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Brenda Mueller, left, and Lynn Salvo arrives at Everett United Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon on September 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A wedding ring and a bicycle journey close a circle of grief

Fifty years after a joyful wedding, the sister of a fallen soldier and the sister of his bride meet to pay tribute.

Brenda Mueller, left, and Lynn Salvo arrives at Everett United Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon on September 7, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Russell Struck, 63, started decorating his Chevy L5 about five years ago and never stopped and lives in his truck part-time. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

He keeps on truckin’ in a fabric-wrapped Chevy that’s his home

Russell Struck decorated his S-10 with 8 yards of flaming red cloth, holographic eyeballs and skulls.

Russell Struck, 63, started decorating his Chevy L5 about five years ago and never stopped and lives in his truck part-time. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Nicole VandePutte, an ecologist for Adopt A Stream, looks for fish in a stream along 67th Avenue NE on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Arlington, a stream is born, giving fish a new route

The Adopt A Stream demonstration project will help salmon and trout avoid roadside pollution.

Nicole VandePutte, an ecologist for Adopt A Stream, looks for fish in a stream along 67th Avenue NE on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Danny Vernon, Illusion of Elvis Presley tribute impersonator, twirls Celia Salinas as her sister Rosa Cantu, left, waits to dance with Vernon as he performs at the Evergreen State Fair on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Elvis Presley impersonator a blast from the past for fans

Danny Vernon said Presley helped him discover singing. Now he performs his songs on stage.

Danny Vernon, Illusion of Elvis Presley tribute impersonator, twirls Celia Salinas as her sister Rosa Cantu, left, waits to dance with Vernon as he performs at the Evergreen State Fair on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
District Court Judge Steven Clough stands in the courtroom at Evergreen Division of Snohomish County District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in Monroe, Washington. Clough has been a judge since 1978, making him the longest-serving elected official in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

After 42 years, retiring Monroe judge sees cases as puzzles

District Court Judge Steven Clough, 74, is the longest-serving elected official in Snohomish County.

District Court Judge Steven Clough stands in the courtroom at Evergreen Division of Snohomish County District Court on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in Monroe, Washington. Clough has been a judge since 1978, making him the longest-serving elected official in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Emily Heck gives a speech during the public speaking clinic for the newly formed Marysville Youth Advocacy Committee Tuesday afternoon at Marysville-Getchell High School in Marysville on August 24, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville youth are recruited to tackle big social issues

Adults helped organize the first Youth Advocacy Committee. The students will take it from there.

Emily Heck gives a speech during the public speaking clinic for the newly formed Marysville Youth Advocacy Committee Tuesday afternoon at Marysville-Getchell High School in Marysville on August 24, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Gina Anderson (left-right) and Rae Dorcas light vigil candles as Shana Morcom gets a kiss from Tamara Cooper Tuesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Campus Plaza in Everett on August 31, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘You’re simply not alone’: Vigil honors those lost to overdose

There have been 109 drug-related deaths this year in Snohomish County. In 2020, there were 230.

Gina Anderson (left-right) and Rae Dorcas light vigil candles as Shana Morcom gets a kiss from Tamara Cooper Tuesday afternoon at the Snohomish County Campus Plaza in Everett on August 31, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Participants in an organized weekly lit-up bike ride pause at Grand Avenue Park to take photographs of the sunset on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Everett, Wash. The bike ride is part art collective, community building, but mostly it's just a fun thing for people to do. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Night riders light up Everett’s downtown and waterfront

An informal weekly Saturday night bike and roll brings out eclectic and electric styles.

Participants in an organized weekly lit-up bike ride pause at Grand Avenue Park to take photographs of the sunset on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Everett, Wash. The bike ride is part art collective, community building, but mostly it's just a fun thing for people to do. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Two derelict boats near Howarth Park in Everett, along the railroad breakwater south of the Port of Everett. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210827

6 derelict boats in Everett on track to be hauled away

One vessel set for removal is the Confusion, a 53-foot cruiser sunk at the 10th Street boat launch.

Two derelict boats near Howarth Park in Everett, along the railroad breakwater south of the Port of Everett. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210827
Jasan Winship, a Volunteers of America employee, talks about his life after a couple accidents that led to him feeling like a burden to his family on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. His “Letter to Myself,” describing his pain and slow recovery, is part of a VOA effort recognizing September as National Suicide Awareness Month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Letters to Myself,’ a VOA effort, aimed at suicide prevention

Writers describe struggles from times past and hope to assure others that better days will come.

Jasan Winship, a Volunteers of America employee, talks about his life after a couple accidents that led to him feeling like a burden to his family on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. His “Letter to Myself,” describing his pain and slow recovery, is part of a VOA effort recognizing September as National Suicide Awareness Month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jeffrey Beazizo, Lake Stevens' Chief of Police  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Beazizo takes reins at LSPD, hopes to continue Dyer’s work

Deputy Chief Jeff Beazizo became Lake Stevens’ top cop after Chief John Dyer retired on Aug. 18.

Jeffrey Beazizo, Lake Stevens' Chief of Police  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Residents move out of an apartment Wednesday afternoon in the Whispering Pines Complex in Lynnwood on August 25, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Despite promises, Whispering Pines tenants feel abandoned

Money was meant to help renters at the low-income apartments. Some still haven’t gotten it.

Residents move out of an apartment Wednesday afternoon in the Whispering Pines Complex in Lynnwood on August 25, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Wyatt Liddle, 7, plays a ring toss game durning opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fair time: Goats, chickens, horses and kids who love them

People are making up for lost time at the Evergreen State Fair, which opened Thursday in Monroe.

Wyatt Liddle, 7, plays a ring toss game durning opening day of the Evergreen State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A small amount of debris covers the ground where Ivar's tables and chairs had been set up in the parklet where the former Mukilteo Ferry Landing was located on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whose asphalt is this? ‘Parklet’ is no longer a dining area

The city of Mukilteo has erected red tape around the former ferry ramp where Ivar’s wants to serve customers.

A small amount of debris covers the ground where Ivar's tables and chairs had been set up in the parklet where the former Mukilteo Ferry Landing was located on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Inside of a freshly peeled fig on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Every year he must figure out what to do with all the figs

Wally Harper didn’t know what to expect when he planted a tree in his Mukilteo yard 25 years ago.

Inside of a freshly peeled fig on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Chief Anthony Strowder kisses his wife Anika, while holding his children Idris and Naiem, after walking off the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, after its docks at Naval Station Everett on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  The destroyer will be homeported in Everett  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

USS John Paul Jones arrives at a new home, in Everett

The move from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, brings a crew of about 330 to Snohomish County.

Chief Anthony Strowder kisses his wife Anika, while holding his children Idris and Naiem, after walking off the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, after its docks at Naval Station Everett on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  The destroyer will be homeported in Everett  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Matt Mosteller holding Montana Mosteller (left-right) Lindsay Mosteller holding Sequoia Mosteller and Steven Hailey were forced to sell their home to the county for a project that widens 43rd Avenue in Bothell.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Family loses newly purchased dream home to eminent domain

Lindsey and Matt Mosteller bought their Bothell-area house in January 2020. Now the county needs the land.

Matt Mosteller holding Montana Mosteller (left-right) Lindsay Mosteller holding Sequoia Mosteller and Steven Hailey were forced to sell their home to the county for a project that widens 43rd Avenue in Bothell.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A young boy roars at a T-Rex during the Jurassic Empire Drive-Thru on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At this Jurassic parking lot, dinosaurs and their fans roar

A drive-thru attraction at the Everett Mall has young kids baring their teeth at full-sized dinos.

A young boy roars at a T-Rex during the Jurassic Empire Drive-Thru on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mike Dailey, cuts back blackberry bushes in the garden at Hope, Horses 'N Healing in Monroe, Wash. (Hannah Sheil / The Daily Herald)

A better place: Monroe veteran garden is a spot to heal

“Even though I’m cutting blackberries sitting on a milk crate in the rain, I’m happy,” says an Army vet.

Mike Dailey, cuts back blackberry bushes in the garden at Hope, Horses 'N Healing in Monroe, Wash. (Hannah Sheil / The Daily Herald)
Afternoon traffic moves along the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

What the infrastructure bill could mean for Snohomish County

Millions of dollars could help replace the U.S. 2 trestle, electrify buses and change rail crossings.

Afternoon traffic moves along the U.S. 2 trestle between Everett and Lake Stevens on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)