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Using drones to monitor flames

Photo courtesy Snohomish County Fire District No. 22

Getchell Fire Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Stocker demonstrates the department’s drone last year in an undated photo.

SNOHOMISH — A new tool has been added to the arsenal of one fire district that could lead to better response to emergencies, and better public safety coordination. Continue reading...

Snohomish Council sets drug injection site moratorium in 4-3 vote

SNOHOMISH — Last week the Snohomish City Council narrowly approved a six-month moratorium on drug injection sites in city limits.
City planners will now formulate a plan on how to address drug injection sites.
The conversation was split among council members, who approved the moratorium in a 4 to 3 vote. Some dissenters on council said that this is a waste of planning staff’s time to explore how to zone or consider drug injection sites.
A group of residents concerned about the issue want to be certain no drug injection sites are allowed in town.

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Carnegie meeting Thursday to display plans

SNOHOMISH — Everyone is invited to learn, speak, and see ARC Architects’ conceptual sketches during the presentation, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, 516 Maple Ave. Two opposing groups will be presenting at the meeting. More on this story...

Bond Street access plans appear to go dormant after snags

EVERETT —The Bond Street underpass was frequently used to access Pigeon Creek Trail, which runs beside the rail line on Port of Everett property south to Pigeon Creek Beach until the passage was fenced off by the railroad in 2014 out of safety concerns. A project to reopen access never got past the preliminary design phase after roadblocks came up.

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Everett Council appoints neighborhood representative McNeal to vacancy

EVERETT —The City Council appointed Ethel McNeal to fill Mayor Cassie Franklin’s recently-vacated seat and serve on council until the 2018 election. McNeal, 67, is the city’s first black female council member. 

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Parents sue school district, Monsanto over classroom air quality

MONROE — A lawsuit filed last week says that former teachers, students and families at Sky Valley Education Center have suffered numerous severe health conditions.
The lawsuit argues that Monsanto was well aware of the risks using PCBs as a sealant, but also targets the school district and Snohomish Health District for not enforcing or otherwise requiring the school district to get rid of PCB-laden light fixtures.

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What happened in Monday's U.S. 2 crash?

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish driver crossed the center line and a logging truck had to take evasive action, according to a rough picture on what happened in Monday's six-car crash on U.S. 2 emerged from the Washington State Patrol. A Sultan teenager who got caught up in the wreck was transported to Harborview, among the people injured in the crash.

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Snohomish Council changes comment protocols, start time

SNOHOMISH — City Council meetings may soon start an hour earlier at 6 p.m. and the public’s opportunity to give comments will be scaled back under tweaks approved last week.

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News Bites for January 10, 2018

Monroe looking to improve more roads in 2018

MONROE — The city's future road plans include work for the Blueberry Lane/Kelsey Street intersection, sidewalk railway safety crossings at Fryelands Boulevard and 179th Street, and a second phase of extending the sidewalk along Chain Lake Road.

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The Tribune's 2017 Year in Review

Everett museum finds a home

EVERETT — At last, Everett’s history artifacts
may soon be unveiled for the public to see.
The Everett Museum of History last week bought the empty building at 2939 Colby Ave. downtown.

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A community searches high and low

SNOHOMISH — The map was taped together, with small notes and highlighted portions filling the map lines, detailing the streets and riv-ers of town. 
Poring over the map of where to search next was the daughter of missing postman Henry Groeneveld, Liz Dickson, who, with the support of volunteers, donated search tools and social media was continuing to look for her dad.

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Slow pace, limited options for Baker Heights residents

EVERETT — Tenants in the bungalows that make up the 244-unit Baker Heights public housing project are in the final stage of what has been a very long goodbye. 

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City’s lawsuit against pharma co. swept into national trial

EVERETT — The city’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals was consolidated into a multi-state lawsuit against multiple pharmaceutical companies.
On Dec. 5, a federal judicial panel decided to combine dozens of separate cases, including the city’s, into one large case.

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