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Valentino Warr, 5, smiles while holding his certificate of adoption during National Adoption Day at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

On National Adoption Day, 11 Snohomish County families grow by 1

There were tears of joy in the county courthouse on Friday when Sean Myers, 8, was adopted Friday.

Valentino Warr, 5, smiles while holding his certificate of adoption during National Adoption Day at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Crows gather during Crow Watch 2023 at the UW Bothell campus in Bothell, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. Thousands of crows come to roost annually. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘Bird-watcher’s paradise’: Countless crows swoop in to Bothell Crow Watch

Thousands of crows roost every night on the UW Bothell campus. Even longtime locals are awed by the spectacle.

Crows gather during Crow Watch 2023 at the UW Bothell campus in Bothell, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. Thousands of crows come to roost annually. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Providence nurses picket in front of the hospital during the first day of their planned 5-day strike Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As Providence nurses strike, replacements cross the picket line

Around 1,300 Everett nurses plan to strike for five days due to chronic understaffing at the hospital.

Providence nurses picket in front of the hospital during the first day of their planned 5-day strike Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Trash Talk: A new column on waste, recycling in Snohomish County

What can you recycle, really? Confusion about waste guidelines inspired a new monthly series to answer readers’ questions.

Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Sam Taylor pops air bubbles in paint while he works on one of his art pieces on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Retired trucker is resident artist at Everett over-55 mobile home park

Sam Taylor, 73, is a “Home Depot artist.” He uses drop cloths as canvas and house paint to create art.

Sam Taylor pops air bubbles in paint while he works on one of his art pieces on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Chef Andy Hilliard delivers three different cuts of steak for staff to taste as they prepare to open Hook & Cleaver on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Hook & Cleaver to open Tuesday in space of Mukilteo mainstay Arnies

After a two-month transformation, the steak and seafood restaurant offers a new look and new menu.

Chef Andy Hilliard delivers three different cuts of steak for staff to taste as they prepare to open Hook & Cleaver on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Captain Community Resource Paramedic Nicole Picknell, left, and South County Fire Assistant Chief Shaughn Maxwell stand together at Fire Station 15 on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

To help frequent 911 callers, South County expands paramedic program

Community paramedics based in Lynnwood find long-term solutions for chronic problems. The program will grow with nearly $1 million.

Captain Community Resource Paramedic Nicole Picknell, left, and South County Fire Assistant Chief Shaughn Maxwell stand together at Fire Station 15 on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stephanie Boyle prepares dinner for her three children as one of them plays with olives at their new apartment in Marysville, Washington on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

To escape homelessness, Everett mother navigates a labyrinth

Stephanie Boyle’s odyssey to find an apartment echoes the stories of hundreds of families. And the need is only growing in Snohomish County.

Stephanie Boyle prepares dinner for her three children as one of them plays with olives at their new apartment in Marysville, Washington on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Laura Eichert (22) and Katelyn Eichert (2) pose for a photo at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens volleyball sisters ‘elevating each other’s game’

Katelyn and Laura Eichert are crushing the Vikings’ record books as a lethal setter-hitter combo.

Laura Eichert (22) and Katelyn Eichert (2) pose for a photo at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Kids, teens and adults try out a new pump track for bikes at Jennings Nature Park in Marysville, Washington, on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Campaign for pump track is big win for boy, 10, and Marysville kids

The track opened at Jennings Nature Park. It took three years for Landon Oliphant’s wish to come true.

Kids, teens and adults try out a new pump track for bikes at Jennings Nature Park in Marysville, Washington, on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Supervisor Brad Thompson speaks during a meeting for public comment on the topic of bringing grizzly bears to the North Cascades at Darrington High School Auditorium in Darrington, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘Hell no to grizzlies’: Darrington locals give federal agencies an earful

At a public meeting, a chorus of residents aired fears over what reintroducing the bears could mean for safety and salmon.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Supervisor Brad Thompson speaks during a meeting for public comment on the topic of bringing grizzly bears to the North Cascades at Darrington High School Auditorium in Darrington, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Gillian Montgomery weighs a bag of bird seed at Wild Birds Unlimited on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bird and cat lovers flock to this Everett bird supply store

Bring on the birds! Locally owned Wild Birds Unlimited store can help turn your backyard into a “seedy” restaurant.

Gillian Montgomery weighs a bag of bird seed at Wild Birds Unlimited on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Children, including a cowboy on a dinosaur, come and go from Chai Cupboard as they trick-or-treat up and down Colby during Downtown Everett Association’s Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Halloween came early to downtown Everett

Local businesses and organizations passed out candy to trick-or-treaters Saturday.

Children, including a cowboy on a dinosaur, come and go from Chai Cupboard as they trick-or-treat up and down Colby during Downtown Everett Association’s Halloween event Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jaxen McInnis, the creator of the Snackin Shack, in his transformed garage on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bite into Everett’s Snackin Shack, a sweet tooth museum of offbeat treats

Jaxen McInnis, 26, said his limited edition snack obsession started two years ago with Lady Gaga Oreo cookies.

Jaxen McInnis, the creator of the Snackin Shack, in his transformed garage on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Brenda Bolanos-Ivory and her cat Piccolo, left, along with Gail Chism look over a section of cleared plant growth at Lowell Riverfront Park on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Everett, Washington. The two Lowell residents feel the clearing of trees and undergrowth at the park is unacceptable. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Trees cut down near Lowell Riverfront Trail to contain freeway runoff

Neighbors were concerned when they noticed felled trees. Official says the work will protect the surrounding waterways.

Brenda Bolanos-Ivory and her cat Piccolo, left, along with Gail Chism look over a section of cleared plant growth at Lowell Riverfront Park on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Everett, Washington. The two Lowell residents feel the clearing of trees and undergrowth at the park is unacceptable. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Record holder Snohomish swimmer Mary Clark poses for a photo at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Record-holder Clarke leads Snohomish with talent, dedication

Panthers senior Mary Clarke is ready for the final postseason run of her decorated prep career.

Record holder Snohomish swimmer Mary Clark poses for a photo at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Alden Pate, 19, an international class mountain biker, practices in Bellingham, Washington on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Snohomish grad, 19, among world’s elite mountain bikers

Alden Pate competes in enduro, which consists of high-speed cycling down steep man-made trails on rugged mountainous terrain.

Alden Pate, 19, an international class mountain biker, practices in Bellingham, Washington on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Daniel Weiss, 73, inside his “tin room” at his home that holds the majority of his expansive tin collection on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023 in Mountlake, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

1,400 antique tins, with stories to tell, line wall of Terrace home

Daniel Weiss built a collection of tins with lard, tobacco, tennis balls, razors — you name it, it’s for sale in Mountlake Terrace.

Daniel Weiss, 73, inside his “tin room” at his home that holds the majority of his expansive tin collection on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023 in Mountlake, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Carson gets a chance to sound the horn in an Everett Fire Department engine with the help of captain Jason Brock during a surprise Make-A-Wish sendoff Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at Thornton A. Sullivan Park in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

At Everett park, Make-A-Wish surprises boy, 7, on way to Disneyland

Carson was diagnosed with leukemia age 4. On Saturday, firefighters, police and cheerleaders rallied for him.

Carson gets a chance to sound the horn in an Everett Fire Department engine with the help of captain Jason Brock during a surprise Make-A-Wish sendoff Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at Thornton A. Sullivan Park in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Harrison Wolff, center, instructs how to use kettle balls during a class at Remedy Athletics in Marysville, Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Sobriety, then strength: Cost-free CrossFit in Marysville changes lives

Anyone recovering from addiction is welcome at the Remedy Recovery class. The only requirement is 24 hours of sobriety.

Harrison Wolff, center, instructs how to use kettle balls during a class at Remedy Athletics in Marysville, Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)