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Evergreen State Fair starts this week

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Rides, games, free parking... but remember to bring a mask to wear in the indoor facilities. The Evergreen State Fair starts this week on Thursday, Aug. 26 at the Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe. It’s running Aug. 26-31 and then Sept. 2-6. The Fair will closed Wednesday, Sept. 1 to do a deep-clean sanitization. Find schedules and information about the fair in the Tribune's fair guide online here or pick up an Aug. 18 Tribune.

Accusations question mayor’s, councilman’s filings on properties

SNOHOMISH — The Tribune answers residents’ questions about Mayor John Kartak and City Councilman Larry Countryman’s 2021 campaign filings relating to property ownership. Some citizens claim 614 A, B and C Maple Ave. are not legitimate and were built without proper permits. Other items are disputed.

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Fentanyl overdoses soaring as trends change

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Opioid overdoses in Snohomish County are rising, with more than 90 dead and hundreds saved in just the first six months of 2021. A potent pain medication called Fentanyl is driving deaths and is heavily weighted in relation to treatment calls.

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How Everett Police will adhere to police reform laws

EVERETT — Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman explained to the City Council this month on how his department is handling multiple police reform laws that went in effect July 25 that restrict and modify how law enforcement deals with crimes. In some cases, there is no effect as Everett Police had internal protocols already meeting the new state standards.

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Snohomish grad telephoned by President Biden

SNOHOMISH — Chad Gestson, a Snohomish Panther who today is superintendent of a school district in Phoenix, took a surprise phone call from President Joe Biden Friday, Aug. 13. The President praised Gestson for standing up for requiring masks in school, which goes in opposition to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

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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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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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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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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.

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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 and 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.




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