Gene Woodard, 68, and Ray Wittmier, 67, are riding coast-to-coast on a 50-day trek.

No e-bikes for retired guys on a 50-day bucket-list ride

The men are raising money for St. Baldrick’s cancer research. “Our hearts are our motors, our legs are our pistons.”

Gene Woodard, 68, and Ray Wittmier, 67, are riding coast-to-coast on a 50-day trek.
The new 2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS model has dark 19-inch wheels, a black grille, black roof rails, and black exterior badging. (Manufacturer photo)

2022 Chevrolet Equinox drops previous L model, adds new RS

The popular compact SUV has refreshed styling, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard.

The new 2022 Chevrolet Equinox RS model has dark 19-inch wheels, a black grille, black roof rails, and black exterior badging. (Manufacturer photo)
Caption: It took a Mother’s Day gift to Washhpodd and 10 hours of labor to bring her car back to pre-kid condition.

The trusty Mom-mobile deserves a fresh start

Hard work by the crew at the auto detailer makes her a rarity: a mom with a clean car.

Caption: It took a Mother’s Day gift to Washhpodd and 10 hours of labor to bring her car back to pre-kid condition.
Zak Stoltz with his dog Boba. (Rita Andrade)

A filmmaker from Mukilteo takes on ‘Everything Everywhere’

The Kamiak High School graduate led a shockingly small five-person visual effects team for the hit film.

Zak Stoltz with his dog Boba. (Rita Andrade)

Asking for help: Why it’s so difficult for some people

We think nothing of helping others, but somehow, we’re uncomfortable when we might need help.

Pageantry and people at Siena’s Palio.

Rick Steves’ Europe: 90 seconds of medieval madness in Italy

The Palio di Siena horse race through the streets of Siena is a cherished summer tradition that goes back 500 years.

Pageantry and people at Siena’s Palio.

She wanted a refund for her Vrbo rental. The owner blocked her

When Charysma Adams shows up at her Vrbo rental for a one-night stay, the access code doesn’t work. But when she asks for a refund, the owner blocks her. Can she get her money back?

  • May 29, 2022
  • By Wire Service
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Vaughan Lester of Port Angeles picks his way through the rubble of Olympic Hot Springs Road at the site of a washout in the Elwha River Valley of Olympic National Park on Thursday.

They may prefer trails, but hikers still need usable roads

Washed-out roads restrict access to Washington’s public lands. What can outdoors-loving citizens do about the problem?

  • May 29, 2022
  • By Washington Trails Association
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Vaughan Lester of Port Angeles picks his way through the rubble of Olympic Hot Springs Road at the site of a washout in the Elwha River Valley of Olympic National Park on Thursday.
A featured exhibit at the show will be a 500-pound Elestial Amethyst specimen from the Bahia Mine in Brazil.

Gem show this weekend in Monroe offers family fun

A featured exhibit at the show will be a 500-pound Elestial Amethyst specimen from the Bahia Mine in Brazil.

A featured exhibit at the show will be a 500-pound Elestial Amethyst specimen from the Bahia Mine in Brazil.
The Chinese fringe tree is an excellent choice for the small garden. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Chinese fringe tree

This reliable and easy to grow small tree is covered with clusters of fringed white flowers in early summer.

The Chinese fringe tree is an excellent choice for the small garden. (Richie Steffen)
Close up Beautiful pink Rhododendron

Last chance to prune spring flowering shrubs and perennials

If you wait and prune these spring bloomers in the fall or winter, you will cut off all of next year’s flower buds.

Close up Beautiful pink Rhododendron
Photo Caption: This unconventional table was made in the 1980s by an unconventional artist, Jeff Lederman. It sold for $4,750 at Main Auction Galleries in Cincinnati.

Unconventional Ohio artist designed this unconventional table

Plus answers to questions about antique samplers, Herman Miller furniture, doorknob collecting and more.

Photo Caption: This unconventional table was made in the 1980s by an unconventional artist, Jeff Lederman. It sold for $4,750 at Main Auction Galleries in Cincinnati.
Classic cars make the loop during the newly restored Cruzin Colby Sunday afternoon in downtown Everett on May 28, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Vintage cars will rule the road at Everett’s Cruzin’ to Colby

The annual show this weekend makes downtown “the place to play on Memorial Day.”

Classic cars make the loop during the newly restored Cruzin Colby Sunday afternoon in downtown Everett on May 28, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Art Alexakis of Everclear performs during the 2012 Summerland Tour at Riverbend Music Center on July 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

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

Art Alexakis and Everclear joins fellow 1990s alt-rockers Tonic for a show May 28 in downtown Everett.

Art Alexakis of Everclear performs during the 2012 Summerland Tour at Riverbend Music Center on July 11, 2012, in Cincinnati. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

What is diverticulitis and what can I do about it?

People older than 40 should have a screening colonoscopy to determine whether they have this intestinal condition, which can lead to serious medical problems.

  • May 25, 2022
  • By Wire Service
Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Flags tell Monroe woman’s transgender journey — and more

The flagpole in her front yard is a visual for Facebook posts about who Melissa Batson is and how she got there.

Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid has three rows of seats, including middle-row captain’s chairs, for a total capacity of six passengers. (Manufacturer photo)

Kia Sorento Hybrid SUV adds appealing new features for 2022

The compact crossover is now available with all-wheel drive, and there’s a new plug-in hybrid model.

The 2022 Kia Sorento Hybrid has three rows of seats, including middle-row captain’s chairs, for a total capacity of six passengers. (Manufacturer photo)
Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times 

The Jacob and Sarah Ebey House will open to public visitors Memorial Day weekend.

A landmark steeped in 19th century history reopens on Whidbey

Beginning May 28, you can venture inside one of the state’s oldest buildings: The Jacob and Sarah Ebey House, which dates from the 1850s.

Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times 

The Jacob and Sarah Ebey House will open to public visitors Memorial Day weekend.

I canceled my flight to Frankfurt, but now I can’t use my credit

Melissa Crespo receives a $2,060 ticket credit when she cancels her flights to Frankfurt, Germany. But now her online agency has told her she can only use 25% of the credit at a time. Can it do that?

  • May 22, 2022
  • By Wire Service

Navigating the rough, often scary seas of a hospital stay

After helping a friend who underwent major surgery, Paul Schoenfeld reflects on ways to cope for patients and their loved ones.