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Farmers Market season a few weeks away

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Patrick Marshall, of Whidbey Sweets-N-Tarts from the city of Freeland on Whidbey Island, reaches for a pastry to box up for a customer at an early edition of the Everett Sunday Farmers Market in downtown Everett on Sunday, April 11. The Everett Farmers Market opens its formal season on Mother’s Day in May. While produce was not yet available for sale this early in the year, bakery items along with arts and crafts were abundant at last weekend’s pop-up market. About 50 vendors were there.

Update: State drug possession law developing, latest version removes"personal use" provision which Monroe leaders didn't want

MONROE — The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill 28-20 to reinstate criminal penalties for possession of drugs.
It is having its first reading in the state House of Representatives for first consideration on Friday, April 16.
In it, the Senate stripped a provision from state Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) granting legal leeway to possess small personal amounts of hard drugs. Monroe city leaders sent a letter to legislators Thursday asking that this provision not be included because it interrupts efforts to treat drug users.

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Prior coverage: Monroe wants drug possession illegal again after state law got wiped

MONROE — Mayor Geoffrey Thomas wants a city-level law to re-criminalize drug possession, which the City Council may consider in coming weeks. He says this is important for turning people’s lives around.

Lake Tye Park’s new field and lighting system coming along

MONROE — The new-and-improved Lake Tye Park will be a symbol of a united effort on the local, county, and state levels. Construction of synthetic fields and a LED lighting system is currently underway and the public can expect to be able to enjoy this area of the park again in the fall.

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Bumps at U.S. 2 Pilchuck River Bridge to be smoothed over soon

SNOHOMISH — The bumps along the Pilchuck River Bridge should be smoothed over as soon as the start of May. Also, a report on the broken sign that tells the last serious crash on the highway.

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There’s still time to make a run for Everett council

EVERETT — Who's in and who's out for the large City Council shakeup created by the districts format. Filing week is in mid-May countywide.

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Seattle Storm WNBA to play in Everett this summer

EVERETT — The Seattle Storm WNBA team released its home schedule, and will play its games at Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett. The home opener will be May 15 against Las Vegas. Home schedule here.


News Bites for April 14

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The next Averill Field meeting is coming up, details on a warehouse proposed for Fryelands Boulevard, and more.

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Opinion: Lawmakers must reject costly, ineffective fuel mandate

SNOHOMISH — An opinion piece opposing the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard being discussed in the Legislature which increases gasoline taxes.

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How to get a vaccine in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Starting April 15, everybody over age 16 will become eligibile for a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state.
To get set up, a vaccine locator website for finding appointments is at
The website has information on where vaccination appointments are available in real-time.
People can call for assistance in booking an appointment through the county health district’s COVID-19 call center. The number is 425-339-5278.
The call center is intended for people who do not have internet access, need language assistance, or have other barriers to online registration, the Snohomish Health District says.
Vaccines are free and do not require insurance.
County opens vaccination
site at Boom City
Last week, the county opened its sixth mass vaccination location at Boom City, 10274 27th Ave. NE, Tulalip. This is a drive-thru site.
The county has five other vaccination sites. They are at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, the Arlington Airport, the Angel of the Winds arena in downtown Everett, a walk-up center near the Boeing factory and at Edmonds College.
Numerous pharmacies have the vaccine as well, and appointments can be made through the state locator, which is again


Hanging flower baskets program for downtown can use support

SNOHOMISH — The community’s support will help ensure First Street’s flower basket program can flourish.

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Everett Transit wants all-electric bus fleet, and it’s on its way to doing so

EVERETT — Everett Transit’s plan to have an almost all-electric fleet by 2024 is heading toward halfway there. The agency is ordering nine more electric buses, and is aiming to win grants for 12 more. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, who was given a demonstration ride on Everett's buses last week, thinks the Northwest can lead in exchanging gasoline buses for electrics. Meanwhile, Community Transit is weighing its options.

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Everett talking about senior center reopening in long-term future

EVERETT — The Carl Gipson Senior Center could reopen as soon as this fall under a forthcoming deal for Volunteers of America Western Washington.

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Monroe arts group has plenty in store for future plans

MONROE — The town’s group for the arts is still producing events while waiting eagerly for the end of the pandemic.

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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

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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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Plenty to see at the Stream Center

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The Northwest Stream Center’s director Tom Murdoch (left) explains the nature of wetlands to Jennifer Gresham (right) and Nick Dzubinski (center,) both of Everett on Saturday, April 3. The 20-acre forest and wetlands are within urban McCollum Park in south Everett. The center’s featured attraction through April is a large expanse of the first spring flower of the Pacific Northwest, the skunk cabbage, which is now blooming (yellow flowers in the background). It takes reservations for tour times at A half-mile long elevated, universally accessible walkway allows visitors to wander through the Stream Center while learning about the interconnection between forests, wetlands, streams, wildlife and people.
For more events and happenings, see BRIEFS section

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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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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