Julie Muhlstein

New mom, virus survivor both feel blessed this Mother’s Day

During birth center closure at Swedish Edmonds, Providence in Everett saw a springtime baby boom.

Bears, other critters at PAWS in Lynnwood need human help

A mother bear’s den was accidentally disturbed before the rescue of two cubs. Bigger bears will soon be free.

2020 grads missing the pomp and friends, looking to future

With commencement ceremonies and proms canceled, schools are working on other ways to honor seniors.

The waters await, but some boat launches are already open

At the Port of Everett, ramps didn’t close despite coronavirus. Many around the state open next week.

An open-pit mine that wasn’t: Ridge near Glacier Peak spared

A book by professor from Marysville chronicles the 1960s environmental battle over a planned copper mine.

Homeless people, tents cleared at Everett park, memorial

Free meals are no longer available at the downtown park honoring child abuse victim Matthew Parsons.

111 students from around globe stuck in Everett dorms

Many EvCC and Edmonds College students are from farflung countries and can’t “stay home.” No visitors allowed.

Out of their classrooms, kids and teachers are both learning

As technology and creativity fill in the gaps for students, parents say teaching at home is hard.

Homes become houses of worship for Easter, Passover 2020

“I’m not kneeling in front of a computer. I’m kneeling in front of God,” an Everett man said of online church.

Bear hunts and encouraging words are signs of COVID-19 times

Neighbors are putting stuffed animals in windows so children can spot them during weeks out of school.

He’s playing Taps, nightly, for ‘however long I stay at home’

Everett’s Kevin McKay is a guitarist in rock bands, but COVID-19 pandemic has him learning the bugle.

Final farewells continue, but few are allowed to say goodbye

Rules for funerals limit attendees to immediate family. In Darrington, a memorial tradition is on hold.

Home just in time, they served abroad in S. America, Africa

She caught last plane out of Peru, while her friend in Peace Corps had to leave post in Mozambique.

A pachyderm appears to have freed himself from a fence at Everett’s Forest Park. Created by Themed Concepts, the 9 foot-long elephant, made of concrete reinforced with glass fiber, will become a climbing structure for kids in the park’s playground currently being renovated. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

It’s not Rosie, but Everett’s Forest Park has a new pachyderm

Sculpture, part of playground renovations, is a reminder of elephant that lived and died in zoo here.

A pachyderm appears to have freed himself from a fence at Everett’s Forest Park. Created by Themed Concepts, the 9 foot-long elephant, made of concrete reinforced with glass fiber, will become a climbing structure for kids in the park’s playground currently being renovated. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
It was Match Day 2020 when fourth-year medical student Claire Murphy (center) learned where she’ll train for her residency. Because of coronavirus, her family celebrated at home in Everett rather than at the University of Washington. From left: Claire’s brother Kevin Murphy, her dad Scott Murphy, Claire Murphy, her mom Kippy Murphy, and sister Olivia Murphy. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Future ER doctor eager to help as UW picks her for residency

The coronavirus kept classmates from being together, but Claire Murphy celebrated the big day with family.

It was Match Day 2020 when fourth-year medical student Claire Murphy (center) learned where she’ll train for her residency. Because of coronavirus, her family celebrated at home in Everett rather than at the University of Washington. From left: Claire’s brother Kevin Murphy, her dad Scott Murphy, Claire Murphy, her mom Kippy Murphy, and sister Olivia Murphy. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Distractions, tech glitches, all part of working from home

“It’s an adjustment for sure.” We’re out of the office as a coronavirus caution, but still on the job.

Carolyn Ross, on the balcony of her apartment at Arlington’s Olympic Place, is happily surprised on her 96th birthday Monday. Unable to visit the senior community due to coronavirus precautions, her children and their spouses sang “Happy Birthday” from outside. (Vanessa Ross photo)

From balcony, a 96th birthday surprise despite no-visit rule

With care facilities locked down by coronavirus concerns, loved ones and seniors are finding a way.

Carolyn Ross, on the balcony of her apartment at Arlington’s Olympic Place, is happily surprised on her 96th birthday Monday. Unable to visit the senior community due to coronavirus precautions, her children and their spouses sang “Happy Birthday” from outside. (Vanessa Ross photo)
Pat Ward recently retired as a volunteer chaplain with the Mukilteo Police Department and Everett and Lake Stevens fire departments. Here, she is shown helping as 100+ Women Who Care About Snohomish County donates money to Mercy Watch in Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Police chaplain’s own losses helped her reach out in empathy

Pat Ward retires from volunteer chaplaincy after 16 years with Mukilteo, Lake Stevens and Everett.

Pat Ward recently retired as a volunteer chaplain with the Mukilteo Police Department and Everett and Lake Stevens fire departments. Here, she is shown helping as 100+ Women Who Care About Snohomish County donates money to Mercy Watch in Everett. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
At the Cocoon House Butterfly Celebration in 2018, Jennifer McCabe (left) wipes a tear as her daughters Vanessa Bassi and Jayla Bassi speak to the crowd. The event has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Dan Bates/ The Herald)

‘Huge, pressing need’ as nonprofits cancel fundraising events

Cocoon House, Domestic Violence Services, YMCA, YWCA and other agencies hurt by coronavirus crisis.

At the Cocoon House Butterfly Celebration in 2018, Jennifer McCabe (left) wipes a tear as her daughters Vanessa Bassi and Jayla Bassi speak to the crowd. The event has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Dan Bates/ The Herald)
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                                The first Providence Hospital in Everett opened in 1905 in the original Monte Cristo Hotel building. Spanish influenza patients, many with pneumonia, were treated there during the 1918 epidemic. The Spanish flu sickened all 17 Providence nurses, and two nurses died.

Fears, masks and deaths, Spanish flu hit hard 102 years ago

The 1918 pandemic killed about 50 million. Everett shut down and thousands died in Washington.

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                                The first Providence Hospital in Everett opened in 1905 in the original Monte Cristo Hotel building. Spanish influenza patients, many with pneumonia, were treated there during the 1918 epidemic. The Spanish flu sickened all 17 Providence nurses, and two nurses died.
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