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Ice skating... in Snohomish?

Doug Ramsay photo

Adelyn Burtner, 8, of Bothell (left) holds on to her three-year-old brother Emerson’s hand as the two attempted to stay on their feet while skating on the synthetic ice-skating rink at the Snohomish Valley Golf Center south of Snohomish on Dec. 6.
The synthetic plastic surface is warm to the touch and does not melt, but acts just like ice when used by ice skates. The skating rink is located in a heated tent and is open daily for 50-minute sessions at the center, with rental skates available. The golf center plans to operate the skating rink through the end of January.

Redmon to run for Mayor, Kartak won’t say yet

SNOHOMISH — City Council President Linda Redmon has officially announced she will be running for Mayor of Snohomish in 2021, while current Mayor John Kartak has yet to make his announcement on whether he plans to run for re-election.

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Council halts East Monroe pursuit

MONROE — A swath of acreage called East Monroe that the city intended to preserve is no longer being pursued, based on a City Council decision.

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Seniors get surprise cheer with family’s gifts

SNOHOMISH — A local family rallied the community to bring some holiday cheer to senior citizens this December.

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Tough year for downtown retailers

SNOHOMISH — Historic Downtown Snohomish Association (HDSA) executive director Terry Schuler said COVID-19 has posed a massive impact on the shops and restaurants in the historic Snohomish downtown, stating the problem is “deeply seeded” into the minds of the public. 

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Continuing Everett smelter cleanup work is in Governor’s budget

EVERETT — Toxic soil cleanup work across north Everett is poised to continue as Gov. Jay Inslee set millions of state dollars in his newest budget to let it proceed.

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Everett Public Libraries provide service updates

EVERETT — The city's library system continues to add new tools while guests can't come peruse the shelves due to COVID-19.

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Snohomish High grad opens branch charity organization for Eagle Scout project

SNOHOMISH — A charity organization is providing baby essentials for those in need. Hope Cove Snohomish is managed by Jackson Lattish, an 18-year-old Snohomish High School graduate.

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Walsh Hills public hearing set for Jan. 12

SNOHOMISH — The public hearing before the hearing examiner is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. The public hearing will be a remote meeting via the Zoom platform.

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Bikes for all is Scout’s big project

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Henry Amend of Snohomish wheels out a new bicycle to be given a final safety check and then handed to a young recipient at the Sharing Wheels nonprofit in Everett on Saturday, Dec. 12.

SNOHOMISH — A 16-year-old mountain biker and future Eagle Scout from Snohomish raised more than $3,000 to help provide 27 bikes for children of low-income families just in time for Christmas.

Flooding risks anticipated this winter

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — This year’s high precipitation levels may set Snohomish County’s rivers up for a flooding situation in January.
As peak flood season arrives, the National Weather Service forecasted the Snohomish River to rise this week.

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Everett Transit may bring back Sunday service if the public wants

EVERETT — Sunday service could return at Everett Transit next spring, but it’s up to the public’s preference.
Bringing back Sunday would be instead of adding more weekday service.
The city bus system wants to know which way the public is leaning before it adds more bus service starting in late March. It can’t afford to do both. Transit is taking comments through Dec. 30.

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EvergreenHealth Monroe Hospital presents its COVID-19 numbers, outlook

MONROE — Representatives from EvergreenHealth Hospital presented the impact of COVID-19, an update on vaccine distribution and 2020 community relations to the City Council recently.

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Marshall Field rezone formally denied by City Council

MONROE — The school district’s proposal for future affordable housing at Marshall Field will not come to fruition. A final decision was made at the Dec. 8 council meeting.

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Imagine Children’s Museum “activity bags” let kids learn science, art at home

EVERETT — The children’s museum isn't taking visitors but is still producing activities, one of them being STEAM bags to teach science, engineering, art and mathematics in the most fun way possible: As hands-on projects.

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Homegrown Santa

Photo by Lucas Wuolle, age 10

Steven Schroeder has been making visits in the Echo Lake and Lost Lake neighborhoods to excite kids. For many years, Schroeder participated with a group called Bikers Against Child Abuse.
He tries to ride and wave to people as much as possible.
“The response from kids and adults alike is truly incredible,” he said.

Snohomish Carnegie venue rental plans outlined

SNOHOMISH — The Carnegie building in the historic Snohomish Downtown will be used as a rental venue for weddings and events. City management explained the rates and plans at the Dec. 1 council meeting.

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Kenwanda Golf Course may wind down next year

Teresa Quitta, of Mill Creek, makes a putt on the sixth hole at Kenwanda during a chilly morning round of golf Saturday, Dec. 5. The golf course is just south off Connelly Road in the Fiddler’s Bluff area, and its owner is looking to retire.SNOHOMISH — Kenwanda Golf Course is set to close its doors sometime in the near future as the owner looks to retire and sell the 3 acres of land.

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Roundabout at Avenue D – State Route 9 intersection in the works

SNOHOMISH — There are plans for a future roundabout on state Route 9 where it intersects with Avenue D. The state also is working to widen Highway 9 between Marsh Road and Second Street.
Centerline barriers for part of U.S. 2 between Snohomish and Monroe, seen in this picture, will be installed during January.

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Everett council adjusts final budget to fund senior center, cut elsewhere

EVERETT — Minor adjustments worth $1 million by Council restores the Fourth of July fireworks celebration, increases the library system’s budget to restore city library hours when these can reopen, and budgets funding for the Carl Gipson Senior Center after it was defunded in 2020. Mayor Cassie Franklin disagreed with the path as the city is working to set up funding mechanisms for some of these items, but also crucially the city is negotiating for concessions from its unions to help balance the 2021 budget.

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News Bites for December 9, 2020

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Catch a coffee with Mayor Kartak, celebrate the newer, brighter future Lake Tye Park athletic fields, and in Everett, a downtown Business Improvement Area tax public hearing is Dec. 16. More on this story...

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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Community Land Trust, a cheaper route to homeownership, may arrive in Everett

EVERETT — A local Community Land Trust nonprofit bought close to 11 acres near 3rd Avenue W. and Everett Mall Way and plans to build 20 homes here. The land trust system focuses on selling homes to people who are low- and middle-income, and keeping prices deflated to keep the houses affordable.

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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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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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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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