Help the Snohomish County Parks Department get rid of invasive ivy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kayak Point County Park, 15610 Marine Drive in Stanwood. For more information, call Tom Wunderlich at 425-388-6604.

Two gray whales were spotted by a ferry passenger Thursday between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island.

That’s good news for whale lovers. But look closely if you think you’ve spotted a whale.

Tom McMillen, with Salish Sea Charters, said sea lions are easily mistaken for whales.

Sea lions, especially Steller’s, breathe very loudly when they surface. When it is quiet, they sound like an Orca blowing. Some folks, especially at night, mistake a sea lion for a whale.

Sea lions also will float at the surface with one flipper in the air that can be mistaken for an Orca fin. They actually are warming themselves.

The Children’s Museum in Snohomish County extended its call for art for its Holiday Card Program to 3 p.m. March 31.

All art is to be mailed or delivered to 3013 Colby Ave., Everett, WA 98201. Some pieces will be featured in a selection of holiday cards. Ages 6-18 are eligible to participate.

Snohomish County PUD’s rates are among the highest in the state, and have been since the 2000-01 energy crisis. The Herald wants to hear from readers who have had a hard time paying their power bills the past three years.

If you have a story you want to share, contact reporter Lukas Velush at or 425-339-3449.

A story about gas prices on Saturday’s Page A1 gave the incorrect dial position for KIRO radio. The station is at 710 AM.

  • The first paragraph of a story on Sunday’s Page B1 about all-ages dances in Everett was inadvertently replaced with the first paragraph of another story. The first paragraph should have read: Cliff Verhoeff said all he wants to do is hold a dance to bring people of all ages to Everett to have a good time.

    The story reported on efforts by the Snohomish Artist Guild and its director, Verhoeff, to host all-ages dances in conjunction with its annual winter festival. A 1989 Everett city law bars dance events in which people 21 and older are in the same room as those under 21.

    If you have an item for FYI, call Kristi O’Harran at 425-339-3451. If you have a news tip or an idea for a local story, call the city desk at 425-339-3428, or e-mail

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    425-339-3470, after 4 p.m.

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