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The purposeful lives of old Christmas trees

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Recycling Christmas trees, often collected by Boy Scout troops, has become more than simply grinding them down to use as bark for flower beds or wood chips for parks and trails.

Governor's change to restrictions plan ties Snohomish County with King, Pierce counties on COVID limits

A remap to the state's COVID-19 restrictions likely won't mean much will change immediately for Snohomish County until the virus gets more under control, but more heavily emphasizes "flattening the curve" for deciding what can be open.

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Wesco lays out plan to hold short seasons

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A plan for high school sports proposes having kids do a series of short seasons within the Wesco conference.

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Jail fees are rising, but cities catch a small break

EVERETT — The county jail's fees billed to cities for housing an inmate contained a notable price jump for 2021, which hit city budgets this year, and took some cities by surprise. The County Council intervened to spread out the cost.

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Local teacher creates reading video-series for kids

SNOHOMISH — When the pandemic struck and schools were forced to close, Snohomish resident and Mill Creek preschool teacher Lori Gagnon felt the responsibility to remain connected with her students, and people have responded joyfully to her book-reading videos. Now, she is attracting attention nationwide.

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Local NAACP youth group learning to get involved

EVERETT — Youth are learning how government works to be a change and guiding force in the world.

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Brand-new Mukilteo ferry terminal now open

MUKILTEO — The new ferry terminal opened Dec. 29 with the first sailing departing for Clinton at 6:10 p.m. after press time. The newly constructed terminal is expected to reduce loading times on the busiest ferry route in the state by allowing walk-on and drivers to load at the same time.

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53 individuals died homeless this year in Snohomish County

EVERETT — Fifty-three people, if not more, died in Snohomish County without shelter during the past 12 months. The number of people who are living homeless has grown. So have the number who have died.

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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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Charity benefits local families weekly with food and home furnishings

MONROE — The local charity Provide Hope stays true to its name, providing food and home goods for anyone in need.

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Future of First Street Gazebo to be discussed

SNOHOMISH — The future of the First Street Gazebo will be discussed during a January City Council meeting. It could result in renovating the gazebo at First and Avenue A, or a decision to demolish it and start anew.

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Ed Bremer, KSER-FM’s longtime local voice, dies

EVERETT — The man whose calm voice on 90.7 KSER-FM was matched with a do-it-all attitude instrumental to getting the independent station on the air is gone but not forgotten.

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Love parks? Monroe wants to hear - Survey runs through Jan. 15

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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Ice skating... in Snohomish?

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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.

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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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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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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