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Local photographer Michael Lowell says he lucked out in the Snohomish Valley while shooting photos of the snow geese ‘vacationing’ in the fields. The geese leapt into the air, swirled and came back down to continue to graze.

Who knew Everett was a romantic metro?

EVERETT — A new report may give Everett the ability to remarket itself as a place for lovers.

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Late-night store noises continue to annoy neighbors

SNOHOMISH — Late night noise continues to annoy neighbors, but it looks like the city is trying to act. The issue is from loading trucks and street sweepers at stores such as Fred Meyer, Haggen and Safeway that’s been plaguing neighbors. They say the noises ramp up as early as 3:50 a.m. The city heard from neighbors on Tuesday night and Mayor John Kartak held a staff meeting the next morning to promptly tackle the issue.

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Methadone clinic for downtown Everett discussed

EVERETT — Opening up zoning code to allow a methadone clinic downtown Everett is being discussed, but an attorney's take may obligate the city to open up. The topic is before the council as the last stop before a public hearing and possible approval at the Wednesday, Feb. 21 council meeting.

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Monroe − YMCA deal opens public pool time

MONROE — A new deal will allow the public to get free, limited access to the Sky Valley Y on Fryelands Boulevard.

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Chief sees narratives in crime numbers

SNOHOMISH — For every quarterly tome of crime statistics, there are trends and questions that Police Chief Keith Rogers says hold a bigger story.

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Everett Film Festival this weekend 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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City hires new brokers for North Kelsey, need to repay $4 mil debt lurks

MONROE — A new team of real estate brokers sees great promise in North Kelsey.

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News bites for February 14

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Henry Groeneveld's memorial information, Hal Moe demolition plans, hotel/motel tax grants available, Monroe surplus action and more.

Monroe High athletes sign for college

MONROE — Monroe Bearcats Isaiah Lewis, Josh Jerome, Isaiah Cole, Nathan Mead, Kainalu Batongbacal, Elijah Tofilau and Lucas Rhodes officially signed their letters of intent for college programs on Wednesday, Feb. 7. More details here....

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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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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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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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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