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Trunk or Treat brings out little ones


Jim Scolman photo

Left to right, in costume, Audrey, Zoe and Aero of Everett enjoy the First Baptist Church Kids Community Trunk or Treat event Saturday, Oct. 24 in Everett. Aged 6, 3, and 2, they gathered Halloween goodies from about 13 “trunks”, enjoyed the other costumes and the beautiful fall day, together with mom Talia and dad Wayne.



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Halloween this year will be a little different, but can still be fun

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Where you can go, what you can do, and how to stay safe from COVID-19 this Halloween.

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Snohomish Council selects its next member, with assist from Mayor

SNOHOMISH — Felix Neals won appointment to the City Council in a tiebreaker decision last week. He said his ability to listen will help make him an excellent council members. Neals served on the Public Safety Commission before getting the nod.

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Lya Badgley, an advocate for parks, honored

SNOHOMISH — During the Oct. 20 regular city council meeting, Lya Badgley was honored with a key to the city and a plaque showing the city’s appreciation for her many years of service.

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Senior centers continue lunch programs as go-to resource to stay fed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — For seniors, facilities such as the Snohomish and Monroe senior centers are aiming to make this challenging time easier to bear.

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Snohomish Police Chief writes open letter to community





Marshall Field open space rezone recommended

MONROE — The planning commission recommended approving the Marshall Field rezone at an Oct. 12 public hearing. A motion to advise the city council to approve the proposed rezone carried 4-3.

There will be a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 10 starting at 7 p.m. to take public testimony. To access the online link, go to www.monroewa.gov
The council is scheduled to act Dec. 18 as part of its Comprehensive Plan amendments package.

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Norton Playfield housing project for homeless kids denied 4-2 over location

EVERETT — In a 4-2 vote that was clearly tough to make, the City Council last week denied a nonprofit’s rezone request to be able to build a multi-story apartment complex for homeless families in a historic single-family neighborhood.

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Monroe's 2021 proposed budget is no-frills

MONROE — Mayor Geoffrey Thomas released his budget this month, which calls for no property tax increase and aims to stay the course.

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Man robs Chase Bank in Monroe

MONROE — On Monday, Oct. 26 around 3 p.m, a man in glasses and a mask passed a teller a note demanding money at the Chase Bank on U.S. 2. Police describe the man as white, standing five-foot-six-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, beanie cap, face mask and pants. He was also wearing “reader” style glasses. There were no reported injuries with this incident. A K-9 tracker and drone were deployed, but could not locate the man.

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School districts put a pause on the return to school plan

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Snohomish Health District sent an email to all Snohomish County school districts on Oct. 12 requesting to pause planning of the return to schools.

Update on Oct. 27: Everett Public Schools will pause on its plans to return students to school

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Election 2020 candidate Q&As

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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Election 2020
In 44th LD Rep. 1 race, 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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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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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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Everett allows more cannabis retailers in city limits

EVERETT — Soon, three new marijuana shops could open around town. The council voted 6-1 to increase Everett’s cannabis store limit to eight.

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Prep sports begin Dec. 28, open coaching extended

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The “second” season of high school sports is around the corner. Basketball, bowling, boys swim and dive, gymnastics and wrestling, are scheduled to begin practice on Dec. 28.

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The Snohomish Farmers Market grew in attendance this year

SNOHOMISH — Despite the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Snohomish Farmers Market managed to sustain success in the midst of an economic shutdown.

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

SNOHOMISH — Mayor John Kartak released the recommended 2021-2022 budget amounting to $65.4 million.

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Sky Valley cold weather shelter opens this weekend due to freezing temperatures

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As frigid temperatures begin to creep in, the Sky Valley cold weather shelter will begin operating this weekend, starting on Oct. 23. The shelter is located at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in the 4H building and will be open when below freezing temperatures are expected overnight. The shelter is intended for people who are homeless and in need of a warm place to sleep. The shelter will open its doors at 8:30 p.m. and will be locked from 9:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. COVID-19 precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of volunteers and those utilizing the shelter. The Sky Valley cold weather shelter serves the Monroe, Sultan, and Snohomish areas, and tends to operate into March. The address is 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA 98272. For more information visit www.snohd.org/cold.

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

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Fred Meyer and QFC, both under the Kroger umbrella of grocery retail stores, have banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter (BLM) buttons while at work. 

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Mayor Kartak’s protestors joke online backfires

SNOHOMISH — Mayor John Kartak posted a picture making fun of protestors being hit by cars on his personal social media page, but says he didn’t initially understand it and doesn’t support its message.

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Snohomish River Run


Jim Scolman photo

Pictured above are the first of the racers to cross the finish line on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Snohomish River Run 5K and 10k. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, start times were staggered into five minute intervals with a max of 10 runners each start.


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.

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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...



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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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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