Sophia Gates

Penelope Protheroe, President and Founder of Angel Resource Connection puts together a huge batch of rotini with meatballs and marinara before heading out to distribute the food and other supplies on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, around Everett, Washington. ARC uses the Lake Stevens Senior Center kitchen to cook up meals for people without homes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

She feeds Everett’s homeless; ‘no sit’ ban makes her mission harder

Everett banned handing out food and water in city-designated zones: “They just want people to disappear … be somebody else’s problem.”

 

Naazneen Shafeer Vemmeerath-Kulangara smiles after receiving an AGB Scholarship at the Rotary Club of Everett Awards on Monday, May 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After years of struggles, she’s college-bound with a scholarship

Morgan Gidney, a young mom whose teen years were filled with obstacles, was among dozens awarded $342,000 in Rotary scholarships in Everett.

 

Marysville Library (Sno-Isle Libraries)

Sno-Isle library workers make demands in plan to unionize

In an open letter, staff said “too often decisions are made by people far removed from the day-to-day operations of community libraries.”

 

Joseph Anderson, right, chats with Steve Manshour during Art Studio time at the Everett Recovery CaFE on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

For those who lived through addiction, a split on whether jail can help

State lawmakers convene Tuesday aiming to write a new law against drug possession. In Everett, it’s a thorny and complicated debate.

Joseph Anderson, right, chats with Steve Manshour during Art Studio time at the Everett Recovery CaFE on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Nathan Rosas, 13, right, Avryan Flores, 16, center, and Angela Rosas, 16, hold signs in protest of a gun show at Angel of the Winds Arena ballroom on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Gun sale spurs protest outside Everett’s Angel of the Winds Arena

Citing the nation’s plague of mass shootings, protesters point to gun sales as a major culprit. The sale’s organizer says their process ensures sales to qualified people only.

Nathan Rosas, 13, right, Avryan Flores, 16, center, and Angela Rosas, 16, hold signs in protest of a gun show at Angel of the Winds Arena ballroom on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Hope Church in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. The church will potentially be converted to a low barrier homeless shelter. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

After outcry, Hope Church won’t be turned into Everett homeless shelter

The church “feels it’s within our best interests to pursue other buyers.” The city and county are taking a different route now.

Hope Church in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, April 5, 2023. The church will potentially be converted to a low barrier homeless shelter. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Tulalip tribal members perform a welcome song during a "Road to Healing" event at the Tulalip Gathering Hall in Marysville, Washington, on Sunday, April 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Cabinet secretary visits Tulalip to listen to boarding school survivors

“Federal Indian boarding school policies have touched every Indigenous person I know,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Sunday.

Tulalip tribal members perform a welcome song during a "Road to Healing" event at the Tulalip Gathering Hall in Marysville, Washington, on Sunday, April 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

After months of debate, new rules for Airbnbs in Lake Stevens

Some residents aired concerns about unruly guests and lakeside parties, but rental hosts say they’re being unfairly judged.

Toni Kief and her cat, Poppy, 5, smiles as she is handed a bird feather that she collects while she picks up trash on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Call to action’: Marysville volunteers aim for 2,000 bags of litter

Toni Kief, the city’s volunteer of the month, has picked up over 1,300 bags herself — a stat that leads the Litter League.

Toni Kief and her cat, Poppy, 5, smiles as she is handed a bird feather that she collects while she picks up trash on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The inside of the powerhouse at the Woods Creek Hydroelectric Project is seen from the top stairwell on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. The blaring sound of machinery makes it hard to communicate inside the space. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

An electrifying tour: Hydropower plant opens doors to the public

The Woods Creek Sustainability Center is hosting a Hydropower Appreciation Day for guests to see how hydroelectricity gets made.

The inside of the powerhouse at the Woods Creek Hydroelectric Project is seen from the top stairwell on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in Monroe, Washington. The blaring sound of machinery makes it hard to communicate inside the space. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlene Petro sips coffee while people lineup for lunch at the Lake Stevens Senior Center on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Cramped and ‘getting nowhere,’ Lake Stevens Senior Center seeks new home

Seniors sit shoulder to shoulder at the center on Soper Hill Road. The search is on to figure out the next step.

Arlene Petro sips coffee while people lineup for lunch at the Lake Stevens Senior Center on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After years of complaints, Lake Stevens finishes ADA plan

The new transition plan could cost $37 million and could take 23 years to complete.

Cars drive through the intersection of Highway 9 and South Lake Stevens Road on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Fred Meyer employees Shawna Wilder, right, and Michelle O’Keefe, left, hand out flyers with information about the grocery merger and chat with a customer on Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Marysville grocery workers protest Kroger-Albertsons merger

The chains announced a $24.6 billion deal to merge in 2022. If it goes through, it could affect over 300 stores in Washington.

Fred Meyer employees Shawna Wilder, right, and Michelle O’Keefe, left, hand out flyers with information about the grocery merger and chat with a customer on Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Erinn Dearth and Dan Beckmann will perform 7 p.m. at The Historic Everett Theater, on Friday, April 14, 2023. Their "Letters From Home" show features music from the soundtracks of WWII, Vietnam and more. (Photo provided)

USO-style variety show to make stop at Historic Everett Theatre

The cast of “Letters from Home” hopes to reach veterans, active military members and their families.

Erinn Dearth and Dan Beckmann will perform 7 p.m. at The Historic Everett Theater, on Friday, April 14, 2023. Their "Letters From Home" show features music from the soundtracks of WWII, Vietnam and more. (Photo provided)
A residential home is demolished at what will be the site of a new Lake Stevens Library on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Sophia Gates / The Herald).

Site clearing begins for new Lake Stevens library

The initial work on Chapel Hill property brings dream of a new library closer to reality.

A residential home is demolished at what will be the site of a new Lake Stevens Library on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Sophia Gates / The Herald).