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Jayce Flickinger, 5, of Granite Falls gets a curious sniff from a miniature donkey at a parcel of land in the Snohomish River Valley a few weeks ago on a private visit. The donkeys are owned by Debi Steltz of Lords Hill Miniature Donkey Rescue. If you want to see them, she asks that you do not just go on the property but to call her at 425-367-1007.

Midtown District plan is focus of June 2 meeting

SNOHOMISH — The Planning Commission will discuss proposed amendments to implement the Midtown Task Force’s recommendations at the commission's next meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.
The district is along the Avenue D corridor from 6th Street to where state Route 9 crosses underneath.
The public can attend the remote-only meeting online at this link: You can also dial 1-253-215-8782 to call in. The meeting ID number is 869 1576 0082 and the passcode is 285829.

Snohomish intends to lower speeds to 20 mph, including on arterials

SNOHOMISH — Most City Council members have said they support a proposal to reduce speed limits to 20 mph across the main core of the city, including some arterial roads.
These arterials include Second Street, Avenue D, Avenue A, Fourth Street, Maple, Pine, Lincoln and part of Park Avenue.

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Barriers down: Everett Planned Parenthood opponents out front again

EVERETT — A national conservative law firm says its intervention caused the city to pull down barriers in front of the Everett Planned Parenthood. The city, in a statement, says it already planned to take down the barriers.

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Snohomish mayor’s salary re-opened for discussion

SNOHOMISH — Mayor John Kartak’s printed commentary where he opined  on the mayor’s salary being $18,000 a year sparked City Council interest last week on how to approach altering it.

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Monroe Farmers Market opens its season

MONROE — With a record 75 vendors, the Wednesday market’s season opens this week and runs through Sept. 1 at the parking lot of Galaxy Theatre, which is by the Five Guys off of Kelsey Street.

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Who has filed for election in the local area

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — It's Kartak, Redmon, King, Franklin, Oss, Wittock and more. A rundown of City Council, school board and mayoral candidates for 2021 in Snohomish, Monroe and Everett.

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Yes! The Evergreen State Fair is on for summer

MONROE — Say it far and wide: The Evergreen State Fair is expected to happen this year, but it will operate a little differently than usual to keep it safe with COVID-19 restrictions.

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County motorboat chats are on boat use, property damage

SNOHOMISH — The county parks department wants to log shoreline damage and erosion this season to consider whether changes on its lakes are needed.

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County selling 144 acres beside Glacier Peak HS to developer

SNOHOMISH — The County Council last week authorized entering into a $40.3 million purchase-and-sale agreement with D.R. Horton’s Pacific Ridge Homes. The land is a forest next to Glacier Peak High School and Little Cedars Elementary.

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A big bear sculpture greets Glacier Peak Grizzlies

SNOHOMISH — At Glacier Peak High School, students are greeted by a 9-foot-tall grizzly bear statue, bringing smiles to student’s faces and showing off Grizzly pride.

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City wants part of Avenue D land as way to help bring housing

SNOHOMISH — City leaders want to obtain part of the county’s barren yard on Avenue D and designate it for developing affordable housing with a pitch they hope county officials will embrace.
Statistics show how difficult finding a home in Snohomish is because of the hyper-hot market.

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Providence Everett nurses picket over contract

EVERETT — An organized pool of picketers circulated on the sidewalks for two hours outside the county’s largest hospital Wednesday, May 5 in opposition to proposals made during union negotiations over sick pay and paid-time-off, which nurses say they are unhappy with.

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Rivers, lakes are still too cold and unsafe for swimming

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The weather’s fine, but the waters are not.
Lakes and rivers are too cold right now to go swimming, and many drowning victims die due to cold-water shock.

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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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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. On Saturday, May 15, a food truck stand will be at Funko HQ downtown. Additional food trucks will be coming downtown later this summer.

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

EVERETT — The emphasis, and perhaps the golden rule, at the Everett Recovery Cafe is to cast no judgements on others. A center open to everyone experiencing difficulties with addiction or homelessness who can use help opened in its new space in west downtown last month.

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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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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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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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Reeling for relaxation

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Taylor Rooney, an avid fisher new to Monroe, enjoys an evening of fishing on the West bank of Lake Tye. He said:”I came out at noon and got two and now I came back to see if I could get my limit.” Rooney added, “I’m new to Monroe but I fish everywhere I go.”




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