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Records requests blowing Snohomish's legal budget

SNOHOMISH — The city is taking issue with overshooting
its legal and professional services budget due to a high number of public records requests in 2016. The city clerk reports that as of Aug. 23, she has logged 83 public records requests, which is almost three times as many records requests the city received in all of 2015.

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A luau to celebrate senior center's reopening




Jackie Rivers (right) performs along with other members of the Carl Gipson Senior Center’s Hawaiian dance group during a celebration of the re-opening of the senior center in Everett on Monday, Aug. 29. The senior center closed in July for remodeling work on its restrooms, causing the displacement of some of its programs for two months. The $270,000 project makes the center more ADA-accessible.

Clean-and-sober housing unaffected by rule changes

EVERETT — The city is looking to clarify rules on just how many unrelated adults can live under one roof, but people living cohesively in legitimate “clean and sober” houses won’t be affected under the proposed changes.

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Fall to be full of events in downtown Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — Fall is prime time for Historic Downtown Snohomish (HDS) to shine with family friendly activities in thecoming weeks.

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Howarth Park beach access open again

EVERETT — Access to Howarth Park beach reopened last week following the completion of repairs to the Howarth Park pedestrian bridge. Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway inspectors approved the work Aug. 30 and allowed the bridge to reopen, the city said.

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Sky Valley Food Bank celebrating 40 years of giving




Food bank volunteers Joy Dennis (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.  
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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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HIKE OF THE MONTH
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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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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