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Pups prove their speed

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Noodle, a mixed-breed terrier owned by Geoffrey Reuther of Everett, charges down the aisle during the first qualifying race of Sam’s Cats and Dogs’ Great Small Dog Race series held inside their Everett store on Jan 5.
The fastest dogs in the qualifiers go on to run as a sideshow for the Everett Silvertips hockey games on the ice inside Angel of the Winds Arena. The top dogs from last week’s qualifier race are scheduled to run at the Jan. 21 Silvertips game against Kelowna. A pack of dachshunds are scheduled to run at the Feb. 19 game against Victoria. Lovable corgis are scheduled to have their race March 19 at the game against Vancouver.
The dachshunds had their qualifier race Tuesday, Jan. 11. The corgi qualifier race is anticipated for Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Local trash collection at a standstill for Snohomish and Monroe

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.

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Chiropractor’s sex-crimes case to see judge decide

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.

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Midtown District plan now in City Council’s hands

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.

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Hate crime charge for father of student involved in Monroe High School racist incident

MONROE — A father of a Monroe High student has been charged with a felony hate crime by the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
Court documents say the father lashed out at a Black student with death threats and racial epithets, and later intimidated the Black student at his workplace.

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Neighbors to Walsh Hills development want road fixes

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.

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Small fire at Snohomish High School

Idea to shorten council public comment time rejected

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.

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Lord Hill Park survey results show mixed view on creating specialty “zones” to separate users

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.

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Area dramatist shares stories of faith, hope and courage

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.

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Omicron COVID-19 variant spikes, has overtaken Delta

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — COVID-19 cases are spiking. Meanwhile, federal efforts are ongoing to increase access to COVID-19 tests and vaccines.

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Eleanor Leight, star dancer of Snohomish, dies

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.

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Mill Creek exploring switch of fire agencies

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Mill Creek is looking at changing fire service providers after shopping around. The change came after Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue dug in over how low a price the city pays.

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Alfy’s in Silver Lake closes after almost 30 years

Michael Whitney photo

EVERETT — The Alfy’s Pizza in Silver Lake formally closed as the building will make way for an 88-unit townhouse development from a subsidiary of D.R. Horton. The Everett Skate Deck next door is also in the project’s footprint and would be demolished.
In the photo, the project proposal sign is seen erected by the front door.
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, a small crew was carting off the arcade games and some of the restaurant’s equipment.
The townhome development is being titled “Grayson Square” and consists of 13 buildings. The developer’s application was filed Sept. 1.
The Alfy’s on Broadway in north Everett, which was closed for remodeling, will reopen in mid-February, a man in the crew named Mark who appeared familiar with business operations said. He wouldn’t give his last name. The Olson family owns both the Silver Lake and Broadway Alfy’s, as well as the one in Monroe.

Omicron variant still poses unknowns

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.
Meanwhile, millions of free at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be distributed. The state is working to obtain these.

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At least 64 died on the streets this year in Snohomish County

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.

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Everett libraries to expand hours starting late February

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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