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Pedaling his legs as he holds onto hand rails, Jim Freeman shows off the rare railroad caboose he calls home on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016 in Freeland, Wa. Freeman, 68, calls himself the Conductor of Fun.

‘End of an era’ with death of Whidbey celebrity Jim Freeman

Freeman, 74, lived in a train caboose and was the Conductor of Fun. “His sneakers will never be filled.”

 

Everett

Abortion rights supporters will ‘wave signs and yell loud’ in Everett

In light of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally is planned at 5 p.m.

 

Burger King states “No Burgers” since a fire on May 1 in Everett, Washington on June 16, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Customers ask ‘Where’s the beef?’ after whopper of a fire

Burgers have been off the menu at the Burger King on Evergreen Way since May 1. Nearby McDonald’s closed due to a different fire.

 

A ferry heads out from Mukilteo towards Clinton during the evening commute Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

$1 billion to fund 5 new hybrid ferries, but who wants to build them?

The state is seeking bids for a shipbuilder. The first ferry will serve the Mukilteo-Clinton route. It already has a name.

A ferry heads out from Mukilteo towards Clinton during the evening commute Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Basil Hassoun gives a speech at the "Conan Can" trash can dedication ceremony by City Hall in Langley, Washington, on June 10, 2022. (Submitted photo)

To honor Conan O’Brien’s visit, Langley names a trash can after him

The famous talk show host was on Whidbey Island for his playwright wife’s show at WICA.

Basil Hassoun gives a speech at the "Conan Can" trash can dedication ceremony by City Hall in Langley, Washington, on June 10, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Siblings Penelope White, 4, and Edward White, 1, play tag on one of the large painted circles in the Parklet along the Mukilteo waterfront on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$500K makeover: Parkleteo in Mukilteo is now a place to go-a-teo

The 60-foot-wide paved parcel at the waterfront is a place to sit and drink in the waterfront view.

Siblings Penelope White, 4, and Edward White, 1, play tag on one of the large painted circles in the Parklet along the Mukilteo waterfront on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Flint Ferguson, Bernadette “Bernie” Johnson’s partner, stands next to the dart boards inside the Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Everett where Bernie would play darts regularly. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A toast to ‘Dart Mom’ Bernie, 78, a fireball in tavern darts

An Everett dart tourney raised cash for hospice patients as a celebration of the life of Bernadette Johnson.

Flint Ferguson, Bernadette “Bernie” Johnson’s partner, stands next to the dart boards inside the Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Everett where Bernie would play darts regularly. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A puzzle is back on a ferry table on the Mukilteo-Clinton route. Community jigsaw puzzles, a passenger pastime on most routes, were removed during COVID. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Your chance to quiz those who are running the ferry system

Washington State Ferries is holding another round of virtual meetings for updates and questions.

A puzzle is back on a ferry table on the Mukilteo-Clinton route. Community jigsaw puzzles, a passenger pastime on most routes, were removed during COVID. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Phaedra Dunko, of Courting Frogs Nursery in Stanwood, brings out tray after tray of pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants as vendors prepare for Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Sorticulture, Everett’s garden arts fest, returns to downtown

The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday on Colby Avenue.

Phaedra Dunko, of Courting Frogs Nursery in Stanwood, brings out tray after tray of pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants as vendors prepare for Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Transportation Security Officer Jerry Drews speaks with a person in the security line Friday, May 27, 2022, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Transportation Security Officer Jerry Drews speaks with a person in the security line Friday, May 27, 2022, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
On summer afternoons, the sun warms the shallow water off Jetty Island’s west shore. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

5 things to do this summer in Snohomish County

Hop a ferry. Play in the sand. Look for Bigfoot. Tour the past. Toast the sunset.

On summer afternoons, the sun warms the shallow water off Jetty Island’s west shore. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Melissa Simons, right, holds Jet Juliann, 3, while Ashley Allege, center, watches Lincoln Ballard, 3, swim in the water off of Jetty Island on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

5 things to do this summer in Snohomish County

Hop a ferry. Play in the sand. Jump out of a plane. Look for Bigfoot. Tour the past. Toast the sunset. And no $100 gas fill-up needed.

Melissa Simons, right, holds Jet Juliann, 3, while Ashley Allege, center, watches Lincoln Ballard, 3, swim in the water off of Jetty Island on Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gene Woodard, 68, and Ray Wittmier, 67, are riding coast-to-coast on a 50-day trek.

No e-bikes for retired guys on a 50-day bucket-list ride

The men are raising money for St. Baldrick’s cancer research. “Our hearts are our motors, our legs are our pistons.”

Gene Woodard, 68, and Ray Wittmier, 67, are riding coast-to-coast on a 50-day trek.
Classic cars make the loop during the newly restored Cruzin Colby Sunday afternoon in downtown Everett on May 28, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Vintage cars will rule the road at Everett’s Cruzin’ to Colby

The annual show this weekend makes downtown “the place to play on Memorial Day.”

Classic cars make the loop during the newly restored Cruzin Colby Sunday afternoon in downtown Everett on May 28, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Flags tell Monroe woman’s transgender journey — and more

The flagpole in her front yard is a visual for Facebook posts about who Melissa Batson is and how she got there.

Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.

14-mile scenic stretch of Mountain Loop Highway opens early

The highway between Granite Falls and Darrington reopened to traffic on Friday due to good weather.

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A car makes its way through a winding unpaved section of the Mountain Loop Highway 15 miles outside of Darrington.
Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson High’s global TikTok star is chalk full of ideas

Sam Bowles, 18, uses vibrant videos and social media fame to raise awareness of autism.

Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sold as elixir, kratom popularity surges in ‘Wild West’ of legality

Doctors warn kratom, an opioid alternative, is addictive and ripe for abuse. Yet it’s unregulated and sold at any smokeshop.

Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The signature retro VW bus is on display at the Lamb & Co. home decor store Saturday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on January 8, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This Snohomish store has the goods from HGTV’s ‘Unsellable House’

Take home the design and decor savvy of hometown real estate twins Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis.

The signature retro VW bus is on display at the Lamb & Co. home decor store Saturday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on January 8, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hundreds gather to listen to a lineup of guest speakers during Snohomish County’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the county courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett rally draws 400-plus abortion rights supporters

Saturday’s rally was part of “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests in response to the impending overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Hundreds gather to listen to a lineup of guest speakers during Snohomish County’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the county courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)