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Blueberry season in full swing

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Four-year-olds Hugo Bremer (left) and Adair Smith, both of Seattle, team up to pick blueberries at the Mountainview Blueberry Farm in Snohomish on Sunday, July 25. Many of the u-pick farms throughout the Snohomish Valley are presently in full swing pf operations.

Renewing roads benefit district tax is on Snohomish ballots

SNOHOMISH — Voters are being asked whether to continue the city’s 0.2 percent sales tax for roads under what’s called a Transportation Benefit District.
The city uses the money largely to fix and repave roads. It also uses some of the money as a seed fund to put up city matching dollars required to accept state and federal grants for road projects. The city wants to use it for two future projects: Replacing the stoplight at Pine Avenue and Second Street to improve traffic flow and to put a traffic light at Bickford Avenue and 19th Place.
City officials wrote that if voters decline to renew the road tax, the city would need to pay for repaving roads from its general budget or by using Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) money that is collected through property transactions. The road tax in recent years has brought in about $700,000 to $850,000 a year, plus the fund collects bank interest, city budgets show. The city directs approximately $400,000 to $800,000 a year of this money to pay for repaving projects around town. (The city’s Traffic Impact Fee fund on new construction also contributes, but raises far less.)

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Parks to stay without trash bins for now

SNOHOMISH — The city removed trash cans from its most popular parks around mid-July because of too much demand and having too few employees to keep things tidy, according to Mayor John Kartak.
Big signs entering Pilchuck Park and Hill Park now state to take home their trash: "pack it in and packit out."

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To help growth, Everett plan suggests to allow duplexes in today's single-home areas

EVERETT — What kinds of future housing should sprout, and where, are key pieces to the city's Housing Action Plan.
It calls for increasing housing variety, housing stock and housing equity.

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Snohomish Council Pos. 7 has three prominent contenders

SNOHOMISH — Two former mayors and the head of the group Snohomish for Equity are challenging each other for a council seat. The August primary will narrow the field by one. Read the answers to questions the paper sent to the candidates.

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Snohomish mayoral candidates speak to issues

SNOHOMISH — Two prominent names in city politics and a newcomer who wants to revolutionize the city’s governance model are each aiming to advance from August’s primary election to November’s ballot. Read the answers to questions the paper sent to the candidates. Candidate Sam King missed deadline to provide responses.

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Man drove car into river to wash it...

MONROE — A Sultan man was cited for releasing an “unwholesome substance” into the Skykomish River at the Lewis Street boat launch. He put his car in the river and got stuck in a failed attempt to wash it. There are a lot of environmental impacts to washing motorboats, let alone cars, in rivers.

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Julie’s Licensing Services moves to cozier spot

EVERETT — Upended from its longtime home by Everett Community College, Julie’s Licensing Services reopened in the former Blue Moon Tavern building at 1331 Broadway after undertaking a full renovation. Julie's owner and namesake tells that she got lucky.

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Eastside Tire working to rebuild after fire

SNOHOMISH — On Monday, July 13, the rubble began being cleared away. How the fire that destroyed Eastside Tire on Avenue D started is not known, but it started behind the building. Its owners aim to have a new shop operating by next year, and says thank you for the community's kindness.

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Candidates for Everett District 5 differ on solving city issues

EVERETT — Three people are angling to represent residents in City Council District 5 covering southeast Everett.
They are Demi Chatters, Kelly M. Fox and Ben Zarlingo. All are making their first run for City Council. Read the answers to questions the paper sent to the candidates.

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Snohomish looks at how to create more affordable housing

SNOHOMISH — The City Council last week discussed affordable housing and the changes needed to the city’s zoning to meet its goals.
One of those plans requires different zoning laws, taking the town from largely single-family dwellings to having more multi-family housing to compensate for increased housing prices.

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Candidates for Everett District 3 diverge on transit, city approach

EVERETT — Two candidates for the council district covering western Everett — Don Schwab and Jacob Vail — are split on topics such as transit and taxes. Candidate Lacey Sauvageau did not respond in time to questions. Read the answers to questions the paper sent to the candidates.

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Everett budget plans being developed in long shadow of deficit

EVERETT — The City of Everett has an estimated $16.5 million deficit next year, about $15 million in underexpenditures it can draw from, $20 million coming to it from the federal American Rescue Plan and $48 million in retired employee obligations to plan for.

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Coronavirus variants not seen widely but some carry extra punches

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Variants of the coronavirus that have mutations from the original, such as the UK variant, pose a risk vector in the fight against the infectious disease. Health officials also emphasize that unvaccinated individuals are still catching COVID-19 even though numbers are down.

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Annual Summer Smash returns

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Snohomish High School sophomore Hannah Wells prepares to return a serve while participating the Snohomish Summer Smash tennis tournament this past weekend. After being cancelled last summer due to Covid-19 restrictions, the four-day annual event returned this summer with 132 high school players representing 30 northwest Washington high schools participating. Tournament director Kraig Norris said that after a year of not being able to compete, many of the kids were anxious to be able to get back on the court, doubling the tournament’s usual number of participants. Locally, Glacier Peak’s Dario Ristovski took the boys singles title in the gold division, while the Snohomish High School team of Anneke Hanson and Paige Erickson won the girls silver division doubles.




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