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All people age 65+ are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

  • All members of the public age 65+ are immediately eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday, Jan. 18. Additionally, people who are 50 years of age and older who live in multi-generational households are eligible. The 65+ age cutoff is lower than the initially suggested 70+ age cutoff for the next phase of vaccinations. Quick-serve vaccination clinics are being established.
    Before rushing out, get a certificate to receive a vaccine from the state's website,
    Three drive-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are open in the county for people eligible to receive the vaccine. The sites are at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood and Paine Field in Everett.

    More on this topic from the Tribune: Age 65-and-up to be able to get COVID-19 vaccine

Snohomish Fire might join Everett Fire
to create regional fire system

Kaitlyn Price 2018 file photo

In 2018, Snohomish Fire recruit Doug Higbee prepares to access the inside fire scenario at a fire training program on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Ray Brown Training Center in Machias. The purpose was to evaluate the inside and outside conditions of a mock hallway caught on fire, simulating what recruits might see in the field later on.

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish’s Fire District 4 has decided to study the possibility of forming a Regional Fire Authority (RFA) with the Everett Fire Department.

Everett "Rethink Housing" event rescheduled

EVERETT — A public meeting for Thursday, Jan. 14 has been rescheduled after this week's press time to early February. The city set up “Rethink Housing” as a series of conversations on reshaping zoning codes to better accommodate multiple types of housing stock within Everett.

Age 70-and-up may be able to get COVID-19 vaccine in weeks

EVERETT — Next in line for COVID-19 vaccines will be all people age 70 and older and all people 50 and older who live in the same house as people from other generations, state health officials outlined last week.

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Walsh Hills public hearing before hearing examiner done

SNOHOMISH — A public hearing on the merits of a proposed 111--house subdivision in northeast Snohomish before hearing examiner Andrew Reeves was completed Tuesday, Jan. 12. Reeves expects to make a decision later this month on whether the project can go forward.

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Midtown planning effort to have variety of open houses for public input

SNOHOMISH — The Midtown Task Force is looking to hear what the public thinks on its recommendations for reshaping the Avenue D—Bickford Avenue commercial corridor, and it will hold open houses next week.

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Wesco’s plan for high school sports updated

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The possibility of high school athletics depends on the ability to curb the spread of COVID.

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Are You in Need of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Relief?

BY ERIN SCHLEGEL, PEOPLES BANKSmall and mid-sized businesses in Snohomish County are vital to our local economy. As we have seen firsthand, the disruption to these businesses caused by the pandemic has had a significant adverse impact on the community. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans offer a source of financial support for business owners and their employees.

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The enduring value of Community Banks

BY KAMYAR MONSEF, PEOPLES BANKCommunity banks are vital to serving the needs of local customers and communities, particularly in challenging times. As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed consumers to adopt online banking in unprecedented numbers, some large national banks have responded by consolidating their retail operations and closing branches in small, rural communities. In areas left behind by these financial institutions, the role of community banks has become more important than ever.

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Everett plans slight increases to utility rates

EVERETT — Residents will likely see their monthly utility bill increase by about $3 by way of new utility rates proposed to begin in March. Rate details are in this story.

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Everett Silvertips goalie wins Gold

EVERETT — Everett Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf played for Team USA in the junior hockey championships, and they won it all.

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Getting time outdoors

Doug Ramsay photo

With a day-long break in the rain, Snohomish area residents got out to enjoy the dry but cold weather last Saturday on the River Trail through Snohomish. While the rain continued to hold off through the better part of Sunday. it has returned for much of the present work week. This upcoming weekend however is predicted to be dry and possibly sunny again.

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

The purposeful lives of old Christmas trees

Doug Ramsay photo

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.

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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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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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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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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