Andrea Brown

Stanwood singer Savanna Woods, 26, is a contestant on "The Voice." (Alexandria Lane Photography)

Stanwood singer, 26, is living her dream on ‘The Voice’

Savanna Woods advances to the next round after Monday’s battle duet on the hit NBC show.

 

A rendering of a proposed NOAA Mukilteo Science Center that apparently won't be built. (Hensel Phelps, Perkins Will, and Rolluda Architects)

Last-ditch effort can’t save NOAA’s Mukilteo research center

Bids to build a new waterfront building came in way over budget, so the site’s future is up in the air.

 

Kevin Ashe, right, and his daughter Carly Nations prep meat before opening on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Decades of family ownership ends at venerated Darrington IGA

The store, a hub after the Oso landslide, is changing hands. The new owner will keep all 25 workers.

Kevin Ashe, right, and his daughter Carly Nations prep meat before opening on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Andrew Ho flips through his book "How to Cook Like A Racist" inside his new juice bar and soup kitchen on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Name change: No Soup For You! replaces Soup Nazi Kitchen

Everett restaurateur Andrew Ho plans to sell food, juice and his books, including “How to Cook Like a Racist.”

Andrew Ho flips through his book "How to Cook Like A Racist" inside his new juice bar and soup kitchen on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
AMERICAN IDOL – “401 (Auditions)” – “American Idol,” the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves during its season premiere SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)
BENSON BOONE

Twist: ‘American Idol’ heartthrob from Monroe not on the show

Singer Benson Boone, 18, has veered from the usual plot. He’s seen on TikTok with an Imagine Dragons singer.

AMERICAN IDOL – “401 (Auditions)” – “American Idol,” the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves during its season premiere SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)
BENSON BOONE
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)

Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)
This longtime mural on a garage door in Mukilteo can be seen mainly from the Mukilteo Speedway overpass sidewalk. (David Welton/This is Whidbey)

This Yellow Brick Road leads to Ivar’s and the ‘Ferry of Oz’

The garage door mural hides in plain sight along Mukilteo Speedway. It’s been there a dozen years.

This longtime mural on a garage door in Mukilteo can be seen mainly from the Mukilteo Speedway overpass sidewalk. (David Welton/This is Whidbey)
Savanna Woods of Stanwood performs on "The Voice" on March 15, 2021. (NBC/The Voice) 20210316

Stanwood singer is paired with Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice’

Savanna Woods, 26, belted “Zombie” by The Cranberries. Clarkson praised her “creepy vibe.”

Savanna Woods of Stanwood performs on "The Voice" on March 15, 2021. (NBC/The Voice) 20210316
A printmaker and painter, Curt Labitzke also is chairman of the Printmaking Program at the University of Washington. (Kay Martinez-Labitzke)

Print artist’s work focuses on bugs that fascinate and frighten us

Snohomish’s Curt Labitzke specializes in making hand-pulled intaglio-style prints using an etching press.

A printmaker and painter, Curt Labitzke also is chairman of the Printmaking Program at the University of Washington. (Kay Martinez-Labitzke)
Largent, the Puyallup adventure dog, is well known in Washingtion Hikers circles and now vying to be America's Favorite Pet. (Submitted photo)

Three Washington dogs nose closer as America’s Favorite Pet

Votes for a Lynnwood corgi, a Monroe collie and a Puyallup hiking dog help raise money for PAWS.

Largent, the Puyallup adventure dog, is well known in Washingtion Hikers circles and now vying to be America's Favorite Pet. (Submitted photo)
Rendering of Islamic Center of Mukilteo

Groundbreaking for Mukilteo’s first mosque is Saturday

The proposed Islamic Center of Mukilteo was the target of an anti-mosque mailer campaign in 2016.

Rendering of Islamic Center of Mukilteo
James Myles walks his 5-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Ellie around Martha Lake Park on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Myles entered Ellie into a contest called Americas Favorite Pet, where she's currently in 2nd place for her group. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Vote for Ellie: Fluffy corgi from Lynnwood vying for top dog

“Her Fluffiness” is competing to be America’s Favorite Pet. The contest raised $300,000 for PAWS last year.

James Myles walks his 5-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Ellie around Martha Lake Park on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Myles entered Ellie into a contest called Americas Favorite Pet, where she's currently in 2nd place for her group. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
About a dozen metal dinosaurs sit in the front yard of a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 in Freeland, Washington. The couple are used to finding strangers in their yard and taking photos. Every year on their trip to Tucson, Burt and Mary bring home another figure  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Dinos on Whidbey? This Freeland yard is a Jurassic Park

These creatures from long ago won’t chomp or chase you, and you’re welcome to visit.

About a dozen metal dinosaurs sit in the front yard of a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 in Freeland, Washington. The couple are used to finding strangers in their yard and taking photos. Every year on their trip to Tucson, Burt and Mary bring home another figure  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A barge worker hauls in an oil boom before heading off with the remains of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock ramp and pier on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. With the new dock in operation, all that is left is to tear down the old ticket building. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Old Mukilteo ferry dock afloat on the barge of ‘Lincoln Logs’

The haul included 213 wood pilings, 15 concrete pilings, 47 steel pilings and a “Speed Limit 15” sign.

A barge worker hauls in an oil boom before heading off with the remains of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock ramp and pier on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. With the new dock in operation, all that is left is to tear down the old ticket building. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Paul McElhany points out how far the new building will extend past the current building at Northwest Fisheries Science Center's Mukilteo Research Station on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Oh, crab! NOAA’s Mukilteo waterfront fish lab won’t be rebuilt

Bids for a new Northwest Fisheries Science Center research station are too high. Are condos next?

Paul McElhany points out how far the new building will extend past the current building at Northwest Fisheries Science Center's Mukilteo Research Station on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Peace Park, the new scenic site in Mukiteo, features a bench that honors the Kamiak graduates killed in a house party.  (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Mukilteo’s new park: Is it Byers Family Park or Peace Park?

It’s both. The new scenic overlook is a place to reflect and recharge. And you can air up your bike.

Peace Park, the new scenic site in Mukiteo, features a bench that honors the Kamiak graduates killed in a house party.  (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
Javier Del Valle and Haley Del Valle with their guinea pigs Luna and Molly on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

You’ve never seen anything like this couple’s guinea pig room

Bigfoot’s Guinea Pig Rescue in Everett is dedicated to finding homes for castoff cavy.

Javier Del Valle and Haley Del Valle with their guinea pigs Luna and Molly on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Benson Boone of Monroe will be on "American Idol" on Feb. 14. (ABC/Christopher Willard)

Monroe singer Benson Boone wins ‘American Idol’ golden ticket

The 18-year-old charmed Katy Perry and the others on Sunday. Lionel Ritchie called him “Benson Ka-boom.”

Benson Boone of Monroe will be on "American Idol" on Feb. 14. (ABC/Christopher Willard)