Washington residents oppose city’s step toward land sale

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Some residents of a Washington community have opposed the city’s plan to declare a wooded area as surplus with the intention of selling the property. The Daily Herald reported Everett officials have proposed the surplus designation for the Wood Creek watershed area, drawing opposition from residents in the adjacent Valley View neighborhood overlooking the Snohomish River Valley. Snohomish County records show the property’s value as more than $14.6 million, but the city has appraised the land at $3 million because much of it would be unsuited for development. An online petition opposing the proposal had more than 450 backers Sunday.