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Spring plant sales in Snohomish County

Find perennials, vegetable starts, shrubs and more at these sales, which raise money for horticulture scholarships.

(Daniel Berman for The Washington Post)

The Rick Steves guide to life

The longtime Edmonds resident is trying to bring a dash of the Europe he loves to south Snohomish County.

(Daniel Berman for The Washington Post)
The 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT has wide fender cladding, a dark chrome grille, and premium LED daytime running lights.

2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz is two vehicles in one

The half SUV, half pickup has a new XRT variant in place of the previous SEL Premium.

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT has wide fender cladding, a dark chrome grille, and premium LED daytime running lights.
Byzantine mosaics

With its beautiful Byzantine mosaics, Ravenna only gets better with age

Near Italy’s Adriatic coast, it was the westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire and a flickering light in the Dark Ages.

  • Apr 29, 2024
Byzantine mosaics
Artist Libby Hammer picks through bits and pieces collected from Whidbey Island beaches recently at her home in Oak Harbor. (Sam Fletcher / Whidbey News-Times)

Whidbey Island artist collects beach rubble to make Ragamuffin’s Rock Art

Libby Hammer got her start with wood in Tacoma. After moving to Oak Harbor, she shifted to rocks, shells and sea glass.

Artist Libby Hammer picks through bits and pieces collected from Whidbey Island beaches recently at her home in Oak Harbor. (Sam Fletcher / Whidbey News-Times)

Planning for a loved one’s death can make losing them less difficult

Patients and family members deal with many unknowns, including not only the disease process but also the dying process.

Brayden Burn shakes Tsunami’s paw. Tsunami is a 2-year-old smooth sable collie, a breed that breeder Corinne Boon said is going extinct in Europe, despite being a good family and herding pet. (Luisa Loi / Whidbey News-Times)

A boy and his dog: Whidbey Island teen wins Collie Club of America title

Brayden Burn, of Oak Harbor, is the first boy in 21 years to take Best in Show at the club’s National Specialty competition.

Brayden Burn shakes Tsunami’s paw. Tsunami is a 2-year-old smooth sable collie, a breed that breeder Corinne Boon said is going extinct in Europe, despite being a good family and herding pet. (Luisa Loi / Whidbey News-Times)

Expedia said it would refund my tickets four years ago. Help!

Keith Dawe has been waiting for his refund from Expedia since 2020. But neither it nor his airline can find the money.

  • Apr 27, 2024
  • By Wire Service
Camp Fire attendees pose after playing in the water. (Photo courtesy by Camp Fire)

The best childcare in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied. Here are the results.

  • Apr 26, 2024
  • Alex Kube
Camp Fire attendees pose after playing in the water. (Photo courtesy by Camp Fire)
Gus Mansour works through timing with Jeff Olson and Steven Preszler, far right, during a rehearsal for the upcoming annual Elvis Challenge Wednesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on April 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Hunka hunka: Elvis Challenge returns to Historic Everett Theatre May 4

The “King of Rock and Roll” died in 1977, but his music and sideburns live on with Elvis tribute artists.

Gus Mansour works through timing with Jeff Olson and Steven Preszler, far right, during a rehearsal for the upcoming annual Elvis Challenge Wednesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on April 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Mukilteo Police Chief Andy Illyn and the graphic he created. He is currently attending the 10-week FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. (Photo provided by Andy Illyn)

Help wanted: Unicorns for ‘pure magic’ career with Mukilteo police

“There’s a whole population who would be amazing police officers” but never considered it, the police chief said.

Mukilteo Police Chief Andy Illyn and the graphic he created. He is currently attending the 10-week FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. (Photo provided by Andy Illyn)
"Unsellable Houses" hosts Lyndsay Lamb (far right) and Leslie Davis (second from right) show homes in Snohomish County to Randy and Gina (at left) on an episode of "House Hunters: All Stars" that airs Thursday. (Photo provided by HGTV photo)

Snohomish twin stars of HGTV’s ‘Unsellable Houses’ are on ‘House Hunters’

Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis show homes in Mountlake Terrace, Everett and Lynnwood in Thursday’s episode.

"Unsellable Houses" hosts Lyndsay Lamb (far right) and Leslie Davis (second from right) show homes in Snohomish County to Randy and Gina (at left) on an episode of "House Hunters: All Stars" that airs Thursday. (Photo provided by HGTV photo)
2024 Lexus GX 550 (Photo provided by Lexus)

2024 Lexus GX 550 review

The 2024 Lexus GX 550 has been redesigned from the ground up, no small feat for a vehicle first introduced to the mid-luxury SUV market… Continue reading

  • Apr 25, 2024
  • By Larry Lark
2024 Lexus GX 550 (Photo provided by Lexus)

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

Jazz vocalist Greta Matassa comes to Snohomish while “Death by Design” ends its run at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.

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2024 Lexus TX brings three-row seating back to the SUV lineup

The new luxury SUV is available in three versions, including two with hybrid powertrains.

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Spring plant sales in Snohomish County

Find perennials, vegetable starts, shrubs and more at these sales, which raise money for horticulture scholarships.

  • Apr 24, 2024
  • Herald staff

To most, tiles are utilitarian. To some, they’re a sought-after art form.

Collectors particularly prize tiles made by early 20th century art potteries. This Wheatley piece sold for $216 at auction.

beautiful colors of rhododendron flowers

With its big, bright blooms, Washington’s state flower is wowing once again

Whether dwarf or absolutely ginormous, rhodies put on a grand show each spring. Plus, they love the Pacific Northwest.

beautiful colors of rhododendron flowers
Craig Chambers takes orders while working behind the bar at Obsidian Beer Hall on Friday, April 12, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Obsidian Beer Hall takes over former Toggle’s space in downtown Everett

Beyond beer, the Black-owned taphouse boasts a chill vibe with plush sofas, art on the walls and hip-hop on the speakers.

Craig Chambers takes orders while working behind the bar at Obsidian Beer Hall on Friday, April 12, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Glimpse the ancient past in northeast England

Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73 miles across the isle. It’s still one of England’s most thought-provoking sights.

  • Apr 20, 2024