Darrington

A family escaped a house fire early Thursday morning in downtown Darrington, but their pets died. (Darrington Fire District)

Family escapes but pets die in Darrington house fire

The downtown home was destroyed. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating.

 

The car in the Sauk River around May 10 outside Darrington. (Contributed / Jon Allen)

It ‘doesn’t belong’: Crashed car still in wild and scenic Sauk River

The vehicle has been there for six weeks. One man wants it gone, but officials say the river is too dangerous.

 

The Mountain Loop Highway between Darrington and Granite Falls remains closed beyond Barlow Pass. (Snohomish County)

Oops, Mountain Loop Highway only partly open

A miscommunication led Snohomish County to misstate how much of the road is open.

 

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A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.

14-mile scenic stretch of Mountain Loop Highway opens early

The highway between Granite Falls and Darrington reopened to traffic on Friday due to good weather.

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A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.
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3.6-magnitude earthquake jars awake Darrington residents

The quake and aftershocks did not cause any serious damage. They’re reminders of dozens of faults that lie below.

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Dayn Brunner and his son Riley, 17, pose for a photo at Darrington High School, Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Dayn's sister, Summer Raffo, was one of the 43 victims of the Oso mudslide.  Dayn and Riley spent five days searching the debris field before finding Summer in her car, hands still on the steering wheel.  Dayn spent a total of 39 days searching through the mud for other victims.  
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Darrington fire commissioner charged with theft from hardware store

Dayn Brunner, 50, worked at Do It Best Hardware for about six months in 2019. He’s accused of stealing $6,300.

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Dayn Brunner and his son Riley, 17, pose for a photo at Darrington High School, Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Dayn's sister, Summer Raffo, was one of the 43 victims of the Oso mudslide.  Dayn and Riley spent five days searching the debris field before finding Summer in her car, hands still on the steering wheel.  Dayn spent a total of 39 days searching through the mud for other victims.  
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A car became partially submerged after entering the Sauk River near Backman County Park off of Clear Creek Road on May 6, 2022. (Darrington Fire District)

Car ends up in Sauk River, person safely swims to shore

The car was to remain in the water overnight, at least. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was investigating.

A car became partially submerged after entering the Sauk River near Backman County Park off of Clear Creek Road on May 6, 2022. (Darrington Fire District)
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Forest Service formulating big plan for Stillaguamish watershed

Three trails could be decommissioned. New ones could be built. And over 22,000 acres of trees could be thinned.

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A blueberry banana cake created by Jennifer Savage of CityBones, a dog treat bakery out of Darrington, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

These handmade dog treats are doggone delicious

Darrington resident Jennifer Savage aims to make Bark-ery, her dog treat bakery, a full-time gig.

A blueberry banana cake created by Jennifer Savage of CityBones, a dog treat bakery out of Darrington, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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State budgets, signed Thursday, include money for local projects

Among the provisions are money to build a Community Recovery Center in Lynnwood and aid Afghan refugees in Snohomish County.

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Hundred gather at the 2018 Darrington Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Darrington Bluegrass Festival returns after two-year pause

Now in its 45th year, the three-day festival features bluegrass with a mountain backdrop and camping in the woods.

Hundred gather at the 2018 Darrington Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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A quality control specialist at The Group14 Technologies in Woodinville, Washington on March 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A rendering of the proposed Community Justice Center in Lynnwood, which would house a new jail, a misdemeanor court, the police department and behavioral health services. (City of Lynnwood)

Senators pencil in $12M for new Lynnwood recovery center

The money is in a proposed capital budget. There are also funds for area youth programs and housing the homeless.

A rendering of the proposed Community Justice Center in Lynnwood, which would house a new jail, a misdemeanor court, the police department and behavioral health services. (City of Lynnwood)
2021 survey results from the State Broadband Survey for Snohomish County. (Washington State Department of Commerce)

$16M grant to speed up broadband to north Snohomish County

In Darrington and elsewhere, rural residents have struggled to work remotely during the pandemic. A new project aims to help.

2021 survey results from the State Broadband Survey for Snohomish County. (Washington State Department of Commerce)
CloZee performs during the second day of Summer Meltdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Darrington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The psychedelic fest Summer Meltdown is back — and in Monroe

The music and camping event is on for July 28-31, with a new venue along the Skykomish River.

CloZee performs during the second day of Summer Meltdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Darrington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald) 2019

At deadly Glacier Peak, one last hurdle for new seismometers

Federal agencies consider the volcano a “very high” threat. The early warning system is severely lacking.

Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet, in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest in Snohomish County, Washington. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald) 2019
Nels Rasmussen on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 in Darrington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Cease-and-desist letter doesn’t stop this ‘miracle’ pet healer

Nels Rasmussen claims he can heal pets from thousands of miles away. After state officials learned he called himself “Dr. Nels,” he rebranded.

Nels Rasmussen on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 in Darrington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Prolonged neglect’: Darrington woman charged with starving horses

After a months-long investigation, the woman is accused of neglecting her animals.

A traveler points to Bedal Campground on a map posted along the Mountain Loop Highway in June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Mountain Loop Highway to close for the winter

The 14-mile stretch of gravel road will shut down starting Friday. Snow has hit higher elevations.

A traveler points to Bedal Campground on a map posted along the Mountain Loop Highway in June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Green Haven LLC owner Vince Nguyen points out the venting through filters and fans built to contain the smell of marijuana from leaving the building, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Darrington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Mountain town’s marijuana mishap was quite the stinker

When filters failed at a commercial grow, neighbors noticed. The facility says the issue is fixed.

Green Haven LLC owner Vince Nguyen points out the venting through filters and fans built to contain the smell of marijuana from leaving the building, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Darrington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)