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Fire Explorers shows teens how pros work


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Snohomish Fire District 4 explorer Kortney Crane of Marysville uses the proper technique of holding a fire hose as Fire District 4 firefighter-paramedic Claire Woofenden (left) gives instructions during a weekly practice session by Explorer Post 444 at the district’s training center in Snohomish on Wednesday, March 24. The explorer program educates people ages 14 to 20 in fire and emergency medical operations as well as community leadership and volunteer values. Numerous explorers from this post have become career firefighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers. While there are no openings for new members at the moment, the post’s adviser said they are taking applications from Snohomish County teens interested in pursuing a fire service career.
To sign up, visit www.snohomishfire.org or call 360-568-2143.



Vaccine eligibility expands to all over age 16 soon

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March 31 that on April 15, COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to every Washingtonian over age 16. Meanwhile, everyone age 60 to 64 or work in certain industries became eligibile for a vaccine today. A new vaccine locator website launched recently. It is https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

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Snohomish police, jail contracts to be discussed April 6

SNOHOMISH — City Hall is turning its attention to renewing a five-year contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services. Story includes coverage of the March 9 police town hall.

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Averill Field feature ideas shown to public

SNOHOMISH — Park planners envision the green space at Third Street and Pine Avenue as a place for gatherings, music and play. Concept sketches are inside this story link.

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Lights are back on at Pilchuck Park, but there's more work to do

SNOHOMISH — Entire rows of lights for illuminating the baseball field at Piclhuck Park wouldn’t turn on. Not having night games poses a crunch for the upcoming youth baseball season.
A turning point might have happened last week, though.

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School admins studying advised 3-foot distance within classroom spaces

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — School districts are still working out whether to shrink from six feet to three feet apart for social distancing inside classrooms.

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Time for kindergarten registration

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Details on kindergarten registration for the Snohomish, Monroe, Everett and Mukilteo school districts.

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Walsh Hills development taken to court

SNOHOMISH — A lawsuit against the proposed housing development in northeast Snohomish attempts to stop it on the argument the city failed to follow its own development code when it gave its approval.

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Company that collects hard-to-recycle items now serving area

SNOHOMISH — If you hang onto batteries, lightbulbs and grocery bags intending to get them recycled, you may be interested in a collection service that expanded this month to the Snohomish area.

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Murder charge for 1987 fatal blaze at Everett Community College


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EVERETT — A crack in a 34-year mystery led to murder charges being filed for the 1987 death of Everett Firefighter Gary Parks, who died in a fire set by arson at Everett Community College. More on this story...



Now retiring, Schilaty feels blessed to be part of how Snohomish shaped itself

SNOHOMISH — This month, Schilaty retired from her post at the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce after a 30-year run.

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   · Nancy Keith selected as new chamber leader


Parents: Bunnies and chicks are not Easter gifts

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Bunnies and baby chicks may be a lot of fun to look at, but few people recognize they also take a lot of time and energy as growing pets. Animal groups emphasize: Live bunnies and baby chicks are not cute Easter gifts to hand out to children.

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Snohomish planning department goes paperless

SNOHOMISH — The city has just gone paperless for all planning and permitting files. A hub launched last week for filing developments, and it also lets people track development around town and in their neighborhood.

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Free pre-K classrooms for low-income kids short on supply

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — In Snohomish County, an estimated 918 low-income children who are eligible for free preschool through state ECEAP and federal Head Start programs weren’t in it, in part because there are not enough classrooms to go around. Early Childhood learning is receiving a renewed focus from legislators.

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Catalytic converter thefts are spiking again

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The quick-hit job of stealing catalytic converters from the underside of cars has resurfaced across Snohomish County, and police want people to protect their pocketbooks.

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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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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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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, and discomfort with telling a teacher about it.

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