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Richie del Puerto watches as a student works to jump start a car during class at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He learned his trade in high school; now he leads the class

Richie del Puerto, an auto technician at Sno-Isle TECH, trains the next generation for high-wage jobs.

Richie del Puerto watches as a student works to jump start a car during class at Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jeremiah Mack, 9, gets his COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday afternoon at Shoreline Community College on November 3, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Kids ages 5 to 11 now eligible for vaccine in Washington

The COVID-19 shot approval comes as Snohomish County continues to see cases rise, especially in kids.

Jeremiah Mack, 9, gets his COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday afternoon at Shoreline Community College on November 3, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Owner Lacey Coragiulo sorts raw belt leathers at Quil Ceda Leather, a store in Marysville that sells handcrafted, custom leather goods and leatherworking supplies and tools, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Marysville, Washington.  The store has been around in one form or another for 90 years. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A 90-year-old leather business thrives in the 21st century

More than once, Quil Ceda Leather employees have become the owners of a durable enterprise.

Owner Lacey Coragiulo sorts raw belt leathers at Quil Ceda Leather, a store in Marysville that sells handcrafted, custom leather goods and leatherworking supplies and tools, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Marysville, Washington.  The store has been around in one form or another for 90 years. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Bonnie "Boardgame Bonnie" Hertzog buys and sells vintage board games online from her one-bedroom apartment in Everett on September 24, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Boardgame Bonnie’ and the art of selling old-school cool

Bonnie Hertzog of Everett buys and sells decades-old copies of “Monopoly,” “Clue,” ”Yahtzee” and more.

Bonnie "Boardgame Bonnie" Hertzog buys and sells vintage board games online from her one-bedroom apartment in Everett on September 24, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Green Haven LLC owner Vince Nguyen points out the venting through filters and fans built to contain the smell of marijuana from leaving the building, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Darrington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Mountain town’s marijuana mishap was quite the stinker

When filters failed at a commercial grow, neighbors noticed. The facility says the issue is fixed.

Green Haven LLC owner Vince Nguyen points out the venting through filters and fans built to contain the smell of marijuana from leaving the building, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Darrington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Ve'ondre Mitchell was elected homecoming queen at Glacier Peak High School on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  Mitchell is the school's first Black, trans homecoming queen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

At Glacier Peak High, homecoming queen breaks down barriers

“I didn’t know I had this much support from my peers,” said Ve’ondre Mitchell, who is Black and openly transgender.

Ve'ondre Mitchell was elected homecoming queen at Glacier Peak High School on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  Mitchell is the school's first Black, trans homecoming queen. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Stephen Fay smiles as he begins dumping candy into a large storage container at his home on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

By the cartful, Marysville veteran hosts a Halloween sugar rush

Stephen Fay, 72, is the candyman, giving out full-sized bars in his neighborhood. He does it for a reason.

Stephen Fay smiles as he begins dumping candy into a large storage container at his home on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
City officials break ground for the Community Justice Center Wednesday afternoon with Elizabeth Lunsford laying in protest in Lynnwood on October 27, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood breaks ground on a justice center shaped by protest

The building will include an 84-bed jail, misdemeanor court, police department — and behavioral health wing.

City officials break ground for the Community Justice Center Wednesday afternoon with Elizabeth Lunsford laying in protest in Lynnwood on October 27, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Harbor seal (PAWS)

Jetty Island, a seal paradise, becomes new home for 2 pups

The harbor seals were emaciated when they arrived at PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood. They’re ready for the wild now.

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Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Demon: Gene Simmons imitator hosts a free Kiss concert

Everett firefighter and paramedic Jack Murrin will return to the stage for a Halloween show at his home.

Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett to get wireless electric bus chargers via grants

The city is set to benefit from over $2 million in state investments for electric vehicle charging.

Buses charge before their next route Friday afternoon at the Everett Transit Center in Everett on October 22, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A pink salmon makes its way upstream along a side stream created to help improve conditions for fish in the Sultan River on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Sultan, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As a dam tries to mimic nature, Sultan River comes to life

Water is flowing through new channels, salmon have new spots to spawn and kayakers have more chances to battle whitewater.

A pink salmon makes its way upstream along a side stream created to help improve conditions for fish in the Sultan River on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in Sultan, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe High School senior quarterback Evan Leggett gets teased by coaches Shane Zey (left) and Scott Darrow (right) at a recent practice. With help from the football program and community, Leggett and his family have persevered after losing their house to a fire in June. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A fire took his family’s home, but Monroe QB has persevered

Evan Leggett and his family lost their home to a fire. But “I’ve still got what I love,” he says.

Monroe High School senior quarterback Evan Leggett gets teased by coaches Shane Zey (left) and Scott Darrow (right) at a recent practice. With help from the football program and community, Leggett and his family have persevered after losing their house to a fire in June. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Snohomish School District students demonstrated in front of Snohomish High School Friday morning to protest sexual misconduct after a high school student said she was forcibly kissed in a hallway. (Isabella Breda / The Herald) 20211022

Snohomish High students walk out to protest sexual misconduct

Among other concerns, a 14-year-old student says she was forcibly kissed by a boy in the hallway.

Snohomish School District students demonstrated in front of Snohomish High School Friday morning to protest sexual misconduct after a high school student said she was forcibly kissed in a hallway. (Isabella Breda / The Herald) 20211022
Eve Barrows (left) and the students duck and cover under desks during an Earthquake Drill at Port Susan Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Drop, cover, hold on!’ Stanwood kids hear new alarms in quake drill

The Great ShakeOut offered a dress rehearsal Thursday for a new system that aims to warn before the tremors start.

Eve Barrows (left) and the students duck and cover under desks during an Earthquake Drill at Port Susan Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
John Morrison dressed up as Michael Myers wanders through a Halloween scene on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Facebook map sets path to Halloween fun around the county

Brandi Smith’s map lists nearly 500 — and counting — addresses for trick-or-treating and spooky decorations.

John Morrison dressed up as Michael Myers wanders through a Halloween scene on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Oh my! An Instagram wonderland of loveseats, rhinos and bears

Everett Consignment in the former Bramble building has 60,000 square feet of new and vintage items.

A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Deena Jones gets a physical by Briana Brewer during one of her twice weekly checkups Thursday morning at UW Medicine in Seattle on September 30, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Her brother offered a kidney, and she got one, with a twist

Deena Jones’ nephew died in a random knife attack. His death could keep the Arlington pastor alive for decades.

Deena Jones gets a physical by Briana Brewer during one of her twice weekly checkups Thursday morning at UW Medicine in Seattle on September 30, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Executive Officer Joseph Gunta reaches out to hug his daughter Charlotte, 2, after arriving on the USS John S. McCain in Everett on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 24 years abroad, USS John S. McCain calls Everett home

The ship brings with it over 300 sailors and their families to the area from Yokosuka, Japan.

Executive Officer Joseph Gunta reaches out to hug his daughter Charlotte, 2, after arriving on the USS John S. McCain in Everett on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Halloween decorations drape the home of Cameo and Nick Beedle of Everett. Spiders webs, giant teeth, grave stones and animatronics will complete the decor in time for Halloween. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘He’s awake!!!’ Monster House rises from slumber in Everett

Sharp teeth, reptilian eyes — Cameo and Nick Beedle’s house is a frightful, delightful experience.

Halloween decorations drape the home of Cameo and Nick Beedle of Everett. Spiders webs, giant teeth, grave stones and animatronics will complete the decor in time for Halloween. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)