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Austin Johnson, 26 years-old, trains on the Centennial Trail in Lake Stevens and is planning to do a 24-hour run to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

24 hours, 80 miles, $23k raised for mental health

Austin Johnson completes a 24-hour run along the Centennial Trail to raise money for suicide prevention.

Austin Johnson, 26 years-old, trains on the Centennial Trail in Lake Stevens and is planning to do a 24-hour run to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A barge worker hauls in an oil boom before heading off with the remains of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock ramp and pier on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. With the new dock in operation, all that is left is to tear down the old ticket building. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Old Mukilteo ferry dock afloat on the barge of ‘Lincoln Logs’

The haul included 213 wood pilings, 15 concrete pilings, 47 steel pilings and a “Speed Limit 15” sign.

A barge worker hauls in an oil boom before heading off with the remains of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock ramp and pier on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. With the new dock in operation, all that is left is to tear down the old ticket building. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

Joe Hempel swims off of the shore of Seawall Park on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Riley Wong, 7, shows his pen pal, Smudge, the picture he drew for her in addition to his letter at Pasado's Safe Haven on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Kids make connections with critters through pen pals program

Pasado’s Safe Haven near Sultan invites children to write to a turkey, a goat, a cow and a rooster.

Riley Wong, 7, shows his pen pal, Smudge, the picture he drew for her in addition to his letter at Pasado's Safe Haven on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Peace Park, the new scenic site in Mukiteo, features a bench that honors the Kamiak graduates killed in a house party.  (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Mukilteo’s new park: Is it Byers Family Park or Peace Park?

It’s both. The new scenic overlook is a place to reflect and recharge. And you can air up your bike.

Peace Park, the new scenic site in Mukiteo, features a bench that honors the Kamiak graduates killed in a house party.  (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
Thornton A. Sullivan Park borders the north Silver Lake neighborhood along W Iberson Drive where parks staff outlined the project to build a path on the north and west sides and connect with the sidewalk already east of the lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Neighbors irked over Everett’s proposal for Silver Lake trail

The plan would complete a path encircling the lake. Some residents think it will attract crime.

Thornton A. Sullivan Park borders the north Silver Lake neighborhood along W Iberson Drive where parks staff outlined the project to build a path on the north and west sides and connect with the sidewalk already east of the lake on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A portion of the site of the proposed Lake Stevens Costco at the intersection of Highway 9 (right) and South Lake Stevens Road (below, out of view). (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)

Legal battle stalls Costco’s planned store in Lake Stevens

“We intend to keep them in court until they get tired of us and go away,” an opponent of the project said.

A portion of the site of the proposed Lake Stevens Costco at the intersection of Highway 9 (right) and South Lake Stevens Road (below, out of view). (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)
Shianne Shelton, left, and Jennifer Smith, right, prep sandwich lunches to be delivered to the volunteers the the Arlington Airport COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A brown-bag reprieve for Arlington workers issuing vaccines

With about 1,400 people to vaccinate a day, lunch from Everett’s Kindred Kitchen was a welcome break last week.

Shianne Shelton, left, and Jennifer Smith, right, prep sandwich lunches to be delivered to the volunteers the the Arlington Airport COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Javier Del Valle and Haley Del Valle with their guinea pigs Luna and Molly on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

You’ve never seen anything like this couple’s guinea pig room

Bigfoot’s Guinea Pig Rescue in Everett is dedicated to finding homes for castoff cavy.

Javier Del Valle and Haley Del Valle with their guinea pigs Luna and Molly on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Aaron Perkins, who was trained in the HopeWorks program, is now a maintenance technician for Housing Hope. Here, he waves at one of the children in the Tomorrow's Hope day care while replacing outdoor light fixtures on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As HopeWorks turns 10, a worker shares his success story

Once homeless, Aaron Perkins found housing, skills and a way out of poverty through the agency’s training.

Aaron Perkins, who was trained in the HopeWorks program, is now a maintenance technician for Housing Hope. Here, he waves at one of the children in the Tomorrow's Hope day care while replacing outdoor light fixtures on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People gather to offer prayers and wishes for the new year, Year of the Ox, Friday afternoon at Chua Dia Tang Temple  in Lynnwood on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Happy Lunar New Year! 2021 is the Year of the Ox

Despite the pandemic, people find ways to celebrate with food, family, gifts and prayer.

People gather to offer prayers and wishes for the new year, Year of the Ox, Friday afternoon at Chua Dia Tang Temple  in Lynnwood on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Go East Corp. Landfill next The Point subdivision in Silver Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From landfill to houses — after 11-year battle with neighbors

Nearly 100 houses will be built around a former construction-waste landfill east of Silver Lake.

Go East Corp. Landfill next The Point subdivision in Silver Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kendra Swanson, Colleen Fadden and Sara Boyle hike Heybrook Ridge Trail near Index Friday afternoon on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Their weight-loss secret? Hiking nearly 1,000 miles

Over the past two years, friends Colleen Fadden of Startup and Kendra Swanson of Monroe have lost nearly 250 pounds.

Kendra Swanson, Colleen Fadden and Sara Boyle hike Heybrook Ridge Trail near Index Friday afternoon on February 12, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jody Gasperetti races down a hill at Edmonds City Park  Saturday afternoon on February 13, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In a few days, as temps rise, all this snow will be a memory

Parts of Snohomish County saw 6 inches by Saturday evening. Rain is expected to move in by Monday.

Jody Gasperetti races down a hill at Edmonds City Park  Saturday afternoon on February 13, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sultan High School students line up, social distanced at one of the three temperature and wellness check station set up in the gym before entering the school for classes on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Sultan, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Local report finds few COVID cases spread through classrooms

Of 285 COVID cases linked to Snohomish County schools since fall, 53 were traced to in-school transmission.

Sultan High School students line up, social distanced at one of the three temperature and wellness check station set up in the gym before entering the school for classes on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Sultan, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Principal Blythe Young, whose school will start a dual-language program this fall, at Emerson Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Emerson kindergartners will start on path to being bilingual

An optional dual-language Spanish immersion program will be a first in the Everett School District.

Principal Blythe Young, whose school will start a dual-language program this fall, at Emerson Elementary on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A couple walks around Harborview Park as the  Seaspan Brilliance, a 1,105-foot cargo ship, moors near the Port of Everett on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  The ship is moored until it can offload its cargo in Vancouver, B.C. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Amid import delays, Everett hosts 1,100-foot container ship

The Seaspan Brilliance has been anchored in Port Gardner for over a week. The ship is bound for Canada.

A couple walks around Harborview Park as the  Seaspan Brilliance, a 1,105-foot cargo ship, moors near the Port of Everett on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  The ship is moored until it can offload its cargo in Vancouver, B.C. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Greg McLaughlin and Laura McLaughlin add muscles to the crab paella while they work on to-go orders on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pickup paella: Couple sell the Spanish dish out of their garage

Paella House in Snohomish launched when the pandemic first hit. They’re managing to survive through to-go orders.

Greg McLaughlin and Laura McLaughlin add muscles to the crab paella while they work on to-go orders on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County hopes to repurpose existing buildings at McCollum Park into a processing and distribution center and a commercial kitchen for farmers to use. County Agriculture Coordinator Linda Neunzig at McCollum Park on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  “If you and I have blueberries and we have a big order from a big institution and we only have enough if we package and deliver them together as one order, we as smaller farmers could meet that order,” Neunzig said.
Producers can also use the center to combine forces and outsource delivery, lowering cost and reducing time away from the farm. “It opens up a market,” Neunzig said.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Snohomish County hopes to repurpose existing buildings at McCollum Park into a processing and distribution center and a commercial kitchen for farmers to use. County Agriculture Coordinator Linda Neunzig at McCollum Park on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  “If you and I have blueberries and we have a big order from a big institution and we only have enough if we package and deliver them together as one order, we as smaller farmers could meet that order,” Neunzig said.
Producers can also use the center to combine forces and outsource delivery, lowering cost and reducing time away from the farm. “It opens up a market,” Neunzig said.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dirt is moved during the deconstruction of a seawall on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Langley, Wa. Shoreline restoration underway north of Langley involves removal of an old barge and bulkheads. Sea level rise makes such habitat improvements all the more important to endangered salmon and their prey. The project is a partnership between Seahorse Siesta property owners and the Northwest Straits Foundation. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Small fish, big barriers: A county confronts climate change

Island County has 196 miles of shoreline to protect as sea levels rise. And erosion is only one of the challenges.

Dirt is moved during the deconstruction of a seawall on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Langley, Wa. Shoreline restoration underway north of Langley involves removal of an old barge and bulkheads. Sea level rise makes such habitat improvements all the more important to endangered salmon and their prey. The project is a partnership between Seahorse Siesta property owners and the Northwest Straits Foundation. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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