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Phaedra Dunko, of Courting Frogs Nursery in Stanwood, brings out tray after tray of pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants as vendors prepare for Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Sorticulture, Everett’s garden arts fest, returns to downtown

The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday on Colby Avenue.

Phaedra Dunko, of Courting Frogs Nursery in Stanwood, brings out tray after tray of pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants as vendors prepare for Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Transportation Security Officer Jerry Drews speaks with a person in the security line Friday, May 27, 2022, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Transportation Security Officer Jerry Drews speaks with a person in the security line Friday, May 27, 2022, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
People gather for a color throw at Stanwood and Camano’s first-ever Pride celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

First-ever Pride celebrations draw hundreds in north county

“We didn’t expect this could happen here,” said Sall Hutson, 76. “In little towns a long time ago, you could hardly come out at all.”

People gather for a color throw at Stanwood and Camano’s first-ever Pride celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Bigfoot BMX treasurer Jamie Holland looks over a portion of the track that is flooded after a wet spring on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at the Bigfoot BMX track in Everett, Washington. Members of the group are uncertain when they’ll be able to open up the track to events due to poor drainage. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

At McCollum Park, volunteers get ready for another BMX season

The modest 26-year-old track is “nostalgic for some people.” Now a new nonprofit, Bigfoot BMX, has taken the reins.

Bigfoot BMX treasurer Jamie Holland looks over a portion of the track that is flooded after a wet spring on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at the Bigfoot BMX track in Everett, Washington. Members of the group are uncertain when they’ll be able to open up the track to events due to poor drainage. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Laura Phillips, left, waves a rainbow flag while Everett Public Schools superintendent Ian Saltzman raises a PRIDE rainbow flag at the Everett Public School’s PRIDE month celebration on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Pride flag flies over Everett Public Schools headquarters

In a show of support for students and staff, the rainbow LGBTQ flag will be up all month.

Laura Phillips, left, waves a rainbow flag while Everett Public Schools superintendent Ian Saltzman raises a PRIDE rainbow flag at the Everett Public School’s PRIDE month celebration on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cathy Clark tallies Vaux’s swifts as they fly into the chimney at Frank Wagner Elementary School on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Swifts descend by the thousands in Monroe — but who’s counting?

Vaux’s swifts are back in town. Armed with pencils and scrap paper, volunteers count thousands at a time.

Cathy Clark tallies Vaux’s swifts as they fly into the chimney at Frank Wagner Elementary School on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rep. Rick Larsen shares a laugh during a bike tour of the Interurban Trail through Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds, Washington on May 23, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Is this the Interurban?’ Trail advocates seek federal money

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen toured parts of the Interurban Trail in Mountlake Terrace, where it seemingly vanishes and joins a road.

Rep. Rick Larsen shares a laugh during a bike tour of the Interurban Trail through Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds, Washington on May 23, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
New LGI Homes on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sultan gets a boost from remote-work newcomers — and growing pains

Houses are sprouting. Traffic is worsening. And new Sky Valley residents find “we don’t really get Uber Eats out here.”

New LGI Homes on Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ken Crossman, from Snohomish County Planning and Development, looks over a flood map of the Skykomish during a disaster simulation Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Snohomish County Fire District 5 Station 51 in Sultan, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This is a drill: Officials rehearse for a dam bursting near Sultan

If Culmback Dam at Spada Lake reservoir really were to fail, a wall of water would sweep through the Sky Valley.

Ken Crossman, from Snohomish County Planning and Development, looks over a flood map of the Skykomish during a disaster simulation Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Snohomish County Fire District 5 Station 51 in Sultan, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Janette Burk and Timur Keskinturk are fighting to keep their coffee shop location in Alderwood Mall. Photographed in Seattle, Washington on May 23, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A Turkish café served coffee next to Starbucks. They were told to move.

After years, Kismet Turkish Cafe Bakery’s owners say they were told to relocate in Alderwood mall due to a nearby Starbucks kiosk.

Janette Burk and Timur Keskinturk are fighting to keep their coffee shop location in Alderwood Mall. Photographed in Seattle, Washington on May 23, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Flags tell Monroe woman’s transgender journey — and more

The flagpole in her front yard is a visual for Facebook posts about who Melissa Batson is and how she got there.

Melissa Batson unfurls a Groundhog Day flag designed by her niece Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Destiny Conner, 13, takes tags off of clothing at the new Volunteers for America storefront on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Sultan’s only thrift store, teens learn teamwork, job skills

Teens with the Sky Valley Youth Coalition “stepped up and created the store” on Main Street.

Destiny Conner, 13, takes tags off of clothing at the new Volunteers for America storefront on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Sultan, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Doug Ewing looks out over a small section of the Snohomish River that he has been keeping clean for the last ten years on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Oscar Hoover Water Access Site in Snohomish, Washington. Ewing scours the shorelines and dives into the depths of the river in search of trash left by visitors, and has removed 59 truckloads of litter from the quarter-mile stretch over the past decade. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Diving for trash in Snohomish River, biologist fills 59 pickup beds

At Thomas’ Eddy, Doug Ewing estimates he has collected 3,000 pounds of lead fishing weights. And that’s just one spot.

Doug Ewing looks out over a small section of the Snohomish River that he has been keeping clean for the last ten years on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Oscar Hoover Water Access Site in Snohomish, Washington. Ewing scours the shorelines and dives into the depths of the river in search of trash left by visitors, and has removed 59 truckloads of litter from the quarter-mile stretch over the past decade. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Wade Brickman works through a call with trainer Lars Coleman Friday afternoon at SNO911 in Everett, Washington on May 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Difference between life and death’: New 911 tech saves vital seconds

Snohomish County is the first in the nation to get the new technology, which reduces delays on emergency calls.

Wade Brickman works through a call with trainer Lars Coleman Friday afternoon at SNO911 in Everett, Washington on May 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Britney Barber, owner of Everett Improv. Barber performs a shows based on cuttings from The Everett Herald. Photographed in Everett, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Cut this paper up and have a laugh at Everett Improv

The troupe’s new recurring “Boozie Newzie” show is based off clippings from The Daily Herald. Meta, dude.

Britney Barber, owner of Everett Improv. Barber performs a shows based on cuttings from The Everett Herald. Photographed in Everett, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jeremy DeBardi of Steel Beans in the nostalgic alleyway behind Tony V’s on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Local bands prep ‘fermented’ and ‘avant-garde’ tunes for Fisherman’s Fest

“My heart just bleeds for this (expletive) town,” said Jeremy DeBardi, of the Everett multi-genre supergroup Steel Beans.

Jeremy DeBardi of Steel Beans in the nostalgic alleyway behind Tony V’s on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students, parents and community leaders attend the school board meeting Monday evening at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Passions flare over Marysville School Board parental consent policy

Critics say a proposed policy targets LGBTQ clubs, forcing students to out themselves. Backers say it affirms parents’ rights.

Students, parents and community leaders attend the school board meeting Monday evening at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson High’s global TikTok star is chalk full of ideas

Sam Bowles, 18, uses vibrant videos and social media fame to raise awareness of autism.

Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sarah Alper works on packing a Community Supported Agriculture box at Lowlands Farm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Snohomish County, CSA produce boxes are safety nets for small farms

Community Supported Agriculture programs give farmers guaranteed income, regardless of freak weather or hungry deer.

Sarah Alper works on packing a Community Supported Agriculture box at Lowlands Farm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sold as elixir, kratom popularity surges in ‘Wild West’ of legality

Doctors warn kratom, an opioid alternative, is addictive and ripe for abuse. Yet it’s unregulated and sold at any smokeshop.

Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)