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Husband and wife Nataliia Ktitorova, Vitalii Ktitorov and brother-in-law Yosip Lakatosh, right, at the Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest office on Thursday, March 24, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Snohomish County

Nataliia and Yosip’s families got to Everett after a treacherous journey from Ukraine, over the U.S.-Mexico border.

Husband and wife Nataliia Ktitorova, Vitalii Ktitorov and brother-in-law Yosip Lakatosh, right, at the Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest office on Thursday, March 24, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish Health District health officer Dr. Chris Spitters at a virtual meeting held Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Snohomish County Health District)

Finally, Snohomish County’s COVID case rate in double digits

The numbers look good, but Snohomish Health District officials say they’re keeping an eye on the BA.2 subvariant.

Snohomish Health District health officer Dr. Chris Spitters at a virtual meeting held Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Snohomish County Health District)
Marina and Mike Stiranka at their home with their dog Gus on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Victims of the same lie’: War frays Edmonds couple’s family ties

Marina is from Russia. Mike is from Ukraine. Both rebuke Russian propaganda, but some loved ones back home believe it.

Marina and Mike Stiranka at their home with their dog Gus on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah speaks at a news conference with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

‘ForWArd’ plan details how state will ‘coexist’ with COVID

Moving away from mandates, officials say the next phase in Washington’s response is about “empowering” residents to keep safe.

Washington Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah speaks at a news conference with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Centenarians Maizie and Roy Mays have been married for more than 77 years. Photo taken in Lynnwood, Washington on March 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood couple, both 100, share secret of a 77-year marriage

They met when Maizie was a USO girl and Roy was a Marine. Their stories now span a century.

Centenarians Maizie and Roy Mays have been married for more than 77 years. Photo taken in Lynnwood, Washington on March 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tina Taylor calls out to the birds Saturday morning at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish on December 18, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

They’re the humble bird women of Snohomish County

Meet three locals who are passionate about our avian friends — but insist they’re not ‘true birders.’

Tina Taylor calls out to the birds Saturday morning at Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish on December 18, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A woman walks past a downtown business with a sign requiring customers to wear masks Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As masks come off, Snohomish County locals have mixed emotions

Some are nervous. Some are relieved. Snohomish County’s health officer and top elected official will keep their masks on.

A woman walks past a downtown business with a sign requiring customers to wear masks Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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County Council eases restrictions on rural ‘mother-in-law’ units

Lots as small as 25,000 square feet are now allowed to build detached accessory dwelling units.

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Katie-Jo Page sits in her living room with a photo of Mykyta on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘He’s scared’: War halts Snohomish family’s Ukrainian adoption

Mykyta, 11, spent the winter here and returned to his Ukrainian orphanage to await the formalities. Then Russia invaded.

Katie-Jo Page sits in her living room with a photo of Mykyta on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Clockwise from top left: Digital rendering of the future Colby Tower in Everett (Tim Corpus), 2019 housing construction in Sultan (Olivia Vanni), apartments and condominiums being constructed near Alderwood mall in 2021 (Olivia Vanni), Urban Center Apartments in Lynnwood (Kevin Clark), and Lynnwood Transit Center Light Rail Station under construction in August 2020 in Lynnwood (Olivia Vanni)

By 2044, Snohomish County population projected at 1.1 million

The county is planning how to accommodate newcomers. Here are four takeaways from newly adopted growth targets.

Clockwise from top left: Digital rendering of the future Colby Tower in Everett (Tim Corpus), 2019 housing construction in Sultan (Olivia Vanni), apartments and condominiums being constructed near Alderwood mall in 2021 (Olivia Vanni), Urban Center Apartments in Lynnwood (Kevin Clark), and Lynnwood Transit Center Light Rail Station under construction in August 2020 in Lynnwood (Olivia Vanni)
The Mukfest Pirates outside of their 1945 “DUKW“ vehicle soon to be “pirate ship” on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo pirates seize their flagship: A ‘Ride the Ducks’ boat

Meet the town’s new ambassadors, the Mukfest Pirates. They’re a laidback krewe of part-time buccaneers.

The Mukfest Pirates outside of their 1945 “DUKW“ vehicle soon to be “pirate ship” on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Cued by CDC, Inslee moves up end of mask mandate to March 12

Washington, Oregon and California together will lift mask requirements in most, but not all, settings.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
Glenn Griswold of Everett decorated his truck in a skeleton motif just because he could. (Kevin Clark / The Herald )

Meet the ‘shock value’ prankster driving Everett’s skeleton truck

Glenn Griswold’s hellscape on wheels is a Halloween bit turned lifestyle. His undead passengers can pee Mountain Dew.

Glenn Griswold of Everett decorated his truck in a skeleton motif just because he could. (Kevin Clark / The Herald )
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Lofty goals find high hurdles in county’s Office of Social Justice

In the wake of protests, Snohomish County created an office for police oversight, bail reform and anti-racism. How much was achieved?

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Diane Altman Jennings combs through a photo book with images from her father’s life Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Baring, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Pacific Crest Trail angels offered refuge for 20 years in Baring

Jerry and Andrea Dinsmore helped thousands of hikers, sometimes saving lives. She died in 2017. Jerry followed this month.

Diane Altman Jennings combs through a photo book with images from her father’s life Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Baring, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Trumpeter swans and Canada geese take flight from a field while others continue to graze Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in the Silvana-area in Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Nature’s soap opera: Swans are wintering around Snohomish County

For a few more weeks, here’s where to find visiting swans. If you’re lucky, you might see a “rare bird alert.”

Trumpeter swans and Canada geese take flight from a field while others continue to graze Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in the Silvana-area in Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Director, producer and writer Rosie Kreider and cinematographer Barry J. Briggs make their way down an isle inside Norm's Market where they filmed for their upcoming movie on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$1,000 budget: First-time director has high hopes for local film

“The Woman” will feature scenes shot at Norm’s Market in Lake Stevens and Flat Iron Gallery in Sultan.

Director, producer and writer Rosie Kreider and cinematographer Barry J. Briggs make their way down an isle inside Norm's Market where they filmed for their upcoming movie on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Participating in Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing were Chief Recovery and Resilience Officer for Snohomish County Kara Main-Hester (top left), Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (top right) and Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters. (Snohomish Health District)

Snohomish County turns a corner on omicron, but it’s not over

Officials expect COVID-19 cases to rapidly decline in the next few weeks. Hospitalizations are also decreasing.

Participating in Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing were Chief Recovery and Resilience Officer for Snohomish County Kara Main-Hester (top left), Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers (top right) and Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters. (Snohomish Health District)
Sam Dawson administers a collection swab herself Thursday afternoon at the walk-up COVID testing center on Wetmore Ave in Everett, Washington on January 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Attorney General sues company behind ‘sham testing centers’

The Center for COVID Control ran sites in Everett and Lynnwood. A lawsuit alleges they gave invalid results, or none at all.

Sam Dawson administers a collection swab herself Thursday afternoon at the walk-up COVID testing center on Wetmore Ave in Everett, Washington on January 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cecillia Hoglund, who recently quit Providence Regional Medical Center to become a travel nurse, stands for a portrait at her family’s homestead Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘Few core staff left’: Droves of nurses take high-paying travel jobs

One nurse at Providence in Everett estimated travel nurses made up 80% of her unit. The consensus is that’s not sustainable.

Cecillia Hoglund, who recently quit Providence Regional Medical Center to become a travel nurse, stands for a portrait at her family’s homestead Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)