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Volunteer registered nurse Stephanie Hamilton recieves a swab from a driver as she works at a Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Local leaders sound the alarm over the surge in COVID cases

Weeks into a third wave of COVID activity, case counts have already surpassed the previous spike.

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Early return of ballots in Snohomish County smashes record

More than 78,000, or 15.3%, have already been sent in, easily beating a previous high set in 2008.

Firefighters rescued Bennett the cat from a chimney Sunday night. The cat was missing a week before someone heard him calling for help. Firefighters worked him out of the flue by hand. (Marysville Fire District)

Marysville firefighters rescue wayward cat from chimney

Bennett had been missing a week before a neighbor heard his meows coming from the fireplace.

CORRECTS NAME OF CANDIDATE AT LEFT TO MAIA ESPINOZA INSTEAD OF OF MONICA MARCHETTI - Maia Espinoza, a candidate for Washington state superintendent of public instruction, is shown at left in an undated photo taken by Monica Marchetti and provided by her campaign. Espinoza is challenging incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal, right, shown in an AP photo taken Oct. 2, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., in the upcoming November election. (AP Photo)

COVID and sex education frame the state superintendent race

Maia Espinoza, 31, is challenging incumbent Chris Reykdal, 48. They are both parents — with divergent views.

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Cassandra Lopez-Shaw (left) and Robert Grant.

Lone local judge race: Defense attorney vs. deputy prosecutor

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw would be the county’s first Latina judge. Robert Grant is endorsed by retiring judge Eric Lucas.

Puddum the guinea pig in a Halloween costume. (Jessi Loerch)

Get your guinea pig costumed for trick-or-treat — if you can

Dressing up pets is no longer just for cats and dogs. Rodents can be mermaids and superheroes, too.

Brett Gailey

Lake Stevens’ first full-time mayor will make $80,000 a year

The city council voted in September to convert the mayoral position from part time to full time.

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Editorial: Grant best choice for county Superior Court seat

Robert Grant and Cassandra Lopez Shaw are well qualified but Grant has served as a pro tem judge.

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Caption: South Whidbey High School students Annie Philp, left, and Maggie Nattress lead a climate change demonstration in Freeland on Nov. 29, 2019. The two friends are founders of United Student Leaders. (Linda LaMar)

From worriers to warriors, they’re fighting climate change

Local environmental groups are forming, growing and attracting new members, young and old.

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An abandoned car sits on flooded Mann Road in Sultan on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.

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County considers raising roads to skirt flooding near Sultan

Ben Howard Road and Mann Road are in line for culverts and elevation gains.

Coronavirus
Volunteer registered nurse Stephanie Hamilton recieves a swab from a driver as she works at a Covid-19 testing site in the parking lot at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Local leaders sound the alarm over the surge in COVID cases

Weeks into a third wave of COVID activity, case counts have already surpassed the previous spike.

 

Health care workers and other staff walk out of Harborview Medical Center, a part of UW Medicine, during a noon hour break in a demonstration asking management to do more to protect staff, patients and the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Harborview: COVID outbreak killed a patient, infected staff

Ten staffers at the Seattle hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating.

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Everertt High School (Sue Misao/ The Herald)

Schools told to pause resumption of classes as virus surges

Districts may continue in-person learning but shouldn’t bring more students back, health officials say.

 

 

Marketplace

Planting now, for the future

Active forest management does much more than produce timber and toilet paper.

 

Zsofia Pasztor, founder of Woodinville-based non-profit Farmer Frog, is a certified horticulturist, arborist and landscape designer who helps build community and family gardens, starting from a foundation of Cedar Grove soil and compost.

Family gardening can be fun and fruitful!

Cedar Grove soils can help you get the most out of your home planting season

 

Find beauty right in your garden this spring!

With contactless delivery options, Cedar Grove helps you get in your garden this spring

 

Judd & Black is celebrating 80 years in northwest Washington, and four generations of family providing appliance sales and service.

An electric family: 80 years in Washington appliances

They brought the first refrigerator to Snohomish county, continue to stay on tech’s cutting edge

 

Herald Business Journal
The Boeing factory at Paine Field in Everett. (Boeing Co.)

Could Everett become Boeing’s next jetliner headquarters?

The company is considering selling the Commercial Airplanes division offices at Longacres in Renton.

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FILE - An American Airlines Boeing 737-823 lands at Miami International Airport, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Miami.American Airlines said Tuesday, Aug. 25 that it will furlough or lay off 19,000 employees in October as it struggles with a sharp downturn in travel because of the pandemic. Flight attendants will bear the heaviest cuts, with 8,100 losing their jobs.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

American plans flights with Boeing 737 Max by year-end

Customers can see on American’s website the type of plane for any flight if they know where to click.

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Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Oct. 20

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Editorial cartoons for Monday, Oct. 19

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Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Oct. 18

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Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Oct. 17

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Inside the Newsroom

The deadline is now

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I used to read my grandpa’s paper; now I help produce it

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Distracting classmates made me a journalist

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What Ben Watanabe’s co-workers are saying about him

Ben evokes a variety of opinions from those in The Herald newsroom. Continue reading...

 

Photography

Your photos of the Waterfront Place Apartments fire

The fire burned the under-construction building to the ground Thursday evening.

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Protests continue, spreading to Granite Falls and Mukilteo

Hundreds of people in the small cities joined marches and demonstrations decrying racism.

 

Health-care workers take a knee at Providence in Everett

The nationwide event was sponsored by White Coats for Black Lives.

 

Gallery: Locked down, socially distant in Snohomish County

Daily Herald photographers share their images of life during the weeks-long stay-home order.