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Vaccine supplies may be coming in waves

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Ninety-three-and-a-half-year-old Max Weed, a lifelng resident of Snohomish, is given his COVID-19 vaccination by pharmacist Dawn Ipsen at Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy in Snohomish on Tuesday, Jan. 19

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Anxious demand is far outstripping available vaccine supplies, and appointment times at drive-thru vaccine sites are getting snapped up quickly. What can you do if you are eligible for the vaccine?

U.S. 2 night-time closures during week of Feb. 1

SNOHOMISH — There will be closures during the week of Feb. 1 on U.S. 2 in the Snohomish area as crews continue to install barriers down the median. The closures will take place between Bickford Avenue and Machias Road during the hours of 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
On Monday, Feb. 1 and Tuesday, Feb. 2, all westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of US 2 will be closed and westbound traffic will be diverted to the Bickford Avenue offramp to drive through town.
On Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 4, all eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of US 2 will be closed.

Everett Fire finds internal fraud by ex-employee

EVERETT — A former city fire inspector defrauded the city of $12,700 by falsifying time card reports, but was allowed to hand the money back and resign at the advice of legal counsel.

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Some students may be back in classrooms next month

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — More than a year after the discovery of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Washington state, school districts in Snohomish County are beginning to reopen their classrooms and bring some students back for in-person instruction.

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Snohomish residents to be asked to renew city sales tax for roads

SNOHOMISH — Voters will be asked this August to continue the city’s 0.2 percent sales tax for roads under what’s called the Transportation Benefit District.

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Snohomish barber ordered again to stop

SNOHOMISH — Stag Barber and Styling, on Avenue D, is still in a fight with the state Department of Licensing (DOL).

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NEWS BITES for Jan. 27, 2021

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — State Rep. April Berg gives a Legislative update, a Lake Stevens family seeks help after losing everything in a fire, and Everett arts organizations and neighborhoods receive grant funding.

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Meetings about Floodplain Management along the Lower Skykomish River

MONROE AND THE SKY VALLEY — Snohomish County and its partners are working to develop mutually beneficial projects that will reduce flood risk, improve fish habitat and strengthen agriculture within the Snohomish Watershed. An online Open House will be available for the public between now through Friday, Feb. 5.

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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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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.”

“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 by Jan. 27th 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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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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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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