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Young students may have option to attend school inside classrooms in near future

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The health district released an update Thursday, Sept. 10 stating that elementary students could possibly be back in classrooms by the end of the month. School District superintendents are now assessing next steps.

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Countywide burn ban now includes no recreational fires




Smoothly skimming the river


Greg Silsby photo

The balloon “Olympic,” piloted by Jay Woodward of Balloon Depot, glides over the Snohomish River. The photographer writes: “I know I am just one of many Snohomish area residents who are thrilled to watch these flights over our beautiful area again. They seem to have a calming influence in a stormy time.”



Snohomish Police chief swear-in paused for further negotiation with sheriff's office

SNOHOMISH — Mayor John Kartak and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office requested to designate interim Chief Palmer as the permanent police chief for the next 16 months. The City Council last week did not approve the designation and requested further deliberation as the contract includes a changed provision that strips the city from input on selecting a future chief.

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Not much wiggle room in Everett’s budget balancing plan

EVERETT —The city has figured out a balanced budget on paper which appears to be contingent that it get $1 million in concessions from its municipal employee unions. Some cuts made during 2020 appear to be staying for 2021 as there's not much wiggle room for alternatives.

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Everett Council reverses, agrees to take grant that would pay for up to 16 police officers

EVERETT —The City Council put the item on its agenda Sept. 2 and voted 6-1 to authorize taking a $6 million federal C.O.P.S. grant that pays to add up to 16 police officers for Everett Police.

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Series of Everett council districts comment meetings begin on Thursday evening

EVERETT —The map to be used for the shakeup of City Council seats using elections by geographical districts is almost ready for final public comments at five meetings in September: Sept. 10, 12, 13, 14 and 17. More on this story...



New Snohomish Youth Council members inducted

SNOHOMISH — The City Council welcomed five incoming youth council members at its Sept. 1 meeting.

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Planning Commission next stop for Housing Hope project at Norton, Historical Commission votes no 6-2

EVERETT — On Sept. 15, the city’s planning commission will discuss Housing Hope’s proposal to build affordable housing at the Norton Playfield site in the Port Gardner Neighborhood. Housing Hope is asking to clip the boundaries of the Norton-Grand historic overlay zone. The city’s Historical Commission voted 6-2 against this.

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Snohomish City Council vacancy open for applications

SNOHOMISH — Applications are being taken for a vacant City Council seat throughout this month.

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Residential development of 113 homes proposed along Terrace Avenue

SNOHOMISH — The site of the former Delta Rehabilitation Center on Terrace Avenue has been sold and a residential development of 113 single-family houses called Walsh Hills will be built in its place.

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Locals sign-wave to “save the post office”


Doug Ramsay photo

A group demonstrating in support of the U.S. Postal Service, and protesting the cutbacks to the agency, try to get the attention of motorists on Avenue D in Snohomish in front of the shoppng center that includes the post office on Saturday, Aug. 29.

SNOHOMISH —
People demonstrated outside the Snohomish Post Office with signs to express support in response to recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service. More on this story...



Antibody tests done to blood donations may help patients

SNOHOMISH COUNTY —Your blood donation could now directly assist in the fight against the coronavirus. More on this story...


Fire District 7 deploys crew to California wildfires

MONROE — A Snohomish County Fire District 7 engine crew of five firefighters arrived in Napa, California Aug. 23 to assist the containment of the LNU Complex wildfire. More on this story...


Midtown Task Force conducts preference survey

SNOHOMISH — The Midtown Task Force held its second meeting Aug. 25 to survey the public opinion on the urban design of future Midtown District buildings. More on this story...


COVID-19 has ignited a new interest in nursing

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The pandemic has sparked renewed interest in the nursing field. More on this story...


NEWS BITES for September 2, 2020

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — City cost to retain police chief is $30,000 increase, Pilchuck River Bridge still being worked on, limited Labor Day bus services, Monroe Farmers Market extends its season, and more...


Grand Avenue Park bridge in Everett opens, giving great views

EVERETT — The Grand Avenue Park Bridge opened to the public the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 26 almost immediately after its elevator was inspected by the state. More on this story...


Snohomish sets up utility bill support
and rent relief program for city residents

SNOHOMISH — The City Council last week adopted an ordinance implementing a utility support and rent relief grant program for residents of Snohomish. Applications are due by the end of September. More on this story...


Swifty Creek drainage overflows made lakes

SNOHOMISH — Residents of the Village at Snohomish condominiums along Ford Avenue, and surrounding homes, have dealt with the flooding of Swifty Creek for decades. Lately, some work is being done. More on this story...


Drone technology provides air support

MONROE —This summer, the city introduced an aerial drone program that is being used for a variety of purposes. More on this story...




Farmers markets still going strong


Doug Ramsay photo

Radicle Roots Farm owner James Berntson restacks bunches of radishes during brisk sales at the Snohomish Farmers Market on
Thursday, July 30. Berntson’s farm is in Snohomish. With restoration construction at Snohomish’s Carnegie Building on-going, the market which is usually held outside the Carnegie has temporarily moved this summer to Stocker Farm on Marsh Road off of state Route 9. The market is following health district rules pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the market’s website at snohomishfarmers
market.org for information on the rules. The market is open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 to 7 p.m., with special risk and senior shopping from 2:30 to 3 p.m.








 

  

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