Here are the top 5 energy hogs, and what you can do about them

The PUD’s Budget Payment Plan can spare you from sticker shock during the heating season.

  • Mar 11, 2022
Lee Oskar plays on one of his custom harmonicas in his recording studio in his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar debuts somber album ‘Never Forget’

The Danish musician of the funk band War and “Low Rider” fame makes art and music from his Everett home.

Lee Oskar plays on one of his custom harmonicas in his recording studio in his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rosalind_Celia_Touchstone: Touchstone the jester (played by Jay Rairigh, center) helps Rosalind (Kris Hambrick, left) and Celia (Sydney Kaser, right) develop a plan to test Orlando’s vows of love in Red Curtain’s production of As You Like It, running March 11-27 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. in Marysville.

Marysville troupe gives the Bard a postmodern interpretation

the show’s setting moves from the forest… Continue reading

Rosalind_Celia_Touchstone: Touchstone the jester (played by Jay Rairigh, center) helps Rosalind (Kris Hambrick, left) and Celia (Sydney Kaser, right) develop a plan to test Orlando’s vows of love in Red Curtain’s production of As You Like It, running March 11-27 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. in Marysville.
Geoffrey Castle returns to the Historic Everett Theatre on April 14. (Submitted photo)

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

Geoffrey Castle will put on a St. Patrick’s Day-themed show at the Historic Everett Theatre on March 17. (Submitted photo)

Geoffrey Castle returns to the Historic Everett Theatre on April 14. (Submitted photo)
Sleek lifts transport locals and visitors alike.

Bringing life to the village. and the village to the Alps

In Switzerland, the mighty Schilthornbahn cable car makes storybook-perfect Gimmelwald possible.

Sleek lifts transport locals and visitors alike.

How to help your youngster become a successful adult

It’s more important to nurture and model good character than to stuff them full of facts and figures.

Hertz billed her for eight extra days. Where’s the refund?

When Elie-Anne Chevrier rents a car from Hertz in Palm Beach, Florida, she expects to pay $113. So why did the car rental company just charge her $840?

  • Mar 9, 2022

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy may protect babies

Data show that being vaccinated, even before pregnancy, can prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations among infants 6 months and younger.

  • Mar 9, 2022
Gabriel Herrera works on a piece of artwork in his studio Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Herrera said he is in his blue phase as an artist, which is why he uses blue pens to create his art. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prison was art school for this Lake Stevens man

While incarcerated in Monroe for 10 years, Gabriel Herrera used a ballpoint pen to stick out.

Gabriel Herrera works on a piece of artwork in his studio Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Herrera said he is in his blue phase as an artist, which is why he uses blue pens to create his art. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The poster for the Fisherman's Village Music Fest in Everett May 19-21, 2022. 20220307

Fisherman’s Village fest lineup: 50 bands from near and far

In May, the three-day Everett event will host indie, blues and hip-hop artists, plus food trucks and a beer garden.

The poster for the Fisherman's Village Music Fest in Everett May 19-21, 2022. 20220307
The 2022 Toyota GR86 has a G-mesh-shaped matrix grille and functional molding on the front bumper. (Toyota) 20220307

Toyota’s 86 coupe returns for 2022 with new engine, new name

Horsepower, torque and technology get a big boost but the bottom line stays well below 30 grand.

The 2022 Toyota GR86 has a G-mesh-shaped matrix grille and functional molding on the front bumper. (Toyota) 20220307
Caption: Merlin, the nearly-toothless poodle, enjoying a quiet afternoon in Edmonds.

Should you brush your dog’s teeth? A cautionary tale

Seven years and several hefty vet bills later, Merlin the poodle is down to just one tooth. So yes, you should brush your pooch’s choppers.

Caption: Merlin, the nearly-toothless poodle, enjoying a quiet afternoon in Edmonds.
Albert the frog soars with wings made from feathers in this illustration from the children's book "Albert: A Frog and His Dream," written by Doug Warren. (Illustration by Keegan Williams)

When frogs fly: His book encourages children to dream big

Doug Warren of Lake Stevens turned his daughter’s bedtime story into a published book.

Albert the frog soars with wings made from feathers in this illustration from the children's book "Albert: A Frog and His Dream," written by Doug Warren. (Illustration by Keegan Williams)
Realistic flying cake chocolate with red strawberries toppings and  macaroons  3d illustration

The best desserts in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied, here are the results.

Realistic flying cake chocolate with red strawberries toppings and  macaroons  3d illustration
Rob Halford of Judas Priest performs at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018, in Tinley Park, IL. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

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

Rob Halford and Judas Priest to celebrate 50 years of heavy metal on March 9 in Everett.

Rob Halford of Judas Priest performs at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018, in Tinley Park, IL. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
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The 2022 Lexus NX 250 seats five, and offers more room for front passengers than the previous version. (Manufacturer photo)

Lexus goes all out on the all-new 2022 NX luxury compact SUV

Interior features include a new state-of-the-art infotainment system and several clever touches.

The 2022 Lexus NX 250 seats five, and offers more room for front passengers than the previous version. (Manufacturer photo)

Don’t get trapped in the rabbit hole of roads not taken

Unexpected twists and turns in the road will arise. Those curve balls can help us grow and mature.

This image: Hikers and climbers make room for each other on the Colchuck Lake Trail, a popular area in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Photo by Jessi Loerch.

How to keep things civil and pleasant on our crowded trails

More folks than ever are trekking in Washington’s backcountry. A new perspective can help make hiking a pleasant experience for everyone.

  • Feb 27, 2022
This image: Hikers and climbers make room for each other on the Colchuck Lake Trail, a popular area in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Photo by Jessi Loerch.
The Camino ends at this cathedral, which holds the tomb of St. James.

The Camino de Santiago: A medieval pilgrimage in modern times

In recent years, the 450-mile trek in a far northwest corner of Spain has seen a renaissance of interest.

The Camino ends at this cathedral, which holds the tomb of St. James.