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Snohomish farms offer variety of U-picks


Doug Ramsay photo

Two-year-old Jakey, of Snohomish, reaches for a low hanging apple that was just within his reach as he and his family were picking at the Bailey Family Farm’s apple orchard on Wednesday, Oct. 7. While the annual Festival of Pumpkins in in full swing in the Snohomish Valley, other delectable fruits and vegetables are also available for harvesting at this time. Although apples are beginning to be picked out for the season, they as well as sweet corn and a variety of vegetables are available for u-picking at a number of valley farms through October.



The Snohomish Farmers Market grew in attendance this year

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Everett City Council district map nears completion

EVERETT — After a year of work, the map to be used for restructuring elections for five City Council seats by geographic districts is almost done.

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Election 2020
In 44th LD, Lovick, Kartak campaigning for state house seat, respond to questions

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — State Rep. John Lovick is defending his seat against Snohomish Mayor John Kartak for a state House of Representatives position in the 44th Legislative District. The two replied to questions from the Tribune.

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Lion, community servant Merle Kirkley recognized for service, given Key to the City

SNOHOMISH — Long-time Snohomish resident Merle Kirkley was appreciated for his services by the city council at its Oct. 6 meeting. To Kirkley’s surprise, he was also awarded a Key to the City by Mayor John Kartak.

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Snohomish’s budget built as conservative for 2021-2022 biennium

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Utility assistance relief program reopens for applications until Nov. 13

SNOHOMISH — The city has reopened the application window for utility support and rent relief grant program for residents of Snohomish impacted by COVID-19.

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Snohomish to install Electric Vehicle chargers on First Street west of Avenue D

SNOHOMISH — The charging station will be located on First Street, west of Avenue D near the old Iron Works building. The council voted 4-2 to approve the expenditure.

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Development on Terrace Avenue discussed

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Fred Meyer, QFC workers told not to wear Black Lives Matter buttons

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Mayor Kartak’s protestors joke online backfires

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Public hearing Oct. 12 for Marshall Field rezone

MONROE — The school district’s proposal to rezone Marshall Field in midtown to allow a future apartment complex is back for further consideration with a public hearing at the city’s planning commission meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12.

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Election 2020
39th District race puts opposites against each other

EAST SNOHOMISH COUNTY — In the 39th District, the two candidates for State Rep. Position 1 have vastly different outlooks on how the state should run.

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County Executive’s proposed budget adds SCSO body cameras, avoids layoffs and braces for 2021

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — County Executive Dave Somers’ 2021 budget aims to be resourceful since 2020 left little to work from.
Somers is proposing a $1.05 billion budget, down by $55 million from the budget adopted last year.

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Umbrellas are theme for new mural on First Street

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Election 2020
44th District Rep. 2 race between April Berg, Mark James a toss-up for open seat

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Tribune queried Democrat April Berg and Republican Mark James, who are in the running for an open seat in the 44th Legislative District, which includes Snohomish and Lake Stevens. Berg replied, James didn't.

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Boeing decides to end 787 Dreamliner assembly in Everett

EVERETT — The Boeing Co.’s official announcement that it is consolidating 787 Dreamliner production to its South Carolina plant in 2021 is poised to cause potential worker layoffs and leave empty space in the Everett plant.

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Escaped baby kangaroo in Monroe found safe

MONROE — A baby kangaroo that got loose this morning is now safe and sound, police said.
The eight-week-old joey’s been transported by Monroe police to an animal hospital.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, a person let the young kangaroo out a van to use the bathroom in the 300 block of W. Main Street and it got loose.
After finding no luck looking around with a drone, police went door-to-door in the area. The joey was found in a carport.
The Monroe family owns the kangaroo, and bought an adult kangaroo a while back from a kangaroo farm in Arlington that sells kangaroos as pets, according to the farm’s owners. Online, they expressed worry about the joey but disclaimed ownership.
Police believe the kangaroo had stayed in the van overnight. They are investigating whether it was legally owned, Monroe Police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.

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Early learners can return to classrooms in late October

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School District has set a date for the first wave of students returning to classrooms, and methods to keeping kids separated and safe. Going to school will not be made mandatory.

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Everett may allow more marijuana shops to open with October vote

EVERETT — Soon, three new marijuana shops could open around town, if the council increases Everett’s cannabis store limit to eight. A vote is scheduled for Oct. 14.

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Election 2020
PUD Commission Candidates answer our questions

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — PUD Commissioners guide the utility and set rates. The Tribune queried candidates Sid Logan and Rob Toyer on a few issues, and their replies are inside.

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Pumpkin-pickin’ season in full swing


Doug Ramsay photo

Corbin Littleton, 4, of Lake Stevens finds it a lot easier to just roll his chosen pumpkin back to the wagon rather than carrying it as he and his parents were on a pumpkin hunting venture at Stocker Farm this past Sunday. The Snohomish River Valley has become the place to be to search out that perfect jack-o-lantern or decorative pumpkin again this year during the annual Festival of Pumpkins.


Local farms opening steadily for guests


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The hay ride heads out from the corn maze with a load of guests at Craven Farm on Sunday, Sept. 27. The wagon has dividers inside as a social distancing safety measure.

SNOHOMISH —
Much like everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic put the fall agritourism season in jeopardy. But with some elbow grease, local farmers worked with the state Legislature to open up many of the usual activities and are ready to welcome guests safely this season. More on this story...



Local Lions Club hosting kid’s peace-poster contest

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Relief at last for Skyview Estates neighbors

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Snohomish selects Palmer as permanent police chief

SNOHOMISH — Captain Robert Palmer, who's been the interim chief since June, will be sworn in as Snohomish's permanent police chief shortly

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Local National Guard’s new commander has lots to do

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Long-time Everett camp site being cleared for good

EVERETT — Just off a neighborhood street in South Everett, near the mall, lays a quiet grove of large trees with a small stream flowing at the bottom, and the remains of a large homeless camp. It's being cleared for a future housing development that carries a twist.

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Franklin releases 2021 budget, public hearings in October

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Frankin’s $411 million budget doesn’t reverse most of the city’s coronavirus-driven cutbacks during 2020, but the message from her office is the city will innovate to get a stronger footing for the future.

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Fraud in the Coronavirus Era

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Preservation plan builds for Wood Creek forest

EVERETT — A nearly hundred-acre woody watershed once seen as
at-risk to development could be protected for its long-term future as the city is working toward a solution that may include joining with an environmental group for the site plan.

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Everett’s zoning rewrite moves a step forward

EVERETT — The city’s overhaul of its planning code, named “Rethink Zoning,” will proceed to the City Council with the planning commission voting 6-1 to send a recommendation of support. A council discussion was Sept. 30th, the vote will be Oct. 21.

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