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Santa comes to visit

Doug Ramsay photo

SNOHOMISH — Lucy Campbell-Estes, 3, of Maltby smiles and waves at Santa Claus as the jolly old man made his yearly visit to downtown Snohomish on Saturday, Nov. 27. While heavy rain was forecasted for much of the day, it didn’t keep Santa’s young fans and their parents from coming to town to greet him. In fact, the rain subsided just before Old St. Nick arrived on a Fire District 4 fire engine, and held off for a while as all the young ones that came to see him were able tell him their wishlists.

Calls made to Monroe Schools to act on racism

MONROE — Incidents with racism during November led parents to renew calls to the school district to act. Meanwhile, the Monroe Equity Council will hold a panel discussion this Wednesday, Dec. 1, online at 6 p.m. to discuss the experiences of BIPOC members of the community.

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Snohomish High Theatre returns with "Pride and Prejudice"

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish High's theater troupe returns to the stage to perform Jane Austen's subdued satire "Pride and Prejudice." The cast and crew are enjoying putting it all together.

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Christmas House wants every child to get a gift

EVERETT — The all-volunteer group Christmas House believes in the benevolent idea that every child should get a toy for the holidays.
Today is the opening day of operations to provide a "free store" for low-income families.

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St. John’s Episcopal Church keeps renovating

SNOHOMISH — For more than a century, the steeple of St. John's Episcopal Church at 913 Second St. has been a city landmark.
Now church parishioners are planning a second round of fundraising to ensure the icon will endure for the next 100 years.

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County hopes to acquire Everett hotel for homeless shelter use during 2022

EVERETT — County leaders explained to the City Council last week how and why the county is seeking to convert a hotel into a temporary homeless shelter.

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Snohomish to collect sales tax for affordable housing

SNOHOMISH — The City Council unanimously approved creating a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax increase to go toward housing which is affordable to middle-income and low-income residents and for delivering mental health treatment services.

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Eligible for Medicare? The Clock is Ticking to Choose Your
2022 Coverage

The 1.3 million Medicare eligible individuals in Washington have until Tuesday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2022.

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Lord Hill Park plan sequesters user groups

Snohomish County Parks’ solution to reducing potential conflicts at Lord Hill Regional Park is by apportioning areas as specific to certain users in the county’s draft Preferred Plan, released last week. Other plans include better intersection controls and a new dual entryway to the trail system which separates equestrians from hikers and bikers.

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On Powell Street, neighbors tired of semis cutting through

MONROE — Due to worn out pavement and drainage issues, the city plans to rebuild the portion of Powell Street between S. Kelsey Street and S. Sams Street next year. Residents have asked for traffic concerns to be addressed.

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Come for Wintertide celebration starting Nov. 27 in Everett
Public ice rink at Port of Everett

EVERETT — Visitors and residents are invited to Everett’s annual Wintertide, a multi-week community holiday celebration. The festivities begin on Nov. 27, Small Business Saturday, at a kickoff celebration in downtown Everett with local shopping promotions, a tree lighting ceremony, holiday music and Everett Makers Market.

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News Bites for November 24, 2021

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish Kiwanis raise money for park project, condos proposed for Wilow Avenue and Pearl Street in Snohomish, a van caught fire, and more.

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Everett flag football team heading to Nationals

EVERETT — One local youth flag football team is receiving the opportunity of a lifetime this upcoming February, where they will compete in the NFL Flag National Tournament the weekend of the Pro Bowl.  

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Pastor Dean serves others with devotional kindness

SNOHOMISH — Dean Ekloff has always been a biker, but a calling from the Lord put him on a new passion in his life. 

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Newly revised Baker Heights plan arouses concern

EVERETT — One of the buildings in conceptual plans for the Baker Heights housing redevelopment has jumped to 12 stories tall, which stunned residents at a public meeting last week.

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Cold weather shelters open for the changing season

Cold weather shelters have begun to open their doors as temperatures in the region dip below freezing. Last year, people were directed to go to a building at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds due to social distancing requirements. This year these smaller shelters, all at churches, are opening their doors again for those in need.

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Charity drive comforts domestic violence survivors with new pajamas

EVERETT — Since 2013, Janet Bacon has been buying and delivering pairs of pajamas to local domestic violence shelters and other places of need. Here's her story and how you can help her efforts.

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Chance to chase the Grinch soon

Doug Ramsay 2019 file photo

SNOHOMISH — The annual “Chase the Grinch Outta ‘Sno-Who-Mish’ “ run is coming Sunday, Dec. 5 in Snohomish. Run either a 5K or 10K while chasing
the Grinch. Kids can give it a go, too! The run goes up and down the Centennial Trail. All participants get a medal for scaring off the Grinch. The 10K costs $40, the 5K costs $35 and a Kids Dash costs $10. Online registration ends Dec. 1. To register, go to

Everett teacher named Art Educator of the Year uses freeform style

EVERETT — North Middle School art teacher Cynthia Gaub was named the Washington Art Educator of the Year for her contributions in education within fine arts. 

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Linda Redmon sets plans as Snohomish mayor-elect

SNOHOMISH — Linda Redmon, who ran on reunifying the city, will replace Mayor John Kartak come January. Redmon explains her priorities for Snohomish when in the mayor's seat and defangs a rumor circulating that she'll defund the police.

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Bill Mester, community-minded leader of
Snohomish Schools, dies

SNOHOMISH — Bill Mester made a large presence in a quiet way as superintendent of Snohomish Schools for 14 years.
By the time he retired, Snohomish’s community had said yes to becoming a town of two high schools and it gained a new pool in the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Throughout, he listened to give people what they wanted for their children.

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Snohomish-born author’s children’s book tells of pigeon’s accidental adventure

SNOHOMISH — Laura Roetcisoender has always had a passion for entertaining children and writing. Now, she’s published a new children’s book.

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Planning at Lord Hill Park to restart

Public meeting set for evening of Tuesday, Nov. 16

Doug Ramsay 2017 file photo

SNOHOMISH — The county’s parks department will host a meeting on Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. to present its “Preferred Plan” for Lord Hill Regional Park (LHRP), which is located between Snohomish and Monroe. Concerns on how the park is used among equestrians, hikers, mountain bikers and other parkgoers persist.

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Snohomish City Council approves further study on using part of Ludwig park space for housing

SNOHOMISH — Avenue B neighbors pleaded to the City Council to not accept a rezone request to let a parking lot face their street. Meanwhile, the council gave the city a go-ahead to study the viability of designating part of its park space at 2000 Ludwig Road for housing.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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