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Travel maven Rick Steves donates millions right here at home

The mayor of Edmonds calls him a generous, thoughtful and “inspirational” philanthropist.

The Rucker Hill house is featured in the Twin Peaks series in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Living happily ever after in the ‘Twin Peaks’ house

Everett homeowners snagged a role in the recent reboot of the 1990s cult classic show.

The Rucker Hill house is featured in the Twin Peaks series in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This Gene Simmons can rock your world and save your life

An Everett firefighter started dressing as the KISS icon seven years ago, and the rest is KISStory. (Video)

Monroe man repurposes scrap into weird, wacky, wondrous art

“I hate to see stuff that’s cool get thrown away,” says Colin Nolan.

A wobbly calf grows into a 1,800-pound Lake Stevens behemoth

A shaggy and sometimes cranky bison is the last of his herd. He lives amid encroaching suburbia.

Bean Box: Mail-order coffee to fit your (evolving) palate

The Seattle-based gift and subscription service features the area’s top-rated artisan roasters.

How did 300 feathers get stuck in that old utility pole?

Artful adornment in Everett is the creation of a retired Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.

Along with a few friends, student residents at Cedar Hall roast marshmallows, play Ping-Pong and talk around a fire in a secure open-air interior courtyard. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Close and comfy residence hall ‘changes whole culture’ of EvCC

The college calls it student housing, but Cedar Hall looks like a house of dreams.

Along with a few friends, student residents at Cedar Hall roast marshmallows, play Ping-Pong and talk around a fire in a secure open-air interior courtyard. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

For Texas BBQ, look for the school bus at the reptile museum

This husband-and-wife team has been serving up brisket and more for a decade in Monroe.

Get schooled on Texas BBQ at this Monroe restaurant in a bus

Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and the fixin’s all await you near the Reptile Zoo on U.S. 2.

‘Come talk to me. Don’t jump, come talk to me’

State Patrol trooper Yaroslav Holodkov just happened to be driving by when he saw a suicidal man.

The Oso tree that withstood the mudslide finally comes down

The Sitka spruce’s loss marks another season — and a moment to honor and treasure all that has passed.

Snohomish County’s ‘best kept secret’ wants everyone to know

The Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center is celebrating 40 years of forging career-ready students.

Tulalips to build new $100 million casino, chairwoman says

A groundbreaking is planned for later this year for a replacement of Quil Ceda Creek Casino.

Shiite Muslims persevere at Lynnwood Convention Center

Within days of moving to the area in 2008, Zaid Chishti visited the Zainab Center in Lynnwood. He was looking for a place… Continue reading

Students return to brand new Lakewood High School

Hours after the doors opened to them for the first time Wednesday morning, there was evidence that high school students had been in… Continue reading

Animals from Texas shelters find new homes here

They weren’t lost in Hurricane Harvey, but newly arrived dogs and cats at the PAWS shelter are still, indirectly, refugees from the Texas disaster. Already,… Continue reading

Cascade’s offense, defense shine in 30-7 win over Inglemoor

Forget the spread offense. Cascade, a Wing-T team, showcased its own take on the ever-popular system during the Bruins’ season opener. “We feel… Continue reading