Melissa Slager

Sticky solution for graffiti targets

Some people get confused by blank crosswalk buttons.

Jonathan Townsend paddles to the shore towing Kimberly Kaminski Wednesday afternoon at Silver Lake in Everett on July 12, 2017. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

A sidewalk to Silver Lake is low on the to-do list

But other higher-need safety projects take priority.

Jonathan Townsend paddles to the shore towing Kimberly Kaminski Wednesday afternoon at Silver Lake in Everett on July 12, 2017. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Snowplows get rid of more than snow

Road reflectors sometimes disappear and won’t be replaced until summer.

Left something on a bus? How to get it back

Bicycles, phones, umbrellas, glasses and IDs are the most common items.

Heritage High School senior Kimberly Smoley, is now a cheerleader, plays volleyball, and is on ASB. She’s studying cosmetology through Running Start. Shot on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Thinking positively: ‘I want to be the best of the best’

Heritage High senior Kimberly Smoley plans a career in dermatology.

Heritage High School senior Kimberly Smoley, is now a cheerleader, plays volleyball, and is on ASB. She’s studying cosmetology through Running Start. Shot on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Clubs & Interests

History, Genealogy, Lodges, Senior Games

Clubs & Interests

Needle Arts, Written Arts, Senior Support

Abigail Dahl, a homeschool student from Everett, is a talented artist with plans to pursue a career in animation. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Homeschooled Everett teen tries to capture feelings in art

Her work is on display at the Schack Art Center and she hopes to become an animator.

Abigail Dahl, a homeschool student from Everett, is a talented artist with plans to pursue a career in animation. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

What to do when you get pulled over

Don’t forget to be considerate so officers will know you are not a threat to their safety.

Clubs & Interests

Women’s Groups & Causes, Senior Socials

Drive times improve when traffic lights talk to each other

A new system is in the works from Boeing to Bothell, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mountlake Terrace.

Old bridge design means $35K crane visit each time waters rise

Heavy rains have filled the Snohomish River and its tributaries to the point that cranes have had to park on the U.S. 2 trestle three… Continue reading

New veterans group sets up shop in Mill Creek

AMVETS hopes to avoid stepping on the toes of nearby American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.

Rail car swap eases overcrowding on Sounder train

Sound Transit on Monday adds an additional passenger car on the 7:15 a.m. Sounder departure from Everett to Seattle to help relieve crowding. “The last… Continue reading

Super Kid Erik Linder is a world champion ballroom dancer who regularly flies all over U.S. and world for competition, so he benefits from the alternative schedule that AIM High School provides. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Flexible schedule fits Lake Stevens teen’s ballroom dance life

AIM High School in Snohomish, an alternative program, lets Erik Linder compete across the world.

Super Kid Erik Linder is a world champion ballroom dancer who regularly flies all over U.S. and world for competition, so he benefits from the alternative schedule that AIM High School provides. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Shiny, filled cracks are a Band-Aid to extend a road’s life

Sealing pavement cracks is a cheap way to extend the useful life of a road used by many agencies tasked with road upkeep. The filled… Continue reading

Old cable barriers near Stanwood, Bothell to get upgraded

The Washington State Department of Transportation is upgrading all of its remaining three-rope median cable barriers in the region to four ropes. “This gives the… Continue reading

Her school’s tragedy set her on a course to become a nurse

Marysville Pilchuck senior Cheyenne Coe decided she wants to be an emergency room nurse.

Everett replaces 3,500 signs to help reduce crashes

Baker Drive includes an odd little U-shaped access street that runs mostly parallel to Mukilteo Boulevard, the main drag through Everett’s Boulevard Bluffs neighborhood. It… Continue reading

Edmonds a top route in record-breaking year for ferry riders

A surge in boardings in 2017 pushed Washington State Ferries to its highest ridership since 2002. The nation’s largest ferry system carried nearly 24.5 million… Continue reading