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Farmers Markets for all ages

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The Buss family, Fispher, age 8, his sister Autumn, 6, mom Julie and little dog Naya, all of Monroe, enjoy the sights and variety of the late summer afternoon at the Monroe Farmers Market Wednesday, Sept. 1. Fispher insisted on trying the kettle corn.
Weekly farmers markets are nearing the end of their seasons. Monroe’s market finished Sept. 1, but will hold a harvest market Wednesday, Sept. 29. Snohomish’s Thursday market concludes Sept. 30. Everett’s Sunday market at Hewitt and Wetmore avenues concludes Oct. 31.

County modifies burn ban to allow recreational fires

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Small, recreational fires are newly back allowed as of Friday, Sept. 10 under the current burn bans. Previously, 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.

Mask defiance leads to school board meeting being halted prematurely

SNOHOMISH — People refusing to wear masks during the Aug. 25 school board meeting at Snohomish High prompted the board to shut it down early.

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Everett may set up more Pallet shelter sites

EVERETT — The city is purchasing 40 more Pallet shelter cabins to house homeless individuals, but hasn’t selected where they’ll be placed.

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Everett plan to expand at-home business allowances under further review

EVERETT — A deciding vote on expanding at-home businesses has been pushed out for later at the City Council’s request.
A public hearing will be held at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting.

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Snohomish 9/11 Heroes Run Sept. 18 honors veterans, first responders

SNOHOMISH — In honor of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the annual 9/11 Heroes Run 5k is happening this month at Willis Tucker Park.
The race will be taking place on September, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. and is hosted by the Travis Manion Foundation.

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Residents want Monroe to stay cozy and neighborly, citywide survey finds

MONROE — Monroe, here is what you’ve said you want for the city’s future: You want to retain a small-town feel while having shops, dining and entertainment easily within reach. You want it to be safe from crime, and you want it family-friendly and neighborly. A “beautiful small town with big town amenities,” is how one person put it. Nature counts, too.

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Blackman Lake facing difficulties for healthy longevity

SNOHOMISH — The lake in the center of Snohomish is struggling. Water clarity is down, phosphorous is increasing. Toxic algae blooms are sometimes seen because these are getting overfed by the fertile water. What can be done?

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Prison-unit mothball plans by state DOC makes cuts in Monroe

MONROE — The state prison system is consolidating capacity, including in Monroe. It is in response to having less inmates, especially low-level offenders, according to the state Department of Corrections (DOC).

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Snohomish outlines its future road plans

SNOHOMISH — Two future road projects voters recently approved funding for through renewing a city sales tax measure will arrive by 2025, according to a city outline. Additionally, more repave jobs planned for 2022.

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Selling county yard on Avenue D to be handled by real estate broker

SNOHOMISH — The big, vacant lot along Avenue D opposite 10th Street might change ownership as soon as this spring.

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First Street pipes need overhaul underground

SNOHOMISH — TThe pipes under First Street are overdue for a major overhaul, city administrator Steve Schuller explained to the City Council at a workshop Aug. 17.

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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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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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