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· Plenty to do this summer in Everett
· Be safe if using fireworks this Independence Day
· Have a full day out for Fourth of July in Everett

You never know what might pop up on Jetty Island. Here, Madeline Harsh, then 7, cautiously checked out Pirate Hook’s (Lee Kessler of Everett) hooked hand as the Pirates of Puget Sound arrived to play on Jetty Island. The pirates will storm the island this year on Saturday, July 11. For a full slate of events, see page 9 of the June 24 edition of the Tribune.

Just across from the Everett waterfront sits the longest and warmest sandy beach in Puget Sound. 
Jetty Island, a man-made two-mile-long island, provides a source of entertainment and a place for families to cool down during hot summer days. On July 5, Jetty Island will be re-opening its free public ferry for the summer season, and inviting visitors to come explore the island and all it has to offer. More...

Public rises for Snohomish Little League after theft
SNOHOMISH — In a burglary that stunned Snohomish’s Little League families, the community rose to its feet in response in less than a week. More...

Given low chances to live, Lachapelle, 19, excelling today
SNOHOMISH — Kayla Lachapelle, 19, is familiar with adversity and has always chosen to rise above it. 
This ambitious Snohomish High School graduate has risen to new heights in getting her Associate of Arts for prerequisites in the medical field from Everett Community College earlier than earning her high school diploma and is looking forward to seeing where else her wings will carry her. 
Life wasn’t always easy for Kayla. More...

Be safe if using fireworks this Independence Day
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Fireworks will light up the county this Saturday evening celebrating America’s Independence Day, and with the recent dry weather county fire officials will be ready to respond to a most likely higher number of incidents. Here's what you need to know for Snohomish, Monroe and Sultan as well as across the unincorporated county area. More...

Have a full day out for Fourth of July in Everett
EVERETT — Independence Day is right around the corner, and while shooting off fireworks is banned within Everett and Mukilteo city limits, July 4 has ways for everyone to join in and celebrate all day. More...

Marijuana regulations up for debate among pot businesses
EVERETT — The City Council is reviewing permanent recreational marijuana zoning rules, with a decision expected July 8.
Some of the changes include allowing retail marijuana stores near Everett Station, reducing the separation for marijuana farms and processing plants from 1,000 feet to 500 feet, and creating a special exception to allow a farm or marijuana processing facility at the former Jeld-Wen building on W. Marine View Drive near the Port of Everett. More...

A little free library sprouts on Rucker Avenue in Everett
EVERETT — Children joyously gathered at a favorite teacher's house as Everett’s newest “Little Free Library” opened at 3318 Rucker Ave. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. As soon as the children swung open the white picket fence, they were greeted with a hug and a free book to take home. More...

Free lunches for kids in Snohomish and Monroe
SNOHOMISH — Children in Snohomish and Monroe can get a free, tasty meal from their school districts through annual summer breakfast and lunch programs starting this week. Snohomish kids also can get free books through a Book Cafe bus rolling around town. More...

Lake Tye wakeboard cable park developer in arrears to city
MONROE — The City Council agreed last week to accept most items in a revised contract under consideration with the developers of a cable watersport park on Lake Tye to get the ball rolling on construction. The company also owes Monroe $8,600 in back rent due, it was revealed. More...

Officials hope for light rail to Everett, feedback sought through July 8
EVERETT — Sound Transit is moving forward to bring a light rail line to Everett in the next few decades. Right now, it’s looking for input on where it should go.
At a packed-house forum held at Everett Station last week, the agency presented its plans and wanted people to sound off. More...

Snohomish asks for county fireworks ban
SNOHOMISH — The city is asking the County Council to ban fireworks from being lit across unincorporated Snohomish County.
Fire commissioners for Snohomish Fire District No. 4 were asked for their support but are deliberately staying neutral on the issue.
Meanwhile, fire commissioners for Snohomish County Fire District 1, the largest in the county, are poised to ask for a similar ban.  More...

Project Homeless Connect to provide public services July 9
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — On Thursday, July 9, low-income people can get help in many different ways under one roof.
Project Homeless Connect, which will be held all day at Evergreen Middle School (7621 Beverly Lane in Everett). More...

Everett utility rates to increase July 1
EVERETT — Starting this July, the city is going to bill for utilities once a month. It also is sweeping in a sewer rate increase July 1 as well. The public will also face a general rate increase next January. More...

Plenty to do this summer in Everett
EVERETT —  Summer is just around the corner and with it brings warm, sunny days to get outside. Below you’ll find a summertime to-do list to keep you busy during the day or kick back in the evening. Whatever you choose, there is something for everyone. More...

Tribune wins journalism award

Tribune reporter Melanie Russell took honors in the five-state Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards earlier this month.
Russell’s Aug. 27 profile of a woman whose daughter’s heroin addiction deeply impacted her family, which showed how there are secondary victims of drug abuse, won third place for crime and justice reporting in the weeklies category for 2014.
The story’s title was “Heroin: Use Impacts More Than Just The User.”
The annual Society of Professional Journalists awards honor the best print, broadcast and online news reports in a region spanning from Alaska to Montana.
This is the second year in a row the Tribune has won in the contest.

See Everett's history in photographs at Schack

D.W. Meins, of Everett, looks over the large display of historical photos of Everett and Snohomish County featured at the Schack Art Center through Aug. 1. The exhibit, called “Through the lens: Everett’s first fifty years in photographs,” is a partnership between the Schack and the Everett Museum of History, and features a portion of the history museum’s large collection of photographs. The exhibit includes several hundred photos dating from 1890’s through the 1940’s. Everett Museum of History president Gene Fosheim said that this is the first time this many of the museum’s photo collection have been on display since the collection was put in storage years ago when the museum closed. He said the group hopes to have the collection travel to other locations around the city until a permanent location can be found to reestablish the museum.

                                        ELECTIONS 2015

Elections in Everett:
Everett School Board elections attract two challengers
Everett City Council primary features two 3-way races

Elections in Snohomish:
* Mayor Karen Guzak will face old foe Larry Countryman
* Upstart Suprenant challenging longtime Councilwoman Schilaty
* Freshman Councilman Kaftanski has challenger in Zach Wilde

Elections in Monroe:
* City Council race between Kamp and Bradley

* Field of five vying to win County Executive election

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