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After showing off a few tap-dancing moves, Donald Wischmann, left, gets a little teasing from World War II veteran Larry Negrette, who was celebrating his 101st birthday at the Everett VFW Post 2100 on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Negrette served as a gunner on B-17 bombers during the war.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

At 101, he talks of good life, keeps B-17 stories to himself

It was a surprise birthday party at a VFW post for Larry Negrette, a World War II veteran from Marysville.

After showing off a few tap-dancing moves, Donald Wischmann, left, gets a little teasing from World War II veteran Larry Negrette, who was celebrating his 101st birthday at the Everett VFW Post 2100 on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Negrette served as a gunner on B-17 bombers during the war.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Houses at the end of the 2100 block of 93rd Drive SE in Lake Stevens used to front a forest. Now the property has been clearcut for the new Costco store near the intersection of Highway 9 and 20th Street SE. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210810

Lake Stevens neighbors mourn 1,000s of trees at Costco site

A woodland off 20th Street SE has been leveled, leaving wildlife in search of new habitat.

Houses at the end of the 2100 block of 93rd Drive SE in Lake Stevens used to front a forest. Now the property has been clearcut for the new Costco store near the intersection of Highway 9 and 20th Street SE. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20210810
Lions Club treasurer Renee Deierling, left and Mike Edwards pull out plastic and netting to clear a space for one of two benches they installed at Pilchuck Park (Julia Landing) on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. The benches are the result of a recycling program, Bags-to-Benches, launched by the Snohomish Lions Club last November. The Lions and other local groups have been collecting recycled plastic to send to a company that, in turn, donates benches made from composite recycled materials. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

1,000 pounds of plastic recycled into Snohomish park benches

A community-wide Bags-to-Benches effort led to two benches installed at Pilchuck Julia Landing Park.

Lions Club treasurer Renee Deierling, left and Mike Edwards pull out plastic and netting to clear a space for one of two benches they installed at Pilchuck Park (Julia Landing) on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. The benches are the result of a recycling program, Bags-to-Benches, launched by the Snohomish Lions Club last November. The Lions and other local groups have been collecting recycled plastic to send to a company that, in turn, donates benches made from composite recycled materials. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Josh and Christine Alcaraz learned last week that their rent will increase by $475/month for their 3-bedroom Lake Stevens townhome. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘With the snap of a finger, we’re facing housing uncertainty’

With the eviction moratorium’s expiration, Snohomish County renters are reporting major price hikes.

Josh and Christine Alcaraz learned last week that their rent will increase by $475/month for their 3-bedroom Lake Stevens townhome. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kristin Christensen has been named a Dole Caregiver Fellow by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation for her care of her husband Michael, a veteran affected by traumatic brain injury that occurred in Iraq, PTSD and related health issues. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Injured veteran’s wife, caregiver honored by Dole foundation

He suffered traumatic brain injury in Iraq. She is one of millions helping a vet.

Kristin Christensen has been named a Dole Caregiver Fellow by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation for her care of her husband Michael, a veteran affected by traumatic brain injury that occurred in Iraq, PTSD and related health issues. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Pat Dillon, AquaSox broadcaster, during the game Wednesday afternoon at Funko Field in Everett on July 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox’s broadcast booth has undergone change this season

Longtime local prep radio voice Steve Willits has joined Everett icon Pat Dillon in calling games.

Pat Dillon, AquaSox broadcaster, during the game Wednesday afternoon at Funko Field in Everett on July 28, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bob Fink, reflected in one of his photographs, at his home on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Schack delays planned art show, says images are ‘inappropriate’

Everett photographer Bob Fink’s Artist of the Year exhibit, featuring indigenous peoples, has been postponed.

Bob Fink, reflected in one of his photographs, at his home on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Real estate agents Carole Falleen and Randi Szakaly at their listing Wednesday morning in Mukilteo on July 28, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The current real estate market isn’t for the faint of heart

With bidding wars, all-cash deals and a median home price that’s up 32% this year, what’s a buyer to do?

Real estate agents Carole Falleen and Randi Szakaly at their listing Wednesday morning in Mukilteo on July 28, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Nechirvan Zebari sorts through freshly made pita bread at Alida's Bakery on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He went from full-time nurse to full-time flatbread baker

Nechirvan Zebari burned out on health care during the pandemic. His Everett bakery was an antidote.

Nechirvan Zebari sorts through freshly made pita bread at Alida's Bakery on Friday, June 25, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

New low-income apartments to replace Whispering Pines

On Monday, Lynnwood approved the housing authority’s plan for another affordable apartment complex.

Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Steven's Trayce Hanks makes a catch for a touchdown during the Cougars Championship Passing Tournament at Lakewood High School on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Steven's Trayce Hanks makes a catch for a touchdown during the Cougars Championship Passing Tournament at Lakewood High School on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Skykomish took him. His parents want him to be the last

A year ago, Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls. His body was never found. His family still grieves.

Family and friends gather at the waters of the Skykomish River at Eagle Falls in memorial of Devin Shelby Thursday afternoon Index on July 29, 2021. Devin Shelby drowned at Eagle Falls and his body has not been recovered. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hilary Lohman works to pack her home in the Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Whispering Pines residents ‘terrified’ as demolition looms

Facing a deadline to leave the low-income apartments in Lynnwood, dozens of tenants fear they’ll be homeless.

Hilary Lohman works to pack her home in the Whispering Pines Apartments complex which is slated to be demolished in October but must be vacated on August 31. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Family, friends and supporters gather in the quest for answers in the death of Tirhas Tesfatsion on July 13 during a protest rally Monday afternoon at the Lynnwood City Hall on July 26, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lynnwood council agrees to ask AG to investigate jail death

At a rally Monday evening, Tirhas Tesfatsion’s family called for answers in her July 13 death.

Family, friends and supporters gather in the quest for answers in the death of Tirhas Tesfatsion on July 13 during a protest rally Monday afternoon at the Lynnwood City Hall on July 26, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Joseph Lindell, left, Nathaniel Lindell, 19 and Jason Guzman, 18, next to one of Nathaniel's Bigfoot cutout on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bigfoot sighting: Not in the woods, near the Everett Safeway

Here’s the story behind the Beverly Lane display of Sasquatch, flowers and flags.

Joseph Lindell, left, Nathaniel Lindell, 19 and Jason Guzman, 18, next to one of Nathaniel's Bigfoot cutout on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, left and Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle vice president Masood Zaidi, right, chat at the Eid ul Adha celebration on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish Islamic society’s interfaith celebration draws many

Sheriff Adam Fortney was one of the many who attended the meet-and-greet at the new mosque.

Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, left and Husaynia Islamic Society of Seattle vice president Masood Zaidi, right, chat at the Eid ul Adha celebration on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
PUD Generation Senior Manager Brad Spangler points out a megawatt meter for one of two generators that provide power to the City of Everett at the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How the PUD kept things humming during the record heat wave

The public utility has been bracing for the impacts of climate change for more than a decade.

PUD Generation Senior Manager Brad Spangler points out a megawatt meter for one of two generators that provide power to the City of Everett at the Henry M. Jackson Hydroelectric Project on Friday, July 23, 2021 in Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Avery Rochon,16, won the Queen of the Hill and 1st place in Super Stock at the Camano Island Soap Box Derby in June. She will be racing on Monday at Derby Downs in Ohio at the All-American World Championship Soap Box Derby. Photographed at Arrowhead Ranch on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Camano Island, Washington. Camden Tatarian, 7, also qualified for the the Championship in Akron, Ohio.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Speedsters will represent Stanwood, Camano Island at derby

After winning the 14th Stanwood-Camano Island Soap Box Derby, Avery Rochon and Camden Tatarian will race at the big event in Akron, Ohio.

Avery Rochon,16, won the Queen of the Hill and 1st place in Super Stock at the Camano Island Soap Box Derby in June. She will be racing on Monday at Derby Downs in Ohio at the All-American World Championship Soap Box Derby. Photographed at Arrowhead Ranch on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Camano Island, Washington. Camden Tatarian, 7, also qualified for the the Championship in Akron, Ohio.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jeff Irtter (left) and Tom Glasenapp work it dismantle a tent of the covid vaccination station Wednesday morning at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on June 30th, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish County winds down emergency response to COVID-19

Local leaders are shifting to long-term recovery, though the pandemic isn’t over, they say.

Jeff Irtter (left) and Tom Glasenapp work it dismantle a tent of the covid vaccination station Wednesday morning at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on June 30th, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bert Erickson Field in the Delta Neighborhood in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Housing Authority considers 1,500 units for Baker Heights

The agency hasn’t made final plans for 10 acres previously slated for a university expansion.

Bert Erickson Field in the Delta Neighborhood in Everett.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)