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"The Big Snow"

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Lisaeth, Anyelhn, Eric, Noe, Iker and Mariel (in no particular order), all of Monroe, enjoy sledding on the slope just below Miracle Field in Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 13. Snow rolled into the region Friday evening and blanketed the area with between six to 11 inches of snow depending where you live. Power outages were reported in numerous areas, including the Woods Creek area of Monroe and parts of Sultan near Mann Road. An overnight low of 26 degrees for Saturday, Feb. 13 measured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport broke a record for temperature. The Washington State Patrol reported it handled 196 collisions in Snohomish County over the weekend.

Better COVID-19 vaccine appointment system is in the works

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The state’s online PhaseFinder tool might get a reboot soon to run smoother and maybe also smarter. The plan is to integrate the database of available appointments so people can set an appointment more efficiently.

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Snohomish Schools returning more grade levels next week

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish School District is preparing for students in third and fourth grades coming back to classrooms starting Wednesday, Feb. 24. Fifth and sixth grade students will tentatively return March 3.

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Some Monroe kids to return to classes in March

MONROE — Students in first and second grade will be returning to classes on Monday, March 1. Two weeks later on March 15, third, fourth and fifth graders will return to classes.

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MedShed service ensures Snohomish neighbors in need have equipment

SNOHOMISH — Need a walker? A cane? Other medical equipment? This service can give you one for free. Here is what this meant for a local family.

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Homelessness expert tells what approaches work at Everett forum

EVERETT — There are techniques that work for homelessness and others that don’t, a national expert on homelessness told key stakeholders in a chat hosted by Mayor Cassie Franklin last week.

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Snohomish County jailers’ union labor complaint dismissed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A state labor fairness board in January dismissed a complaint filed by the county jailers’ union claiming the county violated existing labor agreements by staffing the jail diversion center with a third-party contractor. An appeal was filed Feb. 3.

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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...

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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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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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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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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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

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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