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On site once planned for city hall, Lake Stevens OK’s commercial rezone

The city hopes the Chapel Hill property will be developed to will bring jobs. Locals say they’d be better served with a public park.

 

Tom Wunderlich, associate director of aquatic advancement, guides a student in a lesson during a lifeguard academy session on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Colby Avenue YMCA in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Swimming for good: Everett YMCA’s lifeguard class uplifts at-risk kids

Teens learn water safety and leadership skills during the course. The training chips away at a history of racial disparities.

 

A North American Beaver sits in a trap placed by Tulalip Tribe Natural Resources at Naval Radio Station Jim Creek, Washington, Oct. 12. The Tulalip Beaver Project relocates "nuisance" beavers from (sub)urban areas to hydrologically impaired tributaries in the upper Snohomish Watershed for the improvement of fish rearing habitat and fresh water storage. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ethan Soto)

For beavers, tall dams don’t always make good neighbors

Naval Station Everett and the Tulalip Tribes teamed up to remove a family of beavers. Now, they’re restoring salmon habitat.

 

Timothy Gottschalk receives a ShelterSuit from Angel Resource Connection at the Carnegie Resource Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett nonprofit distributes portable winter shelters to homeless

Angel Resource Connection gave away 160 Shelterbags, an all-in-one sleeping bag and shelter, on Wednesday.

Timothy Gottschalk receives a ShelterSuit from Angel Resource Connection at the Carnegie Resource Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Smoke from the Bolt Creek fire silhouettes a mountain ridge and trees just outside of Index on Sept. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Work begins to stabilize Bolt Creek burn scar for winter weather

A U.S. Forest Service report released last week identified several high-risk areas for landslides and flooding.

Smoke from the Bolt Creek fire silhouettes a mountain ridge and trees just outside of Index on Sept. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring cuts the ribbon at the open house for the Reboot Recovery on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Simple, but not easy’: New mental health center opens in Marysville

Reboot Recovery, a faith-based nonprofit, offers peer-led courses on overcoming trauma. City leaders say the need has never been greater.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring cuts the ribbon at the open house for the Reboot Recovery on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
WWII veteran Russ Hupe shows off a display of his honors earned during his years in the armed forces Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at his home at Cogir Senior Living in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Mill Creek WWII veteran Russ Hupe stays on the front lines

Hupe, 101, was grand marshal in the city’s Veterans Day parade. It’s just the latest story in a long life full of them.

WWII veteran Russ Hupe shows off a display of his honors earned during his years in the armed forces Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at his home at Cogir Senior Living in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A closed sign is posted inside the front doors at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

After months of heat issues, Everett library branch closes for repairs

With the HVAC on the fritz, Evergreen branch staff were given space heaters. Management says supply chain issues are to blame.

A closed sign is posted inside the front doors at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Customers walk in and out of Fred Meyer along Evergreen Way on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Store managers in Everett plead for help with crime, public safety

Two Fred Meyer stores report theft, drug use and threats, despite increased security and presence from Everett police.

Customers walk in and out of Fred Meyer along Evergreen Way on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
August Fisher, 9, right, and brother Alex Fisher, 8, left, work on decorating their sugar skulls during a free workshop with at the Edmonds Library on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Storytime for all: Sno-Isle Libraries get $100k to expand outreach

A grant from the Gates Foundation will help the system better serve patrons with new programs and updated buildings.

August Fisher, 9, right, and brother Alex Fisher, 8, left, work on decorating their sugar skulls during a free workshop with at the Edmonds Library on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A person walks along the Tenth Street Boat Launch where a large puddle has formed from the the heavy rains over the last few days on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Riding the atmospheric river: Heavy rain, wind return for repeat visit

Flash flood watch in effect for region. Cantankerous weather could pose risk for Bolt Creek fire burn scar.

A person walks along the Tenth Street Boat Launch where a large puddle has formed from the the heavy rains over the last few days on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
More than a dozen local leaders gather around to discuss short and long-term needs during a meeting addressing the environmental, safety and economic impacts of the Bolt Creek fire on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Bubba’s Roadhouse in Sultan, Washington. In attendance were State and U.S. politicians, the mayors of several Highway 2 towns, and other leadership from Snohomish and King counties (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘We’ve seen this coming’: Sky Valley plans for next Bolt Creek-scale fire

U.S. 2 has long needed improvements, but the “unprecedented” blaze lit a fire under policymakers, so to speak.

More than a dozen local leaders gather around to discuss short and long-term needs during a meeting addressing the environmental, safety and economic impacts of the Bolt Creek fire on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Bubba’s Roadhouse in Sultan, Washington. In attendance were State and U.S. politicians, the mayors of several Highway 2 towns, and other leadership from Snohomish and King counties (Ryan Berry / The Herald)