Andrea Brown

People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo-Clinton route is hot spot as ridership hits low point

Overall ridership on state ferry system dropped to a near 50-year low in 2020, but it’s picking up.

People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joe Marine and Jennifer Gregerson

Mayor vs. Mayor: Gregerson and Marine face off in Mukilteo

The job as Mukilteo’s CEO and ceremonial head pays $70,800 a year. Official filing is in May.

Joe Marine and Jennifer Gregerson
Cece Stafford arranges stock Wednesday afternoon at Alchemy Health in Alderwood Mall on December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Score some flower at the mall? New CBD store is buzzing

CBD lotions and potions are touted to treat pain, insomnia and anxiety. Owner: “We’re not a pot shop.”

Cece Stafford arranges stock Wednesday afternoon at Alchemy Health in Alderwood Mall on December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

$1.2 billion, baby! Powerball and Mega Millions pots soar

Drawings are Tuesday and Wednesday. Local retailers report an uptick in sales.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Powerball and Mega Millions combined jackpots total $1 billion in drawings on Friday and Saturday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Powerball and Mega Millions pots can make you a billionaire

Unfortunately, the odds of winning are about 1 in half a billion. Each ticket will set you back $2.

Powerball and Mega Millions combined jackpots total $1 billion in drawings on Friday and Saturday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Wearing a mask and face shield, Honeycomb Salon owner Julia Barbee, styles Gail Linnick's hair in her studio at Sola Studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Wearing a mask and face shield, Honeycomb Salon owner Julia Barbee, styles Gail Linnick's hair in her studio at Sola Studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
From the Mukilteo lighthouse, Michelle Wainstein watches for marine mammals before pile driving work begins on the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Mukilteo, Washington. Manson Construction, the marine contractor on the ferry terminal project, is required to have monitors stand watch for marine mammals while crews do pile driving, typically several days a month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The mystery ‘lady in the lighthouse’ isn’t spying on you

She and other watch for sea creatures during noisy pile driving that can ruin their appetite.

From the Mukilteo lighthouse, Michelle Wainstein watches for marine mammals before pile driving work begins on the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Mukilteo, Washington. Manson Construction, the marine contractor on the ferry terminal project, is required to have monitors stand watch for marine mammals while crews do pile driving, typically several days a month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Simone Tarver, 30, whose mother sparked her collecting of Black Santas, at her home with two of her Santas on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Yes, Virginia, not all Santas are pale old white dudes

Representation matters as stores offer Saint Nick likenesses in a range of skin tones.

Simone Tarver, 30, whose mother sparked her collecting of Black Santas, at her home with two of her Santas on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dayvion Escalante, 9, plays Fortnite at home on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Everett, Washington. Dayvion was seven when he was severely burned on his leg and foot while drinking hot apple cider. He required a two month stay in the hospital.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A hot cup of apple cider led to severe burns for Everett boy

Mom credits help from Burned Children Recovery Foundation with help in her family’s time of need.

Dayvion Escalante, 9, plays Fortnite at home on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Everett, Washington. Dayvion was seven when he was severely burned on his leg and foot while drinking hot apple cider. He required a two month stay in the hospital.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The $6 million Coupeville property is on 60 acres and 860 feet of waterfront. It features a safe house with bulletproof walls, 9,000-square-foot shop, three orchards, four wells and tanks that store 17,000 gallons of propane. (Eddie Hayes / Digital Tide Productions)

For sale: Bulletproof island survival ranch and supply cache

The spread on Whidbey has an escape tunnel, workshop, 20,000 gallons of fuel and a lifetime supply of TP.

The $6 million Coupeville property is on 60 acres and 860 feet of waterfront. It features a safe house with bulletproof walls, 9,000-square-foot shop, three orchards, four wells and tanks that store 17,000 gallons of propane. (Eddie Hayes / Digital Tide Productions)
Bill Dussault, 73, left, and Janet Taggart, 90, changed the public education system nationwide to include students with disabilities in the 1970s. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How moms in a VW van achieved a civil rights milestone in ’71

Special needs students were refused an education until six trailblazers launched a campaign around Puget Sound.

Bill Dussault, 73, left, and Janet Taggart, 90, changed the public education system nationwide to include students with disabilities in the 1970s. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Taylor Mattson, 27, an Everett High School graduate, designed two of Starbucks holiday cups for this year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Starbucks red cup is Instagram gold for artist from Everett

Taylor Mattson, 27, designed a colorful holiday cup used worldwide in this coffee-est time of year.

Taylor Mattson, 27, an Everett High School graduate, designed two of Starbucks holiday cups for this year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The toll booth of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal Friday afternoon in Mukiltoe on December 4, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At last, $187 million Mukilteo ferry terminal to open Dec. 29

First, boats will suspend service for 13 hours to allow for finishing touches and training.

The toll booth of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal Friday afternoon in Mukiltoe on December 4, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Anastasia Allison poses with samples of her Kula Cloth, a pee cloth for women to use outdoors, near her home on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Allison's invention has caught the eye of outdoor retail giant REI and will being selling them in stores soon. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Kula Cloth tries to wipe away the mountains of toilet paper

An Arlington woman’s “spiritual awakening via pee cloth” led to a popular product for outdoorsy women.

Anastasia Allison poses with samples of her Kula Cloth, a pee cloth for women to use outdoors, near her home on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Arlington, Washington. Allison's invention has caught the eye of outdoor retail giant REI and will being selling them in stores soon. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The AFK Tavern is closing up shop on Nov. 28 after 10 years due to their lease being up and the impact of COVID on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin ClAFK / The Herald)
The AFK Tavern is closing up shop on Nov. 28 after 10 years due to their lease being up and the impact of COVID on November 15, 2020.  (Kevin ClAFK / The Herald)
Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey’s Georgia Gerber creates iconic shapes in bronze

She turns abstract forms into some of the region’s most beloved public art, including the Pike Place Market pig.

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
George Smith, who has been Santa Claus for more than 13 years, at his decorated home on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Don’t cry, don’t pout, mask up: Santa is still coming to town

The malls plan to have him in person and socially distanced. “We need holiday cheer,” says a mall manager.

George Smith, who has been Santa Claus for more than 13 years, at his decorated home on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
James Abbott, a 1978 Mariner High School graduate, spearheaded a donation of $82,500 in appreciation of Mariner. (Submitted photo)

42 years later, he gives back to school that ‘saved my life’

James Abbott was a shy foster kid at Mariner High School. He went on to a successful career at Microsoft.

James Abbott, a 1978 Mariner High School graduate, spearheaded a donation of $82,500 in appreciation of Mariner. (Submitted photo)

Lengthy power outage hits Whidbey Island and other areas

Friday the 13th winds knocked out power on Whidbey, Fidalgo and Camano islands.

A sign at a Lynnwood store on Tuesday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Another toilet paper shortage? No, but hoarding has resumed

As COVID cases spike, so does demand for TP. Stores usually have a supply, but take only what you need.

A sign at a Lynnwood store on Tuesday. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)