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Ice royalty greet young fans

Doug Ramsay photo

EVERETT — The Ice Princess (left) and Ice Queen meet a young girl who was with her family at the Port of Everett’s annual “Holiday on the Bay”
event Saturday, Dec. 4 at the port’s Pacific Rim Plaza. Visitors could also touch and climb into an Everett Fire Department fire engine at
the event. The event concluded with the lighting of the port’s Holiday tree (in the background) and the arrival of Santa by boat.

Community Transit asking for public feedback
through Dec. 17 on reconfiguring bus service

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — In advance of Sound Transit light rail reaching Snohomish County in 2024, Community Transit is asking residents to help redesign the local bus service. The agency is mainly looking for public feedback on creating new bus routes and increasing bus frequency on existing routes in the county with an eye on prioritizing bus access for underserved communities as well as adapting to current ridership trends. The survey is open until Dec. 17.

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Carl Gipson Center reopening keeps seniors at forefront

EVERETT — When it reopens Jan. 3, the city’s senior center on Lombard Avenue will retain all of the old favorites: The pingpong tables, the coffee bar, the daily lunches.
But it will have a shorter name and a broader focus. Find out more about the plan from this story.

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EvCC pauses closing Early Learning Center due to public outcry

EVERETT — Everett Community College paused the closure of its Early Learning Center, slated for June 2022 at the end of the school year, after pressure from parents and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union, including a large rally Tuesday, Nov. 30 opposing the closure. The Early Learning Center (ELC) isn’t a place where people park their kids. It’s a holistic educational development program with a learning curriculum. If it closes, some college students who are parents would lose their only option to go to school.

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Growing call for Monroe Schools to be stricter on student racism, increase training

MONROE — Members of the Monroe Equity Council and supporters plan to flood the Monday, Dec. 13 school board meeting with calls for the district to take action to be more responsive and accountable about racism.
There was a well-attended Equity Council panel meeting Dec. 1 where former students and parents discussed their experiences of mistreatment and racism in schools.

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Snohomish Carnegie gets spruced up

Michael Whitney photo

SNOHOMISH — On Thursday, Dec. 2, members of the Carnegie Foundation and a city crew planted some 70 shrubs, ferns and small cedars around the perimeter of Snohomish’s Carnegie Building. Above, Renée Deierling prepares to plant ornamental fountain grass as Melody Clemans digs. About 20 volunteers participated in total.
Carnegie Foundation members are excited a cherry tree is coming back for the corner of Cedar Avenue and First Street. A small tree sourced from Harnden’s Nursery will be planted in January. It could grow to 25 feet tall, Clemans said. Until 1968, a magnificent cherry tree stood at the corner. It was removed when an annex building was grafted onto the original Carnegie. A magnolia was planted to replace it. Today, it’s just grass.

County pursuing its own sales tax for affordable housing

Snohomish County’s government leaders are proposing to collect a special countywide 0.1% sales tax for affordable housing, which ultimately could benefit middle-income and low-income residents with more places to live. A public hearing will happen Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the County Council meeting on the tax proposal.

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Everett to further study merging Everett Transit with Community Transit

EVERETT — Everett City Council and Community Transit’s Board of Directors last week voted to conduct a joint study to explore in greater detail what a potential transit system consolidation would entail. 

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News Bites for Dec. 8, 2021

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Rep. John Lovick likely to become State Senator, have a goodbye coffee with exiting Snohomish Mayor John Kartak, learn about a housing and adult care center proposed in Snohomish.

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Snohomish’s “Battle of the Banks” benefits food bank

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce has once again issued a challenge to the local banks to put the gloves on for a 2021 battle to benefit the Snohomish Community Food Bank. From November 29 through December 15, participating banks will be collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations.
Each year our participating banks compete to win the coveted Golden Glove Award, bringing them bragging rights until the next year’s battle. They will be judged for the most creative Battle of the Banks holiday display and the biggest donation made to the Food Bank.
Please stop by one of our participating Banks with your donation to share some much-needed holiday cheer for families in need in our local community.
Participating Snohomish bank branches are:
• Coastal Community Bank, 928 Ave. D;
• First Financial Northwest Bank, 17512 SR 9 SE;
• Pacific Premier Bank, 1101 Ave. D Bldg. B; and
• Peoples Bank, 2801 Bickford Ave. N in Fred Meye


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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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.

City of 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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