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Plenty to see at the Stream Center

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The Northwest Stream Center’s director Tom Murdoch (left) explains the nature of wetlands to Jennifer Gresham (right) and Nick Dzubinski (center,) both of Everett on Saturday, April 3. The 20-acre forest and wetlands are within urban McCollum Park in south Everett. The center’s featured attraction through April is a large expanse of the first spring flower of the Pacific Northwest, the skunk cabbage, which is now blooming (yellow flowers in the background). It takes reservations for tour times at A half-mile long elevated, universally accessible walkway allows visitors to wander through the Stream Center while learning about the interconnection between forests, wetlands, streams, wildlife and people.
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Murder charge for 1987 fatal blaze at Everett Community College

Photo courtesy Everett Commuinity College

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