Julie Muhlstein

Pride goes countywide: First LGBTQ festival planned

For decades, Phoenix Benner has joined the crowds in the Seattle Pride Parade, which last weekend marked its 43rd year. After a move to Snohomish… Continue reading

Ron Williams, 84, visits friends on his twice-daily walks

Ron Williams suits up, in jeans and a Seahawks sweatshirt. At 7:30 a.m., he tightens the laces of well-worn size 11 New Balance walking shoes.… Continue reading

2 generations, 2 success stories rooted in AIM High School

Crystal Scholl was 17, pregnant and determined when she started at AIM High School. Once her daughter was born, the exhausting demands of motherhood, studies… Continue reading

Last call: Bartender retiring after more than 50 years on job

Sue Brauch entered the workforce 60 years ago, at 15, behind the counter of a Kress store soda fountain. At 76, she’s retiring this week… Continue reading

Carrying forward on Father’s Day after a devastating loss

Three little redheaded superheroes climbed on their dad. They tussled over which one got to wear the Hulk Hands. When their turns came, they put… Continue reading

Marysville grad at US Capitol reflects on racist hate mail

Six years after reigning as Marysville Strawberry Festival queen, Louie Vital is walking the halls of Congress. The 22-year-old, a graduate of Marysville Getchell High… Continue reading

United Way summit recognizes people, organizations

Kristina Jorgensen graduated Sunday from Shoreline Community College. She now plans to attend Seattle University and perhaps law school. “I want to be a social… Continue reading

Seniors share graduation joy with elementary school visits

A day before graduating from Monroe High School, Ethan Medlin walked back in time. When he leaves for Harvard University in August, he’ll remember one… Continue reading

Ed Stocker, Snohomish Valley’s ‘Corn King,’ dies at 90

Ed Stocker was a lifelong farmer, a Snohomish Valley institution dubbed the “Corn King,” and a community-minded man. His many contributions included serving the local… Continue reading

Principal Cobbs honored for 44 years of service to schools

Gas cost about 40 cents a gallon. The World Trade Center opened in New York. And the last U.S. combat troops had just left Vietnam.… Continue reading

An injury abroad brings together a cadre of caregivers

For students who visited the Dominican Republic with Rotary Club of Everett members, spring break was a fun and educational chance to help others. One… Continue reading

Local United Way adopts two-generation approach to helping

At its first-ever Spirit Summit, United Way of Snohomish County aims to start a conversation about serving whole families. With new President and CEO Allison… Continue reading

On Decoration Day, the past becomes present

My grandmother called it Decoration Day, not Memorial Day. When I was small, it was observed every May 30, which rarely made for a three-day… Continue reading

Terrorism in London doesn’t put crimp in their travel plans

The Union Jack flies at half staff in a photo of the Palace of Westminster, home of Britain’s Houses of Parliament. Another picture shows a… Continue reading

Robert Nord, longtime CEO of Everett door company, dies

Robert Nord was the scion of a family whose business was once among Everett’s biggest employers. By the 1960s, the E.A. Nord Co. was the… Continue reading

Susan Russell remembered as a visionary artist, role model

Susan Russell was an acclaimed artist and longtime Snohomish High School art teacher. She was a wife, mother, mentor, and mighty influence on the local… Continue reading

No money, no date, no problem at school’s first-ever prom

Joslyn Spradley became a mother last month. Andrew Anthony works as a mechanic. His girlfriend, McKayla Olson, looks forward to community college.… Continue reading

Writer speaks about mom’s experience in Japanese internment camps

Mayumi Tsutakawa’s parents, both U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry, had vastly different experiences during World War II. Her father, George Tsutakawa, a renowned sculptor who… Continue reading

Former owner will live on land that’s set to become a park

Marge Curtis looks out over a gorgeous expanse of grassy land, a horse farm that slopes down to Highway 9. The place known as Carousel… Continue reading

Best-selling author Terry McMillan says life, success take time

Terry McMillan has a message for young people, or any of us striving for a better life: It takes time. She was 14, growing up… Continue reading