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Madi Humphries, 9, Rose Austin, 13, and Eirene Ritting, 8, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No grades, no teachers: Inside a Bothell school run by student vote

Each day at The Clearwater School, 60 students choose their own lessons. It’s one vote per person, whether you’re staff or student.

 

El Chavito Dulceria owner Nicky Monroy, left, and Eddie Lopez on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Indulge your inner child’s sweet tooth at Dulceria El Chavito in Lynnwood

We asked the owners of this new Latin-American shop about their roots, owning a business and their favorite snacks.

 

Lyla Anderson and others sign a petition to save the Clark Park gazebo during a “heart bomb” event hosted by Historic Everett on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Too much Everett to throw away’? Gazebo’s impending end stirs emotions

A demolition date hasn’t been confirmed for the Clark Park gazebo, but city staff said it’s too expensive to save. “The decision’s been made.”

 

Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

What’s honkin’ on this Everett thoroughfare? Have a gander

Henrietta and Betty, a goose duet, entertain passersby in the yard between Colby Avenue and Evergreen Way.

Ryan Carlson’s goose Bubba honks at cars outside his home on Monday Feb. 5, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Jennifer Ross, a PCAP case manager, prepares for the day at her desk at Sound Pathways on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

As homelessness rises, Everett programs aims to help struggling moms

UW’s Parent-Child Assistance Program is designed for mothers, like Aunalisa Dawn Evans, who struggle with addiction during and after pregnancy.

Jennifer Ross, a PCAP case manager, prepares for the day at her desk at Sound Pathways on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mom and Pops Cakery owner Colleen Dunn picks out a Valentine’s Day themed cupcake for a customer on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Nuggets: Rave-worthy Sichuan and a long-awaited cake shop open in Everett

And that’s just the first course in our resurrected roundup of the most appetizing food news in Snohomish County.

Mom and Pops Cakery owner Colleen Dunn picks out a Valentine’s Day themed cupcake for a customer on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A group of friends hang out in a banya, a Russian sauna that is typically more humid and hotter than a traditional sauna, at Banya by fgm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At Banya, spa with 200-degree sauna in Everett, stress just melts away

A banya in Russian refers to a hot room or sauna. You can also plunge in the cold pool. Or play chess and eat piroshki.

A group of friends hang out in a banya, a Russian sauna that is typically more humid and hotter than a traditional sauna, at Banya by fgm on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Chris Mills, left, and Fermin Lopez, right, smile and talk with a customer at Earth & Ocean on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bring the steakhouse home with this Mukilteo shop’s restaurant-quality cuts

To keep home chefs salivating, Earth and Ocean sources premium seafood, steak and more with an eye for freshness and quality.

Chris Mills, left, and Fermin Lopez, right, smile and talk with a customer at Earth & Ocean on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Khao poon katee at Thai on Main Street Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Hidden Gems: 4 spots for Valentine’s Day dinner without the wait

No reservations yet for your date? Try these lesser-known romantic locales

Khao poon katee at Thai on Main Street Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mariella Brock talks with brothers Juakin and Gael Hernandez during a new free after-school program at Connect Casino Road on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

At ‘Mega Club’ on Casino Road, kids get healthy dose of screen-free time

Connect Casino Road and Camp Fire offer a mix of activities for kids from elementary to high school age.

Mariella Brock talks with brothers Juakin and Gael Hernandez during a new free after-school program at Connect Casino Road on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Patrick Hunstiger, a dispatcher of almost 9 years, takes a call at the Snohomish County 911 dispatch center Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

In new program, nurses help 911 callers who don’t need an ambulance

Nurse Navigation could redirect thousands of 911 calls to less-urgent care in Snohomish County — saving ambulance crews precious time.

Patrick Hunstiger, a dispatcher of almost 9 years, takes a call at the Snohomish County 911 dispatch center Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Ken Collins poses for a photo in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

After fleeting NFL career, Lake Stevens educator, coach found his niche

Retiring superintendent Ken Collins built a sterling reputation in 34 years in the district, with a decade coaching football at Lake Stevens High.

Lake Stevens School District Superintendent Ken Collins poses for a photo in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Bartender Kevin Taylor throws together a few drinks while working behind the bar at The Colby Club on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett speakeasy offers old-fashioned charm (and charming Old Fashioneds)

Step into a Prohibition-era fantasy at the Colby Club, the latest addition to downtown Everett’s growing craft cocktail scene.

Bartender Kevin Taylor throws together a few drinks while working behind the bar at The Colby Club on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Heather White smiles while students raise their hands to answer a question on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 in Camano Island, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

In child care desert, Camano’s pioneering forest school faces shutdown

Island County Public Works abruptly banned a school from a nature preserve, its cofounders said. Parents are outraged and aghast.

Heather White smiles while students raise their hands to answer a question on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 in Camano Island, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A figure known as the Lake Stevens Bigfoot sits among trees and along a stream on Lundeen Parkway in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Sasquatch of Lake Stevens is legendary as hometown hero Chris Pratt

Two mossy and mysterious figures in the woods of Lundeen Parkway turn heads and lighten up a gloomy day.

A figure known as the Lake Stevens Bigfoot sits among trees and along a stream on Lundeen Parkway in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Larry and Jack O’Donnell reminisce about the area around the Bond Street underpass on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in the Port Gardner neighborhood of Everett, Washington. The underpass used to serve as a public and commercial access to the waterfront but is now blocked off. Nearby Forgotten Creek Park and Trail have deteriorated since the closure of the underpass. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

‘An iron curtain’: For a seaside city, beach access is sparse in Everett

Everett boasts 25 miles of shoreline. But only pockets of that are open to the public. Try getting to Pigeon Creek Beach, for example.

Larry and Jack O’Donnell reminisce about the area around the Bond Street underpass on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in the Port Gardner neighborhood of Everett, Washington. The underpass used to serve as a public and commercial access to the waterfront but is now blocked off. Nearby Forgotten Creek Park and Trail have deteriorated since the closure of the underpass. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Noemie Leibov, 8, pauses reading aloud to pet Strummer during Tails and Tales at the Mukilteo Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Here to listen’: Mukilteo therapy dogs help kids conquer reading fears

Strummer is a regular at Tails and Tales, where kids read aloud to pups at the library. Talking to a dog, kids are often “just more comfortable.”

Noemie Leibov, 8, pauses reading aloud to pet Strummer during Tails and Tales at the Mukilteo Library on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Bill Iffrig. Photo provided by Doug Beyerlein.

Running champion and national symbol Bill Iffrig dies at 89

The longtime Lake Stevens resident and masters national champion became the symbol of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Bill Iffrig. Photo provided by Doug Beyerlein.
Ducks sit on a piece of wood at Spencer Island in Everett, Washington on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

In Everett wetlands, hunters and birdwatchers navigate a shared space

Restricted recreation areas can sometimes cause conflict. “We’re all birders,” said Tom Elliott, a Washington Waterfowl Association member.

Ducks sit on a piece of wood at Spencer Island in Everett, Washington on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A person shovels snow away from their car tires as snow falls on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How to stop your pipes from freezing

Tips and tricks from the American Red Cross on how to prevent and thaw frozen pipes as freezing conditions hit Snohomish County.

A person shovels snow away from their car tires as snow falls on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)