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People across Snohomish County share their thoughts on two years of life during the pandemic. 20220123

Anxious, weary, hopeful: How we’re coping with COVID

The pandemic has taken a toll in Snohomish County, where the first U.S. case was confirmed. Here’s a time capsule of life in 2022.

 

Mara Wiltshire, left, celebrates her first place finish in Mario Cart against her son Miles Jenkins, 7, as Calvin Jenkins, 5, looking on Friday evening at their home in Everett, Washington on January 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Child care’s heightened burden takes parents out of workforce

One Snohomish County mom said she couldn’t return to work “because I didn’t have child care and I wouldn’t be able to afford it.”

 

Jackson's Lindyn Solis bowls during a match against Everett on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

GALLERY: Jackson, Everett girls bowlers hit the lanes

The Timberwolves brought a 13-1 record into the match with the state tournament fast approaching.

 

Lake Stevens' Tyler Fouts lifts Glacier Peak's Gil Mossburg during wrestling on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Tyler Fouts lifts Glacier Peak's Gil Mossburg during wrestling on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No more gnarly feet: This ‘Wounded Warrior’ gets pedicures

Keith Reyes, 64, visits a Stanwood nail salon for “foot treatments” that help soothe blast injuries.

Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shelly Holmgren, left, holds hands with her brother Jay Holmgren, center, while they listen to Musicial Thanatologist April Mitchell a song at Providence Everett on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Death, grief and comfort at Everett’s pandemic epicenter

Here are some voices at Providence hospital of those still staring down COVID: a harpist, a cancer patient, a chaplain and a nursing assistant.

Shelly Holmgren, left, holds hands with her brother Jay Holmgren, center, while they listen to Musicial Thanatologist April Mitchell a song at Providence Everett on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mail delays frustrate and perplex Snohomish residents

One woman waited two weeks for delivery. Then came “an avalanche of mail.” The Postal Service blames snow and staffing issues.

A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Doug Standish (left to right) Ezri Standish, Kayla Standish, Arya Standish, and Brander Standish outside there home in Stanwood, Washington on January 8, 2022.  The Standish family committed sweat equity as a down payment for their home and continue to work on more homes in the neighborhood. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

With down payment of ‘sweat,’ 9 Stanwood families are homeowners

A Housing Hope program helps families buy houses with “sweat equity”: “We busted our butts to get here.”

Doug Standish (left to right) Ezri Standish, Kayla Standish, Arya Standish, and Brander Standish outside there home in Stanwood, Washington on January 8, 2022.  The Standish family committed sweat equity as a down payment for their home and continue to work on more homes in the neighborhood. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Program Manager Steven Iron Wing II at the Tulalip Tribe's Stanwood Healing Lodge on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

If not for Tulalip Healing Lodge, ‘I wouldn’t be here right now’

Ambrose James credits his sobriety to counseling and the lodge. The tribal program is expanding with a $1.3 million grant.

Program Manager Steven Iron Wing II at the Tulalip Tribe's Stanwood Healing Lodge on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Need to Ring or Zoom? Edmonds teen comes to the rescue

Jack Rice, 17, started a free service to help seniors connect with tech. “He’s a hero around here.”

Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Mukilteo Mayor-again Joe Marine on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine moves into his old office, 8 years later

He’s the city’s first mayor elected to serve three terms. Ten people applied to fill his City Council seat.

Mukilteo Mayor-again Joe Marine on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Drive-up COVID testing line clogs north Everett neighborhood

City officials are looking to relocate a test site on Wetmore Avenue as demand soars amid an omicron-fueled surge.

on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington's David Forslof, left, faces on with Stanwood's Lane Ovenell in the 132lb weight class at Stanwood High School Thursday evening in Stanwood, Washington on January 6, 2022. The Spartans defeated the Eagles 50-21.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

GALLERY: Stanwood wrestlers retain ‘Battle of the Bull’

The Spartans top rival Arlington 50-21 to capture the annual rivalry trophy for the seventh straight time.

Arlington's David Forslof, left, faces on with Stanwood's Lane Ovenell in the 132lb weight class at Stanwood High School Thursday evening in Stanwood, Washington on January 6, 2022. The Spartans defeated the Eagles 50-21.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tulalip fish buyer Hazen Shopbell talks about what he calls his unlawful arrest on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Tulalip Reservation, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Shellfish war: Judge dismisses Tulalip clam-trafficking case

“A massive waste of taxpayer dollars,” said an attorney. Two tribal defendants say the dismissal is a victory for treaty rights.

Tulalip fish buyer Hazen Shopbell talks about what he calls his unlawful arrest on Monday, May 3, 2021 in Tulalip Reservation, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Marilyn Rosenberg, owner of Cafe Zippy, on the last day of business in Everett Friday afternoon on December 31, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Cafe Zippy, an offbeat Everett community hub, closes

With a $700 rent hike looming, owner Marilyn Rosenberg opted to close the restaurant after a 17-year run.

Marilyn Rosenberg, owner of Cafe Zippy, on the last day of business in Everett Friday afternoon on December 31, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another Alfy’s pizzeria closes, but the owners say fret not

Regulars said goodbye to the Silver Lake joint. Ownership has pledged to reopen the Alfy’s on Broadway in time for baseball season.

Alfy's Pizza on Broadway is closed in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kelly Brookbank performs a pre-drive check on her bus Wednesday morning at the depot in Seattle on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Authorities did little to help displaced low-income tenants

The end was chaotic and confusing for tenants of the Whispering Pines complex in Lynnwood. Volunteers tried to help.

Kelly Brookbank performs a pre-drive check on her bus Wednesday morning at the depot in Seattle on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Laird Will and Glenna Atkins share a laugh Saturday afternoon in Marysville on December 18, 2021. Will found out he had additional siblings through a DNA test. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Oh, boy! DNA test reveals Marysville mom’s 1957 secret baby

Shirley Howard, 86, has two other kids, ages 60 and 62. They didn’t know they had a big brother. They welcomed him.

Laird Will and Glenna Atkins share a laugh Saturday afternoon in Marysville on December 18, 2021. Will found out he had additional siblings through a DNA test. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The historic, century-plus old Bush House in Index. (Courtesy Photo)

In Index, historic Bush House Inn is accepting guests once more

Blair and Kathy Corson renovated the 122-year-old hotel, staying true to its original image.

The historic, century-plus old Bush House in Index. (Courtesy Photo)
Addisyn Hager, 11, and James Hager take to the slopes of Forest Park Sunday afternoon in Everett on December 26, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Addisyn Hager, 11, and James Hager take to the slopes of Forest Park Sunday afternoon in Everett on December 26, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)