SNOHOMISH — A union strike in California halted service locally. It stands to reason that until a California union representing Republic Services trash collectors there pulls down its picket line, most of Republic’s collection employees in Western Washington state won’t perform their jobs. Trash will continue piling up locally unless either the company finds a workaround solution or employees get convinced to dishonor the picket line.
SNOHOMISH — A settlement agreement was reached in the case of a Snohomish chiropractor accused of sexually touching women while on the job. Now, the chiropractor's fate will be decided by a judge instead of a jury, and the settlement reduced the number of criminal counts he is charged with. A judge approved the agreement Thursday, Jan. 6.
SNOHOMISH — The city planning commission last week formalized its recommendations to the City Council for the upcoming Midtown District, a proposed specialty zoning area along much of Avenue D intended to promote modern, high-quality redevelopment. The council will discuss at its Feb. 1 meeting.
MONROE — A father of a Monroe High student has been charged with a felony hate crime by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
SNOHOMISH — People who live in the neighborhoods of northeast Snohomish are calling on the city to make local road improvements before people move into a housing development of 110 new homes.
SNOHOMISH — The City Council last week quashed a suggestion to shrink the public comment period to 60 seconds for items on the council’s meeting agenda.
SNOHOMISH — In surveying the public on whether to segregrate Lord Hill Regional Park by user groups, among other questions, approximately 700 people gave mixed views on the county's "Preferred Plan" proposals.
SNOHOMISH — Since 2008, Snohomish-area dramatist Susie Boer has donned the period clothing and appearance of courageous Christian women and performed one-woman shows in a variety of venues.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — COVID-19 cases are spiking. Meanwhile, federal efforts are ongoing to increase access to COVID-19 tests and vaccines.
SNOHOMISH — Eleanor Leight, whose dance skills helped her land a performing role with the Radio City Rockettes and who led a dance school in Snohomish that taught hundreds of people, died Dec. 23, three months shy of her 100th birthday.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The highly mutated variant of COVID-19 still has a number of questions surrounding it. There are clues about available vaccines available today, and indications booster shots can protect effectively.
EVERETT — Sixty-four people, if not more, died in Snohomish County without shelter during the past 12 months.
At the county’s Homeless Remembrance Day Vigil on Dec. 21 — the longest night of the year — a bell rang after each name to honor each individual. Ten were veterans.
EVERETT — The city’s library system will expand its hours come late February and has plenty of plans for 2022, the chair of the city’s library board said last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SNOHOMISH — For more than a century, the steeple of St. John's Episcopal Church at 913 Second St. has been a city landmark.
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.
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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