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Wine Festival is popular event

John Olsen, owner of Alia winery in Snohomish pours a glass of wine for Warner Blake (center) and Karen Guzak, both of Snohomish, at the eighth annual Snohomish Wine Festival on Saturday, March 4. Twenty wineries from around the Pacific Northwest participated in the event sponsored by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. The event also featured beverages from a Wenatchee-based pear cider maker along with craft beer from SnoTown Brewery and coffee from Vista Clara coffee, both of which are based in Snohomish.

Some apartments do not want to put in required fire alarms

EVERETT — Some of Everett's larger older apartment complexes are seeking exemptions from having to install fire alarm systems. Meanwhile, a handful of apartment complexes are complying and have either begun the process or now have alarms put in, including The Bluffs Apartments on Casino Road, where a fatal fire there in 2015 prompted interest in city-wide compliance.

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Classroom closures sparked by PCB fears, new test results soon

MONROE — Seven spaces at the Sky Valley Education Center alternative school were closed to students on Wednesday, March 1 after test results showed high levels of PCB contaminants. The district believes the test may have given a false positive and new test results should be back by Friday, March 10.

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Snohomish’s annual cleanup March 18 helps city sparkle

SNOHOMISH — The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18 — rain or shine — and volunteers should bring their own tools, work gloves, and other desired equipment. They can pre-register through their church or sign up at the Hal Moe Pool parking lot on Third Street beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

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SNOHOMISH — The March 21 City Council meeting has been scheduled to be at the Carnegie Building, 105 Cedar Ave. at the corner of First Street and Cedar Avenue.
The meeting locations changed unexepectedly and differ from what is published in the March 1 edition. The Snohomish City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

K-C mill site may get warehouse storage

EVERETT — A cargo storage company plans to soon occupy one-third of the vacant Kimberly-Clark waterfront mill site.

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Lake Tye Park to get new playground in spring

MONROE — The city will spend almost $400,000 to put a new playground in at Lake Tye Park this spring.

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Most work lately on Sea-Sno Mill has been in background

SNOHOMISH — The owners of the Sea-Sno Mill site across the river from First Street have been asking for the county to loosen its development restrictions for the site, and the city last November sent a letter in support.
That’s where everything basically stopped, when it comes to what's happening in public view.

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$1.5m bail set in fatal attack at Echo Lake home

SNOHOMISH — The man accused of murdering one woman with a carpet knife and seriously injuring her daughter at the mother's Echo Lake area home had a judge levy $1.5 million in bail. The search warrant documents show details on what happened that fateful February afternoon.

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Snohomish council ponders moving public pot vote to August

SNOHOMISH — A suggestion to move the date of Snohomish’s public advisory marijuana ballot measure from November to August will get further discussion at the March 21 City Council meeting.
The topic came up in consideration that a marijuana retailer is blocked from opening shop in town.

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Everett residents may vote on council districts in fall

EVERETT — A citizen initiative petition is in the works to have the council be elected by geographic voting districts for Everett on voters’ ballots this November.

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How the county’s biodiesel-making effort in Cathcart flopped

CATHCART — What happened with Snohomish County's attempt to become a regional center for biodiesel?

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The case of fish escaping out of Blackmans Lake

SNOHOMISH — Fish planted in Blackmans Lake are escaping to waters they shouldn’t, and the city, at the request of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, is looking to block their passage.

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Hike of the Month: Ebey's Landing

Whidbey Island's wild coast offers views from up high that are to behold.

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Saving lives in remote places

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue can use your help

— For 50 years, these crews have responded to the call to trek into the wildnerness to find the lost, missing and vulnerably injured. The volunteer group responds to missions at all hours and is already seeing more missions come in for 2017. More ...


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