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Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘We’re all good people when we get clean and sober’

Who has fentanyl taken from us? A messenger who saved lives. A “street mom.” A grandpa who loved his grandkids “999 trillion times.”

Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Tulalip council members and tribal members watch as Governor Jay Inslee signs bill HB 1571 into law at the Tulalip Resort on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Washington launches new Indigenous missing person alert system

It’s similar to an Amber Alert. Tulalip families of the missing have called the program a good first step.

Tulalip council members and tribal members watch as Governor Jay Inslee signs bill HB 1571 into law at the Tulalip Resort on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Officials tour the future site of the Faith Family Village Wednesday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington on June 29, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett eyeing Sievers Duecy city land for new shelter village

If approved, it could be near another new village for families at a church — and the third shelter of its kind in the city.

Officials tour the future site of the Faith Family Village Wednesday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington on June 29, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ryan Elting, conservation director at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, talks about the important ecosystem the shoreline provides Friday, June 10, 2022, at the site of the Keystone Preserve near Coupeville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

In ‘emergency acquisition,’ 226 acres of Whidbey Island’s farmland, forest saved

The beachside Keystone Preserve, south of Coupeville, is the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s largest purchase at $9.1 million.

Ryan Elting, conservation director at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, talks about the important ecosystem the shoreline provides Friday, June 10, 2022, at the site of the Keystone Preserve near Coupeville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Sandra Oleson, center, holds up a “Protect Our Rights” sign and shouts for support from passing vehicles during a protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022, along Broadway in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Roe v. Wade ruling spurs praise and outrage in Snohomish County

Washington will become a sanctuary for abortion access. Voters legalized early pregnancy abortions over 50 years ago.

Sandra Oleson, center, holds up a “Protect Our Rights” sign and shouts for support from passing vehicles during a protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022, along Broadway in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Haley Constance, 17, is an up-and-comer at Evergreen Speedway. Photographed in Snohomish, Washington on June 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Haley Constance, 17, becoming a force at Evergreen Speedway

The Snohomish High School senior-to-be is a top contender at Saturday’s Mark Galloway Shootout.

Haley Constance, 17, is an up-and-comer at Evergreen Speedway. Photographed in Snohomish, Washington on June 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cassie Franklin, mayor of Everett, hands out laptops to kids at the South Everett/Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club in Everett, Washington on Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022.  The laptops are part of Comcast Digital Equity Initiative that will give away 400 laptops. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

400 youths will get a free laptop in effort to boost digital literacy

Forty-five kids received one Wednesday at the South Everett/Mukilteo Boys Girls Club. Comcast is giving them out.

Cassie Franklin, mayor of Everett, hands out laptops to kids at the South Everett/Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club in Everett, Washington on Wednesday morning, June 22, 2022.  The laptops are part of Comcast Digital Equity Initiative that will give away 400 laptops. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Holly Burkett-Pohland, the owner of Burkett’s Home & Gift, outside of her new store front on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Everett gift store debuts in former J. Matheson space

For years, Holly Burkett-Pohland wanted to expand a business founded by her mother in 1978.

Holly Burkett-Pohland, the owner of Burkett’s Home & Gift, outside of her new store front on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sweet Radish's strip combo comes with hand-breaded chicken strips, crispy waffle fries, a buttery bun, their namesake sauce, coleslaw and an additional dipping sauce (or three). Friday, June 17, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

Sweet Radish is Everett’s favorite new chicken shop

PSA: Eat a chicken sandwich from Sweet Radish (formerly 9 Delicacies) as soon as possible.

Sweet Radish's strip combo comes with hand-breaded chicken strips, crispy waffle fries, a buttery bun, their namesake sauce, coleslaw and an additional dipping sauce (or three). Friday, June 17, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)
Emily Dykstra, an 8th grade English teacher at Cavelero Mid High School, stands in front of the school on the final day of classes Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Dykstra will be headed to Poland at the end of June to further her education on the Holocaust, which she intends to use to help teach her students about the subject. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens teacher brings Holocaust history to life

Amid a statewide push for mandatory education on Nazi atrocities, Emily Dykstra will spend part of her summer at Auschwitz.

Emily Dykstra, an 8th grade English teacher at Cavelero Mid High School, stands in front of the school on the final day of classes Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Dykstra will be headed to Poland at the end of June to further her education on the Holocaust, which she intends to use to help teach her students about the subject. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sued over pollution, Port of Everett works on water quality issues

Testing found stormwater toxins above permit limits, a watchdog says. State regulations require a fix.

The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A ferry heads out from Mukilteo towards Clinton during the evening commute Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

$1 billion to fund 5 new hybrid ferries, but who wants to build them?

The state is seeking bids for a shipbuilder. The first ferry will serve the Mukilteo-Clinton route. It already has a name.

A ferry heads out from Mukilteo towards Clinton during the evening commute Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Junelle Lewis, right, daughter Tamara Grigsby and son Jayden Hill sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during Monroe’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Rainy Juneteenth celebrations in Snohomish, Monroe mark progress

Community members say they hope their cities can continue to “build on what has begun.”

Junelle Lewis, right, daughter Tamara Grigsby and son Jayden Hill sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during Monroe’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ridley Biggs, 5, right, learns how to cast with her father Mike Biggs as it starts to rain on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Welcome to Juneuary: It’s a little dreary, but it’s not all bad news

“Cool and wet have been the theme for the Pacific Northwest,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch.

Ridley Biggs, 5, right, learns how to cast with her father Mike Biggs as it starts to rain on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett Wastewater Treatment Plant along the Snohomish River on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

10M gallons of partly untreated wastewater discharged in Everett

The Everett treatment plant released the water into the Snohomish River. It may have not been properly sanitized.

The Everett Wastewater Treatment Plant along the Snohomish River on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Striking Starbucks employees talk to a woman who wanted to use the drive-thru but was turned away due to the strike on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, on Broadway in Everett, Washington. Workers at the 37th and Broadway store spent their morning picketing because a fellow employee had been fired the previous day in what the workers believe is an act of union busting. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett Starbucks workers go on strike after employee fired

The employee and her fellow union members claim she was fired for supporting the union. Starbucks denies it.

Striking Starbucks employees talk to a woman who wanted to use the drive-thru but was turned away due to the strike on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, on Broadway in Everett, Washington. Workers at the 37th and Broadway store spent their morning picketing because a fellow employee had been fired the previous day in what the workers believe is an act of union busting. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Vaughan Rody dons his linesman gear for the first time since his final NHL game in April, on Monday, June 6, 2022, at his home in Lake Stevens, Washington. Rody officiated in the National Hockey League for 23 seasons. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens man calls it career after 22 years as NHL linesman

Vaughan Rody, who officiated his final game in April, said he “lived a dream.”

Vaughan Rody dons his linesman gear for the first time since his final NHL game in April, on Monday, June 6, 2022, at his home in Lake Stevens, Washington. Rody officiated in the National Hockey League for 23 seasons. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Flint Ferguson, Bernadette “Bernie” Johnson’s partner, stands next to the dart boards inside the Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Everett where Bernie would play darts regularly. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A toast to ‘Dart Mom’ Bernie, 78, a fireball in tavern darts

An Everett dart tourney raised cash for hospice patients as a celebration of the life of Bernadette Johnson.

Flint Ferguson, Bernadette “Bernie” Johnson’s partner, stands next to the dart boards inside the Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Everett where Bernie would play darts regularly. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rebecca Suryan, an alpaca breeder of over 20 years, gets in the pen with some of her younger male animals Monday, March 28, 2022, at Alpacas from MaRS in Snohomish, Washington. Males and females are kept separate because unlike most animals, they do not have a breeding season and will reproduce any time of the year if left together. The alpacas are herd animals, so they are kept in groups of three or more on the farm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This Snohomish couple is enchanted with alpacas from MaRS

Two decades ago, they ditched the suburbs and started raising the fleecy creatures. Today, they’ve grown their herd to about 40 animals.

Rebecca Suryan, an alpaca breeder of over 20 years, gets in the pen with some of her younger male animals Monday, March 28, 2022, at Alpacas from MaRS in Snohomish, Washington. Males and females are kept separate because unlike most animals, they do not have a breeding season and will reproduce any time of the year if left together. The alpacas are herd animals, so they are kept in groups of three or more on the farm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A student wipes away tears as the 592 graduates take their places during the processional at Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

’Tis the season for tassel-turning and cap-tossing

Thousands of students will receive diplomas as 2022 graduation ceremonies kick into high gear.

A student wipes away tears as the 592 graduates take their places during the processional at Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)