December 4, 2022

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Planning Study Underway For I-5/US2 Interchange In Everett

Map of the study area. Click to participate in the open house.

For years one of the biggest bottlenecks for traffic in Everett, Washington has been the area of the U.S. 2 interchange with I-5 in the heart of the city. In an attempt to plan multiple transportation projects for the future the City of Everett and area governments are participating in a planning study and want your input. Here’s more information and a link to the study.

Welcome to the online open house for the I-5/US-2 Interchange Planning Study
Where US 2 and I-5 meet is a busy area for traffic. Two highways, on- and off-ramps and local streets all come together at different elevations. Known as an interchange, we are studying it and the effects of other area projects to accommodate future growth and development in the region. We want your feedback and thoughts because understanding the experiences and goals of the community as a whole is essential for planning the future of this area.

Background and introduction
Snohomish County is the second fastest-growing county in Washington, and the City of Everett serves as the engine of its economy.

The Everett area is a regional growth center, with significant business, governmental and cultural facilities. As the City evolves from its former industrial roots, it is working toward expanding mixed-use development to increase housing and retail in the city center and around Everett Station.

This development will support having walkable neighborhoods close to regional rail, local transit and employment.  

Based on planned growth, traffic forecasting and the expansion of the US 2 West Trestle, we anticipate higher demand for all modes of travel, including more traffic to flow through the I-5/US 2 interchange in the coming years.

Morning traffic volumes on the I-5 corridor north of Everett are predicted to increase by 20 percent by 2040, while traffic on the US 2 trestle at the Snohomish River crossing will increase by about 35 percent.

The I-5/US 2 interchange, which is already congested during peak travel periods, is at the hub of this growing demand.

Alleviating this anticipated congestion is critical to meeting the City’s commitments to providing safe pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.

Here’s the link to the City of Everett website with more information. Feedback is being accepted through January 13, 2023.

December 3, 2022

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Great Day For Holiday On The Bay At Port Of Everett

A few photos from a picture-perfect day at the Port of Everett’s Holiday on the Bay. Click photo to enlarge.

There’s a Holiday Market with hand-crafted gifts and art.

The Toys for Tots Drive with U.S. Marines.

Pacific Ice welcomes skaters of all skill levels.

Katherine Hillman of South Fork Baking is looking forward to opening her new shop at Waterfront Place next year.

Smores at the fire pits were a big hit.

Live music filled the air.

Boats were pre-staged for the lighted boat parade tonight.

Ocean Gate had their sub with an inflatable Santa inside.

The sub was a popular part of the touch a truck event.

The PUD’s display was on hand.

Everett Firefighters were giving away hats and tips where to find Santa next Thursday.

Kids got to explore an Everett Fire Engine up close.

The crowd waits for Santa at Pacific Rim Plaza.

Santa arrives by boat.

Santa walked the pier greeting the crowd,

And off he went…

Everett’s Marine 1 rescue boat is all lit up.

After Santa’s arrival came the lighted boat parade.

December 3, 2022

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Former Kimberly-Clark Site Back To Creating Hundreds Of Jobs

Dignitaries cut the ribbon at the new terminal on Thursday. Photo credit: Port of Everett

In April 2012, the Kimberly-Clark plant closed on the Everett waterfront. Since then, the majority of jobs at the site have been in cleaning up the property. Soon hundreds of jobs will be created as the property comes back to life at the newest Cargo Terminal on the west coast. Here’s the story from the Port of Everett.

The Port of Everett made history Thursday, officially opening its new Norton Terminal – the first all new cargo terminal to open on the U.S. West Coast in more than a decade.

The $40 million maritime infrastructure investment introduces 40 acres of new upland cargo capacity to the national freight network to further enhance movement of commerce throughout the global supply chain.

It also nearly doubles the Port of Everett Seaport’s cargo handling footprint, fully realizing the Port’s recent $57 million investment in its South Terminal Modernization that added another full-service berth in Everett in 2021 to support larger ships and heavier cargo.

“With most trade-compatible properties along our nation’s waterways already spoken for, it’s extremely rare to see an all-new cargo facility come online and add much-needed capacity to a strained logistics chain – which we have all had a front row seat to witness over the past year,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said.

“The new Norton Terminal, combined with our upgraded South Terminal, are game changers for our working waterfront and region, allowing us to do our part to keep freight moving efficiently, restore thousands of meaningful family-wage jobs to this site, and support a thriving economy.”

Completion of Norton Terminal caps off the Port’s 5-year, $150 million Mills to Maritime initiative that set out to transform a former contaminated mill site into a new sustainable maritime hub. The two projects will add more than 1,000 jobs to the waterfront and generate $14.5 million annually in state and local taxes.

The Norton Terminal project, conducted in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology, integrated the property’s cleanup requirements with redevelopment, completing the final physical cleanup of the uplands at a site that supported nearly 90 years of mill operations.

It was funded in part by a $17.75 million federal BUILD grant and $9.15 million in Washington State Department of Ecology MTCA grants.

The historic occasion was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 1, alongside the Port’s many project partners. Local, state and federal leaders shared remarks, including Sen. Patty MurrayRep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Emily Wicks, Port and City leadership, the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Project Accomplishments

Realizes strategic acquisition of a former vacant mill site for maritime use at the working waterfront; situated at the heart of Everett’s deep-water maritime complex, between two federally secured facilities – the Port of Everett Seaport and Naval Station Everett

Achieves environmental stewardship by completing final upland cleanup of legacy contamination at the site, work included:
Removal of more than 250,000 tons of contaminated material and rubble (about 14K dump truck loads)
Backfilling the site with approximately 14K dump truck loads of clean river sands from the Snohomish River
Pre-loading the site with 50,000 cubic yards of clean crushed material to compact the site, followed by grading the material to prepare for paving
Installation of a low permeability 9-inch-thick environmental pavement cap over a majority of the site to provide permanent environmental controls, which doubles as the cargo terminal
Installation of a state-of-the-art stormwater treatment system to protect the Puget Sound into the future – the first treatment system in the site’s history

Enhances the movement of commerce by providing additional cargo laydown capacity

Better positions Everett’s seaport facilities to aid in our regional economic recovery efforts, as well as cargo diversification

Provided necessary infrastructure for the Port of Everett Seaport to receive Strategic Seaport Designation from the U.S. Maritime Administration to support our armed forces – one of only 18 seaports nationwide

Restores family-wage jobs to the site and supports the 40,000 jobs already supported by seaport options

And, an added bonus, via the Port’s voluntary 2% for public access policy, this project helped pay to dredge the public boat launch to ensure essential water access at the largest public boat launch in Washington state
Economic Benefits

The new Norton Terminal and South Terminal modernization projects combined, create major economic benefit, generating:

More than 1,050 direct jobs; 2,300 in total, including indirect and induced
$180 million in personal income
$46 million in local purchases
$14.5 million in state and local taxes
$46.5 million in federal taxes
The work also created benefit during construction, generating:

1,950 temporary construction jobs
$64 million in personal income
$6 million in state and local taxes
$20 million in federal taxes

Norton Terminal Features

40-acre paved, lit and secure cargo yard
Preserves the adaptive reuse of an existing 360,000 square foot warehouse
Power conduits to support future electric tugs
Provides the infrastructure to support short-sea shipping
Washdown area
Port Leadership Reaction

“This site has not been in operation for over a decade, but with the Port’s determination, that changes now with the opening of the Norton Terminal. This terminal will restore jobs, support commerce, keep our region competitive, and provide an immediate economic boost to the City of Everett, Snohomish County, the neighboring Cascade Industrial Center in the cities of Arlington and Marysville, and the greater Puget Sound region. It also cleans up a big piece of the waterfront, which is a top priority to the Port.”
– Port of Everett Commission President David Simpson

“With the opening of Norton Terminal and our modernized South Terminal, I’m confident there is no project cargo anywhere that we are not able to say, ‘We can handle it.’ These investments put Everett on the map and opens doors to new cargo opportunities. There is no stopping the success of Everett’s working waterfront.”
– Port of Everett Commission Vice President Glen Bachman

“The Port has been around for more than a century, and we have demonstrated time and time again our proven track record of putting former contaminated mill sites back into productive use to support trade and bring jobs to the waterfront. As a former longshoreman myself, this is a big win for maritime jobs, especially the skilled labor force we have here that is dedicated to keeping the supply chain moving – ILWU Locals 32, 52 and 98.”
– Port of Everett Commission Secretary Tom Stiger

Local, State & Federal Partner Reaction

“Here in Washington state, our waterways are a cornerstone of our economy, our communities, and our way of life. Our ports create jobs, improve supply chain efficiency, and help move our state’s world-class products and goods out to the rest of the world. The Norton Terminal is going to be a key part of that and serve as a major driver of jobs and economic activity in Everett and Snohomish County.”
– Senator Patty Murray, United States Senate

“In the Pacific Northwest and across the country, you cannot have a big-league economy with little league maritime infrastructure. The opening of the Norton Terminal is great news for the hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs that depend on the Port of Everett to connect local goods and services with global markets.”
– Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a Senior Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

“The Norton Terminal Project is an impressive example of partnering to make a community thrive. Faced with an economy that could have easily stagnated and declined during such a tumultuous time in our history, the Port of Everett, instead, made opportunity and built resources out of environmental stewardship and a commitment to people and place. It is an honor to play a small role in securing the critical state support that helped deliver this project and essential jobs for our region in just two short years.”
– Rep. Emily Wicks, 38th Legislative District, Washington State

“The new Norton Terminal is exactly the kind of forward thinking and strategic investment that will be critical to the recovery and growth of our local economy. Thank you to the Port of Everett for your vision and leadership.”
– Mayor Cassie Franklin, City of Everett

“The Norton Terminal at the Port of Everett is important for businesses, workers, and our entire region. It isn’t often that we get to celebrate not only the completion of a significant new part of our economic infrastructure but also the clean-up of the site. For generations, people have worked on the Everett waterfront at family-wage jobs. The mills have made way for new, diverse industries that will provide for thousands of families for many generations to come. The Norton Terminal will be another jewel on Puget Sound’s waterfront.”
– Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish County

“The U.S. DOT Maritime Administration congratulates the Port of Everett on the completion of Norton Terminal. We’re proud to administer Federal investments that support our Nation’s ports and waterways. This Mills to Maritime Project is a prime example of these investments strengthening our infrastructure, economy, and maritime industry.”
– Catherine Simons, Gateway Director, Pacific Northwest & Alaska
U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD)

“We are pleased to help celebrate this important milestone. This is yet another great example of our fruitful partnership with the Port of Everett to clean up the environment and put once-contaminated properties back to productive use.”
– Barry Rogowski, Program Manager, Washington State Department of Ecology’s Toxics Cleanup Program

December 3, 2022

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Meet The Owner – Tifanys Nails & Finnish Therapy

Editor’s note: is working to introduce our readers to more independent business owners here in Everett, Washington. We want to highlight their businesses, tell their stories and invite you to shop locally and help move Everett forward. If you know of a business we should feature, send us a suggestion via email: Leland Dart – Publisher

Tifany Elliot has been doing nails and helping people feel better for more than two decades.

While she’s done this for more than twenty years, Tifany Elliot says there’s no greater feeling than seeing the relief on a customer’s face after healing begins to take hold.

“I love to heal,” Tifany said with a smile when she welcomed us recently into her salon at 5705 Evergreen Way in the Gilmore Business Center.

“My mom taught me to take care of my hands and feet,” Tifany said, “My grandmother taught me how to heal.”

She’s about to mark three years in her current location in central Everett where she offers much more than a quick polish. “It can be a commitment for people as I help them heal their hands and feet and yes I even give my customers homework!”

For her client’s feet Tifany’s services range from simple pedicures and reflexology to a Medical-style pedicure for treatment of ingrown toenails, fungus and other ailments.

Using therapeutic foot massage and reflexology Tifany says she can pinpoint toxic pockets and break down turbulence. She also works on people’s ingrown toenails, infections and foot fungus. “People don’t understand how important their feet are,” she explained. “I help people with things they may be afraid to talk about with a podiatrist.”

Men are also an increasing part of her business. While it used to be a ratio of 75 women to 25 men it is now more like 60-40. The salon is well appointed but private and she says there’s no open viewing area or big outside windows for people on the outside to stare into like you can see at many salons.

Tifany Elliot is about to mark her third year in Everett.

“My average appointment is two hours,” she said. “I pamper my customers and have researched the best products to use both for the patients and also for myself. I’m intensive, not quick. I monitor for toxins in all of the products I use trying to get as close to natural as possible and only do gels, no acrylics.”

In addition to manicures pedicures and reflexology, Tifany also offers teeth whitening, permanent makeup, (micro blade/microshade.) H.A. injections, and aromatherapy.

Tifany works by appointment and is closed on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday appointment hours are 10 AM – 3 PM. Sundays she is available by appointment only. You can call for an appointment or more information at (425) 971-5515 or email her at: She also takes appointments via Square, click on the book here link at the top of the page.

You can learn more and see photos of her work on her Facebook Page and Instagram.

December 2, 2022

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Small But Spirited Crowd For Caroling At Clark Park

The weather likely kept some folks away but there was still a spirited group of folks for the Bayside Neighborhood Association’s Wintertide Caroling at Clark Park Friday night. Here are a few photos.

December 2, 2022

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Everett PD Investigating After Multiple Shots Fired In Vacant South Everett Bank Lot On Evergreen Way

Everett Police walk the bank parking lot looking for evidence.

Officers collected multiple shell casings.

Around 7:30 PM Everett Police were called to reports of multiple shots fired in a vacant bank parking lot just east of Fred Meyer in the 8500 block of Evergreen Way in south Everett.

Arriving officers found multiple shell casings in the lot next to Evergreen Way.

Everett Police patrol officers were sorting things out, speaking with witnesses, gathering shell casings and other evidence.

As of this writing there were no reports of injuries.

In late October, the manager of the Evergreen Way Fred Meyer came before the Everett City Council to ask for help in dealing with what he said was out of control crime and drug dealing around his store. You can see that story here.

Since that time Everett Police have met with the manager of that store as well as the Fred Meyer at Murphy’s Corner and stepped up patrols but problems continue to persist.

We’ll provide more updates as they become available.