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Sky Valley Food Bank celebrating 40 years of giving

Food bank volunteers Joy Guinness (foreground) and Becky Grannan give out food from their station to customers during the week of the food bank’s 40th anniversary celebration.

MONROE —The spirit of giving for fighting hunger continues to endure at the Sky Valley Food Bank.
The food bank is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and last week volunteers were simultaneously handing out backpacks filled with school supplies to local children and feeding clients free breakfast.  

Pink vandal’s writing sent to state crime lab

pinkSNOHOMISH — There are no new leads and no identified suspects on who vandalized city property with pink paint, police said last week, and a state crime lab is now comparing handwriting examples.

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Lake Tye cable park's future is uncertain

MONROE — City Council members gave the developer the city has been working with on the cable park project on Lake Tye no more chances after appearing tired of the lack of serious progress on the project. Now there’s talk of another company taking over the project.
The council last week did not approve a deadline extension with H3O Development of Sammamish. 

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Melakwa Lake: The buzz is out on this great Snoqualmie Pass hike

Perhaps if more hikers knew that Melakwa is Chinook jargon for mosquito, they’d shy away from this alpine lake near Snoqualmie Pass named for that pesky little insect. But then again, maybe not—for Melakwa Lake sits in a breathtakingly rugged little basin beneath jagged rocky peaks.

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Plenty of people to meet at the Fair

Doug Ramsay photo,

A young fair visitor has to jump to give stilt walker Eric Haines a high-five on Friday, Aug 26. Haines, a Seattle-based comedian and musician, is one of a number of roving entertainers at the Evergreen State Fair. The 108th annual fair in Monroe is in full swing this week, and runs through Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5.

The Tribune's Fair Guide can be found up top on the right hand side of this website.

A family farm preserved for generations

SNOHOMISH — The Bailey Farm land is almost 300 acres and runs from the east Snohomish River to Highway 9, to the railroad track, up the hill where Springhetti curves into Broadway. Now, an act by the county will keep it as farmland forever. For Cliff and Rosemary Bailey, it's exactly how they want the five-generations-old farm to be preserved.

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No action to modify Hal Moe Pool deed restrictions

SNOHOMISH — The City Council is evaluating whether to modify the land zoning under half a city block that once was Averill baseball field.
A city attorney weighed in on this last week, saying the deed restriction is not enforceable by the group that put the restrictions on the land.

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Wally Walsh fought for community, children

SNOHOMISH — Wally Walsh’s altruistic generosity was felt across the city, and his drive for brain injury awareness was both deeply personal and nationally recognized. His efforts will have enduring, life-saving effects for future generations.
Walsh died Thursday, Aug. 11 at the age of 84. A well-attended memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 21.

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City leaders responsive to giving city dollars to Health District

SNOHOMISH — Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer for the Snohomish Health District, is making rounds to various cities to help heal the public health agency’s ailing budget.
His pitch is for each city in Snohomish County give the district a flat $2 for every city resident.
Some city leaders appear welcome to opening their cities’ pocketbooks.

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Snohomish swim fees to go up starting Sept. 12

SNOHOMISH — Swim fees at the Snohomish Aquatic Center are going to increase next month and jump up 50 cents for some users.

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Dashing through the foam

Doug Ramsay photo,

Several runners emerged from a mountain of foam bubbles during the fourth annual Bubble Run through north Everett on Saturday, Aug. 27. Thousands of runners and walkers participated in the 5K event up Colby Avenue and through parts of downtown Everett where they encountered a number of mounds of colored bubbles that they had to run through.

Snohomish library partially closes through August

SNOHOMISH — The main room of the Snohomish library on Maple Avenue will be closed through Sept. 5, but the library plans to provide limited service in its side room.

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