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Slew says spring is coming

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Spring is just around the corner, the frognosticating Snohomish Slew indicated by giving a croak at Snohomish’s 13th annual GroundFrog Day Saturday, Jan. 27. Children lined up for a kiss on the nose from the bullfrog, such as the child above.

Reunited by chance: Mom and son reconnect after 50 years

LAKE STEVENS — A woman was reunited with her son after 50 years.
And it was all because of a kind person who did the research to reconnect them, and a chance encounter.
Her son works for the military and took a ride with a colleague to a conference. During the trip, they chatted about family and he mentioned that he was adopted out as an infant and didn’t know his mother. His colleague is into genealogy, and took the time to track her down.
Betty Rohner gave up her son 50 years ago when she was 18. The two finally met again two weeks ago and were inseparable.

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Mayor Cassie Franklin sets her priorities for Everett

EVERETT — In four directives sent in her first four weeks on the job, Mayor Cassie Franklin is shaping Everett to work on its troubles and attempt to have it poised well for the future.

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Longtime EvCC basketball coach Chet Hovde brings heart to the game

EVERETT — Chet Hovde, Everett Community College's women's basketball coach, began his storied career in 1978. A guiding light for the players, he's also seeing a winning season this year. There may not be another coach quite like him still in the collegiate level.

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Keeping parks fresh

Kaitlyn Price photo

Tim Gray and his daughter Carley Gray from Everett volunteer as part of Navy Strike Group 11 to help spread mulch along the stream in Hannabrook Park on Saturday, Jan. 27. Although there was wind and rain, the volunteers cut blackberry bushes and spread mulch with gusto. Future cleanups are planned citywide. For more information, visit

Snohomish Police Department to gain outreach officer

SNOHOMISH — The Police Department is poised to welcome a community outreach deputy as it says goodbye to its only K-9 handler and dog team.The exact job profile is still in the conceptual stage according to Rogers, but is influenced by work done by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office’s (SCSO) Office of Neighborhoods.
Homeless outreach is one key function for the Office of Neighborhoods.

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Second Street revamps in development

SNOHOMISH — In Snohomish, Second Street might get a new look for safety in the coming years.
The city shared some priorities for a Second Street upgrade and laid a preliminary course of action at the Jan. 16 council meeting.
On-street parking restrictions, roadway channelization and traffic signal coordination between Highway 9 and Lincoln Avenue are all suggested for Second Street.

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Vegas, San Fran and more: Alaska Air announces its Paine Field destinations

EVERETT — Alaska Airlines announced last week it will have nonstop service to eight cities from Paine Field as soon as airline service begins this fall. The airline plans to make 13 daily departures.

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Snohomish block watch efforts may soon go digital

SNOHOMISH — Leaders in the city's neighborhood block watch efforts plan to soon put out a starter kit online for people interested in keeping a look out.

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New Carnegie plans have lower cost figures

SNOHOMISH — Revised plans for the Carnegie Building that include demolishing the annex and restoring the original 1910 footprint cut the cost almost in half, but at the moment financing the project in whole is contingent to a state request for $2 million. The city's putting upo $1.65 million.

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City-led Everett council districts measure discussed

EVERETT — The City Council is bringing geographic representation back into discussion with a new public process likely culminating in putting a city-led initiative on November’s ballot.

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Profiles of People: “Intentions”

He's walked the El Camino, retired from Boeing, is part of a state mining board and teaches children how to read. However, one of the most rewarding surprises yet in Mike Dunican's life came just last year.

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