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Michael Adams is trying to navigate the school district's procedure for addressing complaints about racism after his son was the subject of some racist Snapchat messages sent by Granite Falls High School students in May. 

Photographed in Granite Falls, Washington on September 20, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After threat to ‘lynch’ Granite Falls boy, father says school fell short

Michael Adams helped craft the district’s diversity policy. Then his son became a target of racism. He now wants more changes.

 

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Near-death experience planted seeds for downtown Everett toy store

Former attorney Tom Harrison survived 9/11. It caused him to ask what’s important in life. Today, he runs MyMyToyStore.

 

Amber Weaver, who has worked at the Lakewood Crossing Starbucks for 5 years, with her daughter Melody, outside of her workplace on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Complaint accuses Starbucks of anti-union threats in Marysville

Meanwhile, a mother of two said Thursday that Starbucks refused to accommodate her schedule when she returned from maternity leave.

 

Ahadi family arriving in Washington on Oct. 22, 2021. (photo courtesy of Lutheran Community Services Northwest)

A year later, Afghan refugees in Lynnwood see brighter future ahead

Ziaurahman Ahadi served as a trauma medic on battlefields in Afghanistan. Now he builds fireplaces to support a family of eight.

Ahadi family arriving in Washington on Oct. 22, 2021. (photo courtesy of Lutheran Community Services Northwest)
Tulalip board members, along with Randy Johnson and Johnny Avello cut a ribbon at the Tulalip DraftKings Sportsbook grand opening on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Place your bets: Seattle sports legends ring in new Tulalip sportsbooks

With fanfare and two Hall of Fame guests, the Tulalip Tribes are the latest tribe to offer sports betting in their casinos.

Tulalip board members, along with Randy Johnson and Johnny Avello cut a ribbon at the Tulalip DraftKings Sportsbook grand opening on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Amy Turnbull pulls seeds off of a sunflower on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Flower power: Garden on Gibson Road cultivates a sense of community

South Everett mom Amy Turnbull turned a ditch of trash into a colorful 100-foot stretch of blooms and kinship.

Amy Turnbull pulls seeds off of a sunflower on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
David Spring explains possible plans available for the church’s organ Wednesday afternoon at Trinity Episcopal in Everett, Washington on September 7, 2022. The organ is  the second largest organ in the city and the church is raising money to rebuild the Balcom and Vaughan pipe organ which has been in place since 1971.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘You’re literally moved by it’: Everett church seeks to restore pipe organ

The 1971 Balcom and Vaughan instrument has been with Trinity Episcopal since 2010. It needs $150,000 to be fully restored.

David Spring explains possible plans available for the church’s organ Wednesday afternoon at Trinity Episcopal in Everett, Washington on September 7, 2022. The organ is  the second largest organ in the city and the church is raising money to rebuild the Balcom and Vaughan pipe organ which has been in place since 1971.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Drivers pick out their helmets before hitting the track at Traxx Indoor Raceway on Friday, Sep. 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Vroom! Traxx Indoor Raceway in Mukilteo is for sale

The race track running for 24 years needs a buyer and new site. The deal includes 32 karts, Corvette couches and more.

Drivers pick out their helmets before hitting the track at Traxx Indoor Raceway on Friday, Sep. 16, 2022, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fish on! Whidbey bait shop delivers $7 bucket of herring to your boat

Possession Point Bait Co. owner Dan Cooper keeps afloat the Clinton fishing business his family started in the 1960s.

Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joe Taylor, co-owner of Pinnacle German Shepards, gets his dogs to sit outside of their new temporary home at Rosecrest Equestrian Estate on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dogs, goats, horses among evacuees of chaotic Bolt Creek wildfire

It has been a stressful week for animals and their owners, who are looking forward to going home as the fire gets under control.

Joe Taylor, co-owner of Pinnacle German Shepards, gets his dogs to sit outside of their new temporary home at Rosecrest Equestrian Estate on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Firefighters climbed uphill to cut down trees and prevent them from falling onto the roadway near the Money Creek Campground northwest of Skykomish on Monday. (Peter Mongillo / Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)

Evacuation order lifted for Index residents who fled Bolt Creek fire

The Bolt Creek fire was up to 9,400 acres, with 5 percent contained. Evacuation orders were downgraded as weather and winds shifted.

Firefighters climbed uphill to cut down trees and prevent them from falling onto the roadway near the Money Creek Campground northwest of Skykomish on Monday. (Peter Mongillo / Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue)
The queso birria tacos at El Mariachi call for slow cooked brisket, melty cheese sandwiched between two corn tortillas, a shower of cilantro and bright pink pickled onions, and a bowl of consomé. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

El Mariachi opens Everett restaurant, promising everlasting birria tacos

Your favorite taco truck has a new, permanent home right on Evergreen Way.

The queso birria tacos at El Mariachi call for slow cooked brisket, melty cheese sandwiched between two corn tortillas, a shower of cilantro and bright pink pickled onions, and a bowl of consomé. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)
Members of the Tulalip Tribes perform a blessing and acknowledgement at the dedication of the replacement bronze plaque for the 1855 treaty between local tribes and the U.S. government in Mukilteo, Washington on September 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mukilteo ceremony dedicates replica of stolen treaty plaque

The focus Friday was moving forward, with respect to a past deemed as unjust, as exemplified by the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott.

Members of the Tulalip Tribes perform a blessing and acknowledgement at the dedication of the replacement bronze plaque for the 1855 treaty between local tribes and the U.S. government in Mukilteo, Washington on September 9, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jenny Piper, left, with her son Jose Piper, 7, assembles disaster preparedness kits at their home in Bothell, Washington on August 11, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Doom-free preparedness’ delivered in a box to your doorstep

A Bothell woman’s themed boxes aren’t like getting a box of wine monthly, but they would be handy in a disaster.

Jenny Piper, left, with her son Jose Piper, 7, assembles disaster preparedness kits at their home in Bothell, Washington on August 11, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This B&B (bud and bong) is a stoner’s forest paradise

Relax and spark up at this cannabis-friendly treehouse BB in the woods outside of Sultan.

Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Replacement Point of Elliot Treaty marker on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo restores stolen plaque at site of fateful Point Elliott Treaty

The Tulalip Tribes chair said it “would’ve been nice” if Mayor Joe Marine consulted with the tribes to make the plaque more “appropriate.”

Replacement Point of Elliot Treaty marker on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kindergarteners from around the school district wait to change classrooms at Woodside Elementary School during Everett Ready, a program that helps kindergarteners get familiar with school routines on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, near Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hundreds of Everett kindergarteners get a dress rehearsal for school

Everett Ready, a transition program, helps students learn what to expect in class. About 78% of incoming students signed up.

Kindergarteners from around the school district wait to change classrooms at Woodside Elementary School during Everett Ready, a program that helps kindergarteners get familiar with school routines on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, near Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
People wander through the DraftKings Sportsbook during the soft opening at the Tualip Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Just as MLB, NFL seasons overlap, Tulalip Tribes open sportsbooks

At Tulalip’s new sportsbooks run by DraftKings, wagers can be made on Seahawks and Mariners games, but not the Huskies or Cougars.

People wander through the DraftKings Sportsbook during the soft opening at the Tualip Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on August 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Search suspended: 1 dead, 9 missing in Whidbey Island seaplane crash

One person was found dead Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard searched overnight. Air crews launched Monday morning.

A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on August 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Walt Jackson, a Granite Falls veteran, has attached a rare sidecar to his Honda Shadow which allows his wife, who suffered a stroke, to take ride along. Photographed Tuesday morning in Granite Falls, Washington on August 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After stroke, Granite Falls couple still finds a way to ride together

Walt Jackson built a motorcycle sidecar for his wife. It’s smooth sailing. “You can sip your coffee and enjoy your ride.”

Walt Jackson, a Granite Falls veteran, has attached a rare sidecar to his Honda Shadow which allows his wife, who suffered a stroke, to take ride along. Photographed Tuesday morning in Granite Falls, Washington on August 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)