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Getting some grind

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George Dubuque of Seattle (left) grinds one of the rails at the skate park in Monroe’s Lake Tye Park during the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 20. While much of the rest of the country remains in the deep freeze of winter, the Pacific Northwest will enjoy relatively warmer temperatures and have the chance to venture out during those rare rainless times to parks and trails, where proper social distancing can be achieved. While the rain came back again this week, a dry weekend is forecasted for our area.

COVID-19 vaccine equity one topic of town hall

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish County Chair Stephanie Wright and Vice Chair Megan Dunn will be co-hosting a regional Town Hall Meeting regarding vaccines and vaccine distribution in Snohomish County on Tuesday, March 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The meeting is free and oepn to everyone. It cann be joined via Zoom at

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Mayor Kartak wants speeds cut on streets

SNOHOMISH — Speed limits could drop to 20 mph for all residential streets in the city’s core if the council supports the idea.

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Snohomish schoolkids part of COVID spread study

SNOHOMISH — Students, teachers, and staff in Snohomish School District schools are participating in a COVID-19 testing project with researchers at the University of Washington (UW) to gain new insights into the transmission of the virus in schools and classrooms.

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Student survey shows racism, homophobia and sexism in Monroe schools, but also discomfort with speaking up against it

MONROE — A recent student research project found that many students had experienced racism or other types of hate speech within the Monroe School District (MSD), and discomfort with telling a teacher about it.

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Homeless tent ban attached to Pallet Shelter plan

EVERETT — The City Council approved taking a $1 million grant to move ahead on the Pallet Shelter program. It also added a condition that the city needs to create a “no sit-no lie” rule that make it illegal to lay down or pitch a tent in a specific boundary area.

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Design ideas for new park to be revealed Wednesday

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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Schack Art Center starts kids’ art kits program

EVERETT — The Schack Sparks program delivers art kits to kids at elementary schools in Snohomish County, and then offers virtual programs to follow that engage both the kids and their families.

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Apply by March 2 for Everett scholarships on trades, construction

EVERETT — Two long time Everett institutions have joined to fund new scholarships for graduates from Everett schools.
Goldfinch Brothers, Inc. will contribute $2,000 for each of two scholarships – one in construction management, the other in applied trades. The Everett Rotary Youth Foundation will add $1,000, for a total of $3,000 for each scholarship.
Students at Cascade, Everett and Sequoia High Schools and Everett Community College who wish to apply for the new scholarships should consult with their student counselors about the requirements and application process. Deadline for scholarship applications is March 2. Scholarship winners will be announced in May.
For more information about the Everett Rotary visit

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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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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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?

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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