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Santa brightens the day

Doug Ramsay photo

Four-year-old Matilda Etgeton of Marysville gets a kick out of seeing Santa Claus as most of his face was covered by his beard and a required face mask during sensory-friendly time at the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett on Sunday, Dec. 19. Santa was able to stop in this year to visit during a monthly period at the museum formatted for especially for children with stimulus processing sensitivities and their families. The museum’s sensory-friendly time is on the third Sunday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. (pre-registration required.)


Monroe Schools’ Superintendent Blasko put on leave by school board, to be investigated

MONROE — Emerging stories of retaliation and fear under School District Superintendent Justin Blasko that surfaced last week led to the school board to put Blasko on administrative leave and to hire a third-party investigator to probe the allegations. Meanwhile, multiple groups have stated opposition to Blasko, and two protests against the district occurred Dec. 13.

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Transition at Craven Farm preserves traditions

SNOHOMISH — Craven Farm grew into a household name for the area. Understanding the impact Craven Farm has made in the community has been eye-opening to new owners Brian and Kimi Chadwick.  

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First case of Omicron variant detected in county

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 has now been detected in Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District announced Dec. 17. 

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Everett High students walk out over sexual harassment

EVERETT — Last week, Everett High students marched to raise awareness against sexual harassment and gathered to be heard.

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Caroling for the community


Jim Scolman photo

SNOHOMISH — Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish warm up on the church steps before heading out into the neighborhood to sing traditional Christmas carols Sunday, Dec. 19.


Countywide affordable housing tax approved for Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A Snohomish County Council majority last week authorized an increase to the county sales tax rate by 0.1 percent using the authority granted in House Bill 1590 to increase the stock of affordable housing.

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Brandy Donaghy appointed to Legislature

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The County Council heard split support for Brandy Donaghy and Sean Paddock for who to select for a State Representative seat in the 44th, going with Donaghy. John Lovick was appointed to the State Senator seat vacated by Steve Hobbs. Hobbs is now Washington Secretary of State.

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Blackman Lake may receive deeper analysis in coming years

SNOHOMISH — The City Council is interested in pursuing an Algae Control Plan, a deep study of the best strategies for remedying recurring algae, for Blackman Lake.

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COVID survivor publishes paperback of everyday humor

SNOHOMISH — For Carol Cross, writing a book is easier said than done, but she's brought humor from her experience. “Little Book of Covid Survival through Laughter" is a modest volume that chronicles short stories and funny vignettes which went to press in October.

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Course set to fixing Pilchuck Park road and riverbank

SNOHOMISH — The City Council voted on a plan to relocate the Pilchuck Park access road and reinforce the nearby river’s slope at its final council meeting of the year Dec. 7. Right now, the riverbank over the entryway is eroding.

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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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