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Snohomish’s Carnegie building is practically complete

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Snohomish city project manager Brennan Collins (yellow coat) talks with a member of the construction crew in front of the Carnegie building at First Street and Cedar Avenue while work continues during one of the few dry days last week.

The Carnegie building in the historic Snohomish Downtown is almost fully restored. The City Council plans to discuss the Carnegie operations plan at the council meeting on Dec. 1. City administrator Steve Schuller said no dates or official plans have been set but the city has been thinking about holding a “rotating” open house.

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Monroe council makes preliminary denial on Marshall Field rezone

MONROE — The City Council made a preliminary denial against the proposal to re-zone Marshall Field for multi-family residential use at the Nov. 10 council meeting.

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Monroe first-graders return to classrooms

Update: The district pulled back its plans Wednesday, Nov. 18 and students are all 100% remote learning

Despite a rising number of coronavirus cases in Snohomish County, the Monroe School District has decided to continue forward with plans to open schools up to in-person learning as of press time. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, first graders were introduced back to the classroom in a hybrid learning model.

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Renewed restrictions on in-person gatherings, restaurants, bars

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Gov. Jay Inslee announced restrictions Sunday, Nov. 15 that prohibit indoor social gatherings under practically all circumstances. The new rules are not a stay-at-home order like what happened in March, but it prohibits having guests over and closes many functions back down.

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Tribune NEWS BITES for Nov. 18, 2020

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Downtown Everett Association has been selected to join the Main Street Program, Everett is taking applications for cultural arts grants from nonprofits, and Monroe business happenings.

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Market offered great gifts

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Mia Baus, 3, of Snohomish, points out a glass holiday orn-ament that she thinks would be a great gift for a relative as she and her mother and grandmother were shopping at the Flore garden and gift booth at the second annual Snohomish Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Area food banks prepare for Thanksgiving

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Food banks will most likely serve a larger number of families in a year riddled with challenges. Here is how they are dealing with the challenges and what they need for donations.

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Public freeze shelter is at Fairgrounds because of virus

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Because of COVID-19, many smaller cold shelters in the county, like those based in churches, are not operating this year due to social distancing requirements. Efforts were merged to create a cold weather shelter at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds
4-H Building. COVID-19 precautions are being followed. Shuttles are operating on freezing nights to bring people to the shelter.

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A shelter village for homeless people is planned in Everett’s future

EVERETT — A tiny-shed village may someday spring up in Everett to house homeless individuals. The city came up with the idea using grant money to do so.

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Everett Transit’s Sunday bus services not being restored

EVERETT — Having less service is how the agency can keep a sustainable budget, its leadership said, but it will not be restoring Sunday service and will keep many of its 2020 service reductions for the coming year.

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Painted rocks with messages of kindness to be spread around community

EVERETT — The Kindness Rocks Project has been a national movement since 2014. Dawson Place, for child abuse victims, will be helping spread them for World Kindness Day Friday, Nov. 13.

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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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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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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

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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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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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 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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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 November

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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Youth games test firefighter skills

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Snohomish Fire District 4 explorer Tyler McCleod, 16, of Snohomish quickly removes the cap to a hydrant so as to connect the hose to it while competing in an annual Fire Explorer Muster at the Fire District 4’s training facility on Saturday, Nov. 7. Typically, fire explorers throughout the state meet in late spring for a friendly competition, however with COVID-19 restrictions in place, the annual “Muster” moved to November, with several smaller events held at the same time. Each event was connected via a live-stream feed. Saturday’s event in Snohomish had explorers from the Snohomish Fire Dist. 4 post and the Camano Island Fire post. Fire explorer posts are sponsored by fire departments and open to males and females ages 14 to 21. Monroe has one, too.

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