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Summer Rous, 7, of Bainbridge Island carefully steps as she crosses one of the many off the ground obstacles in the High Trek Adventures rope course located at the Paine Field Community Park in south Everett on Saturday, March 6. The rope course has elements that are from 15 feet to 50 feet off the ground. The adventure site also has zip lines, outdoor laser tag, mini golf and axe throwing.
The park’s website at has more details, including COVID procedures that are being enforced.

Vaccine updates and opportunities for this week

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The county's newest vaccination site in downtown Everett will be open for appointments most of this week. The county plans to focus its other vaccination sites on primarily fulfilling second-dose vaccines for this week.
People who have jobs that have much public exposure, such as grocery store workers, will be newly eligible for vaccine later this month.
Veterans of all ages are able to get the vaccine through the VA Health Care system, information in story.

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Snohomish Kiwanis fundraising for new park

SNOHOMISH — A service group wants to fill what it sees as a gap in city parks: A place for teens and tweens. The Snohomish Kiwanis is fundraising a minimum of $60,000 toward putting a new park in town.

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Vaccination rates show racial disparities; solving the gap discussed

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A virtual town hall last week with Snohomish Health District, County and Tribal leaders addressed people’s questions and concerns about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and equity. The county is working with community leaders to help underrepresented groups get vaccinated

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Everett “no sit­–no lie” proposal to ban camping on sidewalks along Smith Street under fire

EVERETT — Dozens of people called on the City Council last week to not go forward with a “no sit-no lie” zone near the Everett Gospel Mission under the accusation this criminalizes homelessness.

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Public meeting about Baker Heights is March 23

EVERETT — The Everett Housing Authority will provide updates on the Baker Heights project at a meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.

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What do you want at Averill Field?

SNOHOMISH — The green space at Third Street and Pine Avenue is destined to become a city park, and the next step is to identify what people want to be in it. This is your chance.

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Call to relocate Everett Planned Parenthood opponents can’t be done

EVERETT — The city says it cannot establish a buffer zone to move anti-abortion protestors away from Planned Parenthood’s premises. Supporters say not stopping women from being harassed is beyond disappointing. Every Wednesday brings a crowd.

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Snohomish Library reopens to come in for a quick shelf browse and checkout

SNOHOMISH — Last week, the Snohomish Library on Maple Avenue, among a few others, were reopened for what the library system calls “Grab ‘n’ Go” service. In related news: Everett Libraries have reopened for limited capacities.

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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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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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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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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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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,
    Five COVID-19 vaccination sites are open in the county for people eligible to receive 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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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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