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Riders working out their horses

Doug Ramsay photo

Violet Semritc, 3, of Monroe, (right) is watched by Cailyn Espinosa, of Snohomish as the two ride in a warm-up area at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Sunday, Nov. 1. Semritc had finished a competing run in the Snohomish County Western Games Association’s monthly competition, while Espinosa was warming up for her run. The games association does pattern racing competitions during the winter, and the riders range in age from 1-year-old on up to over 70.

Sky Valley cold weather shelter available during freezing temperatures

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As frigid temperatures begin to creep in, the Sky Valley cold weather shelter is available. 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


Snohomish’s Sammie Davis fights forest fires nationally

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish’s Sammie Davis has spent the last four fire seasons traveling across the country fighting fires, often for weeks at a time. It's important work that's almost taken her life.

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Give them plastic bags, and the city will get a bench

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Lions Club is collecting many types of thin plastic, such as plastic bags, that will be recycled into a composite bench for the community at-large. Here's why they're doing it, and how to contribute.

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COVID-19 cases up, and nearing infection levels seen in spring

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — COVID-19’s spread in the community has crept back up, capping a rough October in the fight against the coronavirus.

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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
The council is scheduled to act Dec. 18 as part of its Comprehensive Plan amendments package.

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Future building heights along Avenue D discussed

SNOHOMISH — The city’s Midtown District task force were asked to vote on potential building heights along the Avenue D corridor in October.

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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

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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News Bites for Oct. 28, 2020

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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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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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 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.

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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