block of 66th Avenue: Police responded to an assault report. 6100 block of 220th Street SW: Police responded to a male subject throwing glass bottles at cars. The subject was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into jail. 22100 block of 67th Place West: Police responded to a stolen vehicle recovery. 21900…

Public sees design ideas for Ballinger Park viewing platform, trails

The City of Mountlake Terrace hosted a public meeting Wednesday night to present design ideas for viewing platforms and trails that will be constructed at Ballinger Park and is also inviting community members to take a survey on the concepts. The $5.5 million project broke ground on May 31 and is being directed by the…

Sound Transit sets baseline budget, schedule for Stride Bus Rapid Transit

The Sound Transit Board Thursday adopted a final budget and schedule for the new Stride bus rapid transit (BRT) service, including a new bus base and BRT lines on SR 522/NE 145th Street and I-405. Sound Transit expects to begin construction of some project elements this year and to open for service between 2027 and…

Verdant renames Kruger Building to honor past commissioner Fred Langer

At its Wednesday, July 26, board meeting, Verdant Health Commissioners passed a unanimous resolution to rename the Verdant-owned Kruger Medical Building as the Frederick P. Langer building. The building is located at 21600 Highway 99 in Edmonds. The decision posthumously recognizes Fred Langer, a former member of the board of commissioners for Public Hospital District…

Sound Transit seeks public comment on Transit Development Plan

Sound Transit is seeking public comment on its proposed Transit Development Plan, which is now available online. Under state law,  the agency is required to prepare a six-year transit development plan, as well as conduct a public hearing. The Transit Development Plan contains details on the agency’s goals (and how they align with state and…

Snohomish County PUD crews will be working on range of projects this summer

Snohomish County PUD crews will be busy this summer making electric system improvements and completing preventative maintenance projects. The work helps ensure the PUD maintains high levels of reliability through storm season and meets growing demand, the utility said. PUD crews will be working on a variety of substation and line projects. Among the local…

Verdant Health Commission offering grant technical assistance June 8, 13

The Verdant Health Commission will offer technical assistance/office hours on June 8 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any nonprofit organizations that need technical assistance with submitting an online application for funding. Office space and a computer will be available for use.  Community members are encouraged to sign up for a time…

Community Transit selects Charles Stearns as chief information officer  

Information technology veteran Charles Stearns will join Community Transit as chief information officer, a key executive role supporting the agency’s work to expand fast, reliable and innovative public transit options for Snohomish County. “Charles will bring deep experience to help carry our public transit services into a future that offers people better options to get…

John McClellan selected new general manager for Alderwood Water and Wastewater District

After a six-month recruitment process, John McClellan has been selected as the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District’s (AWWD) new general manager. McClellan, who has served as the district’s interim general manager for the past six months, will now serve the district’s residents officially. “I am pleased to announce that the board of commissioners unanimously agreed…

Verdant Health Commission to host open house May 18

The Verdant Health Commission, also known as Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County, will hold a free community open house on Thursday, May 18, from 3-5:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. There will be free blood pressure screenings, health information and community…

Survey reveals consumers still flushing wipes

Despite expensive damage that can be done by flushing wipes, a recent survey identified an ongoing need for awareness about items that should not be flushed. Many consumers still believe baby wipes, personal care wipes, and disinfecting wipes are “flushable.” That’s according to information released last week by the Washington Association of Water & Sewer…

Verdant Health Commission accepting new grant funding requests through June 16

The Verdant Health Commission is accepting grant applications from May 1 to June 16 from community nonprofits and agencies providing services to South Snohomish County residents in one of the three priority areas: Food Security Mental Health Health care Access In this funding cycle, around $3.2 million will be awarded. Grant awards will be announced…

Verdant offering free grant-writing workshop April 25

The Verdant Health Commission will offer a free-grant writing workshop on April 25 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for community nonprofits interested in strategies and tips for submitting a compelling grant application. This virtual skill-building workshop will demystify the grant-writing process and provide the basics for navigating funding opportunities and the core elements of a grant…