Andrea Brown

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)
People gather to offer prayers and wishes for the new year, Year of the Ox, Friday afternoon at Chua Dia Tang Temple  in Lynnwood on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Happy Lunar New Year! 2021 is the Year of the Ox

Despite the pandemic, people find ways to celebrate with food, family, gifts and prayer.

People gather to offer prayers and wishes for the new year, Year of the Ox, Friday afternoon at Chua Dia Tang Temple  in Lynnwood on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snow accumulations from Thursday morning through early Friday morning. This does not include totals for the next system arriving Friday night into Saturday. More will be on the way. (National Weather Service Seattle)

Baby, it’s going to get cold — and snowy? — out there

Below-freezing temps are expected the next few days. Odds are good that Snohomish County will get snow.

Snow accumulations from Thursday morning through early Friday morning. This does not include totals for the next system arriving Friday night into Saturday. More will be on the way. (National Weather Service Seattle)
Benson Boone of Monroe will be on "American Idol" on Feb. 14. (ABC/Christopher Willard)

Is Benson Boone, 18, of Monroe the next ‘American Idol’ star?

The new singer faces judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on Sunday’s premiere on ABC.

Benson Boone of Monroe will be on "American Idol" on Feb. 14. (ABC/Christopher Willard)
The passenger loading ramp is nearing completion at the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Got a ferry question or comment? Have your say this week

Topics for Tuesday and Wednesday online talks with ferry execs include service, COVID and hybrid vessels.

The passenger loading ramp is nearing completion at the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
QFC Pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Good news: There’s been almost no flu in Snohomish County

Measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have helped prevent the spread of influenza.

QFC Pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Chug's Root Beer Store in Lynnwood.  (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Chug down a few beers that won’t get you soused

Hundreds of bottles of soda line the walls at Chug’s Root Beer & More in Lynnwood. Now you can dine in.

Chug's Root Beer Store in Lynnwood.  (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
Rex, a Snohomish County Sheriff's canine, was injured in a training accident and faces a long recovery. (Submitted photo)

Get well, Rex: Sheriff’s dog’s legs are in casts after fall

Newest canine of the Snohomish sheriff’s office force was injured in jump from a third-floor balcony.

Rex, a Snohomish County Sheriff's canine, was injured in a training accident and faces a long recovery. (Submitted photo)
Bernie Sanders meme using an app with Google Maps.

Bernie’s mittens: Feel the Bern? Or are you Berned out?

That photo of the senator looking frumpy and bored at the inauguration is everywhere, including Everett.

Bernie Sanders meme using an app with Google Maps.
Mega Millions tickets. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Arlington man wins $1M in Mega Millions; jackpot now $1B

Meanwhile, the Powerball pot of $730 million was won Wednesday. Will the lucky streak continue Friday?

Mega Millions tickets. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Jill Biden poses with Major Biden (left) and Champ Biden. (Jill Biden)

Moving on up, to the White House: the First Shelter Dog

Major, Joe Biden’s German shepherd, was a rescue. Past presidents had lots of pets, including alligators.

Jill Biden poses with Major Biden (left) and Champ Biden. (Jill Biden)
A protective gurney was used in January 2020 to transport the Snohomish County man, 35, the first coronavirus case in the United States, to an isolated room at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Providence Regional Medical Center)

It began with ‘Patient Zero’ one long year ago

Since then, everything changed. Here are five stories from the frontline of the COVID crisis.

A protective gurney was used in January 2020 to transport the Snohomish County man, 35, the first coronavirus case in the United States, to an isolated room at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Providence Regional Medical Center)
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)