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Public concerts Thursday nights in Everett

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Six-year-old Raya Kay Gentry, of Everett (left) along with her mother Marry J Gentry and her one-year-old brother Zander dance to the music of Seattle performer Lady A at this year’s season-opening performance of Music at the Marina at the Port of Everett’s south marina on Thursday, Aug. 5. This one-month outdoor concert series on Thursday evenings concludes Aug. 26.
Upcoming shows are:
Aug. 19: LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends (rock and soul); and
Aug. 26: Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme (funk).
The venue is open from 5 to 9 p.m. and shows start at 6:30 p.m. Shows are free. On-site parking costs $5. There are no public buses running within one mile of the Port of Everett area on Thursday evenings.

Beer, music, art walk events in Snohomish Aug. 19-22

SNOHOMISH — The city will have lots going on the weekend of Aug. 19 to Aug. 22. The weekend includes a family-friendly art walk Thursday night, a weekend-long block party and a separate beer festival nearby.

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Burn ban now limits all fires

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Recreational fires are temporarily illegal under an expanded burn ban now in effect. Dry weather and minimal rainfall has prompted the county fire marshal to ban all fires, including recreational fires. The county has been under a general burn ban since earlier this summer.
Enclosed outdoor cooking appliances such as gas or charcoal grills or pellet smokers may be used. Practically all cities are following this burn ban.

Masks required again in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Wearing a mask indoors will be required for everyone age 5 and up again in Snohomish County. County health officer Dr. Chris Spitters issued this local health directive Tuesday, Aug. 10. This includes inside grocery stores, general businesses open to the public, and anywhere the public meets indoors.

Snohomish School District talks Critical Race Theory, masks

SNOHOMISH — The fast takeaway for the Snohomish School District this fall: • Critical Race Theory is not being taught to students; • The sex-ed curriculum has not changed. Parents can choose to have their child opt-out; • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for students to return to school; and more. The Snohomish School District discussed what to expect when students return in the fall concerning Critical Race Theory, sex education, masks and vaccinations at an Aug. 4 community meeting. At this meeting, the district hosted a panel of guests that included Liv Finne, director of the Center for Education of the Washington Policy Center; Tabitha Bay, president of Snohomish for Equity; and concerned parents David Frati and Katherine Fawcett.

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Judge sides with city on Walsh Hills subdivision challenge

SNOHOMISH — The Walsh Hills subdivision meets code, a Snohomish County Superior Court judge decided July 29. A landowner next to the property filed a land-use challenge in court asking to send it back for re-review. The argument was the city’s hearing examiner wrongly interpreted Snohomish zoning code when he approved the subdivision earlier this year. Judge Paul W. Thompson didn’t agree, writing in his decision that it wasn’t proven the hearing examiner made a mistake.

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Most state employees, contractors, all private health care workers must be vaccinated by mid-October as condition of employment in new governor's order

A majority of state employees and all contractors who work on-site must be vaccinated by Oct. 18 under a new state order from Gov. Jay Inslee which was announced Monday, Aug. 9. The order touches on multiple branches of government, from those employed within the Department of Corrections to state social workers to road construction crews to more. Additionally, all workers in private health care and long-term care settings must abide by the same Oct. 18 vaccination deadline.

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All-weather fields open at Lake Tye Park

MONROE — The city turned an unlit grass area into today’s multi-use field with synthetic turf and LED lights. The city’s new lighted, all-weather playing fields at Lake Tye Park are ready for play.

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Snohomish city election races shape up as Dana, Guzak to duel in general; Redmon led Kartak in mayoral race

SNOHOMISH — City Council incumbent Steve Dana and challenger Karen Guzak outpaced challenger Tabitha Baty in the primary for City Council Position 7. In the other City Council primary, David Flynn led Kari Zimmerman in polls. Meanwhile for mayor, City Council President Linda Redmon led incumbent Mayor John Kartak in the polls.
Voters also yes to continuing a city sales tax for funding road paving.

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Regional light rail line to reach Everett later than first envisioned

EVERETT — A newly revised timeline to expand Sound Transit’s light link rail system moved the needle again for when these trains reach Everett Station, but not as far out as local leaders previously feared.

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Everett City Council primary results include one landslide

EVERETT — The stage appears set for who will face off in the first district-based council elections for Everett as two primary races settled out.

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NEWS BITES for August 11, 2021

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Coffee with Snohomish's Mayor on Friday, Evergreen State Fair competitive displays canceled, another Everett housing meeting and more...

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Costco preps Lake Stevens site for construction

LAKE STEVENS — Site preparation has begun for the 160,000-square-foot Costco warehouse and accompanying gas station, but city officials say the big box retailer won’t be ready to welcome shoppers until next fall.

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Everett’s senior center to reopen with new operators

EVERETT — Activities, events and programming at Everett’s Carl Gipson Senior Center may return soon with a new group hosting the party.
Under an agreement presented to the Everett City Council last week, Volunteers of America (VOA) Western Washington would operate the community hub for ages 50+ that was shuttered by budget cuts more than a year ago.

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New generator will increase power in county

MONROE — Some 2,000 cows from a family dairy are powering hundreds of local homes and they’ll soon be lighting up even more.
Qualco Energy, a partnership between the Werkhoven Dairy farm and the Tulalip Tribe, began harnessing power from cow-pies more than a decade ago. The unlikely pairing needed a solution to mitigate manure from bleeding waste into area waterways.

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Food banks can use items to round out what’s offered

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Although fewer people are visiting food banks versus last year, the need is still there. Because donations are up and less people are coming, area food banks are giving clients more food per trip. Here's what they can use and where to go.

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Fire District 4 honors lifesaving teen

SNOHOMISH — A teen say his friend collapse at Pilchuck Park, and jumped into action by taking over CPR before medics arrived.

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Everett Improv offers laughs and learning

EVERETT — Everett Improv offers live shows, improv classes, karaoke, painting experiences and, “anything you can dream of within reason and law” from their downtown Everett studio and lounge.

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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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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.




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