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Arlington Fire Department truck (Snohomish County Fire District 21)

Fire levies fail in Mukilteo, Arlington area; pass elsewhere

It’s “a tough pill to swallow,” District 21 Fire Chief Chad Schmidt said. Meanwhile, most Snohomish County districts approved their levies.

Arlington Fire Department truck (Snohomish County Fire District 21)
Ryan Jones handed off the kitten to Chrystyl Levee Zwink. (Photo provided by Washington State Ferries)

Lucky ‘Buoy’: Kitten rescued from waters at Clinton ferry dock

The kitty was saved from drowning by ferry workers and now has a new home on land.

Ryan Jones handed off the kitten to Chrystyl Levee Zwink. (Photo provided by Washington State Ferries)
A longboarder rides down the newly opened First Street on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo’s First Street is finally open, with free parking at the end

Cars can now travel directly from Mukilteo Speedway to Edgewater Beach Park.

A longboarder rides down the newly opened First Street on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Julie Sisson, right, a library circulation assistant from Everett, stands next to "Jeopardy!" quiz show host Ken Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Everett library worker’s ‘Jeopardy!’ streak ends at 1 game

Julie Sisson’s “superstar” run netted her $11,210. She came in third place in the episode that aired Wednesday.

Julie Sisson, right, a library circulation assistant from Everett, stands next to "Jeopardy!" quiz show host Ken Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
Angelo and Jona Sarmiento, along with 7-week-old Carlisle, stand in front of the Costco where Jona went into labor with the couple's first child in late May on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Oh, baby! Mom’s labor started at Lake Stevens Costco

Jona Sarmiento often returns with baby Carlisle, now 2 months, for milestone photos from the watershed event.

Angelo and Jona Sarmiento, along with 7-week-old Carlisle, stand in front of the Costco where Jona went into labor with the couple's first child in late May on Friday, July 14, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The exterior of Hawthorne Hall in Mukilteo, Washington on Friday, July 21, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

For sale: Mukilteo’s 100-year-old Hawthorne Hall to go on the market

The council voted 3-2 to sell a historic building that some wanted to renovate for indoor pickleball courts.

The exterior of Hawthorne Hall in Mukilteo, Washington on Friday, July 21, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Julie Sisson, right, a library circulation assistant from Everett, stands next to "Jeopardy!" quiz show host Ken Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

Who is … Julie Sisson? Everett library worker on ‘Jeopardy!’

Last fall, Sisson took the “Jeopardy! Anytime Test” that lets hopefuls test online 24/7. The show airs July 25.

Julie Sisson, right, a library circulation assistant from Everett, stands next to "Jeopardy!" quiz show host Ken Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)
A customer shows her purchased Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at a convenience store in Northbrook, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Powerball jackpot is up to $410 million. The drawing for that is Wednesday night. The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's lottery drawing has jumped to $490 million and it potentially makes the 8th largest in the game's history. At $857 million, this is the highest combined jackpot total for the multi-state jackpot games in more than two years. Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Powerball jackpot hits $1 billion for Wednesday drawing

This is the third-largest in the game’s history. An Auburn woman won $754 million in February.

A customer shows her purchased Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at a convenience store in Northbrook, Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Powerball jackpot is up to $410 million. The drawing for that is Wednesday night. The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's lottery drawing has jumped to $490 million and it potentially makes the 8th largest in the game's history. At $857 million, this is the highest combined jackpot total for the multi-state jackpot games in more than two years. Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
From left: Avery Martin D.C., Sarah Kotlerman D.C. and CEO Anna Martin, all of Averio Health Institute, wear giant cardboard vertebrae made out of banana boxes while demonstrating how they plan to claim the Guinness World Record for largest cardboard costume on Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Mount Vernon, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

World’s largest cardboard spine? Arlington aims to host record backbone

A 5K fun run is Saturday in Arlington for a Guinness World Record attempt to promote the state’s first chiropractic school.

From left: Avery Martin D.C., Sarah Kotlerman D.C. and CEO Anna Martin, all of Averio Health Institute, wear giant cardboard vertebrae made out of banana boxes while demonstrating how they plan to claim the Guinness World Record for largest cardboard costume on Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Mount Vernon, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pua, right, a 5-month old French bulldog inspects McKenzie, a 8-week old golden retriever during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarter, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in New York. American Kennel Club rankings released in 2018 show French bulldogs are the fourth most popular while the labrador is the most popular purebred dog. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mutts in Mukilteo: Dog show is for pooches from all walks of life

Categories include owner-dog lookalike, best legs, cutest senior, ugliest dog, best wiggles and most slobbery.

Pua, right, a 5-month old French bulldog inspects McKenzie, a 8-week old golden retriever during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarter, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in New York. American Kennel Club rankings released in 2018 show French bulldogs are the fourth most popular while the labrador is the most popular purebred dog. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A voter drops off her ballot at the drop box in front of the Mukilteo Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

You’ve got mail! Primary ballots, voters’ pamphlets mailed this week

The primary election is Aug. 1 for Snohomish County races including councils, mayor, county posts and school boards.

A voter drops off her ballot at the drop box in front of the Mukilteo Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The tenth Pride flag in two years was stolen July 9, 2023, in front of the Everett home of Doug Blay and Tim Pfahl. (Photo provided)

Everett police pursue case of 10 stolen Pride flags as hate crime

The latest rainbow flag stolen Monday from a couple’s home had a GPS tracker attached. Number 11 is up.

The tenth Pride flag in two years was stolen July 9, 2023, in front of the Everett home of Doug Blay and Tim Pfahl. (Photo provided)
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a poster featuring eight federally listed species that have been put on the road to recovery. The eight portraits were painted by Lake Stevens native Cal Robinson, a public affairs specialist at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife office. (Cal Robinson/USFWS)

Lake Stevens artist’s portrait subjects: endangered mammals, fish, more

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife portraits were created by Cal Robinson, 34, to honor 50 years of the Endangered Species Act.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a poster featuring eight federally listed species that have been put on the road to recovery. The eight portraits were painted by Lake Stevens native Cal Robinson, a public affairs specialist at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife office. (Cal Robinson/USFWS)
John Lundin went on a 90-minute test dive to the bottom of Puget Sound in 2019 on the OceanGate submersible Cyclops as an invited guest. Lundin owns Bluewater Organic Distilling and was a business neighbor and friend to OceanGate and CEO Stockton Rush. (Photo courtesy John Lundin)

‘Pitch-black’: Everett man recalls 2019 dive in an OceanGate sub

Bluewater Distilling owner John Lundin said Stockton Rush was “kind of our own local Elon Musk character.”

John Lundin went on a 90-minute test dive to the bottom of Puget Sound in 2019 on the OceanGate submersible Cyclops as an invited guest. Lundin owns Bluewater Organic Distilling and was a business neighbor and friend to OceanGate and CEO Stockton Rush. (Photo courtesy John Lundin)
OceanGate's office and warehouse at the Port of Everett on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

OceanGate’s neighbors, used to privacy, thrust into the spotlight

The tenants at the Port of Everett Waterfront Center wait for news on missing submersible.

OceanGate's office and warehouse at the Port of Everett on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
The flagpole at the home of Doug Blay and Tim Pfahl flag pole at their home in Everett. They’ve had nine Pride flags stolen from their yard over two years. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Despite 9 Pride flag thefts, Everett couple remains undaunted

Doug Blay flies his rainbow flag to promote acceptance and understanding.

The flagpole at the home of Doug Blay and Tim Pfahl flag pole at their home in Everett. They’ve had nine Pride flags stolen from their yard over two years. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A ferry heads out from Mukilteo towards Clinton during the evening commute Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

How much is that ferry ride going to cost in October?

The public is encouraged to speak up now, in person or online, to be heard about the fare increase starting Oct. 1.

A ferry heads out from Mukilteo towards Clinton during the evening commute Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
This undated photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions in June 2021 shows the company's Titan submersible. A massive search and rescue operation is underway to find the vessel that went missing Sunday on a trip to view the wreckage of the Titan. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)

UPDATE: Underwater noises detected in search for missing submersible

The rescue mission has intensified for OceanGate Expedition’s deep-sea craft headed for the Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean.

This undated photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions in June 2021 shows the company's Titan submersible. A massive search and rescue operation is underway to find the vessel that went missing Sunday on a trip to view the wreckage of the Titan. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)
The OceanGate submersible that explored the Titanic was on view at the Port of Everett in December. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett-based OceanGate deep-sea craft, crew missing in Atlantic Ocean

The submersible vessel, which carries people to view the wreckage of the Titanic, has been missing since Sunday.

The OceanGate submersible that explored the Titanic was on view at the Port of Everett in December. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Chelsea Bridges Wagner, 35, practices calligraphy at her home in Snohomish, Washington on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The art of writing: Snohomish calligrapher brings an ancient art to modern artwork

Cursive may be a dying art, but Chelsea Bridges Wagner keeps words beautiful.

Chelsea Bridges Wagner, 35, practices calligraphy at her home in Snohomish, Washington on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)