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Pat Dillon, AquaSox broadcaster, during the game Wednesday afternoon at Funko Field in Everett on July 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox’s broadcast booth has undergone change this season

Longtime local prep radio voice Steve Willits has joined Everett icon Pat Dillon in calling games.

Pat Dillon, AquaSox broadcaster, during the game Wednesday afternoon at Funko Field in Everett on July 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bob Fink, reflected in one of his photographs, at his home on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Schack delays planned art show, says images are ‘inappropriate’

Everett photographer Bob Fink’s Artist of the Year exhibit, featuring indigenous peoples, has been postponed.

Bob Fink, reflected in one of his photographs, at his home on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Real estate agents Carole Falleen and Randi Szakaly at their listing Wednesday morning in Mukilteo on July 28, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The current real estate market isn’t for the faint of heart

With bidding wars, all-cash deals and a median home price that’s up 32% this year, what’s a buyer to do?

Real estate agents Carole Falleen and Randi Szakaly at their listing Wednesday morning in Mukilteo on July 28, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Nechirvan Zebari sorts through freshly made pita bread at Alida's Bakery on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He went from full-time nurse to full-time flatbread baker

Nechirvan Zebari burned out on health care during the pandemic. His Everett bakery was an antidote.

Nechirvan Zebari sorts through freshly made pita bread at Alida's Bakery on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New low-income apartments to replace Whispering Pines

On Monday, Lynnwood approved the housing authority’s plan for another affordable apartment complex.

Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Steven's Trayce Hanks makes a catch for a touchdown during the Cougars Championship Passing Tournament at Lakewood High School on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Steven's Trayce Hanks makes a catch for a touchdown during the Cougars Championship Passing Tournament at Lakewood High School on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Skykomish took him. His parents want him to be the last

A year ago, Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls. His body was never found. His family still grieves.

Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hilary Lohman works to pack her home in the Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Whispering Pines residents ‘terrified’ as demolition looms

Facing a deadline to leave the low-income apartments in Lynnwood, dozens of tenants fear they’ll be homeless.

Hilary Lohman works to pack her home in the Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Family, friends and supporters gather in the quest for answers in the death of Tirhas Tesfatsion on July 13 during a protest rally Monday afternoon at the Lynnwood City Hall on July 26, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood council agrees to ask AG to investigate jail death

At a rally Monday evening, Tirhas Tesfatsion’s family called for answers in her July 13 death.

Family, friends and supporters gather in the quest for answers in the death of Tirhas Tesfatsion on July 13 during a protest rally Monday afternoon at the Lynnwood City Hall on July 26, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Joseph Lindell, left, Nathaniel Lindell, 19 and Jason Guzman, 18, next to one of Nathaniel's Bigfoot cutout on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bigfoot sighting: Not in the woods, near the Everett Safeway

Here’s the story behind the Beverly Lane display of Sasquatch, flowers and flags.

Joseph Lindell, left, Nathaniel Lindell, 19 and Jason Guzman, 18, next to one of Nathaniel's Bigfoot cutout on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, left and Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle vice president Masood Zaidi, right, chat at the Eid ul Adha celebration on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish Islamic society’s interfaith celebration draws many

Sheriff Adam Fortney was one of the many who attended the meet-and-greet at the new mosque.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, left and Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle vice president Masood Zaidi, right, chat at the Eid ul Adha celebration on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
PUD Generation Senior Manager Brad Spangler points out a megawatt meter for one of two generators that provide power to the City of Everett at the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How the PUD kept things humming during the record heat wave

The public utility has been bracing for the impacts of climate change for more than a decade.

PUD Generation Senior Manager Brad Spangler points out a megawatt meter for one of two generators that provide power to the City of Everett at the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Avery Rochon,16, won the Queen of the Hill and 1st place in Super Stock at the Camano Island Soap Box Derby in June. She will be racing on Monday at Derby Downs in Ohio at the All-American World Championship Soap Box Derby. Photographed at Arrowhead Ranch on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Camano Island, Washington. Camden Tatarian, 7, also qualified for the the Championship in Akron, Ohio.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Speedsters will represent Stanwood, Camano Island at derby

After winning the 14th Stanwood-Camano Island Soap Box Derby, Avery Rochon and Camden Tatarian will race at the big event in Akron, Ohio.

Avery Rochon,16, won the Queen of the Hill and 1st place in Super Stock at the Camano Island Soap Box Derby in June. She will be racing on Monday at Derby Downs in Ohio at the All-American World Championship Soap Box Derby. Photographed at Arrowhead Ranch on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Camano Island, Washington. Camden Tatarian, 7, also qualified for the the Championship in Akron, Ohio.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jeff Irtter (left) and Tom Glasenapp work it dismantle a tent of the covid vaccination station Wednesday morning at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on June 30th, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County winds down emergency response to COVID-19

Local leaders are shifting to long-term recovery, though the pandemic isn’t over, they say.

Jeff Irtter (left) and Tom Glasenapp work it dismantle a tent of the covid vaccination station Wednesday morning at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on June 30th, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bert Erickson Field in the Delta Neighborhood in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Housing Authority considers 1,500 units for Baker Heights

The agency hasn’t made final plans for 10 acres previously slated for a university expansion.

Bert Erickson Field in the Delta Neighborhood in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Community leaders and officials break ground at the Port of Everett's Norton Terminal at the former Kimberly-Clark mill site along the waterfront Thursday morning in Everett on July 15, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Legacy of pollution makes Everett port project ‘challenging’

The former Kimberly-Clark mill site is nearing the end of a complex cleanup, part of a $36 million terminal project.

Community leaders and officials break ground at the Port of Everett's Norton Terminal at the former Kimberly-Clark mill site along the waterfront Thursday morning in Everett on July 15, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Essie Klopfenstine hands off one of her birthday presents Tuesday afternoon in Marysville on July 13, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After no-show party, a birthday parade helps heal a hurt

Drivers surprised an 8-year-old with gifts. “It’s just amazing what a community can do,” her Marysville mom said.

Essie Klopfenstine hands off one of her birthday presents Tuesday afternoon in Marysville on July 13, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Giselle Dogan of Jackson High School is The Athlete of the Month. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

May/June Athlete of the Month: Giselle Dogan

The freshman point guard poured in 19 points to help her team win its final game of the season.

Giselle Dogan of Jackson High School is The Athlete of the Month. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Karen Sample with her daughter Erin take in the view on the Erinswood Trail. The 0.6-mile loop is an ADA-accessible companion trail to the Leovy Trail in Index on July 6, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In Index, Erinswood Trail will be a place for everyone

Named after Erin Sample, who has cerebral palsy, it will become fully ADA-compliant.

Karen Sample with her daughter Erin take in the view on the Erinswood Trail. The 0.6-mile loop is an ADA-accessible companion trail to the Leovy Trail in Index on July 6, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arturo Salinas, 16, left, Ed Newsom, 63, and Johnryan Newsom, 16 were all together when Ed Newsom was pulled under a log while floating the Green River in Auburn where Arturo Salinas and Johnryan performed life saving measures to revive Ed Newsom. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

River rescue: A breath away from being a drowning fatality

Ed Newsom was saved by his son and a friend, both 16, after he was swept underwater while tubing.

Arturo Salinas, 16, left, Ed Newsom, 63, and Johnryan Newsom, 16 were all together when Ed Newsom was pulled under a log while floating the Green River in Auburn where Arturo Salinas and Johnryan performed life saving measures to revive Ed Newsom. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)