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Gymnasts to flip in Everett April 8-10


File photo by Doug Ramsay

EVERETT — Olympian gymnasts will be hitting the mat at Xfinity Arena on April 8, 9 and 10.
The three-day Pacific Rim Championships is expected to feature approximately 300 gymnasts from more than 14 countries competing in men’s and women’s gymnastics and trampoline.
Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships traditionally feature gymnasts from across Asia, Australia and the United States. More...

Snohomish's planning director leaving city

SNOHOMISH — City planning director Owen Dennison, 57, is resigning to pursue an opportunity in Coupeville. His last day will be April 6. Dennison has been with the city for nearly 10 years.

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Official: Crime data web resource to
come back by late July

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — SNOPAC 911 has signed and finalized its contract with LexisNexis to get crime data in local jurisdictions mapped for public view.
The launch of the RAIDS Online network locally is slated for July 28, 2016 at the latest.

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100 years young, retired nurse embraces
kindness and keeping cool

EVERETT — Florence Schubert Cook turned 100 years old on March 22. A resident at the Garden Court retirement home in Everett, she said she has lived this long because of “eating well and exercise.”

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Large park projects, such as westside site, progressing

SNOHOMISH — The city parks board addressed a variety of projects last week. City project manager Denise Johns led the meeting.
Some of the discussions included the idea of using a smartphone app to handle payment to park at the new boat launch and plans for the natural park property at 2000 Ludwig Road.

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Seniors ask for later buses among proposed Everett Transit service changes

EVERETT —The final two public comment meetings on three proposed changes to Everett Transit’s bus service were last week, but there is still time to comment to Everett Transit until Friday, April 1.

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Everett Schools asking for $150 million school bond plus six-year levy

EVERETT — The Everett School District will seek a $150 million construction bond and a $89 million technology levy in two separate measures on ballots coming soon to you. 
Ballots will start going out on April 7 for the April 26 election.

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Snohomish Easter Parade gets sunshine


Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Decked out in her Easter bonnet, Kadynce Long, 12, marches down First Street along with other members of the Glacier Peak Junior Cheer Team in the 36th annual Snohomish Easter Parade on Saturday, March 26. With picture-perfect weather, First Street was lined from end to end with spectators as the hour-long parade made its way through town.
Many of long-time favorites participated in this year’s parade including the Seattle Seafair Pirates, the Cathcart Elementary Unicycle Club and the Snohomish Sauerkraut Band.


Superintendent finalists interviewed

SNOHOMISH — Three finalists remain in the interviewing process to replace retiring Snohomish School District super-intendent Bill Mester: Becky Berg, of Snohomish County; Bill Gronseth of Minnesota and Kent Kultgen of Montana. UPDATE: Becky Berg withdrew from the running over the weekend.

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End of food stamp benefits waiver has food banks tense

At the end of this month, a segment of Snohomish County residents will be cut off from having food stamps, which are also commonly known as SNAP benefits.

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Garden of Hope could become new food resource

SNOHOMISH — A new community garden to benefit low-income residents and the food bank is slated to open in May and planning and building are underway at the Church of the Nazarene on Thirteenth Street. 

A work party is scheduled for April 2 to help prepare the land.

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Residents cheer proposed Snohomish sewer rate drop

SNOHOMISH —A proposal to reduce city sewer rates by 10 percent in 2017 is a welcome change to most ratepayers.
The reduction could mean about $20 shaved specifically from sewer bills for the average family. The bimonthly bill covers four city utilities: sewer, water, garbage and storm water. The water and storm water rates had gone up at the start of 2016. Sewer rates stayed the same as last year. 
The City Council will formalize the sewer rate drop at a future meeting still to be determined.

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Snohomish County has long-range plans to build
$1 million homeless housing site

Snohomish County is working to construct a $1 million building for low-barrier homeless housing, location to be determined. A request for proposals went out last month and the county is seeking partners from nearby cities.

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Profiles of People: "Teeth"

Snohomish’s Cecilia Baca is this year’s president of the Washington State Dental Hygienists Association, a fitting title for someone who has pushed for preserving people’s teeth for decades. 

Baca is serious about advancing the role of healthy teeth in the American consciousness.

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Five-store limit on marijuana stores passes in Everett

EVERETT —The City Council approved a five-store cap last week to prevent any new marijuana stores from coming to town for the next two years.
The vote was preceded by comments from medical marijuana patient advocates who say any limit will affect patient access, and a group of residents who say five stores is enough.

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EvCC smoking ban created new problem for neighbors

EVERETT — For the neighborhood surrounding Everett Community College, the college's all-campus smoking ban pushed cigarette smokers to its outskirts, which has added litter and secondhand smoke to neighbors' chagrin.

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Monroe High gets its first new ballfield


Photo by Catherine Martin of Monroe Public Schools

Monroe School Board President Katy Woods introduces those gathered to cut the ribbon to officially open Monroe High Schools first ball field on Monday, March 14 below stormclouds prior to the Fastpitch Softball team’s 2016 season opener against Seattle Prep (the Bearcats won 19-0). Numerous leaders attended.
Constructing the $1.39 million field was made possible by harvesting timber off school district-owned land, receiving generous grants from the county Tourism Promotion Area Advisory Board and the City of Monroe, then adding in local school reserve dollars. The next phase of the ballfield complex begins in May with building an all-weather surface baseball field and a utility field. This phase is funded by the bond approved by local voters in April 2015.

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