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AJ, 2, left, and Antonio, 3, recoil from a toy snake held by Dani Hanson-Hooten Friday morning at the Edmonds Lutheran Learning Center in Edmonds, Washington on January 28, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Washington’s child care workers are quitting for better pay

They earn notoriously low wages. A new state grant can help — to an extent.

AJ, 2, left, and Antonio, 3, recoil from a toy snake held by Dani Hanson-Hooten Friday morning at the Edmonds Lutheran Learning Center in Edmonds, Washington on January 28, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Director, producer and writer Rosie Kreider and cinematographer Barry J. Briggs make their way down an isle inside Norm's Market where they filmed for their upcoming movie on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$1,000 budget: First-time director has high hopes for local film

“The Woman” will feature scenes shot at Norm’s Market in Lake Stevens and Flat Iron Gallery in Sultan.

Director, producer and writer Rosie Kreider and cinematographer Barry J. Briggs make their way down an isle inside Norm's Market where they filmed for their upcoming movie on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joshua Jacobson opened a video game store in Lake Stevens, Washington called Stupid Geeks as result of COVID. Jacobson needed a brick and mortar to contains his inventory.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens shop deals in nostalgia for all things 8-bit

Stupid Geeks owner Joshua Jacobson wants his store to be a hub for retro video game enthusiasts.

Joshua Jacobson opened a video game store in Lake Stevens, Washington called Stupid Geeks as result of COVID. Jacobson needed a brick and mortar to contains his inventory.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Executive Director Edmund Smith stands inside one of the living quarters Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at the new Holman Recovery Center in Smokey Point, Washington. Smith said most rooms are for two occupants, though some are designated for only one. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

36-bed substance abuse treatment center opening in Arlington

Holman Recovery Center aims to serve a vital need as drug overdoses continue to rise in Snohomish County.

Executive Director Edmund Smith stands inside one of the living quarters Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at the new Holman Recovery Center in Smokey Point, Washington. Smith said most rooms are for two occupants, though some are designated for only one. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Washington State Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange outside of the Twin Rivers Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Corrections officers, inmates frustrated and fatigued by COVID

In a visit to the Monroe prison, Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange said the response to the pandemic is keeping people safe and alive.

Washington State Department of Corrections Secretary Cheryl Strange outside of the Twin Rivers Unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 in Monroe, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Convenient or creepy? Cashier-less Amazon Go coming to Mill Creek

Cameras and sensors track customers’ every move. Purchases are automatically charged to online accounts.

A sign is up on a new Amazon Go building along 132nd St SE Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Mill Creek, Washington. The cashierless grab-and-go store is set to open in the coming months. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jacob Fullerton, Starbucks store supervisor in Everett, is pushing to unionize after the recent successes across the country Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on February 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Workers at an Everett Starbucks seek a unionization vote

The effort is the first at a Starbucks in Snohomish County. But it’s one of dozens across the country.

Jacob Fullerton, Starbucks store supervisor in Everett, is pushing to unionize after the recent successes across the country Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on February 1, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Dai Tou Fut, the big head Buddha, leads the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year Saturday afternoon in downtown Edmonds, Washington on January 29, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Old, new generations shape the dough at Edmonds dumpling houses

The city celebrated its first Lunar New Year festival with the lion dance, feasting and hope for the Year of the Tiger.

Dai Tou Fut, the big head Buddha, leads the lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year Saturday afternoon in downtown Edmonds, Washington on January 29, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Chad Hofland and his wife Xochitl look at a photograph of their son Andre, 17, at a memorial set up along 116th Street on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. Andre was was shot and killed in robbery on January 5th, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After Marysville teen’s killing, ‘a whirlwind of grief and anger’

Andre Hofland died by gunfire. An accomplice has pleaded guilty, while the alleged shooter still faces trial.

Chad Hofland and his wife Xochitl look at a photograph of their son Andre, 17, at a memorial set up along 116th Street on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 in Marysville, Wa. Andre was was shot and killed in robbery on January 5th, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rachel Ford and Taryn Salter watch as Erik Ford and Kam Durden play pool Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Vessel Taphouse in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lynnwood pirate bar faces mutiny over ‘catch the virus’ show

Employees quit, bands canceled and patrons swore off the Vessel Taphouse after it advertised discounts for people sick with COVID.

Rachel Ford and Taryn Salter watch as Erik Ford and Kam Durden play pool Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Vessel Taphouse in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After 1,200 positive cases, Tulalip Tribes face ‘deepest fear’

“We used to be big on family doings — not anymore.” On top of a cultural toll, the pandemic has exposed health inequities.

Les Parks, left, talks with his daughter, Kenzi Parks, after a laser etched drum finished printing Tuesday afternoon at his home in Tulalip, Washington on January 25, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Christa Meyer, residential physical therapist in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, plays Wordle daily. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

What in the world is Wordle? It’s an online game C-R-A-Z-E

Solving the daily five-letter brain teaser in six tries is the latest social media obsession.

Christa Meyer, residential physical therapist in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, plays Wordle daily. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Michelle Roth is a registered nurse in the Providence Emergency Department on Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Nurses face burnout as hospital staffing shortage continues

‘It feels like there has been a mass exodus in the last two to three months.’

Michelle Roth is a registered nurse in the Providence Emergency Department on Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
People across Snohomish County share their thoughts on two years of life during the pandemic. 20220123

Anxious, weary, hopeful: How we’re coping with COVID

The pandemic has taken a toll in Snohomish County, where the first U.S. case was confirmed. Here’s a time capsule of life in 2022.

People across Snohomish County share their thoughts on two years of life during the pandemic. 20220123
Mara Wiltshire, left, celebrates her first place finish in Mario Cart against her son Miles Jenkins, 7, as Calvin Jenkins, 5, looking on Friday evening at their home in Everett, Washington on January 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Child care’s heightened burden takes parents out of workforce

One Snohomish County mom said she couldn’t return to work “because I didn’t have child care and I wouldn’t be able to afford it.”

Mara Wiltshire, left, celebrates her first place finish in Mario Cart against her son Miles Jenkins, 7, as Calvin Jenkins, 5, looking on Friday evening at their home in Everett, Washington on January 7, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jackson's Lindyn Solis bowls during a match against Everett on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jackson's Lindyn Solis bowls during a match against Everett on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Tyler Fouts lifts Glacier Peak's Gil Mossburg during wrestling on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Tyler Fouts lifts Glacier Peak's Gil Mossburg during wrestling on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No more gnarly feet: This ‘Wounded Warrior’ gets pedicures

Keith Reyes, 64, visits a Stanwood nail salon for “foot treatments” that help soothe blast injuries.

Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shelly Holmgren, left, holds hands with her brother Jay Holmgren, center, while they listen to Musicial Thanatologist April Mitchell a song at Providence Everett on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Death, grief and comfort at Everett’s pandemic epicenter

Here are some voices at Providence hospital of those still staring down COVID: a harpist, a cancer patient, a chaplain and a nursing assistant.

Shelly Holmgren, left, holds hands with her brother Jay Holmgren, center, while they listen to Musicial Thanatologist April Mitchell a song at Providence Everett on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mail delays frustrate and perplex Snohomish residents

One woman waited two weeks for delivery. Then came “an avalanche of mail.” The Postal Service blames snow and staffing issues.

A mail carrier delivers mail along Dubuque Road in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)