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Building bikes for kids

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Josh Pfister, shop manager at Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, moves the handlebars of a bicycle to check for alignment as he and several volunteers were working to repair children’s bikes for the shops’ 16th annual Kids Bike Swap to be held on June 10. Additional volunteers are needed with work parties every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. through June 7 as well as Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information on volunteering at the shop located at 2531 Broadway in Everett, or regarding the Kids Bike Swap, call 425-252-6952 or visit

Relaxed rules for Pilchuck District may help spur changes

SNOHOMISH — The City Council unanimously eliminated restrictions on the types of businesses allowed in the Pilchuck District last week to stimulate growth in the stagnant zoning area.

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Planning commission says yes to more Everett marijuana shops

EVERETT — The volunteer planning commission recommends letting five more marijuana shops open in the city, and reducing buffers around shops. The City Council will have the final say in the coming weeks.

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Gridlock, growth in Maltby are focal points at meeting

MALTBY — The Snohomish County Council took to the road and heard an earful about traffic and development in the town of Maltby at an April 2 meeting.

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Public meetings set on council district elections plan

EVERETT — The city announced a slate of four upcoming public meetings on potentially reshaping City Council elections with geographic districts.

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Snohomish to host triathlon

SNOHOMISH — Runners, swimmers and bikers will descend on Snohomish April 22.

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Neighbors mobilize against squatters in their cul-de-sac

SNOHOMISH — A problem house has neighbors' attention and chagrin as squatters have moved in.

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ABATE gives back

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Once again, Sky Valley Chapter of ABATE has given back to the community. On March 24, the chapter put on a dance for the Snohomish Community Food Bank and raised more than $100 plus 88 pounds of food. They are the motorcycle group that puts on the Sky Valley Bike Show in Snohomish every year on the third Sunday of May, this year on May 20. Recipients for the group’s donations include the Snohomish food bank, senior center, Delta Rehabilitation Center, and the group also traditionally adopts three families to provide a Christmas to them. The group of leather clad bikers wants people to know sometimes good guys wear black.

Library levy asks for cash boost to avoid service cuts

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A measure asking for a library levy lid lift is on ballots being mailed out this week.

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Lord Hill Park users share diverse visions, new effort ramps up

SNOHOMISH — Stakeholders looking to reshape the future for Lord Hill Regional Park are still meeting, and a new effort aims to fund the $150,000 environmental impact study the county missed out on.

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Schools’ proposed sex ed add-ons concern parents

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School District is planning to adopt supplementary new sexual health education resources for 5th through 12th graders that some parents consider to be in part misguided and inappropriate.

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New hub planned for Casino Road

Public meeting asking for ideas is April 17

EVERETT — A space at the Children’s Village center at 14 E. Casino Road is set to be remodeled into a community hub, and stakeholders want to hear from the public what should be built into it.

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High school student to be honored at Carnegie Hall

MONROE — A student's artwork, painstakingly drawn in pencil, won her an award where she will go to Carnegie Hall -- the one in New York -- this summer.

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Future firefighters get ready at new training ground

EVERETT — At the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy, 27 recruits drawn from across the county are learning the ropes.

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Veteran Snohomish officer tasked on homelessness, outreach

SNOHOMISH — An officer who joined March 1 in a specialty capacity has been tasked with dual roles to assist homeless and in-crisis individuals and serve as a resource to neighborhoods and other groups.

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A better Broadway may be on horizon in Everett

EVERETT — A vision and call for a much nicer North Broadway corridor is being given a warm reception at City Hall.Growth alone could reshape Broadway. The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) estimates Everett may grow by an average of more than 3,200 people per year between now and 2035.

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Snohomish County’s homeless children widespread

The number of children going to sleep without a permanent home on a daily basis across the county tops 3,000, and while the Recession has waned, the number of homeless students has grown and "who" is homeless has shifted, experts say. More on this story...


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