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Growing for the food bank

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The Julia V. Morris Centennial Garden, next to the Sky Valley Food Bank at 233 Sky River Parkway in Monroe, helps grow fresh fruit and vegetables for the food bank. Above, garden volunteer Lori Heffner plants cabbage starts from her home greenhouse last month. Julia Morris founded the food bank 45 years ago. The garden was planted in 1999 and named in Morris’ memory. Volunteers tend the garden as a community effort. To connect with them on Facebook, find the group “Friends of JVM Food Bank Garden.”

Snohomish chiropractor accused of sex crimes

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish chiropractor accused of inappropriately touching clients faces eight criminal counts of taking indecent liberties with patients.

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Captured: Man who admitted to fatal 1987 EvCC fire skips murder sentencing hearing

EVERETT — A search for Elmer Nash, Jr. was successful and he was apprehended within 48 hours after he skipped his court sentencing hearing for murder charges Friday.
Nash was to face a superior court judge for his role in the fire set in the library at Everett Community College in 1987 which resulted in the death of firefighter Gary Parks during the response. Nash was 12-years-old when it happened.
Detectives caught up with Nash, of Snohomish, and took him into custody earlier this year.
In March, 47-year-old Elmer Nash Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree murder at an arraignment in Snohomish County Superior Court.


Future park at Averill Field being guided by community - design revealed

SNOHOMISH — The latest mock-up for Averill Field, at Third Street and Pine Avenue, used public input to incorporate a set of compromises for what could be built next year. A final survey about the latest design is taking responses at through May.

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Monroe neighborhood’s attempt to solve speeding was blunted, but now city making uniform policy

MONROE — The neighborhood posted its own radar signs for many months until being given a takedown notice saying the independent act posed liabilities for the city. The neighborhood is asking to work with the city to give a legal permit to put permanent speed signs back up.

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Housebound? There’s a way to get a vaccine in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — If you are housebound, or care for someone who is, you may contact the county’s vaccine call center at 425-339-5278 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss. Here's how it works.

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Food trucks to park outside Funko HQ soon

EVERETT — Starting this week, food trucks are again serving lunch at the Riverside Business Park at the Port of Everett, 415 Riverside, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for the summer. Soon, a food truck stand will be at Funko HQ downtown, as well as more downtown soon.

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COVID-19 trends prompt concern of fourth infection wave

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — There were 950 new cases reported between April 4 and April 10. Hospital admissions for COVID stood at 44 admissions as of April 23.

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Snohomish Farmers Market hits 30 seasons of freshness on May 6

SNOHOMISH — Opening day for the Snohomish Farmers Market on Thursday, May 6 kicks off its 30th season of providing the community farmer-grown food and handmade goods with a laidback atmosphere.

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North Hill Neighborhood Park plan takes step forward

MONROE — The ciy signed a $1.3 million purchase-and-sale agreement to buy land for North Hill Neighborhood Park, a major step toward its realization. The park benefits residents in Eaglemont, Trombley, and nearby north Monroe housing developments.

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How to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Everybody over age 16 is 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.
Starting May 5, people will not be required to register for an appointment from one of the county's mass vaccination sites, as some vaccines will be available without appointments. Appointments are still highly recommended by the Snohomish Health District.
Vaccines are free and do not require insurance.
The county has seven other vaccination sites. Among them are the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, the Arlington Airport, the Angel of the Winds arena in downtown Everett, Boom City in Tulalip, the Ash Way Park & Ride in Lynnwood, a walk-up center near the Boeing factory and at Edmonds College.
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.
Numerous pharmacies have the vaccine as well, and appointments can be made through the state locator, which is again


Lake Roesiger ecosystem to be studied

SNOHOMISH — A pro will be advising the county on how to solve trouble with invasive plants in Lake Roesiger northeast of Snohomish.

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High school graduation plans taking shape

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — High school graduations in Snohomish and Monroe are tentatively shaping up to be in-person ceremonies.

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Renewed Snohomish Carnegie Building nears its debut

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Everett Recovery Cafe uses camaraderie, care to lift people from addiction and homelessness

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Hanging flower baskets program for downtown can use support

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

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Time for kindergarten registration

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Walsh Hills development taken to court

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

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Catalytic converter thefts are spiking again

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

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