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Juniper Player, 4, a student at the Early Learning Center, wears a sign in protest of the proposed plan to close pre-kindergarten facility on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In about-face, EvCC pauses plan to close Early Learning Center

The child-care center has operated at a deficit, says college President Daria Willis. But for families, it has been a boon.

 

Teresa Ramadan uses a pylon as a hammer to build another as she and other volunteers tape, package and organize gifts as they get the Christmas House set up at Everett Boys & Girls Club on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

After pandemic pause, holiday cheer returns to Christmas House

The Everett nonprofit will give out some 24,000 free gifts to low-income families. It opens Wednesday.

 

Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dude, you’re knitting some bodacious ‘Big Lebowski’ sweaters

Jacob Akers, 29, a Costco shelf stocker, knits cardigans made famous by the 1998 cult classic guy flick.

 

Shawneri Guzman, center, who was named Washington's Fire Educator of the Year and her team of Community Resource firefighter paramedics Janette Anderson, left, and Captain Nicole Picknell, right, at the Lynnwood Fire Station on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A pandemic playbook, used nationally, was made in Snohomish County

South County Fire helped transport “patient zero.” Their COVID manual has helped departments far and wide.

Shawneri Guzman, center, who was named Washington's Fire Educator of the Year and her team of Community Resource firefighter paramedics Janette Anderson, left, and Captain Nicole Picknell, right, at the Lynnwood Fire Station on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Two brother bear cubs, burned in a fire last summer, were recently reunited at PAWS in Lynnwood. (PAWS) 20211129

Bear cubs, burned in wildfires, reunited in viral video in Lynnwood

The brother cubs are being treated at PAWS Wildlife Center. They were injured in a wildfire near Lake Chelan.

Two brother bear cubs, burned in a fire last summer, were recently reunited at PAWS in Lynnwood. (PAWS) 20211129
The Pacific Ice rink under construction at Port of Everett on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Port of Everett unveils seasonal ice rink on the waterfront

The outdoor rink will be open through the end of January. The port plans for it to return annually.

The Pacific Ice rink under construction at Port of Everett on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kindergartener Robert, 5, imitates a turkeys actions as he answers questions about Thanksgiving outside Mt. Pilchuck Elementary on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Revisionist turkey talk: Kindergartners explain Thanksgiving

These Lake Stevens kids have holiday wisdom to impart, including what they’re grateful for — friends, family and paper swords.

Kindergartener Robert, 5, imitates a turkeys actions as he answers questions about Thanksgiving outside Mt. Pilchuck Elementary on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Thanks to vaccines, Thanksgiving 2021 is closer to normal

Last year, we were told to stick to immediate households. This year’s holiday is cautiously more open.

Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Lynnwood blue’ eyeshadow, ’80s glam shots adorn new landmark

A signal box by Alderwood mall is a throwback to an era of big hair, lampooned on local sketch show “Almost Live.”

Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Vanessa Edwards, outgoing Marysville's school board president at Marysville Getchell High School on November 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Ousted Marysville School Board president reflects on many challenges

Vanessa Edwards found herself at the center of controversy after controversy. Her opponent harnessed “hot-button” issues and won.

Vanessa Edwards, outgoing Marysville's school board president at Marysville Getchell High School on November 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Terry Kill with his wife Twyla Kill at there home in Gold Bar on November 3, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘I was melted’: But he survived blast of gasoline-fed flames

A burn barrel accident left Terry Kill, of Gold Bar, with third-degree burns. Now he’s warning others not to repeat his mistake.

Terry Kill with his wife Twyla Kill at there home in Gold Bar on November 3, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Northbound view of Evergreen Way at Casino Rd on Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 17, 2021.    (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett considers red light cameras, mostly south of 41st

Councilmembers voted 5-1 in favor of a long-stalled project. The dissenting voice, Liz Vogeli, has equity concerns.

Northbound view of Evergreen Way at Casino Rd on Wednesday afternoon in Everett on November 17, 2021.    (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sheriff Deputy Art Wallin testifies during the trial of Kevin Lewis on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New lawsuit filed against deputy in shooting of Edmonds man

The plaintiff, Britt Jakobsen, was in the passenger seat when her boyfriend was fatally shot by Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy Art Wallin.

Sheriff Deputy Art Wallin testifies during the trial of Kevin Lewis on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 3 long years, Adam Cornell won’t run again for prosecutor

He will finish his term next year. But his time as Snohomish County prosecutor has dulled his optimism, he said.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
An excavator moves dirt at the Baker Heights project on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. Everett Housing Authority’s Phase 2 redevelopment of its old Baker Heights low-income housing could have high rises potentially 10 stories tall at the site. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Architects unveil new details for Baker Heights housing site

The northeast Everett housing development might be greener and taller than neighbors expected.

An excavator moves dirt at the Baker Heights project on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. Everett Housing Authority’s Phase 2 redevelopment of its old Baker Heights low-income housing could have high rises potentially 10 stories tall at the site. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Darren Nielson runs trivia night at Brews Almighty in Everett on October 27, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett’s trivia man crafts questions for a living

Darren Nielson left his job at Boeing and has since become a full-time trivia host.

Darren Nielson runs trivia night at Brews Almighty in Everett on October 27, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From orphanage to star recruit, Lakewood player finds a way

Jakobus Seth was adopted from Haiti at age 6. He has grown into a standout left tackle. Yale wanted him. He chose the Palouse.

Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Samantha Breeden, 3, left, and brother John Breeden, 5, right, pose for a photo with Krampus at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Merry Creepsmas! Oddmall event is back, with Krampus

Over 100 vendors will be at the Monroe fairgrounds this weekend at the free bazaar of the bizarre.

Samantha Breeden, 3, left, and brother John Breeden, 5, right, pose for a photo with Krampus at Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird on Nov. 9, 2019 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Children watch the Veterans Day Parade as it makes its way down Olympic Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Gallery: Arlington hosts Veterans Day Parade

People gathered along Olympic Avenue in Arlington to celebrate veterans.

Children watch the Veterans Day Parade as it makes its way down Olympic Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dennie Willard, a Navy veteran, became homeless in 2014 and began job training through HopeWorks at Renew Home and Decor. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Looking for his ‘last job,’ veteran found new work, new life

U.S. Navy veteran Dennis Willard, once homeless, now works for the nonprofit that helped him.

Dennie Willard, a Navy veteran, became homeless in 2014 and began job training through HopeWorks at Renew Home and Decor. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)