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Supporters march Wednesday afternoon across from Providence Medical Center in Everett on May 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Nurses picket Providence, claiming low wages, fewer benefits

Talks between the Everett hospitals and UFCW 21, representing 1,700 nurses, have been underway since October.

 

Snohomish artist Cathy Tanasse works on facial proportions on one of her "Memory Project" portraits on Friday, March 19, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish artist forges connections through art

Cathy Tanasse, a retired Glacier Peak High School art teacher, draws portraits of strangers as gifts.

 

Emerson Hancock warms up Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox preview: It’s prospects galore as Sox begin a new era

The AquaSox are loaded with talent as they enter their 1st season at the minor leagues’ High-A level.

 

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Keger paints the final touches on his work in Everett.

Everett’s a canvas for nation’s most talented graffiti artists

Graffiti on downtown buildings, painted with the owners’ permission, showcases the street art.

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Keger paints the final touches on his work in Everett.
Henri Wilson, who helped create a children's book with teens in Snohomish County Juvenile Court's detention alternatives and diversion programs, flips through "Possible Animal Athletes" with her granddaughter, Alexa Estes, 5, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In children’s book, court-involved kids show what’s possible

Artist Henri Wilson has worked for years, and through pandemic, with teens in juvenile justice system.

Henri Wilson, who helped create a children's book with teens in Snohomish County Juvenile Court's detention alternatives and diversion programs, flips through "Possible Animal Athletes" with her granddaughter, Alexa Estes, 5, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A view of the eastern lakeshore of the Lake Stevens that includes lakeshore and UGA that is a part of the city's annexation area on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens annexation advances without public vote

Local leaders revisited the proposal after city staff said an advisory vote isn’t a legal option.

A view of the eastern lakeshore of the Lake Stevens that includes lakeshore and UGA that is a part of the city's annexation area on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens High School student Jair Velazquez, 16, is the current North American Scholastic Esports Federation Spring 2021 Madden 21 Champion. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens High School student Jair Velazquez, 16, is the current North American Scholastic Esports Federation Spring 2021 Madden 21 Champion. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Outside hitter Mac Whyte, a senior volleyball player for Snohomish High, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year: Mac Whyte

The versatile Snohomish senior and four-year starter capped her accomplished prep career in style.

Outside hitter Mac Whyte, a senior volleyball player for Snohomish High, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Brecca Yates, left, helps guide dental student Kaylee Andrews through a crown prep exercise at Northshore Dental Assisting Academy on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dental staffing shortages are more than a pain in the mouth

With hundreds of open hygienist and assistant positions statewide, local dentists are short-handed.

Brecca Yates, left, helps guide dental student Kaylee Andrews through a crown prep exercise at Northshore Dental Assisting Academy on Friday, April 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett's Christopher Sembroski during centrifuge training at the NASTAR Center in Pennsylvania. (John Kraus/Inspiration4 photo)

Everett’s own spaceman thrilled to join all-civilian mission

Christopher Sembroski is in training to be part of a three-day SpaceX Dragon flight funded by a billionaire.

Everett's Christopher Sembroski during centrifuge training at the NASTAR Center in Pennsylvania. (John Kraus/Inspiration4 photo)
Demolition of the YMCA in downtown continues on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Apartments will rise from the site of the former YMCA annex

In all, 260 units are planned for the downtown Everett site. The older brick building will remain.

Demolition of the YMCA in downtown continues on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
“We are still trying to figure out what to do with him,” said Everett Police Department property crimes Det. Adam Gage, who transports the statue back to a room using a rolling chair on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Washington.The Batman statue was recovered after it was stolen from an Everett comic book store last year.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Batman returns! Stolen Funko statue is in police custody

The supersized bobblehead was taken from Everett Comics in an October “smash-and-grab.”

“We are still trying to figure out what to do with him,” said Everett Police Department property crimes Det. Adam Gage, who transports the statue back to a room using a rolling chair on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Washington.The Batman statue was recovered after it was stolen from an Everett comic book store last year.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Signs from the Department of Ecology warning about contamination in the creek that runs through Powder Mill Gulch on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State order targets Boeing Everett plant’s polluted history

Records show a dispute over cleanup requirements for chemically tainted water. The company denies there’s a disagreement.

Signs from the Department of Ecology warning about contamination in the creek that runs through Powder Mill Gulch on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gabriel van Winkle, center, struggles with lifting a bag of rice weighing nearly half his weight as he and volunteers help move the Granite Falls Food Bank from their old location to a new one on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Granite Falls, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

New digs will give Granite Falls nonprofit room to grow

The small town’s community coalition and food bank have found a home on school district grounds.

Gabriel van Winkle, center, struggles with lifting a bag of rice weighing nearly half his weight as he and volunteers help move the Granite Falls Food Bank from their old location to a new one on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Granite Falls, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Ancient White Park cows belonging to Burt Degroot Wednesday afternoon on a pasture on Ebey Island April 1, 2020 (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish rancher raises an ancient breed of cattle

The distinctive British horned livestock have been around since the Middle Ages.

Ancient White Park cows belonging to Burt Degroot Wednesday afternoon on a pasture on Ebey Island April 1, 2020 (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dongyue Zhuang and Hong Li do tai chi fan at Harborview Park on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tai chi at Harborview Park is a beautiful way to start a day

A retired couple from China practices “the best medicine” most mornings at the Everett park.

Dongyue Zhuang and Hong Li do tai chi fan at Harborview Park on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jackson's Amanda Wingert connects with a pitch during a game against Everett on Thursday afternoon at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek on April 8, 2021. The Timberwolves won 14-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Return of spring sports brings excitement, challenges

Teams in Wesco played their first games since 2019 this week after last season was canceled.

Jackson's Amanda Wingert connects with a pitch during a game against Everett on Thursday afternoon at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek on April 8, 2021. The Timberwolves won 14-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Coho salmon fry from the Stillaguamish Tribe Salmon Hatchery at Harvey Creek on Friday, March 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A tall task: Finding common ground in region’s floodplains

Tribes, farmers, cities and other groups make some headway in the Stillaguamish River Basin.

Coho salmon fry from the Stillaguamish Tribe Salmon Hatchery at Harvey Creek on Friday, March 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Timothy Beuca of Redmond is one of the newly chosen for WSU's new Internal Medicine Residency Program in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New medical residents in Everett are ‘from all walks of life’

WSU program is based at Providence hospital, with an emphasis on boosting health care in rural areas.

Timothy Beuca of Redmond is one of the newly chosen for WSU's new Internal Medicine Residency Program in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A person fishes off a dock at Thornton A. Sullivan Park that boarders the private because along West Ibberson Drive on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

City scraps contested segment of Silver Lake trail in Everett

Ibberson Drive neighbors criticized the city for plans to put a trail through a shared private lot.

A person fishes off a dock at Thornton A. Sullivan Park that boarders the private because along West Ibberson Drive on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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