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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)
One of the Stillaguamish Tribe’s salmon habitat restoration projects off of Moran Road on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stillaguamish Tribe to ‘repair, restore’ river with salmon funding

Over $1 million in grants will help the tribe to restore the Trafton floodplain and plant trees along the North Fork Stillaguamish.

One of the Stillaguamish Tribe’s salmon habitat restoration projects off of Moran Road on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jacy Wade, a 988 crisis counselor, talks to caller during her shift on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘People just want to be heard’: Everett crisis line meets growing demand

Since the 988 line launched last year, the call center has received an average of 3,729 calls each month.

Jacy Wade, a 988 crisis counselor, talks to caller during her shift on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Clouds pass in front of the moon and sun as the two cross paths during an annular eclipse on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, seen from Everett, Washington. A total eclipse will be visible over parts of the United States on April 8, 2024. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Partial eclipse casts shadow over Everett

An annular eclipse was visible over Snohomish County around 9:20 a.m. Saturday, as 80% of the sun was blocked by the moon

Clouds pass in front of the moon and sun as the two cross paths during an annular eclipse on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, seen from Everett, Washington. A total eclipse will be visible over parts of the United States on April 8, 2024. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Shannon Kringen poses for a photo with her jeweled car at 2411 164th St SW in Lynnwood, Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

A gem on wheels: This rhinestone car dazzles from Seattle to Bellingham

Artist Shannon Kringen, known as “Goddess Kring,” decorated her car to express her colorful style.

Shannon Kringen poses for a photo with her jeweled car at 2411 164th St SW in Lynnwood, Washington, on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Jordan Hansen pauses to read the Link light rail map at Northgate Station on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

For first-timer, getting from Everett to Sea-Tac for $6 proves simple

Herald reporter Jordan Hansen is taking over the Street Smarts column. For his first dispatch, he rode the Link.

Jordan Hansen pauses to read the Link light rail map at Northgate Station on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A birder watches waterfowl with a pair of binoculars at the Edmonds Marsh on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Advocates of Edmonds Marsh want salmon back, but they disagree on how

Property next to the marsh could be up for sale in 2024. Some believe only state ownership would ensure salmon recovery there.

A birder watches waterfowl with a pair of binoculars at the Edmonds Marsh on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Dozens of pounds of living crawfish crawl over one another in a basket as commercial fisherman Ithamar Glumanc collects his traps on the Snohomish River on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, near Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

A Southern tradition, fresh from the Snohomish River

In a region better known for its salmon fishing than its crawfish boils, one man is bringing a Gulf-style delicacy to homesick Cajuns and Northwest novices alike.

Dozens of pounds of living crawfish crawl over one another in a basket as commercial fisherman Ithamar Glumanc collects his traps on the Snohomish River on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, near Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett Public Schools paraeducators protest outside of the Everett School Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘We work just as hard’: Everett paraeducators rally for fair wages

Paraeducators didn’t get the same pay increases tied to the McCleary decision. They’ve been in contract negotiations for months.

Everett Public Schools paraeducators protest outside of the Everett School Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Mike Cramer in his home office filled with his sports memorabilia and card collections on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

It’s in the cards: Edmonds trading card magnate Mike Cramer tells all

Cramer, 70, founded Pacific Trading Cards in what started as a boyhood crush on a Babe Ruth card. His new book tells the story.

Mike Cramer in his home office filled with his sports memorabilia and card collections on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ross Haddow, right, stands alongside fellow Rotary Club member Shawn O’Donnell, left, as the two await extra hands to help move Haddow’s giant pumpkin on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, at Haddow’s home in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

To grow a great pumpkin in Edmonds: seeds, water, brute force

Growing a half-ton fruit isn’t so complicated. It’s all about genetics, said Ross Haddow, 72. But what about moving it?

Ross Haddow, right, stands alongside fellow Rotary Club member Shawn O’Donnell, left, as the two await extra hands to help move Haddow’s giant pumpkin on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, at Haddow’s home in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)