Sophia Gates

Katherine Hopke poses for a photo in her studio for Golden Light Beeswax Candles at her home in Everett, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

As Christmas nears, Everett candle maker takes cues from nuns

In 2018, Katherine Hopke took over the business from a Stanwood convent. Now she sells the beeswax candles online.

Katherine Hopke poses for a photo in her studio for Golden Light Beeswax Candles at her home in Everett, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Max Redman, his partner and their children in their empty bedroom that was one of the main rooms of their apartment with the maggot infestation on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Nightmare’ infestation leaves Everett family in debt, battling landlord

One day, Erin Hauge bent to pick up a piece of garbage. It moved. Now, the family is grappling with the stomach-churning fallout.

Max Redman, his partner and their children in their empty bedroom that was one of the main rooms of their apartment with the maggot infestation on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Snohomish County Jail is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett council weighs minimum sentences for repeat offenders

Dozens of defendants per year could face a new 30-day penalty. Several City Council members questioned the cost and effectiveness.

The Snohomish County Jail is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
PAWS CEO Heidi Wills Yamada on Monday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At PAWS in Lynnwood, the animals come first

PAWS staff are preparing for a major expansion, with a new wildlife center opening on 25 acres in Snohomish.

PAWS CEO Heidi Wills Yamada on Monday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin gives an address to the city council of her proposed 2024 budget at the Everett Police Department North Precinct in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Everett’s new budget trims $104M, with deficit still looming

The City Council approved a $438.8 million budget this week, with the police department getting an 18.6% increase over 2023.

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin gives an address to the city council of her proposed 2024 budget at the Everett Police Department North Precinct in Everett, Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Founder and Executive Director Pa Ousman Joof, alongside Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, right, prepares to cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Washington West African Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Born out of struggle, West African Center flourishes in Lynnwood

African music filled the room Saturday at 19203 36th Ave. West, for the grand opening of the nonprofit’s new state headquarters.

Founder and Executive Director Pa Ousman Joof, alongside Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, right, prepares to cut the ribbon during the grand opening of the Washington West African Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
U.S. Army veteran George Michael Taylor shares his stories from the Vietnam War during a Veterans Day program at the Snohomish Senior Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Fallen soldier, Vietnam War survivor linked by name — and now, more

“My name is George Michael Taylor,” said the Everett man on the phone. But George Michael Taylor had been killed in 1967.

U.S. Army veteran George Michael Taylor shares his stories from the Vietnam War during a Veterans Day program at the Snohomish Senior Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stephanie Boyle prepares dinner for her three children as one of them plays with olives at their new apartment in Marysville, Washington on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

To escape homelessness, Everett mother navigates a labyrinth

Stephanie Boyle’s odyssey to find an apartment echoes the stories of hundreds of families. And the need is only growing in Snohomish County.

Stephanie Boyle prepares dinner for her three children as one of them plays with olives at their new apartment in Marysville, Washington on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.

See who won school board races in Everett, Marysville, Edmonds

In Everett, Charles Adkins led Ryne Rohla for an open seat. And a Monroe school board race was separated by 9 votes.

Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.
Top row: Demi Chatters and Judy Tuohy. Bottom row: Scott Bader and Judith Martinez

Familiar faces win Everett City Council, Port of Everett races

Scott Bader and Judy Tuohy looked set to serve on the council again. And in the Port of Everett commissioner race, 12-year incumbent Tom Stiger fended off a challenger.

Top row: Demi Chatters and Judy Tuohy. Bottom row: Scott Bader and Judith Martinez
Tabitha Baty, left, Rob Serviss, Sarah Adams and Sherri Larkin.

Snohomish school board candidates focus on success, parent involvement

Tabitha Baty and Rob Serviss are competing to represent District 2. In District 4, incumbent Sarah Adams is facing Sherri Larkin.

Tabitha Baty, left, Rob Serviss, Sarah Adams and Sherri Larkin.
Carin Chase, left, Nicholas Logan, Nancy Katims and Nicholas Jenkins

Edmonds school board candidates focus on funding, core subjects

A projected $15 million budget deficit means finances — and looming cuts — are top of mind for candidates.

Carin Chase, left, Nicholas Logan, Nancy Katims and Nicholas Jenkins
Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.

Everett school board candidates offer dueling priorities

Incumbent Jen Hirman is running against Charles Mister to fill Position 2. Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla are competing for Position 5.

Jen Hirman, left, Charles Mister, Charles Adkins and Ryne Rohla.
Top row: Demi Chatters and Judy Tuohy. Bottom row: Scott Bader and Judith Martinez

Everett council candidates differ on solutions to homelessness, safety

Scott Bader faces Demi Chatters as he tries to rejoin the council. Judy Tuohy faces Judith Martinez in her bid to retain her seat.

Top row: Demi Chatters and Judy Tuohy. Bottom row: Scott Bader and Judith Martinez
Jacy Wade, a 988 crisis counselor, talks to caller during her shift on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘People just want to be heard’: Everett crisis line meets growing demand

Since the 988 line launched last year, the call center has received an average of 3,729 calls each month.

Jacy Wade, a 988 crisis counselor, talks to caller during her shift on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People talk and enjoy food Friday evening at the Snohomish County Recovery Coalition launch party in Everett, Washington. (Sophia Gates / The Herald)

Group advocating for addiction recovery launches in Snohomish County

The 40-member local chapter of the Washington Recovery Alliance counts housing and employment among its priorities.

People talk and enjoy food Friday evening at the Snohomish County Recovery Coalition launch party in Everett, Washington. (Sophia Gates / The Herald)
Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett police chief to retire at the end of October

Chief Dan Templeman announced his retirement at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. He has been chief for nine years.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Marysville Municipal Jail is pictured Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Marysville weighs mandatory jail time for repeated ‘public disorder’

The “three strikes” proposal sets a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail for crimes like public drug use and trespassing.

The Marysville Municipal Jail is pictured Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett Police Department (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Everett adding new downtown security, possibly more officers

The Everett City Council last week approved using $187,500 to contract with a security company to patrol downtown.

Everett Police Department (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Scott Bader

Bader ‘surprised’ by $38K in campaign cash from Master Builders

A trade association has supported Scott Bader with far more outside spending than any other Everett City Council candidate.

Scott Bader