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Rain causes minor river flooding

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Rising river levels from constant rainfall created flood warnings for the Pilchuck, Snohomish, Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers on Sunday, Feb. 4. Water from the Pilchuck River eroded riverbanks near Lake Stevens. The Snohomish River ran high on Monday, Feb. 5, and water made its way to its usual basins, including the Stocker Soccer Fields and Snohomish Boat Launch along Lincoln Avenue, pictured above on Monday, Feb. 5.

Tolls on U.S. 2 would fund new trestle

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A new state study suggests replacing the U.S. 2 westbound trestle could cost $2 billion and it might take up to $690 million in long-term tolls to afford construction. Opposition is growing locally.

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Missing Snohomish postman, now found, loved his local community

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish postman Henry Groeneveld was found deceased last week after a lengthy search after he went missing Dec. 11. He loved the community he served and had an idiosyncratic fascination with post offices.

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Hill Park trespassers prompt new measures

Boulders were installed at Hill Park Tuesday, Jan. 30SNOHOMISH — Boulders have been put up at Hill Park to help thwart vandals skidding around the parking, and other efforts are being made to deter trespassers. One measure soon is cameras.

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At last, Everett’s year-round farmers market opens

EVERETT — Farms & Market, the city’s first year-round farmers market and kitchen, will have its grand opening March 1, but opened to the public Feb. 5.

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“Building bridges” effort aims to repair post-election divide

SNOHOMISH — Before turning the floor over to presenter Steve Schuller, the city’s interim administrator, co-organizer Lya Badgley laid out Building Bridges two rules: no politics and no social media. The group is working to repair the past fractuious divide in Snohomish.

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Everett Film Festival Feb. 16, 17 brings indie to big screen

EVERETT — Now in its 21st year, the upcoming Everett Film Festival will feature 11 films: five shorts, four documentaries and two feature films that may open your eyes.

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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

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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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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