Photography

Beth Larsen, an environmental planner with Snohomish County, opens the gates at a new protected habitat area on Thursday, July 7, 2022, south of Mill Creek. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Wildlife finds a new home at mitigation site near Mill Creek

Public works crews planted trees and piled up “woody debris” to mimic nature. It’s to make up for environmental impacts.

Beth Larsen, an environmental planner with Snohomish County, opens the gates at a new protected habitat area on Thursday, July 7, 2022, south of Mill Creek. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The AquaSox’s Noelvi Marte looks up to the sky while rounding the bases after a long homer to center field during a game against the Vancouver Canadians Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

GALLERY: AquaSox rally in 8th to defeat Canadians

Everett scores twice late and comes from behind to beat Vancouver 6-5.

The AquaSox’s Noelvi Marte looks up to the sky while rounding the bases after a long homer to center field during a game against the Vancouver Canadians Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A group gathers near a blending pit, which is where cow waste and other biodegradable material begins its journey towards becoming energy in a digester Friday, June 17, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Cow pie power! Monroe manure-to-energy project expands

Qualco has been turning cow poop into electricity since 2008. A new generator could turn on by mid-August.

A group gathers near a blending pit, which is where cow waste and other biodegradable material begins its journey towards becoming energy in a digester Friday, June 17, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
James Berntson shows how his farm uses a trellis system to control tomato plants on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Radicle Roots Farm in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Backyard business: Snohomish farm thrives on less than one acre.

James Berntson grew Radicle Roots Farm using smart crop planning and organic practices.

James Berntson shows how his farm uses a trellis system to control tomato plants on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at Radicle Roots Farm in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Alissa Long gets a group photo of some of the graduates during a Second Chance Foundation graduation party on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

These grads have something ‘priceless’: Degrees and lived experience

Meet three women whose degrees are just as valuable as their experience with addiction, incarceration and homelessness.

Alissa Long gets a group photo of some of the graduates during a Second Chance Foundation graduation party on Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
John McKeon stands in front of a mobile headquarters vehicle while discussing the funding needs of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the search and rescue headquarters in Snohomish, Washington. McKeon said a priority for the group is to find money for new covered parking for a number of vehicles that do not have a garage to be parked in. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue wants rescuing

They’re asking for nearly $1 million in federal recovery dollars, but funding has been hard to come by.

John McKeon stands in front of a mobile headquarters vehicle while discussing the funding needs of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the search and rescue headquarters in Snohomish, Washington. McKeon said a priority for the group is to find money for new covered parking for a number of vehicles that do not have a garage to be parked in. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘We’re all good people when we get clean and sober’

Who has fentanyl taken from us? A messenger who saved lives. A “street mom.” A grandpa who loved his grandkids “999 trillion times.”

Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Officials tour the future site of the Faith Family Village Wednesday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington on June 29, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett eyeing Sievers Duecy city land for new shelter village

If approved, it could be near another new village for families at a church — and the third shelter of its kind in the city.

Officials tour the future site of the Faith Family Village Wednesday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett, Washington on June 29, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ryan Elting, conservation director at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, talks about the important ecosystem the shoreline provides Friday, June 10, 2022, at the site of the Keystone Preserve near Coupeville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

In ‘emergency acquisition,’ 226 acres of Whidbey Island’s farmland, forest saved

The beachside Keystone Preserve, south of Coupeville, is the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s largest purchase at $9.1 million.

Ryan Elting, conservation director at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, talks about the important ecosystem the shoreline provides Friday, June 10, 2022, at the site of the Keystone Preserve near Coupeville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Seattle Sounders’ Cristian Roldan sneaks through three defenders on his way to the net against Sporting KC on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

GALLERY: Resurgent Sounders thrash Sporting KC

Seattle wins 3-0 and has collected 16 points in its past seven contests to climb up the Western Conference standings.

The Seattle Sounders’ Cristian Roldan sneaks through three defenders on his way to the net against Sporting KC on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Sandra Oleson, center, holds up a “Protect Our Rights” sign and shouts for support from passing vehicles during a protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022, along Broadway in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Roe v. Wade ruling spurs praise and outrage in Snohomish County

Washington will become a sanctuary for abortion access. Voters legalized early pregnancy abortions over 50 years ago.

Sandra Oleson, center, holds up a “Protect Our Rights” sign and shouts for support from passing vehicles during a protest against the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, June 24, 2022, along Broadway in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Junelle Lewis, right, daughter Tamara Grigsby and son Jayden Hill sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during Monroe’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Rainy Juneteenth celebrations in Snohomish, Monroe mark progress

Community members say they hope their cities can continue to “build on what has begun.”

Junelle Lewis, right, daughter Tamara Grigsby and son Jayden Hill sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during Monroe’s Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People venture out towards exposed eelgrass beds during the lowest tide in over a decade Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Puget Sound’s lowest tides in years unveil a world of sea life

The moon’s wobble is responsible for the lowest tides in 13 years. There are more chances this week to explore beaches.

People venture out towards exposed eelgrass beds during the lowest tide in over a decade Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Tulalip drummers and singers make their way down to the water to greet the king salmon as it is carried back to the longhouse during Salmon Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Back in our home’: Tulalips celebrate Salmon Ceremony return

Over 100 people gathered to welcome the King Salmon on Saturday after two years of pandemic.

Tulalip drummers and singers make their way down to the water to greet the king salmon as it is carried back to the longhouse during Salmon Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Flo Tremper, 8, who is currently a second grader, helps lead the start of the March For Our Lives out of Snohomish County Courthouse Plaza on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hundreds turn out in Everett for protest against gun violence

They were among tens of thousands across the country who mobilized in the second March for Our Lives rally.

Flo Tremper, 8, who is currently a second grader, helps lead the start of the March For Our Lives out of Snohomish County Courthouse Plaza on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rebecca Suryan, an alpaca breeder of over 20 years, gets in the pen with some of her younger male animals Monday, March 28, 2022, at Alpacas from MaRS in Snohomish, Washington. Males and females are kept separate because unlike most animals, they do not have a breeding season and will reproduce any time of the year if left together. The alpacas are herd animals, so they are kept in groups of three or more on the farm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This Snohomish couple is enchanted with alpacas from MaRS

Two decades ago, they ditched the suburbs and started raising the fleecy creatures. Today, they’ve grown their herd to about 40 animals.

Rebecca Suryan, an alpaca breeder of over 20 years, gets in the pen with some of her younger male animals Monday, March 28, 2022, at Alpacas from MaRS in Snohomish, Washington. Males and females are kept separate because unlike most animals, they do not have a breeding season and will reproduce any time of the year if left together. The alpacas are herd animals, so they are kept in groups of three or more on the farm. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A student wipes away tears as the 592 graduates take their places during the processional at Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

’Tis the season for tassel-turning and cap-tossing

Thousands of students will receive diplomas as 2022 graduation ceremonies kick into high gear.

A student wipes away tears as the 592 graduates take their places during the processional at Lake Stevens High School’s 2022 commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Phaedra Dunko, of Courting Frogs Nursery in Stanwood, brings out tray after tray of pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants as vendors prepare for Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Sorticulture, Everett’s garden arts fest, returns to downtown

The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday on Colby Avenue.

Phaedra Dunko, of Courting Frogs Nursery in Stanwood, brings out tray after tray of pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants as vendors prepare for Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Colby Avenue in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Transportation Security Officer Jerry Drews speaks with a person in the security line Friday, May 27, 2022, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Transportation Security Officer Jerry Drews speaks with a person in the security line Friday, May 27, 2022, at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
People gather for a color throw at Stanwood and Camano’s first-ever Pride celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

First-ever Pride celebrations draw hundreds in north county

“We didn’t expect this could happen here,” said Sall Hutson, 76. “In little towns a long time ago, you could hardly come out at all.”

People gather for a color throw at Stanwood and Camano’s first-ever Pride celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)