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Ian McKnight (left) and Nhu Nguyen sort purchased and donated devices for Telehealth Access for Seniors Friday afternoon in Everett on December 4, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Student project aids telehealth for Snohomish County seniors

Community Health Centers of Snohomish County received 80 donated devices for virtual appointments.

Ian McKnight (left) and Nhu Nguyen sort purchased and donated devices for Telehealth Access for Seniors Friday afternoon in Everett on December 4, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jennifer Carlson, left to right, Jim Staniford and Katherine Stipech put together cheeseburger and potato salad meals for the Everett Gospel Mission on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

10 days, 3,000 meals: Everett cafe steps in to feed homeless

The Everett Gospel Mission couldn’t serve food due to an outbreak. So the mission called Vintage Cafe.

Jennifer Carlson, left to right, Jim Staniford and Katherine Stipech put together cheeseburger and potato salad meals for the Everett Gospel Mission on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas is retiring after 16 years on the bench. The former Mariner High School student was its first ASB president, went to Harvard Law School, and as an undergrad majored in creative writing. Photographed at Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Judge Lucas leaving the bench, but not his healing mission

He brought racial diversity to Superior Court. In retirement, he’ll focus on therapeutic justice.

Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas is retiring after 16 years on the bench. The former Mariner High School student was its first ASB president, went to Harvard Law School, and as an undergrad majored in creative writing. Photographed at Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Callie Fosie, 11, talks to Santa Claus about seeing him in her house a few Christmases ago during the socially distanced meet up hosted by Maryfest on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Santa brings socially distanced cheer to kids in Marysville

Families are invited to take Christmas photos this weekend as part of a scholarship fundraiser.

Callie Fosie, 11, talks to Santa Claus about seeing him in her house a few Christmases ago during the socially distanced meet up hosted by Maryfest on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 in Marysville, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The anaerobic digester's flare, where excess gas is combusted, casts a shadow over the top of the digester on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From poop to power: Manure from 2,300 cows may run 600 homes

A farm in Monroe turns waste into electricity. A new partnership will double the anaerobic digester’s output.

The anaerobic digester's flare, where excess gas is combusted, casts a shadow over the top of the digester on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Christmas lights decorate a home in Arlington and throughout Snohomish County and are listed online via Facebook.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This map’s your guide to Christmas cheer in Snohomish County

An Arlington woman has created an online map of where to find the brightest lights and decorations.

Christmas lights decorate a home in Arlington and throughout Snohomish County and are listed online via Facebook.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Myli Maytrichith, 12, with little brother Tyson, 4, outside of their home that is currently being rebuilt after catching fire last March on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

4 near-tragedies that were averted by these Red Cross Heroes

In addition, a prolific pandemic mask maker and a disaster site volunteer were honored Dec. 10.

Myli Maytrichith, 12, with little brother Tyson, 4, outside of their home that is currently being rebuilt after catching fire last March on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Bill Dussault, 73, left, and Janet Taggart, 90, changed the public education system nationwide to include students with disabilities in the 1970s. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How moms in a VW van achieved a civil rights milestone in ’71

Special needs students were refused an education until six trailblazers launched a campaign around Puget Sound.

Bill Dussault, 73, left, and Janet Taggart, 90, changed the public education system nationwide to include students with disabilities in the 1970s. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lu Hernandez works on a large canvas piece, Madre Mia, in her studio on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This Everett artist makes a statement in multiple mediums

Luisana Hernandez engages in what she describes as “conscious flow” to create visual, literary and musical art.

Lu Hernandez works on a large canvas piece, Madre Mia, in her studio on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Law enforcement officers watch the procession of the memorial parade for fallen and missing Tulalip officer Charlie Cortez Saturday afternoon on the Tulalip Reservation on December 12, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A month into search, a memorial for missing Tulalip officer

A procession of patrol cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes and quads lined up to honor Charlie Cortez.

Law enforcement officers watch the procession of the memorial parade for fallen and missing Tulalip officer Charlie Cortez Saturday afternoon on the Tulalip Reservation on December 12, 2020.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Oxford Saloon owner Craig Swanson takes the orders of customers dinning outdoors along First Street on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Oxford Saloon owner Craig Swanson takes the orders of customers dinning outdoors along First Street on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Signs reminding people to stay six feet apart hang on a ski and snowboard rack on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Shredding in the age of COVID: A report from Stevens Pass

Our reporter hit the slopes to find out how the resort’s virus precautions work in practice.

Signs reminding people to stay six feet apart hang on a ski and snowboard rack on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The last of two cranes is slowly moved into its final position on the Port of Everett's South Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Everett coffee heirs get $590K over crane color, ending saga

The Port of Everett promised to paint two giant green cranes blue, then didn’t. The Bargreens took issue.

The last of two cranes is slowly moved into its final position on the Port of Everett's South Terminal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jon Wilson, who handcrafted toy blocks, unloads wrapped wooden block baskets for donation to the Sky Valley Food Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He plays Santa with a saw and sander, making blocks to give

Christmas House won’t open this year due to COVID, but its toys will be distributed at area food banks.

Jon Wilson, who handcrafted toy blocks, unloads wrapped wooden block baskets for donation to the Sky Valley Food Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sarah Calvo pours icing on to a cinnamon roll at the Maltby Cafe while Kylie King checks take out orders on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 in Maltby, Washington. A GoFundMe fundraising page continues to grow, raising more than $80,000 from 1,200 people in just a few days. Owners Tana Baumler and Sandra Albright thought they were going to closed before the website donations made them pause their decision. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Miracle in Maltby: Community support saves small-town cafe

Owners of the Maltby Cafe feared closure, but a wave of business and donations has thwarted the end.

Sarah Calvo pours icing on to a cinnamon roll at the Maltby Cafe while Kylie King checks take out orders on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 in Maltby, Washington. A GoFundMe fundraising page continues to grow, raising more than $80,000 from 1,200 people in just a few days. Owners Tana Baumler and Sandra Albright thought they were going to closed before the website donations made them pause their decision. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pent-up and masked-up, skiers hit the Stevens Pass slopes

Pass holders opened the season on Friday. The general public is welcome on Tuesday — reservations only.

Jarrell Banks helps his daughter Londyn, 4, learn how to stop on her snowboard during her first time snowboarding on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A boat drives out of the Port of Everett Marina in front of Boxcar Park, which is one of the sites set to be elevated in preparation for rising sea levels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How the Port of Everett is preparing for a rising sea level

Big and little changes are in the works along the north Everett shore, though they are easy to overlook.

A boat drives out of the Port of Everett Marina in front of Boxcar Park, which is one of the sites set to be elevated in preparation for rising sea levels on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Julie Copeland, center, with her daughters Lillian, 11, Naomi, 7 and son, Michah, 9 with their dog Pippin, 3, outside of Mary's Place on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Burien, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A family of 6 pitched tent in Forest Park — then help arrived

Everett’s innovative team of a police officer and a social worker aided them in their time of greatest need.

Julie Copeland, center, with her daughters Lillian, 11, Naomi, 7 and son, Michah, 9 with their dog Pippin, 3, outside of Mary's Place on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Burien, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Biscuit and Bean offers buttermilk and cheddar onion biscuits along with a handful of spreads including bacon jam (left), Mama’s Lil’ Pepper aioli (center) and apple butter. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fall essential: Make Biscuit & Bean’s apple butter at home

The Lake Stevens shop’s Ben Libay likes to slather the cinnamon-y spread on a cheddar onion biscuit.

Biscuit and Bean offers buttermilk and cheddar onion biscuits along with a handful of spreads including bacon jam (left), Mama’s Lil’ Pepper aioli (center) and apple butter. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Members of the Marysville resue team, Matt Campbell (left) and Tobin McGowan string lights on the Marysville water towner Friday November 20, 2020. Holiday lights have been a tradition for decades, but last year the city skipped it because the tower needed repairs. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After dark year, Marysville tower lights up for the holidays

Last year the water tower was not illuminated, breaking a nearly quarter century-long tradition.

Members of the Marysville resue team, Matt Campbell (left) and Tobin McGowan string lights on the Marysville water towner Friday November 20, 2020. Holiday lights have been a tradition for decades, but last year the city skipped it because the tower needed repairs. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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