Ben Watanabe

Mae Tomita (left) celebrates with Richard Steele after picking up a spare in the first frame Wednesday afternoon at Strawberry Lanes in Marysville on May 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Plenty of spares, strikes on Lake Stevens woman’s 100th birthday

Mae Tomita bowls by muscle memory. She can’t see how many pins are left standing. Often, it’s zero.

Mae Tomita (left) celebrates with Richard Steele after picking up a spare in the first frame Wednesday afternoon at Strawberry Lanes in Marysville on May 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
One of the Jetty Island ferry captains waits for boarders as the ferry begins operations for the summer on Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2016 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Port, county to pay Everett for Jetty Island ferry this year

The Port of Everett and Snohomish County plan to make an online system for $3 reservations.

One of the Jetty Island ferry captains waits for boarders as the ferry begins operations for the summer on Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2016 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Bikes Club of Snohomish County on Grand Ave on their way from Everett waterfront to Snohomish Thursday morning on April 29, 2021.
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Healthy Streets’ not coming back, but Everett plans bike work

Staff review road projects for low-cost way to improve bike infrastructure. Advocates want more.

Bikes Club of Snohomish County on Grand Ave on their way from Everett waterfront to Snohomish Thursday morning on April 29, 2021.
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville toddler seriously injured in fall from window

The accident prompted a reminder by authorities that window screens cannot prevent a child from falling.

Looking east from the Highway 9 the overpass over U.S. 2 in Snohomish on Tuesday afternoon January 8, 2019. Median barriers are in planning. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

U.S. 2 segment’s median barriers in place, bridge work ahead

The dividers are intended to reduce crashes. Pilchuck River bridge joints, meanwhile, will be replaced.

Looking east from the Highway 9 the overpass over U.S. 2 in Snohomish on Tuesday afternoon January 8, 2019. Median barriers are in planning. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Everett Police escort a pro-life supporter down the center of 32nd Street due to barriers set up along the sidewalk around Planned Parenthood as a part of a "time, place and manner restriction" imposed by the city on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Officials create a no-protest zone around Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion groups gather on a nearby corner. Clinic supporters convene across the street.

Everett Police escort a pro-life supporter down the center of 32nd Street due to barriers set up along the sidewalk around Planned Parenthood as a part of a "time, place and manner restriction" imposed by the city on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Drivers go around a roundabout at 204th Street NE and 77th Avenue NE on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

As Amazon moves in, Arlington’s roads are already strained

The city and state are spending millions to improve traffic flow with more lanes and roundabouts.

Drivers go around a roundabout at 204th Street NE and 77th Avenue NE on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Demolition of the YMCA in downtown continues on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Apartments will rise from the site of the former YMCA annex

In all, 260 units are planned for the downtown Everett site. The older brick building will remain.

Demolition of the YMCA in downtown continues on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The state House transportation budget proposes $15,000,000 to widen state improving Highway 524 between 24th Avenue West in Lynnwood and 9th Avenue SE.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Who wants a wider Highway 524 between Bothell and Lynnwood?

The project list includes expanding the three-mile, two-lane road between Bothell and Lynnwood.

The state House transportation budget proposes $15,000,000 to widen state improving Highway 524 between 24th Avenue West in Lynnwood and 9th Avenue SE.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ben Watanabe, Street Smarts columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

My pledge to drive a car less often is on shaky footing

But I finally have a transit fare card, and I worry less about the COVID-19 risk on buses.

Ben Watanabe, Street Smarts columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
The Valley View neighborhood of Everett abuts the Wood Creek drainage, which city officials are proposing to sell for possible partial development. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20200528

Everett, environmental group to study Wood Creek future uses

The 92.5-acre property near Valley View had been proposed as surplus before neighbors rallied.

The Valley View neighborhood of Everett abuts the Wood Creek drainage, which city officials are proposing to sell for possible partial development. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20200528
A person fishes off a dock at Thornton A. Sullivan Park that boarders the private because along West Ibberson Drive on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

City scraps contested segment of Silver Lake trail in Everett

Ibberson Drive neighbors criticized the city for plans to put a trail through a shared private lot.

A person fishes off a dock at Thornton A. Sullivan Park that boarders the private because along West Ibberson Drive on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Transit is staying fare-free through June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Everett Transit: Stay the same, grow, or merge and grow?

An online open house and survey explore how bus service should evolve — and how much it will cost.

Everett Transit is staying fare-free through June. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Highway 904 north of Cheney shows 15 years of wear caused primarily by studded tires. State agencies continue to try to ban the tires. So far, they've succeeded only in adding a new $5 fee per new studded tire to help address the damage. (WSDOT)

Swap out studded tires or risk a $136 fine

March 31 is the last day you can legally use them. The state claims they cause up to $33M in damage.

Highway 904 north of Cheney shows 15 years of wear caused primarily by studded tires. State agencies continue to try to ban the tires. So far, they've succeeded only in adding a new $5 fee per new studded tire to help address the damage. (WSDOT)
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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

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PUD offers hundreds of dollars to some electric car buyers

People who buy qualifying electric cars and charging stations can get hundreds of dollars back.

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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017
Contractor crews will close both directions of Highway 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard overnight starting Monday night until Wednesday morning. (WSDOT)

Highway 526 and northbound I-5 ramps to close overnight

Starting Monday night, drivers should prepare for detours during closures for sign work in Everett.

Contractor crews will close both directions of Highway 526 between Airport Road and Seaway Boulevard overnight starting Monday night until Wednesday morning. (WSDOT)
A man paints over the word "Nazi" at the Soup Nazi Kitchen on Hoyt Avenue on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Before even opening windows were smashed and graffiti was spray painted on a door of the restaurant run by Andrew Ho. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Soup Nazi’ joke is no longer funny, a restaurateur learns

After an outcry, the owner of the new Soup Nazi Kitchen in downtown Everett is changing the name.

A man paints over the word "Nazi" at the Soup Nazi Kitchen on Hoyt Avenue on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Before even opening windows were smashed and graffiti was spray painted on a door of the restaurant run by Andrew Ho. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Where does Everett need accessible curb ramps and sidewalks?

The city is finishing an ADA transition plan to identify right-of-way barriers and how to fix them.

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A development site plan for Emma Yule Park. (City of Everett Parks & Community Services)

A new neighborhood park in Everett will take shape in April

Named for Everett’s first teacher, Emma Yule Park will rise next to the YMCA on Rucker Avenue.

A development site plan for Emma Yule Park. (City of Everett Parks & Community Services)
The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the season for the Jetty Island ferry. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)

Everett, port in talks to resume Jetty Island ferry service

After cutting the budget last year, the city didn’t reinstate the $109,000 expense for 2021.

The Labor Day holiday marks the end of the season for the Jetty Island ferry. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)