Julie Muhlstein

Monroe High grad who spent time homeless now a Harvard student

There’s a 2003 TV movie called “Homeless to Harvard,” based on the true story of a girl from the Bronx. That is not Ethan Medlin’s… Continue reading

Customers will miss the Balas and Boondockers in Marysville

Shabbir and Ruqayya Bala are immigrants and Muslims, longtime restaurateurs and business owners, proud Americans and parents whose son graduated from the U.S. Military Academy… Continue reading

Animals from Texas shelters find new homes here

They weren’t lost in Hurricane Harvey, but newly arrived dogs and cats at the PAWS shelter are still, indirectly, refugees from the Texas disaster. Already,… Continue reading

River journal marks seasons of a remarkable life

Winter, spring, summer and fall, Bill Jaquette puts oars in the water. He glides upriver on the Snohomish at the break of day, often taking… Continue reading

State fair honoree has seen both sides — judge and contestant

As a girl, Laura Elhai never set foot in the Display Hall at the Evergreen State Fair. A trip to the fair meant grandstand shows,… Continue reading

Escaped salmon reported seen throughout Puget Sound region

It’s an environmental emergency. It’s an opportunity. It’s both. The escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon from net pens at a Cypress Island fish farm… Continue reading

Vietnam veteran with cancer finds solace in his garden

Jim Mathis thought joining the Marine Corps would make childhood dreams come true. He signed up in 1962, the year he graduated from… Continue reading

Her ‘dream job’ building bridges with Japan comes to an end

In a tranquil place she worked to create, Mayumi Smith gazed at the Nishiyama Japanese Garden. It’s part of the Nippon Business Institute Japanese Cultural… Continue reading

Brett’s Run/Walk helps scholarships for Cascade graduates

Brett Jensen would have turned 35 next week. A top student, ASB president and athlete in Cascade High School’s Class of 2001, he died the… Continue reading

‘Lifegivers’: Tulalip Tribes honor their strong women

Four women are making history. With Marie Zackuse as chairwoman, for the first time there’s a female majority on the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors.… Continue reading

After 60 years, Monte Wolff and his classmates are reunited

When Monte Wolff packed his bags to attend his 60th Lake Stevens High School reunion, he also brought a lifetime of memories. There are stories… Continue reading

New Everett highway sign honors black Civil War soldier

Far from Virginia, where strife begotten of a white supremacist rally exploded in deadly violence, traffic buzzed past a highway sign Tuesday near the Everett… Continue reading

Couple’s Lincoln once belonged to silent film star Mary Pickford

It’s not a person, but they call it “Mary.” The nickname for Vicki and Ron Selia’s 1961 Lincoln Continental pays homage to one of the… Continue reading

A vintage waterskier catches the new wave — wakesurfing

It looked easy enough. On vacation, I made an attempt at what’s becoming the hottest water sport around. Ever tried wakesurfing? A rider on a… Continue reading

Everett florist shop to close its doors after 65 years

It was 1952. Bob Adrian was 4 when his mother opened a flower shop in the family’s north Everett home. Sixty-five years later, Flowers by… Continue reading

Baby Rowan died of SIDS, but her heart valves saved others

She was named for a tree, the rowan or mountain ash. And just as a tree supports life, little Rowan Starling Nickerson provided lifesaving gifts.… Continue reading

Homeless Connect provides services, resources to those in need

Shakarra Borchgrevink, a mother of four little boys, has taken shelter with family and friends. In decent weather, she has lived in a tent in… Continue reading

Red Cross is looking for everyday heroes to honor

perhaps an annual American Red Cross event should be rebranded with them in mind. This week, the agency seeks nominations of people… Continue reading

At Everett park, fun in the sun includes reading books

On a summer day, they could be zipping down a slide, climbing a playground ladder, or walking the circle of a labyrinth. Instead, kids at… Continue reading

Jury duty scam a costly lesson for small business owner

Michael Gardner was suspicious, but fear took over. Part of him thought the call he got late last month could be a scam. Yet with… Continue reading