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August gives ample time for sunflower walks

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With several bees buzzing around, Sarah Thomas cuts a sunflower for use in a display at her family’s farm in Snohomish last week.
Local farms have grown a huge variety of sunflowers are holding public events. Four farms are: Thomas Family Farm (open through Sept. 2),; Stocker Farms (open through Sept. 26),; Bob’s Corn (open through Sept. 17),; Mountainview Blueberry Farm (open through Sept. 5), Visit their websites for event times, addresses and prices.

Beer, music events in Snohomish this weekend

SNOHOMISH — The city will have lots going on this. Remaining events this weekend are a weekend-long block party and a separate beer festival nearby.

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Return of mask orders borne by factors influencing COVID-19 spike

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — When county health officer Dr. Chris Spitters directed everyone — vaccinated or not — to wear masks inside public spaces again by issuing a local health order, it was in response to two trends: Hospital capacities being stretched by COVID-19 and a fifth wave of coronavirus searing through the community.

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Vaccine mandate protestors come to Snohomish, Lake Stevens

SNOHOMISH — Dozens of people gathered in downtown Snohomish to protest Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent mandate that many state employees and private health care workers must receive the COVID-19 vaccine or lose their jobs.

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Uptick in homelessness noticed by Everett residents

EVERETT — From single tents to small encampments, on the streets of Everett, homelessness is on the rise and it is attracting attention.

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Snohomish gets “Story Trail” to boost reading

SNOHOMISH — Twenty-two new signs opposite the Snohomish Library along the Centennial Trail invite you to walk and trace the steps of a book. The project was three years in the making.

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Everett "Rethink Housing" proposals ask city to change zoning to accommodate growth and add protections for tenants

EVERETT — Short-term strategies in the city's housing action plan include to have the city create tenant protection laws to benefit existing residents, foster development along transit corridors, to potentially allow accessory dwelling units. One longer-term suggestion calls for letting duplexes into some current single-family areas. The City Council is scheduled to vote Sept. 15 on whether it agrees with going forward on these plans.

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What new WA police accountability laws do and don’t do

Several new police accountability bills went into effect in Washington state July 25, changing some of the ways police officers can interact with the public. This explainer article plainly describes what law enforcement can and cannot do in relation to mental health calls, approaching people for questioning, detaning people, the limitations on considering someone a suspect and more.

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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.

New mural for First Street

Photo courtesy Monica Fischer

A new mural at First Street and Avenue C features rays of sunshine, a fitting creation from Monica Fischer, its sunny painter (pictured above). The 8-foot-by-20-foot mural is on the wall of Worthy, a home decor store. Fischer and her crew finished Monday, Aug. 9.
”My intention with this sunshine is to shine light throughout the darling Snohomish community bringing color and happiness to all who pass by,” Fischer said by email. The color pallet was “to complement the unique sweetness and antique vibe the downtown brings.”
The Historic Downtown Snohomish Association intends to put a new mural on the wall on a periodic basis. ­

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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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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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.




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