Governor Jay Inslee’s Statement on MPHS Tragedy :

Statement in Full: 

“On behalf of nearly 7 million Washingtonians, Trudi and I send our deepest condolences to the students, staff and families of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, and particularly to the families of the young victims of today’s tragedy.”

“While there is much we don’t know about today’s shooting, I am certain law enforcement is doing all it can to provide answers. As we seek to understand what seems inexplicable, I know the families of Marysville-Pilchuck will find their friends and neighbors at their side to provide comfort and support in the coming days, weeks and months.”

“The loss of life today has left us grief-stricken and anguished — and I’m sure many young people and their parents are worried, too. Tonight, hug your children a little longer and seek comfort from loved ones. Take care of each other.”


Marysville PD reports two victims including suspected shooter fatally wounded in school shooting

Marysville Police report two victims including suspected shooter fatally wounded in school shooting


(Marysville, WA) – At approximately, 10:40 a.m., Marysville Police officer assigned to Marysville-Pilchuck High School reported an active shooter inside the school, located in the 5600 block of 108th St NE.

Marysville Police located two victims fatally wounded in the shooting with four individuals injured. One of the fatalities is the lone gunman. The other victim is a female. Three of the four individuals injured in the shooting have been transported to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett for treatment. Gender of the three transported is two females and one male. The fourth injured female was treated on scene and released.

The school has been completely searched and the scene is now secure. Investigators from the Snohomish Multi-Agency Response Team are now on scene and will conduct the investigation into the shooting. There are approximately 30 students and staff that were witnesses to the shooting that are still on campus working with the SMART team.

A reunification station has been established at Shoultes Gospel Hall, 5200 block of 116th St NE, to allow parents to be reunited with their students. Snohomish County Red Cross is assisting families at the reunification center.

Marysville Public Work officials report that road closures will be in effect along 108th Street NE between 51st and 67th Avenues, as well as the entrance to the school on 51st near 112th. Detours are posted, and alternative routes are recommended. Motorists north of 51st should use 136th to and from State Avenue to the west, and 132nd for drivers heading east to 67th.


Molestation charges lead to suspension of Snohomish County optometrist

Molestation charges lead to suspension of Snohomish County optometrist Via Doh News Release:

OLYMPIA  The Washington State Department of Health has immediately suspended the license of Snohomish County optometrist John O’Brien (OD.60385727) on allegations that he molested a minor patient during an eye exam.

The charges say that in August 2014, O’Brien inappropriately touched a 10-year-old female patient and pulled the girl’s pants down. Charges also say law enforcement found pictures of the girl on his cell phone that he took during the incident.

O’Brien has been criminally charged in Snohomish County Superior Court with first degree child molestation and second degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He can’t practice in Washington until the charges against his license are resolved; he has 20 days to respond to the allegations and request a hearing.

The documents in this case can be seen online by clicking “Look up a health care provider” on the Department of Health website; copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. That’s also the number to call to file complaints against health care providers in Washington.

The Department of Health and Board of Optometry protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to people in Washington.

The Department of Health website ( is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



Suspect in Shots Fired Incident Booked into Jail

Suspect in Shots Fired Incident Booked into Jail


EVERETT, WASH. —   Hans Hansen, the 43 year-old man arrested last Wednesday following a series of multiple shots fired incidents has been booked into the Snohomish County jail on two counts of 1st degree assault with a firearm and three counts of drive-by shooting.

In a statement given to detectives, Hansen said that after a series of negative events in his life, he wanted to die. He said he gathered several guns that he owned and intended to go to several locations and fire at cars or buildings to engage police in a gunfight. Hansen also admitted that he had at least eight firearms in his vehicle, including two AK-47s and one AR-15.

Prior to firing rounds into police vehicles and buildings that night, Hansen admitted to detectives that he also fired multiple rounds into an unoccupied building in an industrial park on the Mountain Loop Highway in Granite Falls.

Hansen is from Lake Stevens, not Granite Falls as previous press releases indicated.


Pink the Rink 2014 is Coming to Everett this Saturday!

Pink the Rink 2014 is Coming Saturday! Via The Everett Silvertips

EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips and our partners at Providence Regional Medical Center and the Safeway Foundation are proud to present “Pink the Rink” 2014, our sixth-annual breast cancer fundraiser, on Saturday, October 25 vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds.  After raising over $315,000 in donations toward the local fight against breast cancer over the past five years, our goal is to top $100,000 in new donations during this year’s event.

Pink the Rink is a cooperative effort between the Silvertips, Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, Providence Comprehensive Breast Center and the Safeway Foundation to raise donations that fund free and low-cost breast cancer screenings for local women without insurance or the means to pay.  By aiding with early detection, money raised from Pink the rink will ultimately help save lives in Snohomish County and the surrounding areas.

The game against the Thunderbirds on Saturday, October 25 will feature a variety of ways to contribute to the cause while also celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease.  We’re encouraging Silvertips fans to get in the spirit by dressing in pink for the game to show your support for the fight against breast cancer.  The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a light-up pink glow stick courtesy of the Safeway Foundation and Providence Comprehensive Breast Center.

When you Click Here to buy tickets to the game through our special link, at least $5 off every ticket purchased will be donated to the cause.  We’re already accepting online bids for our Pink the Rink jersey auction (Click Here to bid) featuring the pink-highlighted specialty jerseys the ‘Tips are wearing for October home games through Saturday.  Online bidding continues until noon Saturday, while in-person bids will be accepted at all three home games this week.  Bidding ends at the start of the third period of Saturday’s game.

100% of the proceeds from the pink jersey auction, as well as sales of Pink the Rink t-shirts and pucks, go to the Providence General Foundation to support the cause.  Pink the Rink t-shirts are once again available in pink (with glow-in-the-dark paint) or grey for $12 each – only $10 for Silvertips season ticket holders.  Pink pucks autographed by your favorite Silvertips player are available for $20 each, while unsigned pucks are on sale for $10 each.  T-shirts and pucks are available at the team office throughout the week and on the concourse on game nights.

For more information, visit  You can also make a direct online donation to the cause through our “Paint ‘Em Pink” social media challenge by logging on

The Silvertips have two other home games this week as well:  Wednesday at 7:05 pm against the Spokane Chiefs for our first-ever “Midweek Madness” and Friday at 7:35 vs. the Tri-City Americans for another Hockey Happy Hour and “Girls Night Out”.

For more information visit, call the team office at 425-252-5100, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


United Way Looking for Volunteers for Key Committees

United Way Looking for Volunteers for Key Committees
(Everett, Wash.) – United Way of Snohomish County, a community impact organization that has served Snohomish County for almost 75 years with a special focus on local health and human services, is looking for volunteers to serve on several important internal committees.
United Way relies on volunteers with passion and expertise to set funding priorities, allocate program grants, provide administrative oversight and build its annual legislative agenda.
Volunteers are currently needed to serve on the Board of Directors, Community Matters Vision Council, Endowment and Planned Giving Committee, Families Matter Vision Council, Forward Looking Committee, Kids Matter Vision Council, Marketing and Public Policy Committees.
More information and a Volunteer Inquiry Form are available online at
United Way staff members will review the volunteer inquiries and schedule interviews with eligible applicants.
Individuals interested in serving on a United Way committee are also encouraged to attend an Open House at United Way’s offices at 3120 McDougall Avenue, Suite 200 in Everett on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

190-acres permanently conserved in Snohomish County

190-acres permanently conserved in Snohomish County Via Snohomish County:

Everett – October 16, 2014   Snohomish County and Forterra are pleased to announce that the 190-acre Port Susan Farms near Stanwood is permanently conserved thanks to the purchase of a working farmland conservation easement.

In 2006, lifelong dairy farmer Jeff Ellingsen, Forterra and Snohomish County began a partnership to protect the farm in a way that would support a long-term commitment to agriculture while also recognizing its important ecological benefits to fish and wildlife. The farm sits along Port Susan Bay, a location distinctive in its role as wildlife habitat and home to many bird species, including thousands of snow geese, waterfowl, salmon and shellfish.

Ellingsen, whose family has owned and worked the farm for four generations, believes that agriculture is a critical part of Snohomish County’s landscape, economy and identity, and wanted to ensure farming would continue on this land into the future. “Conservation and farmland preservation is vital for our future. Without farmland and farmers, there is no food,” said Ellingsen.

Located near the estuary of the Stillaguamish River on Port Susan Bay, Ellingsen leases most of his farm to another family for dairy farming. Thanks to the conservation easement, the land is now permanently protected from real estate development but agricultural operations will continue under the terms of the easement. The conservation of this particular property provides even greater benefits since the 190 acres is near a large wildlife preserve.

“It’s projects like Port Susan Farms that exhibit the bold vision articulated in Forterra’s Cascade Agenda and the upcoming Next Wave process, ensuring we maintain the features, in this case prime agricultural land and open space for habitat, critical to a healthy and resilient region,” stated Gene Duvernoy, Forterra President.

“Farms and farmers have always contributed to the excellent quality of life we enjoy here in Snohomish County,” said John Lovick, Snohomish County Executive. “I’m extremely pleased that we are able to preserve such a valuable piece of agricultural land for future generations of farmers.”