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Western Washington's Dayana Diaz (left), a Granite Falls High School graduate, dribbled the ball during a game against Simon Fraser on Oct. 8, 2022, in Burnaby, B.C. (Photo provided by WWU)

Community roundup: Locals help WWU soccer team reach Final 4

Plus, the Silvertips sign a prospect forward, the Professional Bull Riding tour announces a return to Everett and more.

 

The Granite Falls Bridge on the Mountain Loop Highway. (Snohomish County) 20211120

Mountain Loop Highway to close Wednesday

The popular road east of Granite Falls and south of Darrington is blocked off each year in line with winter weather.

 

People explore along the South Fork Stillaguamish River near the repaired bridge that heads to Big Four Ice Caves on Oct. 28, in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls. Ryan Berry / Everett Herald photo

The Big Four Ice Caves: Access to one of Snohomish County’s most iconic destinations reopens

Washington’s Big Four Ice Caves, one of Snohomish County’s most popular nature destinations, about 20 miles east of Granite Falls, offers an experience well worth… Continue reading

People explore along the South Fork Stillaguamish River near the repaired bridge that heads to Big Four Ice Caves on Oct. 28, in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls. Ryan Berry / Everett Herald photo
A hiker begins the journey back from Big Four Ice Caves on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Long-awaited repair: Bridge to the Big Four Ice Caves reopens

In 2019, erosion damaged the footbridge leading to one of Snohomish County’s most iconic destinations off Mountain Loop Highway.

A hiker begins the journey back from Big Four Ice Caves on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Robe Valley Fire Station is located at 31907 Mountain Loop Highway, about 10 miles east of Granite Falls. (Courtesy of Snohomish County Fire District 23)

Fire commission, chief support merger of Granite Falls and Robe Valley

Voters next week will see a ballot proposition to combine Fire District 17 and Fire District 23 into a single department.

The Robe Valley Fire Station is located at 31907 Mountain Loop Highway, about 10 miles east of Granite Falls. (Courtesy of Snohomish County Fire District 23)
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Man accused of 2 killings found fit to stand trial in Snohomish County

Finley Hilde reportedly told police he “heard from God” before shooting Jordan Hurtado, 27, in August.

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Mining operations are underway at Cadman, Inc. sand and gravel mine on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Granite Falls, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As Granite Falls’ 425-acre mine aims to expand, neighbors have questions

Residents have no warning before blasts at the rock quarry. “You can hear it, it shakes, and they don’t notify people,” one said.

Mining operations are underway at Cadman, Inc. sand and gravel mine on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Granite Falls, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Carolanne Warren directs her mother through the ruts on Mt. Pilchuck Road Wednesday afternoon in Granite Falls, Washington on September 7, 2022.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

To get to iconic Pilchuck lookout, hikers must brave ‘hell on wheels’

Mount Pilchuck is one of the most beloved hikes in the region. The 7-mile pothole-riddled road to get there? Not so much.

Carolanne Warren directs her mother through the ruts on Mt. Pilchuck Road Wednesday afternoon in Granite Falls, Washington on September 7, 2022.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Michael Adams is trying to navigate the school district's procedure for addressing complaints about racism after his son was the subject of some racist Snapchat messages sent by Granite Falls High School students in May. 

Photographed in Granite Falls, Washington on September 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After threat to ‘lynch’ Granite Falls boy, father says school fell short

Michael Adams helped craft the district’s diversity policy. Then his son became a target of racism. He now wants more changes.

Michael Adams is trying to navigate the school district's procedure for addressing complaints about racism after his son was the subject of some racist Snapchat messages sent by Granite Falls High School students in May. 

Photographed in Granite Falls, Washington on September 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Walt Jackson, a Granite Falls veteran, has attached a rare sidecar to his Honda Shadow which allows his wife, who suffered a stroke, to take ride along. Photographed Tuesday morning in Granite Falls, Washington on August 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After stroke, Granite Falls couple still finds a way to ride together

Walt Jackson built a motorcycle sidecar for his wife. It’s smooth sailing. “You can sip your coffee and enjoy your ride.”

Walt Jackson, a Granite Falls veteran, has attached a rare sidecar to his Honda Shadow which allows his wife, who suffered a stroke, to take ride along. Photographed Tuesday morning in Granite Falls, Washington on August 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Greg Nance walks through the woods below Mount Pilchuck while reflecting on his path to sobriety on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at the Mount Pilchuck Trailhead near Verlot, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

From Puget Sound to Pilchuck, marathon runner finds path to recovery

Greg Nance, 33, has run across the United States and up mountains, raising more than $110,000 for youth mental health.

Greg Nance walks through the woods below Mount Pilchuck while reflecting on his path to sobriety on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at the Mount Pilchuck Trailhead near Verlot, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Granite Falls man, 77, identified in Mountain Loop Highway crash

Leslie Harbert died at a local hospital after a crash Aug. 25, according to authorities.

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Man shot in Granite Falls homicide identified

Jordan Hurtado, 27, died of gunshot wounds, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner announced Thursday.

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Granite Falls murder suspect allegedly shot someone else hours earlier

Finley Hilde, 22, of Mount Vernon, was arrested Saturday.

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Prosecutors: ‘Yo mama’ joke led to racist assault in Granite Falls

A man took offense and went into a rage, spewing racist slurs as he beat up a teenager, charging papers say.

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Forest ranger Justin Sundstrom looks over a newly reported broken rail at the Ice Cave trail Saturday morning near Granite Falls, Washington on July 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

On Mountain Loop, crew of 5 rangers covers a mountain range of work

Ranger Justin Sundstrom spends his days patroling for illegal shooting, picking up trash — and exploring a slice of paradise.

Forest ranger Justin Sundstrom looks over a newly reported broken rail at the Ice Cave trail Saturday morning near Granite Falls, Washington on July 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
This marsh near Granite Falls will be called Holland Marsh. (Chuck Holland)

State board approves naming marsh after Everett college teacher

Holland Marsh near Granite Falls is named for forestry teacher, fire lookout and author of “Switchbacks” Andy Holland.

This marsh near Granite Falls will be called Holland Marsh. (Chuck Holland)
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Granite Falls man died after crashing into tree

Kenneth Klasse, 63, crashed June 14. He was pronounced dead a week later. Police continued to investigate.

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Snohomish County gets over $1.8 million for the outdoors

Funding from the Great American Outdoors Act will help patch up roads and trails on the Mountain Loop Highway.

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