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Three-year-old Henry Schaefer of Snohomish watches as Sarah Seigneuret, aka “Somebuddy the Clown,” draws teeth and eyes on a balloon dinosaur that she made for him at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Saturday, Jan. 15. Seigneuret performed a magic show followed by making balloon art for museum visitors.

Trash service disruptions prompt Snohomish to re-examine contract with Republic Services

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — After snow troubles, the latest service interruption created a new set of complaints. The city of Snohomish says it will now be investigating how to reopen its contract with Republic Services.

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Snohomish School District levy measures on February ballots

SNOHOMISH — Voters will see two school levies on their ballot soon.
One asks to continue local-level funding for education, the other asks to continue special levy funding for technology, facility and safety upgrades.

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Mass vaccination site opens at Everett Mall

EVERETT — A mass vaccination site for free COVID-19 vaccines is open in the Everett Mall. This site is open 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Government health authorities run the site.

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Everett Police program is to fight catalytic converter thefts

EVERETT — The Everett Police Department is setting up free events to engrave vehicle identification numbers on the converters in an attempt to curb thefts. Another catalytic converter engraving event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sno-Isle Tech Center, 9001 Airport Rd., Everett.

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Latest COVID-19 wave in Snohomish County largest yet as officials act to obtain tests

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — In just the first week of January, more than 10,000 people in Snohomish County tested positive for the coronavirus, a figure never seen before during the pandemic. Past waves maxed out at 2,000 people in a week.
New this week, the federal government will begin shipping at-home COVID tests for free. A mass vaccination site newly opened inside the Everett Mall. The county also is looking to buy thousands of test kits.

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Requirement that children get COVID-19 vaccine being evaluated

A state advisory group is currently exploring whether to recommend requiring children be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter any school or licensed child care.

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Snohomish Sauerkraut Band says farewell

SNOHOMISH — The energetic Snohomish Sauerkraut Band began on a lark over 50 years ago and became a longstanding fixture of entertainment at regional parades and watering holes. After years of making memories, the spunky group held its last official performance earlier this month.

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News bites in the Jan. 19, 2022 Tribune

Opportunities to chat with Snohomish City Council members, to give input about a future Monroe park, and a chance to join the Snohomish Planning Commission.

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Chiropractor’s sex-crimes case to see judge decide

SNOHOMISH — A settlement agreement was reached in the case of a Snohomish chiropractor accused of sexually touching women while on the job. Now, the chiropractor's fate will be decided by a judge instead of a jury, and the settlement reduced the number of criminal counts he is charged with. A judge approved the agreement Thursday, Jan. 6.

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Midtown District plan now in City Council’s hands

SNOHOMISH — The city planning commission forwarded recommendations to the City Council for the upcoming Midtown District, a proposed specialty zoning area along much of Avenue D intended to promote modern, high-quality redevelopment. The council will discuss at its Feb. 1 meeting.

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Hate crime charge for father of student involved in Monroe High School racist incident

MONROE — A father of a Monroe High student has been charged with a felony hate crime by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
Court documents say the father lashed out at a Black student with death threats and racial epithets, and later intimidated the Black student at his workplace.

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Neighbors to Walsh Hills development want road fixes

SNOHOMISH — People who live in the neighborhoods of northeast Snohomish are calling on the city to make local road improvements before people move into a housing development of 110 new homes.

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Lord Hill Park survey results show mixed view on creating specialty “zones” to separate users

SNOHOMISH — In surveying the public on whether to segregrate Lord Hill Regional Park by user groups, among other questions, approximately 700 people gave mixed views on the county's "Preferred Plan" proposals.

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Area dramatist shares stories of faith, hope and courage

SNOHOMISH — Since 2008, Snohomish-area dramatist Susie Boer has donned the period clothing and appearance of courageous Christian women and performed one-woman shows in a variety of venues.

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Pups prove their speed

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Noodle, a mixed-breed terrier owned by Geoffrey Reuther of Everett, charges down the aisle during the first qualifying race of Sam’s Cats and Dogs’ Great Small Dog Race series held inside their Everett store on Jan 5.
The fastest dogs in the qualifiers go on to run as a sideshow for the Everett Silvertips hockey games on the ice inside Angel of the Winds Arena. The top dogs from last week’s qualifier race are scheduled to run at the Jan. 21 Silvertips game against Kelowna. A pack of dachshunds are scheduled to run at the Feb. 19 game against Victoria. Lovable corgis are scheduled to have their race March 19 at the game against Vancouver.
The dachshunds had their qualifier race Tuesday, Jan. 11. The corgi qualifier race is anticipated for Tuesday, Feb. 8.


Mill Creek exploring switch of fire agencies

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Mill Creek is looking at changing fire service providers after shopping around. The change came after Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue dug in over how low a price the city pays.
UPDATE: The city will host a public input meeting Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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At least 64 died on the streets this year in Snohomish County

EVERETT — Sixty-four people, if not more, died in Snohomish County without shelter during the past 12 months. At the county’s Homeless Remembrance Day Vigil on Dec. 21 — the longest night of the year — a bell rang after each name to honor each individual. Ten were veterans.

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Everett libraries to expand hours starting late February

EVERETT — The city’s library system will expand its hours come late February and has plenty of plans for 2022, the chair of the city’s library board said last week.

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Monroe Schools’ Superintendent Blasko put on leave by school board, to be investigated

MONROE — Emerging stories of retaliation and fear under School District Superintendent Justin Blasko that surfaced last week led to the school board to put Blasko on administrative leave and to hire a third-party investigator to probe the allegations. Meanwhile, multiple groups have stated opposition to Blasko, and two protests against the district occurred Dec. 13.

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Transition at Craven Farm preserves traditions

SNOHOMISH — Craven Farm grew into a household name for the area. Understanding the impact Craven Farm has made in the community has been eye-opening to new owners Brian and Kimi Chadwick.  

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Blackman Lake may receive deeper analysis in coming years

SNOHOMISH — The City Council is interested in pursuing an Algae Control Plan, a deep study of the best strategies for remedying recurring algae, for Blackman Lake.

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COVID survivor publishes paperback of everyday humor

SNOHOMISH — For Carol Cross, writing a book is easier said than done, but she's brought humor from her experience. “Little Book of Covid Survival through Laughter" is a modest volume that chronicles short stories and funny vignettes which went to press in October.

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Course set to fixing Pilchuck Park road and riverbank

SNOHOMISH — The City Council voted on a plan to relocate the Pilchuck Park access road and reinforce the nearby river’s slope at its final council meeting of the year Dec. 7. Right now, the riverbank over the entryway is eroding.

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EvCC pauses closing Early Learning Center due to public outcry

EVERETT — Everett Community College paused the closure of its Early Learning Center, slated for June 2022 at the end of the school year, after pressure from parents and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union, including a large rally Tuesday, Nov. 30 opposing the closure. The Early Learning Center (ELC) isn’t a place where people park their kids. It’s a holistic educational development program with a learning curriculum. If it closes, some college students who are parents would lose their only option to go to school.

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St. John’s Episcopal Church keeps renovating

SNOHOMISH — For more than a century, the steeple of St. John's Episcopal Church at 913 Second St. has been a city landmark.
Now church parishioners are planning a second round of fundraising to ensure the icon will endure for the next 100 years.

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County hopes to acquire Everett hotel for homeless shelter use during 2022

EVERETT — County leaders explained to the City Council last week how and why the county is seeking to convert a hotel into a temporary homeless shelter.

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Cold weather shelters open for the changing season

Cold weather shelters have begun to open their doors as temperatures in the region dip below freezing. Last year, people were directed to go to a building at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds due to social distancing requirements. This year these smaller shelters, all at churches, are opening their doors again for those in need.

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