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Following in the footsteps

Nick and “Skip” Hammons in the dugout together at a game last year. Skip retired last year after 25 years as head coach, but still can be found at the games as Nick coaches. An event honoring Skip’s career will be April 27 at 4 p.m. at the baseball field at Snohomish High.

SNOHOMISH — The Panthers’ new head coach Nick Hammons has his dad Skip rooting for him. More on this story...

City wants to buy controversial East Monroe land

MONROE — City of Monroe leaders are looking to buy the East Monroe property—- and they want to utilize state and county grants to pay for it. Buying it would be a protracted process, but if it is accomplished it may conclude a 14-year saga over farmland.

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City Council considering giving Mayor Kartak a raise

SNOHOMISH — Mayor John Kartak’s $18,000-a-year salary may increase if the City Council decides it is right.
A discussion on the mayor’s salary is on the May 15 City Council agenda.

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Mayor gets feedback from canceling Monte Cristo event, wants neighborhood mailers ended

EVERETT — The city’s annual Monte Cristo Awards ceremony to highlight neighborhood pride was cancelled by the mayor, but the program and its sought-after plaques will continue.

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Learning the art of firefighting

Snohomish Fire recruit Doug Higbee prepares to access the inside fire scenario at a fire training program on Monday, April 16 at the Ray Brown Training Center in Machias. The purpose was to evaluate the inside and outside conditions of a mock hallway caught on fire, simulating what recruits might see in the field later on.

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire's sole recruit going through training right now explains the intensity and camaraderie that goes into it. More on this story...

Snohomish Police chat about crime and community concerns

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Police Department shared insights and answered questions at its inaugural monthly “Coffee with a Cop” event.

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Delta neighbors ask state to continue arsenic clean ups

EVERETT — The Delta Neighborhood Association last month sent a letter to state and federal elected officials calling on them to increase funding for the state Department of Ecology to aid arsenic and lead cleanups in the neighborhood.
The cleanups have largely stopped because funding ran dry.

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Downtown Monroe kickstarts new events

MONROE — The city's downtown association will be holding a wedding expo on May 5 and has more events planned. Another opportunity is to "buy a Swift" to go on the city's downtown sculpture.

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Vandal damages Ferguson Park slide, Hill Park benches

SNOHOMISH — One or more vandals struck, literally, at city parks April 7 or 8, taking a hatchet to a slide at Ferguson Park and breaking shelter benches at Hill Park.

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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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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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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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Building bikes for kids

Doug Ramsay photo

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


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