Jacqueline Allison

Destiny Conner, 13, takes tags off of clothing at the new Volunteers for America storefront on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Sultan’s only thrift store, teens learn teamwork, job skills

Teens with the Sky Valley Youth Coalition “stepped up and created the store” on Main Street.

 

Empty shelves in the baby formula section at a grocery store in Lynnwood, Washington. (Jacqueline Allison / The Herald)

Amid baby formula shortage, local moms scrambling to feed babies

Shelves are bare and prices are up. But there are resources for Snohomish County mothers in need.

 

Sarah Alper works on packing a Community Supported Agriculture box at Lowlands Farm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Snohomish County, CSA produce boxes are safety nets for small farms

Community Supported Agriculture programs give farmers guaranteed income, regardless of freak weather or hungry deer.

 

Chickens on pasture at Skylight Farms in Snohomish. (Petrina Fisher)

As bird flu spreads to 7 counties, Snohomish County farms on watch

No cases of avian flu have been confirmed here. But its arrival could be devastating for poultry farmers.

Chickens on pasture at Skylight Farms in Snohomish. (Petrina Fisher)
Norris the plains zebra grazes on some grass Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Flying M Ranch and Horses in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Norris the zebra is fitting in with his new herd near Lake Stevens

Black-and-white stripes are a vibrant pop against the farmland at Flying M Ranch and Horses in rural Snohomish County.

Norris the plains zebra grazes on some grass Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Flying M Ranch and Horses in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sultan seeks solutions to U.S. 2 gridlock — again

An open house will be held on Wednesday about several ideas to ease traffic jams. Most options call for a wider highway.

Traffic along Hwy 2 in Monroe of Sunday afternoon on March 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters works through rescue drills during the Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue’s annual Water Rescue Academy on the Skykomish River Thursday afternoon in Index, Washington on May 5, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As weather warms, firefighters train for rescues on the Skykomish

Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue sees about 20 to 25 water calls per year. Many of those are preventable.

Firefighters works through rescue drills during the Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue’s annual Water Rescue Academy on the Skykomish River Thursday afternoon in Index, Washington on May 5, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Monroe in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118

13 unvaccinated firefighters are cleared to return to work

Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is allowing them to return, but they must be tested daily.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Monroe in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
People sit outside the recently opened Amazon Go facility Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Cashier-less Amazon Go buzzing in Mill Creek grand opening

Locals came to check out the high-tech store, with $3 avocado toast and cameras watching customers’ every move.

People sit outside the recently opened Amazon Go facility Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Andrew Albert measures the density of his fertilizer using a specialized scale Friday, April 22, 2022, at his farm in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Record inflation puts crunch on Snohomish County farms

Fertilizer prices doubled. Global wheat supply is under threat due to war. Gas, too. And that may add up to smaller yields.

Andrew Albert measures the density of his fertilizer using a specialized scale Friday, April 22, 2022, at his farm in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
An artistic rendering of Sunnyside Village Cohousing in Marysville. (Sunnyside Village Cohousing)

‘Cohousing’ group plans community of 32 cottages in Marysville

It will have an organic garden, a common house and a vision for tight-knit community. Residents would buy their own homes.

An artistic rendering of Sunnyside Village Cohousing in Marysville. (Sunnyside Village Cohousing)
Carissa Hahn, center, holds her phone while livestreaming a unionization vote as Verizon workers and supporters begin to celebrate votes tallied in favor of unionizing Friday, April 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Verizon stores in Everett, Lynnwood vote to join union

The 11-1 vote comes amid a national movement of workers unionizing at Amazon, Starbucks and elsewhere.

Carissa Hahn, center, holds her phone while livestreaming a unionization vote as Verizon workers and supporters begin to celebrate votes tallied in favor of unionizing Friday, April 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sultan, Granite Falls face cuts if school levies fail again

After-school activities and dozens of jobs could be on the chopping block. Voters will decide April 26.

Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Employees at the Starbucks store at Lakewood Crossing in Marysville held a strike for several days last weekend. (Contributed)

After 3-day strike, Marysville Starbucks workers move to unionize

They walked out last week, saying they were short-staffed. “It all happened really fast,” one barista said.

Employees at the Starbucks store at Lakewood Crossing in Marysville held a strike for several days last weekend. (Contributed)
Researchers and volunteers recently examined a dead gray whale found on a Camano Island beach. (Cascadia Research Collective) 20220411

Dead gray whale on Camano Island beach to stay put for months

The death is the latest in an ongoing unusual mortality event for gray whales. This one appeared to be malnourished.

Researchers and volunteers recently examined a dead gray whale found on a Camano Island beach. (Cascadia Research Collective) 20220411
Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex. (City of Marysville)

Makeover of Marysville athletic complex will mean less mud

The city will convert one soccer field to synthetic turf as part of a $1.7 million upgrade of Strawberry Fields.

Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex. (City of Marysville)
Marnie Anderson and Brian Anderson smile and laugh with Battalion Chief Justin Johnson, right, after receiving a flag as retirement gift at the Lake Roesiger Fire Department on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After combined 92 years, couple retires from Lake Roesiger Fire

Brian and Marnie Anderson “were instrumental in the progression of this fire department” east of Lake Stevens.

Marnie Anderson and Brian Anderson smile and laugh with Battalion Chief Justin Johnson, right, after receiving a flag as retirement gift at the Lake Roesiger Fire Department on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Afghan children and families gather at a resource fair on March 27 in Lynnwood. (Screenshot)

In many languages, Snohomish County schools welcome Afghan students

More than 40 started classes here in March. For many, it’s their first school since fleeing the Taliban takeover.

Afghan children and families gather at a resource fair on March 27 in Lynnwood. (Screenshot)
Workers from Lynnwood and Everett Verizon stores gather at an Everett restaurant on March 6, one day before they announced plans to unionize. (Contributed)

Verizon workers in Everett, Lynnwood voting on union effort

Results are expected April 15. If workers vote in favor, they would be the only unionized Verizon stores outside New York.

Workers from Lynnwood and Everett Verizon stores gather at an Everett restaurant on March 6, one day before they announced plans to unionize. (Contributed)
Monroe Historical Society board president Valeria Rae walks around the upstairs space, formerly the library, at the historical society’s downtown building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. The space is being renovated to create an area for community members to hold meetings, and to retain most of the space’s original charm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Historical society restores a piece of Monroe’s past

Monroe’s original library at the old City Hall will now house a community meeting room and museum exhibits.

Monroe Historical Society board president Valeria Rae walks around the upstairs space, formerly the library, at the historical society’s downtown building on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. The space is being renovated to create an area for community members to hold meetings, and to retain most of the space’s original charm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)