Jason Clifton, of Ellensburg, works on a mural on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

30 new graffiti murals to brighten downtown Everett

Dozens of artists are spray-painting Everett buildings and alleys in the four-day event. The public is welcome to watch.

 

The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has three rows of seats with seating for up to seven passengers. (Mitsubishi)
The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has three rows of seats with seating for up to seven passengers. (Mitsubishi)

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander moves into upscale territory

Completely new version has bold design, a roomier interior, advanced infotainment and safety features.

 

Jon Elmgren, president of the Everett Rock Club, talks with two club members while out searching for olivine and other minerals on Saturday, July 22, 2022, along the Nooksack River near Deming, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett rockhounds dig in for shiny, rare, ‘ugly as sin’ treasure

This club has been around for 83 years. They’ll tell you what rocks their world — and how to identify “leaverite.”

 

British Airways cancels flight and then refuses refund

When British Airways cancels Carrie Christensen’s flight, she asks the carrier for a refund. Instead, it accuses her of missing her flight. Now, it’s refusing to return all of her money. Can it do that?

  • Aug 7, 2022
  • By Wire Service
Zane H., 15, fishes along the shore at Shadow Lake on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Footsore in Snohomish County’s southern frontier

From rugged foothills to cascading waterfalls, these five hikes offer plenty to explore in south county.

  • Aug 7, 2022
  • By Madison Beveridge
Zane H., 15, fishes along the shore at Shadow Lake on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Integrating our elders into our lives can enrich theirs and ours

Our children closely observe how we respond to our aging parents’ needs. Our choices become their model for how to take care of us when we reach our golden years.

Stockholm’s city parks are great places for people-watching and for young families to relax. (Rick Steves' Europe)

Rick Steves’ Europe: Stockholm: Sleek and progressive yet steeped in tradition

When sightseeing my way through Stockholm, I take full advantage of the local tradition of the fika: Sweden’s ritual coffee break.

Stockholm’s city parks are great places for people-watching and for young families to relax. (Rick Steves' Europe)
It’s only a matter of time until kids outpace their parents. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Running with my daughter is a tortuous delight

To the outside observer, I look like a bonafide runner, from my ponytail down to my quads. But that visible impression doesn’t last long.

It’s only a matter of time until kids outpace their parents. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Perfect Storm Summerific Hibiscus

August is prime time to appreciate the many varietals of perennial hibiscus

Garden centers should be well-stocked with stunning cultivars of this North American native that boasts big, bright, summer blooms.

  • Aug 5, 2022
  • By Steve Smith Special to the Herald
  • Columnist
Perfect Storm Summerific Hibiscus
Large-leaf holly fern. (Richie Steffens)

Great Plant Pick: large-leaf holly fern

This shade loving fern has bold and bright matte-green leaves that give a fresh look throughout the spring and summer.

  • Aug 5, 2022
Large-leaf holly fern. (Richie Steffens)
Antique trade signs are especially desirable when they double as folk art. This optician's sign, shaped like a pair of red lenses in a metal frame, could be an interesting, if expensive, decoration.

Optician’s trade sign could be confused for work of art

Signs that sell as folk art tend to bring higher prices at auction. This one went for twice the estimated value.

  • Aug 5, 2022
  • By Terry and Kim Kovel Special to the Herald
Antique trade signs are especially desirable when they double as folk art. This optician's sign, shaped like a pair of red lenses in a metal frame, could be an interesting, if expensive, decoration.
Todd La Torre of the rock band Queensryche performs in concert during the M3 Rock Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Queensryche is coming to the Stilly casino, and it’s your last chance to see “Mamma Mia” by the Village Theatre in Everett.

Todd La Torre of the rock band Queensryche performs in concert during the M3 Rock Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Alabama “'Bama” Nightmare holds her clipboard while sitting for a portrait Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Nightmare is running to be the Democratic candidate for Precinct Committee Officer in her precinct. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

In this electoral corner, it’s Alabama “’Bama” Nightmare vs. Jack Lockhart

Precinct Committee Officers are grassroots party races at the bottom of the ballot, maybe. The storylines are no less interesting.

Alabama “'Bama” Nightmare holds her clipboard while sitting for a portrait Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Everett, Washington. Nightmare is running to be the Democratic candidate for Precinct Committee Officer in her precinct. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The 2022 Nissan Rogue runs with a new three-cylinder engine paired with a revised CVT automatic transmission. Nissan.

New engine in 2022 Nissan Rogue improves power and fuel economy

The popular compact SUV with seating for five is at the top of its class in gas powered efficiency.

The 2022 Nissan Rogue runs with a new three-cylinder engine paired with a revised CVT automatic transmission. Nissan.
Biome Borneo, a conservation themed board game made out of shrooms and fishing net. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A local board game made of mushrooms? Sure, sounds fungi

A Stanwood trio plans to launch their first board game, using fungi and recycled materials to teach about Borneo rainforests.

Biome Borneo, a conservation themed board game made out of shrooms and fishing net. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Caption: Now’s a great time to stock up on free Covid tests available to Washington State residents at: https://sayyescovidhometest.org.

COVID-19’s behind her except for a nagging cough

But things might have been much different — in a bad way — without testing and vaccines.

Caption: Now’s a great time to stock up on free Covid tests available to Washington State residents at: https://sayyescovidhometest.org.
An easy one-mile loop near the visitor center at Seaquest State Park explores the edge of Silver Lake.
(Scott Hewitt/The Columbian)

Discover seven hidden gems not far from the super slab

Weekend trips: Next time you’re making the I-5 slog toward Oregon, check out some of these parks and preserves just off the freeway corridor.

  • Jul 31, 2022
  • By Scott Hewitt The Columbian
An easy one-mile loop near the visitor center at Seaquest State Park explores the edge of Silver Lake.
(Scott Hewitt/The Columbian)

Her Turo rental was repossessed with valuable items inside

When Michelle Marshall’s Turo rental gets repossessed, the car-sharing company offers her a partial refund. But what about her son’s expensive epilepsy medication? Is Turo responsible for that?

  • Jul 31, 2022
  • By Wire Service
At Switzerland's Ebenalp, you can stay in this cliff-side guesthouse and enjoy stunning mountain scenery.(Rick Steves' Europe)

Rick Steves’ Europe: Mountain fun in Switzerland’s Appenzell

They say you should set your watch back 10 years when in Appenzell, Switzerland’s most traditional region.

At Switzerland's Ebenalp, you can stay in this cliff-side guesthouse and enjoy stunning mountain scenery.(Rick Steves' Europe)

The blended-families challenge requires patience, maturity

Don’t expect miracles — it can be rough going for some time. Get professional help if you need it.