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Nicole Inglesby of Everett fills a wheelbarrow while Todd Weisgerber of Everett (in the background) moves a load while they volunteer during Green Everett Partnership’s Work Day at Howarth Park on Saturday, Feb. 13. The partnership between Everett Parks and Recreation and the nonprofit group Forterra works to improve Everett parks by planting trees and plants. The next Green Everett Partnership Work Day will be Saturday, Feb. 20 at Thornton A. Sullivan Park near Silver Lake.


Effort to woo Olympia to widen SR 522 may face challenge

MONROE — A recent push is on to ask state legislators to fund the final expansion of state Route 522, a commuter highway seen as the “critical link” between U.S. 2 and King County.
Some state legislators,though, say the ball is really in the county’s court, which County Executive Dave Somers rebuked last week.
Legislators point to a failed 2007 ballot measure to create a roadway tax that was meant to help pay for the project.

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Konicke seen fit for trial, which may start at end of March

SNOHOMISH — Zach Konicke, 29, who is charged with the murder of his mother and the arson of his parents’ Snohomish home in a Jan. 14 incident, was found mentally competent by the state late last week and will stand trial sometime in late March.
Konicke was charged with murder and arson in Snohomish County Superior Court Feb. 4. The mental evaluation review took place Feb. 12.

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Search for new Snohomish superintendent begins

SNOHOMISH — The search for the Snohomish School District’s new superintendent is on, and last week parents gave input on the qualities they want in the next superintendent.
A decision could be made before April 4th, which is spring break.

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Port to seek former Kimberly-Clark mill site

EVERETT — It’s no longer a question of “if” the Port of Everett will acquire Kimberly-Clark’s defunct pulp mill site on the waterfront, but perhaps “when.”

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Profiles of People
"Welcome Neighbor" : Imam Zafar Sarwar

Imam, in the Arabic language, means he who leads the prayers. 
Imam Zafar Sarwar does that, but he is much more to his community, and has much to say.

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Everett’s tourism contractor strife a story of disagreements

EVERETT — The story behind the hiring and firing of the creator of the “Experience Everett” website, a core part of the city’s tourism push, is a classic 21st century tale of social media success, public-versus-private entities, and perhaps, growing up.

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Lake Tye wakeboard park set to
begin construction in March

MONROE — The wakeboard cable park at Lake Tye is scheduled to break ground March 3.
This first phase of the project should be complete by this summer.
In related news, the wakeboard park’s developers paid up approximately $22,500 in past-due rent to the city, Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas announced this month.
The developers pay the city at least $1,000 a month because they are renting land at Lake Tye, which is public land, for the cable park.
H3O Development of Sammamish are calling the facility the Propullsion Cablepark Monroe.
The park has been delayed for various reasons over the past six years.


Everett council reboots marijuana talks

EVERETT — A rebooted effort to limit the number of marijuana shops within Everett’s city limits may soon be chewed over by city’s planning commission, but not all City Council members believe this is the right use of the commission’s time.

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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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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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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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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...

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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“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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Cascade Latino Night

Photo by Doug Ramsay /dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com


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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