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Electric Ford Mustangs are lined up for viewing Saturday afternoon during Drive Electric Earth Day in the Everett, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Electric car owners enjoy kicking the dinosaur fuel habit

The number of Washington drivers plugging in is growing, but the upfront cost of electric vehicles is high.

Electric Ford Mustangs are lined up for viewing Saturday afternoon during Drive Electric Earth Day in the Everett, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ferne Violet Berg Ullestad holds hands of her family members while she sits are her table during her 100 year birthday celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Marysville centenarian known by many for loving ‘unconditionally’

Ferne Ullestad turned 100 in April. She said over the years, Marysville has stayed the same at its core.

Ferne Violet Berg Ullestad holds hands of her family members while she sits are her table during her 100 year birthday celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Mukilteo waterfront on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Got ideas? 26-acre Mukilteo waterfront beckons improvement

There’s an open house on Thursday. See what’s on the drawing board so far from 11 landowners.

The Mukilteo waterfront on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A worker sprays down the floor near a gigantic pile of garbage Friday, April 29, 2022, at the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station in Everett, Washington. The garbage pile at the facility is reaching never-before-seen proportions. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Snohomish County is hoping to avoid literal dumpster fire

Our stinky trash mountain could spontaneously combust, so officials are arranging to send garbage to Oregon.

A worker sprays down the floor near a gigantic pile of garbage Friday, April 29, 2022, at the Airport Road Recycling and Transfer Station in Everett, Washington. The garbage pile at the facility is reaching never-before-seen proportions. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
JR Stalkfleet digs out a hole for a tomato plant with his hand in the new outdoor classroom at Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Outdoor classroom in Everett offers kids lessons ‘in the dirt’

The Tomorrow’s Hope program is a chance “to see the amount of work that goes into getting a salad,” says a trainer.

JR Stalkfleet digs out a hole for a tomato plant with his hand in the new outdoor classroom at Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center on Friday, April 22, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sean Sanderson trims excess fat off a New York cut of Wagyu at EC Wilson Meats on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$100 a steak at Costco? Japanese Wagyu cows sure are pricey

The highly marbled steaks melt like butter and are rich in flavor. And now the masses can enjoy them.

Sean Sanderson trims excess fat off a New York cut of Wagyu at EC Wilson Meats on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Tiffany Armstrong hands over an order from the Buddy Burger food trailer Saturday morning in the Everett, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Food truck raises $1,200 during Child Abuse Prevention Month

To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Buddy Burger raised money for Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center in Everett.

Tiffany Armstrong hands over an order from the Buddy Burger food trailer Saturday morning in the Everett, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

Photography: the extracurricular shots

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.
Melinda Parke sits inside her Days Inn motel room as her son, Elijah, sleeps on his chair behind her Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

In dire search for housing, mother asks: ‘How much worse can it get?’

Melinda Parke and her 8-year-old son with autism can’t find emergency housing in Everett. It’s been nearly five months.

Melinda Parke sits inside her Days Inn motel room as her son, Elijah, sleeps on his chair behind her Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Cassandra Lopez-Shaw

Snohomish County judge broke barriers, ‘dedicated herself fully’

Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw was remembered at a public memorial Thursday. “We cannot move forward from today with sadness,” her son said.

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw
Artist Stuart Nakamura, who was elected to create some public art in Everett reflecting on COVID, outside of the Everett Library Evergreen Branch where his art piece will be displayed on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

His task: Create an artful monument to our pandemic resilience

Stuart Nakamura was chosen to create a steel sculpture in Everett to memorialize our collective experience.

Artist Stuart Nakamura, who was elected to create some public art in Everett reflecting on COVID, outside of the Everett Library Evergreen Branch where his art piece will be displayed on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Swift Orange line to link Edmonds, Mill Creek to Lynnwood rail

Construction kicked off Tuesday on the bus route, which will boost rapid service in south Snohomish County.

Washington state senators and representatives along with Governor Inslee and FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez break ground at the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gus Mansour sings during a rehearsal for the upcoming  annual Elvis Challenge Wednesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on April 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Who’s the best Elvis? They’ll croon for ‘The King’ crown

Get all shook up at “Kentucky Rain Band’s Elvis Challenge” on Friday at the Historic Everett Theatre.

Gus Mansour sings during a rehearsal for the upcoming  annual Elvis Challenge Wednesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on April 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Alex Flohr delivers a pitch against Arlington Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Alex Flohr delivers a pitch against Arlington Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Bikers ride down a hill into Lord Hill Park during their protest on Sunday, April 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bikes, horses, hikers: At Lord Hill Park, who gets priority?

Parks staff will soon unveil plans for the 1,400-acre trail network. Mountain bikers feel like “we didn’t get any input.”

Bikers ride down a hill into Lord Hill Park during their protest on Sunday, April 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, the Modular Offshore Grid with wind turbines as a background in the North Sea off of the Belgian coast. The Modular Offshore Grid is the first of its kind in Belgium and is of strategic importance for Belgium's further development of renewable energy in the North Sea. (Eric Herchaft, Pool Photo via AP)

Catching waves and wind: Clean energy search turns offshore

Marine energy has momentum in the Northwest. Up-front costs are high, but wind, wave and tidal energy are free and boundless.

In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, the Modular Offshore Grid with wind turbines as a background in the North Sea off of the Belgian coast. The Modular Offshore Grid is the first of its kind in Belgium and is of strategic importance for Belgium's further development of renewable energy in the North Sea. (Eric Herchaft, Pool Photo via AP)
Carissa Hahn, center, holds her phone while livestreaming a unionization vote as Verizon workers and supporters begin to celebrate votes tallied in favor of unionizing Friday, April 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Verizon stores in Everett, Lynnwood vote to join union

The 11-1 vote comes amid a national movement of workers unionizing at Amazon, Starbucks and elsewhere.

Carissa Hahn, center, holds her phone while livestreaming a unionization vote as Verizon workers and supporters begin to celebrate votes tallied in favor of unionizing Friday, April 15, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sultan, Granite Falls face cuts if school levies fail again

After-school activities and dozens of jobs could be on the chopping block. Voters will decide April 26.

Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lei Wiley-Mydske, co-owner of Stanwood Tattoo Company, stands with the Autism Acceptance Library that is installed at her shop on Friday, March 25, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Meet the woman behind Stanwood’s autism acceptance library

In Lei Wiley-Mydske’s tattoo shop, “neurodivergent narwhals” are educators and advocates uplifting autistic voices.

Lei Wiley-Mydske, co-owner of Stanwood Tattoo Company, stands with the Autism Acceptance Library that is installed at her shop on Friday, March 25, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mike Lane and son Dave Lane, right, in front of their family store Everett Vacuum with their popular sign and saying, “everything we sell sucks” on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Everything we sell sucks’: The dirt on Everett’s most accurate ad

The sign at the vacuum-cleaner store on Broadway gets attention and laughs. And every so often, it goes viral.

Mike Lane and son Dave Lane, right, in front of their family store Everett Vacuum with their popular sign and saying, “everything we sell sucks” on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)