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Doug Ewing looks out over a small section of the Snohomish River that he has been keeping clean for the last ten years on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Oscar Hoover Water Access Site in Snohomish, Washington. Ewing scours the shorelines and dives into the depths of the river in search of trash left by visitors, and has removed 59 truckloads of litter from the quarter-mile stretch over the past decade. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Diving for trash in Snohomish River, biologist fills 59 pickup beds

At Thomas’ Eddy, Doug Ewing estimates he has collected 3,000 pounds of lead fishing weights. And that’s just one spot.

Doug Ewing looks out over a small section of the Snohomish River that he has been keeping clean for the last ten years on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Oscar Hoover Water Access Site in Snohomish, Washington. Ewing scours the shorelines and dives into the depths of the river in search of trash left by visitors, and has removed 59 truckloads of litter from the quarter-mile stretch over the past decade. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Wade Brickman works through a call with trainer Lars Coleman Friday afternoon at SNO911 in Everett, Washington on May 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Difference between life and death’: New 911 tech saves vital seconds

Snohomish County is the first in the nation to get the new technology, which reduces delays on emergency calls.

Wade Brickman works through a call with trainer Lars Coleman Friday afternoon at SNO911 in Everett, Washington on May 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Britney Barber, owner of Everett Improv. Barber performs a shows based on cuttings from The Everett Herald. Photographed in Everett, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Cut this paper up and have a laugh at Everett Improv

The troupe’s new recurring “Boozie Newzie” show is based off clippings from The Daily Herald. Meta, dude.

Britney Barber, owner of Everett Improv. Barber performs a shows based on cuttings from The Everett Herald. Photographed in Everett, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jeremy DeBardi of Steel Beans in the nostalgic alleyway behind Tony V’s on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Local bands prep ‘fermented’ and ‘avant-garde’ tunes for Fisherman’s Fest

“My heart just bleeds for this (expletive) town,” said Jeremy DeBardi, of the Everett multi-genre supergroup Steel Beans.

Jeremy DeBardi of Steel Beans in the nostalgic alleyway behind Tony V’s on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Students, parents and community leaders attend the school board meeting Monday evening at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Passions flare over Marysville School Board parental consent policy

Critics say a proposed policy targets LGBTQ clubs, forcing students to out themselves. Backers say it affirms parents’ rights.

Students, parents and community leaders attend the school board meeting Monday evening at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson High’s global TikTok star is chalk full of ideas

Sam Bowles, 18, uses vibrant videos and social media fame to raise awareness of autism.

Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sarah Alper works on packing a Community Supported Agriculture box at Lowlands Farm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In Snohomish County, CSA produce boxes are safety nets for small farms

Community Supported Agriculture programs give farmers guaranteed income, regardless of freak weather or hungry deer.

Sarah Alper works on packing a Community Supported Agriculture box at Lowlands Farm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sold as elixir, kratom popularity surges in ‘Wild West’ of legality

Doctors warn kratom, an opioid alternative, is addictive and ripe for abuse. Yet it’s unregulated and sold at any smokeshop.

Rainey Forzetting makes a kratom smoothie at her home in Lake Stevens, Washington on March 29, 2022. Blueberries, 6 grams Kratom, a triple berry mix, almond butter, pomegranate and oak milk make up her daily concoction. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Hundreds gather to listen to a lineup of guest speakers during Snohomish County’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the county courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett rally draws 400-plus abortion rights supporters

Saturday’s rally was part of “Bans Off Our Bodies” protests in response to the impending overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Hundreds gather to listen to a lineup of guest speakers during Snohomish County’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally Saturday, May 14, 2022, outside the county courthouse in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Aly Richards warms up during a skateboard workshop Thursday evening at Wiggum Hollows Park in Everett, Washington on April 28, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At free skate clinic, Everett kids do sweet tricks and more

It’s offered through the Boys and Girls Club, and there are still slots open. So grab a skateboard and get rolling.

Aly Richards warms up during a skateboard workshop Thursday evening at Wiggum Hollows Park in Everett, Washington on April 28, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Norris the plains zebra grazes on some grass Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Flying M Ranch and Horses in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Norris the zebra is fitting in with his new herd near Lake Stevens

Black-and-white stripes are a vibrant pop against the farmland at Flying M Ranch and Horses in rural Snohomish County.

Norris the plains zebra grazes on some grass Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at Flying M Ranch and Horses in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

Photography: the extracurricular shots

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.

Herald photographers are out and about, capturing scenes from across Snohomish County.
Otis Mugabo works through addition problems during his kindergarten class at Greater Trinity Academy  on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Greater Trinity Academy, educators are ‘teaching through the trauma’

They aren’t just here to play and color. The south Everett early learning center aims to show kids: “I can learn anything.”

Otis Mugabo works through addition problems during his kindergarten class at Greater Trinity Academy  on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Japanese teacher Alicia Ceban takes a photo go her students Justin Mitosis, left, Christopher Araiza and Ethan Kwon with their pen pal letter they received from high school students in Japan at Mariner High School on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

They’ve got (snail) mail: Mariner High students have Japanese pen pals

For many, it’s the first time writing a letter on paper — and making a friend on the other side of the globe.

Japanese teacher Alicia Ceban takes a photo go her students Justin Mitosis, left, Christopher Araiza and Ethan Kwon with their pen pal letter they received from high school students in Japan at Mariner High School on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish's Alli Wilson, left, and welcomes teammate Emma Hansen to the plate, scoring a run against Cascade High School Thursday afternoon at Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington on May 5, 2022. The Panthers won 9-3.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish's Alli Wilson, left, and welcomes teammate Emma Hansen to the plate, scoring a run against Cascade High School Thursday afternoon at Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington on May 5, 2022. The Panthers won 9-3.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Father Tuan Nguyen holds morning mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

North Everett Catholic parishes to merge into one

The Archdiocese of Seattle has decreed the merger will take effect July 1 for the churches about 1 mile apart.

Father Tuan Nguyen holds morning mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jason Cockburn's recovery house is across the street from U-Turn, where homeless and at-risk youth can get help. Cockburn regularly sees fentanyl dealers circle the block, looking to peddle pills to minors. "The reality is we've got people coming to prey on this situation," he told The Daily Herald. Photographed in Everett, May 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As local kids get hooked on fentanyl, there’s ‘no place for them to go’

Red tape and scarce staffing are obstacles for Snohomish County teens in need of addiction care. “We may not get another chance.”

Jason Cockburn's recovery house is across the street from U-Turn, where homeless and at-risk youth can get help. Cockburn regularly sees fentanyl dealers circle the block, looking to peddle pills to minors. "The reality is we've got people coming to prey on this situation," he told The Daily Herald. Photographed in Everett, May 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters works through rescue drills during the Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue’s annual Water Rescue Academy on the Skykomish River Thursday afternoon in Index, Washington on May 5, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

As weather warms, firefighters train for rescues on the Skykomish

Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue sees about 20 to 25 water calls per year. Many of those are preventable.

Firefighters works through rescue drills during the Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue’s annual Water Rescue Academy on the Skykomish River Thursday afternoon in Index, Washington on May 5, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Taleen Enick, 15, holds a candle during a MMIW candlelight vigil at the Tulalip Gathering Hall on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tulalip candlelight vigil honors missing, murdered Native women

On reservations, “a lot of people just disappear and that’s it.” A vigil aimed to bring closure and understanding of the history.

Taleen Enick, 15, holds a candle during a MMIW candlelight vigil at the Tulalip Gathering Hall on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Maria Moore and her younger brother, T.J. Maria was 9 when she died in 2015. T.J., 14, has been collecting M&M’s items since and donated the collection to raise money for Seattle Children’s. (Submitted photo)

Candy collectible sale to honor girl who died of cancer at 9

Money raised Saturday at BobaKhan Toys in Everett goes to Seattle Children’s cancer research.

Maria Moore and her younger brother, T.J. Maria was 9 when she died in 2015. T.J., 14, has been collecting M&M’s items since and donated the collection to raise money for Seattle Children’s. (Submitted photo)