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A ferryboat. (Washington State Ferries)

Turkey travel is for the birds

Leave extra early or late if you can, pack the winter essentials and prepare for traffic whether driving, flying or sailing.

 

Jeremy DeBardi of Steel Beans plays a tune in his home on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Bare-chested rocker of ‘Steel Beans’ enjoying sudden ride to stardom

Jeremy DeBardi’s solo act — as singer, guitarist, drummer — went viral after 15 years in Everett’s local music scene.

 

Construction continues at the site of the Lake Stevens Costco now slated to open Dec. 2. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ new Costco opening delayed till after Thanksgiving

The new warehouse opening was pushed back to Dec. 2. Meanwhile, it’s still under construction.

 

Curt Hanks designed the new JP Patches Pal license plate that took three tries to get passed in the statehouse. (Submitted photo)

J.P. Patches license plate: Third time proved the charm

It took six years to get a Patches Pal plate through the Legislature. It honors the state’s beloved clown, who lived in Edmonds.

Curt Hanks designed the new JP Patches Pal license plate that took three tries to get passed in the statehouse. (Submitted photo)
A rack with cards bettors can use to choose their own numbers to purchase lottery ticket on a counter at a market. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Want to be a billionaire? Monday’s Powerball is $1.9 billion

With no grand winner, the jackpot in the national lottery keeps growing.

A rack with cards bettors can use to choose their own numbers to purchase lottery ticket on a counter at a market. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The Washington's Lottery billboard along Mukilteo Speedway displays a Powerball total of $1.6 billion, a new all-time high, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

$1.6 billion Powerball jackpot is only $2 and hours away

Ticket sales end at 6:45 p.m. for Saturday’s big prize. The drawing is at 7:59 p.m.

The Washington's Lottery billboard along Mukilteo Speedway displays a Powerball total of $1.6 billion, a new all-time high, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Powerball tickets are $2 for a chance at winning $1.5 billion in the Nov. 5 drawing. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Ticket tocking: Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is a record $1.6 billion

The prize is the highest in world lottery history. Tickets are $2 and odds are 1 in 292 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 for a chance at winning $1.5 billion in the Nov. 5 drawing. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
A rack with cards bettors can use to choose their own numbers to purchase lottery ticket on a counter at a market. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

$2 buys a 1-in-292 million chance for $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot

But if you don’t play, you can’t win. Wednesday’s pot is the second highest in the multi-state lottery’s history.

A rack with cards bettors can use to choose their own numbers to purchase lottery ticket on a counter at a market. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The Osa in the waters of Lake Riley at the Sons of Norway camp in Arlington, Washington on September 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A Soundview beer and $1 later, a mythical Viking ship sails again

The Everett Sons of Norway started a “Save the Osa” campaign to restore the 30-foot ship for parades and use on Lake Riley.

The Osa in the waters of Lake Riley at the Sons of Norway camp in Arlington, Washington on September 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Alex Phillips, Karen Mahood and their four-week-old baby Georgia sit inside the family’s home where the production and television sales of Zippered Stockings take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

From Mukilteo living room, Zippered Stockings get a national audience

They hit it big on shopping channel QVC. The handmade holiday stockings with zippers and handles sell for $20 to $30.

Alex Phillips, Karen Mahood and their four-week-old baby Georgia sit inside the family’s home where the production and television sales of Zippered Stockings take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mr. Bone Jangles holds his scythe Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Halloween hunk: Meet Mr. Bone Jangles, the hottest guy in Lake Stevens

The sought-after 12-foot skeleton, Skelly, has lit up social media since 2020. In Lake Stevens, spooky season started in June.

Mr. Bone Jangles holds his scythe Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood High School teacher Lianna Neyens, 43, was a contestant on “The Price is Right." (Submitted photo)

Brand! New! Car! Stanwood teacher scores on ‘The Price is Right’

Lianna Neyens uses the game as a tool with her personal finance students. And it paid off for her in Hollywood.

Stanwood High School teacher Lianna Neyens, 43, was a contestant on “The Price is Right." (Submitted photo)
Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Good vibes only: All state ferries renamed to honor the Mariners

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the name change proclamation in effect through the team’s postseason.

Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)
Everett resident Shon Grimes receives a flu shot from pharmacist Nisha Mathew at Bartell Drugs on Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

First flu death since 2020 reported in Snohomish County

Health officials recommended people get vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19

Everett resident Shon Grimes receives a flu shot from pharmacist Nisha Mathew at Bartell Drugs on Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Phil Spirito and Libby Reed play a song together in their home on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Librarian by day, Monroe musician goes back on tour with ’90s band Rex

Phil Spirito has a double-life as “Phil the musician.” His indie slowcore band is getting a surprise revival with album reissues.

Phil Spirito and Libby Reed play a song together in their home on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mariners fans James Muramoto, 29 and brother Matt Kopp, 23, sit at the dining room table at their family’s home on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Muramoto said he has been a lifelong Mariners fan thanks to the passion of his late grandmother Edie Galen. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Playoff fever: A 21-year wait is over for long-suffering Mariners fans

For M’s fans in Everett, the end of a postseason drought feels “like the World Series” and “like everybody’s dream had come true.”

Mariners fans James Muramoto, 29 and brother Matt Kopp, 23, sit at the dining room table at their family’s home on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Muramoto said he has been a lifelong Mariners fan thanks to the passion of his late grandmother Edie Galen. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Former television food personality Graham Kerr meets with residents of Windsor Square Senior Living before giving a presentation on Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Former television food personality Graham Kerr meets with residents of Windsor Square Senior Living before giving a presentation on Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett resident Shon Grimes receives a flu shot from pharmacist Nisha Mathew at Bartell Drugs on Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Fall brings concerns of a ‘twindemic’ of flu, COVID

Flu season is here. COVID never left. Officials say it’s time for people to get shots.

Everett resident Shon Grimes receives a flu shot from pharmacist Nisha Mathew at Bartell Drugs on Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Genghin Carroll, 8, walks up and high fives his mom Andria Carroll after riding the ferry over to meet her for a dental appointment on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Welcome aboard, kids! Ferry rides are free for those 18 and under

The move to let children ride ferries for free is the latest result of Move Ahead Washington legislation.

Genghin Carroll, 8, walks up and high fives his mom Andria Carroll after riding the ferry over to meet her for a dental appointment on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

All ears: Mukilteo couple provides surgery for kids born without ears

Dr. Prabhat and Trish Bhama are part of a HUGS volunteer team providing treatment for microtia in Guatemala.