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Recall filed against mayor withdrawn

SNOHOMISH — The recall against Mayor Karen Guzak has been halted.
Recall petitioner Bill Betten withdrew on Wednesday, July 13, just two days after the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed a ballot synopsis with Snohomish County Superior Court. Betten filed the recall on June 23.

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Kla Ha Ya Days brilliantly fun

kla ha dancersDoug Ramsay photo,

Traditional Mexican dancers were among the many entries that paraded up First Street in the grand parade that was part of the 103rd annual Kla-Ha-Ya Days festival in Snohomish on Saturday, July 16. Along with the two-hour long parade, the festival featured eating competitions, live music, a salmon barbecue, as well as other events. Noticeably absent this year was the ever-popular frog jumping contest due to the lack of acquiring frogs in time.

Neighborhood firework bans proposed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY— There was a healthy discussion last week on a proposed idea to let neighborhoods ban fireworks locally at the Snohomish County Council’s operations committee meeting on July 12.
The proposal, created by Councilman Hans Dunshee, would allow neighborhoods
to determine by petition among neighbors on whether people in their area can discharge fireworks by majority rule. The idea is similar to the no-shooting zones the county already has in place.
The County Council will continue discussing fireworks and set a date for a future public hearing on Dunshee’s measure at the council’s July 20 weekly general meeting.

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South Everett library plan in motion

EVERETT — Constructing a bigger, better South Everett library may start next spring, thanks to a funding allocation set to be approved in August.
The City Council will be asked to authorize earmarking $600,000 toward
designing an expanded Evergreen Branch library at its Aug. 3 meeting. The city intends to ask for construction bids in early 2017 to make the long-awaited expansion a reality.
The Evergreen Branch library opened in 1989 at a time when fewer than 70,000 people lived in Everett. Today, the city population exceeds 110,000, with 85,000 people living south of 41st Street, which is traditionally seen as the dividing line between north and south Everett.

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homelessServices for all in need at Project Homeless Connect

EVERETT — About 930 homeless children and adults partook in a free buffet of services, supplies and meals from more than 90 agencies at the eighth annual Project Homeless Connect on Thursday, July 14. 
Everything from dentistry to detox programs, housing connections to cookies awaited people in need when event doors opened at 9 a.m. at Everett High School.

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Merging Monroe Fire with Fire District 7 on ballots

MONROE — Voters in Monroe will decide whether to merge the Monroe Fire Department together with Fire District 7. Fire District 7 voters in Clearview and nearby areas, meanwhile, will be asked for an emergency medical services (EMS) levy lid lift.

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Everett year-round farmers market to come back with new owner?

EVERETT — In the coming weeks, some big announcements are anticipated on reviving the year-round farmers market in Everett, at the corner of Grand and Hewitt avenues.
The market, which was set to open in the spring of 2012, has been sitting idle in an empty area of a building, and the situation worsened last fall when its developer, Lobsang Dargey, was accused by federal authorities of defrauding foreign investors.

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One big move

Doug Ramsay photo,

The Port of Everett’s Historic Weyerhaeuser building slowly makes its way up West Marine View Drive in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 14. Even with a midnight departure from its old site, the move of the old structure brought out many of spectators who watched the event along West Marine View Drive as well as from Grand Avenue Park on the hill above.
The historic Weyerhaeuser building was originally located at Weyerhaeuser’s Mill “A” plant, about one mile south of the port’s new Waterfront Place development. In 1938, after Mill A was converted to a pulp mill, the building was moved to Mill B located on the Snohomish River on the east side of Everett. It served as office space until that mill closed in 1979.
In 1983, the structure was donated to the Port of Everett and barged back down the river to its current home on the waterfront. The building’s two voyages made it a point of public interest and affection. In 2016, the building will be on the move again to the Central Pier of Waterfront Place to serve as the centerpiece of the new Boxcar Park.
Architect Carl Gould was commissioned by the Weyerhaeuser Company to design the 6,000 square foot, one-and-a-half story building that would showcase local wood species such as fir, cedar and hemlock.
The Weyerhaeuser Office Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
The contract for the move cost nearly $1.1 million to Everett-based company Nickel Brothers.

Little Free Libraries in town give kids more access to books

SNOHOMISH — A “little free library,” situated close to home, can instantly put books into the littlest hands.
Riverview’s Elementary principal Tammy Jones recently put up a “little free library” for children at the Snohomish Mobile & RV Park at 1330 Ave. D. 

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Monroe hospital adds new heart monitor technology

MONROE — EvergreenHealth Monroe hospital has recently added new monitors that track heart rate and vital signs. 
The monitors allow nurses and physicians to access their patient’s vital signs from any location in the hospital. 

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Senior centers stymied by United Way grant cut

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A change in grant funding focus at the local United Way is leaving area senior centers feeling left out.
In 2013, five regional senior centers were collectively given $150,000 from the United Way, spread over three years. Next year, it will be none. 

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City plans to renew Police Department contract with sheriff's office

SNOHOMISH — Talks of renewing the city’s contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services through 2021 began last month.

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