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Ten years ago, Snohomish County was overwhelmed by an influx of black-market prescription opioids. Law enforcement reacted by arresting people and running them through the courts, but it wasn't enough.

Property crime was still high, jails were filling up and the scourge of addiction showed no signs of slowing down as people switched from pills to heroin. Leaders realized they needed to make a radical change and focus instead on prevention.

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Leaders in Snohomish County are expanding their approach to combating the opioid crisis by opening a new diversion center this month. It's a pilot program meant to temporarily house nonviolent, low-level offenders with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

Shari Ireton / Snohomish County Sheriff's Department

If you live in Snohomish County, you've likely seen the effects of what many call the opioid epidemic for about ten years. 

Property crime has gone up, many people are living on the streets, the courts and jail are clogged, and more people than ever are dying of overdoses.

The usual approach to a crisis like this one would be to arrest, lock up and release. But that wasn't making much of a difference.

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Snohomish County leaders have permanently banned heroin "safe-injection" sites. The county council held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss the measure, and the overwhelming majority agreed with the ban.

 

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The success of solar power could mean it becomes less attractive for home users in the future. Utilities are reaching the threshold where, under state law, they can be less generous to solar customers.

"Mount Rainier at the Tacoma Narrows Bridge" by Jonathan Miske is licensed under CC by 2.0.

Pierce and Snohomish counties are among the nation's top destinations for people moving within the United States, beating out even tech-infused King County, according to new U.S. Census data. 

The Census Bureau measures something called net domestic migration. It’s the balance of people who moved to and from a particular place.

A northbound train pulls into Westlake Station in downtown Seattle.
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Light rail is the core of Sound Transit 3, the regional transportation plan on the ballot in three Puget Sound counties.

The 62 miles of new rail make up the largest part of the $54 billion price tag, but the region wouldn't see most of it until after 2025.

One way of looking at why Sound Transit is so focused on light rail is to look at Everett and Snohomish County.

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More information has been made public about the mindset of the killer in the days leading up to last year’s deadly shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Five people died, including the shooter, on October 24, 2014. One student was seriously wounded.  All were friends of the killer, Jaylen Fryberg.

In response to public records requests, investigators have released  1400 pages of the police investigation, conducted by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team. The documents detail the chilling messages Jaylen Fryberg sent to his family and friends shortly before pulling out a gun in the school cafeteria.

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Three months after a deadly landslide hit the town of Oso, Washington, Snohomish County is again looking at options to tighten land-use policy in slide-prone areas. 

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Though much of the Puget Sound region is "especially vulnerable" to landslides like the one that claimed 14 lives in Snohomish County over the weekend, only a handful of Washington homeowners' insurance policies would cover damages from a similar disaster.

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The Snohomish County Executive’s abrupt resignation announcement came as a shock to his fellow public officials. Aaron Reardon has been under the gun for more than a year, dating back to revelations of an extramarital affair.

But audience members were caught off guard when, at the end of an otherwise unremarkable “State of the County” speech, he announced he would step down May 31.

Less than two weeks to go until Election Day, and some people are still scrambling to register for the Oct. 29 in-person deadline.

COUPEVILLE, Wash. — The Island County prosecutor says there's not enough evidence to charge Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon who was accused of taking a mistress on official travel.

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon appears unmoved by a call for him to stand down.

As allegations mount that he has abused his public office, the County Council voted unanimously to request he take a voluntary leave of absence. 

Whooping cough has made a big comeback across Washington. With more than 900 cases statewide, the illness hit its highest numbers last year since a similar spike in 2005. 

It’s reached epidemic proportions in Snohomish County. 

The situation there is serious enough that health agencies offered two free vaccination clinics last Saturday – and plan another one later this month.

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Tough times demand tough leaders.  But what kind of tough?

Voters from places as diverse as Stanwood, Edmonds and Everett are deciding who will serve as Snohomish County Executive.

Incumbent Democrat Aaron Reardon is seeking a 3rd term. His Republican challenger is Mike Hope, a state lawmaker who is a former Marine Corps reservist and works as a Seattle police detective. 

The same forces of nature that create natural hot springs and volcanoes may soon become a source of electricity in Snohomish County. The county’s Public Utility District has broken ground on a deep geothermic well, just north of the town of Skykomish.

The exploratory well is the first of its kind in Washington. 

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In the past decade the number of takeoffs and landings at Paine Field has dropped by nearly half.

The Snohomish County airport at Everett serves Boeing and aircraft maintenance businesses. But, most of the decline is among small private aircraft.

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Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Thousands Mourn Slain Guard as Investigations Continue
  • Pierce Transit Ballot Defeated
  • School Votes Mixed

 

Guard's Memorial Draws Huge Crowds

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The drug-resistant strain of staph infection MRSA is known to be a problem for many hospitals.  A pioneering study from the University of Washington shows that it's also resilient enough to spread from medic units all the way into the living quarters of firefighters.