Main topic of weekly COVID-19 briefing? Boeing’s future in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 impact on Boeing’s future in Snohomish County topped the county’s coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Boeing has already announced it will cut back 787 production in Everett from 10 Dreamliners a month to six a month next year. Here are the key numbers on Boeing’s economic impact in the county: 30,000 employees at the Everett…

Snohomish County completes road construction project near Lynnwood despite COVID-19 slowdown

Snohomish County Public Works has completed three road construction projects during the past three months after implementing COVID-19 safety measures, including one involving pedestrian and capacity improvements near Lynnwood. A temporary two month shutdown, put in place by Gov. Jay Inslee’s initial “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, enabled contractors to develop COVID-19 safety work plans…

Edmonds College, Snohomish County partner to produce locally sourced PPE

Edmonds College and Snohomish County announced Thursday their partnership to produce locally sourced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The college has produced 200 face shields at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport. Front line workers and first responders across Snohomish County have experienced difficulties procuring consistent supplies of PPE…

Snohomish County sets docket deadline for comprehensive plan

Snohomish County has announced an Oct. 20, 2020 deadline for submitting major and minor docket applications to the county’s comprehensive plan. The process for property owners, organizations, cities and other agencies to propose amendments to the Snohomish County comprehensive plan is called the “docket.” In this cycle, Snohomish County is accepting applications for major and…

Snohomish County councilmembers hear from citizens on racism, criminal justice reform

The Snohomish County Council held a virtual town hall meeting Monday, June 22 to gather public comments by video conference or telephone about racism and criminal justice reforms. A majority of those who spoke were in favor of addressing what they see as systemic inequalities and also supported the council’s resolution — adopted on June 3 —…

Snohomish County seeks applicants for affordable housing projects  

Snohomish County is encouraging nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers, and government agencies to submit applications to develop affordable rental housing and shelter projects. An estimated $1.5 million in federal funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program is anticipated to be available for the 2021 program year and an undetermined amount under the Chemical Dependency and Mental…

Judge says second recall petition against Snohomish County sheriff can proceed

A judge has ruled that a second recall petition against Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney can move forward. Four local attorneys had filed this petition, alleging that Fortney violated his oath of office when he announced on Facebook in April that he would not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthyorder. The judge’s ruling…

County officials: Phase 2 reopening may come within days

“We are moving forward and very excited about it.” That comment from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers set an upbeat tone for the Tuesday morning County’s COVID-19 briefing. County staffers, he said, “really scrambled over the weekend to get that (Phase 2 reopening) package submitted to the state health department. ” Somers said he expects…

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…