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Center gives people a place to belong

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Clients and helpers at the Miracles and Memories Academy in Monroe, a drop-in activity center largely oriented for adults who live with autism, seizures, Down syndrome and other cognitive and physical impairments, work on Valentine’s Day cards on Monday, Feb. 12.

MONROE — A new center is providing people with issues such as seizures, autism, and other issues a place to belong.
It’s new in downtown, and the story here is that there a so few centers for adults in the county. This one is the closest one versus Everett and Carnation. More on this story...

Volunteer commission may take on Snohomish social issues

SNOHOMISH — There is a push to have a volunteer group, the city's Public Safety Commission, be tasked with developing solutions and plans for homelessness, mental health and opioids locally. The commission currently discusses crime issues and is working to organize citywide neighborhood block watches.

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Children bring a little love to local seniors

SNOHOMISH — A group of third graders spread some love to their "senior buddies" for Valentine's Day.

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Everett’s $330m school bond to address growth fails to pass

EVERETT — A construction bond package that would have built a new fourth high school in south Everett had 55 percent of the vote at press time Monday, missing the 60 percent supermajority the $330 million bond required to pass. Now, it's a question of what to do next. The school district's separate levy measure did pass.

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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 to go up for vote Wednesday

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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A flurry of snow geese

Michael Lowell / MPLowell Photography photo

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.

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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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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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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