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Marysville, Brier advisory measures ask voters to consider fireworks ban

Voters in Marysville and Brier get a chance this election to say whether they want to see fireworks banned in their communities.In each city, an advisory measure on the Nov. 3 ballot asks if an ordinance should be enacted to bar sale and use of legal fireworks year-round.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Local News

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

This Halloween, sound like a zombie

You’re dressed to the nines as a zombie. Don’t you want to go all the way and sound like one, too?Have no fear, the Instant Zombie Voice ($8.99) is here.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Life

Five myths about Christopher Columbus

As Columbus Day gives way to “fall break” and drops off many workers’ calendars altogether, it has become easy to overlook a perennial teaching moment. When Christopher Columbus does come up in the media or the classroom, he is usually simply bashed or praised, depending on the viewpoint of the...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Be afraid. Very afraid.

Where to find a scream-worthy haunted house

Date: 10/10/2015 | Entertainment

Trade groups forecast strong holiday sales season

Retailers are in for a strong, yet competitive holiday season, according to two forecasts Thursday.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire

Pumpkin pandemonium

It's fall, so you'll find this squash in the oddest places

Date: 10/04/2015 | Life

A perfectly balance 'Punkin' Ale for autumn

Head to the beer aisle at any grocery store or bottleshop this time of month and you'll see lots of orange.Pumpkin stouts, pumpkin ales, pumpkin ciders. It's all there.But for me the benchmark is Dogfish Head's

Date: 10/01/2015 | Hops & Sips

Pumpkin Fest!

Everett's Middleton Brewing hosts Pumpkin Fest! on Saturday

Date: 09/30/2015 | Hops & Sips

Dress up like the Donald this year

Ghosts and goblins — and Donald Trumps.Eeeks! Halloween is going to be hair-raising fun this year. With Oct. 31 falling on a Saturday this year, it’s going to be a Hallo-weekend. You might need more than one costume for all those parties. No problem.

Date: 09/27/2015 | Life

Event lauds Joe Hill, hero to some, killer to others

SALT LAKE CITY — Labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill is revered by many as a hero and martyr. To others, Hill was a murderer who gunned down a Salt Lake City grocer and his son and got what he deserved when he was executed by firing squad in 1915.Ahead of the 100th...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Humidity slows down big California wildfire

A massive, slow-burning wildfire that has chewed through Sierra Nevada forests for more than a month continues to disrupt end-of-summer travel plans by forcing the closure of campgrounds and prompting health warnings during the Labor Day weekend.The so-called Rough fire...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Peak barbecue? Those days are behind us

If you're planning to fire up your grill in the backyard on Labor Day weekend, spare a moment to consider that you're partaking in a tradition in slow decline.While two-thirds of U.S. households will likely barbecue outdoors over the next three days, according to market...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Business Wire

Sailing on a ferry for Labor Day? Expect lots of company

More people have jumped aboard Washington State Ferries this summer than any other in the past 12 years, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Street Smarts

Toys for Tots will serve more

Nonprofit has new office in Marysville, more storage in Everett

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

America celebrates the Fourth

Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation Saturday.New York spectators brave tight securityHundreds of thousands of people...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

The Colors of Freedom parade in Everett

EVERETT — While temperatures may have been warmer the usual this year, thousands of people lined Colby and Wetmore Avenues along with Wall Street to watch the annual Everett Colors of Freedom Fourth of July parade Saturday.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Stonie tops Chestnut in Nathan's hot dog duel

Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world Saturday by upsetting Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.Stonie, 23, who finished second last...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World

After the parade, keep the party going at First Baptist Church

EVERETT — If you’re looking for some all-ages enjoyment after Everett’s Colors of Freedom 4th of July Parade, stroll on over to First Baptist Church.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Fourth of July bombardment goes on as scheduled

Greetings from beautiful unincorporated Snohomish County, where fireworks are legal and freedom burns brightly every Fourth of July. Through sheer luck, I live in an area that hasn't been annexed, so no fussbudget city council has taken away our right to celebrate...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Web Monkey

How to keep your pets safe over July 4

LOS ANGELES — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Careful with those fireworks

Dry weather, heat add to danger

Date: 06/29/2015 | Local News

Prepare your pet

Get Fido and Fluffy ready for Fourth of July fireworks

Date: 06/29/2015 | Fur & Feathers

Travel tips for July Fourth weekend

Even more folks are expected to hit the road for the July Fourth weekend than last year, fueled by cheap gas, according to AAA. An estimated 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more, the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Street Smarts

State fire marshal warns against buying fireworks online

OLYMPIA — As the Fourth of July approaches, the Washington State Fire Marshal has a warning for residents: buying fireworks over the Internet is illegal.Under state law, all fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during a legal sales period.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Virtual memorial only missing 6 pictures of fallen county veterans

EVERETT — Sally Hopkins saw her late brother's name last year in a story about the Wall of Faces, a virtual memorial for veterans killed in the Vietnam War.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Local News

Veterans’ stories, our history

Stories and photos help us keep our memories fresh, our thoughts of family and friends alive.Sally Hopkins offered up a photo of her late brother, Edward Hopkins, a Snohomish County man and Army sergeant, to add to the Wall of Faces, an online memorial that puts photos to...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Editorials

Memorial Day events planned around Snohomish County

Memorial Day is May 25. Ceremonies are listed by community.Arlington: A Memorial Day parade sponsored by American Legion Post 76 starts at 10 a.m. along Olympic Avenue downtown.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News

Cooler temperatures to kick off hot season

EVERETT — Memorial Day weekend weather is looking good for Snohomish County.Expect some clouds and cooler temperatures, but overall it should be “fairly nice,” without any rain, said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Local News

Prepare for heavy Memorial Day weekend traffic

Are you planning on getting away this holiday weekend? Prepare for company.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Street Smarts

When it comes to flowers, moms more popular

NEW YORK — You don’t write, you don’t call. The least you can do is buy your mom flowers for Mother’s Day.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. needs a few new holidays

The New Republic's Brian Beutler has suggested that April 9, the anniversary of the end of the Civil War, be a national holiday (he calls it New Birth of Freedom Day). He also called on the federal and state governments to rename everything currently named after Confederates —...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

Easter around the world

Christians in the Holy Land and across the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

Pope presides over Easter Vigil

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis presided over the Easter Vigil service Saturday night amid mounting Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs whose deaths have dominated this Easter season.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Ready, set, go

Where to find egg hunts in Snohomish County

Date: 04/02/2015 | Entertainment

Allegiant pilots strike is averted

Pilots at discount carrier Allegiant Air were prevented in their plans to strike Thursday after a federal court issued a temporary restraining order.The Las Vegas-based airline had gone to court to block the strike, which would have grounded 250 flights and affected 33,000...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Business Wire

Get cracking: Easter tradition full of memories

Growing up in the Roberts family, an egg cracking contest was always the highlight of our Easter dinner festivities. Once everyone had selected a colored egg from the basket, arms and an occasional egg shell would fly as egg-wielding opponents squared off.

Date: 04/01/2015 | The Dish

‘Easter egger’ hens poached from farm before holiday

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — Less than two weeks before Easter, a Northern California farmer says someone stole more than 200 of his hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown.The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Gerald Leuschen...

Date: 03/27/2015 | Nation & World

How to celebrate Pi Day Saturday

Saturday is Pi Day!And not just any Pi Day: Instead of the usual 3.14 to celebrate, we've got another two digits of the famous number. 3.14.15 is truly a once in a lifetime date for math nerds and dessert lovers.If you're a little behind on your p appreciation,...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Nation & World

Beauty from the inside out

Boudoir photos are sexy, elegant portraits of any woman

Date: 02/14/2015 | Business

It's a date

Busy parents find romance in a low-key burger and shake

Date: 02/10/2015 | Life

UPS takes holiday hit, cuts outlook

NEW YORK — UPS spent heavily to avoid last year’s debacle over the holidays, when an unexpected crush of last-minute shipping and terrible weather led millions of late deliveries.It succeeded in making customers happy, but it cost the company.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Business Wire

Building bonds, community ties

Teens spent King holiday volunteering

Date: 01/20/2015 | Local News

Arrests, officer injured in Seattle police protests

SEATTLE — At least six people have been arrested and a Seattle police officer suffered a leg injury as protesters chanting “black lives matter” disrupted traffic in Seattle, blocking part of a state highway and interstate off ramps.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest

Keeping the dream alive

Martin Luther King, Jr. honored Sunday in Everett

Date: 01/19/2015 | Local News

This guy's Seahawks and holiday displays will light up your life

LAKE STEVENS — It's Seahawks season.Scott Whitsell, 55, has light displays for Christmas, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween and Easter.But right now, it's all blue and green bulbs.It's clear which team Whitsell is rooting for as the...

Date: 01/17/2015 | Local News

Area events will honor MLK’s life, legacy

Diversity and the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated at these events, which are free and open to the public:

Date: 01/16/2015 | Local News

In songs and speeches, voices help keep MLK’s dream alive

Emory Douglas is a graphic artist who in the 1960s and '70s used his talents and bold images in the Black Panther Party's battle against racism.DanVonique Reed is a Marysville mom who has been singing gospel music with the MLK...

Date: 01/11/2015 | Local News

Alaska evergreen to be next U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An evergreen tree from Alaska will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree next year — a holiday first for the state.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

A new baby restores optimism in the world-weary among us

For months I called him “Baby New Year” — but no. That title goes to newborn Jillian Britt in Snohomish County, and to a baby named

Date: 01/04/2015 | Local News

New Year’s stampede leaves 36 dead, 47 injured in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — Grieving relatives identified the bodies of loved ones a day after a stampede during New Year’s celebrations along Shanghai’s historic waterfront area killed 36 people. Some families lashed out at authorities, accusing them of being unresponsive to their plight and failing to prevent the...

Date: 01/01/2015 | Nation & World

A few things to work on in 2015

With the new year begun, it's customary to make a few resolutions. Typically, the custom applies to resolutions for oneself, but we'll make an exception here and recommend a few resolutions for others.Resolved: Those running for office should stop making...

Date: 01/01/2015 | Editorials

Fun with fizz

Try these cocktails to brighten up your New Year's Eve

Date: 12/31/2014 | Life

Make better eating choices

Slow and steady works for weight loss

Date: 12/28/2014 | Light for Life

Holiday shopping deliveries improve

NEW YORK — Christmas came on time this year for most people.After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Online retail sales hit a record

SAN FRANCISCO — and other Web retailers sold more products than ever this holiday season, boosted by early promotions and investments in delivery systems that helped avoid the widespread shipping snags of last year.Online shopping is on pace to rise 16...

Date: 12/27/2014 | Business Wire

Vatican frees topless Femen activist

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican's outdoor Nativity scene.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Nation & World

Fire officials warn about hazards of dry Christmas trees

EVERETT — For many families, getting the traditional fresh-cut Christmas tree marks the beginning of the holidays and make it the centerpiece of holiday home decor.But as the holidays come to a close, Christmas trees dry out, increasing the risk of house fires.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Local News

Kids can ring in the new year a few hours early in Everett

Here's some good news, ye olde (and young) tired moms and dads.You only have to stay up until 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve to ring in 2015.At Imagine Children's Museum, families can party like they are in Times Square and do it...

Date: 12/26/2014 | Entertainment

Baby Jesus stolen from Washington Capitol nativity

OLYMPIA — State officials say baby Jesus is missing from the nativity scene outside the Washington state Capitol.The Olympian reports the sponsor of the Christmas holiday display replaced the figure with a baby doll bought at a thrift store.Ton Wesselius...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Northwest

The gift of music

Brandan Gelo is a rock star at Jackson High

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

They call me ‘Mister Christmas’

STANWOOD — He grew up experiencing a unique sort of playground taunt.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

Drones are the hot new gift

Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying this holiday season.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire

Care for some leftover fruitcake?

The Ghost of Buzzes Past presents this updated column which ran first in 2010.Dear Santa: Some of my friends say that newspapers are dead. Papa says, "If Santa says it's so, it's so.'' Please tell me the truth, Santa, are there still newspapers?Virginia...

Date: 12/25/2014 | The Buzz

It's a wonderful town

What Bedford Falls has that we don't

Date: 12/25/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Maybe letters to Santa are better in crayon

"I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"Sigh. The days of scrawled letters to Santa with crayons, smiley faces and Unabomber-like scribbles with serial numbers and price lists and naked greed mellowed...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Commentary

Christmas memories

Readers share their favorite stories of the holiday

Date: 12/24/2014 | Life

Everett exchange student is a long way from her Bethlehem home

Christmas in Dalia Shomaly's hometown is unlike anywhere else."Tourists are always there, but this is the most amazing week of the year," the 16-year-old said. "People come from all over the world."Dalia's home is in

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

Rescuing each other

Christmas puppy will help teen's recovery

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

Pope sends message to persecuted Middle East Christians

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Tuesday published a special Christmas message for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, telling them he prays for them “every day” and announcing plans to visit them in person.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Nation & World

Theaters in state to show ‘The Interview’

SEATTLE — A few small movie theaters in Washington state will be among those showing “The Interview” as part of Sony’s limited Christmas Day release of the film.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Nation & World

Need a ride home? Just call

If you’ve had too much to drink, Everett company offers free tow

Date: 12/24/2014 | Local News

737 loses wingtip in airport brush up

NEW YORK — Some Christmas fliers got their wings clipped — literally.

Date: 12/23/2014 | Nation & World

Try these tips to help beat the holiday blues

It’s supposed to be the season to be jolly — but not everyone feels like celebrating this time of year.

Date: 12/23/2014 | Life

Spokane officer finds stolen presents, delivers them

SPOKANE — Spokane police say one of their officers had a busy day, not only recovering a stolen vehicle and arresting a car theft suspect but finding several stolen Christmas presents and delivering them to their rightful owners.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest

Music boxed sets for the perfect holiday gift

It’s stick-a-big-package-under-the-tree season, and for those who would like to give the gift of music with something more tangible than an iTunes gift card or Spotify subscription, boxed sets conveniently proliferate.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Life

Keep tabs on Kris Kringle this Christmas Eve

After all those months of Santa watching you, here's your chance to watch him.The NORAD Santa tracker shows his real-time route around the globe starting Dec. 24.The site pinpoints Santa's travels with...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Life

Tips for healthy family travels

Seeing friends and family at the holidays is a time many families look forward to all year long. Staying healthy for the holidays is an integral part of enjoying family gatherings or holiday vacations. Here's some tips to protect yourself and your family while you travel:

Date: 12/21/2014 | Life

There's no place like Rome

Surround yourself with the true spirit of Christmas

Date: 12/21/2014 | Life

Get a hohohold of your budget

How retirees can adjust holiday spending

Date: 12/21/2014 | Business Wire

Port Angeles considering Indigenous People’s Day

Port Angeles is the latest city in Washington to consider adopting a holiday honoring Native Americans — but not on Columbus Day.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Northwest

A gift under the tree

Les Schwab donates truckloads of toys to Christmas House

Date: 12/20/2014 | Local News

Weird weather lingers in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow."We want Santa to bring snow, soon," Terry Goodwin said as she hit a ski trail in...

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Shippers confront busiest season on record

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — The next week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there is no room for mistakes.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Business Wire

Small change, big rewards

A drop in the kettle brings help for the needy

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Bid to toss out Lynnwood fireworks ban fails

LYNNWOOD — A petition to overturn the fireworks ban in Lynnwood has failed.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Explore Kruckeberg Botanic Garden during Solstice Stroll

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline is a treasure, even in December when most of its plants are asleep for the winter.The public is invited in for the annual Solstice Stroll at Kruckeberg, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 and 21 in the garden at 20312 15th Ave. NW,...

Date: 12/18/2014 | Home and Garden

Still need a tree? Rent a live one, then plant it to help salmon

Live Christmas trees are available for rent at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Date: 12/18/2014 | Explore NW

Lynnwood fireworks-ban petition coming up short

LYNNWOOD — A petition to overturn a fireworks ban in Lynnwood appears to be failing.The Snohomish County elections office expects to wrap up signature verification on the petition this week,...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Local News

Stanwood church to host Blue Christmas event

Stanwood United Methodist Church has one of the best Blue Christmas events in Snohomish County.While most people are celebrating the joys of Christmas, many are experiencing grief, lonesomeness, health problems, financial issues and family crises.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Life

On Dasher, on Donner ... on your car?

Sure, Rudolph antlers are cute to wear on your head for silly photos or to top off an ugly Christmas sweater.But what in blue blazes possesses people to turn their car into a 2-ton reindeer? You've seen them tooling down the road. Cars with antlers shooting...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Whats Up With That?

This year, be a smart cookie during holiday season

It’s that time of year again when everywhere we turn we’re offered creamy eggnog, savory charcuterie and sweet, melt-in-your-mouth apple pie with whipped cream.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Life

Double the celebration

Gingerbread cake just right for December birthdays

Date: 12/16/2014 | Light for Life

Families go to Yacolt prison for annual party

YACOLT, Wash. — At first glance, it seemed to be a typical Christmas party. A decorated tree in a corner and paper snowflakes hanging in the windows added a festive touch. Children painted pictures of snowmen and decorated sugar cookies. Wearing Santa hats, band members tuned their instruments and...

Date: 12/15/2014 | Northwest

Fashionably ugly

Christmas has become time to bust out that awful sweater

Date: 12/14/2014 | Life

A few gifts for your favorite pet

We'll spend more than $58 billion this year on our pets, according to the American Pet Products Association. Here are some gifts for them that won't break your piggy bank:Dog socks: Dog footwear can help protect paw pads from road salt, rocks and mud.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Life

Books to buy the bibliophile on your list

What makes a good gift book? The unexpected, the updated, the unbelievable. With all that in mind, here are some gift suggestions for the book lovers in your circle.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Life

Elf power makes Christmas great for so many kids

Can you hear the stamp of felt feet? There is an army of elves mobilizing in Puget Sound, like they do every year without fail. Christmas House, Holly House, Matthew House, Toys for Tots; volunteers from every city work hard to bring a merry holiday to thousands of children whose...

Date: 12/14/2014 | I Brake for Moms

Gift ideas for your favorite outdoor adventurer (or yourself)

Do you have an adventurer on your gift list? Someone who'd rather be outside, no matter the weather? If so, here are some ideas to keep your adventurer safe and happy. (And yes, it's also totally fine to add these items to your own wish list.)Maps: Every...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Explore NW

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