Julie Muhlstein

A trio in the lighting area at Boom City watches a shower of white-hot sparks from several fountains set off Tuesday just as darkness falls. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

It’s a blast when everyone gathers at Boom City

Just west of the Tulalip Resort Casino, a temporary fireworks market opens every summer.

A trio in the lighting area at Boom City watches a shower of white-hot sparks from several fountains set off Tuesday just as darkness falls. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Jim Mattson is retiring after nearly 40 years as executive director of Pacific Treatment Alternatives. (courtesy Jim Mattson)

He spent 39 years helping addicted moms

Jim Mattson has retired as executive director of Pacific Treatment Alternatives.

Jim Mattson is retiring after nearly 40 years as executive director of Pacific Treatment Alternatives. (courtesy Jim Mattson)
Lynnwood’s Cindy Ward, 42, completed her 100th half marathon earlier this month. Here, she celebrates at the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon at Seattle Center. (Photo courtesy Cindy Ward and Gretchen Tapp)

100 half marathons later, Cindy Ward still hooked on running.

She reached her 100-run milestone June 10 at the finish line of the Rock‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon.

Lynnwood’s Cindy Ward, 42, completed her 100th half marathon earlier this month. Here, she celebrates at the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon at Seattle Center. (Photo courtesy Cindy Ward and Gretchen Tapp)
Five-year-old Autumn climbs onto a sturdy tricycle in the playground area at Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center in Everett Friday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

‘Attachment’ called key to children’s wellbeing

Childhood experts here do critical work amid reports of migrant children being separated from parents.

Five-year-old Autumn climbs onto a sturdy tricycle in the playground area at Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center in Everett Friday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Bill Akers, a senior vice president at Premera Blue Cross in Mountlake Terrace, is one of the adult players in a decades-long game of tag that inspired the movie “Tag.” Players, all buddies from Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep High School, are in a photo displayed in Akers’ office, complete with signatures. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

In the real-life ‘Tag,’ this local health-care executive is ‘it’

Bill Akers of Premera Blue Cross and nine other Gonzaga Prep “Tag Brothers” inspired the movie.

Bill Akers, a senior vice president at Premera Blue Cross in Mountlake Terrace, is one of the adult players in a decades-long game of tag that inspired the movie “Tag.” Players, all buddies from Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep High School, are in a photo displayed in Akers’ office, complete with signatures. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Everett Animal Shelter staffer Kim Mantyla deals with a lost poodle, Monday. P.J. is estimated to be 10 to 11 years old. The Everett Animal Shelter is launching a senior dog foster program to get its elderly dogs into temporary homes. The current foster program had only included puppies, kittens and adult cats.(Dan Bates / The Herald)

Shelter seeking temporary homes for elderly pooches

The Everett Animal Shelter is seeking volunteers for its new senior dog foster program.

Everett Animal Shelter staffer Kim Mantyla deals with a lost poodle, Monday. P.J. is estimated to be 10 to 11 years old. The Everett Animal Shelter is launching a senior dog foster program to get its elderly dogs into temporary homes. The current foster program had only included puppies, kittens and adult cats.(Dan Bates / The Herald)
Snohomish County’s parks operations supervisor, Rich Patton, has loved parks almost since he was born. When he was a boy, his dad was caretaker here at Picnic Point Park. Once, Rich helped him build a picnic table from logs. It sat near this grassy spot by the beach. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Snohomish County parks ranger and dad share legacy of service

The father and son have more in common than great memories of hiking, fishing and camping.

Snohomish County’s parks operations supervisor, Rich Patton, has loved parks almost since he was born. When he was a boy, his dad was caretaker here at Picnic Point Park. Once, Rich helped him build a picnic table from logs. It sat near this grassy spot by the beach. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Offers to buy homes “as-is” for cash are being mailed and dropped off at houses around the region. (Dan Bates / Herald Photo)

‘Stop sending me letters to buy my house — it’s not for sale’

You can thank the hot real-estate market for all those offers in your mailbox. But be wary.

Offers to buy homes “as-is” for cash are being mailed and dropped off at houses around the region. (Dan Bates / Herald Photo)
In Historic Everett Theatre manager Curt Shriner’s world, the question of saving or selling the old playhouse largely owned by his brother is a question of finding more partners. The theater is for sale for $1.9 million. Curt Shriner, shown here in the mirrored lobby, plans to stay on as an owner and manager. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Historic Everett Theatre holds an audition for new investors

Says a prospective new owner, who is a local actress: “Culture strengthens the community.”

In Historic Everett Theatre manager Curt Shriner’s world, the question of saving or selling the old playhouse largely owned by his brother is a question of finding more partners. The theater is for sale for $1.9 million. Curt Shriner, shown here in the mirrored lobby, plans to stay on as an owner and manager. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Kassi Blanchard will graduate from EvCC Friday and head to Western Washington University with a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship of up to $22,500. With serious health conditions, it has been no easy task. But the 34-year-old plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Through all the hardships, she turns toward healing others

Relentless work and unshakable faith has propelled this EvCC grad to achieve the nearly impossible.

Kassi Blanchard will graduate from EvCC Friday and head to Western Washington University with a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship of up to $22,500. With serious health conditions, it has been no easy task. But the 34-year-old plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Ensign Daniel Stitt, president of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2018, presents President Donald Trump with a gift — a stein with the Naval Academy seal and Class of 2018 seal — at the academy’s May 25 graduation ceremony. Stitt is a 2011 graduate of Snohomish High School. (Glen A. Miller Photography)

Local Naval Academy grads reflect on meeting the president

“From one president to another,” said class president Daniel Stitt, who presented Trump with a gift.

Ensign Daniel Stitt, president of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2018, presents President Donald Trump with a gift — a stein with the Naval Academy seal and Class of 2018 seal — at the academy’s May 25 graduation ceremony. Stitt is a 2011 graduate of Snohomish High School. (Glen A. Miller Photography)
Judy Schneider-Wallace lost her first husband to suicide by gun. She is part of the Mukilteo/Lynnwood Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group that will fly a large orange flag in Mukilteo through June 11, and who demonstrated Friday at an I-5 overpass and the Mukilteo Speedway in support of the “Wear Orange” movement to bring awareness to gun violence. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

For gun reform advocates, orange is the color of action

If you’re seeing orange this weekend, that’s the doing of Moms Demand Action.

Judy Schneider-Wallace lost her first husband to suicide by gun. She is part of the Mukilteo/Lynnwood Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group that will fly a large orange flag in Mukilteo through June 11, and who demonstrated Friday at an I-5 overpass and the Mukilteo Speedway in support of the “Wear Orange” movement to bring awareness to gun violence. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
In the gym at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, dance teacher Emmy Fansler (left) and director Alison Herron of Arts With A Purpose prepare for detainees who have been learning hip-hop dance technique. At the Denney Talent Showcase, young people will demonstrate what they have learned, including reciting poetry written by fellow detainees. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Youthful offenders express themselves through dance, poetry

Kids at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center performed at the fifth Denney Talent Showcase.

In the gym at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, dance teacher Emmy Fansler (left) and director Alison Herron of Arts With A Purpose prepare for detainees who have been learning hip-hop dance technique. At the Denney Talent Showcase, young people will demonstrate what they have learned, including reciting poetry written by fellow detainees. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
A large sawmill operation on the bank of the Snohomish River in northeast Everett

Everett and its waterfront were built by the working class

A local historian will share a photo presentation about the history of the city’s working waterfront.

A large sawmill operation on the bank of the Snohomish River in northeast Everett

A couple of names worth memorializing at Everett’s new park

David Dilgard and Helen Jackson were devoted to the city and worked to enliven it.

In her Snohomish-area home, Jean Bochan pages through the book she wrote and compiled chronicling the saga of her late husband. Paul Bochan, a native of Poland, was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, liberated from Dachau by American soldiers and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. They were married 54 years before he died seven years ago. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Concentration camp survivor found a home in Snohomish County

The late Paul Bochan was an immigrant who loved America. His wife has written a book about him.

In her Snohomish-area home, Jean Bochan pages through the book she wrote and compiled chronicling the saga of her late husband. Paul Bochan, a native of Poland, was imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, liberated from Dachau by American soldiers and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. They were married 54 years before he died seven years ago. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

In Everett, hateful signs of the times

People are distributing fliers, some pasted on yard signs, promoting a neo-Nazi group.

Bryan and April Fugate hang out in Brian’s parents’ great yard in Marysville with their Italian greyhound, Daisy. Bryan was diagnosed with schizophrenia before the two were married a few years ago. He takes medication and follows a healthy routine to counter his mental illness. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Pair undaunted by ‘terrifying’ diagnosis

Bryan Fugate and his wife, April, are living with — and talking about — his schizophrenia

Bryan and April Fugate hang out in Brian’s parents’ great yard in Marysville with their Italian greyhound, Daisy. Bryan was diagnosed with schizophrenia before the two were married a few years ago. He takes medication and follows a healthy routine to counter his mental illness. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At the conclusion of his talk, 95-year-old Dick Nelms, who flew 35 missions in B-17 bombers in World War II, tips his cap to appreciative fellow military pilots at the Stanwood Eagles Thursday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Step into ‘a wonderful comradeship’ of military fliers

The Stanwood gathering recently hosted Dick Nelms, 95, who flew 35 missions into Germany during WWII.

At the conclusion of his talk, 95-year-old Dick Nelms, who flew 35 missions in B-17 bombers in World War II, tips his cap to appreciative fellow military pilots at the Stanwood Eagles Thursday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Standing on the marked ground where a new church will be built, Rev. Jay DeFolco of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Lake Stevens and Granite Falls talks about the parish, which will break ground here on Sunday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Holy Cross Catholic plans groundbreaking on much larger church

For its multiple Masses every weekend, it fills to capacity and beyond.

Standing on the marked ground where a new church will be built, Rev. Jay DeFolco of Holy Cross Catholic Church of Lake Stevens and Granite Falls talks about the parish, which will break ground here on Sunday. (Dan Bates / The Herald)