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Making the record books

Snohomish Panthers softball team
wins 4A State championship


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Snohomish sophomore Joy Winston (center) celebrates after the Panthers captured the Wesco 4A title by beating Jackson in the final game of regular season on May 10. Jackson would go on to beat the Panthers in the 4A District 1 championship and finish fourth at State. During Memorial Day Weekend the Panthers triumphed at State.

SNOHOMISH — They are the champions.
Snohomish High’s varsity fastpitch softball team won the 4A State championship and will once again be sending seniors off to play at the collegiate level.
Still strutting on sunshine from their victory Memorial Day weekend, a few players and head coach Lou Kennedy spoke last week about the team’s year.  More...

Washed Mobile a novel approach to ensure laundry service for homeless people

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Launching soon, Washed Mobile will be a laundromat in a truck hitting the streets this summer to help homeless people have clean clothes. 

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Open Government Committee continues work

SNOHOMISH — Conversations were flying fast last week about the Open Government Committee in response to a June 1 article published in the Tribune.
The all-volunteer committee is slated to meet Monday, June 13, to discuss the latest draft recommendations that City Council will see in mid-July.

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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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June 15 deadline for Monte Cristo neighborhood award nominations

EVERETT — Nominations for the 2016 Monte Cristo Awards through the city’s Office of Neighborhoods can be submitted up until Wednesday, June 15.
The Monte Cristo Awards honor property owners who have shown extensive pride in their home or business. Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from anyone who recognizes the beauty and attractiveness of properties within Everett city limits.

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Massive fire at former recycling plant in Everett

EVERETT — Firefighters from throughout Snohomish County were summoned to a massive three-alarm fire that consumed a warehouse along the north Everett waterfront in the 100 block of East Marine View Drive on Saturday, June 4. Reported just before 7 p.m., Everett firefighters arrived to discover flames bursting through the roof of the building that housed the former Busy Beaver Recycling business, which officials shuttered in 2014.

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Everett selects homeless housing site builder

EVERETT — Catholic Housing Services, which already has a presence here, intends to build the 60- to 70-unit apartment building city leaders have pushed for to house and support low-income people.
The planned site will be near the corner of Evergreen Way and Pecks Drive. It will be built on a plot of undeveloped, city-owned land.

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All-volunteer effort reviving joy ride; plans to run train around Fairgrounds

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.

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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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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.


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