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City legal costs are up, but reasons why lay in unexpected places
A Tribune investigation

SNOHOMISH — Each month, the legal bills pile higher for the city of Snohomish.

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Elections 2016

Results as of count released at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15

Snohomish Prop 2: Government Snohomish Prop 1: Fireworks ban
Yes            49.95% - 1,988 votes Yes             46.38%       
No             50.05%  - 1,992 votes  No              53.62%       
Number of ballots counted to date across county: 322,069  -- Approximately70.56% voter turnout

Racing toward the top:
Local racer, 13, competes in U.S. and Canada

Snohomish’s Ellie Musgrave (center) runs with a pack of cars in the Junior Max league at the U.S. Open Karting Championship held this June at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah.

SNOHOMISH — Local teen Ellie Musgrave races with a sincere amount of determination to become a professional race car driver. Never boastful, she is well on her way to accomplishing her goal, and appears to benot afraid of adversity. More on this story...

Monroe city admin heading to Lake Stevens

MONROE — Gene Brazel has worked for the city of Monroe since he was a teenager. His move to Lake Stevens to become its administrator shocked many in Monroe City Hall. He's leaving as he sees Lake Stevens, a growing city, as a new challenge.

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Neighbors pitch in for goodwill event

EVERETT — Volunteers spent much of the day on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the rain and wind to clean up the yard of a 91-year-old neighbor in south Everett.

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Public crime map tool online again

EVERETT — The ability to track crime incidents online is back up and running.
The new website is and it went live locally in late October for many communities.

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Providence nurse in Haiti, where birth training is lacking

EVERETT — Everett nurse Jessica Robbins is making a difference as she is currently in Haiti on a humanitarian trip.

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Everett utility rates set to increase

EVERETT — The city’s future utility rates would include a jump in the sewer bill next year.

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Gun violence forum in Everett leads to debates

EVERETT — It was a cozy scene, but not conflict-free, when about 40 church members and other citizens concerned about gun violence assembled at The First Presbyterian Church of Everett for a panel forum.

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Waving signs

Centennial Middle School students Rachel Palmer (left) and Wyatt Watkins were among many students who held up signs as part of a school event to inspire kindness on Friday, Nov. 4 at the corner of Second Street and Avenue D. More students held signs outside Centennial on South Machias Road. The leadership class at Centennial felt compelled to share positive messages in today’s torn-apart election season. Plenty of drivers honked their horns in support of the students.

"Pop-up" regional food banks bring food closer to people

EVERETT — Each week, volunteer-run “pop-up” food banks in parts of Snohomish County bring donated food closer to the people and families who would otherwise have to travel further, or remain hungry.

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Snohomish lowers sewer bill rate in changes

SNOHOMISH — Starting in January, water rates go up, storm water rates go up, but sewer rates will go down.

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County health officer to order hospitals to report overdoses

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish County's health officer plans to issue a requirement that hospitals report opioid overdoses to the Health District in a two-pronged effort to collect data but also help encourage treatment.

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