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Elections 2016

Results as of count released at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3

Countywide public safety
sales tax measure
Monroe FD3 - FD 7 district merger
Yes            49.54% - 35,551 votes Yes              81.04%        
No             50.46%  - 36,210 votes  No               18.96%       
Number of ballots counted to date: 80,634 -- Approximately 18.46% voter turnout

Public safety forum on August 3 talks police

SNOHOMISH — The city is hosting a public safety forum for people to discuss their concerns.
The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Carnegie Library, 105 Cedar Ave. in Snohomish. The event is being dubbed a “public safety conversation café.”

Garden tour gives plenty to see

Doug Ramsay photo,

Natalie Legrand, 9, (left) and Asia Kajla, 10, look at a cell phone as they wait to serve glasses of water to guest of Legrand’s grandparent’s garden during the annual Snohomish Garden Tour on Sunday, July 31. Gina and Jon Sanchez’s garden in the back of their Pine Avenue home was one of eight on this year’s tour. The apple on the head of the stone cat mysteriously appeared during a work party with friends the day before, Jon Sanchez said, so he left it there for the tour.

Planning a future for the Hal Moe Pool site continues

SNOHOMISH — One quarter of the way through its work, the volunteer group helping to plan the future for the Hal Moe Pool site is looking to make it a civic center or something similar to benefit the public.
Meanwhile, at the Aug. 16 City Council meeting, the deed restriction at the site will be discussed.

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Riverfront property owners get advice on issues

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Concerns about theft, trespassing and litter are among the issues that brought riverside property owners to a meeting last week set up by Snohomish County. Two followup river-related meetings are scheduled for next week.

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Sewer work on Maple Avenue continues this month

SNOHOMISH — If you’ve driven up Maple Avenue the past few weeks, you may have noticed traffic delays because of construction.
The delays are because the city is working to replace approximately 500 feet of sewer main pipe along Maple Avenue.

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Police can use leads on boat launch vandal

SNOHOMISH — An act of vandalism in pink graffiti with pro-agriculture, anti-city and politically charged messages was sprayed was sprayed all over the city's new boat launch on Lincoln Avenue. The vandalism was found early Friday morning, July 22, the day of its grand opening celebration. The mess cost the city at least $2,000 to clean up.
The Police Department is investigating, and appears to have ruled out groups such as the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

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AG: Two Highway 99 used car dealers swindled Spanish speakers

The company that owns Independence Auto Center, a car dealer in Everett, and Best Bet Auto Sales, in Lynnwood, must pay $250,000 in penalties for discriminating against Spanish-speaking buyers during the car buying process, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced last week.

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Snohomish "strong mayor" restructure bid to be on November ballot

SNOHOMISH — Voters this fall will get to decide which form of government they want the city to function under: A "weak mayor" system with a city manager in charge of City Hall or a "strong mayor" system with an elected official as the city's leader.

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New Snohomish superintendent settling into job

SNOHOMISH — New Snohomish School District superintendent Kent Kultgen is making the rounds around town.

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A time to celebrate

Doug Ramsay photo,

Shannie Edwards and J.R., 4, of Everett clap to the music being performed on the stage during the 24th annual Nubian Jam at Everett’s Forest Park on Saturday, July 30. The community festival featured entertainment along with a variety of food and other vendors.
A Nubian Jam is a full day of fun and music to honor the black community, encourage community connections, and enjoy cultural diversity through song and delicious ethnic foods. Nubian Jams are held across the nation, usually in the summer months.

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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