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Panther Pride takes to the streets

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Snohomish High School students and staff swarm down Fifth Street during the annual Homecoming Serpentine through Snohomish on Friday, Oct 8, led by the royal court and followed by the Panther fall sports teams and the school’s marching band.
The traditional Serpentine began generations ago.

Monroe PD’s domestic violence advocate provides bilingual one-on-one support

MONROE — The Monroe Police Department's domestic violence advocate handles every police case where DV is suspected. Her role as supporter, adviser and aide can mean a huge difference for a domestic violence survivor. A look at what resources the advocate brings through Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

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Snohomish Regional Fire district’s Prop. 1 seeks levy bump

Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue is asking voters to reset the levy rate to $1.50 per $1,000 in assessed property value for one year. On the ballot, it’s Fire Proposition No. 1. Ballots begin arriving in mailboxes this week.
The district is asking to put the levy back to $1.50 because it says call volumes are up 10% compared to 2020, and expenses are inflating beyond the pace of its revenues.

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Snohomish school board race between Ballas, Ridges

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish School board election has incumbent Shaunna Ballas running for re-election against challenger Christina Ridges. 
Election ballots begin arriving in mailboxes this week.

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Fire District 4 board candidates both emphasize service

NOHOMISH — Fire District 4’s longest-serving commissioner is being challenged for re-election by a resident who’s spent years studying the district.

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Snohomish council to consider sales tax toward affordable housing

SNOHOMISH — The City Council last week asked city staff to bring back details for creating a City of Snohomish-specific affordable housing sales tax to aid in encouraging affordable housing within Snohomish.

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Council majority declines to sign police reform letter

SNOHOMISH — A City Council majority on Tuesday, Oct. 5 informally rejected a request from Mayor John Kartak to send a letter on behalf of Snohomish that requests Gov. Jay Inslee to call state Legislators into a special session to develop clearer guidance for the state’s police reform laws and to push state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to release model policy guidelines for police sooner.

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Man crushed by tractor accident getting help

MONROE — The community is stepping up for a Monroe man who was crushed in an accident while clearing land. A fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22.

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Snohomish mayoral salary talks halted by impasse

SNOHOMISH — A discussion on changing the mayor’s salary died last week because of a split-up among council members on how to proceed with adjusting it.

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Potential future Everett Pallet Shelter sites revealed

EVERETT — The Everett Gospel Mission plans to add 10 more Pallet shelters to give temporary space for people experiencing chronic homelessness, and Faith Lutheran Church on Cady Road also plans to add a small group of Pallet shelters, a city official said.

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Bickford Avenue bridge reopens

SNOHOMISH — The Bickford Avenue bridge has reopened after weeks of being closed. A Tribune reporter checked and verified this morning that the bridge is back open to traffic.

Monroe school district races could reshape board

MONROE — The Monroe School board elections are beginning soon and each candidate brings something to the table.
For district 1, candidate Jeremiah Campbell, an appointee, is running for election with Brian Saulsman running against him. In district 3, Mary Reule and Molly Barnes are competing for a seat being vacated by Darcy Cheesman, while in district 4, Janine Burkhardt and Sarah Johnson hope to secure the seat being vacated by Jim Langston.

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Countryman clears up his property issues

SNOHOMISH — City Council member Larry Countryman obtained a certificate of occupancy for his 614 Maple Ave. duplex after an outcry from citizen watchdogs.

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Franklin releases 2022 budget, to ask voters for property tax lid lift next year

EVERETT — Mayor Cassie Franklin’s $446.5 million 2022 budget proposal continues to take novel approaches toward keeping the budget balanced, and adds to specific focuses on climate change, homelessness and equity. But to keep city finances sustainable, Franklin will be seeking a city ballot measure next year to increase property taxes more than usual.
The budget also adds resources for addressing homelessness and benefitting the library.

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Homebuilder's request denied for E. Monroe land

MONROE — The City Council last week declined a homebuilder’s request to get a foot in the door for its proposal to build a housing development on the East Monroe site off of U.S. 2.
The council voted 6-1 to not place homebuilder Trammel Crow Residential’s request on the city’s annual Comprehensive Plan docket.

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Pastor Tom takes his leave after 38 years of leading services

SNOHOMISH — Spending your life doing something you love sounds like a dream for most people, and Pastor Tom Rohde of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church got to do just that.  
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Clarity for police reform laws is coming; local leaders hope ASAP

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Come January, state legislators will begin cleaning up ambiguities within the slew of police reform bills passed this year to make them clearer to follow. Local jurisdictions have begun sending letters requesting Gov. Jay Inslee call state Legislators into a special session to develop clearer guidance and to push state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to release model policy guidelines sooner. The Snohomish County Council, though, isn’t one of them. A Democratic majority on County Council declined a request from Republican Sam Low and Sheriff Adam Fortney to send a similar letter in a 2-3 vote Sept. 15.
UPDATE: The Snohomish City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 5 informally rejected a proposal from Mayor John Kartak to send a similar letter. It was an informal 4-2 hands up decision with no roll call vote. Councilman Felix Neals was not part of the hands-up poll.

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State Capitol demonstration against vaccine mandate Oct. 3 draws crowd, including locals

OLYMPIA — More than 2,000 peole, some from Snohomish County, swarmed the steps and grounds of the state Capitol on Sunday, Oct. 3, to protest Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state and health care workers. The mandate takes effect Oct. 18, and state and K-12 education workers who do not comply with the mandate, or get approved exemptions, will lose their jobs.

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Providence hospital over-capacity due to COVID

EVERETT — Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, like all hospitals, is grappling with the pressure of higher volumes of hospitalizations caused by the delta variant of COVID-19.
The hospital on Colby has 48 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, but stretched to create more while operating at over-capacity.

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Snohomish to look at addressing Pilchuck Park road entryway, but it won’t be easy

SNOHOMISH — The only entry road to Pilchuck Park will need to be relocated away from where it sits today on an eroding riverbank. That much is a given, from what city engineer Yosh Monzaki explained to the city parks board last week.

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Program helps seniors video-chat with doctors

EVERETT — Communicating with your health provider became difficult during the pandemic. With so many groups of people affected by this, a group of students set out to put doctors within reach using tablets and smartphones.

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Snohomish CROP Walk lets public help end hunger

SNOHOMISH — Churches involved in the annual CROP Walk this October aim to stamp out hunger through walking events and dine-out fundraisers.

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COVID cases hit new peak, stretching hospitals thin

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — COVID-19 infections are happening more than ever seen before during the pandemic. The transmission rate now hangs at a high level, which rattles health officials. The state is not at a point of crisis care, like Idaho is in, but surgeries and other care is being delayed at hospitals because of the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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Day center on S. Broadway gives women solace while homeless

EVERETT — Two volunteer-staffed groups are reaching out, hand in hand, with some much-needed services for homeless individuals in Snohomish County.

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Phone app that alerts to CPR incidents now in county

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A free smartphone app called PulsePoint that just launched in Snohomish County pings alerts to everyday citizens trained in CPR asking them to come give aid while medics are on their way.

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Now facing mass eviction, residents at The Grand Apartments of Everett cry foul on new owners

EVERETT — Residents of The Grand Apartments, already facing a rent increase by the property’s new owners, Dimension Townhomes, LLC, claim they are now being evicted after complaining to the City of Everett about possible noise and safety violations.

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Plan advances for 20 mph roads across Snohomish’s core

SNOHOMISH — The City Council last week approved a key step toward reducing speeds to 20 mph for much of town.

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Ricci making write-in run for Snohomish school board

SNOHOMISH — A write-in candidate for school board has sprung up in the southwestern part of the Snohomish School District. Sarah Ricci is running against Jay Hagen for District 5.

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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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Classics line First Street once more

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Chester, a two-year-old beagle, sits back and watches as Steve Martin of Brier wipes off a little road dust as he readies to show off his
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle at the 38th annual Snohomish Classic Car and Hot Rod Display in Snohomish on Sunday, Sept. 26. Despite the threat of rain throughout the day, several hundred cars were on display along First Street.

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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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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