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Final days for the Everett Skate Deck

Jim Scolman photo

EVERETT — Sunday, April 3 marks the last day of public skating at the venerable rink in Silver Lake, with one last hoorah happening April 9.
For more than 60 years, people all around have come for a good time, but the Skate Deck will be closing the doors for good to as the site will be redeveloped. The owners would like to reopen again elsewhere someday to create new memories. More on this story...

Fix-up work for Avenue A gazebo re-energized by local man

SNOHOMISH — The gazebo at First Street and Avenue A may be refurbished soon thanks to a local company’s generous offer.

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New solar array proposed in South Everett would benefit PUD bill-aid program

EVERETT — The Snohomish County PUD is looking to build a new solar panel array in South Everett next to Walter E. Hall Park on Casino Road on leased city land. The City Council will discuss at a public hearing March 30. The money that the PUD would save by generating electricity here will be donated into its program to help people with their utility bills, known as Project Pride.

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Heather Thomas confirmed as Snohomish city administrator

SNOHOMISH — The City Council confirmed Heather Thomas as the new city administrator. The story discusses her initial goals and other details. Meanwhile, prior city administrator Steve Schuller quickly found a new role in another city after being let go by the mayor.

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Monroe Schools sets interim superintendent contract

MONROE — The school board last week solidified a contract with interim superintendent Kim Whitworth through June 30.
Monroe School Superintendent Justin Blasko remains on administrative leave while an investigation on him started in December is still ongoing.

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Snohomish Home Depot thief back out again

SNOHOMISH — Dogged legwork led to identifying a repetitive thief and making the arrest. A day later when it went to court, the man was released from jail on his own recognizance.

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Everett woman aims to do whole 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail

EVERETT — Calling from a campsite 6,000 feet up in the Laguna Mountains east of San Diego, California, Monica Reinoso of Everett described how she’s on the trek of a lifetime, and she’s doing purposefully for a good cause. She is trying to raise $50,000 for Meals on Wheels, a program run by Homage that brings food to homebound seniors and people with disabilities.

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Cash for U.S. 2 trestle in state Transportation budget

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — There are local winners in the overall transportation package approved by the Legislature last week. Replacing the U.S. 2 trestle picked up a $10 billion committment.

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Everett interested in levy lid lift tax measure

EVERETT — A property tax levy lid measure, asking to increase taxes above 1%, could be on November ballots under a suggested timeline released last week.

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Rural landowners may be able to build second houses on their properties soon

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Rural landowners will soon be able to build a second, smaller house anywhere on their property by a vote of the County Council last week.

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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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First Street mural refreshed again

Michael Whitney photo

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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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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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?

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

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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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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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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