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Youngest students in school in Snohomish

Photo courtesy Snohomish School District

At Snohomish’s Cascade View Elementary, Hazel McGruder, age 7, sits ready for instruction last week. Second grade students had the option to take classes in a classroom or online starting Feb. 3. This week, Kindergartners and first-graders in Snohomish Schools will be back. The students have their temperature checked before entering class, all wear masks, and desks are distanced apart. Other students in the photo are Kianna Nunez Hernandez, age 8 (in pink) and Travis Ruonavaara, age 8 (in blue in the back).
The Monroe School District will bring back elementary students during March. More on that story at the Tribune's Facebook page here.
The Everett School District will begin bringing back some young students this week.

Local teen Benson Boone sings his way onto TV’s “American Idol”

MONROE — Although many Idol contestants have dreamed of this  opportunity for the majority of their lives, Boone discovered his hidden talent for singing just last year.

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Constant park vandalism in Snohomish has city taking measures, including considering cameras

SNOHOMISH — Almost a quarter-million dollars worth of vandalism to city parks in recent months has the city stepping up measures.

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Everett hopes to erect Pallet Shelters to aid homeless people by June

EVERETT — The city wants to have 20 personal shelters to house homeless individuals up and ready by this summer.
It has now revealed the location for the cluster: Behind the Everett Gospel Mission at 3711 Smith Ave. on a city-owned vacant lot.

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Local high school sports expected to restart soon

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — High school sports will restart Feb. 22 if all goes well with the coronavirus’s continued downward trajectory. Here are details...

Free trips to vaccination appointments for paratransit customers

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Community Transit and Everett Transit are providing free trips to vaccination appointments for paratransit customers. Here are details...

NEWS BITES for Feb. 10, 2021

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish Mayor Kartak public event, new school board member in Monroe, and deadline nears to write ballot statements for Snohomish ballot measure to renew sales tax for roads.

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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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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?

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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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

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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