Andrea Brown

Starting today, you must be 21 to buy smokes or vape devices

At 18, teens can vote, get tattoos and go to war, but can no longer purchase those products.

An artist’s rendering of the new ferry terminal under construction in Mukilteo. (Washington State Department of Transportation) 20190520

Mystery lady and noise at the Mukilteo waterfront explained

Walkers can now have a front row vantage point of the action as the new terminal takes shape.

An artist’s rendering of the new ferry terminal under construction in Mukilteo. (Washington State Department of Transportation) 20190520

Good news: Your PUD utility bill won’t go up in 2020

This is the third year in a row the PUD hasn’t raised electric and water rates.

Best gift ever: Mail-order DNA test turns up a big sister

Kelly Howell, 53, of Mill Creek, was connected with her half-sibling in California by a 23andMe test.

Paralyzed as a teen, she faces life with grace and purpose

Loa Griesbach’s days revolve around family, work, adventure, fashion, blogging — and her ventilator.

Holiday buzzkill: The flu is just getting started here

The annual outbreak has not yet peaked, so it’s not too late to get a flu shot, officials say.

The Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Lynnwood on Wednesday. (Joey Thompson / The Herald) 20191218

Lynnwood’s Chuck E. Cheese reopens after 2-day forced closure

Health code violations were found in inspection after 8 people reported intestinal illnesses.

The Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Lynnwood on Wednesday. (Joey Thompson / The Herald) 20191218

After shutdown, Lynnwood’s Chuck E. Cheese is cleaning up

It is unknown if health code violations were related to 8 who reported intestinal illnesses.

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson (left) and Councilwoman Anna Rohrbough at a Mukilteo City Council meeting in May. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Mukilteo’s next mayor will keep the $70K pay plus benefits

A vote by the City Council to decrease compensation ended in a tie, so it failed on its second try.

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson (left) and Councilwoman Anna Rohrbough at a Mukilteo City Council meeting in May. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Hepatitis A (National Institutes of Health)

Four cases of hepatitis A confirmed in Snohomish County

The virus is linked to four people with drug use history and living homeless in the Marysville area.

Hepatitis A (National Institutes of Health)
Scientists at Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research Center in Wenatchee spent two decades developing the Cosmic Crisp apple tree seeds. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The juicy new starlet of the apple universe is Cosmic Crisp

They’re the first apples developed in Washington, and growers planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp trees.

Scientists at Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research Center in Wenatchee spent two decades developing the Cosmic Crisp apple tree seeds. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

And the name for new Northshore school is … Ruby Bridges

More than 700 names were submitted for the elementary. The civil rights leader said she “is honored.”

He lost and lost and lost and lost, but he never gave up

Riaz Khan, a Muslim born in India, has long sought elected office. Now he’s on the Mukilteo council.

Score! 800-pound Ivan is a heckuva Seahawks 12th Man

The 8-foot chain saw chiseled dude with a mohawk and shouting mouth swivels around Arlington.

From left, Megan Wolfe, executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County, with participant Marlen Mercado-Ayala, 12, and Marlen’s mother, Laura Mercado-Ayala. (Girls on the Run)

Girls on the Run for grades 3 to 8 is way more than running

The program promotes confidence and connections. The message is “Find your happy pace.”

From left, Megan Wolfe, executive director of Girls on the Run of Snohomish County, with participant Marlen Mercado-Ayala, 12, and Marlen’s mother, Laura Mercado-Ayala. (Girls on the Run)

Edmonds-Woodway junior excels in academics and activism

Audrey, 16, is active in theater and started a feminism club. “I’m very vocal, always raising my hand.”

Free car care for single parents is a blessing

The twice-a-year event in Snohomish by View Church has TLC for the cars — and for the moms.

Saturday is the garage sale of the century at the old YMCA

The nearly 100-year-old building has a hodgepodge of stuff. Get a gym locker, or five. Bring cash.

Flu season arrives early in Snohomish County; 3 hospitalized

It’s early this year, but it’s not too late to protect yourself.

Meet Krampus: If you’ve been bad, this evil Santa is for you

Krampus Night in Europe is Dec. 5. The creepster is making the rounds in these parts as well.