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1,806-pound pumpkin dubbed ‘Flying Saucer’

ELK GROVE, Calif. — A Napa farmer won a Northern California contest with a record-setting 1,806-pound pumpkin that judges nicknamed “The Flying Saucer” because of its wide and flat shape.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Off the Wire

Three-legged raccoon’s home safe at Port of Seattle

SEATTLE — Port of Seattle authorities say a three-legged female raccoon named Tripod who has charmed tourists in exchange for treats for years won’t be forced to move when a terminal is renovated.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Northwest

Corey McCrea, 33: Snohomish skateboarder had found his gift

SNOHOMISH — There wasn't a place here for skateboarders to ride. That's until Corey McCrea convinced city leaders to build the Snohomish Skatepark. McCrea died in a car...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Local News

Adopting perfect pup can be a tough magic trick

Before I attempted adopting a poodle I was warned how difficult it might be. “Fill out an application at every rescue organization you can find,” one friend told me. “Be prepared for a home visit,” said another.

Date: 10/04/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Black Death may be locked in ancient flea

Scientists may have found the oldest-ever evidence of the bubonic plague, locked away in an ancient flea trapped in amber.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Farmer finds mammoth bones in field

According to paleontologists from the University of Michigan, one local farmer might have made an epic fossil find.On Monday, James Bristle, of Lima Township, was digging in a soy field when he and his friend pulled up what they first thought was a bent, muddy old fence post.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Elephants' swan song

It’s their last circus performance in the PNW before they retire

Date: 10/03/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (22 new photos)

Date: 10/03/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Viking Fest on Saturday celebrates Arlington’s heritage

ARLINGTON — It’s time to conquer the town.The first Arlington Viking Fest and Pub Tour is Saturday, with daytime activities for all ages and an evening of music, costumes and drinks for adults.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News


Helping hands at Mill Creek food bankAdvent Lutheran Church members on Sept. 26 helped out the Volunteers of America Mill Creek Food Bank, helping to deep-clean the facility and then sort and stock the shelves with 680 pounds of...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Egypt pledges fast work in search for Nefertiti’s tomb

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities promised Thursday they will move quickly to get new radar equipment needed to search for Queen Nefertiti's tomb amid a new theory it could be in an alleged, hidden chamber behind King Tutankhamun's tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings.The...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World

Living history

Railroad Days rolls through Granite Falls on Saturday

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Whole town invited to birthday

Crooner Jerry McClain, a fixture of Snohomish, will celebrate 81st

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News

Hundreds gather to mourn slain police dog in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Hundreds of community members and officers, both on two legs and four came to a public memorial service for a Vancouver police dog that was stabbed in the line of duty.The overwhelming opinion was that 6-year-old Vancouver Police K9 Ike was a very good boy.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Oregon officials won’t allow killing wolves

PENDLETON, Ore. — Wildlife officials won’t allow people to kill wolves in eastern Oregon’s Mount Emily pack despite five confirmed attacks on a sheep herd this summer.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Rescued horses in Oregon chow down on 22 tons of donated carrots

BEND, Ore. — Carrots might no longer tempt horses at one Oregon rescue ranch — because they’ve been munching on tons of them for days.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Today in history

Today is Wednesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2015. There are 92 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On September 30, 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, California.On this date:

Date: 09/30/2015 | Life

What to do with memories

Family wants to find new use for items passed down

Date: 09/30/2015 | Local News

Northwest advocates say regulation may be needed in service dog laws

SPOKANE — Human rights advocates in Washington and Idaho say people may be trying to pass pets off as service animals.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

Today in history

Today is Monday, September 28, the 271st day of 2015. There are 94 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On September 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic.On this date:

Date: 09/28/2015 | Life

Today in history

Today is Saturday, September 26, the 269th day of 2015. There are 96 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 09/26/2015 | Life

Lake Stevens mom who’s been there helps those grieving find hope

SNOHOMISH — Michelle Frost knows how tricky it is to balance grief and hope.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

‘Racing Extinction’ sings animals’ songs to change minds

"Racing Extinction" has many grisly examples of mankind's impact on the natural world, but one of its most affecting touches is a snippet of birdsong.The movie considers the way various species have been driven to non-existence in the last few decades, among them...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Entertainment


Foundation laid for new YMCAConstruction has officially begun on the new Stanwood-Camano Family YMCA, located at 7213 267th St. NW in Stanwood.Efforts to bring a YMCA...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News

Valuable bees stolen as almond prices soar

SYDNEY — The world’s most valuable pollinator is under attack.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire

Five honored United Way for their “Spirit” of giving

TULALIP — People who have volunteered countless hours and given generously to help others were to be recognized Thursday as United Way presented its annual Spirit of Snohomish County awards.State...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

Don't miss

5 things to do at Everett Fall Home show this weekend

Date: 09/24/2015 | Home and Garden

Travelers from North Carolina thankful for return of bike stolen in Mill Creek

MILL CREEK — A police officer here spotted a stolen bicycle and made sure it was returned to a couple who is traveling across the country.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

Nonprofits help homeless Oregon man gain vision

SALEM, Ore. — Alexander Miller started wearing glasses when he was 3, but his vision loss was so severe that doctors told him he eventually would go blind.When he last had his eyes examined five years ago, he was told he would be legally blind in five to seven years.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Scientists find remains of cold-weather dinosaur that roamed the Arctic forest

Scientists have discovered a duck-billed dinosaur that lived in the Arctic Circle roughly 70 million years ago.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Protection for greater sage grouse across West rejected

BILLINGS, Mont. — The greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections, the Interior Department said Tuesday, following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Northwest

Sharing insights

Visually impaired and their supporters meet monthly in Everett

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

A work of art

Marysville woman's dolls are lifelike in every detail

Date: 09/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Time is a financial gift that kids shouldn’t waste

People are always trying to find the secret to financial success. But I’d like to address the young folks who ask me how to get rich.If you’re young, you have something we older folks will never have as much of — time. It’s an advantage you shouldn’t waste.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business columnists

Bend wildlife rehab center treating more animals each year

BEND, Ore. — A couple hundred animals are tucked into and around a modest house just east of Bend.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

Big Emmy wins for Davis, Hamm, ‘Thrones,’ ‘Transparent’ ‘Veep’

LOS ANGELES — Long-standing barriers fell at Sunday’s Emmy Awards as Viola Davis became the first non-white actress to claim top drama acting honors, Jon Hamm finally won for “Mad Men,” and “Game of Thrones” overcame Emmy anti-fantasy resistance to claim the top drama award.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Entertainment

Today in history

Today is Monday, September 21, the 264th day of 2015. There are 101 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 09/21/2015 | Life

No votes cast in small-town Iowa school board race

MCINTIRE, Iowa — An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his local school board failed to earn any votes — not even his own — but he’ll probably still get the job.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Off the Wire

Forged by fire

Camp brings female firefighters together

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

A lone ranger

He’s on patrol in the Spada Lake watershed

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

Getting a clean bill of potential poodle ownership

There are many reasons to dance for joy at the doctor’s office — a clean biopsy, a positive pregnancy test, or a successful vasectomy all come to mind. But is approval to get a poodle worthy of such jubilation? My kids definitely think so. Our potential for dog ownership weighed heavily on their...

Date: 09/20/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Today in history

Today is Sunday, September 20, the 263rd day of 2015. There are 102 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Florida boy’s beekeeping gets White House buzz

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Ten-year-old Benjamin Oppenheimer has one honey of a pen pal: President Barack Obama.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

4-paw training

How to hit the trail, safely, with your dog

Date: 09/20/2015 | Life

Bear was legally hunted on private Granite Falls property

GRANITE FALLS — Local police and wildlife officers are reminding people not to accidentally attract bears with garbage, bird feeders or pet food after a black bear was spotted in a residential area last week and shot by a hunter on private property.Officers from the...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Rare albatross dies despite rehab efforts

LYNNWOOD — A short-tailed albatross that died while undergoing rehabilitation here is being used to further research on the rare species. Three fishermen rescued the large seabird last month in Neah Bay on the northwest coast of Washington.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Today in history

Today is Saturday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2015. There are 103 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On September 19, 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed at least 9,500 people.On this date:

Date: 09/19/2015 | Life

Captive snake gives birth with no mate

ST. LOUIS — For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex.Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female...

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

13 names added to DUI wall

Family, friends gather to remember those who were killed

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News


Church members take part in day of serviceHundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations on Sept. 12 fanned out for a Day of Service in their local neighborhoods.Volunteers painted a fence by a...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (13 new photos)

Date: 09/18/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Slice of history gone

The 104-year-old Harvey House in Snohomish is torn down

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

Teepee village continues to be part of Pendleton Round-Up

PENDLETON, Ore. — It has been more than 100 years since the first American Indians camped in town to take part in the Pendleton Round-Up. Every year since, hundreds of teepees have adorned the lawn near the grounds’ north grandstands.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Northwest

Perfume-drinking dog in the running for insurer award

Jackie, a Manchester terrier mix who ingested perfume, is vying with a tape-eating cat and other reckless animals in the latest contest for the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year."Jackie's bizarre break-in gave her a huge bellyache after she figured out how...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Nation & World

Man accused of stabbing police dog faces added charges

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A man accused of fatally stabbing a police dog is facing added criminal charges that prosecutors say are warranted given the severity of the case.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

Oregon police: Pair of wolves found dead in Wallowa County

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police are seeking the public’s help regarding the deaths of a wolf pair in Wallowa County.Lt. Bill Fugate said investigators suspect a person or people killed the two wolves. He declined to comment on how the wolves died.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

Today in history

Today is Wednesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2015. There are 106 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 09/16/2015 | Life

State game officials disappointed with deal in wolf killing

SEATTLE — Conservationists and state game officials said Tuesday that a prosecutor in Eastern Washington went too easy on a man who chased a protected gray wolf with his car for several miles, then shot and killed the animal.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Agency resumes killing cormorants to help salmon migration

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed killing double-crested cormorants so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River despite an ongoing legal battle with conservation groups.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Agency nixes proposed rafts where walrus can rest off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declined for now to create artificial floating platforms for Pacific walrus that come ashore in Alaska because they lack summer sea ice.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Oklahoma man reunited with wedding ring he lost 39 years ago

BOLTON, N.Y. — An Oklahoma man has been reunited with the wedding ring he dropped in a New York lake nearly 40 years ago.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Northwest

School Winners

MP grads earn memorial scholarships

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

Today in History

Today Is Monday, September 14, The 257Th Day Of 2015. There Are 108 Days Left In The Year.Today’s Highlight in History:

Date: 09/14/2015 | Life

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell wins Miss America pageant

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is the new Miss America.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Feds: Sage grouse face decline if wildfires can’t be stopped

BOISE, Idaho — If increasingly destructive wildfires in the Great Basin can’t be stopped, the sage grouse population will be cut in half over the next three decades, scientists say.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Northwest

Yacolt girl battles brain tumor

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Macey Bodily is a sweet, easygoing 7-year-old who loves to swim in the family pool and get manicures.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Northwest

Day of Caring: ‘Every day is a good day to give back’

Ann Phelps was an aerospace worker turned field hand for a day, muscling old metal fence posts out of the ground.Margarita Zamora de Lopez has a parts receiving job, but spent Friday with a paintbrush in hand.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Local News

Today in History

Today is Sunday, September 13, the 256th day of 2015. There are 109 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sunset.Today’s highlight:

Date: 09/13/2015 | Life

Guinness World Records; largest feet are really huge

Once just dusty tomes inexplicably filed in the reference sections of school libraries — and pored over by kids who wanted another look at the world’s tallest man or the world’s fattest twins — Guinness World Records seems to grow more sophisticated by the year.

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

Today in history

Today is Saturday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2015. There are 110 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 09/12/2015 | Life

Drone captures photos of endangered baby orca, mom

Federal scientists using a drone have captured photographs of a baby Puget Sound orca swimming alongside its mother in the waters of British Columbia.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Lynnwood man missing since Aug. 29 is considered in danger

LYNNWOOD — Jose P. Sanchez Diaz was working and getting ready to go back to school.He was a few credits short of a high school diploma and looking forward to completing that goal at Edmonds Community College, said his foster mother, Karla Danson.Sanchez...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Mill Creek swimmer triumphs over English Channel

This water is really cold.That was the visceral reaction when Joan Weisberg Beyerlein first stood on a beach in Dover, England, then plunged into the English Channel. At 65, she would soon become a channel swimmer, the only woman on a six-person relay team, and the team’s oldest member.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News


Elks provide school libraries with booksFour Everett School District elementary libraries started school with new books this year. Last spring, four librarians were asked to submit their wish lists to the Everett Elks Lodge. Elks members purchased...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Today in history

Today is Friday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2015. There are 111 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 09/11/2015 | Life

New 9/11 memorial to Flight 93 victims opens

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — Debby Borza stood before a wall of photos of 40 people who died here on Sept. 11, 2001, and gently tapped her daughter’s face on a computer touch screen, not knowing exactly what to expect.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World

3 emaciated horses rescued from confinement near Monroe

MONROE — Three horses were seized near Monroe on Wednesday morning in a case of alleged animal cruelty and neglect.The two mares and a filly are in protective custody and being treated by a veterinarian, said Vicki Lubrin, the Snohomish County licensing and animal...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Local News

Path to the past

Centennial Trail event brings history to life

Date: 09/10/2015 | Local News

McDonald’s announces shift to cage-free eggs

The maker of the Egg McMuffin is taking a stand, and it could drastically change the eggs Americans eat.McDonald's announced this morning that it will begin working toward eliminating all eggs purchased from farms that cage their hens, in both the United States and Canada.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (11 new photos)

Date: 09/10/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Queen Elizabeth surpasses Queen Victoria’s long reign

LONDON — It was a day for the history books. But it was not in her majesty’s temperament to make much of a fuss.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Nation & World

RIP Zippy

Dalmatian was beloved at Everett cafe

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

Memories of a lifetime ago

Family who fled Saigon reunites with man who welcomed them

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

Everett, Mukilteo principal was devoted to education, kids

EVERETT — To his two children, Greg Gelderman was the dad who was always there for every sports meet and practice. His daughter, Suzanne Rivera, remembers him driving to Snohomish, standing on a hill and waving as she glided through the water as part of a crew with the

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News

'Cows are cool'

She's on the path to veterinary school

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News

Chatting with Cadence Whittle

Mukilteo native talks about acting and recent move to L.A.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Life

In memory of what they do

Woman dedicates statue to late husband and all firefighters

Date: 09/07/2015 | Local News

BLM done gathering wild horses displaced by fire

BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management says it’s completed its effort to relocate wild horses from southwestern Idaho following a massive wildfire.The BLM said Saturday that 279 horses were gathered.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Fin whale makes appearance in north Puget Sound

SEATTLE — For the first time in many years, the second largest animal in the world— the fin whale— was spotted near Minor Island in north Puget Sound.KING-TV reported that whale watchers saw the animal on Thursday.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Northwest

Rwanda ceremony names baby mountain gorillas

Youths wearing gorilla costumes and rubber boots grunted and scampered in front of Rwanda's president Saturday during the ceremonial naming of 24 baby mountain gorillas in the African country, where the critically endangered animals live in volcano-studded forests that are visited by...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Nation & World

Town celebrates notable ’65 UFO sighting

EXETER, N.H. — They say a lightning strike started a fire in the Exeter, New Hampshire, town hall that caused the cancellation of a UFO festival the first year it was hosted by the local Kiwanis Club.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Have vegetable oil, will travel

Couple exploring country after creating fully sustainable vehicles

Date: 09/05/2015 | Local News

Looking for a friend?

Animals up for adoption at the Everett shelter (31 new photos)

Date: 09/05/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Painter Elizabeth Webber leaves a legacy of faith, courage and art

Art was her life’s work, but Elizabeth Webber left a legacy far beyond the whimsical paintings she created. That greater legacy is one of perseverance, kindness and courage through terrible adversity.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein


Bredereck to helm new Y in StanwoodMary Bredereck has been named the new branch executive director of the Stanwood-Camano YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County.Bredereck has been with the YMCA...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

'A good life, a good valley'

Family recognized for operating same small farm for 127 years

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Golden age of aviation

Vintage aircraft to conquer the skies

Date: 09/03/2015 | Local News

Today in History

Today is Thursday, September 3, the 246th day of 2015. There are 119 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On September 3, 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Health

Linking them to the future

Lake Stevens High School sophomores given exclusive welcome

Date: 09/03/2015 | Local News

United Way honors Everett volunteer with Roger Bouck Award

This summer’s last AquaSox home game was Sunday, but one baseball memory will linger into fall for Steve Ahern.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Local News

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