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All-volunteer effort reviving a joy ride


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Nancy Senner and volunteer Doug Ramsay share a laugh and stories in late May at the head of the mini-train that once gave rides to hundreds of children at Jazwieck’s amusement park in Everett before being idled. The train is being brought back to life at the Western Heritage Museum on the Evergreen Fairgrounds campus in Monroe.

MONROE — The little engine known as the “Bumblebee Special” hasn’t run since 1994, when it was parked after giving rides to thousands of youth at Jazwieck’s Golfette and Trainland amusement park in Everett, which closed in 2009.
But for the Western Heritage Center founders and volunteers working on her know she has more miles to go. There are plans to have it ring around the Fairgrounds once it is restored, but there is more to do yet. More...

City's open government effort not serious, say committee members

SNOHOMISH — Some volunteer members of the city's Open Government Committee say they are concerned over the city’s overseeing involvement, and recent communications from the city led to these volunteers questioning their own purpose. The city says it is taking the effort and the recommendations the committee comes up with seriously.

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Snohomish heroin forum brings tears, sheds light

SNOHOMISH — More than 125 people came to last Thursday’s heroin forum held at Snohomish High. “Education is part of the solution,” was the main theme of last week’s heroin forum in Snohomish. Arresting heroin addicts is not the only answer, but breaking the cycle of addiction is.

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Japanese Gulch master plan almost finalized

MUKILTEO — The next steps for developing Japanese Gulch are congealing.
The city is in the final phases of working out its gulch master plan, which will be presented to the Mukilteo City Council on Monday, June 20.

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Snohomish open to food trucks coming, hearing on June 7

SNOHOMISH — The City Council gave a look last week at code that would allow mobile food trucks in certain areas of town.
The council is receptive to letting food trucks operate. Council members primarily want to make sure food trucks do not station too close to regular ‘brick-and-mortar’ restaurants, particularly around Historic Downtown Snohomish.

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A longstanding shortage of deputies

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A recent staffing study recommends the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office needs to hire 48 patrol deputies to cover the growing population in the county, largely in north and south county.
Money at the county, though, isn’t available to do it. The Sheriff’s Office has 271 commissioned deputies and hasn’t expanded its roster since before the Great Recession.
One source for money may come in the criminal justice sales tax.

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Snohomish parks naming committee members selected

SNOHOMISH — Two residents were selected last week for the city’s new Parks Naming Committee. The following parks are on the list for naming: the 20-acre riverfront property west of Lincoln Avenue, the 10-acre 2000 Ludwig Road future natural park, the 10-acre Lake Avenue property (the Harryman property), a site at 1103 Maple Ave. and the former Averill Field block surrounding Hal Moe Pool, which includes Tillicum Kiwanis Park, the Snohomish Skate Park and the Boys and Girls Club.

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Historic wheel press headed to rail museum



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Northwest Railway Museum curator of collections Stathi Pappas (left) and museum volunteer Dave Thon load a 1920s-era wheel press onto the back of Thon’s semi-truck at the Snohomish Iron Works on Friday, May 20. Originally used to press steam locomotive and rail car wheels onto axles of local logging railroad equipment, the press has sat idle at the iron works for many years. The rail museum in Snoqualmie purchased the 5-ton press to use in its shop where they are currently restoring an 1899 steam locomotive used by the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Seattle Childrens to put clinic at Providence campus

EVERETT — Seattle Children’s is planning to open a pediatric urgent care clinic in north Everett on the Providence Colby campus.
Providence and Seattle Children’s representatives spent an hour answering project questions at the Thursday, May 19 Northwest Neighborhood meeting.
There will be an open house meeting scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 inside the conference room of the Providence Colby hospital. The closest entrance to the room is near the corner of 13th Street and Colby Avenue.

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Everett low-barrier homeless housing site picked

EVERETT — Everett has identified space for a future large housing complex for low-income people.
The city is to attract interest in developing a 60- to 70-unit housing site on city land near the intersection of Evergreen Way and Pecks Drive in south Everett.

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Profiles of People: Irvin, "Role Model"

EVERETT — Irvin* is today an adult living in America unlawfully.
He’s floating between two lives, tethered emotionally to the life he remembers with his family in Mexico City and the one he physically exists in here.
He carries a strong, self-determined vision to make the area a better place and also provide a role model for youth placed in the same position that he was, growing up with nobody he could look to.

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Debating how to shape Everett's downtown

EVERETT — The public came out last week to give their thoughts on downtown's long-range future, and there is still time to give input on the city's Metro Everett plan.

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Monroe Police to test using officer body cameras starting in June

MONROE — The City Council unanimously approved a pilot program for Monroe police officers to test out body-worn cameras at last week’s council meeting. 

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Survey: City Hall can be more transparent

SNOHOMISH — As the city grapples with hearing from residents on what it can do better, it appears to be getting the same feedback from a $13,000 public survey it commissioned. 

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