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FD4 levy lit lift open house on Thursday, March 30

SNOHOMISH — A six-year-old levy lid lift for Fire District 4 is up for renewal this year and may be put to voters on the August ballot.
A public meeting about the levy lid lift will be held Thursday, March 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Station 43, located at 1525 Avenue D, for an open house format meeting. 

Lord Hill Park plan stirs neighbors


Several horse riders along with a group of hikers in the distance take advantage of a rare sunny day on Sunday, March 19 to head out for a ride along one of the many trails in Lord Hill Park southeast of Snohomish. The 1,480-acre park is the largest in the county and is covered by trails that are used daily by hikers, joggers, equestrian riders and bike riders.

SNOHOMISH — In recent months, the county’s Parks and Recreation Department has hosted a handful of stakeholder meetings with represent-atives from different groups that have interest in the park — hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, homeowners and others — as part of updating the park’s master plan.A proposed mountain bike skills course is raising concerns. Link to story...

Neighborhood block watches aim to launch across Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — A group is forming a grassroots citywide coalition of block watches, with hopes to be up and running by late spring.

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A Snohomish man’s journey to Zambia to help save lives

Willie Dickerson of Snohomish spent two weeks in Zambia as part of an envoy of volunteers to get a first hand picture of the world policy programs he and others advocate for.

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New Lake Tye park playground has groundbreaking

MONROE — On Thursday, March 16, under pleasant skies, the city broke ground at Lake Tye Park to prepare to put in new playground equipment there. The old equipment was getting worn out.
Some interesting improvements will be to add ADA-inclusive play areas, climbing challenges and motion activities that appeal to older, adventurous kids and musical instruments (cantana chimes, harmonic chimes) installed within the set. The new play set will focus on multi-generational or a wider range of age groups of children.
The new equipment should be installed by May. The city is spending $137,000 for it all.
In the photo, from left to right, are City Councilman Kirk Scarboro, Councilman Jason Gamble, Mayor Geoffrey Thomas, Councilman Jeff Rasmussen, Councilman Jim Kamp, Park Board Member Steve Whalen, Park Board Member Devlin Piplic, Park Board Member Karin Coppernoll and city parks and recreation director Mike Farrell.

Snohomish teens are building a tiny house

SNOHOMISH — Last week, a group of sophomore to senior boys in the twilight of their high school days were working on the tiny structure’s framing. Their deadline to finish the house was about two weeks away. Their tiny house will be shown at the CTE Showcase of Skills in Olympia on March 27 before Gov. Jay Inslee and other luminaries.

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Snohomish approves contested long-term garbage contract

SNOHOMISH — The City Council approved having Snohomish sign a new contract with Republic Services of Lynnwood for solid waste or garbage collection.

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New senior center director Burlison tied to town

SNOHOMISH — The new director of the Snohomish Senior Center planted roots in Snohomish a long time ago.
The Snohomish Senior Center hired new executive director Sharon Burlison, 53, from a pool of candidates after director Bob Dvorak left to lead Everett’s senior center in November.
Burlison begins March 20.

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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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