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Farmers Markets opening up soon

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Caruso Farms owner Vince Caruso, of Snohomish, replenishes the lettuce for sale while working at his booth during the Snohomish Sunday Market in 2014.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Farmers markets around the region will soon be starting back up for the season. The Snohomish Farmers Market on Thursdays and Everett Farmers Market on Sundays on the waterfront start May 5 and 8 respectively.
The Monroe market on Wednesdays opens June 22 at Lake Tye, and the Snohomish Sunday Market and the farmers market at the Everett Mall on Friday afternoons also open in June. More...

Everett school bond measure narrowly passing

EVERETT — The Everett School District’s $150 million construction bond and a $89 million technology levy are both passing, but it could be a close call for the bond to pass, based on newly released election numbers from April 26.

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Senior center regular dies in Bickford Avenue crash

SNOHOMISH — A two-vehicle collision April 20 on Bickford Avenue last Wednesday afternoon left one 74-year-old man dead.
The other driver, a mother, was injured in the crash. A child in her vehicle was not injured.
The man, identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner, was heading to the Snohomish Senior Center and he will be missed.

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Momentum seen in S. Everett library expansion plan

EVERETT — Expansion plans for the Evergreen Way library branch may finally receive action this year. Last week suggested the first concrete steps that a work plan for building a bigger library branch is in place.
Mayor Ray Stephanson said this fall he would like to hold a community visioning process about the south Everett library.
Some City Council members appear eager to kickstart construction sooner.

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Code enforcers more scarce but still fierce

EVERETT — Cuts to code enforcement staff at the county have meant the team has to work smarter and harder.
In 2007, the 11-member staff of Snohomish County’s code enforcement department was essentially slashed in half to a team of six.
What is significant about this situation is that the economic collapse inversely expanded the department’s workload. In its fallout of job losses and dramatic rise in foreclosures, the number of problem issues the departments now work on have increased.

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State trying to fix Trooper shortage

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Washington State Patrol is short on troopers across the state.
From career retirements on the rise to higher pay elsewhere drawing troopers away, the shortage for District 7, which comprises Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan and Whatcom counties, amounts to a local trooper count that’s almost 20 percent undersized for what is budgeted for the district.

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School district plans to revise transgender student policy

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School District is working toward writing a new anti-discrimination policy that speaks directly for students who identify as transgender or in transition. The policy changes relate to bathroom access, student gender identities in school records and many other aspects.
A policy review meeting was held last week. The school board is anticipated to discuss the policies later this spring.

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Hal Moe Pool site plan may reflect city heritage

SNOHOMISH — The Hal Moe Pool site redevelopment committee is continuing its research to help shape its destiny.

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Church warns council of legal action in East Monroe rezone vote

MONROE — The City Council’s anticipated vote last week to kill the rezone application appears to have been squelched by a legal threat from landowners Heritage Baptist Fellowship Church.
The Tribune confirmed after press time that attorneys for Heritage Baptist wrote a letter to each council member stating essentially that if council voted to kill the application it would subject the city to legal action.

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Crime safety tips for neighborhoods discussed

EVERETT — A wide range of law enforcement and city speakers came together last week at the Everett Performing Arts Center for a two-hour safety education event that drew 158 people.

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Profiles of People: Diane Lebow, the entrepreneur

Diane Lebow is the long time owner of Beat Street in Snohomish.
Entrepreneurs are lucky because they get to name the business he or she creates.

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Monroe to sell parcel at North Kelsey

MONROE — The city inked a deal to put a sale in motion for land at the corner of Tjerne Place and Chain Lake Road last week. The 1.2 acre parcel is one of two empty properties that sit just southeast of the Lowe’s parking lot.

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Doc's Pilchuck Tavern hits 60 years

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To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Doc’s Pilchuck Tavern in Machias put on an all-day party as longtime patrons and plenty of newcomers came to celebrate with owner Audrey Young on Saturday, April 16. The Snohomish Sauerkraut band that performs regularly at Doc’s helped with the celebration with plenty of music. Above, band members Mindy Perrigoue of Machias (left) and Penny Clementson of Snohomish sing as the band performs. Wedged between the Pilchuck River and South Machias Road, the tavern has held the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, led by Jimmy Young for years, in the river and has been a popular meeting spot for folks from Snohomish to Granite Falls. The bar’s first owner was Al “Doc” Young.

Staying fit for life

SNOHOMISH — Karin Jones, 74, has been grooving in her 9 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday “Retro Cardio” class at the Snohomish Fitness Center since February 1986, and she has no plans to stop.

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Volunteer effort is keeping care of Interurban Trail, once a drug haven

SNOHOMISH — A clean up March 19 along the Interurban Trail put a spotlight on the troubled area. Now, a group is making regular rounds to keep it tidy.
On March 19, more than one ton of trash was hauled out. Midnight Cry Church of Snohomish helped spearhead the cleanup effort.

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Snohomish looking for help naming parks

SNOHOMISH — The City Council decided last week to put out applications for the city’s new Park Naming Committee since Snohomish is planning to develop many recently acquired properties. 
The volunteer ad hoc extension of the city will meet every two weeks this summer.

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