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Ever tried glassblowing?

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From left to right, glass artist Julie Conway and team member Dan Friday work to shape a piece of glass art while Ben Ostrom and Manolo Aguilera (far right) work to slowly spin the glass globe at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Saturday, Jan. 16. The glass globe is embedded with silver leaf and will be part of a multi-piece chandelier Conway has designed.
The Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett, has classes in working with hot glass, kilns and flamework. The private studios also can be reserved for hot glass and kiln work. To find out more, visit and click on “Classes” to navigate the schedule, or call 425-259-5050. Visitors can watch glassblowing live; learn more on that at the website by using the drop-down menu titled “Visit.”

Lawsuit against Snohomish Fire District 4 settled

Fire District 4 logoSNOHOMISH — Snohomish Fire District 4 recently settled a discrimination lawsuit for $400,000 by a long-serving firefighter lieutenant whose doctor-recommended pathway back to work after being diagnosed with PTSD wasn't approved by prior FD4 brass, and he was mistreated and pushed around for it instead. There is an ongoing national discussion to mental health care needs for frontline paramedics and firefighters.

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“Snohomish Delivers” helps virus-wary shop local

SNOHOMISH — The town now has a delivery service for local merchandise.

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Snohomish gal is the Tooth Fairy who teaches kids dental health

SNOHOMISH — Molli Corcoran of Snohomish may seem like all your other neighbors... Corcoran is an actor by trade, and her job as the Tooth Fairy started as just another role. But, she says that as she met more kids and learned about oral health, she became passionate.

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Hearing examiner hears aversion to housing development proposed for Chalet site

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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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

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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Snohomish Fire might join Everett Fire to create regional fire system

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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