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Santa always finds a way...


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Being 1,749 years old, Ol’ Saint Nicholas has to take as many precautions as necessary to avoid the coronavirus. However, to keep the tradition of visiting with the children during his annual visit to Snohomish this past weekend, the jolly old gent sat himself behind glass in the storefront window of Randolph Cellars on First Street and used walkie-talkies to hear from children who came to see him. Avery Heath, 6, of Snohomish, tells Santa her wish list over a pink radio while Santa listened on Saturday, Nov. 28.



A longtime friend to those in need gets deserved help

SNOHOMISH — For 30-some years, a man has let people down on their luck stay on his land and to lead them to the Lord. But when this got him in trouble, people stepped up to help make things square.

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A countywide tax for affordable housing may be on officials' radars in 2021

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — County elected leaders are being asked to enact a new sales tax to help pay to construct subsidized housing. It’s one of many avenues that may get considered next year as the county’s affordable housing gap continues to grow.

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Snohomish Regional Fire predicts call numbers to be similar

MONROE — On Tuesday Nov. 17, Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue presented at the City Council meeting to inform council members of its budget proposal for 2021 and its call volumes.

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County's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan outlined



Free small biz, entrepreneur resource happy to help you regrow

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) recently set up the programs StartUp NW and Project Reinvent. One aids businessowners with charting new paths for survival. The other helps people with ideas be able to discern if their business concept might sink or swim.

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Everett’s Delta Neighborhood joins in to give kids activities at school

EVERETT — Through its recently started Delta Kids project, the local neighborhood is gifting art supplies and teaching lessons on everyday life using short, happy videos for every third-grade student at Hawthorne. Numerous neighbors are contributing expertise and help.

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Christmas House, which helps families with toys, will distribute at food banks

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — For the first time in 39 years, Christmas House will not be operating for the holiday season. Although parents will not be able to come “shop” for their children’s toys at Christmas House in the Everett Boys and Girls Club like previous years, the organization will distribute toys to local food banks so children across the county can still receive gifts this year.

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“Wintertide Lights” at Evergreen Arboretum gives a wintry walk

EVERETT — The Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is well-known as a great place for a stroll and for the first time ever, the Arboretum will light up its gardens for festive evening walks. From Dec. 1 to 31, lights will turn on at dusk and turn off at 8 p.m.

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Everett Police will put body cameras on all its officers

EVERETT — All Everett Police officers in uniform will be wearing body cameras starting sometime next year, thanks to a U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) grant.

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Monroe first-graders back home after all

MONROE — The district’s reopening plan to use an in-person model of learning for first graders was put on hold after backlash from the public and disapproval from the Monroe Education Association (MEA) teachers’ union.

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AFK Tavern, Everett’s haven for geeks, closes

EVERETT — AFK Tavern, a beloved place for gamers to be themselves, had to make a choice with the coronavirus: Extend the lease and risk it all, or take a breath to fight another day. The restaurant and bar's last day was Nov. 20. They plan to re-establish themselves at a future date.

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High school sports season schedule held off by four weeks

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — High school athletics in Snohomish County will have to wait once again. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced Nov. 18 that the season two start date has been pushed back to Feb. 1.

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Snohomish's Carnegie building is practically complete

SNOHOMISH — 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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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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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. A conversation and public hearing is now scheduled for the Dec. 16 Everett City Council meeting.

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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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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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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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