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Riding the waves


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Brayden Gonzalez, 12, of Snohomish tries his best at staying on his feet as he surfs the wake on the Snohomish Aquatic Center’s
FlowRider simulator Sunday, Jan. 30. Being the only indoor surf-simulator in the Seattle area, it crosses wakeboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding for an exciting and challenging experience. The center’s recreational pool is available for open swim Sundays from noon to 5:45 p.m. The Snohomish School District opened the center at 516 Maple Ave. in January 2014.


It’s all smiles at this Valentine’s Day banquet

MONROE — A little more than 120 guests will eat, dance and be merry this February for a dinner arranged to help people keep up a social life, and to be treated with a sense of belonging.

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PUD adds baseline fee to bills starting April

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Your power bill will increase by about $3 per month starting this April, but so will your neighbor’s, as the Snohomish County PUD is adding a fixed base charge to its monthly rates.

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Food banks again able to help families fulfill own needs through Safeway grocery cards

SNOHOMISH — Safeway began distributing $50 gift cards to food banks such as the Snohomish Community Food Bank and Volunteers of America-Everett in mid-January and will continue through the month of February.

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Everett pauses on red light cameras

EVERETT — A City Council vote scheduled for Feb. 9 on whether to get quotes to install red light cameras at key intersection got delayed last week.

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Snohomish's "frognosticator" says more wet weather coming

SNOHOMISH — Snohomish Slew’s silence means he’s predicting we’re in for six more weeks of wet weather before spring flourishes. On Jan. 29, for the 17th annual GroundFrog Day, when asked for his prediction the bullfrog did not voice a croak that tells sunny days are ahead.


Vehicle thieves apprehended in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — A person was carjacked at gunpoint at a Lake Stevens cannabis store and the car stolen as a group of young thieves ended up getting caught with another stolen car in Snohomish on Sunday, Jan. 30.

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City may roll out new idea to add sidewalks

SNOHOMISH — Finding money for new sidewalks is difficult. There are government grants the city can tap for sidewalks near schools and public spaces, but outside of that, options dry up. Snohomish leaders are being pitched a trifecta of strategies to bring more sidewalks into the city.

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For Coach Jansen, tennis is his sport, but mentorship is his game

SNOHOMISH — Spending 50 years doing a job you love sounds like a dream. For former Snohomish High School tennis coach Dick Jansen, he did it.  Jansen continues to be active as a mentor, which is one part of why he loved coaching.

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Monroe Schools levy asks to keep up finances

MONROE — The Monroe School District is asking voters to continue a local education levy for another four years.

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Everett School District levies ask to maintain funding, replace schools

EVERETT — The Everett School District’s two levies ask to continue funding for education and to help it catch up on maintenance. The $203 million capital levy asks to completely replace Madison and Jackson elementaries. The district’s three main high schools would also get major work, classroom technology would be upgraded, playgrounds redone and security enhanced.

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Free preschool may go inside Everett Station

EVERETT — A future, free preschool could go inside Everett Station, and city taxpayers would be covering the rent payments.

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Student robotics teams to compete at State

EVERETT — Two student robotics teams of Eisenhower Middle School are turning a passion into competitive experience. Both teams have advanced to the FIRST LEGO League state championships to happen in Seattle on Feb. 5.

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Snohomish School District levy measures on February ballots

SNOHOMISH — Voters will see two school levies on their ballot soon.
One asks to continue local-level funding for education, the other asks to continue special levy funding for technology, facility and safety upgrades.

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Mass vaccination site opens at Everett Mall

EVERETT — A mass vaccination site for free COVID-19 vaccines is open in the Everett Mall. This site is open 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Government health authorities run the site.

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Everett Police program is to fight catalytic converter thefts

EVERETT — The Everett Police Department is setting up free events to engrave vehicle identification numbers on the converters in an attempt to curb thefts.

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Latest COVID-19 wave in Snohomish County largest yet as officials act to obtain tests

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — In just the first week of January, more than 10,000 people in Snohomish County tested positive for the coronavirus, a figure never seen before during the pandemic. Past waves maxed out at 2,000 people in a week.
New this week, the federal government will begin shipping at-home COVID tests for free. A mass vaccination site newly opened inside the Everett Mall. The county also is looking to buy thousands of test kits.

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Requirement that children get COVID-19 vaccine being evaluated

A state advisory group is currently exploring whether to recommend requiring children be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter any school or licensed child care.

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Snohomish Sauerkraut Band says farewell

SNOHOMISH — The energetic Snohomish Sauerkraut Band began on a lark over 50 years ago and became a longstanding fixture of entertainment at regional parades and watering holes. After years of making memories, the spunky group held its last official performance earlier this month.

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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 forwarded 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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Pups to race during February

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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.


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.
UPDATE: The city will host a public input meeting Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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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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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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