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Chasing the Grinch out of town

Having been caught stealing Christmas presents in Snohomish, the Grinch was chased out of town last weekend. Actually, it was the third annual Chase the Grinch out of Snohomish 5K run on Sunday, Dec. 4. Approximately 800 runners participated in the run from Snohomish to Machias and back on the Centennial Trail. The run was preceded by a children’s run which 100 kids participated in this year. The proceeds from the run benefited the nonprofit Historic Downtown Snohomish organization.

Snohomish council tables options for strong mayor city transition

SNOHOMISH —Three key actions needed to transition the city from its current Council-Manager form to Council-Mayor form were discussed at last week’s City Council meeting, but nothing is final.

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Recount will finish Snohomish Prop. 2 measure

SNOHOMISH — The measure voters narrowly approved to restructure Snohomish into a strong mayor city will be put under a recount this week.

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Baker Heights residents worried about their future

EVERETT — Residents of the Baker Heights 224-unit housing project were informed by the Everett Housing Authority (EHA) this August that everyone should plan on being moved out by December 2018.
The deadline appears to be shifting, but the people who live here have grown anxious.

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Did someone shoot at homeless people?

EVERETT — A strange phone call to a business owner on Broadway after her window was shot out prompted the question.

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Community rallies after Habitat project theft

EVERETT — It was right before Thanksgiving when around $3,000 of tools were stolen from a still-incomplete house build on 23rd Avenue. This story, though, has a happy ending.

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Snohomish police station reopening this week

SNOHOMISH —The police station on Maple Avenue is receiving a long-awaited remodel this month and also the work is being done under its $140,000 budget.
The new and improved station is expected to reopen to the public this week.

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Christmas House opens Dec. 1 to help parents provide gifts

EVERETT — Christmas House annually helps low-income parents fill the stockings for their children. The nonprofit giveaway shop will open its season on Dec. 1 and run Tuesdays through Saturdays until the weekend before Christmas.

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105-year-old Longfellow building may be rubble by summer

EVERETT — The Longfellow Building, a 105-year-old structure owned by the Everett School District, could be coming down by next summer to make way for a parking lot. The Longfellow's presumably short lifespan appears to have few hurdles before demolition.

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Prop. 2: Strong Mayor measure passes, would prompt spring election

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish appears poised to elect a mayor as its head of government this spring.
The split decision was from a little more than 4,400 voters. In the official elections tally, there were 2,227 “yes” votes to 2,218 “no” votes. There were 417 people who skipped this measure on the ballot.

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Picking the perfect tree

Ben Trask of Snohomish has a little help from his son Ruxin, 3, in carrying out the family Christmas tree while his wife Mellena follows behind with the family dog Tank. The Trasks along with daughters Keira, 7, and Abigail, 5 (not pictured) were one of many that went hunting for the perfect tree at the Reade Christmas Tree Ranch east of Snohomish this past weekend.

Taking back the Morgantown Neighborhood

SNOHOMISH — Neighbors in the Morgantown Neighborhood in northeast Snohomish ave created a watch program considered a model for other communities.

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County asked to loosen development restrictions on Sea-Sno Mill site

SNOHOMISH — The council unanimously greenlit sending the county a letter supporting the former Seattle-Snohomish Mill site owner’s push to lift off the land’s development restrictions.If approved to the fullest, it could turn the site across the river into a fuel or coal yard, hazardous waste storage and treatment, marijuana production and processing or a myriad of other uses. Right now, the acreage can be developed into just another sawmill or turned into forest land.

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STD rates on the rise sharply in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Year-to-date, the rates of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia cases in Snohomish County are way up.

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Downtown businesses looking elsewhere after rent hikes

EVERETT — Established downtown businesses Cafe Zippy, the Port Gardner Bay Winery and an engineering office are all looking elsewhere after their monthly space rent in the building went up more than 20 percent unexpectedly.
The building they are in at 2801 Wetmore goes the length of the block along California and includes a parking garage. It was previously owned by the collapsed Trinity Lutheran College.

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Profiles of People: Daniel Westbrook's "Yukonality"

Daniel Westbrook of Snohomish grew up in the Yukon, and has a unique story that is underpinned by the principles that guide this builder and refinisher's way of life.

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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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