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Thomas Tilton plays the accordion as he and members of the Leavenworth-based polka band Alpenfolk perform while students try out a dance during a German language conference held at Snohomish High School on Saturday, Nov. 18. More than 350 German language studies students from across the state attended this year’s conference, which included this lesson in German polka dancing.

How will Snohomish's government transition work?

SNOHOMISH — The city is preparing to change its form of government from Council-Manager to Mayor-Council on Nov. 28, the day the County Auditor certifies the results from the general election.

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City manager will receive $100k as farewell payoff

SNOHOMISH — City Manager Larry Bauman will lose his title and his job in the city’s switch to a mayor-led city before his contract expires, and that means the city must pay up.

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Cassie Franklin to be Everett’s mayor

EVERETT — Mayor-elect Cassie Franklin will take over Snohomish County’s largest city on Jan. 1. She will replace retiring Mayor Ray Stephanson.



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Monroe crime statistics show stability for October

MONROE — Crime in the city held steady last month, according to Police Department incident figures.The city's Community Outreach team has also made numerous contacts since forming this spring.

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How a pair of dreamers intend to stand out in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — The city's newest shop owners have brought life into one of the city's older buildings on First Street.


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HIKE OF THE MONTH: Fragrance Lake

One of the most popular spots in the Chuckanut Mountains, Fragrance Lake sees legions of hikers old and young and of all shapes and sizes. Folks have hiked here for over a century. Larrabee State Park was established in 1915 as Washington’s first state park through a gift from Frances Larrabee. Larrabee, whose husband Xavier was quite an entrepreneur and founder of Fairhaven, was quite a philanthropist. Her initial gift to the state of 20 acres upon her husband’s death was followed shortly afterward with 1,500 more acres. Today, Larrabee State Park consists of more than 2,600 acres graced by 15 miles of trails.



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Ready to sing: Snohomish teen going to national competition

SNOHOMISH — A lifelong Snohomish resident was recently bestowed national recognition for her talents as a vocalist. Not the most expected path for someone born more than two months premature with significant sinus and respiratory conditions.

She'll be one of seven from Washington state participating in the choir competition later this month.



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Rehabilitating those who served

SNOHOMISH — The nonprofit Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors helps veterans largely fresh from tours of duty, where the
needs can be high. A small cadre of volunteers help organize supply drives, equine therapy and other therapies.

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All breeds welcome


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A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, named Right Said Fred, is being handled by his owner Tonya Struble and examined by
Judge Eric Liebes. He went on to win a group two in the hound group. The Whidbey Island Kennel Club hosts a two-day annual All-Breed American Kennel Club show every year in November at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds which includes conformation, junior showmanship, obedience and rally trials. This year, 1,374 dogs were entered into the show.

Ann Averill, former Snohomish mayor, gave love, progress to city

SNOHOMISH — Ann Averill was known in Snohomish for her political career and efforts for the Snohomish Library and Future of Flight Museum, but to her grandkids, she was “Grannie Annie” who loved to cook, to get things done and enjoy nature.
Averill died Oct. 23, a few weeks shy of her 76th birthday.



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Everett's budget appears balanced for next year

EVERETT — For 2018, the city will operate from a $136 million general fund, which pays for day-to-day expenses, and a $360 million budget overall. This budget is about $4.6 million larger than last year’s budget. 

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Park users skeptical toward latest Lord Hill bike plan

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Tom Teigen reiterated that he has pressed the “re-set” button on controversial mountain biking plans in Lord Hill Regional Park (LHRP), but some stakeholders remain skeptical and a petition drive is under way here to keep mountain biking at the park in check.

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