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Camaraderie among high schoolers through equestrian team

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The Snohomish Valley Equestrian Team stand for a photo at The Posse arena near Snohomish last week for a practice, despite the cold and exams or mid-term papers looming.

SNOHOMISH — Every week, they ride and dream of their futures. 
So much of their pasts have been spent on their horses and the girls all hope to keep riding through college as well. They say they’ll always ride. Nothing beats it.
The Snohomish Valley Equestrian Team is a new squad to the Washington High School Equestrian Teams (WAHSET) circuit More on this story...

Evidence points to neglect at burned apartment site

EVERETT — Several residents at The Bluffs apartment complex, which burned in a three-alarm fire New Year's Eve, told the Tribune of unprofessional and negligent behavior by property management personnel at The Bluffs apartment complex.

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EVERETT — The community along Casino Road has stepped up to assisted the 100-plus people who lost their homes to the New Year's Eve fire at The Bluffs Apartments on Casino Road, but many are still facing difficulties. More on this story...

Man who hired expert says city's cell phone tower zoning rules are faulty

SNOHOMISH — The city’s code on cell phone towers, which is being updated, is being passed through the planning commission to the City Council with a footnote: the city might need to hire an expert to shield the city from vulnerabilities in the code.

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Judge delays arraignment for man accused of January murder-arson until he receives mental evaluation

SNOHOMISH — Shackled to a wheelchair and outfitted in an orange jail jumpsuit, Zach Konicke, 29, made an appearance in Snohomish County Superior Court Monday, Feb. 8 in what was supposed to be his arraignment for the charges against him.
The would-be arraignment is held off, for now, until a mental competency evaluation can be conducted and finalized for the court to proceed.

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Why is Howarth Park beach access still delayed?

EVERETT — There’s good news and bad news about getting to the beach at Howarth Park this spring. 
The good news is that the pedestrian bridge that provides park users access to the beach off of E. Mukilteo Boulevard is scheduled to re-open in May, approximately one year after its emergency closure for repairs.
The bad news for beach fans? 

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PUD to hold public meeting over bills

The Public Utility District (PUD), facing criticism over higher than expected monthly power bills, will hold a special public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16 starting at 6 p.m. at its headquarters, 2320 California Street in Everett.

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Everett Parks & Rec plans for the next 20 years

EVERETT — A series of open house meetings last week showed what the city parks department is planning for the next 20 years.
There are three proposed plans, which vary in terms of the community’s ability to fund expansion of the current parks and open spaces. The smallest projects list tallies to $18 million and the full list, which includes a new community center at Forest Park, would total $52 million.

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Homeless housing effort seen as a countywide challenge

EVERETT — Countywide leaders appear to have open minds toward finding a solution on housing the chronically homeless.
On Feb. 1, a private roundtable meeting convened in Everett on how to grow the regional stock of low-barrier, low-income housing under what’s called the Housing First model, which puts drug- and alcohol-addicted individuals under a roof first to rehabilitate later.

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Everett Film Festival Feb. 19-20 brings little-seen worldly flicks here

EVERETT — The 19th annual Everett Film Festival kicks off Friday, Feb. 19, at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.
The two-day event provides food and fun for film lovers and casual moviegoers alike, screening a variety of local and global indie films rarely offered to the public in a theater setting. This year’s festival features eight very different films, which promise to challenge and entertain audience members.

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“An Evening with Bob Heirman” Feb. 23 sure to delight

SNOHOMISH — Lifelong naturalist, sportsman and one of Snohomish’s beloved writers Bob Heirman will take the stage at the Snohomish Senior Center Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a fundraiser called “An Evening with Bob Heirman.”

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Forest Park pool to close for 1½ months this spring

EVERETT — The 40-year-old Forest Park Swim Center, the city’s only public pool, will receive some fix up work this spring.
The pool will be closed for maintenance from the end of February to the middle of April, by city estimates.

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Smalltime offenders can join work crew instead of be jailed

EVERETT — Another piece of the city’s Safe Streets plan went into effect last week as a contract to put selected, non-violent offenders to work cleaning up the Broadway corridor instead of sending them to jail or levying penalty fines they cannot pay.
The people selected for the city work crews will receive rehabilitation while they contribute by cleaning up the streets.

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How much would mayoral change measure cost city?

SNOHOMISH — If a petition to change the city’s form of government succeeds, what will it cost the city?
County elections manager Garth Fell said last week he has received a lot of communication on the potential costs. 
Fell said the estimated cost for this issue, based on the size of Snohomish and past voter history, could be around $5,000 from the city coffers. If a primary is needed to narrow a field of mayoral candidates, it would cost the city around an additional $7,500, Fell said.

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Petition for changing Snohomish mayor role active

SNOHOMISH — A petition is now being spread to change Snohomish government from a “weak mayor” to “strong mayor” and ousting the city manager position.
Mayor Karen Guzak thinks it’s a bad idea. She says city manager Larry Bauman is doing an effective job.
Resident Bill Betten is spearheading the petition effort. He believes the head of City Hall should be accountable to residents.
Now, a petition is being spread.

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Cascade Latino Night brings plenty of fun

Members of Baile Folklore Colibri perform during Latino Family Night at Cascade High School on Wednesday, Feb. 2. With nearly 18 percent of Cascade’s student body being of Latino descent, the annual event has become popular with its featured music, dancing and food while uniting the Latino Community in a night of education and celebration.


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