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A guest looks over several of the many pieces of art on display at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Sunday, March 6. All of the art exhibited at the center will be part of this year’s H’arts Benefit Auction.
The Schack is holding a “meet the artist” event Thursday, March 10 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The 40th annual auction currently has two separate silent auctions going that are taking bids through March 11 and March 13, and there will be a live auction that starts Thursday, March 10 at noon. A catalog of the pieces being auctioned off is at www.schack.org



Snohomish Farmers Market to relocate in downtown

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Farmers Market is relocating this year to be along Union and Glen avenues.

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New Monroe Municipal Campus plan going ahead

MONROE — The city is progressing on renovating the city’s municipal campus at the March 1 City Council meeting. The municipal campus project would improve city hall, the municipal court’s space and the Monroe police station, among other facilities.

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Mayor explains why she switched city administrators

SNOHOMISH — Mayor Linda Redmon is replacing the city’s top manager.
Redmon explains how she came to the decision to offer the job to Heather Thomas.


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News Bites for March 9, 2022

AROUND SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Design plan for fixing Ave. A gazebo, update on Snohomish chiropractor's court case, Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw dies, and other news topics.


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Alfy’s in Silver Lake demo’d;
Skate Deck to close April 3


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Ernie Sanchez collects remnant metal for Harry Taylor of Tay-Ex Construction to lift out with his excavator (machine at right) from what was the underground floor of the Alfy’s Pizza in Silver Lake on Thursday, March 3.
The Alfy’s closed in December to 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.
The Skate Deck says on its website that it will close April 3, which would end a 61-year run of making memories.
The pizzeria’s demolition went quick, as teardown began on Tuesday, March 1. Within two days, most of the rubble was hauled off and the concrete basement floor was having holes driven into it with a pile driver (machine at left).
The townhome development is being titled “Grayson Square” and consists of 13 buildings. The developer’s application was filed Sept. 1.



Dropping masks in schools might not be instant across all districts

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — While the state’s indoor mask mandate is set to conclude Saturday, March 12, education leaders last week awaited clear guidance on how a broad spectrum of safety measures within schools may change.

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March 12 new date for state mask mandate
to lift in many indoor spaces

The state’s indoor mask requirement for many, but not all, public spaces will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11, state officials announced Monday, Feb. 28. The requirement will be lifted for being inside restaurants, gyms, grocery stores, places of worship, schools and child care centers.
Masks will still be required in certain settings including inside health care facilities, corrections facilities and long-term care facilities. Transit riders and air travelers must still mask up because of federal law.
Private businesses, school districts and local health districts retain the right to set indoor mask mandates beyond the timeline.
Previously, the mask mandate was slated to end March 21. California, Oregon and Washington will all be following the March 12 date, their governors jointly announced. The faster timeline is because of declining case rates and hospitalizations across the western states, the governors said in the joint release.
New health guidance for K-12 schools will be issued as soon as March 7 so schools can prepare.


First Street mural refreshed again


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Local artist Angelique Foley finished up a new mural at the corner of First Street and Avenue C late last month of hot air balloons over a placid valley. “I created it after the wonderful Snohomish hot air balloons that go up in the warmer weather. They are so exciting and beautiful to see. The balloons always make me smile,” Foley told the Tribune, and that the piece “allowed me to use the whole rainbow.”
Foley said the mural is a large-scale recreation of an award-winning canvas piece she made; she called it an honor “to be able to recreate it on a large scale for my hometown of Snohomish to see.”



Monroe Schools to try levy again in fall

MONROE — The Monroe School District will skip April and shoot for November’s ballot for asking voters a second time to continue its local education funding levy. The measure failed to pass in the Feb. 8 election.

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Requirement that children get COVID-19 vaccine to attend school receives mixed "no" vote from advisory workgroup

A state advisory group last week forwarded a mixed “no” recommendation to the state Board of Health on whether to make it state law that children be immunized against COVID-19 to enter any school or licensed child care.

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Snohomish's Community Kitchen program endures

SNOHOMISH — After pivoting to take-out because of coronavirus restrictions, the nonprofit continues to serve meals for the public on Monday and Thursday afternoons outside St. John's Episcopal Church on Second Street with a lot of heart.

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Everett's two libraries expand their hours

EVERETT — The city’s two public libraries extended their hours. The main library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., is set to be open again on Sundays; its hours will be 1-5 p.m. Both the main library and the Evergreen Branch, 9512 Evergreen Way, plan to extend their evening hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Monroe Police officers to soon have body-worn cameras

MONROE — To comply with a new state law, the Monroe Police Department will equip each of its officers with a body-worn camera to record interrogations.

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News Bites for February 23, 2022


Monroe School District’s $34 million legal payout won’t come from its own cash

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.

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Who’s up for a game?


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Stuart Blondin, 9, of Snohomish quickly weaves his way through the cones as he participated in an Emerald City floorball practice at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Sunday, Feb. 27. Floorball, a sport which uses balls and hockey sticks prominent on the East Coast, is played internationally, with a number of semi-professional and professional leagues, including in the U.S. For more on floorball for the Puget Sound area, check out Emerald City Floorball on Facebook or at www.snohomishsportsdome.com.


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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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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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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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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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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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.
UPDATE, March 1: Parker's sentencing date has moved to April 1.

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Who’s up for a game?


Doug Ramsay photo

Stuart Blondin, 9, of Snohomish quickly weaves his way through the cones as he participated in an Emerald City floorball practice at the Snohomish Sports Dome on Sunday, Feb. 27. Floorball, a sport which uses balls and hockey sticks prominent on the East Coast, is played internationally, with a number of semi-professional and professional leagues, including in the U.S. For more on floorball for the Puget Sound area, check out Emerald City Floorball on Facebook or at www.snohomishsportsdome.com.


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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