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Getting time outdoors

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From walking the dog while on a bicycle, to skateboarding and taking a walk, the modes of transport are many on the Centennial Trail, north of Snohomish on Sunday, Feb. 6. After the thick fog burned off about noon on Sunday, the trail became a popular spot as cyclists and other trail users had sunshine overhead. Rain returned during the first part of the week, but the forecast for the remainder of this week along with the coming weekend looks to be dry and somewhat sunny.

Special zone allowing growth along Avenue D approved

SNOHOMISH — Last week, the City Council voted 7-0 to approve the development guidelines for the Midtown District, including requirements that future buildings contain a minimum number of units inside and that new buildings at high-visibility intersections are constructed alongside the sidewalk to emphasize a pedestrian-friendly corridor.

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Monroe’s city court to add rehabilitation path

MONROE — This spring, the city’s municipal court will be establishing a therapeutic, intervention-based community court program. Community courts offer low-level, nonviolent criminals with substance use disorders or other behavioral health a pathway into treatment.

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Everett’s go-to gift shop to close after clocking 30 years

EVERETT — On March 19, J. Matheson Gifts, Kitchen & Gourmet takes its final bow. The announcement went out on social media Sunday, Feb. 6.
Closing is a personal decision to “step back and enjoy life,” owner and namesake Judy Matheson said.

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Roundabout to come to Avenue D at state Route 9

SNOHOMISH — A roundabout is coming this year on state Route 9 where it meets the intersection at Avenue D. It is scheduled to come this summer. WSDOT selected the contractor Dec. 27 as the next milestone for the $3.4 million project.

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Happy to be back with the Panthers

SNOHOMISH — Passing on your knowledge to a younger generation is an important part of life, and Snohomish High School’s Morgan Green does both as a teacher and coach today.

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Downtown Everett gift cards being taken at many merchants

EVERETT — The Downtown Everett Association (DEA) launched a new gift card program late last year to support Everett’s local community and small businesses.

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League makes call to protect trees in future countywide planning policies

SNOHOMISH — Protecting and adding to urban tree canopies should be a new section written into the county’s general planning policy book, says The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.




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