MONROE — The Monroe School District is offering a $34 million legal settlement to teachers and former students who were sickened at the Sky Valley Education Center by toxic chemical vapors emitted from the school’s old light fixtures and windowsill caulk. It is not being taken from the school district’s budget, though.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — As COVID-19 cases drop, the state may set a date to drop its indoor mask mandate. The state’s outdoor mask mandate on large concerts and outdoor events with more than 500 people in attendance will lift Feb. 18. The statewide ban on elective surgeries, established to preserve hospital space for COVID patients, ends Feb. 17.
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.
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.
EVERETT — On March 19, J. Matheson Gifts, Kitchen & Gourmet takes its final bow. The announcement went out on social media Sunday, Feb. 6.
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.
EVERETT — The Downtown Everett Association (DEA) launched a new gift card program late last year to support Everett’s local community and small businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EVERETT — The Everett Police Department is setting up free events to engrave vehicle identification numbers on the converters in an attempt to curb thefts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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