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Cece Stafford arranges stock Wednesday afternoon at Alchemy Health in Alderwood Mall on December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Score some flower at the mall? New CBD store is buzzing

CBD lotions and potions are touted to treat pain, insomnia and anxiety. Owner: “We’re not a pot shop.”

Cece Stafford arranges stock Wednesday afternoon at Alchemy Health in Alderwood Mall on December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
State Representative of the 38th Legislative District Emily Wicks raises hand during her virtual swearing in from her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Click to unmute: Legislators prepare for an online session

State lawmakers will work remotely as they tackle COVID-19, economic recovery, police reform and more.

State Representative of the 38th Legislative District Emily Wicks raises hand during her virtual swearing in from her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Annual Point-In-Time survey to count the county's homeless population has been canceled due to COVID concerns.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

County to forgo half of homelessness survey due to COVID

The 2021 Point-In-Time Count will not include a survey of people on the streets, as it usually does.

Annual Point-In-Time survey to count the county's homeless population has been canceled due to COVID concerns.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Steve Brown blows on a kudu horn as he and about 200 other President Trump supporters rally in the parking lot of the 112th Street Park and Ride on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2020 in Everett, Wa. Brown referred to the horn as a Shofar, meaning "Victory". (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Aggrieved Trump supporters rally in Everett and Olympia

About 200 turned out for a rally at a park-and-ride in Everett, which was followed by a parade of vehicles.

Steve Brown blows on a kudu horn as he and about 200 other President Trump supporters rally in the parking lot of the 112th Street Park and Ride on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2020 in Everett, Wa. Brown referred to the horn as a Shofar, meaning "Victory". (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Britt Morgan, left, who manages the Scriber Creek Apartments and twin sister Rachel Morgan, who manages the Madison Way Apartments on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Twin bridges in the challenging landlord-tenant relationship

When the rent is unpaid, property owners and lessors look to Rachel and Britt Morgan for help.

Britt Morgan, left, who manages the Scriber Creek Apartments and twin sister Rachel Morgan, who manages the Madison Way Apartments on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Head Brewer Hollis Wood at Skkokum Brewery, with beer barrel aged beers, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Barrel aging turns ordinary brews into something extraordinary

Barrel-aged beer is a prestige product that can burnish brewers’ reputations and bottom lines. But it’s difficult and costly to make.

Head Brewer Hollis Wood at Skkokum Brewery, with beer barrel aged beers, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A view of the south eastern area of the Lake Stevens that includes lakeshore and UGA that is a part of the city's annexation area on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Thousands of residents — and the lake — could join Lake Stevens

Under two proposals, the city would annex about 570 acres of land and the lake itself.

A view of the south eastern area of the Lake Stevens that includes lakeshore and UGA that is a part of the city's annexation area on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Riverfront Development sits just south of the remains of the Everett landfill. New development will soon cover nearly all the 70-acre former landfill. Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fans blow landfill’s methane away from Everett development

The rate of gas being released has slowed substantially and will continue to diminish over time.

The Riverfront Development sits just south of the remains of the Everett landfill. New development will soon cover nearly all the 70-acre former landfill. Photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Phil North is climate adaptation coordinator and conservation scientist working with the Tulalip Tribes. The tribes formed a Climate Adaptation Team in 2016. Two Natural Resources Department staff members, North and Aaron Jones, devote full time to climate issues.
Photographed on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

For tribes, climate change fight is about saving culture

The Tulalips are expanding efforts to protect land and water that are integral to their identity.

Phil North is climate adaptation coordinator and conservation scientist working with the Tulalip Tribes. The tribes formed a Climate Adaptation Team in 2016. Two Natural Resources Department staff members, North and Aaron Jones, devote full time to climate issues.
Photographed on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020 in Bellingham, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Patrick Crosby next to his tree with photographs of fallen military members, dedicated to Gold Star Mothers and Families, on his property Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tree is a tribute to those who served and gave their lives

Lynnwood’s Patrick Crosby wasn’t in the military, but he felt it was time to “give something back.”

Patrick Crosby next to his tree with photographs of fallen military members, dedicated to Gold Star Mothers and Families, on his property Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Mukilteo ferry terminal makes a much anticipated debut

The $187 million project, which opened Tuesday evening, replaces a 63-year-old terminal nearby.

Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ben Watanbee, Street Smart columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

I’m planning to bike, bus and walk more, and so should you

Having a car is expensive but convenient. I’m challenging you and me to make small changes.

Ben Watanbee, Street Smart columnist, is committing to ditching his car as often as possible in 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
People walk by the Weyerhaeuser Building at Boxcar Park on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Port seeking new ideas for 97-year-old Weyerhaeuser building

The waterfront gem once housed offices of an Everett lumber mill. Next year, it could be reborn.

People walk by the Weyerhaeuser Building at Boxcar Park on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Bobby Warwick, a U.S. citizen, and his girlfriend Sarah Foo, of Canada, set up a makeshift tarp shelter at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Wash. on November 22, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

I’ll meet you at the border: International love in a pandemic

For Bobby Warwick and Sarah Foo, a tarp at Peace Arch park has been the site of a fledgling romance.

Bobby Warwick, a U.S. citizen, and his girlfriend Sarah Foo, of Canada, set up a makeshift tarp shelter at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Wash. on November 22, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Chelsie Assink and her daughter Paisley, of Bellingham, walk through lights at the front entrance to look at the Wintertide Lights at Evergreen Arboretum in Legion Park on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Everett, Washington. For the first time, the Evergreen Arboretum is lit up for the holidays. The Wintertide Lights will be up through New Year's Eve and open from dusk to 8 p.m.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Gardens of holiday lights bring cheer at Evergreen Arboretum

The display is up through New Year’s Eve as volunteers look ahead to Wintertide Lights for 2021.

Chelsie Assink and her daughter Paisley, of Bellingham, walk through lights at the front entrance to look at the Wintertide Lights at Evergreen Arboretum in Legion Park on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Everett, Washington. For the first time, the Evergreen Arboretum is lit up for the holidays. The Wintertide Lights will be up through New Year's Eve and open from dusk to 8 p.m.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
From the Mukilteo lighthouse, Michelle Wainstein watches for marine mammals before pile driving work begins on the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Mukilteo, Washington. Manson Construction, the marine contractor on the ferry terminal project, is required to have monitors stand watch for marine mammals while crews do pile driving, typically several days a month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The mystery ‘lady in the lighthouse’ isn’t spying on you

She and other watch for sea creatures during noisy pile driving that can ruin their appetite.

From the Mukilteo lighthouse, Michelle Wainstein watches for marine mammals before pile driving work begins on the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Mukilteo, Washington. Manson Construction, the marine contractor on the ferry terminal project, is required to have monitors stand watch for marine mammals while crews do pile driving, typically several days a month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Kevin Klein was unloading his recycling at the Sultan Drop Box and his wedding ring fell off into the huge recycling bin. After looking for it himself, the staff took the extraordinary step to have the recycling bin transported to the Cathcart facility where they were able to sift through the debris, retrieve the ring and return it. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

He lost his wedding ring in a two-ton bin of recyclables

Kevin Klein gave up hope in finding his simple gold band, but this dumpster dive had a happy ending.

Kevin Klein was unloading his recycling at the Sultan Drop Box and his wedding ring fell off into the huge recycling bin. After looking for it himself, the staff took the extraordinary step to have the recycling bin transported to the Cathcart facility where they were able to sift through the debris, retrieve the ring and return it. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
An ICE Detention Center sign hangs on the chainlink fence surrounding the nativity scene in front of the Edmonds Luther Church on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Nativity in a cage tells ‘overlooked part of Christmas story’

Edmonds Lutheran Church’s display came about after a group’s immersion trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.

An ICE Detention Center sign hangs on the chainlink fence surrounding the nativity scene in front of the Edmonds Luther Church on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Edmonds, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Simone Tarver, 30, whose mother sparked her collecting of Black Santas, at her home with two of her Santas on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Yes, Virginia, not all Santas are pale old white dudes

Representation matters as stores offer Saint Nick likenesses in a range of skin tones.

Simone Tarver, 30, whose mother sparked her collecting of Black Santas, at her home with two of her Santas on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Front loaders push trash forward into one of the compactors at the Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How has the pandemic changed life? Look in your garbage

Snohomish County trash and recycling collectors say the COVID-19 pandemic has affected what we throw away.

Front loaders push trash forward into one of the compactors at the Airport Road Recycling & Transfer Station on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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