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· Xfinity Arena wants $665k gift from Everett city coffers
· Hike of the month: Beaver Lake Trail
Spring brings shortages to local food banks

SNOHOMISH — New details have emerged after press time about Sunday's fatal collision at the light at State Route 9 at 56th Street SE (Johnny Jump Road):
From press release:
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Collision Detectives are investigating the cause of a two vehicle fatality collision which took place on April 19. Deputies responded at 2:51 p.m. They found two vehicles occupied by a single occupant in each vehicle in the intersection. Witnesses at the scene reported that a Mitsubishi passenger car was on 56th Street SE attempting to turn northbound onto State Route 9 when an Audi passenger car south bound on State Route 9 collided with the Mitsubishi in the middle of the intersection. According to witnesses, the driver of the Mitsubishi had a green light when he entered the intersection and the driver of the Audi had a red light at the time she collided with the Mitsubishi. The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 26 year old male from Outlook, WA, died at the scene. The driver of the Audi, a 47 year old female from Snohomish was transported by a Fire District 4 aid car to a local hospital. The extent of her injuries are not known at this time but she did not display any obvious injuries at the scene. The investigation into the cause of the collision is underway and is being conducted by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Collision Investigation Unit. There are no further details for release at this time.

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Baby cows get some TLC

Payton Davison, 6, of Snohomish (left) feeds a two-day-old calf while her sister Ava, 4, watches. The two, along with their youngest sister Hazel, 3, were helping at their grandfather Jay Hagen’s farm on the East Lowell-Larimer Road south of Snohomish on Saturday, April 11.
Along with the three calves that were born on Thursday, April 9, the farm also had several lambs born on Friday, April 10.

Xfinity Arena wants $665k gift from Everett city coffers
EVERETT — The head of Xfinity Arena promised the City Council last week that the arena is shaking the monkey off its back that resulted in four years of operational losses.
  But right now, the arena is so broke after eating its reserves that it is now asking the city for a $665,000 handout to buy a new video scoreboard.
  Some council members seemed surprised by the request. More...

Monroe Chamber faces heat over supporting parking plan
MONROE — Business owners downtown appear to be furious over coming changes to parking in the city core, but also are
perturbed by the Chamber of Commerce’s public support for the plan. More...

Spring brings shortages to local food banks
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Spring is a bright season but it can be a bleak period for food banks. After the bounties of Thanksgiving and Christmas donations dwindle, food banks nowmust fight through the lull period before the annual Postal Letter Carriers’ food drive in May.  More...

Future park at Bruskrud Road almost set to be built
EVERETT — The city showed residents its plans for a future natural park in southeast Everett at a community discussion Tuesday, April 7.
The city is creating a 3.5-acre park on the 15-acre Bruskrud Road parcel, which is adjacent to the Interurban Trail located northwest of the Interstate 5 interchange at 112th Street SE in south Everett. Construction starts this June.  More...

EvCC engages Latino community with admissions night
EVERETT — It was Everett Community College’s first attempt to expand its diversity efforts for prospective students at the EvCC Family Night in Spanish, or for Spanish speakers, “Noche Entre Familia.”
The event on Wednesday, April 8 gave information to families about classes, options for financial aid and other college services, but uniquely all of the information was given in Spanish. More...

Fair trade shop in Everett looking for help and love
EVERETT — A fair trade products store in Everett recently launched a social media campaign to encourage Snohomish County residents to buy ethically sourced products. 
The store is the only one in the county to claim 100 percent of its inventory has been verified as sustainably and fairly produced. 
The shop's owner recently appealed to his customer base on social media because post-Christmas sales have been sluggish. He said that the response has been promising and a diverse range of customers—from the mildly curious to those well-versed in fair trade—has shown interest. More...

HIKE OF THE MONTH: A “slough” of surprises at Beaver Lake
Hike an easy, near-level, family-friendly trail along the Wild and Scenic Sauk River to a series of beaver ponds in an old slough. Much of the way utilizes an old logging railroad grade still harboring old ties and trestle remains. En route, pass through a grove of ancient cedars left by the early loggers. In our new feature, pro guidebook author Craig Romano shares one of his favorite hikes in Snohomish County. More...

New County Courthouse project destined for Everett
EVERETT — The new County Courthouse appears destined for downtown Everett, if the County Council approves it.
Under a new deal between
the city and Snohomish County, the county will pay $252,000 a year to lease 300 parking stalls, plus a 1 percent increase each year, in a future parking garage at a to-be-determined location. The total cost over 20 years would be $5.5 million. More...

Snohomish seniors shaken by van driver DUI
SNOHOMISH — The story made national news.
On Wednesday, April 8, a group from the Snohomish Senior Center was heading to the tulip fields of Mount Vernon when they noticed their regular volunteer bus driver. The driver failed a sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence of narcotics. The senior center got a helping hand, and now the center is looking to regroup on its volunteer policies. More...

Transit hub Everett Station attempting to tamp down troubles
EVERETT — At Everett Station, the city’s transit hub, the stall doors in the men’s restroom are missing. They were removed after too many people were doing drugs sitting on the john.
   People waiting for their bus often encounter transients; some of the homeless come from the men’s Everett Gospel Mission a half-mile south. Commuters also can see people snoozing outside the building on the large concrete blocks built as a place to sit.
   The transit hub that serves more than 5,000 people daily has problems, but station users said the city appears to be cleaning it up. More...

County deal for Eastside Rail Corridor to die — for now
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish County is ending its agreement to buy the Eastside Rail Corridor for the time being, but county officials insist it is a small delay on sealing the deal.
   The county is heading toward an April 30 purchase deadline it says it can’t meet because of logistics issues with putting a trail alongside the existing tracks. More...

"Back to the Schack"

Mike Rogoway (left) shows artist Josey Wise his acrylic floral painting during “Back to the Schack”, which is an exhibit at the Schack Art Center featuring the artwork of the members of All Aboard, a nonprofit activities program for adults with special needs located on north Broadway. Thirteen visiting artists, including Wise, assisted the All Aboard artists in creating their artwork. In addition to acrylic paintings, the exhibit also features works in ceramic, photography, native American painting, watercolor and wire sculptures. The exhibit runs at the Schack through May 15. It was named this for All Aboard’s return to the Schack after its successful 2013 event. For more information about All Aboard, visit

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