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Gyms, restaurants reopen
to limited service

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LaRae McCurry (left) and Lacey Ramon, of the Snohomish Fitness Center, wipe down and sanitize the workout equipment at the gym in downtown Snohomish last Friday. As of Monday, in seven counties including Snohomish County, restaurants could allow indoor dining again and gyms can allow people to come in at limited capacities. The region has met the ability to move up in the state’s new regional approach for restrictions. Things stay open unless infections increase again.

Next Midtown planning meeting to be Tuesday, Feb. 9

SNOHOMISH — The task force is looking at a far-reaching look at the Avenue D corridor and will have its next meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9.

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Red-light cameras at crash hotspots has Everett council’s interest

EVERETT — A few City Council members said last week they would be favorable toward red light enforcement cameras in the interest of significantly reducing serious crashes.

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Everett Transit to bring back Sunday bus service

EVERETT — Everett Transit will be running buses on Sunday again starting in March, the city confirmed last week.

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Design ideas for new park to be revealed Feb. 24

SNOHOMISH — The city has scheduled a town hall for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to present ideas for what the community park at the former Hal Moe Pool site could look like.

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Snohomish Police contract up for renewal soon

SNOHOMISH — The city will soon begin negotiations to extend its contract with the sheriff’s office to run the Snohomish Police Department for five more years. One upcoming change which may occur relates to who pays for the School Resource Officer position — it's a 75-25 split between the city and the Snohomish School District at the moment.

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As students come back, how are buses made safe?

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As younger students are returning to classrooms as an option, some parents who rely on the bus system may be wondering how safety will extend to transportation to and from school.
Will there be measures to fight COVID-19 on bus routes? Yes, districts said.

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U.S. 2 night-time closures during this week

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 U.S. 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.

Police hesitant toward certain bills in Legislature that apply new controls

MONROE — Monroe Police Chief Jeff Jolley relayed concerns about two measures in the Legislature in a conversation last week at the City Council.

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NEWS BITES for Feb. 3, 2021

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — GroundFrog Day prediction, Walsh Hills subdivision decision for Terrace Avenue, and motorcycle cop recuperating at home.

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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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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?

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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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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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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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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