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Markets have all, from apricots to zucchini

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Troy Fisk of Bill’s Fruits bags up a small bunch of apricots for a customer Sunday, June 20 at the weekly Everett Farmers Market in downtown Everett. The stand is one of over 80 vendors at the market. While cherries and apricots from the east side of the state are presently in season, other varieties of fruit and vegetables start becoming available in the next several weeks.

Work on U.S. 2 Pilchuck Bridge this weekend

SNOHOMISH — The state Department of Transportation says there will be a lae closure on U.S. 2 overnight Saturday to Sunday morning to complete work on the Pilchuck River Bridge. Crews will alternate traffic to give space for the work. More on the Pilchuck River Bridge project here.

Wiggly Walk postponed

MONROE — Organizers have rescheduled the Wiggly Walk dog fair to Sept. 25. This weekend's heat is why the event is being postponed, said one of the event's organizers. The Wiggly Walk had been scheduled for this Saturday at Sky River Park.

Snohomish school board hears parents opposed to vaccines, critical race theory

SNOHOMISH — A group of parents addressed the school board on concerns and opposition to Critical Race Theory, masks and vaccinations, and concerns on sex education.

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Monroe conducting large public survey that will shape future policy

MONROE — The city wants your opinion to help it make decisions that could eventually affect the whole town. It’s conducting a great public survey called Imagine Monroe, the first survey of its kind City Hall has done in at least 10 years.

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What can you do if you owe months of rent?

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The state eviction moratorium ends June 30. For thousands worried about having past-due rent, there is help.

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Group positions Longfellow Building to go on national historic register

EVERETT — The long-empty Longfellow Building on Oakes, once a school, is having its 110th birthday this year, and in coming months it could be added to the honorary National Register of Historic Places. A volunteer group of well-wishers filed the application.

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Redeveloping Baker Heights area starts, WSU college expansion drops out of plan

EVERETT — The Baker Heights public housing site in the Delta Neighborhood has begun to be demolished to make way for 105 new apartment units for low income individuals and families. WSU-Everett, meanwhile, has dropped out of its plans to expand the college on part of the remaining Baker Heights footprint.

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Child summer meal programs are opening up in our area

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Summer meal programs through school districts ensure no child goes hungry. Click for details on summer meal programs in Snohomish, Monroe and Everett.

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Snohomish Affordable Housing Group nonprofit plans to expand sites

SNOHOMISH — For almost 30 years, the nonprofit Snohomish Affordable Housing Group has used its own resources to build affordable housing for the public, and its fifth building is currently underway. It would love to build more if only it could find some more land.

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Coloring book of Snohomish features historical homes

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish Panther has produced a brand-new coloring book of 20 historic homes from around Snohomish. The book may only include 20 homes, but Taylor Russell's "Snohomish Walks" Instagram account certainly has more than 20 images. Russell said she is considering a followup book.

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Compass Health adds beds for vets and homeless people in Everett

EVERETT — Compass Health recently christened an apartment-style building on its Broadway campus that provides 81 units of permanent supportive housing for veterans and chronically homeless individuals.

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Fire chaplains called to serve Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — A group of five chaplains on rotating call 24/7 for Snohomish Fire swoop in to give comfort when the worst happens at home.

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City of Snohomish’s beloved Finance Director, Debbie Burton, receives a Key to the City

SNOHOMISH — The city's finance director helped Snohomish grow in many ways over the past two decades. She has now moved north, but not before making a lasting mark in Snohomish.

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TheLab@everett moving from Broadway to Hewitt Avenue

EVERETT — NW Innovation Resource Center’s Lab at Everett, also known as TheLab@everett, will move to a new location due to Everett Community College’s (EvCC) expansion.

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No-go for city’s Avenue D land plan as first contemplated

SNOHOMISH — Red tape associated with the county's former public works yard on Avenue D will prevent the city's request to have part of the land donated to the city to line it up for affordable housing.

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Attorneys rebut that planners followed code in Snohomish Walsh Hills land-use lawsuit

SNOHOMISH — The city didn’t misapply its code when it approved a contested subdivision in northeast Snohomish, attorneys for the city and developer DR Horton say in filings made late last month in response to a land-use challenge. Instead, they point a finger back.

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Hosts sought to give homeless teens lodging for Cocoon House Connections program

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Connections Host Home Program is an effort launched by Cocoon House to keep teens in their communities through volunteer hosting families in their area. The initiative seeks to place at-risk youth, ages 12-17, with hosts in their community for up to 21 days. Extensions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Explore sea life at low tide

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Megan Dishneau, dog Miley and son Cole, age 4, all from Snohomish, enjoy the negative-3.7 low tide at Everett's Edgewater Park on Friday, May 28. ”This is the first trip to the beach for Miley and we are really enjoying this low tide,” Dishneau said.
The lowest tides of the season will occur June 24 and 25 with a negative-3.9 and negative-4.0, respectively. For a full list of low tide dates, click on the Outdoor Adventure Guide in the right-hand column.

State to pay $3.25 million over Monroe inmate’s death

MONROE — The state will pay a $3.25 million wrongful death settlement to the family of a Monroe Corrections Complex prisoner who died from an uncared-for abdominal wound.

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Monroe seeks to hush train horns through these steps

MONROE — City Hall’s interest in silencing train horns while passing through will require some diligence. A new draft report explains how the city can establish a "Railroad Quiet Zone."

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Snohomish EV Chargers go live

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish’s first public Electric Vehicle charging station began operation last week after getting an inspector’s all-clear. They’re at the west side of First Street, near Gagnon Welding, approximately 300 feet west of the Avenue D intersection.
Snohomish’s station has four charging ports hanging from two chargers. These are Level 2 EV chargers.
There also happen to be eight EV charging ports located at the apartment development at 1925 Weaver Rd. and stations in a parking lot at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Dr. — Tribune staff

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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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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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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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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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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