Snohomish County leaders plan to apply for state variance to allow Phase 2 reopening

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Board of Health Chair Stephanie Wright, and County Council Chair Nate Nehring jointly announced Thursday their intention to apply for a variance that would allow Snohomish County to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan. The announcement comes after the county council Wednesday approved the final piece of…

Snohomish County Parks to reopen for day use May 5  

Snohomish County Friday announced the reopening of county parks for day use on Tuesday, May 5, in coordination with Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement this week that state parks will be open for many day-use activities. Play structures, ball fields, and spray pads will remain closed. Parking lots and some gates will open. There are still…

Snohomish County announces expanded solid waste facility access for residents

In response to changing pandemic conditions, Snohomish County said it is expanding access to solid waste facilities for the public — with safety mitigations in place — starting Saturday, May 2. Transfer stations — including the Southwest station in Mountlake Terrace at 21311 61st Pl. W. — be open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily to both hand-unload,…

During COVID-19 briefing, county officials say new South Snohomish County test sites coming

A warning from the Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing on Friday: Social distancing will last months and could remain in some form for years. Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers also spoke out on Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney’s Facebook post earlier this week, calling Fortney’s comments: “dangerous and irresponsible.” In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Sheriff…

Snohomish County looking at hiring freeze and other steps to preserve core services

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring have announced a series of budget steps they are considering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a hiring freeze, eliminating any discretionary raises, canceling travel and training, and other fiscal management tools. Early budget estimates predict that the county’s general fund budget…

Snohomish County asks residents to complete parks visioning survey

Snohomish County’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is gathering input from residents through the Snohomish County Parks Visioning Survey, which is now open. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SCPRT planners say they are preparing for the re-opening of facilities and the need to focus resources post-pandemic in the most efficient way possible. The survey can be…

Recreation in a pandemic: Snohomish County says ‘stay close to home’

The Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has reinforced guidelines to help residents understand how to “recreate responsibly” during the pandemic. The new tag line: “If you take a car, the park is too far!” A sunny day in Snohomish County reveals busy beaches, crowded trails and people parking illegally near parks, the department…

Expect long waits on Saturdays due to changes at county recycling, transfer stations

Snohomish County recycling and transfer stations — including the southwest county station in Mountlake Terrace — are functioning under new service guidelines and hours of operation put into effect this week. The changes have brought some confusion to visitors, but the biggest challenge is expected to come on Saturday when county officials are warning of…

Snohomish County extends deadline for individual property taxpayers to June 1

Due to the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Snohomish County Treasurer Brian Sullivan and Executive Dave Somers have extended the first-half 2020 property tax deadline to June 1, 2020. This Executive Order only applies to residents who pay their individual and commercial property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender. Banks and…

Snohomish County’s isolation and quarantine facility opens next week

Snohomish County will open a COVID-19 isolation and quarantine site next week at the Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett. This facility will provide a site for temporary isolation and quarantine for those who may not be able to recover in their own home or who are among the county’s unsheltered population. Such…

Snohomish County Executive announces closure of county park gates, bathrooms

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Sunday announced the closure of Snohomish County park gates and bathrooms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Play structures in parks were closed last week. According to a county announcement, these steps are being taken to better enforce social distancing and ensure all appropriate steps are being taken to prevent…

Snohomish County Superior Court suspends criminal, civil jury trials

In another shutdown related to the COVID-19 outbreak, Snohomish County Superior Court Presiding Judge Bruce Weiss has suspended all criminal jury trials until at least April 24, and all civil jury trials until at least June 1. Edmonds and Lynnwood Municipal Courts earlier this week also announced closures. A full list of all closures statewide is…

Snohomish County restricting access to selected buildings until further notice

Snohomish County on Tuesday announced the restriction of public access to select county facilities, primarily those in the Administration Buildings on the county campus in Everett, effective Tuesday, March 17. These county facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, with limited exceptions. “COVID-19 is impacting our daily lives, and we must adapt…

Snohomish County launching final phase of 2020 census preparations

Snohomish County’s Complete Count Committee has announced the final phase of actions in preparation for the 2020 United States Census, which includes trainings, locations for assistance completing the survey, and other details. Starting March 12-20, 2020, every household in Snohomish County will receive a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau, inviting them to fill out…

Snohomish County recruiting member for Boundary Review Board  

Snohomish County is currently seeking volunteers for one open position on the Boundary Review Board. Board members are residents of the county they serve. They serve for a four-year term and are not allowed to hold other local government elected or appointed positions or jobs. For over 50 years in Washington state, boundary review boards…

Property tax statements are coming: Brace yourself for a bump

Residents of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier are in for some sticker shock on this year’s property tax statements, due to hit mailboxes in mid-February. According to figures from the Snohomish County Assessor’s office, homeowners in those communities can expect an average increase of 9.45% compared to last year, which translates into a $434.63…

Reminder: Volunteers sought for Jan. 23 Point-in-Time homeless count

In collaboration with human service providers and community volunteers, the Snohomish County Department of Human Services is conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count Thursday, Jan. 23 — and is seeking volunteers to help. The county says that the annual count is an important tool in the community’s efforts to assess the number of homeless…

Snohomish County commission to host International Human Rights Day celebration Dec. 8

The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission is inviting the community to celebrate International Human Rights Day on Sunday, Dec. 8. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Everett Community College in the Jackson Center. This year’s celebration includes the award-winning Living Voices performance of Native Vision, which follows a Navajo girl in the…