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Why are beekeepers losing their hives?

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Commercial honeybee keeper Jay Smith inspects one of his bee hives at his home near Granite Falls last week.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Beekeepers of all skill levels nationally are losing bees at high rates which has ended up with consequences to the agricultural industry and necessitated an industry of trucking in bees from out-of-state to make up for local losses. More...

Everett Farmers Market opens Mother’s Day, May 8

 See also:     Snohomish farmers market opens Thursday, May 5

EVERETT — Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 8 is opening day for the Everett Farmers Market, which runs each Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. 
The Sunday market is in its 23rd year and has temporarily relocated to the southern portion of the Port of Everett’s Boxcar Park, at 615 13th St.

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County set to put criminal justice tax on August ballot

Snohomish County is considering creating a new sales tax benefitting criminal justice that it intends to ask voters to approve on the August primary ballot.
The County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the tax Monday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. Soon after, the County Council is expected to make a decision to put it on the ballot before a May 13 deadline to submit a measure for the August ballot.

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Everett City Council wards idea gets a recent revival

EVERETT — A grassroots effort to overhaul the City Council elections system is trying to convince a work group focused on adjusting city policy to give the idea a second look.
A council district system uses geographic boundaries to determine where a large share of council members are elected from. It’s also known as a council ward system.
The group that supports council districting notes the commission’s May 12 meeting is the last opportunity to try to convince commissioners to embrace the idea.

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Annual motorcycle show to rock Snohomish May 15

SNOHOMISH — When the motorcycles rumble into Snohomish each third Sunday in May, the crowds have followed.
Sunday, May 15 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sky Valley Motorcycle Show hosted by the Sky Valley Chapter of ABATE of Washington, and it will happen on First Street in downtown Snohomish.

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Everett hopeful for light rail sooner versus later in ST3

EVERETT — Sound Transit officials faced an overflowing room and an earful for their visit to Everett Station on Monday, April 25 intended to hear viewpoints on the agency’s plan to bring light rail to Everett.
The transit agency is now offering a new option that would quicken getting light rail here by 2031 after disapproval over plans to have it arrive in 2041.

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Meeting on May 9 is about shaping Everett's downtown

EVERETT — The city has a vision in mind for downtown and the surrounding area, and wants to ensure it’s what the public wants.
Everett is hosting an open house Monday, May 9 to encourage public discussion about its “Metro Everett” long-range plan. The meeting will be held at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., starting at 5:30 p.m.

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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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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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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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Snohomish looking for help naming parks

Applications are still being taken by the city

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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