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Rainbow of color at fall car show

Hundreds of people from across the county came to the Snohomish Chamber's 41st annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display along First Street on Sunday, Sept. 24.
The annual show always has cars from every auto era, from Brass-era cars to pre-war, post-war and classics. This year's Snohomish show included a primitive cycle-car from the 1870s. Highly polished examples lined the streets downtown.

Providence Everett nurses prepared to strike

EVERETT — Providence nurses are prepared to strike if a new contract isn't settled by a Oct. 30 deadline, a key union representative said last week.
Restoring staff levels is the center point. Reducing how many patients an average nurse is shouldered with is another point — a consequential one tied to having less nurses on the floor.

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Snohomish Avenue D public works yard has potential buyer

SNOHOMISH — The county has a purchase-and-sale agreement with a prospective buyer for the former public works yard on Avenue D opposite
13th Street, one of the largest redevelopable properties available in town.

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PUD “smart meters” starting to be deployed, which can give instant info about power use

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The PUD has begun deploying the first of 403,000 latest-generation electric meters, which give people an instant glimpse of power usage and the utility instant alerts of outages. More about when they're coming to your neighborhood in the story.

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New Monroe Schools Superintendent Shawn Woodward all ears on how to support students

MONROE — New Monroe School District superintendent Shawn Woodward has been spending his first 100 days in office listening to anyone with insights about public education. What is he hearing, and who is the new supe?

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Cash-acceptance rule at stores for unincorporated county to get vote soon

The County Council is anticipated to vote this week on a rule that cash must be accepted at retail stores outside city limits. The rule would require accepting cash as an option for all purchases under $200. The rule ensures people who are “unbanked” without a debit or credit card aren’t shut out. Businesses can file for exceptions on certain grounds.

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Everett releases 2024 budget that adds cops

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Franklin has released a balanced $438.8 million budget for 2024 which adds more city staff to accommodate the city’s growing needs, including nine new officers. Dates and times of public hearings in story.

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Upcoming free art studios tour in Snohomish is for all to see

SNOHOMISH — Thirteen local art studios will open their doors to the public Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1, for the first annual Snohomish Studio Tour. Learn all about what it's about in the story.

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Fred Meyer on Casino Road could have closed

EVERETT — Fred Meyer corporate was concerned enough by theft and safety concerns at its store at Evergreen Way and Casino Road that it floated an inquiry to the city about possibly closing it. This would have created a food desert the city sought to avert.

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Meet the Websters, the husband-and-wife who went headfirst into serving Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — Since their arrival in October of 2019, Bill and Erin Webster have been dedicated to the close-knit and nurturing community that is Snohomish.

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Giving pooches smooches at Wiggly Walk

Sally King, a long- time Monroe resident, and Willie the Golden Retriever show some love at the “doggie kissing booth” at the third annual Wiggly Walk held on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Sky River Park, Monroe.
The pet vendors’ event is put on by
the Monroe Cham-ber of Commerce. It benefits Beck’s Place, a Monroe-based animal and human support services nonprofit that uses a network of volunteer foster homes to house pets for weeks to months before reuniting with owners. (Their website is

Officer Dan Rocha may get road name honoring his life

EVERETT — Police Officer Dan Rocha, who died in the line of duty in March 2022, is poised to have a street section named for him near Everett Community College.

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Could rail crossings be eventually separated in Monroe?

MONROE — Almost every city resident has experienced waiting for the train to pass through. But what if the roads didn’t cross the rails?
The city will be applying for federal grant money to study what can be done to separate three of Monroe’s five at-grade crossings.

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Lake Stevens man admits to Machias shooting when asked in traffic stop

MACHIAS — The man who raised his gun and shot a man in the chest while driving on a Machias roadway cried when told his action killed someone. The scene in the twilight hours of Sept. 7 was that the man he shot and his wife were attempting to slow down or block traffic on S. Machias Road near their home because deer were crossing the road.

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Snohomish road plans include Second Street roundabout

SNOHOMISH — The city has laid out its planned transportation priorities for the next six years, including a roundabout at Second Street and Pine Avenue as well as better traffic controls along Bickford Avenue.

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Final weeks for farmers markets

Shoppers walk the stalls of the Snohomish Farmers Market on a sunny Thursday, Aug. 30.
The Snohomish Farmers Market is running Thursdays through Sept. 28.
The Monroe Wednesday market outside Galaxy Theatres concludes with a harvest market Sept. 27. Everett’s Sunday market near Hewitt Avenue and Wall Street downtown ends latest on Oct. 30.

Snohomish restaurants told tents may be against code,
which to them could pose a big setback

SNOHOMISH — The city's building official warned eight restaurants that their temporary structures, such as tents, might not meet code. Three restaurants told to straighten out the permits for their tents approached the City Council last week seeking a solution as the weather is turning, saying they'll lose business if they lose the tents.

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Candidate lunches at Gipson Center allow 1-on-1

EVERETT — Learn about and ask questions to individual candidates for office at a speaker series that started Sept. 6 at the Carl Gipson Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett.

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Sen. Hawkins talks budget, K-12, 522 cash at town hall

MONROE — State Sen. Brad Hawkins held a town hall in Monroe Wednesday, Sept. 6 which discussed the state budget, transportation, nursing, K-12 spending, and the Senator’s views on all of the above.

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Monroe gun shop on Lewis burglarized

MONROE — “Several different styles and makes of guns were taken” in an early-morning burglary at the downtown gun shop on Lewis Street that happened shortly before 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, police said.

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Flaw in Ford fullsize trucks makes them theft target

MONROE — Many full-size Ford trucks have been stolen in the area. A flaw in the door is allowing thieves access. Here's what it is and how to stop it.

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Everett balances budget, mayor to add more police officers

EVERETT — Better-than-predicted economic growth seen this year is helping allow Everett to prepare a balanced city budget for 2024, although it was no cakewalk to get here. Here's what being added and what's being not spent on.

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Barrier to salmon in Monroe coming down

MONROE — A disused railroad bridge in Woods Creek that unintentionally acts as a salmon barrier will be no more. Removal work was scheduled to begin this week, and restoration work comes after that.

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City of Everett files in court seeking to condemn, take Waits Motel

EVERETT — The city filed its condemnation request against the Waits Motel in Snohomish County Superior Court Aug. 28, seeking the motel owner to immediately hand over the property under eminent domain. The action came after the city wasn’t able to make a deal to buy the motel.
Additionally, reporting on why four hotel rooms haven't reopened.

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Affordable housing sparsity in Everett leaves many priced out

EVERETT — The housing crisis in Everett has worsened over time, and fewer people can afford a home, but steps are being taken to address that.

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New public food pantry in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Seventh-Day Adventist Church will be opening a new food pantry this week that is available to anyone in need of food.

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Fires, camps in U.S. 2 bypass belt in Monroe shake agencies to act

MONROE — Encampments and man-made brush fires in a stretch of greenbelt skirting the city's north has prompted a coordinated cleanup plan that could come into action as soon as this fall.

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Pickleball’s rise came fast with a 'pwhap!'

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Pickleball is growing in Snohomish County as more players flock to the courts, and here's why players think why.

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Public STD clinic to open later this year in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Statewide, health officials want to reduce levels of sexually transmitted diseases circulating. The county will be opening a public clinic for STDs as soon as this fall.

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Bob’s Corn’s future as a farm assured permanently

SNOHOMISH — Bob and Sarah Ricci worked with the Washington Farmland Trust to place a conservation easement on their more than 200-acre farm nestled near the Snohomish River off Highway 9.

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Snohomish rail-to-trail project stuck in court for years

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish County's plan to run a pedestrian and bike path from Snohomish to Woodinville has been held up in court cases for more than seven years since obtaining the rail line. A railroad company is fighting it. The backstory of the Eastside Rail Corridor is over a decade of twists and turns, partners turned enemies and $5 million taxpayer dollars on the line. Here's what has happened.

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A rarity unearthed after 98 years: Metal detector finds Chaplin token tied to Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish County resident found a rare Lon Brown’s Theatre token that is nearly 100 years old while metal detecting on the shore of Lake Stevens.

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'Tranq' sedative, cut into drugs, is now in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Street drugs cut with the powerful animal sedation drug nicknamed "tranq" are likely now in Snohomish County. Not all drug users know it's been added in. The chemical add-in ravaged the East Coast.

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Snohomish council favors fireworks ban

SNOHOMISH — A near-majority of City Council members are leaning toward banning fireworks use out of Snohomish, plus taking a few other steps.

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Book tells Everett’s rich baseball history

EVERETT — Steve Bertrand’s new book, “Mill Town Baseball,” traces America’s pastime in Everett from its roots in the late 1800s through the end of 2022 chock full of historical information, articles and essays. And the author is not done yet.

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Para-ed sues Everett Schools for medical discrimination

EVERETT — A school paraeducator is suing the Everett School District and a former Madison Elementary School principal for damages of discrimination and not meeting medical accommodations after getting ill from conditions in the school. Rodent and mold issues went unanswered and requests for accommodation were denied.

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Blackman Lake early test results suggest lakebed fueling algae

SNOHOMISH — This winter's test results are giving some early tells on why toxic algae seems to be able to thrive in Blackman Lake, and what can be done to restore it.

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Salmon flourished after Pilchuck River Dam’s demolition

SNOHOMISH — Salmon have taken over the waters to create new spawning areas after the city let go of its dam on the Pilchuck River. The dam by Granite Falls was there to divert drinking water for the City of Snohomish. But by the mid-2010s, the city began to get all its water from Everett. The city no longer employed its use.

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All-capable machines of the past roar

Sky Valley Stock and Antique Tractor Club member Matthew Sells of Mount Vernon uses muscle power to hand crank start his 1949 Farmall Cub tractor while participating in the club’s 34th annual Tractor Show and Threshing Bee at the Fairgrounds last weekend. After an extended absence from Monroe, the club returned for the annual show which featured a display of tractors, tractor pulling competitions and a demonstration of the club's 1940s Oliver wheat thresher in action.




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