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Help volunteer to build children's bikes

Doug Ramsay 2013 file photo

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop seeks volunteers who can come help fix bicycles for Christmas House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through December at the shop. People are asked to pre-register their time to volunteer at
The shop entrance is in the back alley of 2531 Broadway in Everett, and the bicycles benefit Christmas House, an annual free gift giveaway in Everett for low-income families during December. In this file photo, Ed Phares of Everett attaches a pedal to a children’s bike at the shop.

Veterinarians in short supply

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Increased workload and a lack of respect and pay are all contributing to veterinary staffing shortages in Snohomish County and across the country. Underpinning the crisis is worker attrition, the most prominent issue animal health care has struggled with through the decades. Veterinarians explain the difficulties in this story.

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Initial election results

  • SNOHOMISH CITY ELECTIONS --- Redmon, Merrill, Flynn, Burke and Guzak currently lead their races.
    Trailing are Kartak, Mills, Zimmerman, Countryman and Dana in first-night election results.
    If the results stick, Linda Redmon becomes Snohomish's mayor, ousting John Kartak, while incumbents Larry Countryman and Steve Dana will be bounced off council.
    Councilman Felix Neals ran unopposed.
  • FOR SNOHOMISH SCHOOL DISTRICT, incumbent Shaunna Ballas is just ahead of Christina Ridges.
    Jay Hagen has fended off write-in challenger Sarah Ricci.
  • FOR SNOHOMISH FIRE DISTRICT 4, incumbent Jim Schmoker leads over challenger Merritt Weese.
  • IN EVERETT CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS, First-time candidate Mary Fosse of the Delta Neighborhood currently leads over established incumbent Paul Roberts in the Council District 1 race.
    Elsewhere, Paula Rhyne leads Greg Lineberry for District 2.
    Incumbent Liz Vogeli leads Tommie Rubatino for District 4.
    Ben Zarlingo leads Demi Chatters for District 5.
    Don Schwab appears to have locked in District 3.
    Mayor Cassie Franklin has locked in re-election.
  • SNOHOMISH REGIONAL FIRE & RESCUE LEVY PASSING: Voters in Lake Stevens, Monroe, Clearview, Cathcart, Maltby and more that comprise Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue's jurisdiction currently have given more than 50 percent approval to its request to return the levy to $1.50. The vote is currently 57% in favor in first-night election results with 17,000 ballots counted so far.
  • IN MONROE SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD RACES, Jeremiah Campbell currently is leading his race to retain his seat, while two others he was running together as a group with are trailing. Currently, Sarah Johnson and Mary Reule lead over Janine Burkhardt and Molly Barnes by narrow margins.
  • IN MONROE CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS, incumbent Kevin Hanford leads over challenger Amber Mehta, and incumbent Kirk Scarboro leads over challenger Jake Walker. Two other seats went unchallenged and will be taken by Tami Kinney and Kyle Fisher. Mayor Geoffrey Thomas will continue.
  • IN A PORT OF EVERETT ELECTION, Port of Everett incumbent commissioner David Simpson currently leads over challenger Scott Murphy.

Rebel barber opposes penalties upon him to appeals board

SNOHOMISH — An independent state appeals board heard rebellious barber Bob Martin’s case last week. Martin disputed penalties levied on him for not following coronavirus business shutdown rules to the state Office of Administrative Hearings, a board where people can appeal state and local government actions.

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Monroe’s budget stable as city is growing

MONROE — The city’s $106 million proposed budget keeps a steady hand on municipal finances while Monroe continues to grow.
The City Council is scheduled to vote to adopt the budget Nov. 9. Also, a list of the city's future projects.

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Family’s fundraiser for children’s camp honors son

SNOHOMISH — Brant and Tracey Pierce are trying their best to personify their late son’s lifelong love for Camp Killoqua, the children’s camp in Stanwood run by Camp Fire of Snohomish County.

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Interim zoning limits established to protect Midtown

SNOHOMISH — The City Council last month approved interim zoning regulations to limit certain business types in the city’s commercial zones.
The list of potentially undesirable uses for Snohomish's commercially zoned areas includes: RV Parks, churches, warehouses, trucking services, farm product hubs, cargo services, equipment rental shops, cemeteries and self-storage places.

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Everett to see property taxes increase for 2022

EVERETT — The city plans to increase property taxes 1 percent next year.
The rate itself is going down, but the price of the tax will go up for most people because home values are increasing.

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Nonprofit ensures no dog suffers

MONROE — Whether a pet owner needs time for hospitalization, time to regroup, or time to heal, the foster dog organization Beck's Place is here to help take care of their pets while the owner needs to step away.

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Snohomish High School assault has students seeking truth

SNOHOMISH — Students angered by the belief Snohomish High School is burying an on-campus sexual assault from Monday, Oct. 18 led a protest the morning of Friday, Oct. 22 seeking to put this incident, and past assaults, into the spotlight. The mother explains what happened to her daughter.

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Hike of the Month:
Peek-a-boo Lake (off of Mountain Loop Highway)

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Sitting in a peaceful little cirque on a ridge high above the Sauk River is pretty little Peek-a-boo Lake. Give this hike in the Darrington area a try and be pleased with completing the journey by reaching a placid lake.

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Snohomish eyes housing on part of 10-acre Ludwig Road park

SNOHOMISH — The city is proposing to allow multi-family housing on a portion of Homestead Park off of Ludwig Road. The site could be used to encourage affordable housing. Also, the Kla Ha Ya Village shopping plaza seeks to expand its footprint.
UPDATE: The City Council, on Nov. 2, declined a request from Kla Ha Ya Village to let the city study a rezone to suit its expansion plan to reach Avenue B after residents on Avenue B pleaded to council to prevent their street from being affected.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Tribune wins journalism awards

Tribune editor Michael Whitney took two first-place awards in the annual 2021 Washington Newspaper Publishers Association statewide contest.
One was in the general short feature reporting category for an April 2020 cover story highlighting Zion Lutheran Church’s large renovation.
The other was in the business feature reporting category for an April 2020 story about Piccadilly Circus Pub on Snohomish’s First Street.
The competition group was for community newspapers statewide with more than 9,500 circulation. The Kentucky Press Association judged the contest. The results were announced Friday, Oct. 8.




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