Jacqueline Allison

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)
Hundred gather at the 2018 Darrington Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Darrington Bluegrass Festival returns after two-year pause

Now in its 45th year, the three-day festival features bluegrass with a mountain backdrop and camping in the woods.

Hundred gather at the 2018 Darrington Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Design rendering of the planned 16-bed mental health treatment center north of Stanwood. (Washington State Health Care Authority)

Neighbors air concerns on proposed psychiatric center near Stanwood

A forum offered the community a first look at what the facility for involuntary mental health treatment may look like.

Design rendering of the planned 16-bed mental health treatment center north of Stanwood. (Washington State Health Care Authority)
Jack Archibald, who has worked with stained glass for decades, stands in the main entrance of Stanwood High School, which now features four of his colorful stained glass windows on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Camano Island artist’s stained glass murals brighten Stanwood High

Jack Archibald got “totally hooked” on glass art at the high school in the 1970s. Now, four of his pieces hang there.

Jack Archibald, who has worked with stained glass for decades, stands in the main entrance of Stanwood High School, which now features four of his colorful stained glass windows on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lambs and sheep gather together in the barn while it rains at On The Lamb farm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lambing season: ‘Quite the adventure’ for Snohomish County farms

Farmers spend long hours in the barn to watch over their animals as new lives begin.

Lambs and sheep gather together in the barn while it rains at On The Lamb farm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
(Snohomish County Parks & Recreation) A concept design for 26 memorial panels that will honor individuals and family groups killed in the slide.

Highway 530 slide memorial to be a ‘beautiful place’

The hope is to complete work at the site near Oso in time for a 10-year remembrance ceremony in 2024.

(Snohomish County Parks & Recreation) A concept design for 26 memorial panels that will honor individuals and family groups killed in the slide.
The proposed location for a 32-bed psychiatric treatment center north of Stanwood. (Snohomish County Planning & Development Services)

Near Stanwood, neighbors oppose proposed psychiatric center

The state wants to build the facility to address a severe shortage of beds for involuntary mental health treatment.

The proposed location for a 32-bed psychiatric treatment center north of Stanwood. (Snohomish County Planning & Development Services)
David Campron stands to read the newly placed grave stone for Ben Lewis at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A new grave for Black pioneer, Monte Cristo’s ‘largest man’

Ben Lewis was born in Africa in 1854. His story was lost to history until a Granite Falls researcher went looking.

David Campron stands to read the newly placed grave stone for Ben Lewis at the Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Conceptual design for the new roundabout that will be built at 43rd Ave. NE and Highway 531. Amazon is building this new roundabout in preparation for opening a new fulfillment center this summer. (City of Arlington)

As Amazon moves in, Arlington road projects aim to ease traffic

Safety is also a priority for the first of many projects starting this spring on Highway 531, near the Cascade Industrial Center.

Conceptual design for the new roundabout that will be built at 43rd Ave. NE and Highway 531. Amazon is building this new roundabout in preparation for opening a new fulfillment center this summer. (City of Arlington)
Vince Caruso walks past a small corn field Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at his farm in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

A ride through Snohomish County’s one-time dairyland

Consolidation, agritourism and new crops have reshaped how farming looks in the Snohomish River Valley.

Vince Caruso walks past a small corn field Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at his farm in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Convenient or creepy? Cashier-less Amazon Go coming to Mill Creek

Cameras and sensors track customers’ every move. Purchases are automatically charged to online accounts.

A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)